Saratoga Investment Corp. Increases Quarterly Dividend by $0.01, or 1.4%, to $0.74 per Share for the Fiscal First Quarter Ended May 31, 2024

                                                      Contact: Henri Steenkamp
Saratoga Investment Corp.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE:SAR) (“Saratoga Investment” or “the Company”), a business development company, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.74 per share for the fiscal first quarter ended May 31, 2024, an increase of $0.01 from $0.73 per share in the prior fiscal fourth quarter, and the seventeenth quarterly dividend increase in a row. This is the first dividend for fiscal year 2025, after total dividends for fiscal year 2024 of $2.85 per share was an increase of 16.8% over the prior year. This first quarter dividend is payable on June 27, 2024, to all stockholders of record at the close of business on June 13, 2024.

“The past year’s consistent overall portfolio growth in well-selected industry segments, combined with the current interest rate environment, provides healthy earnings growth that allows for continued dividend increases,” said Christian L. Oberbeck, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saratoga Investment. “Saratoga’s first quarter dividend of $0.74 per share reflects an approximately 6% increase year-over-year and a 40% increase over the past two years. Annualizing this dividend rate implies a 12.7% dividend yield based on Saratoga’s recent stock price of $23.22 per share on May 22, 2024. Our current substantial overearning of the dividend by 29%, or 20c per share as compared to last quarter’s $0.94 per share adjusted NII, reflects an earnings yield of 16.2%, and increases Net Asset Value, supports increased portfolio growth and provides a cushion against adverse events, including potential cuts in interest rates in 2024.”

This is the first dividend declared in fiscal year 2025. Total dividends for fiscal year 2024 are $2.85 per share, an increase of 16.8% over the prior year’s total dividends of $2.44 per share. The Company previously declared a quarterly dividend of $0.73 per share for the quarter ended February 29, 2024, $0.72 per share for the quarter ended November 30, 2023, $0.71 per share for the quarter ended August 31, 2023 and $0.70 per share for the quarter ended May 31, 2023. During fiscal 2023 the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.69 per share for the quarter ended February 28, 2023, $0.68 per share for the quarter ended November 30, 2022, $0.54 per share for the quarter ended August 31, 2022 and $0.53 per share for the quarter ended May 31, 2022.

Shareholders will have the option to receive payment of the dividend in cash or receive shares of common stock pursuant to the Company’s dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”). Saratoga Investment shareholders who hold their shares with a broker must affirmatively instruct their brokers prior to the record date if they prefer to receive this dividend, and future dividends, in common stock.  The number of shares of common stock to be delivered shall be determined by dividing the total dollar amount by 95% of the average of the market prices per share at the close of trading on the ten (10) trading days immediately preceding (and including) the payment date.

About Saratoga Investment

Saratoga Investment is a specialty finance company that provides customized financing solutions to U.S. middle-market businesses. The Company invests primarily in senior and unitranche leveraged loans and mezzanine debt, and, to a lesser extent, equity to provide financing for change of ownership transactions, strategic acquisitions, recapitalizations and growth initiatives in partnership with business owners, management teams and financial sponsors. Saratoga Investment’s objective is to create attractive risk-adjusted returns by generating current income and long-term capital appreciation from its debt and equity investments. Saratoga Investment has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is externally managed by Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor focusing on credit-driven strategies. Saratoga Investment Corp. owns two active SBIC-licensed subsidiaries, having surrendered its first license after repaying all debentures for that fund following the end of its investment period and subsequent wind-down. Furthermore, it manages a $650 million collateralized loan obligation (“CLO”) fund and co-manages a joint venture (“JV”) fund that owns a $400 million collateralized loan obligation (“JV CLO”) fund.  It also owns 52% of the Class F and 100% of the subordinated notes of the CLO, 87.5% of both the unsecured loans and membership interests of the JV and 87.5% of the Class E notes of the JV CLO. The Company’s diverse funding sources, combined with a permanent capital base, enable Saratoga Investment to provide a broad range of financing solutions.

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