Comparing Goldman Sachs BDC (NYSE:GSBD) & Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund (NYSE:FAX)


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Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund (NYSE:FAX) and Goldman Sachs BDC (NYSE:GSBD) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund and Goldman Sachs BDC’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Goldman Sachs BDC $147.26 million 13.18 $36.15 million $1.98 9.66

Goldman Sachs BDC has higher revenue and earnings than Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund.

Dividends

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.3%. Goldman Sachs BDC pays an annual dividend of $1.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.4%. Goldman Sachs BDC pays out 90.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years and Goldman Sachs BDC has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund and Goldman Sachs BDC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund N/A N/A N/A
Goldman Sachs BDC 9.56% 11.79% 4.83%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

20.3% of Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.1% of Goldman Sachs BDC shares are held by institutional investors. 1.0% of Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Goldman Sachs BDC shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Goldman Sachs BDC has a beta of 1.42, indicating that its stock price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund and Goldman Sachs BDC, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund 0 0 0 0 N/A
Goldman Sachs BDC 0 4 1 0 2.20

Goldman Sachs BDC has a consensus price target of $15.92, indicating a potential downside of 16.75%. Given Goldman Sachs BDC’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Goldman Sachs BDC is more favorable than Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund.

Summary

Goldman Sachs BDC beats Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund Company Profile

Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. is a close ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments (Asia) Limited. It is co-managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments Australia Limited and Aberdeen Asset Managers Limited. The fund invests in fixed income markets of Asia, Australia, and New Zeland. It primarily invests in debt securities issued by governmental entities, banks, companies, and other entities. Aberdeen Asia-Pacific Income Fund, Inc. was formed on March 14, 1986 and is domiciled in the United States.

Goldman Sachs BDC Company Profile

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. is a business development company specializing in middle market and mezzanine investment in private companies. It seeks to make capital appreciation through direct originations of secured debt, senior secured debt, junior secured debt, including first lien, first lien/last-out unitranche and second lien debt, unsecured debt, including mezzanine debt and, to a lesser extent, investments in equities. The fund primarily invests in United States. It seeks to invest between $10 million and $75 million in companies with EBITDA between $5 million and $75 million annually.

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