Financial Review: ASA Gold and Precious Metals (NYSE:ASA) versus Sutter Rock Capital (NYSE:SSSS)

ASA Gold and Precious Metals (NYSE:ASA) and Sutter Rock Capital (NASDAQ:SSSS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

24.4% of ASA Gold and Precious Metals shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 30.6% of Sutter Rock Capital shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.2% of ASA Gold and Precious Metals shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Sutter Rock Capital shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for ASA Gold and Precious Metals and Sutter Rock Capital, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ASA Gold and Precious Metals 0 0 0 0 N/A
Sutter Rock Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares ASA Gold and Precious Metals and Sutter Rock Capital’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ASA Gold and Precious Metals N/A N/A -$2.00 million N/A N/A
Sutter Rock Capital $1.62 million 77.82 $890,000.00 ($0.37) -17.24

Sutter Rock Capital has higher revenue and earnings than ASA Gold and Precious Metals.

Profitability

This table compares ASA Gold and Precious Metals and Sutter Rock Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ASA Gold and Precious Metals N/A N/A N/A
Sutter Rock Capital 108.18% -2.11% -1.28%

Dividends

ASA Gold and Precious Metals pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.2%. Sutter Rock Capital does not pay a dividend.

Summary

Sutter Rock Capital beats ASA Gold and Precious Metals on 5 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

ASA Gold and Precious Metals Company Profile

ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm invests in the public equity markets across the globe. It primarily invests in stocks of companies engaged in the exploration, mining or processing of gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, or other precious minerals. The firm employs fundamental analysis, with a focus on bottom-up research to make its investments. ASA Gold and Precious Metals Limited was founded in 1958 and is based in San Mateo, California with an additional office in Buffalo, New York.

Sutter Rock Capital Company Profile

Sutter Rock Capital Corp. is specializing in growth capital, B round and beyond, emerging growth, and pre-IPO investments in late stage venture-backed private companies. It makes direct (primary rounds) investments in companies and also makes secondary direct investments. The fund may also invest in select publicly-traded equity securities of companies that otherwise meet its investment criteria. It seeks to invest in the technology subsectors of social/mobile marketplaces, sustainability, cloud computing and big data, social media, mobile computing and applications, software as a service, Internet commerce, green technology and education technology. The fund invests in the form of non-controlling equity and equity-related investments, including common stock, warrants, preferred stock and similar forms of senior equity, which may or may not be convertible into a portfolio company's common equity, and convertible debt securities with a significant equity component. It will invest in companies based in United States. It generally invests in companies with a market value of over $100 million. Typically, the firm exits its position within 18 months of going public, or 12 months after any relevant lock-up has expired.

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