BlackRock Kelso Capital Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of BlackRock Kelso Capital (Nasdaq: BKCC  ) slumped for the second consecutive day, down as much as 12% in intraday trading. The stock is still off close to 8% as I write this.

So what: Investors' ongoing dumping of BlackRock Kelso likely has to do with its massive earnings miss. But a sell-off in Nasdaq-listed stocks could also be taking a toll. Mr. Market has spent days shivering at the thought of $100 oil.

Now what: Don't take that to mean you should get complacent. My Foolish colleague Sean Williams was right to compare BlackRock's big price tag to its relatively cheap peer, MVC Capital (NYSE: MVC  ) .

That's not the only difference between these two. Over the past year, BlackRock Kelso has seen returns on assets decline by 90 basis points and return on equity drop by 120 basis points. MVC's returns on assets and equity, while lower, have remained mostly steady over the same period. BlackRock Kelso is headed the wrong way, and in more ways than one.

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  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2011, at 3:18 PM, paul7777777 wrote:

    MVC is relative cheap because it pays out a lousy dividend (ca. 4%), BKCC pays out 3 times more (12,44% at the present price). I think it is now oversold and will recover soon.

  • Report this Comment On March 11, 2011, at 10:11 AM, rjwill3e wrote:

    I have to differ with the conclusions of the recent posts regarding BKCC here. While I agree that the stock was overvalued, recently trading at a 30% premium to its net asset value, I don't think there are any fundamental issues. When one takes the time to evaluate the public disclosure, one sees that the declining net income is associated generally with a reduction of leverage and an increase in the credit quality of investments, resulting in a lower yield. I think the quality of the investment team and management contacts through Blackrock makes this stock a better investment, especially at this price, than MVC Capital.

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