Head-To-Head Survey: Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd (NYSE:GCV) versus Horizon Technology Finance (NYSE:HRZN)

Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd (NYSE:GCV) and Horizon Technology Finance (NASDAQ:HRZN) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and profitability.

Dividends

Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.1%. Horizon Technology Finance pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.1%.



Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.2% of Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.1% of Horizon Technology Finance shares are held by institutional investors. 11.6% of Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of Horizon Technology Finance shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd and Horizon Technology Finance’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Horizon Technology Finance $31.09 million 5.20 $13.01 million N/A N/A

Horizon Technology Finance has higher revenue and earnings than Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd and Horizon Technology Finance, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd 0 0 0 0 N/A
Horizon Technology Finance 1 1 1 0 2.00

Horizon Technology Finance has a consensus target price of $11.33, suggesting a potential downside of 5.08%. Given Horizon Technology Finance’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Horizon Technology Finance is more favorable than Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd.

Profitability

This table compares Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd and Horizon Technology Finance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd N/A N/A N/A
Horizon Technology Finance 42.51% 11.02% 5.76%

Risk & Volatility

Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Horizon Technology Finance has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Horizon Technology Finance beats Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Gabelli Convertbl and Incm Scrts Fnd

The Gabelli Convertible and Income Securities Fund Inc. is a closed-ended balanced mutual fund launched by GAMCO Investors, Inc. The fund is managed by Gabelli Funds, LLC. It invests in public equity and fixed income markets. The fund seeks to invest in stocks of companies operating across diversified sectors. It primarily invests in convertible securities and other debt and equity securities. The fund benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the Standard & Poor's 500 Index, Barclays Government/Credit Bond Index, and Lipper Convertible Securities Fund Average. It was formerly known as Gabelli Convertible Securities Fund Inc. The Gabelli Convertible and Income Securities Fund Inc. was formed on December 19, 1988 and is domiciled in the United States.

About Horizon Technology Finance

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation is a business development company specializing in lending and and investing in development-stage investments. It focuses on making secured debt and venture lending investments to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and cleantech industries. It seeks to invest in companies in the United States.

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