Analyzing WhiteHorse Finance (WHF) and The Competition

WhiteHorse Finance (NASDAQ: WHF) is one of 577 publicly-traded companies in the “Closed End Funds” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare WhiteHorse Finance to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and risk.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares WhiteHorse Finance and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
WhiteHorse Finance N/A N/A 7.84
WhiteHorse Finance Competitors $57.58 million $38.88 million 0.03

WhiteHorse Finance’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than WhiteHorse Finance. WhiteHorse Finance is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

WhiteHorse Finance pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.6%. WhiteHorse Finance pays out 75.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies pay a dividend yield of 8.7% and pay out 85.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. WhiteHorse Finance is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

9.6% of WhiteHorse Finance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of WhiteHorse Finance shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of shares of all “Closed End Funds” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for WhiteHorse Finance and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WhiteHorse Finance 0 1 0 0 2.00
WhiteHorse Finance Competitors 197 1204 1421 14 2.44

WhiteHorse Finance presently has a consensus target price of $15.00, suggesting a potential upside of 1.83%. As a group, “Closed End Funds” companies have a potential upside of 47.28%. Given WhiteHorse Finance’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe WhiteHorse Finance has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

WhiteHorse Finance has a beta of 0.76, meaning that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WhiteHorse Finance’s competitors have a beta of 0.55, meaning that their average share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares WhiteHorse Finance and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WhiteHorse Finance 62.57% 10.57% 5.99%
WhiteHorse Finance Competitors -47.90% 6.94% 5.34%

Summary

WhiteHorse Finance competitors beat WhiteHorse Finance on 7 of the 13 factors compared.

WhiteHorse Finance Company Profile

WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company is a direct lender targeting debt investments in privately held, small-cap companies located in the United States. The Company’s investment objective is to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns primarily by originating and investing in senior secured loans, including first lien and second lien facilities, to performing small-cap companies across a range of industries that typically carry a floating interest rate based on the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and have a term of 3 to 6 years. The Company may also make investments at other levels of a company’s capital structure, including mezzanine loans or equity interests. The Company also may receive warrants to purchase common stock in connection with its debt investments. Its investment advisor is H.I.G. WhiteHorse Advisers, LLC.

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