American Capital Senior Floating (NASDAQ: ACSF) is one of 586 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare American Capital Senior Floating to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Dividends

American Capital Senior Floating pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.8%. American Capital Senior Floating pays out 37.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.9% and pay out 88.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. American Capital Senior Floating is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American Capital Senior Floating 119.98% 6.97% 3.69%
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors -49.63% 6.82% 5.25%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
American Capital Senior Floating $17.57 million $30.50 million 3.46
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors $118.53 million $49.80 million 181.31

American Capital Senior Floating’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than American Capital Senior Floating. American Capital Senior Floating is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.9% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

American Capital Senior Floating has a beta of 1.3, suggesting that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Capital Senior Floating’s peers have a beta of 0.55, suggesting that their average stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for American Capital Senior Floating and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American Capital Senior Floating 0 0 0 0 N/A
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors 202 1229 1449 15 2.44

As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 84.22%. Given American Capital Senior Floating’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Capital Senior Floating has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

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.

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