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Prospect Capital’s Selection Is Key to Risk Return Profile
Prospect Capital (PSEC) announced on May 6 that it has completed one new investment and several follow-on investments totaling $219 million in 3Q15, which ended on March 31, 2015.
Prospect Capital Yields Stabilize in Difficult 3Q15
Prospect Capital has managed to generate above-market yields through disciplined credit selection and a diverse origination approach.
Prospect Capital: Could Yields Stabilize or Rise in 2018?
Prospect Capital (PSEC) has experienced yield compression in recent quarters, largely due to its efforts to reduce risk and focus on quality credit.
How Will Prospect Capital Fare in 1Q18?
Prospect Capital has generated a return of 4.1% on its assets on a last-12-month (or LTM) basis.
Prospect Capital: Impact of Macro Policy Decisions, Reforms
Prospect Capital (PSEC) is registered as a business development company (or BDC), which means that if it pays 90% of its profits in dividends, it won’t have to pay any taxes.
Analyzing Prospect Capital’s Net Investment Income
Prospect Capital has a market capitalization of $2.2 billion.
Ares Capital Is Expected to See Stable Performance in 3Q
Ares Capital (ARCC) is expected to post core EPS (earnings per share) of $0.39 in the third quarter compared to $0.41 in the prior year’s quarter.
Prospect’s Fiscal 3Q18 Results Beat Estimates
Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC) released its earnings report for fiscal 3Q18 on May 9. The results were for the quarter that ended on March 31.
Behind Prospect Capital’s Valuations after Fiscal 2Q18 Results
Prospect Capital has a PE (price-to-earnings ratio) of 8.61x on a next-12-month basis compared to its peer average of 8.41x, implying Prospect’s higher valuation.
Understanding Prospect Capital’s Originations and Repayments
Prospect Capital (PSEC) has made first lien, senior, and secured debt a priority in terms of originations because this will help it to hedge downside risk.
Understanding Prospect Capital’s Operating Expenses
Prospect Capital (PSEC) incurred total operating expenses of $89.2 million in fiscal 2Q18 compared to $99 million in fiscal 2Q17.
What Does Prospect Capital’s Portfolio Look Like?
Prospect Capital’s (PSEC) management has indicated a positive view on the company’s future.
Why Prospect’s Investment Income Fell
In fiscal 2Q18, Prospect Capital’s (PSEC) total investment income was $162.4 million compared to $183.4 million a year earlier.
Prospect Capital Beats Earnings, Revenue Estimates
Prospect Capital (PSEC) generated NII (net investment income) per share of $0.20 in its fiscal 2Q18, which ended on December 31, 2017.
What to Expect for Prospect Capital’s Yield Expansion in 2018
Prospect Capital (PSEC) has seen a decline in yields in recent quarters to 9.9% compared to a high of 13% in 2016.
Prospect Capital: Real Estate, Online, Structure Credit
Prospect Capital’s (PSEC) exits and repayments have largely been in debt-related investments.
Prospect Capital Banking on Investment Pipeline for Originations
Prospect Capital (PSEC) managed originations of $222 million, which was lower than the prior year’s number. Its exits and repayments stood at $258 million.
Understanding Prospect’s Total Investments
As of September 30, Prospect Capital (PSEC) reported total investments amounting to $5.6 billion (fair value), a marginal fall from its total investments balance as of June 30.
Prospect Capital: Earnings per Share and Revenues Miss Estimates
Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC) released its earnings report for fiscal 1Q18 on November 8. The company failed to meet the projections Wall Street analysts had set for earnings per share or EPS and revenues.
Assessing Prospect Capital’s Discounted Valuations
Analysts have given a one-year price target of $6.88 per share on Prospect Capital stock, which reflects a marginal rise of 0.29% from its current price.
Behind Prospect Capital’s Total Fiscal 2017 Dividends
Prospect Capital (PSEC) declared total dividends of $1.00 per share in fiscal 2017, which is the same as it declared in fiscal 2016.
Understanding Prospect Capital’s Decline in Originations
Prospect Capital (PSEC) witnessed a substantial fall in its originations in fiscal 4Q17, compared with fiscal 3Q17.
Why Secured Lending Is Prospect Capital’s Priority
Prospect Capital’s (PSEC) total investments at fair value in fiscal 4Q17 stood at $5.8 billion, reflecting a marginal fall from $6.0 billion in fiscal 3Q17.
Prospect Capital Witnesses Fall in Total Investment Income
Prospect Capital witnessed a fall in its fiscal 4Q17 total investment income, from $193 million in fiscal 4Q16 to $166.7 million last quarter.
Prospect Capital Misses Fiscal 4Q17 Earnings and Revenue Estimates
Prospect Capital (PSEC) reported EPS (earnings per share) of $0.19 in fiscal 4Q17, missing the analysts’ estimate of $0.21.
Ares Capital Corporation: Behind Analysts’ Positive Ratings
Of the 14 analysts currently covering Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC), four analysts rated the stock as a “buy,” six analysts gave “strong buy” ratings, and the remaining four analysts gave “hold” ratings.
Ares Capital’s Premium Valuations amid Declining Net Asset Value
Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) currently has a price-to-sales ratio of ~4.6x.
Ares Capital’s Dividend to Remain the Same in 2017
Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) is expected to declare a dividend of $1.52 per share in 2017.
Insights on Ares Capital’s Portfolio Companies and Exits in 2Q17
In 2Q17, Ares Capital made exits valued at $1.8 billion.
Ares Capital’s Purchase of Loans from SSLP
Within one year, Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) stock is expected to reach $18.21, reflecting a rise of ~11.0% from its current price.
Ares Capital Corporation Missed Analysts’ Estimates in 2Q17
Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) posted its 2Q17 earnings report on August 2. ARCC reported its core earnings of $0.34 per share, missing the analysts’ estimate of $0.36 per share.
Prospect Capital’s Ratings: What Wall Street Analysts Have to Say
Although Prospect Capital (PSEC) has been delivering decent returns to investors, there has not been much change in the analysts’ ratings.
Prospect Capital’s Increasing Valuations in 2017
Analysts have given PSEC a one-year price target of $8.50 from the current price level, reflecting 0.7% growth.
Prospect Capital’s Total Investments Increase in 2017
In fiscal 3Q17, Prospect Capital’s total value of investments stood at $6.0 billion in 125 companies, compared to $5.9 billion in fiscal 2Q17 in 123 companies.
Prospect Capital Prioritizes Secured Lending
About 70% of Prospect Capital’s portfolio is composed of first and second lien secured loans
Prospect Capital Adopts a Conservative Approach in Fiscal 3Q17
Prospect Capital’s (PSEC) originations decreased in fiscal 3Q17 to $449.6 million compared to $469.5 million in fiscal 2Q17.
Prospect Capital’s Disappointing Performance in Fiscal 3Q17
Prospect Capital (PSEC) reported a decline in its net investment income in its fiscal 3Q17 earnings. Analysts expect PSEC’s fiscal 4Q17 EPS to reach $0.20, representing no change from fiscal 3Q17.
Ares Capital’s Analyst Ratings Suggest Stable Earnings in 2017
In February 2017, 12 of the 17 analysts covering Ares Capital, or ~71%, have rated it as a “buy” or a “strong buy.”
Ares Capital Valuations at a Premium on Relative Outperformance
Ares Capital stock has risen ~11.7% over the past six months. The company saw a strong performance in 4Q16 on higher deployment, stable yields, and expense management.
Ares Capital’s Preference for Second Lien Continued in 4Q16
Ares Capital has consistently enhanced its exposure to second lien debt in a bid to generate higher yields. In 4Q16, its second lien debt made up 33% of its new commitments.
Ares Capital’s Credit Statistics Deteriorated Marginally in 4Q16
Ares Capital’s (ARCC) portfolio totaled $8.8 billion at fair value on December 31, 2016. Its total assets stood at $9.2 billion.
What Analyst Ratings Say about Ares Capital’s Performance
Analysts’ ratings for Ares Capital Ares Capital’s (ARCC) analyst ratings have improved over the past few months due to rising earnings and originations. So far in February 2017, twelve of the 17 analysts covering the company have rated it as a “buy” or a “strong buy.” Five analysts rated it as a “hold.” Since January 2017, Ares […]
What Boosted Ares Capital’s Valuation?
Stock performance Ares Capital (ARCC) stock has risen ~14% over the past six months and 37% over the past year due to improved operating performance. In 3Q16, the company saw higher deployments and yields, and lower expenses. The company declared a dividend of $0.38 per share in 3Q16, in line with that of 3Q15. With a dividend […]
Could Ares Capital’s Second-Lien Preference Continue in 4Q?
Second-lien preference Ares Capital (ARCC) has consistently increased its exposure to investments in second-lien debt to garner higher yields. In 3Q16, second-lien debt made up 23% of its new commitments and exits made up 18%. Second-lien loans formed 32% of the company’s total portfolio, and first-lien senior secured loans fell to 25% from 29% in […]
Ares Capital’s Credit Statistics Expected to Improve in 4Q16
Broad markets driving statistics Ares Capital’s (ARCC) portfolio valuation and total assets stood at $8.8 billion and $9.1 billion, respectively, on September 30, 2016. The company’s corporate borrowers posted last-12-month EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) growth of ~7% due to adequate growth and repayment capability. In 3Q16, Ares Capital’s credit statistics fell, with non-accrual […]
What Analyst Ratings Suggest about Prospect’s Performance
Analysts’ ratings for Prospect Of the eight analysts covering Prospect Capital (PSEC), two rated it a “buy” or “strong buy” in January 2017. Three analysts, or ~37.5%, rated it a “hold.” One analyst rated Prospect an “underperform” and two analysts rated the company a “sell.” Prospect’s mean target price is $8.05 per share, implying a fall of 7.9% […]
How Prospect Generated Strong Yields
Generating strong yields Prospect Capital’s (PSEC) valuation gap has narrowed more than its industry peers’ and the broader market’s (SPX) (SPY), reflecting improved performance over the past few quarters. The company didn’t provide any further guidelines on possible spin-offs of profitable divisions in a bid to raise capital. If the stock rises, at least above the […]
A Look at Prospect’s Net Exits and Focus on Retail Lending
Exits higher than origination In fiscal 2Q17, Prospect Capital (PSEC) made portfolio investments of $470 million, which is a substantial rise over the $347 million invested in fiscal 1Q17. These funds were deployed in new and multiple follow-on investments. The company saw higher net exits than it did in the previous quarter, in line with […]
Apollo Investment Valuations Fair amid Marginal Improvements
In fiscal 3Q17, Apollo Investment (AINV) repurchased 2.3 million shares at a weighted average price per share of $5.90 for a total cost of $13.6 million.
How Analysts View Apollo Investment in 2017
Four of the 15 analysts covering Apollo Investment (AINV) rated it a “buy” or “strong buy” in January 2017.
Apollo Investment Earnings Show Signs of Stabilization in Fiscal 4Q17
On February 6, 2017, Apollo Investment (AINV) posted earnings per share of $0.17 in fiscal 3Q17, beating analyst estimates of $0.16.
Prospect Capital’s Performance to Rise Marginally in 2017
In this series, we’ll look at Prospect Capital’s expected performance, deployments, portfolio strategy, yields, balance sheet strength, dividends, and valuations.
AINV’s Valuation Fair, Stock Can Rise on Earnings Surprise
Currently, Apollo Investment (AINV) is trading at 8.5x on a one-year forward earnings basis. Its peers are trading at 8.8x.
Apollo Investment Improved Bottom Line on Select Investments
Apollo Investment (AINV) posted earnings per share of $0.18 in fiscal 2Q17, compared to analyst estimates of $0.17. In this series, we’ll study AINV’s performance, yields, capital deployment, portfolio, dividends, and valuations.
What to Expect from Prospect’s, Ares’s, BlackRock’s 4Q16 Earnings
BlackRock Capital Investment (BKCC) is expected to report EPS (earnings per share) of $0.23 in 4Q16, compared to earlier estimates of $0.25.
Why Closed-End Funds Are Deploying Higher Leverages
Closed-end funds have been deploying leverage in bids to take advantage of near-zero interest rates following the 2007 financial crisis.
Prospect’s, Ares’s Originations Rise, BlackRock’s, Apollo’s Fall
The availability of credit has led to higher competition among investors and closed-end funds (PEX) seeking better investment options.
Apollo, BlackRock Target Less Risk, Unlike Ares, Prospect
Over the past few years, closed-end funds (PSP) have deployed funds in middle market companies with better credit ratings.
Prospect’s and Ares’s Yields Fell, BlackRock’s Rose in 3Q16
Closed-end funds (PEX) have been targeting higher yields by investing in second lien—or marginally risky—offerings or companies.
Closed-End Funds Are Affected by Originations, Rates
Closed-end managers deploy money in middle market companies engaged in businesses across sectors by raising capital through share issuances.
Ares Capital Stock and Valuations Rise on Strong Performance
Ares Capital (ARCC) stock has risen ~1.6% over the past six months. The company saw a strong performance in 3Q16 on higher deployment, yields, and lower expenses.
Ares Capital Second Lien Preference Evident in Portfolio Changes
Ares Capital (ARCC) has consistently enhanced its exposure to second lien debt in a bid to generate higher yields.
Ares Capital’s Yields and Credit Statistics Fell in 3Q16
Ares Capital’s (ARCC) portfolio totaled $8.8 billion at fair value as of September 30, 2016.
Prospect Could See Higher Originations in Fiscal 1Q17
In fiscal 4Q16, Prospect Capital (PSEC) made $294 million in investments, a substantial rise compared to its investments of $23 million in fiscal 3Q16.
What to Expect of Prospect Capital’s Earnings in Fiscal 1Q17
Prospect Capital (PSEC) is expected to post earnings per share (or EPS) of $0.24 in fiscal 1Q17, a fall of $0.01 compared to estimates.
Closed-End Funds Face Leverage Issues as Rate Hike Looms
Ares Capital’s (ARCC) net DE (debt-to-equity) ratio decreased to 0.73x on June 30, 2016. Management had targeted a DE ratio of 0.65x–0.75x.
How Declining Yields Are Prompting Changes at Closed-End Funds
Ares Capital (ARCC) has consistently increased its exposure to second lien senior secured debt. However, in the June quarter, second lien debt comprised only 24% of its new commitments.
Volatility Continues to Cause Net Exits for Closed-End Funds
Prospect Capital (PSEC) made portfolio investments of $294 million in the June quarter, a substantial rise from its investment of $23 million in the March quarter.
Prospect, BlackRock Lead in Yields among Closed-End Funds
Closed-end funds (PEX) have been boosting their yields by deploying capital in marginally risky asset classes or companies.
Ares Capital Stock: High Dividend Yields and Nominal Growth
As of June 2015, Ares Capital’s (ARCC) stock declined by ~5% over the past 12 months. The company paid a dividend of $0.38 per share—at par with the year before.
Ares Capital: Where It’s Investing for Future Growth
Ares Capital (ARCC) has consistently increased its exposure in second lien senior secured debt. It formed 26% of its total portfolio in 1Q15.
Ares Capital Stock Is Steady despite Difficult Market Conditions
As of June 2015, Ares Capital (ARCC) stock has declined by ~5% over the last year. The company’s market capitalization has fallen to $5.16 billion.
Prospect Capital Stock: High Dividend Yields, Oversold Valuations
Prospect Capital’s ~13% dividend yield is the highest of its investment management peers. Its recent stock troubles are due to declining yields.