BlackRock TCP Capital (TCPC) vs. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A (BRK.A) Head to Head Survey

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Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A (NASDAQ: TCPC) and BlackRock TCP Capital (NASDAQ:TCPC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A and BlackRock TCP Capital’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A $242.14 billion 2.20 $44.94 billion $8,790.96 36.97
BlackRock TCP Capital $175.97 million 4.75 $90.61 million $1.99 7.14

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A has higher revenue and earnings than BlackRock TCP Capital. BlackRock TCP Capital is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A and BlackRock TCP Capital, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A 0 0 2 0 3.00
BlackRock TCP Capital 0 0 5 0 3.00

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A presently has a consensus target price of $348,500.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.23%. BlackRock TCP Capital has a consensus target price of $17.30, indicating a potential upside of 21.75%. Given BlackRock TCP Capital’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BlackRock TCP Capital is more favorable than Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A.

Dividends

BlackRock TCP Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.1%. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A does not pay a dividend. BlackRock TCP Capital pays out 72.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

62.3% of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.7% of BlackRock TCP Capital shares are held by institutional investors. 4.8% of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.6% of BlackRock TCP Capital shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A and BlackRock TCP Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A 19.78% 5.51% 2.71%
BlackRock TCP Capital 32.55% 11.22% 5.90%

Risk and Volatility

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackRock TCP Capital has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A beats BlackRock TCP Capital on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. Its segments include Insurance, such as GEICO, Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group, General Re Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group; Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, which is engaged in the operation of the railroad system; Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which includes regulated electric and gas utility; Manufacturing, which includes manufacturers of various products, including industrial, consumer and building products; McLane Company, which is engaged in the wholesale distribution of groceries and non-food items; Service and retailing, which includes providers of various services, including fractional aircraft ownership programs, aviation pilot training and various retailing businesses, and Finance and financial products, which includes manufactured housing and related consumer financing, transportation equipment, manufacturing and leasing, and furniture leasing.

About BlackRock TCP Capital

TCP Capital Corp. is an externally managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to achieve high total returns through current income and capital appreciation, with an emphasis on principal protection. It invests in the debt of middle-market companies, as well as small businesses, including senior secured loans, junior loans, mezzanine debt and bonds. Its investments may include an equity component and may make equity investments directly. It intends to focus on privately negotiated investments in debt of middle-market companies. It may make investments of all kinds and at all levels of the capital structure, including in equity interests, such as preferred or common stock and warrants or options received in connection with its debt investments. As of December 31, 2016, its investment portfolio consisted of 90 portfolio companies. Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC is the investment manager and advisor of the Company.

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