Reviewing American Capital Senior Floating (ACSF) and Its Peers

American Capital Senior Floating (NASDAQ: ACSF) is one of 558 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare American Capital Senior Floating to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for American Capital Senior Floating and its competitors, 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
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors 233 1561 1913 31 2.47

As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 48.09%. Given American Capital Senior Floating’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe American Capital Senior Floating has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.9% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.8% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of American Capital Senior Floating shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares American Capital Senior Floating and its competitors 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 4.93
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors $238.79 million $43.51 million 269.44

American Capital Senior Floating’s competitors 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 competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares American Capital Senior Floating and its competitors’ 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%
American Capital Senior Floating Competitors -35.24% 6.99% 5.45%

Dividends

American Capital Senior Floating pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.1%. American Capital Senior Floating pays out 54.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.7% and pay out 95.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. American Capital Senior Floating is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk & Volatility

American Capital Senior Floating has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, American Capital Senior Floating’s competitors have a beta of 0.56, meaning that their average stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

American Capital Senior Floating competitors beat American Capital Senior Floating on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About American Capital Senior Floating

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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