Hercules Capital Inc. (HTGC): What is the Risk Factor?

Hercules Capital Inc. (NYSE:HTGC) saw a downside of -0.81% on Friday at $16.48 after subtracting -$0.13. The 5-day average trading volume is 514,156 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $16.87 in the past week and touched a new high 1 time within the past 5 days. An average of 652,094 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 640,182.

HTGC’s 1-month performance is -1.72% or -$0.37 on its low of $16.33 reached on 10/01/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $10.69 and high of $17.68, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 07/30/21. YTD, HTGC has achieved 16.48% or $2.07 and has reached a new high 33 times. However, the current price is down -6.81%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On May 04, 150 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Hercules Capital Inc. (HTGC). BADAVAS ROBERT P (Director) most recently sold 20,000 shares at $17.50 per share on May 04. This transaction cost the insider $350,000. Chief Executive Officer, Bluestein Scott, sold 80,000 shares at a price of $15.80 on Mar 18. Then, on Mar 15, Director Fallon Thomas J sold 15,000 shares at a price of $16.56 per share. This transaction amounted to $248,400.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 24.31 and a low of 3.936. HTGC stock has a beta of 0.00. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 6.77 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.45.

Hercules Capital Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share. Its dividend yield is 7.77%. HTGC’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Aug. 18, when it paid $0.32 a share compared with prior rate of $0.39, down -21.88% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 11 consecutive years with the latest dividend decrease of $0.07 reported on Wednesday July 28 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 11.29% yearly.

It is projected that Hercules Capital Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 8-Nov. HTGC is expected to distribute $0.32 as its next dividend.

The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $130.12 million against revenue of $287.26 million.

The effectiveness of a company’s management is also important for investors when it comes to determining the potential profitability of the investment. In comparison, the average ROE for the broader industry over the past year is 9.30.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected HTGC to announce $0.32 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.29, representing a -9.40% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $52.03 million. HTGC stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 1.22 billion, with total debt at $1.19 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $115.84 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Hercules Capital Inc. (HTGC) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 30 September was 39.32% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 12.96%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $16.66, reflecting a -0.96% or -$0.16 change from its current price. HTGC is currently trading -2.66% above its 20-day SMA, -1.67% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -4.02% and +16.37% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 43.44% and 53.23% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.24. The RSI (14) points at 41.60%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 26.19% with the period’s ATR at 0.24. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.06 and -0.07 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Hercules Capital Inc. (NYSE: HTGC), Oppenheimer launched coverage with an Outperform rating.


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