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Compass Point upgrades Saratoga Investment on rising net asset value

Compass Point Research & Trading LLC analyst Casey Alexander upgraded Saratoga Investment Corp. due to major gains from the company's investments.

The analyst wrote that Saratoga Investment reported about $9.1 million of net investment gains for the quarter ending Nov. 30, 2019. This increased EPS to $1.37 compared to the dividend of 56 cents per share paid during the quarter, which in turn increased net asset value by 83 cents to $25.30.

Alexander noted that the universe for business development companies places a premium on business development companies with rising NAV. Over the last four quarters, Saratoga Investment saw its NAV increase by 9.4%, Alexander wrote.

The analyst gave Saratoga Investment a "buy" rating with a price target of $27.75. His EPS estimates are $1.49 for 2020 and $2.31 for 2021.