Full Circle Capital (FULL) vs. Great Elm Capital (GECC) Head to Head Contrast

Full Circle Capital (NASDAQ: FULL) and Great Elm Capital (NASDAQ:GECC) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.


This table compares Full Circle Capital and Great Elm Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Full Circle Capital -11.16% -1.78% -1.24%
Great Elm Capital N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Full Circle Capital and Great Elm Capital’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Full Circle Capital N/A N/A N/A ($0.42) -6.36
Great Elm Capital $5.83 million 16.72 -$17.87 million N/A N/A

Full Circle Capital has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Great Elm Capital.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

8.1% of Great Elm Capital shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Full Circle Capital and Great Elm Capital, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Full Circle Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A
Great Elm Capital 0 1 2 0 2.67

Great Elm Capital has a consensus price target of $13.33, indicating a potential upside of 45.93%. Given Great Elm Capital’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Great Elm Capital is more favorable than Full Circle Capital.


Full Circle Capital pays an annual dividend of $0.17 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.4%. Great Elm Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.9%. Full Circle Capital pays out -40.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


Great Elm Capital beats Full Circle Capital on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Full Circle Capital Company Profile

Full Circle Capital Corporation is a non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. The Company invests primarily in senior secured loans and second lien loans, mezzanine loans and equity securities issued by lower middle-market and middle-market companies that operate in a range of industries. In its lending activities, the Company focuses primarily on portfolio companies with both tangible and intangible assets available as collateral and security against its loan to help mitigate its risk of loss, and cash flow to cover debt service. The Company focuses primarily on senior secured loans and stretch senior secured loans (unitranche loans), which combine characteristics of first-lien senior secured loans and second-lien or subordinated loans. The Company’s investment advisor is Full Circle Advisors, LLC (Full Circle Advisors).

Great Elm Capital Company Profile

Great Elm Capital Corp. is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company is focused on generating interest and capital appreciation by investing in the capital structures of middle-market companies that operate in a range of industries. The Company also focuses on making multi-year investments, primarily in secured and senior unsecured debt instruments that it purchases in the secondary markets, though it may also originate investments or acquire them directly from issuers. The Company’s investment advisor is Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. (GECM). Great Elm Capital Group is the parent company of GECM.

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