Contrasting Mentor Capital (MNTR) & Portman Ridge Finance (PTMN)

Portman Ridge Finance (NASDAQ:PTMN) and Mentor Capital (OTCMKTS:MNTR) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Portman Ridge Finance and Mentor Capital’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Portman Ridge Finance $27.09 million 4.12 -$9.57 million $0.27 11.07
Mentor Capital $5.28 million 1.67 -$410,000.00 N/A N/A

Mentor Capital has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Portman Ridge Finance.


This table compares Portman Ridge Finance and Mentor Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Portman Ridge Finance -35.34% 5.81% 3.52%
Mentor Capital -7.73% -6.38% -5.23%


Portman Ridge Finance pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 13.4%. Mentor Capital does not pay a dividend. Portman Ridge Finance pays out 148.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

27.6% of Portman Ridge Finance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.0% of Mentor Capital shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.1% of Portman Ridge Finance shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Portman Ridge Finance has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Mentor Capital has a beta of 2.91, meaning that its stock price is 191% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Portman Ridge Finance and Mentor Capital, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Portman Ridge Finance 0 0 0 0 N/A
Mentor Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A


Portman Ridge Finance beats Mentor Capital on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Portman Ridge Finance

Portman Ridge Finance Corp. is a private equity fund and non-diversified closed-end investment company that invests in middle market companies generating consistent cash flows located in North America. It targets companies operating across a broad range of sectors such as aerospace and defense, automotive, beverage, food and tobacco, broadcasting and entertainment, buildings and real estate, personal and cargo transport, chemicals, plastics and rubber, containers, packaging and glass, diversified or conglomerate service, ecological, electronics, finance, and healthcare. The company was founded on August 8, 2006 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

About Mentor Capital

Mentor Capital, Inc. is a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions and emerging growth investments. The firm provides passive equity funding and liquidity to smaller companies and owners in the medical, marijuana and social use cannabis companies. It invests in shelf IPO's and public and private companies and seeks to provide public market access to owners of small private companies. The firm specializes in pre-IPO investments in Cannabis companies. In case of shelf IPO's, the firm prefers to invest in companies with sales greater than $40 million. It prefers to take significant position in its portfolio companies. The firm invests only in companies that have earnings. Mentor Capital, Inc. was founded in 1985 and is based in Ramona, California.

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