Financial Contrast: Gladstone Capital Corporation (GLAD) versus Its Rivals

Gladstone Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: GLAD) is one of 576 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Gladstone Capital Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Gladstone Capital Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. Gladstone Capital Corporation pays out 62.2% 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 87.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Gladstone Capital Corporation has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Gladstone Capital Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.55, meaning that their average stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Gladstone Capital Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gladstone Capital Corporation 1 3 1 0 2.00
Gladstone Capital Corporation Competitors 195 1198 1416 14 2.44

Gladstone Capital Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $9.16, suggesting a potential downside of 5.25%. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 45.19%. Given Gladstone Capital Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Gladstone Capital Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Gladstone Capital Corporation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Gladstone Capital Corporation N/A N/A 7.16
Gladstone Capital Corporation Competitors $57.58 million $38.86 million -0.10

Gladstone Capital Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Gladstone Capital Corporation. Gladstone Capital Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

14.4% of Gladstone Capital Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.5% of Gladstone Capital Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Gladstone Capital Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gladstone Capital Corporation 85.01% 9.88% 6.26%
Gladstone Capital Corporation Competitors -47.90% 6.83% 5.27%

About Gladstone Capital Corporation

Gladstone Capital Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company, operating as a business development company (BDC). The objectives of the Company are to achieve and grow current income by investing in debt securities of established businesses that it believes will provide stable earnings and cash flow to pay expenses, make principal and interest payments on its outstanding indebtedness and make distributions to stockholders that grow over time, and to provide its stockholders with long-term capital appreciation in the value of its assets by investing in equity securities of established businesses that it believes can grow over time to permit it to sell its equity investments for capital gains. The Company is focused on investing in lower middle-market companies in the United States. It has investments in south, Midwest, west and northeast of the United States. Its portfolio allocation includes debt investments and equity investments.

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