Shares of Barings BDC Inc (NYSE:BBDC) have earned an average rating of “Buy” from the seven research firms that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $11.20.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on BBDC shares. Compass Point started coverage on shares of Barings BDC in a research note on Monday, February 4th. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Barings BDC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, February 4th. 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 research note on Monday, March 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Barings BDC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 6th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co began coverage on shares of Barings BDC in a research note on Monday, March 11th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $11.00 target price for the company.

NYSE BBDC opened at $10.33 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.78 and a current ratio of 0.78. Barings BDC has a 1 year low of $8.70 and a 1 year high of $12.39.

Barings BDC (NYSE:BBDC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 9th. The company reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. Barings BDC had a negative net margin of 131.87% and a negative return on equity of 0.79%. The company had revenue of $18.34 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $18.02 million. Sell-side analysts predict that Barings BDC will post 0.69 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, June 19th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, June 12th will be paid a dividend of $0.13 per share. This is an increase from Barings BDC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, June 11th. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 5.03%.

In other Barings BDC news, insider Jonathan Landsberg bought 3,040 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 29th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $9.92 per share, for a total transaction of $30,156.80. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Geoff Craddock bought 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 6th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $9.83 per share, with a total value of $49,150.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 0.29% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. FNY Investment Advisers LLC purchased a new position in Barings BDC during the fourth quarter worth about $43,000. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. purchased a new position in Barings BDC during the fourth quarter worth about $120,000. Squarepoint Ops LLC purchased a new position in Barings BDC during the fourth quarter worth about $125,000. Joel Isaacson & Co. LLC purchased a new position in Barings BDC during the fourth quarter worth about $145,000. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its holdings in Barings BDC by 10.6% during the fourth quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 16,777 shares of the company’s stock worth $146,000 after purchasing an additional 1,602 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 66.06% of the company’s stock.

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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