GSV Capital Corp (NASDAQ: GSVC) and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. (NYSE:TPVG) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.7% of GSV Capital Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.3% of TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of GSV Capital Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares GSV Capital Corp and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GSV Capital Corp N/A N/A N/A ($1.09) -5.14
TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. N/A N/A N/A $1.89 7.31

GSV Capital Corp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

GSV Capital Corp has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. has a beta of 1.34, indicating that its stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares GSV Capital Corp and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GSV Capital Corp -1,701.22% -5.43% -3.25%
TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. 56.60% 13.05% 6.50%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for GSV Capital Corp and TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp., as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GSV Capital Corp 0 1 0 0 2.00
TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. 0 1 0 0 2.00

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.38%. Given TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp.’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. is more favorable than GSV Capital Corp.

Dividends

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.4%. GSV Capital Corp does not pay a dividend. TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. pays out 76.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. beats GSV Capital Corp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GSV Capital Corp

GSV Capital Corp. (GSV Capital) is an externally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio’s total return, principally by seeking capital gains on its equity and equity-related investments. The Company invests principally in the equity securities, which are venture-capital-backed emerging companies. The Company acquires its investments through direct investments with portfolio companies, secondary marketplaces for private companies and negotiations with selling stockholders. The Company may also invest in select publicly traded equity securities or certain non-United States companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. It seeks to invest approximately 90% of its portfolio in late-stage companies and the remaining approximately 10% in emerging companies that fit within its targeted areas. Its investment activities are managed by its investment advisor, GSV Asset Management, LLC.

About TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp.

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corp. is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize its total return to stockholders primarily in the form of current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation by primarily lending with warrants to venture growth stage companies focused in technology, life sciences and other high growth industries, which are backed by TriplePoint Capital LLC’s (TPC) select group of venture capital investors. The Company targets investment opportunities in venture growth stage companies backed by venture capital investors. The Company originates and invests primarily in loans that have a secured collateral position and are used by venture growth stage companies to finance their continued expansion and growth, equipment financings and, on a select basis, revolving loans. The Company is managed by TPVG Advisers LLC.

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