Head-To-Head Analysis: WhiteHorse Finance (WHF) & NeXt Innovation (NASDAQ:GSVC)

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NeXt Innovation (NASDAQ:GSVC) and WhiteHorse Finance (NASDAQ:WHF) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Risk & Volatility

NeXt Innovation has a beta of 1.49, meaning that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WhiteHorse Finance has a beta of 0.64, meaning that its share price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

33.2% of NeXt Innovation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 8.8% of WhiteHorse Finance shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of NeXt Innovation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.2% of WhiteHorse Finance shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for NeXt Innovation and WhiteHorse Finance, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NeXt Innovation 0 0 1 0 3.00
WhiteHorse Finance 0 2 3 0 2.60

NeXt Innovation presently has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 66.92%. WhiteHorse Finance has a consensus price target of $14.30, indicating a potential upside of 7.52%. Given NeXt Innovation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe NeXt Innovation is more favorable than WhiteHorse Finance.

Profitability

This table compares NeXt Innovation and WhiteHorse Finance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NeXt Innovation N/A -7.43% -3.93%
WhiteHorse Finance 86.68% 9.61% 5.63%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NeXt Innovation and WhiteHorse Finance’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NeXt Innovation $850,000.00 159.09 $17.56 million ($0.95) -6.94
WhiteHorse Finance $54.80 million 4.99 $34.44 million $1.35 9.85

WhiteHorse Finance has higher revenue and earnings than NeXt Innovation. NeXt Innovation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than WhiteHorse Finance, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

WhiteHorse Finance pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.7%. NeXt Innovation does not pay a dividend. WhiteHorse Finance pays out 105.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

WhiteHorse Finance beats NeXt Innovation on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NeXt Innovation

GSV Capital Corp is a non-diversified closed-ended fund company. The fund invests in public and private companies located in the US and Non-US. It targets companies operating in the fields of social media, mobile computing and apps, cloud computing, software services, green technology, and education technology. It makes minority investments and provides financing for later-stage capital requirements.

About WhiteHorse Finance

WhiteHorse Finance, LLC is a business development company.

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