Main Street Capital Corporation

  • The Dangers of BDCs

    By RJ Towner - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: MAIN, TCAP

    It almost goes without saying that the biggest threat to BDC profitability is movement in interest rates—and not just in one direction. With interest rates collapsing over the past several years, investors of all types have been forced to chase riskier assets for yield. This means that new competitors have emerged in the form of hedge funds and other investors seeking to finance lower-middle market and middle-market businesses.

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  • Look to Business Development Companies For Yield and Growth

    By Bob Ciura - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: AINV, MAIN, PSEC

    BDC’s, or Business Development Companies, provide a wide range of financial services, often to lower and middle market companies. Many of them charge fixed interest rates for services including debt and equity investments, or buyout transactions. It’s reasonable to think of these companies as similar to private equity firms.

    While these businesses might not be familiar to all investors, they have qualities that should be appealing to nearly more »

  • If Yields Go up, Are BDCs Done For?

    By RJ Towner - June 24, 2013 | Tickers: ACAS, ARCC, MAIN, TCAP

    We  at Valuentum continue to monitor developments at business development companies (BDCs), particularly industry bellwether Main Street (NYSE: MAIN). In February, we penned a profile of Main Street, and we added the firm to our Dividend Growth Newsletter watch-list (not portfolio) at the time. With shares of Main Street getting clobbered in the past few days, let’s take a deeper dive into the sector's opportunities and risks.

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  • 4 Special Dividend Situations Worth Putting on Your Radar

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: CVI, IQNT, MAIN, USM

    For some investors, dividends act as a small bonus one receives every quarter for being a loyal shareholder, while others use a company’s distributions as a strategy and investment in and of itself; discover one market-beating strategy here.

    When a company has extra cash on its balance sheet or wishes to distribute its income in a one-time event to shareholders (often for tax reasons), they will announce special dividends more »

  • 2 Dividend Paying Must-Haves, 1 to Keep an Eye On

    By Ken McGaha - May 10, 2013 | Tickers: TEU, IEP, MAIN

    Most investors with whom I speak on a regular basis tend to think of investing for dividend income as something where they can place their money, collect regular dividends, and not worry about it. While that is true in many cases, economic cycles and business conditions must be actively monitored to avoid capital losses. I have found two excellent examples of the first scenario and one of the second that more »

  • Risk-Takers Who Love Dividends Should Consider BDCs

    By Bob Ciura - April 6, 2013 | Tickers: MAIN, PSEC, TCAP

    BDC’s, or Business Development Companies, provide a wide range of financial services, often to lower and middle market companies. Many of them charge fixed interest rates for services including debt and equity investments, or buyout transactions. It’s reasonable to think of these companies as similar to private equity firms.

    While these businesses might not be familiar to all investors, they have qualities that should be appealing to nearly more »

  • Why Main Street Capital is the Perfect Stock

    By Andrew Zurlo - February 26, 2013 | Tickers: AYR, AINV, FSC, MAIN, SLRC

    Main Street Capital (NYSE: MAIN) is an investment firm that provides long term debt and equity capital to lower-middle market and middle-market companies. This company has impressive stock growth over the past few years and will continue to provide investors with strong returns. The reasoning for this comes from strong financial growth, competition-leading cost structure and a high yielding dividend.

    Company background

    Main Street Capital is an internally-managed business development more »

  • Major U.S. Banks Have Major Problems; Which Smaller Firms Are Poised to Outperform?

    By Brendan O'Boyle - January 28, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, MAIN, KRE, WFC, WFC-

    Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE: C) each reported dismal earnings last week reporting net income of $0.03 and $0.38 while missing analyst expectations that were set several times higher.  I don’t know whether these poor results made you laugh or cry, but they got me thinking.  Specifically, they made me think about how by its very nature capitalism abhors dead wood.  Think of the more »

  • Social Security Is in Trouble - Protect Your Retirement

    By Robert Zimmerman - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: BP, EPD, MAIN, PAA

    Warning: Reading the 2012 Social Security annual report will likely unsettle your stomach.

    Social Security’s expenditures exceeded non-interest income in 2010 and 2011.”

    “The projected 75-year actuarial deficit for the combined Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds is 2.67 percent of taxable payroll, up from 2.22 percent projected in last year's report.”

    “However, the Disability Insurance (DI) program satisfies neither the long-range more »

  • Small Companies, Big Returns

    By Robert Zimmerman - November 14, 2012 | Tickers: AINV, MAIN, PSEC

    Imagine investing in Microsoft or Apple before they went public.  Pleasant thought, huh?  Who wouldn’t want to be in on the ground floor of a growing company with a groundbreaking idea or product?  For venture capitalists, it’s how they make their living.  Fortunately, in 1940 Congress opened the door for small investors to join the venture capital game.

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  • Insiders Bought These Stocks Recently

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - October 18, 2012 | Tickers: IHS, MAIN, ODP, PVTB, SPLS

    We like to track purchases by company insiders and investors with large positions in the stock. This is because, particularly in the case of insiders, a substantial amount of diversification is being abandoned when they add more shares of their own company to their holdings. Insider sales can also be informative, but of course can reflect rational diversification. Here are some stocks that insiders have been buying recently:

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  • Insiders Are Buying Up This High-Flying Investment Management Firm

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - October 14, 2012 | Tickers: BLK, BEN, MAIN, SLRC, STT

    Insider trading activity is always an important indicator to track, and it’s usually better to emulate bullish corporate execs than their bearish counterparts. As the old saying goes: “there are many reasons for an insider to sell shares of a company, but only one reason for them to buy.” One such stock that has seen a round of insider buying this week is Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE: MAINmore »)

  • 2 High-Yield Monthly Dividend Stocks

    By Soroush Pour - June 29, 2012 | Tickers: AGNC, BLK, MAIN, O, WDR

    First of all, yes, they do exist! There are stocks that pay dividends on a monthly basis. If you’re only familiar with those that pay quarterly, semi-annual, or yearly dividends, this article will be a real eye-opener. Second, I’ll show you where to look and how to fit them into your portfolio.  Third, I’ll share some stocks that beat the yield on U.S. Treasuries hands-down.  If anyone needs a refresher course on dividend investing, check out this exclusive article.

  • Two Macro Trends That Can Help You Profit Big

    By Soroush Pour - June 29, 2012 | Tickers: AGU, CF, EEP, MAIN, POT

    It’s never too late to be on the lookout for investing ideas. Though the S&P 500 Index has behaved like a seesaw during the first half of the year, there are still industries and stocks that have great upside potential.  Ardent investors would be wise to continually monitor the latest macro events that may be affecting their portfolios.  Here's a great place to start. In this particular more »

  • Small Caps, Huge Dividends, 1 Winner

    By Chad Henage - March 26, 2012 | Tickers: MAIN, TCAP

    I screen for companies that pay outsized dividends on a regular basis. Small cap companies that pay good dividends are my favorites. Using the Motley Fool CAPS Screener I look for companies that pay dividends of at least 7%. I not only ask for a high dividend, but at least 15% revenue growth, and 20% EPS growth. A large dividend from a fast growing company is like getting the best of both worlds. There are 2 companies, in the same industry, from this screen that have either 4 or 5 star ratings from the Motley Fool CAPS community. They are: Main Street Capital Corporation (NYSE: MAIN) and Triangle Capital Corp. (NYSE: TCAP).

  • Some Undervalued, High-Yield Financial Stocks for 2012 and Beyond

    By Damon Judd - January 18, 2012 | Tickers: KFN, MAIN, TICC, TCAP

    Psst - wanna buy some cheap stocks? Lend me your ear (or rather, your eyes) and take a gander at these gems!

    KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN), together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. With a 21% Return on Equity (ROE), and Price/Book of 0.96, the stock is trading at a trailing P/E of 4.98 more »

  • Ex-Dividend Date Reminder For January 18, 2012

    By DividendYields - January 17, 2012 | Tickers: CWH, ENI, FRD, MAIN, TK

    Here is a current overview of best yielding stocks that have their ex-dividend date on the next trading day. If your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. A full list of all stocks with ex-dividend date can be found here: Ex-Dividend Stocks On January 18, 2011. In total, 18 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend of which 10 yielding above 3 percent. The average yield more »