NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Saratoga Investment Corp., (NYSE: SAR), a business development company, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA") has issued a "green light" or "go forth" letter inviting Saratoga to continue its application process to obtain a license to form and operate a Small Business Investment Company ("SBIC") subsidiary. Saratoga began the application process earlier this year and recently met with the investment committee of the Investment Division of the SBA, which voted to permit Saratoga to advance to the second part of the process. The receipt of the SBIC application is subject to the approval of the SBA. Saratoga remains cautiously optimistic that it will successfully complete the application process. However, the company has received no assurance or indication from the SBA that it will receive a license, or of the timeframe in which it would receive a license, should one ultimately be granted.
An SBIC license would permit Saratoga to issue SBA-guaranteed debentures. SBA-guaranteed debentures carry long-term fixed rates that are generally lower than rates on comparable bank debt and other debt. Under the regulations applicable to SBICs, an SBIC may have outstanding debentures guaranteed by the SBA generally in an amount of up to twice its regulatory capital, which generally equates to the amount of its equity capital. The SBIC regulations currently limit the amount that an SBIC may borrow to a maximum of $150 million, provided that it has at least $75 million of equity capital.
About Saratoga Investment Corp.
Saratoga Investment Corp. is a specialty finance company that provides customized financing solutions to U.S. middle-market businesses. The Company invests primarily in mezzanine debt, leveraged loans and, to a lesser extent, equity. Saratoga Investment Corp.'s investment objective is to create attractive risk-adjusted returns by generating current income from its debt investments and capital appreciation from its equity investments. The Company partners with business owners, management teams and financial sponsors to provide financing for change of ownership transactions, strategic acquisitions, recapitalizations and growth initiatives. It has elected to be regulated as a business-development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940.