The following are today's upgrades for Validea's Book/Market Investor model based on the published strategy of Joseph Piotroski. This value-quant strategy screens for high book-to-market stocks, and then separates out financially sound firms by looking at a host of improving financial criteria.
GLADSTONE CAPITAL CORPORATION ( GLAD ) is a small-cap value stock in the Misc. Financial Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Joseph Piotroski changed from 0% to 80% based on the firm's underlying fundamentals and the stock's valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.
Company Description: Gladstone Capital Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company, operating as a business development company ( BDC ). The objectives of the Company are to achieve and grow current income by investing in debt securities of established businesses that it believes will provide stable earnings and cash flow to pay expenses, make principal and interest payments on its outstanding indebtedness and make distributions to stockholders that grow over time, and to provide its stockholders with long-term capital appreciation in the value of its assets by investing in equity securities of established businesses that it believes can grow over time to permit it to sell its equity investments for capital gains. The Company is focused on investing in lower middle-market companies in the United States. It has investments in south, Midwest, west and northeast of the United States. Its portfolio allocation includes debt investments and equity investments.
The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy's tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy's criteria.
|BOOK/MARKET RATIO: ||PASS |
|RETURN ON ASSETS: ||PASS |
|CHANGE IN RETURN ON ASSETS: ||PASS |
|CASH FLOW FROM OPERATIONS: ||PASS |
|CASH COMPARED TO NET INCOME: ||PASS |
|CHANGE IN LONG TERM DEBT/ASSETS ||PASS |
|CHANGE IN CURRENT RATIO: ||FAIL |
|CHANGE IN SHARES OUTSTANDING: ||FAIL |
|CHANGE IN GROSS MARGIN: ||PASS |
|CHANGE IN ASSET TURNOVER: ||PASS |
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Since its inception, Validea's strategy based on Joseph Piotroski has returned 155.52% vs. 116.10% for the S&P 500. For more details on this strategy, click here
About Joseph Piotroski : Piotroski isn't your typical Wall Street big shot. In fact, he's not even a professional investor. He's a good old numbers-crunching accountant and college professor. But in 2000, shortly after he started teaching at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, Piotroski published a groundbreaking paper in the Journal of Accounting Research entitled "Value Investing: The Use of Historical Financial Statement Information to Separate Winners from Losers". In it, Piotroski laid out an accounting-based stock-selection/shorting method that produced a 23 percent average annual back-tested return from 1976 through 1996 -- more than double the S&P 500's gain during that time. Piotroski's findings were reported in major financial publiations like SmartMoney. Today, he teaches accounting at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
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