Head to Head Analysis: Stans Energy (OTCMKTS:HREEF) vs. Portman Ridge Finance (OTCMKTS:PTMN)

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Stans Energy (OTCMKTS:HREEF) and Portman Ridge Finance (NASDAQ:PTMN) are both small-cap basic materials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Stans Energy and Portman Ridge Finance’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stans Energy N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Portman Ridge Finance $27.09 million 3.38 -$9.57 million $0.27 9.07

Stans Energy has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Portman Ridge Finance.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Stans Energy and Portman Ridge Finance, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stans Energy 0 0 0 0 N/A
Portman Ridge Finance 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 16.3%. Stans Energy 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 Stans Energy and Portman Ridge Finance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stans Energy N/A N/A N/A
Portman Ridge Finance -88.64% 3.28% 1.88%

Volatility & Risk

Stans Energy has a beta of 2.49, suggesting that its stock price is 149% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Portman Ridge Finance has a beta of 0.94, suggesting that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.0% of Stans Energy shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.0% of Portman Ridge Finance shares are held by institutional investors. 6.3% of Portman Ridge Finance shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Portman Ridge Finance beats Stans Energy on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Stans Energy

Stans Energy Corp. operates as a resource development company with a focus on rare earth and specialty metal properties in Canada, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Russia. It primarily explores for uranium, rare earth elements, gold, and base metals. Stans Energy Corp. was incorporated in 2005 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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.

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