NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: BKCC) is Monday, December 19, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $8.73 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 12.2%.

The average volume for BlackRock Kelso has been 478,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Kelso has a market cap of $622.8 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation is a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle market companies. The firm invests in all industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 8.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

TheStreet Ratings rates BlackRock Kelso as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full BlackRock Kelso Ratings Report.

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