Critical Investigation: SLR Investment (NASDAQ:SLRC) vs. The New Ireland Fund (NYSE:IRL)


The New Ireland Fund (NYSE:IRLGet a rating) and SLR investment (NASDAQ: SLRCGet a rating) are both small cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

29.2% of shares in The New Ireland Fund are held by institutional investors. 19.1% of shares in The New Ireland Fund are held by insiders. By comparison, 6.8% of SLR Investment shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, large money managers, and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of The New Ireland Fund and SLR Investment.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
The New Ireland Fund N / A N / A N / A
SLR investment 3.69% 7.33% 2.97%

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of the current ratings and target prices for The New Ireland Fund and SLR Investment, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
The New Ireland Fund 0 0 0 0 N / A
SLR investment 1 3 2 0 2.17

SLR Investment has a consensus price target of $16.18, suggesting a potential upside of 3.44%. Given the higher possible upside of SLR Investment, analysts clearly believe that SLR Investment is more favorable than The New Ireland Fund.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation of The New Ireland Fund and SLR Investment.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
The New Ireland Fund N / A N / A N / A N / A N / A
SLR investment $139.35 million 6.15 $59.57 million $0.21 74.48

SLR Investment has higher income and profits than The New Ireland Fund.


The New Ireland Fund pays an annual dividend of $2.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 28.1%. SLR Investment pays an annual dividend of $1.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 10.5%. SLR Investment pays out 781.0% of its profits as dividends, suggesting that it may not have enough profits to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Volatility and risk

The New Ireland Fund has a beta of 1.08, which means its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, SLR Investment has a beta of 1.06, which means its share price is its stock is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500.


SLR Investment beats The New Ireland Fund on 6 out of 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About the New Ireland Fund

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The New Ireland Fund, Inc. is a closed-end balanced mutual fund launched by Bank of Ireland Asset Management (US) Limited. It is managed by Kleinwort Benson Investors International Ltd. The fund invests in public equity and fixed income markets in Ireland. It seeks to invest in growth stocks of companies operating in diversified sectors. The fund compares the performance of its portfolio to the ISEQ index. It was formerly known as Irish Investment Fund Inc. The New Ireland Fund, Inc. was established on December 14, 1989 and is domiciled in the United States.

About SLR Investment

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SLR Investment Corp. is a business development company specializing in secured debt (unitranche first lien and second lien), subordinated (unsecured) debt, minority equity, leveraged buyouts, acquisitions, recapitalizations, general refinancing, capital growth and income-oriented strategic control capital. investments in leveraged middle market companies. The fund invests in aerospace and defence; air freight and logistics; asset Management; automobile; banking; beverages, food and tobacco; building products; buildings and real estate; broadcasting and entertainment; haulage; business services and supplies; communications equipment; chemicals, plastics and rubber; containers, packaging and glasses; construction engineering; diversified/conglomerate manufacturing; Consumer finance; distributors; diversified services/conglomerates; diversified financial services; diversified real estate activities; foodstuffs; Shoe; Education services; diversified telecommunications services; electronic; livestock and agriculture; finance; grocery; health care equipment and supplies; health care facilities; education and childcare; home and office furnishings, consumer durables; hotels, motels, inns and games; Insurance; restaurants, leisure, entertainment and entertainment; tolls and leisure equipment services, media, multi-line distribution, multi-sector holdings; paper and forest products; personal products; professional services, research and consulting services, computer software; specialized retail trade; textiles, apparel and luxury goods, thrift stores and mortgage financing, trading companies and distributors, utilities and wireless telecommunications services; industrial conglomerates; Internet software and services, computer services, machines; mining, steel, iron and base metals; oil and gas; personal, food and miscellaneous services; printing and publishing; retail stores; telecommunications; textiles and leather; and utilities. It also invests in life sciences with a focus on specialty pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, healthcare providers and services; healthcare technology, enabling technologies and tools. The fund invests primarily in the United States. The fund’s investments are typically between $5 million and $100 million. The fund invests in companies with revenues between $50 million and $1 billion and EBITDA between $15 million and $100 million. It invests in the form of senior secured loans, mezzanine loans and equity securities. It can also seek investments in poorly rated public companies and also make secondary investments. The fund makes non-controlling equity investments. It mostly comes out within three years of the initial capital commitment.

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