Critical Review: MVC Capital (MVC) & The Competition

MVC Capital (NYSE: MVC) is one of 133 public companies in the “Investment offices, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare MVC Capital to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

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MVC Capital has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MVC Capital’s rivals have a beta of 0.44, indicating that their average stock price is 56% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

MVC Capital pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.0%. MVC Capital pays out -176.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment offices, not elsewhere classified” companies pay a dividend yield of 9.5% and pay out 110.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for MVC Capital and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MVC Capital 0 0 2 0 3.00
MVC Capital Competitors 93 417 466 4 2.39

MVC Capital presently has a consensus price target of $12.25, indicating a potential upside of 21.89%. As a group, “Investment offices, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 1.35%. Given MVC Capital’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe MVC Capital is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MVC Capital and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
MVC Capital $20.10 million $27.32 million -29.56
MVC Capital Competitors $84.46 million $42.33 million 4.99

MVC Capital’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than MVC Capital. MVC Capital is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares MVC Capital and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MVC Capital 108.96% -1.84% -1.26%
MVC Capital Competitors -18.51% 6.56% 3.86%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.4% of MVC Capital shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 20.4% of shares of all “Investment offices, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.9% of MVC Capital shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Investment offices, not elsewhere classified” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

MVC Capital beats its rivals on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

MVC Capital Company Profile

MVC Capital, Inc. is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to seek to maximize total return from capital appreciation and/or income. The Company’s segments are its investing operations as a business development company, which includes MVC Cayman and MVC Turf, LLC and MVC Financial Services, Inc. (MVCFS). It seeks to achieve its investment objective by providing debt and equity financing to companies, including privately owned (portfolio companies), and by establishing a subsidiary or subsidiaries that would serve as general partner to a private equity or other investment fund(s). It has investments in various sectors, including energy, specialty chemicals, automotive dealerships, electrical engineering, medical devices, industrial manufacturing, financial services and information technology. The Tokarz Group Advisers LLC is the investment advisor of the Company.

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