Head to Head Analysis: Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust (NYSE:PMO) & NeXt Innovation (NYSE:GSVC)

Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust (NYSE:PMO) and NeXt Innovation (NASDAQ:GSVC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust and NeXt Innovation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust N/A N/A N/A
NeXt Innovation 697.12% -3.34% -1.94%

Dividends

Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.9%. NeXt Innovation does not pay a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust and NeXt Innovation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
NeXt Innovation $1.62 million 81.11 $890,000.00 ($0.37) -17.97

NeXt Innovation has higher revenue and earnings than Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust and NeXt Innovation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust 0 0 0 0 N/A
NeXt Innovation 0 0 1 0 3.00

NeXt Innovation has a consensus price target of $10.00, indicating a potential upside of 50.38%. Given NeXt Innovation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe NeXt Innovation is more favorable than Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust.

Risk & Volatility

Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its stock price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, NeXt Innovation has a beta of 1.56, indicating that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

18.9% of Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 35.8% of NeXt Innovation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of NeXt Innovation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

NeXt Innovation beats Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust Company Profile

Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust is a closed ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Putnam Investment Management, LLC. The fund is co-managed by Putnam Investments Limited. It invests in fixed income markets of United States. The fund invests in companies operating across healthcare, utilities, transportation, water and sewer, and housing sectors. Putnam Municipal Opportunities Trust was formed in 1993 and is domiciled in United States.

NeXt Innovation Company Profile

GSV Capital Corp. is specializing in growth capital, B round and beyond, emerging growth, and pre-IPO investments in late stage venture-backed private companies. It makes direct (primary rounds) investments in companies and also makes secondary direct investments. The fund may also invest in select publicly-traded equity securities of companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. It seeks to invest in the technology subsectors of social/mobile marketplaces, sustainability, cloud computing and big data, social media, mobile computing and applications, software as a service, Internet commerce, green technology and education technology. The fund invests in the form of non-controlling equity and equity-related investments, including common stock, warrants, preferred stock and similar forms of senior equity, which may or may not be convertible into a portfolio company's common equity, and convertible debt securities with a significant equity component. It will invest in companies based in United States. It generally invests in companies with a market value of over $100 million. Typically, the firm exits its position within 18 months of going public, or 12 months after any relevant lock-up has expired.

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