Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI) and Blackrock Capital Investment (NASDAQ:BKCC) are both small-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.
This table compares Navigant Consulting and Blackrock Capital Investment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Blackrock Capital Investment||6.07%||9.02%||6.02%|
Navigant Consulting has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blackrock Capital Investment has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Navigant Consulting and Blackrock Capital Investment’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Navigant Consulting||$1.03 billion||1.07||$74.95 million||$1.09||22.49|
|Blackrock Capital Investment||$97.33 million||4.82||$20.90 million||$0.73||8.89|
Navigant Consulting has higher revenue and earnings than Blackrock Capital Investment. Blackrock Capital Investment is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Navigant Consulting, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Blackrock Capital Investment pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.1%. Navigant Consulting does not pay a dividend. Blackrock Capital Investment pays out 98.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.
This is a summary of current ratings for Navigant Consulting and Blackrock Capital Investment, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Blackrock Capital Investment||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Navigant Consulting currently has a consensus target price of $26.00, suggesting a potential upside of 6.08%. Blackrock Capital Investment has a consensus target price of $7.25, suggesting a potential upside of 11.71%. Given Blackrock Capital Investment’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Blackrock Capital Investment is more favorable than Navigant Consulting.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
92.7% of Navigant Consulting shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.3% of Blackrock Capital Investment shares are held by institutional investors. 2.8% of Navigant Consulting shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Blackrock Capital Investment shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Navigant Consulting beats Blackrock Capital Investment on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
Navigant Consulting Company Profile
Navigant Consulting, Inc. provides professional services to corporate executives and senior management, corporate counsel, law firms, corporate boards, special committees, and governmental agencies worldwide. It operates through four segments: Healthcare; Energy; Financial Services Advisory and Compliance; and Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology. The Healthcare segment offers consulting and business process management services to healthcare providers, payers, and life sciences companies. This segment helps clients respond to market legislative changes, such as the shift to an outcome and value-based reimbursements model, ongoing industry consolidation and reorganization, Medicaid expansion, the implementation of a new electronic health records system, and product planning and commercialization expertise. The Energy segment provides advisory services to utilities, governmental agencies, manufacturers, and investors. This segment offers its clients with advisory solutions in business strategy and planning, distributed energy resources and renewables, energy efficiency and demand response, and grid modernization, as well as various benchmarking and research services. The Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment provides strategic, operational, valuation, risk management, investigative, and compliance advisory services to clients primarily in the financial services industry, including financial and insurance institutions. This segment also offers anti-corruption solutions and anti-money laundering consulting, litigation support, and tax compliance and valuation services. The Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment provides professional services, including accounting, regulatory, construction, and computer forensic, as well as valuation and economic analysis. Navigant Consulting, Inc. was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Blackrock Capital Investment Company Profile
BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation is an externally-managed, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through its debt and equity investments. The Company provides middle-market companies with a range of financing solutions, including senior and junior secured, unsecured and subordinated debt securities and loans, and equity securities. Its targeted investment typically ranges between $10 million and $50 million. The Company generally seeks to invest in companies that operate in a range of industries. The Company’s investments are in senior and junior secured, unsecured and subordinated loans to the United States private and certain public middle-market companies. The Company’s investment advisor is BlackRock Advisors, LLC.
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