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SAR Saratoga Investment

Participants
Henri Steenkamp Chief Financial and Compliance Officer
Christian Oberbeck Chairman and CEO
Michael Grisius Chief Investment Officer
Casey Alexander Compass Point
Mickey Schleien Ladenburg
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by. Welcome to Saratoga Investment Corporation’s Fiscal Third Quarter 2021 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 Corporation’s At Investment like the Saratoga over and to Henri Steenkamp. Sir, ahead. please go

Henri Steenkamp

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Christian Oberbeck

Thank everyone. you, and Henri, welcome

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the unprecedented repayments. the we quarter, of Despite million turmoil assets our the million from XX% million under uncertainty million $XXX as new increase to healthy and and $XXX $XX million from management by as of markets, $XXX up an this $XX last investments originated Second, X% offset of quarter increased year-end. in

originations company new included investments. new our three Importantly, portfolio

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commitments. and by to million commitments of discretionary of $XX committed undrawn quarter grow us XX% end funding liquidity available as currently. lending million had Our our enables AUM We of $XX

end quarter substantially leverage our regulatory XXX% requirement. exceeds XXX% of Our

Finally, $X.XX Directors by XX, $X.XX of share quarterly decided reflecting to dividend per increase to improved overall our our Board November liquidity quarter and ended XXXX. per the resiliency, share portfolio on for the

amount quarterly visibility reassess on on basis to at our continue gain of business economy better a we least the as dividends the fundamental and will We performance. long-term

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Henri Steenkamp

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Michael Grisius

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Christian Oberbeck

Thank you, Mike.

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Operator

Thank line you. the comes Alexander with from of [Operator Instructions] Our Compass first Casey Point. question

Your line is open.

Casey Alexander

Hi. Can hear Good morning. me? you

Christian Oberbeck

Yes.

Michael Grisius

Good fine, you We hear morning. Casey?

Casey Alexander

sort what you idea it right. questions at you a control it kind is? us Netreo There of of or some to give increase that Terrific. of company million give changed in Can All Mike, us of a was a become quarter-over-quarter it that what investment And couple investment made? for decision caused $XX was some investments. feel you. control

Christian Oberbeck

quick take Yeah. just the jump just will Casey, on I in classification.

are through a that the of more that detail. can quite warehouse change about CLO. potentially a seeing refinancing So additional we the been -- in on talk ownership our CLO control substantial million probably loan $XX have control is actually advance We that. in always you in loan category that invested in in The Mike Netreo dollars that unsecured has our investment.

just on in our expand a little So in Netreo? dollars. ownership you do to that’s Mike want the change equity But

Michael Grisius

Happy equity ownership. investment one in we where have Casey. and morning, that. about is that market has company well-positioned of we over for really The no that feel feel that is it significant that can that the and lot Good It’s Yeah. is in offering. The we the very occurred expansion enterprise a as too. Netreo got good feel that quarter a in the There’s value relates business it’s is that like it’s we right change it time. a grow products confidence one -- operates to

Casey Alexander

that for clarification. you Thank Great.

are term weighted there pretty term average far yield the loans the an a portfolio. of entire is unsecured at in was and those yield Secondly, that increase below loans

you or caused grab quarter did loan that a syndicated during the broadly change? investment So an what guys in

Michael Grisius

actually that’s loan. warehouse $XX exactly CLO million Casey, No. No. that

So to into an my unsecured falls that it increased loan loan, and as that’s because any warehouse you earlier exactly put it’s that’s so your into that that category CLO reason well. category point,

ahead in additional it’s the warehouse an our So investment CLO of refi.

Casey Alexander

the the what that CLO, buy paper for some give that of to does So that’s flexibility is refinance prepping the you for? new

Christian Oberbeck

Chris. Casey, what it this used is we for. That’s Yes.

Casey Alexander

college to a business. see what what’s prep us tutoring and what led color markdown CX? prospects give and I more Could a also you Okay. be Although that could Great. some, to Thank pandemic? that markdown Mike, it’s are you you has a expand was a seems to you. CX vertical and there well that the as the going mentioned there, there little Education, the on during done

Michael Grisius

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in been it time. for We have quite some

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So we good as in support sponsors have come well. -- good sponsorship as

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Casey Alexander

Thank Great. Okay. you.

this will I that I think, of a that I Chris, distribution tax, gains gains distribution guess, Noting ask can -- explain capital is us there some for will again gains you capital capital to or manner significant you. shareholders? deferring there is the for Lastly, be

Christian Oberbeck

good a question, That’s Yeah. Casey.

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can you that retain level or pay and You them. XX% you gain at or -- the capital can distribute BDC a can

done with has capital to practice we been our gains have this retain As so our historical payment.

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Casey Alexander

my of appreciate this Okay. morning. all taking you. my questions you Great. I questions and are That’s Thank

Christian Oberbeck

Thank you, Casey.

Operator

you. Thank

from question is Mickey with Schleien Ladenburg. Our next

Your line is open.

Mickey Schleien

at morning, I how through Good do the to are year now and amongst getting well. rather is to generally -- several are Obviously, stage to we end? about a everyone. than are that provided close to beginning liquidity like was by private liquidity pandemic. the a they think where timeframe, the equity everyone is decreasing lot of have of and understand at you liquidity there we I’d the borrowers. hope actually borrowers the a of of through doing I we that sponsors. It’s liquidity in the want PPP have been make the been ask onset your through to viewing and it enough you pandemic quarters still increasing pandemic of

Michael Grisius

Good will morning, Mickey. take question. I that

The right. of and early took portfolio program PPP through managing liquidity are the was the companies You pandemic. advantage majority quite the stages they as our of were that helpful of

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Mickey Schleien

terms in those, deals, sponsored transactions? problem those all Mike, of them let’s are call

Michael Grisius

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Mickey Schleien

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Michael Grisius

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Mickey Schleien

That’s Thank That’s very me. that. for -- excuse Mike. helpful, you

investment the I of CLO, the anything reinvestment quarter-to-quarter there the Was period. should its questions. CLO up? end to that dynamics yield estimated that caused understand the that go of I couple have terms yield at noticed realize of Turning increased we equities I and to in a the of estimated it’s

Christian Oberbeck

actual of some from rates. offset But effect was performance up it increased prepayment the of did in more strong increase the primarily quarter-over-quarter prepayment a for one quarter been a fact past really the XX% assumptions. the in have XX% the this that that came cash in the CLO information even actually the are interest if the the rate in full which valuation. the or performance so, It’s you quarter and and trends three We strong and reflecting of up valuation really our flows Mickey, impact CLO actually past of from our we had see of in would through over desks change could reflection past to we of not the value. performance the months as And getting

Mickey Schleien

are And what do -- upon you be we -- looking and at terms are CLO you of the Okay. a refinancing what Henri high the timing to refinancing? upsized at it in looks sort of like level, expect

Christian Oberbeck

that one. we assets do discussed as Mickey, will in have in to our a do into We the so have funded and we have earlier, that step for warehouse. maybe and I warehouse attached CLO

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so And to judgment. to conducive market environment we in that be the are should from -- our prepared upsize

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the dramatically. appreciate As you months can has also last market six over evolved very the

been. six more ago now its than much closed more and -- robust it So it months was then has basically

Mickey Schleien

and market with Chris. BDC refinance sense what And from income available CLO, agree what right upsize fee CLO? manager can us of estimated CLO we the the a of given in terms the that can you of yield level sort or see now its definitely level might give that I once earn of on

Christian Oberbeck

actually a Well, know preliminary think, Mickey, it’s that, that. for little to communicate us alone I let well

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Mickey Schleien

maybe income sort taxable just ordinary undistributed is last for the And question level housekeeping What Okay. share? the of Henri. per of

Henri Steenkamp

an no guess sort But with it I we year to way the of about went don’t amount have think for spillover. into Mickey. I is a you, exact

course, basically have declared even. we And third of dividend. now the So is break then, this

by and $X.XX three over quarters have then has between $X.XX dividend and obviously We earned far. quarter thus declared the since each and had

So sort current to amount parameter what how is. I the that gives think you think about a of of hopefully sort and

Mickey Schleien

pay one am didn’t … also so was there Henri a assuming you where I But quarter dividend,

Henri Steenkamp

Correct.

Mickey Schleien

is the and taxable now? income …taxable fairly undistributed right meaningful

Henri Steenkamp

the I the mean $X.XX Yeah. as to you there’s said. so… there’s exactly probably for $X.XX other quarter, one Well, quarter and then

Mickey Schleien

Right.

Henri Steenkamp

amount. less …that’s the more yeah, or what --

is said CLO’s having obviously still unknown, refinancing, for the there that, purposes. CLO Now tax consolidated

could as that progresses over months. of that the also So couple that next impact obviously

Mickey Schleien

on either when And remind or you Right. are Henri consider… then RIC rules, to distribute you can required under us just that

Henri Steenkamp

Sure.

Mickey Schleien

…options for that spillover?

Henri Steenkamp

Sure.

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the So there’s And distributed. still be to quite a have all amount post-February dividends as February that period of well. the would spillover until obviously would count towards

Mickey Schleien

Right. Right.

Thank me Okay. this for performance. on congratulations you morning. That’s it and your

Henri Steenkamp

Okay. Thank you.

Christian Oberbeck

Mickey. you, Thank

Operator

Thank you.

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Unidentified Analyst

Hi. Good morning and thanks for taking question here. my

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Christian Oberbeck

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Unidentified Analyst

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Christian Oberbeck

floor. the Well, assets at is on of as out, Henri spreads news that their good are pointed all our

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Unidentified Analyst

Thank all me. for you. That’s

Christian Oberbeck

Thank you.

Henri Steenkamp

Serge. you, Thank Great.

Operator

Q&A final today. for will I the concludes Thank turn his call remarks. you. back And to session this Oberbeck for our Christian

Christian Oberbeck

Well, would quarter. joining and forward us speaking to we we you like thank for next today everyone to look with

Operator

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