American Capital Senior Floating (NASDAQ: ACSF) and GSV Capital (NASDAQ:GSVC) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for American Capital Senior Floating and GSV Capital, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Capital Senior Floating 0 0 0 0 N/A
GSV Capital 0 1 0 0 2.00

Risk & Volatility

American Capital Senior Floating has a beta of 1.28, indicating that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GSV Capital has a beta of 0.9, indicating that its stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.6% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.5% of GSV Capital shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.7% of GSV Capital shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

American Capital Senior Floating pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. GSV Capital does not pay a dividend. American Capital Senior Floating pays out 54.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Capital Senior Floating 62.20% 4.68% 2.49%
GSV Capital -769.78% -6.73% -3.80%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares American Capital Senior Floating and GSV Capital’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American Capital Senior Floating $17.57 million 6.15 $30.50 million $2.12 5.09
GSV Capital $740,000.00 200.52 -$74.99 million ($0.58) -12.00

American Capital Senior Floating has higher revenue and earnings than GSV Capital. GSV Capital is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American Capital Senior Floating, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

American Capital Senior Floating beats GSV Capital on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

GSV Capital Company Profile

GSV Capital Corp. (GSV Capital) is an externally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio’s total return, principally by seeking capital gains on its equity and equity-related investments. The Company invests principally in the equity securities, which are venture-capital-backed emerging companies. The Company acquires its investments through direct investments with portfolio companies, secondary marketplaces for private companies and negotiations with selling stockholders. The Company may also invest in select publicly traded equity securities or certain non-United States companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. It seeks to invest approximately 90% of its portfolio in late-stage companies and the remaining approximately 10% in emerging companies that fit within its targeted areas. Its investment activities are managed by its investment advisor, GSV Asset Management, LLC.

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