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THL Credit

Dividend Yield: 9.10%

THL Credit (NASDAQ: TCRD) shares currently have a dividend yield of 9.10%.

THL Credit, Inc. is a business development company specializing in investments in debt and equity securities of middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.03.

The average volume for THL Credit has been 412,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. THL Credit has a market cap of $391.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates THL Credit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • THL CREDIT INC has improved earnings per share by 17.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, THL CREDIT INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.26 versus $1.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.41 versus $1.26).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 51.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $5.71 million to $8.61 million.
  • The gross profit margin for THL CREDIT INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.40%. Regardless of TCRD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TCRD's net profit margin of 59.72% significantly outperformed against the industry.

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