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How to buy Main Street Capital Corporation stock | $31.45

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Main Street Capital Corporation is an asset management business based in the US. Main Street Capital Corporation shares (MAIN) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Main Street Capital Corporation employs 71 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$220.8 million.

How to buy shares in Main Street Capital Corporation

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  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 Main Street Capital Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MAIN. 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 Main Street Capital 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$31.45, 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 Main Street Capital Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Main Street Capital 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.

Main Street Capital Corporation share price

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Main Street Capital Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-07.
Latest market closeUSD$31.45
52-week rangeUSD$13.3682 - USD$42.1367
50-day moving average USD$30.4018
200-day moving average USD$30.9096
Wall St. target priceUSD$31.5
PE ratio 12.5583
Dividend yield USD$2.46 (7.58%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.975

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Is it a good time to buy Main Street Capital Corporation stock?

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Main Street Capital Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $31.45 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-08) -1.26%
1 month (2020-12-16) -1.75%
3 months (2020-10-15) 5.40%
6 months (2020-07-15) 0.58%
1 year (2020-01-15) -29.44%
2 years (2019-01-15) -14.33%
3 years (2018-01-12) 38.78
5 years (2016-01-15) 15.29%

Is Main Street Capital Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Main Street Capital Corporation's P/E ratio

Main Street Capital 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 13x. In other words, Main Street Capital Corporation shares trade at around 13x 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.

Main Street Capital Corporation's PEG ratio

Main Street Capital Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.47. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Main Street Capital Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Main Street Capital Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$220.8 million
Operating margin TTM 84.93%
Gross profit TTM USD$243.4 million
Return on assets TTM 4.4%
Return on equity TTM -2.29%
Profit margin -15.34%
Book value $21.519
Market capitalisation USD$2.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Main Street Capital Corporation shares

There are currently 2.1 million Main Street Capital Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Main Street Capital Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4.8% up from 2.0 million last month.

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

Main Street Capital Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Main Street Capital Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Main Street Capital Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Main Street Capital Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 383925.40250447). Main Street Capital Corporation's SIR currently stands at 5.59. In other words for every 100,000 Main Street Capital Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5590 shares are currently held short.

However Main Street Capital Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Main Street Capital Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Main Street Capital Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Main Street Capital Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Main Street Capital Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.034% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Main Street Capital Corporation shares, roughly 34 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Main Street Capital Corporation.

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

Main Street Capital Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 38.5% of net profits

Recently Main Street Capital Corporation has paid out, on average, around 38.5% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.58% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Main Street Capital Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 7.58% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Main Street Capital Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.46 per share.

While Main Street Capital Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Main Street Capital Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Main Street Capital Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 15 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Main Street Capital Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Main Street Capital Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $13.3682 up to $42.1367. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

MAIN.US volatility(beta: 1.43)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Main Street Capital Corporation's is 1.431. This would suggest that Main Street Capital Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Main Street Capital Corporation overview

Main Street Capital Corporation is a principal investment firm that primarily provides equity capital to lower middle market companies and debt capital to middle market companies. Main Street's portfolio investments are typically made to support management buyouts, recapitalizations, growth financings, refinancings and acquisitions of companies that operate in diverse industry sectors. Main Street seeks to partner with entrepreneurs, business owners and management teams and generally provides one stop financing alternatives within its lower middle market portfolio. Main Street's lower middle market companies generally have annual revenues between $10 million and $150 million. Main Street's middle market debt investments are made in businesses that are generally larger in size than its lower middle market portfolio companies.

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