Financial Review: Sutter Rock Capital (NASDAQ:SSSS) versus ASA Gold and Precious Metals (NASDAQ:ASA)

Sutter Rock Capital (NASDAQ:SSSS) and ASA Gold and Precious Metals (NYSE:ASA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Sutter Rock Capital and ASA Gold and Precious Metals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sutter Rock Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A
ASA Gold and Precious Metals 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

ASA Gold and Precious Metals pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Sutter Rock Capital does not pay a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Sutter Rock Capital and ASA Gold and Precious Metals’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Sutter Rock Capital $1.62 million 77.82 $890,000.00 ($0.37) -17.24
ASA Gold and Precious Metals N/A N/A -$2.00 million N/A N/A

Sutter Rock Capital has higher revenue and earnings than ASA Gold and Precious Metals.

Profitability

This table compares Sutter Rock Capital and ASA Gold and Precious Metals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sutter Rock Capital 108.18% -2.11% -1.28%
ASA Gold and Precious Metals N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

30.6% of Sutter Rock Capital shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.4% of ASA Gold and Precious Metals shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Sutter Rock Capital shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.2% of ASA Gold and Precious Metals shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Sutter Rock Capital beats ASA Gold and Precious Metals on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Sutter Rock Capital Company Profile

Sutter Rock Capital Corp. is specializing in growth capital, B round and beyond, emerging growth, and pre-IPO investments in late stage venture-backed private companies. It makes direct (primary rounds) investments in companies and also makes secondary direct investments. The fund may also invest in select publicly-traded equity securities of companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. It seeks to invest in the technology subsectors of social/mobile marketplaces, sustainability, cloud computing and big data, social media, mobile computing and applications, software as a service, Internet commerce, green technology and education technology. The fund invests in the form of non-controlling equity and equity-related investments, including common stock, warrants, preferred stock and similar forms of senior equity, which may or may not be convertible into a portfolio company's common equity, and convertible debt securities with a significant equity component. It will invest in companies based in United States. It generally invests in companies with a market value of over $100 million. Typically, the firm exits its position within 18 months of going public, or 12 months after any relevant lock-up has expired.

ASA Gold and Precious Metals Company Profile

ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm invests in the public equity markets across the globe. It primarily invests in stocks of companies engaged in the exploration, mining or processing of gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, or other precious minerals. The firm employs fundamental analysis, with a focus on bottom-up research to make its investments. ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited was founded in 1958 and is based in San Mateo, California with an additional office in Buffalo, New York.

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