GSV Capital (NASDAQ: GSVC) and Altaba (NASDAQ:AABA) are both financials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for GSV Capital and Altaba, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GSV Capital 0 1 0 0 2.00
Altaba 0 11 7 0 2.39

Altaba has a consensus target price of $52.53, indicating a potential downside of 30.74%. Given Altaba’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Altaba is more favorable than GSV Capital.

Risk & Volatility

GSV Capital has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Altaba has a beta of 1.88, meaning that its share price is 88% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

31.5% of GSV Capital shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.7% of Altaba shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of GSV Capital shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 24.0% of Altaba shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GSV Capital -769.78% -6.73% -3.80%
Altaba N/A N/A N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares GSV Capital and Altaba’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GSV Capital $740,000.00 228.18 -$74.99 million ($0.58) -13.66
Altaba $5.17 billion 12.82 -$214.32 million $1.87 40.56

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

Summary

Altaba beats GSV Capital on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Altaba Company Profile

Altaba Inc. (the Fund), formerly Yahoo! Inc., is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund seeks to track the combined investment return of the Alibaba Shares and the Yahoo Japan Shares it owns. Alibaba Shares represent an approximate 15% equity interest in Alibaba Group Holding Limited (Alibaba), and its Yahoo Japan Corporation ((Yahoo Japa) Shares represent an approximate 36% equity interest in Yahoo Japan. In addition to the Alibaba Shares and the Yahoo Japan Shares, the Fund also owns the minority investments, all of the equity interests in Excalibur IP, LLC (which owns the Excalibur IP Assets) and the marketable debt securities portfolio. The Fund’s external investment advisors are BlackRock Advisors, LLC and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.

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