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Fifth Street Finance (FSC)

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  • Thu, Aug. 20, 3:42 PM
    • The rout in stocks today also includes the BDC sector, but not Fifth Street FInance (FSC +2.1%), which earlier today promised a substantially faster pace of share repurchases next month.
    • The team at KBW notes the move should please investors disappointed by the size of previous buyback intentions. "We believe this will send a strong signal to investors that management will listen to their concerns."
    • The next step, says KBW, is for the company should extend its fee waiver to all capital, and not just newly-raised equity.
    | Thu, Aug. 20, 3:42 PM | 11 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 26, 3:43 PM
    • Continued strong economic data (June consumer confidence beat expectations) and apparently optimism over a Greek deal getting inked this weekend make for good excuses for today's selling in fixed income.
    • The U.S. 10-year yield is up seven basis points to 2.48%. Short-term rate futures continue to read more dovish than the Fed, predicting just one 25 basis point rate hike by year-end.
    • TLT -1.2%, TBT +2.4%.
    • Among the income favorites, utilities (XLU +0.6%) and equity REITs (IYR +0.2%) are being spared punishment today, leaving jittery investors to focus their selling in mortgage REITs.
    • Also in the red are BDCs, led by Prospect Capital (PSEC -2.5%) and Fifth Street Finance (FSC -1.5%). American Capital (ACAS -1.3%), Medley Capital (MDLY +0.1%), THL Credit (TCRD -1.2%), PennantPark (PNNT -1%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD, FGB
    | Fri, Jun. 26, 3:43 PM | 36 Comments
  • Tue, Feb. 10, 10:12 AM
    • On the earnings call yesterday (transcript), Raymond James analyst Robert Dodd scratched his head over the whopping size of some of the non-accruals, noting of the four, two of them now look to be marked at about 50% of cost.
    • Responding, CIO Ivenlin Dimitrov notes one of them is Fifth Street's (FSC -2.2%) Canadian oil sands exposure. He feels there's enough asset coverage and business momentum to get better results, but as of Dec. 31, the company thought the mark was appropriate. The other big write-down, he says, is one of FSC's smaller EBITDA companies, and it's one of the reasons Fifth Street is shifting the portfolio towards larger issuers.
    • Raymond James cuts to Market Perform and Barclays cuts to Equalweight, with price target lowered to $8 from $11.
    • Previously: Fifth Street Finance now off 13.6% after big dividend cut (Feb. 9)
    • Previously: New Fifth Street management slashes the dividend (Feb. 9)
    | Tue, Feb. 10, 10:12 AM | 21 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 9, 12:46 PM
    | Mon, Feb. 9, 12:46 PM | 3 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 9, 9:12 AM
    | Mon, Feb. 9, 9:12 AM | 1 Comment
  • Mon, Feb. 9, 8:19 AM
    • Earlier, the company reported a weak Q4, and new management slashed the dividend from a quarterly run rate of about $0.28 per share to a more "sustainable" level of $0.18.
    • FSC -13.55% premarket
    • Previously: New Fifth Street management slashes the dividend (Feb. 9)
    | Mon, Feb. 9, 8:19 AM | 35 Comments
  • Tue, Feb. 3, 3:44 PM
    • Lower interest rates hadn't really helped one of income players' favorite sectors as they were accompanied by the plunge in oil prices, and worry about what blowups were lurking in BDC portfolios.
    • So even with the 10-year Treasury yield higher by 11 basis points to 1.78% today, oil's now more than 20% run higher in the past few sessions looks to be easing some of those credit concerns, and alongside the rally in BDCs is a nice move higher in junk bonds (HYG +0.6%), (JNK +0.6%).
    • BDC ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Individual names: Prospect Capital (PSEC +2.3%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC +3%), FS Investment (FSIC +1.6%), Main Street Capital (MAIN +2.4%), Apollo Investment (AINV +3%), Triangle Capital (TCAP +2.7%), TICC Capital (TICC +3%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT +3.8%), THL Credit (TCRD +3.5%), Golub Capital (GBDC +1.9%).
    | Tue, Feb. 3, 3:44 PM | 19 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 6, 2:11 PM
    • These income producers might typically enjoy the big run lower in interest rates (the 10-year yield is all the way down to 1.94%), but it's coming alongside a continued plunge in oil (now all the way down to $47.61).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Individual names: Fifth Street Finance (FSC -2.1%), Ares Capital (ARCC -1%), FS Investment (FSIC -1.6%), Main Street Capital (MAIN -2.6%), PennantPark Investment (PNNT -3.2%), TCP Capital (TCPC -2.9%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -1.6%).
    • Notably higher for a 2nd straight day is OHA Investment (OHAI +1.9%) after SA Pro's Cahaba Research on Monday morning made the case for buying this busted BDC at a greater than 40% discount to book value.
    | Tue, Jan. 6, 2:11 PM | 22 Comments
  • Dec. 17, 2014, 3:41 PM
    • Popular high-yield ETFs HYG and JNK are each ahead by 2% in today's session as the energy sector - which makes up a sizable portion of the high-yield universe posts a strong rally, with the XLE higher by 4.1%.
    • BDCs can sort of be considered the equity equivalents of junk bonds, and they're putting in a big rally today as well.
    • Prospect Capital (PSEC +1.5%), Main Street (MAIN +4.1%), Blackrock Kelso (BKCC +2.4%), Triangle Capital (TCAP +6.4%), KCAP Financial (KCAP +2.6%), THL Credit (TCRD +3.5%), Medley Capital (MCC +2.2%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC +1.5%)
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    | Dec. 17, 2014, 3:41 PM | 20 Comments
  • Dec. 9, 2014, 12:57 PM
    • Unable to catch a bid for a few sessions, mortgage REITs (REM +1%) have turned higher in afternoon action, led by Annaly (NLY +0.7%) and American Capital Agency (AGNC +1.5%).
    • Helping are jitters in the stock market (though U.S. averages are well off the lows), and a 10-year Treasury yield that's retreated all the way to 2.21% after hitting the mid-2.30s on the back of Friday's strong jobs number.
    • Armour (ARR +1.1%), Two Harbors (TWO +0.9%), CYS Investments (CYS +1.4%), Invesco (IVR +1.8%), American Capital Mortgage (MTGE +1%), Hatteras Financial (HTS +2%), Capstead (CMO +2%).
    • Other ETFs: MORT, MORL
    • Also showing some green are the recently beaten-up BDCs, including Prospect Capital (PSEC +0.2%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC +0.2%), Ares Capital (ARCC +0.5%), FS Investment (FSIC), Triangle Capital (TCAP +1.7%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Previously: Money flows back into fixed income (Dec. 9, 2014)
    | Dec. 9, 2014, 12:57 PM | 16 Comments
  • Dec. 8, 2014, 11:30 AM
    • A bellwether of sorts in the BDC sector, Prospect Capital (PSEC -6.2%) earlier announced a big dividend cut, and the suspension of its stock issuance program so long as the share price is so far south of book value.
    • Prospect has some of its own issues to deal with, but common across the sector is too much money chasing too few deals, and the resultant lower yields for lower quality lending.
    • Fifth Street Capital (FSC -2.9%), Triangle Capital (TCAP -6.1%), TICC Capital (TICC -2.2%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -1.7%), Medley Capital (MCC -2.3%) Gladstone (GLAD -3.6%), OHA Investment (OHAI -5%), Blackrock Kelso (BKCC -1.1%), Main Street Capital (MAIN -0.2%), PennantPark (PNNT -1.3%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Previously: Prospect Capital suspends ATM stock issuance program as dividend is cut (Dec. 8, 2014)
    | Dec. 8, 2014, 11:30 AM | 47 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2014, 11:17 AM
    • Fifth Street Finance (FSC -4.1%) reported mediocre FQ4 results earlier this morning, but nothing particularly out of line with the rest of the sector for the quarter ended September 30.
    • Nevertheless, the entire industry (BDCS -2.2%) is lit up red in mid-morning action: Prospect Capital (PSEC -3.7%), Ares Capital (ARCC -2.2%) FS Investment (FSIC -2.4%), Main Street (MAIN -2.1%), Triangle (TCAP -3.5%), OHA Investment (OHAI -3.8%), FIdus Investment (FDUS -4.2%), PennantPark Investmnet (PNNT -3.2%).
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    | Dec. 1, 2014, 11:17 AM | 45 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2014, 7:34 AM
    • FQ4 net investment income of $37.5M or $0.25 per share vs. $34.7M and $0.25 the previous quarter. Dividend is right about $0.25.
    • Net asset value per share of $9.64 vs. $9.71 previously, and Friday's close of $8.87.
    • $274.9M of investments funded during quarter. Weighted average yield on debt investments up 30 basis points to 11.1%.
    • FSC +1.5% premarket
    • Conference call at 11 ET
    • Previously: Fifth Street Finance misses by $0.01, misses on revenue
    | Dec. 1, 2014, 7:34 AM | 1 Comment
  • Oct. 15, 2014, 11:05 AM
    • The spread of the junk bond index over Treasurys was below 300 basis points around the start of the summer, and around 400 bps near Labor Day. With today's sharp drop in Treasury yields (without a comparable move down in junk), the spread has blown out to more than 500 basis points.
    • HYG -0.25%, JNK -0.3%
    • Rough publicly traded equity proxies for high-yield, if you will, BDCs remain stuck in a bear market. Prospect Capital (PSEC -3.6%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC -2%), Main Street Capital (MAIN -3.8%), Blackrock Kelso (BKCC -2.6%), TICC Capital (TICC -5.1%), KCAP Financial (KCAP -4.7%).
    • BDC ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • High-yield ETFs: HYG, JNK, HYLD, SJB, ANGL, HYLS, UJB, XOVR, QLTC
    | Oct. 15, 2014, 11:05 AM | 21 Comments
  • Oct. 10, 2014, 4:24 PM
    • "The sector's drawdown is 50% of what occurred in the 2011 euro-crisis without anything like the accompanying conditions," writes a bullish BDC Reporter, noting the sector is lower by about 14% since its February high, and stalwart Ares Capital (ARCC -3.1%) is trading at a discount to book value for the first time in years.
    • Another example is TCP Capital (TCPC -2.5%), down about 15% from a high hit three months ago. The company has paid out a steadily-increasing dividend since going public, current and future earnings are in excess of the payout, the balance sheet was recently strengthened with medium-term debt capital, the average cost of debt is 2.63%. and its investments yield 9.2%. What's not to like?
    • If the current benign business and credit cycle is indeed over, then BDCs have further to fall. If, as BDC Reporter believes, low rates are here to stay for awhile (and even if rates rise the BDC sector should prosper), BDCs are reaching bargain levels.
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    • Today's action: Prospect Capital (PSEC -2.9%), Fifth Street Finance (FSC -3.5%), FS Investment (FSIC -3%), Apollo Investment (AINV -2.1%), Triangle Capital (TCAP -1.6%), THL Credit (TCRD -2%), OHA Investment (OHAI -4.2%).
    | Oct. 10, 2014, 4:24 PM | 46 Comments
  • Sep. 22, 2014, 2:55 PM
    • As income favorites, business development companies often catch a bid during broader market selloffs (and bond market rallies), but the small caps (IWM -1.3%) are bearing the brunt of today's selling and the BDCs tend to fall into the that sector (though excluded from Russell indices).
    • Fifth Street Finance (FSC -1.1%) has a market cap of $1.3B; Main Street Capital (MAIN -2.6%) - market cap of $1.4B; Apollo Investment (AINV -2%) - $2B; Triangle Capital (TCAP -1.3%) - $730M; Ares Capital (ARCC -0.4%) - $5.1B. Hanging in there better than the rest is Prospect Capital (PSEC -0.1%), with a $3.45B market cap.
    • ETFs: BDCL, BDCS, BIZD
    | Sep. 22, 2014, 2:55 PM | 7 Comments
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Company Description
Fifth Street Finance Corporation is a a speciality finance company. It invests in small and mid-sized companies in connection with investments by private equity sponsors.
Sector: Financial
Industry: Credit Services
Country: United States