Head-To-Head Comparison: Equus Total Return (EQS) versus BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund (DSU)

Equus Total Return (NYSE:EQS) and BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund (NYSE:DSU) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Equus Total Return and BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Equus Total Return 0 0 0 0 N/A
BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Equus Total Return and BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Equus Total Return $560,000.00 52.39 -$820,000.00 N/A N/A
BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Equus Total Return.

Profitability

This table compares Equus Total Return and BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Equus Total Return 964.07% 5.61% 4.07%
BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund N/A N/A N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

12.8% of Equus Total Return shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.3% of BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund shares are held by institutional investors. 6.7% of Equus Total Return shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Equus Total Return has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund pays an annual dividend of $0.82 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.9%. Equus Total Return does not pay a dividend.

Summary

Equus Total Return beats BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Equus Total Return

Equus Total Return, Inc. acts as a closed-ended fund and business development company that seeks investment opportunities in debt and equity securities of small and middle market capitalization companies that are generally not publicly traded at the time of our investment. It also seeks purchase working interests and revenue leasehold interests in oil and gas properties. The company was founded on August 16, 1991 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.

About BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund

There is no company description available for BlackRock Debt Strategies Fund Inc.

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