4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Ares Capital

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, business development company Ares Capital (Nasdaq: ARCC  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ares facts

Founded 2004
Market Cap $3.5 billion
Industry Specialty finance
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $666.5 million
Management President/Director Michael Arougheti
CFO Penni Roll
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 19.6%
Cash/Debt $216.4 million / $2.0 billion
Dividend Yield 9.5%
Competitors American Capital
Apollo Investment
Newtek Business Services

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 431 members who have rated Ares believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, CoreAndExplore, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community: "Fantastic margins, very low debt for a [business development company], a prudently managed portfolio of companies, a fat dividend, and low valuation all point to investment success -- definite BUY at this price."

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  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2012, at 8:19 PM, neamakri wrote:

    The ARCC company description includes the following;

    non-syndicated senior debt,

    Mezzanine debt*

    non-control equity*

    Revolver,

    First Lien,

    Second Lien,*

    Unitranche

    Senior Stretch,

    Subordinated Debt,*

    Private and Public High Yield

    Sorry, sounds like double talk to me...the four starred items seem the same. I do not trust them.

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