Golub Capital BDC (NASDAQ:GBDC) versus Rand Capital (NASDAQ:RAND) Head to Head Review

Golub Capital BDC (NASDAQ:GBDC) and Rand Capital (NASDAQ:RAND) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Golub Capital BDC and Rand Capital, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Golub Capital BDC 0 0 1 0 3.00
Rand Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A

Golub Capital BDC currently has a consensus price target of $22.00, suggesting a potential upside of 25.07%. Given Golub Capital BDC’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Golub Capital BDC is more favorable than Rand Capital.


Golub Capital BDC pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 7.3%. Rand Capital does not pay a dividend. Golub Capital BDC pays out 99.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Golub Capital BDC has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Volatility & Risk

Golub Capital BDC has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Rand Capital has a beta of 0.06, meaning that its stock price is 94% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Golub Capital BDC and Rand Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Golub Capital BDC 46.15% 8.03% 4.02%
Rand Capital 23.63% 0.41% 0.32%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.1% of Golub Capital BDC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.3% of Rand Capital shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Golub Capital BDC shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.7% of Rand Capital shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Golub Capital BDC and Rand Capital’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Golub Capital BDC $152.17 million 7.00 $81.97 million $1.29 13.64
Rand Capital $2.11 million 8.36 -$390,000.00 N/A N/A

Golub Capital BDC has higher revenue and earnings than Rand Capital.


Golub Capital BDC beats Rand Capital on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Golub Capital BDC Company Profile

Golub Capital BDC, Inc. is a business development company and operates as an externally managed closed-end non-diversified management investment company. It invests in debt and minority equity investments in middle-market companies that are, in most cases, sponsored by private equity investors. The company seeks to invest in the United States. It primarily invests in senior secured, one stop, unitranche, second lien, subordinated and mezzanine loans of middle-market companies, and warrants.

Rand Capital Company Profile

Rand Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in venture capital and private equity investments. The firm prefers to make investments through equity or debt instruments in early venture, expansion stage, and in small to medium-sized privately held companies. It generally lends to more mature companies. The firm does not prefer to invest in real estate sector. It invests in companies that are engaged in the exploitation of new or unique products, technologies, or services. The firm invests in healthcare, consumer products, manufacturing, software, and professional services. It seeks to invest in companies based in the Western and Upstate New York region and its surrounding states with focus on Buffalo and Niagara region. The firm may invest in region within three to five hour drives from Western New York including Canada. It typically invests between $0.5 million and $1.5 million and the total investment in rounds is between $1 million and $5 million. The firm seeks to invest up to maximum of $3 million total per company as part of follow-on investments. It invest in startups and companies having annual revenue up to $10 million. The firm seeks to be a lead investor in companies within its geographical area and participates in syndicate/co-invest with other investors outside it. It prefers to invest in businesses that are unique or possess proprietary right. The firm prefers to be a minority investor and seeks to take a Board seat in its portfolio companies. It typically holds its investments for a period of five to seven years. Rand Capital Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Buffalo, New York.

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