StockCall Study on Goldman Sachs and Apollo Investment:Doubling Growth of Investment Banks

Feb 21, 2013, 08:00 ET from

LONDON, February 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

At the heart of the economic crisis was the poor management decision of the Financial Investment Companies (decisions involving subprime and derivatives). The industry took some of the worst beating in the economic recession. Following the recession,the industry is still reeling under a lot of changes,especially involving governments' role in monitoring and disclosures that these companies now have to provide. The industry consists of a fair collection of companies offering a variety of products and services like asset management,banking commercial lending and so on. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is a leading Investment Banking Services Company. In 2012 it was the leader in completed mergers and acquisition of the world. Apollo Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: AINV) is a mid-cap stock in the same industry which has been in news lately for its attractive investment opportunity. StockCall free coverage on Goldman Sachs and Apollo Investment is available upon registration at

Goldman Sachs Improving Profits

Goldman Sachs is the largest investment banker in the world. In the last financial year the company reported its net revenue of $34.16 billion with diluted EPS being $14.13 against revenues of $28.8 billion, $2.8 billion profits and a diluted EPS of $4.51 seen in the previous year. The return on common shareholders' equity (ROE), which has been a concern for investors, had fallen to as low as 3.66% in December 2011, was reported as 10.74%. Download the free technical research on The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. by signing up at  

The group had declared a dividend of $0.50 per share, record date being 28th February 2013. Goldman Sachs has an ongoing stock repurchase program of which 21.5 million shares are still remaining. The company has been contracted by Russia for a fee of $500,000 to improve the country's investment image. The company is also set to raise $1 billion from the sale of stake in the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd.

Apollo Investment an attractive option

Apollo Investment is a close ended, externally managed non-diversified investment management company. It is a mid-sized company with a market capitalization of $1.73 billion. The company's portfolio mainly comprises of various forms of debt investments in subordinate debts (48% of the company's portfolio), secured loans (40% of the portfolio) and common equity, warrants, CLOs and Preferred Equity (12% share in the company's portfolio). Register now and get access to the free analysis on Apollo Investment Corporation at  

In the last financial year, the company made a conscious decision to broaden its investment footprint to offer a more diverse array of private market debt solutions. This would be a planned reduction in the subordinate debt and give more focus to propriety middle market originated senior secured debt. It would also have big and stable companies joining its portfolio. The company reduced its quarterly dividend, which cannot be seen as a negative, since there are companies in the industry which are looking at a zero dividend policy. The company has seen an improved balance sheet and positive margins.  

If the company manages to keep a strong portfolio and keep up with its competition this will be a good company to invest in.

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