Barings BDC Inc (NYSE:BBDC) has been given an average rating of “Hold” by the six research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $10.20.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on BBDC shares. TheStreet upgraded shares of Barings BDC from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Friday. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Barings BDC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 1st. ValuEngine lowered shares of Barings BDC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, National Securities began coverage on shares of Barings BDC in a report on Wednesday, October 23rd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $10.00 price objective for the company.

In other news, insider Thomas F. Finke bought 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 20th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $10.30 per share, with a total value of $82,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 10,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $103,000. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. 0.29% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. First Personal Financial Services increased its holdings in Barings BDC by 150.0% during the third quarter. First Personal Financial Services now owns 5,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $51,000 after buying an additional 3,000 shares during the last quarter. FNY Investment Advisers LLC boosted its position in Barings BDC by 32.9% in the 2nd quarter. FNY Investment Advisers LLC now owns 9,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $91,000 after buying an additional 2,300 shares during the period. Sigma Planning Corp bought a new stake in Barings BDC during the 2nd quarter valued at $99,000. Allianz Asset Management GmbH bought a new stake in Barings BDC during the 2nd quarter valued at $136,000. Finally, Strategic Financial Group LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Barings BDC in the 2nd quarter worth $192,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 70.20% of the company’s stock.

BBDC stock opened at $10.35 on Tuesday. Barings BDC has a 1-year low of $8.70 and a 1-year high of $10.48. The business has a fifty day moving average price of $10.27 and a 200-day moving average price of $10.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10, a current ratio of 4.64 and a quick ratio of 4.64. The stock has a market capitalization of $533.01 million, a P/E ratio of 16.52, a P/E/G ratio of 3.32 and a beta of 0.68.

Barings BDC (NYSE:BBDC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 29th. The company reported $0.16 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.16. Barings BDC had a return on equity of 5.48% and a net margin of 6.67%. The company had revenue of $19.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $20.34 million. As a group, analysts anticipate that Barings BDC will post 0.63 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 18th. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 11th will be given a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 5.80%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 10th. This is a boost from Barings BDC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14.

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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