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How to buy Capital Southwest Corporation stock | $17

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Capital Southwest Corporation is an asset management business based in the US. Capital Southwest Corporation shares (CSWC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Capital Southwest Corporation employs 22 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$62.9 million.

How to buy shares in Capital Southwest Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Capital Southwest Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: CSWC. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Capital Southwest Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$17, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Capital Southwest Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Capital Southwest Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Capital Southwest Corporation share price

Use our graph to track the performance of CSWC stocks over time.

Capital Southwest Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-27.
Latest market closeUSD$17
52-week rangeUSD$6.6751 - USD$18.8103
50-day moving average USD$16.7838
200-day moving average USD$14.7214
Wall St. target priceUSD$16.5
PE ratio 17.8683
Dividend yield USD$1.64 (9.9%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.392

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Is it a good time to buy Capital Southwest Corporation stock?

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Capital Southwest Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $17 from 2020-12-18

1 week (2021-01-08) -8.65%
1 month (2020-12-16) 0.83%
3 months (2020-10-15) 21.00%
6 months (2020-07-15) 26.30%
1 year (2020-01-15) -18.89%
2 years (2019-01-15) -18.82%
3 years (2018-01-12) 3.34%
5 years (2016-01-15) 21.86%

Is Capital Southwest Corporation under- or over-valued?

Valuing Capital Southwest Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Capital Southwest Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Capital Southwest Corporation's P/E ratio

Capital Southwest Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 18x. In other words, Capital Southwest Corporation shares trade at around 18x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Capital Southwest Corporation's EBITDA

Capital Southwest Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$49.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Capital Southwest Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Capital Southwest Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$62.9 million
Operating margin TTM 75.62%
Gross profit TTM USD$62 million
Return on assets TTM 4.76%
Return on equity TTM -2.13%
Profit margin -10.38%
Book value $15.364
Market capitalisation USD$308.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Capital Southwest Corporation shares

There are currently 44,574 Capital Southwest Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Capital Southwest Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 17.9% up from 37,818 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Capital Southwest Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Capital Southwest Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Capital Southwest Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Capital Southwest Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Capital Southwest Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 159192.85714286). Capital Southwest Corporation's SIR currently stands at 0.28. In other words for every 100,000 Capital Southwest Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 280 shares are currently held short.

However Capital Southwest Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Capital Southwest Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Capital Southwest Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Capital Southwest Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Capital Southwest Corporation shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0024% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Capital Southwest Corporation shares, roughly 2 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Capital Southwest Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Capital Southwest Corporation stock.

Capital Southwest Corporation share dividends

Dividend payout ratio: 128.3% of net profits

Recently Capital Southwest Corporation has paid out, on average, around 128.3% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 9.9% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Capital Southwest Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 9.9% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Capital Southwest Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.64 per share.

Capital Southwest Corporation's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

Capital Southwest Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 31 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 14 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Capital Southwest Corporation's shares ever split?

Capital Southwest Corporation's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 16 August 2013. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Capital Southwest Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Capital Southwest Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Capital Southwest Corporation's share price.

Capital Southwest Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Capital Southwest Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.6751 up to $18.8103. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

CSWC.US volatility(beta: 1.19)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Capital Southwest Corporation's is 1.1942. This would suggest that Capital Southwest Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Capital Southwest Corporation overview

Capital Southwest Corporation is a business development company specializing in credit and private equity and venture capital investments in middle market companies, mezzanine, later stage, mature, late venture, emerging growth, buyouts, recapitalizations and growth capital investments. It does not invest in startups, publicly traded companies, real estate developments, project finance opportunities, oil and gas exploration businesses, troubled companies, turnarounds, and companies in which significant senior management is departing. In lower middle market, the firm typically invests in growth financing, bolt-on acquisitions, new platform acquisitions, refinancing, dividend recapitalizations, sponsor-led buyouts, and management buyouts situations. The investment structures are Unitranche debt, subordinated debt, senior debt, first and second lien debt, and preferred and common equity. The firm makes equity co-investments alongside debt investments, up to 20% of total check and only makes non-control investments. It prefers to invest in Industrial manufacturing and services, value-added distribution, healthcare products and services, business services, specialty chemicals, food and beverage, tech-enabled services and SaaS models. The firm seeks to invest in energy services and products, industrial technologies, and specialty chemicals and products. Within energy services and products, the firm seeks to invest in each segment of the industry, including upstream, midstream and downstream, excluding exploration and production with a focus on differentiated products and services, equipment and tool rental, consumable products, and drilling and completion chemicals. Within industrial technologies, it seeks to invest in automation and process controls, handling and packaging equipment, industrial filtration and fluid handling, measurement, monitoring and testing, professional tools, and sensors and instrumentation. Within and specialty chemicals and products, the firm seeks to invest in businesses that develop and manuf

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