Contrasting TPG Specialty Lending (TSLX) & Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM (ACSF)

TPG Specialty Lending (NYSE:TSLX) and Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM (OTCMKTS:ACSF) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares TPG Specialty Lending and Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
TPG Specialty Lending $261.91 million 4.98 $143.88 million $2.25 8.77
Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

TPG Specialty Lending has higher revenue and earnings than Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM.

Dividends

TPG Specialty Lending pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.9%. Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM pays an annual dividend of $1.07 per share and has a dividend yield of 29.1%. TPG Specialty Lending pays out 69.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for TPG Specialty Lending and Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TPG Specialty Lending 0 1 5 0 2.83
Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM 0 0 0 0 N/A

TPG Specialty Lending presently has a consensus target price of $21.33, suggesting a potential upside of 8.07%. Given TPG Specialty Lending’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe TPG Specialty Lending is more favorable than Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

57.6% of TPG Specialty Lending shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 27.1% of Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM shares are held by institutional investors. 4.4% of TPG Specialty Lending shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares TPG Specialty Lending and Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TPG Specialty Lending 48.29% 13.05% 7.37%
Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM N/A N/A N/A

Summary

TPG Specialty Lending beats Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

TPG Specialty Lending Company Profile

TPG Specialty Lending, Inc. is a business development company. The fund provides senior secured loans (first-lien, second-lien, and unitranche), mezzanine debt, non-control structured equity, and common equity with a focus on co-investments for organic growth, acquisitions, market or product expansion, restructuring initiatives, recapitalizations, and refinancing. The fund invests in business services, software & technology, healthcare, energy, consumer & retail, manufacturing, industrials, royalty related businesses, education, and specialty finance. It seeks to finance middle market companies principally located in the United States. The fund invests in companies with enterprise value between $50 million and $1 billion or more and EBITDA between $10 million and $250 million. The transaction size is between $15 million and $350 million. The fund invests across the spectrum of the capital structure and can arrange syndicated transactions of up to $500 million and hold sizeable positions within its credits.

Amern Cap Sr Fl/COM Company Profile

American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. is a business development company specializing in first lien and second lien floating rate loans. It also invests in equity tranches of collateralized loan obligations equity tranches of collateralized loan obligations.

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