Media stories about Capital Southwest (NASDAQ:CSWC) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Capital Southwest earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the asset manager an impact score of 47.4772870215602 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.
Capital Southwest (NASDAQ CSWC) traded up $0.24 during trading on Friday, hitting $16.78. The company had a trading volume of 20,405 shares, compared to its average volume of 30,593. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 10.41 and a quick ratio of 10.42. Capital Southwest has a 1-year low of $15.04 and a 1-year high of $17.76. The company has a market cap of $272.21, a P/E ratio of 9.64 and a beta of 0.53.
Capital Southwest (NASDAQ:CSWC) last released its earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The asset manager reported $0.25 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.25. Capital Southwest had a return on equity of 5.09% and a net margin of 90.67%. sell-side analysts anticipate that Capital Southwest will post 1.01 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 15th were paid a $0.26 dividend. This represents a $1.04 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.20%. This is a boost from Capital Southwest’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.24. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. Capital Southwest’s payout ratio is presently 59.77%.
CSWC has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Capital Southwest from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 11th. National Securities reissued a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on shares of Capital Southwest in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services initiated coverage on Capital Southwest in a report on Thursday, November 30th. They set a “buy” rating and a $19.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, BidaskClub lowered Capital Southwest from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.00.
In related news, Director David R. Brooks bought 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 28th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $16.66 per share, for a total transaction of $33,320.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 22,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $366,520. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, VP Douglas M. Kelley bought 1,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The shares were bought at an average price of $17.00 per share, for a total transaction of $25,500.00. Following the acquisition, the vice president now directly owns 66,135 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,124,295. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders acquired 5,880 shares of company stock valued at $98,551. Insiders own 5.90% of the company’s stock.
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Capital Southwest Company Profile
Capital Southwest Corporation is an investment company that specializes in providing customized financing to middle market companies in a range of industry segments located primarily in the United States. The Company is a specialty lending company. Its principal investment objective is to produce risk-adjusted returns by generating current income from debt investments and capital appreciation from its equity and equity related investments.
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