Shares of Capital Southwest Co. (NASDAQ:CSWC) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eight ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $20.00.

Several brokerages have issued reports on CSWC. BidaskClub downgraded Capital Southwest from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. National Securities restated a “buy” rating and issued a $22.00 price target on shares of Capital Southwest in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services began coverage on Capital Southwest in a report on Thursday, November 30th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $19.00 price target for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Capital Southwest from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th.

Capital Southwest (CSWC) traded down $0.07 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $16.71. The company had a trading volume of 10,489 shares, compared to its average volume of 18,421. The company has a market capitalization of $268.80, a P/E ratio of 9.60 and a beta of 0.53. The company has a quick ratio of 10.42, a current ratio of 10.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19. Capital Southwest has a fifty-two week low of $15.04 and a fifty-two week high of $17.76.

Capital Southwest (NASDAQ:CSWC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 6th. The asset manager reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.25. Capital Southwest had a return on equity of 5.09% and a net margin of 90.67%. equities research analysts predict that Capital Southwest will post 1.01 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 15th were given a dividend of $0.26 per share. This is a boost from Capital Southwest’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.24. This represents a $1.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.22%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, December 14th. Capital Southwest’s dividend payout ratio is currently 59.77%.

In other news, Director David R. Brooks acquired 2,000 shares of Capital Southwest stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 28th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $16.66 per share, with a total value of $33,320.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 22,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $366,520. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Douglas M. Kelley acquired 1,500 shares of Capital Southwest stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $17.00 per share, with a total value of $25,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 66,135 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,124,295. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have bought 5,880 shares of company stock valued at $98,551 over the last ninety days. 5.90% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 8.3% during the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 15,722 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $253,000 after buying an additional 1,207 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 10.8% during the second quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 22,500 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $362,000 after buying an additional 2,200 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 18.0% during the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 24,216 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $389,000 after buying an additional 3,696 shares during the period. Zuckerman Investment Group LLC boosted its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 0.6% during the second quarter. Zuckerman Investment Group LLC now owns 1,269,287 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $20,410,000 after buying an additional 7,624 shares during the period. Finally, Cove Street Capital LLC boosted its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 9.5% during the second quarter. Cove Street Capital LLC now owns 95,657 shares of the asset manager’s stock worth $1,538,000 after buying an additional 8,300 shares during the period. 60.03% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Capital Southwest Company Profile

Capital Southwest Corporation is an investment company that specializes in providing customized financing to middle market companies in a range of industry segments located primarily in the United States. The Company is a specialty lending company. Its principal investment objective is to produce risk-adjusted returns by generating current income from debt investments and capital appreciation from its equity and equity related investments.

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