5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Prospect Capital

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, private equity firm Prospect Capital (NAS: PSEC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Prospect's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Prospect facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New York (1988)

Market Cap

$1 billion


Asset management

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$190 million


Chairman/CEO John Francis Barry III
President/COO Michael Eliasek

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$2 million / $556 million

Dividend Yield


Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 660 CAPS members who have rated Prospect believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star fooluser17, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and cibient.

Just last week, fooluser17 tapped Prospect as a potent income opportunity: "Fantastic dividend, insider buying. ... Don't want to under-diversify, but likely going to make this one an addition to the real portfolio."

Over the past three years, Prospect has grown its top line at a solid rate of 24% annually. Meanwhile, industry peers like American Capital (NAS: ACAS) , Gladstone Capital (NAS: GLAD) , and NGP Capital (NAS: NGPC) sport average revenue declines of -22%, -8%, and -8%, respectively.

CAPS member cibient elaborates on the Prospect bull case:

Voting with insiders -- CEO, CFO, directors have been buying in past few months (and since 2009 as far as I can see). 14% yield. [Business Development Companies] are hard to value and you just don't know what is real -- I read David Einhorn's book Fooling Some of the People All the Time and was amazed at the tomfoolery. But insider buying and dividend payouts are tangible things -- you just hope management is not tricking themselves into thinking everything is rosy.

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