Published Fri, 01 Nov 2019 08:40:00 -0400 on Seeking Alpha
Co-produced with Trapping Value and Treading Softly
Business Development Companies (or BDCs) are companies involved primarily in lending to small and mid-sized companies. Following the 2008 crisis, BDCs have grown significantly as regulatory pressure limited banks' ability to lend to small and medium sized companies. The banking exit from this sector has allowed multiple specialized companies to take their place. BDCs are also set up as Registered Investment Companies or RICs and are required to distribute at least 90% of their taxable income to shareholders.
We visit this segment today as it lies in tatters with investors sitting rather disillusioned on a pile of realized or unrealized losses. To begin with we can see the glaring difference in the performance of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and the VanEck Vectors BDC Income ETF (BIZD), which yields 9.5%, over the last 5 years. The 70% differential is rather distressing but it does tell about half the story. Note neither BDCL nor BIZD issue K-1 tax forms.
On a total return basis BDC's have fared much better and have narrowed the gap between the major indices.
While the income has been good, investors are still holding an underperforming asset class and wondering if it would be best to get rid of these investments in lieu of broader market exposure. This is understandable as even that performance of 34% total returns has been driven by a few strong BDCs, while most BDCs have lagged the sector ETF's... Read more
|Stock name||Last trade||P/E||Earnings/Share||Dividend/Share||Dividend yield|
|PENNANTPARK FLOATING RATE CAPITAL||11.68||30.0||0.39||1.14||9.81|
|MAIN STREET CAPITAL||43.18||16.8||2.57||2.46||5.69|
|SPDR S&P 500 ETF||301.29||0.0||0.00||5.42||1.82|
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