Comparing AllianceBernstein Income Fund (ACG) & Triangle Capital (TCAP)

AllianceBernstein Income Fund (NYSE: ACG) and Triangle Capital (NYSE:TCAP) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares AllianceBernstein Income Fund and Triangle Capital’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AllianceBernstein Income Fund N/A N/A N/A ($0.01) -791.00
Triangle Capital $113.68 million 4.10 $34.25 million ($0.89) -10.98

Triangle Capital has higher revenue and earnings than AllianceBernstein Income Fund. AllianceBernstein Income Fund is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Triangle Capital, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

AllianceBernstein Income Fund has a beta of 0.01, suggesting that its stock price is 99% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Triangle Capital has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares AllianceBernstein Income Fund and Triangle Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AllianceBernstein Income Fund -56.13% -3.11% -1.95%
Triangle Capital -36.80% 10.67% 5.91%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for AllianceBernstein Income Fund and Triangle Capital, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AllianceBernstein Income Fund 0 0 1 0 3.00
Triangle Capital 2 5 4 0 2.18

AllianceBernstein Income Fund presently has a consensus price target of $0.30, suggesting a potential downside of 96.21%. Triangle Capital has a consensus price target of $16.57, suggesting a potential upside of 69.62%. Given Triangle Capital’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Triangle Capital is more favorable than AllianceBernstein Income Fund.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

35.5% of Triangle Capital shares are held by institutional investors. 4.1% of Triangle Capital shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

AllianceBernstein Income Fund pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Triangle Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 18.4%. AllianceBernstein Income Fund pays out -3,700.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Triangle Capital pays out -202.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Summary

Triangle Capital beats AllianceBernstein Income Fund on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AllianceBernstein Income Fund

AllianceBernstein Income Fund, Inc. (the Fund) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The investment objective of the Fund is high current income consistent with preservation of capital. The Fund invests its net assets in income-producing securities. The Fund invests its total assets in securities issued or guaranteed by the United States Government, its agencies or instrumentalities, and repurchase agreements pertaining to the United States Government securities. The Fund’s portfolio of investments includes capital goods; communications, including media and telecommunications; consumer cyclical, including automotive, entertainment, retailers and other; consumer non-cyclical; energy; other industrial; services; technology; transportation services; financial institutions, including banking, finance, other finance and real estate investment trusts, and utilities, such as electric. AllianceBernstein L.P. is the Fund’s investment advisor.

About Triangle Capital

Triangle Capital Corporation is an internally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company is a specialty finance company that provides customized financing to lower middle market companies located primarily in the United States. The Company’s investment objective is to seek attractive returns by generating current income from its debt investments and capital appreciation from its equity-related investments. The Company invests primarily in subordinated debt securities secured by second lien security interests in portfolio company assets, coupled with equity interests. The Company also invests in senior debt securities secured by first lien security interests in portfolio company assets. The Company’s portfolio includes its investments in various industry sectors, such as baby products; manufacturer and distributor for independent artists and authors; loan origination software solutions provider, and restaurant.

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