TICC Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TICC) and GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ:GSVC) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, earnings and profitabiliy.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TICC Capital Corp. and GSV Capital Corp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TICC Capital Corp. $70.48 million 4.81 $123.55 million $2.40 2.75
GSV Capital Corp N/A N/A N/A ($2.09) -1.86

TICC Capital Corp. has higher revenue and earnings than GSV Capital Corp. GSV Capital Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TICC Capital Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

TICC Capital Corp. has a beta of 0.69, meaning that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, GSV Capital Corp has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its stock price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares TICC Capital Corp. and GSV Capital Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TICC Capital Corp. 197.98% 7.55% 4.29%
GSV Capital Corp N/A -3.15% -2.00%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for TICC Capital Corp. and GSV Capital Corp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TICC Capital Corp. 3 0 0 0 1.00
GSV Capital Corp 0 1 0 0 2.00

TICC Capital Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $6.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.95%. Given TICC Capital Corp.’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe TICC Capital Corp. is more favorable than GSV Capital Corp.

Dividends

TICC Capital Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 12.1%. GSV Capital Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. TICC Capital Corp. pays out 33.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. GSV Capital Corp pays out -1.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

19.7% of TICC Capital Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.8% of GSV Capital Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.9% of TICC Capital Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.5% of GSV Capital Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

TICC Capital Corp. beats GSV Capital Corp on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

TICC Capital Corp. Company Profile

TICC Capital Corp. is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio’s total return. The Company primarily focuses on seeking current income by investing primarily in corporate debt securities. The Company’s debt investments may include syndicated loans and bilateral loans. The Company holds interests in structured finance investments, including collateralized loan obligation (CLO) investment vehicles that own debt securities. CLO investments may also include warehouse facilities, which are financing structures intended to aggregate loans that may be used to form the basis of a CLO vehicle. The Company may also invest in publicly traded debt and/or equity securities. Its portfolio includes its investments in various industries, such as structured finance, telecommunication services, business services, printing and publishing, and financial intermediaries. TICC Management, LLC is its investment advisor.

GSV Capital Corp Company Profile

GSV Capital Corp. (GSV Capital) is an externally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio’s total return, principally by seeking capital gains on its equity and equity-related investments. The Company invests principally in the equity securities, which are venture-capital-backed emerging companies. The Company acquires its investments through direct investments with portfolio companies, secondary marketplaces for private companies and negotiations with selling stockholders. The Company may also invest in select publicly traded equity securities or certain non-United States companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. It seeks to invest approximately 90% of its portfolio in late-stage companies and the remaining approximately 10% in emerging companies that fit within its targeted areas. Its investment activities are managed by its investment advisor, GSV Asset Management, LLC.

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