Comparing Great Elm Capital Group (GEC) and The Competition

Great Elm Capital Group (NASDAQ: GEC) is one of 67 publicly-traded companies in the “Application Software” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Great Elm Capital Group to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.6% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.5% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.6% of Great Elm Capital Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Application Software” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Great Elm Capital Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Great Elm Capital Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Great Elm Capital Group Competitors 183 1551 2937 98 2.62

As a group, “Application Software” companies have a potential upside of 6.38%. Given Great Elm Capital Group’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Great Elm Capital Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Great Elm Capital Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Great Elm Capital Group N/A -28.99% -21.24%
Great Elm Capital Group Competitors -65.55% -92.31% -18.21%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Great Elm Capital Group and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Great Elm Capital Group $4.92 million -$15.20 million 1.12
Great Elm Capital Group Competitors $980.90 million $67.84 million 500.09

Great Elm Capital Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Great Elm Capital Group. Great Elm Capital Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Great Elm Capital Group peers beat Great Elm Capital Group on 6 of the 8 factors compared.

Great Elm Capital Group Company Profile

Great Elm Capital Group, Inc., formerly Unwired Planet, Inc., is a holding company. The Company makes investments in businesses and assets in various industries. The Company’s investment for long-term value creation is in the asset management business. The Company continues to explore other opportunities in the investment management business, including other business development companies (BDCs) that trade at a discount to their net asset value. The Company intends to build a diversified investment company consisting of the following three business lines: investment management, financial products and merchant banking. It is embarking on a program of creating bespoke financial products and creating a pipeline of acquisition opportunities. The Company’s subsidiary is Great Elm Capital Corporation (GECC).

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