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SAR Saratoga Investment

Participants
Henri Steenkamp CFO, CCO, Treasurer, and Secretary
Chris Oberbeck Chairman and CEO
Mike Grisius President and CIO
Casey Alexander Compass Point Research
Mickey Schleien Ladenburg Thalmann
Christopher Testa National Securities Corporation
William James Merrill Lynch
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to Saratoga Investment Corps Fiscal Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results Conference Call. Please note that today's call is being recorded.

During today’s presentation, all parties will be in a listen-only mode.

we the remarks, for prepared management’s will line open questions. Following Mr. to time, Chief call Officer, I this turn Financial would Compliance Corp's At Investment like the Saratoga over and to Henri Steenkamp. Sir, ahead. please go

Henri Steenkamp

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Chris Oberbeck

Thank you everyone. Henri welcome and

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Henri Steenkamp

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Mike Grisius

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Chris Oberbeck

Mike. Thank you,

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Operator

line Casey begin. [Operator our the question Instructions]. first comes And may And from you of Alexander. sir,

Casey Alexander

good and you morning. Thank

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Chris Oberbeck

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Casey Alexander

Chris. great, Okay, very helpful. that's Thank you

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Henri Steenkamp

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Mike Grisius

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Casey Alexander

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Mike Grisius

in respect. to Obviously be careful that you have

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Casey Alexander

activity there, your some XX on deals year-to-date right, exist deals the But as it like the I funnel looking you XX million, what looks in if a of accurate? showed out your that read versus are at Mike that approximately on below guys percent that deal slides, you is of couple

Mike Grisius

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Casey Alexander

my taking alright for great. it. Okay, questions, appreciate I Thanks

Chris Oberbeck

Thanks Casey.

Operator

the from question of And Mickey comes line Schleien. our next

You may begin.

Mickey Schleien

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Mike Grisius

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Mickey Schleien

me Saratoga doing? their platform portion pre-limited other also if funds, to is correctly if but diversification have order BDC's I'm Saratoga expanded and of considering is remember correct in their improve that something that expenses I to Mike wrong leverage across private the

Chris Oberbeck

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Henri Steenkamp

to building things business, we we it but the existing time laser know it consider didn't on being or not value as touched but could you Okay, that with focused in investment think to add felt bit, The we our line complimented would creating that consideration as that as and be on give conflict to not certainly of we anyway. that can. we're we ones SAR wouldn't I say much shareholders funds it's Mickey, that would for say Chris wouldn't to other vehicles it's to I a private

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Mickey Schleien

do the dividend at you upside maybe envision they're further dividends around now that might around realize and Okay, speaking up but do in it's another I this road and moving question dividends keep to down is so the the now -- NII time you do of policy, running roughly terms or of NII, if dividend think XX% needed? the down in be level it special then consider it

Chris Oberbeck

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Mickey Schleien

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Henri Steenkamp

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Mickey Schleien

morning. enough. Alright for Thanks this time your fair

Henri Steenkamp

Mickey. Thanks

Operator

Securities. Thank National line from Testa you comes the Christopher you. And begin. our may question of next from Sir,

Christopher Testa

how significant market, significantly up just per taking yields bps were compression The the pretty roughly quarter, went pretty could credit in this yields up you color my spread questions. wondering Hey, there good the thanks quarter? XX on provide guys, for structured CLO some is morning some if

Henri Steenkamp

rate mean our mean… our Do you own you effective interest interest own -- or

Christopher Testa

Well, yes.

Henri Steenkamp

more Yeah, well you the and effective are was and collections. that LIBOR it we points. the at -- over Chris if the was of down increase cash distribution projection flows are we an is the by increased projected a had obviously effectively Because because I offset what future our own well being in just was basis derived slightly look XX than interest obviously earning mean but CLO. rate you function projected saw QX as what by that by the that was period valuation our

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Christopher Testa

so it, for your projections, holding though? to in Got reinvestment expectations static is environment the say prefer increases that your of current LIBOR that, increases that kind the

Henri Steenkamp

to reinvestment managed flows the -- any there had -- I we we've reinvestment of have that's think to cash keep it's we why and why a opportunities I mean repayments had. positive out healthy pretty the through we've seen pretty been have Well, possible

Christopher Testa

were PIK made substantially quarter? and quarter-over-quarter on Ice touching something what increase jumped and constant the PIK pretty the was the in portion interest, other in jump lien asking of the kind then PIK income Casey were second Okay, in what about and up the the preferred just tender both rates but, total Easy the investments that during on quarter, during

Henri Steenkamp

full for well as period portion obviously both had accrued the was which last the primarily the lien because was of a quarter. think in I you it period Easy the Ice preferred full being second as

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Mike Grisius

Not Vector but Targus.

Henri Steenkamp

Mike to not me, Targus correcting sorry, thanks Mike. am is I Vector.

Christopher Testa

and are lower Identity the came income? Targus so So PIK should ones that off, that

Henri Steenkamp

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Christopher Testa

Got okay, that's it, helpful.

Chris Oberbeck

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Christopher Testa

second the for first further is and the stability lien definitely. Right, on indicative increases this that your yields just LIBOR? of makes And sense quarter in

Chris Oberbeck

has we that. competition about, continuing spread to think increase been in see we've and that I the thankfully compression and yes Yes, the all talking LIBOR offset are

Christopher Testa

kind I'm is you know debt, some curious out And having your and with first second in for it just provide getting one sub I given detail comfort on the of more What that SBIC, in seems two this have leverage XX% your composition guys capacity sense a level secured your at put of what's increased -- -- into Could you to it like within lien would that? lien, vehicle. it is the SBIC that break make just more vehicle. more roughly how senior assets you the to

Henri Steenkamp

good a It's question.

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Christopher Testa

regulatory on it, or commentary should on very Obviously leverage leverage. expect down Got and the ramping about be one the maybe has very, we that's of very, as the you curious very, And we leverage your onward? kind come debt should measured the been we in okay order just portfolio kind just last should being leverage helpful. and of usage flat, the target pipeline course just little your would given have me how from strong ATM think the to bolster roughly to expect pretty ATM issuance ROE a of equity guys and

Chris Oberbeck

think I good a that's Well question.

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Christopher Testa

taking me. That's my for questions Okay, from Thanks guys. all that’s fair.

Operator

from our begin. of you next comes may from Merrill, line and the you Thank question James William

William James

you XX% interest the then XX% -- Chris, elimination starting for that Hi and of deduction new the X% with tax exalts moves and up bill to and outlines it of EBITDA are EBIT. expense

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Chris Oberbeck

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William James

go sorry, ahead. am I

Chris Oberbeck

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William James

adjusting do of look total free So where maybe going and see issuance to portfolio and of cash issues these be portfolio? stock your through percentage capital but your moving guys you there's the what debt the as preferred you flow you portfolio exposure in to structures

Chris Oberbeck

don't time. inside of portfolio at think moment in see I don't we time at this our issues this -- we any major see

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William James

existing these or industries and what EBITDAs and looks deal flow are leverage as at EBITDA Okay, as you year last portfolio, all the the you economy look of the the of flow across spectrums look deal these at is our growing just over in potential companies your investment sense that you buying depends do just and buying but to therefore know true forth this good CAPEX is back on and family there sense I be… are arbitrage return or growing? people it that out EBITDAs and upon And industry

Mike Grisius

economic we're is that -- colored see one business for that Yeah, the not of assets exceptional that our rate companies we the growing so uncommon that perspective highly the is fundamentals by us it's that and the on it business is invest selective that our necessarily that portfolio because not companies does an thing we They're growing at pace to in budgeting large overall performance broader strong of seeing trends. positive. not so same of a have good all of are sort having and by at is success. indicator necessarily but we're that model But it's the over the said that that year they're

Chris Oberbeck

I their think -- positive. it I also where is think outlook

us coming to for companies to recalibrate a sense the their of us A invest want with our because acquisitions. of to of to number We they portfolio portfolio are companies are lets lot a more coming businesses. There's invest in seeing future.

the we coming want our growth out mindset have that very is think portfolio. So much to of we see

William James

the appreciate I color. Great,

Operator

have Steenkamp. at like we looks to further time. Thank questions this it pass over it Henri no you and I like now to Mr. would

Chris Oberbeck

everyone I interest Chris appreciate to aim Well, want us to your is speaking just and you this joining thank next and here. and today. We for time quarter. Saratoga support for with

Operator

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