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How to buy Prospect Capital Corporation stock | $5.43

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Prospect Capital Corporation is an asset management business based in the US. Prospect Capital Corporation shares (PSEC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Prospect 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 Prospect Capital Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: PSEC. 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 Prospect 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$5.43, 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 Prospect Capital Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Prospect 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.

Prospect Capital Corporation share price

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Prospect Capital Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-03.
Latest market closeUSD$5.43
52-week rangeUSD$3.3418 - USD$5.8874
50-day moving average USD$5.1809
200-day moving average USD$5.1224
Wall St. target priceUSD$4.5
PE ratio 15.0556
Dividend yield USD$0.72 (13.53%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.36

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

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Prospect Capital Corporation price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $5.43 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-08) -3.38%
1 month (2020-12-17) -1.81%
3 months (2020-10-16) 5.23%
6 months (2020-07-17) 10.59%
1 year (2020-01-17) -17.73%
2 years (2019-01-17) -19.08%
3 years (2018-01-17) 6.81
5 years (2016-01-15) 5.96

Is Prospect Capital Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Prospect Capital Corporation's P/E ratio

Prospect 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 15x. In other words, Prospect Capital Corporation shares trade at around 15x 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.

Prospect Capital Corporation's PEG ratio

Prospect Capital Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.59. 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 Prospect 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.

Prospect Capital Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$604.5 million
Operating margin TTM 65.22%
Gross profit TTM USD$623.5 million
Return on assets TTM 4.47%
Return on equity TTM 4.14%
Profit margin 22.08%
Book value $8.398
Market capitalisation USD$2.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Prospect Capital Corporation shares

There are currently 16.8 million Prospect Capital Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Prospect Capital Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 4% down from 17.5 million last month.

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

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

Prospect Capital Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Prospect Capital Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Prospect Capital Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 1.6 million). Prospect Capital Corporation's SIR currently stands at 10.53. In other words for every 100,000 Prospect Capital Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 10530 shares are currently held short.

However Prospect Capital Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Prospect Capital Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Prospect Capital Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Prospect Capital Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Prospect Capital Corporation shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.06% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Prospect Capital Corporation shares, roughly 60 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting against Prospect Capital Corporation.

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

Prospect Capital Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 35.29% of net profits

Recently Prospect Capital Corporation has paid out, on average, around 35.29% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 13.53% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Prospect Capital Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 13.53% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Prospect Capital Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.72 per share.

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

Prospect Capital Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 18 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Prospect Capital Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Prospect Capital Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $3.3418 up to $5.8874. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PSEC.US volatility(beta: 0.97)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 Prospect Capital Corporation's is 0.9701. This would suggest that Prospect Capital Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Prospect Capital Corporation overview

Prospect Capital Corporation is a business development company. It specializes in middle market, mature, mezzanine finance, later stage, emerging growth, leveraged buyouts, refinancing, acquisitions, recapitalizations, turnaround, growth capital, development, capital expenditures and subordinated debt tranches of collateralized loan obligations, cash flow term loans, market place lending and bridge transactions. It also makes real estate investments particularly in multi-family residential real estate asset class. The fund makes secured debt, senior debt, senior and secured term loans, unitranche debt, first-lien and second lien, private debt, private equity, mezzanine debt, and equity investments in private and microcap public businesses. It focuses on both primary origination and secondary loans/portfolios and invests in situations like debt financings for private equity sponsors, acquisitions, dividend recapitalizations, growth financings, bridge loans, cash flow term loans, real estate financings/investments. It also focuses on investing in small-sized and medium-sized private companies rather than large public companies. The fund typically invests across all industry sectors, with a particular expertise in the energy and industrial sectors. It invests in aerospace and defense, chemicals, conglomerate services, consumer services, ecological, electronics, financial services, machinery, manufacturing, media, pharmaceuticals, retail, software, specialty minerals, textiles and leather, transportation, oil and gas production, coal production, materials, industrials, consumer discretionary, information technology, utilities, pipeline, storage, power generation and distribution, renewable and clean energy, oilfield services, healthcare, food and beverage, education, business services, and other select sectors. It prefers to invest in the United States and Canada. The fund seeks to invest between $10 million to $500 million per transaction in companies with EBITDA between $5 million and $150 million, sales value betw

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