Shares of Barings BDC Inc (NYSE:BBDC) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has issued a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $11.20.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on BBDC shares. National Securities upgraded shares of Barings BDC from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, March 4th. Wells Fargo & Co started coverage on shares of Barings BDC in a report on Monday, March 11th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $11.00 price objective for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Barings BDC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 6th. Compass Point started coverage on shares of Barings BDC in a report on Monday, February 4th. They set a “neutral” rating for the company. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Barings BDC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th.

In other Barings BDC news, insider Barings Llc purchased 47,400 shares of Barings BDC stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 22nd. The stock was acquired at an average price of $9.60 per share, for a total transaction of $455,040.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Jonathan Landsberg purchased 3,040 shares of Barings BDC stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 29th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $9.92 per share, with a total value of $30,156.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders bought 241,377 shares of company stock valued at $2,356,443. Company insiders own 0.29% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. FNY Investment Advisers LLC bought a new stake in shares of Barings BDC in the 4th quarter valued at about $43,000. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Barings BDC in the 4th quarter worth approximately $120,000. Squarepoint Ops LLC purchased a new position in shares of Barings BDC in the 4th quarter worth approximately $125,000. Joel Isaacson & Co. LLC purchased a new position in shares of Barings BDC in the 4th quarter worth approximately $145,000. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can grew its position in shares of Barings BDC by 10.6% in the 4th quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 16,777 shares of the company’s stock worth $146,000 after buying an additional 1,602 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 66.00% of the company’s stock.

Shares of BBDC opened at $9.87 on Friday. Barings BDC has a 1-year low of $8.70 and a 1-year high of $12.39. The stock has a market cap of $506.17 million, a P/E ratio of 197.40, a P/E/G ratio of 2.87 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 0.78 and a quick ratio of 0.78.

Barings BDC (NYSE:BBDC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 28th. The company reported $0.16 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by $0.02. Barings BDC had a negative net margin of 142.45% and a negative return on equity of 0.01%. Research analysts forecast that Barings BDC will post 0.69 EPS for the current fiscal year.

About Barings BDC

Barings BDC, Inc (NYSE:BBDC) is a business development company specializing in private equity and mezzanine investments. It focuses on leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, ESOPs, change of control transactions, acquisition financings, growth financing, and recapitalizations in lower middle market, mature, and later stage companies.

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