Reviewing Portman Ridge Finance (PTMN) and Ampal American Israel (AMPLQ)

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Portman Ridge Finance (NASDAQ:PTMN) and Ampal American Israel (OTCMKTS:AMPLQ) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

27.6% of Portman Ridge Finance shares are held by institutional investors. 8.1% of Portman Ridge Finance shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 63.4% of Ampal American Israel shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Portman Ridge Finance and Ampal American Israel, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Portman Ridge Finance 0 0 0 0 N/A
Ampal American Israel 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Portman Ridge Finance pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.4%. Ampal American Israel does not pay a dividend. Portman Ridge Finance pays out 148.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Portman Ridge Finance and Ampal American Israel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Portman Ridge Finance -35.34% 5.81% 3.52%
Ampal American Israel N/A N/A N/A

Risk and Volatility

Portman Ridge Finance has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Ampal American Israel has a beta of -13.33, indicating that its share price is 1,433% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Portman Ridge Finance and Ampal American Israel’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Portman Ridge Finance $27.09 million 4.12 -$9.57 million $0.27 11.07
Ampal American Israel N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ampal American Israel has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Portman Ridge Finance.

Summary

Portman Ridge Finance beats Ampal American Israel on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Portman Ridge Finance

Portman Ridge Finance Corp. is a private equity fund and non-diversified closed-end investment company that invests in middle market companies generating consistent cash flows located in North America. It targets companies operating across a broad range of sectors such as aerospace and defense, automotive, beverage, food and tobacco, broadcasting and entertainment, buildings and real estate, personal and cargo transport, chemicals, plastics and rubber, containers, packaging and glass, diversified or conglomerate service, ecological, electronics, finance, and healthcare. The company was founded on August 8, 2006 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

About Ampal American Israel

Ampal-American Israel Corp. is engaged in acquiring interests of businesses in the state of israel of that are israel-related. The company investment principally focus on companies and ventures. It operates in five segments: chemical, energy, real estate rental, leisure-time and finance. The company was founded in 1942 and is headquartered in Herzliya, Israel.

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