Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund (CTR) and Kayne Anderson Energy Development (KED) Financial Review

Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund (NYSE: CTR) and Kayne Anderson Energy Development (NYSE:KED) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund and Kayne Anderson Energy Development, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund 0 0 0 0 N/A
Kayne Anderson Energy Development 0 0 1 0 3.00

Kayne Anderson Energy Development has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 29.87%. Given Kayne Anderson Energy Development’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kayne Anderson Energy Development is more favorable than Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund and Kayne Anderson Energy Development’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kayne Anderson Energy Development N/A N/A N/A ($1.28) -12.03

Dividends

Kayne Anderson Energy Development pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.4%. Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund does not pay a dividend. Kayne Anderson Energy Development pays out -125.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund has a beta of 1.42, meaning that its share price is 42% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kayne Anderson Energy Development has a beta of 1.23, meaning that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund and Kayne Anderson Energy Development’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund N/A N/A N/A
Kayne Anderson Energy Development -1,287.36% -21.01% -12.58%

About Clearbridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund

ClearBridge Energy MLP Total Return Fund Inc. is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide a high level of total return, consisting of cash distributions and capital appreciation. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing primarily in energy master limited partnerships (MLPs). Under normal market conditions, the Fund invests at least 80% of its managed assets in energy MLPs. Energy entities are engaged in the business of exploring, developing, producing, gathering, transporting, processing, storing, refining, distributing, mining or marketing natural gas, natural gas liquids (including propane), crude oil, refined petroleum products or coal. Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC (LMPFA) is the Fund’s investment manager and ClearBridge Investments, LLC is the Fund’s subadvisor.

About Kayne Anderson Energy Development

Kayne Anderson Energy Development Company is a non-diversified, closed-end fund. The Fund’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation, through equity and debt investments. It seeks to achieve this objective by investing approximately 80% of its total assets in securities of companies that derive their revenue from activities in the energy industry, including midstream energy companies, which operates assets used to gather, transport, process, treat, terminal and store natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil or refined petroleum products; upstream energy companies, which are engaged in the exploration, extraction and production of natural resources, including natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil, from onshore and offshore geological reservoirs, and other energy companies, which are engaged in owning, leasing, managing, producing, processing and selling of coal and coal reserves. KA Fund Advisors, LLC is the advisor of the Fund.

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