Stellus Capital Investment (SCM) Receiving Somewhat Critical Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM) has trended somewhat negative recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Stellus Capital Investment earned a news sentiment score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the investment management company an impact score of 45.9257919867202 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of research firms have weighed in on SCM. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Stellus Capital Investment from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 9th. ValuEngine lowered Stellus Capital Investment from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $13.00 price objective on shares of Stellus Capital Investment in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th.

Shares of NYSE:SCM traded up $0.06 during trading on Thursday, reaching $13.27. 550 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 99,470. Stellus Capital Investment has a fifty-two week low of $11.07 and a fifty-two week high of $14.29. The company has a quick ratio of 0.42, a current ratio of 0.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61. The stock has a market capitalization of $209.15 million, a PE ratio of 10.97 and a beta of 0.51.

Stellus Capital Investment (NYSE:SCM) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, May 8th. The investment management company reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by ($0.03). Stellus Capital Investment had a net margin of 58.81% and a return on equity of 8.33%. The business had revenue of $10.91 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.68 million. sell-side analysts expect that Stellus Capital Investment will post 1.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 31st will be given a dividend of $0.1133 per share. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 10.25%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 30th. Stellus Capital Investment’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 112.40%.

In other Stellus Capital Investment news, CEO Robert T. Ladd bought 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 1st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $12.62 per share, for a total transaction of $37,860.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Insiders have bought a total of 38,000 shares of company stock worth $473,810 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 5.40% of the company’s stock.

About Stellus Capital Investment

Stellus Capital Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in investments in private middle-market companies. It invests through first lien, second lien, unitranche, and mezzanine debt financing, often with a corresponding equity investment. The fund seeks to invest in companies with an EBITDA between $5 million and $50 million.

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