Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund (CTR) versus TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC (TPVG) Financial Contrast

Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund (NYSE: CTR) and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC (NYSE:TPVG) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

33.8% of TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC shares are held by company 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 Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund 0 0 0 0 N/A
TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC 0 1 1 0 2.50

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC has a consensus price target of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.82%. Given TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC is more favorable than Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund.

Profitability

This table compares Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund N/A N/A N/A
TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC 43.72% 12.05% 5.99%

Volatility and Risk

Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC has a beta of 1.31, suggesting that its share price is 31% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC $43.63 million 5.37 $11.12 million $1.41 9.38

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC has higher revenue and earnings than Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund.

Dividends

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.9%. Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund does not pay a dividend. TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC pays out 102.1% 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

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC beats Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund Company Profile

ClearBridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide a high level of total return, consisting of cash distributions and capital appreciation. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing primarily in energy master limited partnerships (MLPs). Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its managed assets in energy MLPs. Energy entities are engaged in the business of exploring, developing, producing, gathering, transporting, processing, storing, refining, distributing, mining or marketing natural gas, natural gas liquids (including propane), crude oil, refined petroleum products or coal. Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (LMPFA) is the Fund’s investment manager and ClearBridge Investments, LLC is the Fund’s subadvisor.

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Company Profile

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its total return to stockholders primarily in the form of current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation by primarily lending with warrants to venture growth stage companies focused in technology, life sciences and other high growth industries, which are backed by TriplePoint Capital LLC’s (TPC) select group of venture capital investors. The Company targets investment opportunities in venture growth stage companies backed by venture capital investors. The Company originates and invests primarily in loans that have a secured collateral position and are used by venture growth stage companies to finance their continued expansion and growth, equipment financings and, on a select basis, revolving loans. The Company is managed by TPVG Advisers LLC.

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