American Capital Senior Floating (NASDAQ: ACSF) is one of 576 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare American Capital Senior Floating to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

American Capital Senior Floating pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.8%. American Capital Senior Floating pays out 37.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.9% and pay out 87.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. American Capital Senior Floating is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for American Capital Senior Floating and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Capital Senior Floating 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors 201 1215 1428 14 2.44

As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 94.40%. Given American Capital Senior Floating’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe American Capital Senior Floating has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

American Capital Senior Floating has a beta of 1.3, indicating that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Capital Senior Floating’s competitors have a beta of 0.54, indicating that their average stock price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares American Capital Senior Floating and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Capital Senior Floating 119.98% 6.97% 3.69%
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors -49.63% 6.82% 5.25%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares American Capital Senior Floating and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
American Capital Senior Floating $17.57 million $30.50 million 3.46
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors $118.53 million $49.80 million 1.62

American Capital Senior Floating’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than American Capital Senior Floating. American Capital Senior Floating is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

29.9% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

American Capital Senior Floating beats its competitors on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

American Capital Senior Floating Company Profile

American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. is a non-diversified closed-end investment management company. The Company’s investment objective is to provide attractive, risk-adjusted returns over the long term primarily through current income while seeking to preserve its capital. It manages a leveraged portfolio composed primarily of diversified investments in first lien and second lien floating rate loans principally to the United States-based companies (collectively, Senior Floating Rate Loans or SFRLs), which are referred to as leveraged loans. It invests in equity tranches of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs), which are securitized vehicles collateralized primarily by SFRLs, and it may invest in debt tranches of CLOs. In addition, it may selectively invest in loans issued by middle market companies, mezzanine and unitranche loans and high yield bonds. It has over 80% of its assets in Senior Floating Rate Loans. The Company is managed by American Capital ACSF Management, LLC.

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