Critical Contrast: BlackRock Capital Investment (NASDAQ:BKCC) versus Collective Audience (NASDAQ:CAUD)

Collective Audience (NASDAQ:CAUDGet Free Report) and BlackRock Capital Investment (NASDAQ:BKCCGet Free Report) are both small-cap computer and technology companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Collective Audience and BlackRock Capital Investment, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Collective Audience 0 0 0 0 N/A
BlackRock Capital Investment 0 1 0 0 2.00

BlackRock Capital Investment has a consensus target price of $3.75, indicating a potential upside of 1.90%. Given BlackRock Capital Investment’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BlackRock Capital Investment is more favorable than Collective Audience.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

60.8% of Collective Audience shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.3% of BlackRock Capital Investment shares are held by institutional investors. 58.0% of Collective Audience shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of BlackRock Capital Investment shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Collective Audience and BlackRock Capital Investment’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Collective Audience N/A N/A -13.45%
BlackRock Capital Investment 32.65% 11.54% 5.93%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Collective Audience and BlackRock Capital Investment’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Collective Audience $20.24 million 0.29 -$2.50 million N/A N/A
BlackRock Capital Investment $80.36 million 3.32 $26.24 million $0.36 10.22

BlackRock Capital Investment has higher revenue and earnings than Collective Audience.

Volatility and Risk

Collective Audience has a beta of -1.49, meaning that its share price is 249% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BlackRock Capital Investment has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

BlackRock Capital Investment beats Collective Audience on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Collective Audience

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Collective Audience, Inc. provides e-commerce and digital consumer acquisition solutions in the United States. Its digital marketing business enables brands and agencies to advertise across digital media and connected TV platforms. The company is headquartered in New York, New York. Collective Audience, Inc. is a subsidiary of Logiq, Inc.

About BlackRock Capital Investment

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BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation, formerly known as BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation, is a Business Development Company specializing in investments in middle market companies. The fund invests in all industries. It prefers to invest between $10 million and $50 million and can invest more or less in companies with EBITDA or operating cash flow between $10 million and $50 million. The fund invests in the form of senior and junior secured, unsecured, and subordinated debt securities and loans including cash flow, asset backed, and junior lien facilities and equity securities. It's equity investments can be structured in the form of warrants, preferred stock, common equity co-investments, and direct investments in common stock. The fund's debt investments are principally structured to provide for current cash interest and to a lesser extent non-cash interest, particularly with subordinated debt investments, through a pay-in-kind (PIK) feature. It can also make non-control investments.

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