Head-To-Head Contrast: Barings BDC (BBDC) and The Competition

Barings BDC (NYSE: BBDC) is one of 54 publicly-traded companies in the “Investment advice” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Barings BDC to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Barings BDC and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barings BDC -3.56% 9.00% 4.93%
Barings BDC Competitors 15.08% 19.27% 10.74%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Barings BDC and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Barings BDC $123.00 million -$28.65 million 6.45
Barings BDC Competitors $2.48 billion $265.99 million 11.28

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

Risk and Volatility

Barings BDC has a beta of 0.7, suggesting that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barings BDC’s peers have a beta of 1.15, suggesting that their average share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.7% of Barings BDC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of shares of all “Investment advice” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.5% of Barings BDC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.5% of shares of all “Investment advice” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Barings BDC pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Barings BDC pays out 7.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Investment advice” companies pay a dividend yield of 4.0% and pay out 43.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Barings BDC and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barings BDC 0 1 1 0 2.50
Barings BDC Competitors 442 2003 2370 124 2.44

Barings BDC presently has a consensus price target of $13.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.13%. As a group, “Investment advice” companies have a potential upside of 30.55%. Given Barings BDC’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Barings BDC has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Barings BDC peers beat Barings BDC on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Barings BDC

Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE:BBDC) is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. It focuses on leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, ESOPs, change of control transactions, acquisition financings, growth financing, and recapitalizations in lower middle market, mature, and later stage companies. The firm prefers to make investments in many business sectors including manufacturing, distribution, transportation, energy, communications, health services, restaurants, media, and others. It primarily invests in companies located throughout the United States, with an emphasis on the Southeast and Midatlantic. The firm makes equity investments between $1 million and $25 million and debt investments between $5 million and $30 million per transaction, in companies having annual revenues between $20 million and $200 million and EBITDA between $3 million and $35 million and can also co-invest. It typically makes investments between $5 million and $35 million. It primarily invests in senior subordinated debt securities secured by second lien security interests in portfolio company assets, coupled with equity interests. The firm also invests in senior debt securities secured by first lien security interests in portfolio companies. Triangle Capital Corporation was incorporated on October 10, 2006 and is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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