Media headlines about Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Stellus Capital Investment earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the investment management company an impact score of 44.9560458172497 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Stellus Capital Investment (SCM) opened at $12.68 on Friday. Stellus Capital Investment has a fifty-two week low of $11.57 and a fifty-two week high of $14.82. The company has a quick ratio of 0.44, a current ratio of 0.44 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50. The stock has a market capitalization of $206.82, a PE ratio of 7.55 and a beta of 0.54.

Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The investment management company reported $0.29 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.31 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $9.98 million for the quarter. Stellus Capital Investment had a net margin of 57.94% and a return on equity of 9.35%. research analysts anticipate that Stellus Capital Investment will post 1.26 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 12th. Investors of record on Friday, December 29th will be given a dividend of $0.1133 per share. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 10.72%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, December 28th. Stellus Capital Investment’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 80.95%.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on SCM shares. ValuEngine downgraded Stellus Capital Investment from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services began coverage on Stellus Capital Investment in a research report on Monday, September 25th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $14.50 price objective on the stock. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $14.00 target price on shares of Stellus Capital Investment in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $14.50.

In other news, Director Dean D’angelo purchased 12,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 8th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $12.31 per share, for a total transaction of $153,875.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 76,327 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $939,585.37. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Robert T. Ladd purchased 78,093 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $12.40 per share, with a total value of $968,353.20. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have acquired 196,686 shares of company stock worth $2,439,120. Company insiders own 4.20% of the company’s stock.

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Stellus Capital Investment Company Profile

Stellus Capital Investment Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company originates and invests primarily in private middle-market companies through first lien, second lien, unitranche and mezzanine debt financing, with corresponding equity co-investments. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize the total return to its stockholders in the form of current income and capital appreciation.

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