Saratoga Investment Corp (NYSE: SAR) and (NYSE:XRT) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

17.5% of Saratoga Investment Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. 32.0% of Saratoga Investment Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Saratoga Investment Corp and ‘s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Saratoga Investment Corp 29.96% 8.79% 3.38%
N/A N/A N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Saratoga Investment Corp and ‘s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Saratoga Investment Corp $33.16 million 3.88 $11.38 million $1.81 11.85
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Saratoga Investment Corp has higher revenue and earnings than .

Dividends

Saratoga Investment Corp pays an annual dividend of $1.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 9.0%. does not pay a dividend. Saratoga Investment Corp pays out 106.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Saratoga Investment Corp and , as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Saratoga Investment Corp 0 2 3 0 2.60
0 0 0 0 N/A

Saratoga Investment Corp currently has a consensus target price of $23.50, indicating a potential upside of 9.61%.

Summary

Saratoga Investment Corp beats on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Saratoga Investment Corp

Saratoga Investment Corp. is a specialty finance company. The Company is an externally managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company invests primarily in leveraged loans and mezzanine debt issued by private middle-market companies in the United States. Its investment objective is to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation from its investments. It purchases mezzanine debt and makes equity investments in middle market companies. It may invest in other investments, such as investments in distressed debt, including securities of companies in bankruptcy, foreign debt, private equity, securities of public companies that are not thinly traded and structured finance vehicles, such as collateralized loan obligation funds. Its leveraged loan portfolio consists primarily of first lien and second lien term loans. The Company’s investment activities are externally managed and advised by Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC.

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