Analysts Set Capital Southwest Co. (NASDAQ:CSWC) Price Target at $23.75

Shares of Capital Southwest Co. (NASDAQ:CSWC) have been assigned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $23.75.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on CSWC. Raymond James raised their price objective on shares of Capital Southwest from $27.50 to $29.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 4th. B. Riley increased their target price on shares of Capital Southwest from $19.00 to $25.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, May 27th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Capital Southwest from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 27th.

Shares of CSWC traded up $0.14 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $26.34. 126,597 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 162,714. Capital Southwest has a 1-year low of $12.63 and a 1-year high of $28.33. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52, a quick ratio of 0.13 and a current ratio of 0.13. The stock has a market cap of $584.75 million, a P/E ratio of 9.12 and a beta of 1.21. The stock’s fifty day moving average is $26.20 and its 200 day moving average is $24.84.

Capital Southwest (NASDAQ:CSWC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Sunday, August 1st. The asset manager reported $0.43 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by ($0.01). Capital Southwest had a net margin of 79.95% and a return on equity of 10.40%. On average, equities research analysts predict that Capital Southwest will post 1.78 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 31st. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.47 per share. This represents a $1.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 7.14%. This is a positive change from Capital Southwest’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 14th. Capital Southwest’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 103.61%.

In related news, Director William R. Thomas III acquired 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 9th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $27.72 per share, for a total transaction of $110,880.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 7.46% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Van ECK Associates Corp grew its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 25.3% in the 1st quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 348,926 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $7,732,000 after acquiring an additional 70,550 shares during the period. Advisors Asset Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 4.2% in the 2nd quarter. Advisors Asset Management Inc. now owns 154,221 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $3,583,000 after acquiring an additional 6,277 shares during the period. Moerus Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 15.0% in the 1st quarter. Moerus Capital Management LLC now owns 135,074 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $2,993,000 after acquiring an additional 17,602 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc grew its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 3.9% in the 2nd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 133,781 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $3,108,000 after acquiring an additional 5,028 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of Capital Southwest by 10.6% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 127,576 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $2,964,000 after acquiring an additional 12,236 shares during the period. 27.12% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Capital Southwest

Capital Southwest is a publicly–owned business development company with total assets of $496 million as of June 30, 2010. We provide patient capital to exceptional businesses with significant growth potential. As a public company, we have the flexibility to hold investments indefinitely, which has provided the management teams of our holdings a stable ownership platform since we were founded in 1961.

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