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How to buy Saratoga Investment stock | $21.47

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Saratoga Investment Corp is an asset management business based in the US. Saratoga Investment shares (SAR) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Saratoga Investment. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SAR. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Saratoga Investment reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$21.47, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Saratoga Investment, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Saratoga Investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Saratoga Investment share price

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Saratoga Investment shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-12-04.
Latest market closeUSD$21.47
52-week rangeUSD$5.6851 - USD$26.9236
50-day moving average USD$19.9651
200-day moving average USD$17.6374
Wall St. target priceUSD$22.14
PE ratio 6.1287
Dividend yield USD$1.64 (7.32%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.637

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Saratoga Investment price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $21.47 from 2020-12-09

1 week (2021-01-12) N/A
1 month (2020-12-23) 2.38%
3 months (2020-10-19) N/A
6 months (2020-07-19) N/A
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2 years (2019-01-19) N/A
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5 years (2016-01-19) N/A

Is Saratoga Investment under- or over-valued?

Valuing Saratoga Investment stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Saratoga Investment's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Saratoga Investment's P/E ratio

Saratoga Investment's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 6x. In other words, Saratoga Investment shares trade at around 6x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Saratoga Investment financials

Revenue TTM USD$59 million
Operating margin TTM 59.1%
Gross profit TTM USD$58.4 million
Return on assets TTM 3.98%
Return on equity TTM 15.18%
Profit margin 67.27%
Book value $26.684
Market capitalisation USD$249.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Saratoga Investment shares

There are currently 36,883 Saratoga Investment shares held short by investors – that's known as Saratoga Investment's "short interest". This figure is 9% up from 33,847 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Saratoga Investment shares can be evaluated.

Saratoga Investment's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Saratoga Investment's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Saratoga Investment shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Saratoga Investment shares traded daily (recently around 55883.333333333). Saratoga Investment's SIR currently stands at 0.66. In other words for every 100,000 Saratoga Investment shares traded daily on the market, roughly 660 shares are currently held short.

However Saratoga Investment's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Saratoga Investment shares, or, against the total number of tradable Saratoga Investment shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Saratoga Investment's short interest could be expressed as 0% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Saratoga Investment shares in existence, roughly 0 shares are currently held short) or 0.0039% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Saratoga Investment shares, roughly 4 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Saratoga Investment.

Find out more about how you can short Saratoga Investment stock.

Saratoga Investment share dividends

24%

Dividend payout ratio: 24.29% of net profits

Recently Saratoga Investment has paid out, on average, around 24.29% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 7.32% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Saratoga Investment shareholders could enjoy a 7.32% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Saratoga Investment's case, that would currently equate to about $1.64 per share.

While Saratoga Investment's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Saratoga Investment is investing more in its future growth.

Saratoga Investment's most recent dividend payout was on 10 November 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 October 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Saratoga Investment's shares ever split?

Saratoga Investment's shares were split on a 1:10 basis on 13 August 2010. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Saratoga Investment shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 900% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Saratoga Investment shares which in turn could have impacted Saratoga Investment's share price.

Saratoga Investment share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Saratoga Investment's shares have ranged in value from as little as $5.6851 up to $26.9236. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SAR.US volatility(beta: 1.74)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Saratoga Investment's is 1.7417. This would suggest that Saratoga Investment's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Saratoga Investment overview

Saratoga Investment Corp. is a business development company specializing in leveraged and management buyouts, acquisition financings, growth financings, recapitalization, debt refinancing, and transitional financing transactions at the lower end of middle market companies. It structures its investments as debt and equity by investing through first and second lien loans, mezzanine debt, co-investments, select high yield bonds, senior secured bonds, unsecured bonds, and preferred and common equity. It seeks to invest in the United States. The firm primarily invests $5 million to $20 million in companies having EBITDA of $2 million or greater and revenues of $8 million to $150 million. It invests through direct lending as well as participation in loan syndicates. The firm was formerly known as GSC Investment Corp. Saratoga Investment Corp. is based in New York, New York with an additional office in Florham Park, New Jersey.

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