The Critical Contrast: BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust (BOE) versus FS Investment Corporation (FSIC)

The Critical Contrast: BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust (BOE) versus FS Investment Corporation (FSIC)

BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust (NYSE: BOE) and FS Investment Corporation (NYSE:FSIC) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust and FS Investment Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

FS Investment Corporation has a consensus price target of $9.67, suggesting a potential upside of 19.34%. Given FS Investment Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe FS Investment Corporation is more favorable than BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust.

Dividends

FS Investment Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.89 per share and has a dividend yield of 11.0%. BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust does not pay a dividend. FS Investment Corporation pays out 87.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust and FS Investment Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust and FS Investment Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

32.4% of FS Investment Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of FS Investment Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

FS Investment Corporation beats BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust Company Profile

BlackRock Enhanced Global Dividend Trust (the Trust), formerly BlackRock Global Opportunities Equity Trust, is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Trust’s investment objective is to provide current income and current gains, with a secondary objective of long-term capital appreciation. The Trust seeks to achieve its investment objectives by investing primarily in equity securities issued by companies located in countries throughout the world and utilizing an option writing (selling) strategy. The Trust focuses on investing in sectors, including information technology, financials, healthcare, materials, energy and utilities. The Trust invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities or options on equity securities or indices or sectors of equity securities. The Trust invests amount of its total assets in foreign issuers. BlackRock Advisors, LLC is its investment advisor.

FS Investment Corporation Company Profile

FS Investment Corporation is an externally managed, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objectives are to generate current income and long-term capital appreciation. Its portfolio consists primarily of investments in senior secured loans and second lien secured loans of the private United States middle market companies and subordinated loans of the private United States companies. It may purchase interests in loans or make other debt investments, including investments in senior secured bonds, through secondary market transactions in the over-the-counter market or directly from target companies as primary market or directly originated investments. It invests in a range of industries, including capital goods; consumer services; consumer durables and apparel; materials; commercial and professional services, and diversified financials. Its investment advisor is FB Income Advisor, LLC.

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