WhiteHorse Finance Inc. (WHF) Raised to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of WhiteHorse Finance Inc. (NASDAQ:WHF) from a strong sell rating to a hold rating in a report released on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. is a business development company focused on originating loans to privately held small-cap companies across a broad range of industries. WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. is based in Miami, United States. “

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the stock. Citigroup Inc. upped their price target on shares of WhiteHorse Finance from $11.00 to $12.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 14th. Deutsche Bank AG set a $13.50 target price on shares of WhiteHorse Finance and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Thursday, August 11th. Robert W. Baird lowered shares of WhiteHorse Finance from an outperform rating to a neutral rating and set a $12.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, August 9th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of WhiteHorse Finance from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Friday, August 5th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of Buy and an average price target of $12.40.

WhiteHorse Finance (NASDAQ:WHF) opened at 10.60 on Wednesday. The company has a 50-day moving average of $11.20 and a 200 day moving average of $10.88. WhiteHorse Finance has a 12-month low of $9.14 and a 12-month high of $13.68.

WhiteHorse Finance (NASDAQ:WHF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 5th. The investment management company reported $0.35 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.35. WhiteHorse Finance had a net margin of 0.62% and a return on equity of 8.50%. On average, analysts predict that WhiteHorse Finance will post $1.41 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 3rd. Investors of record on Monday, September 19th were paid a dividend of $0.355 per share. This represents a $1.42 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 13.40%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, September 15th. WhiteHorse Finance’s payout ratio is -1,014.21%.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in WHF. Nantahala Capital Management LLC increased its stake in WhiteHorse Finance by 18.8% in the first quarter. Nantahala Capital Management LLC now owns 235,669 shares of the investment management company’s stock worth $2,446,000 after buying an additional 37,347 shares during the last quarter. Nuveen Fund Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of WhiteHorse Finance during the second quarter valued at $393,000. Baird Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of WhiteHorse Finance by 4.9% in the second quarter. Baird Financial Group Inc. now owns 25,554 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $276,000 after buying an additional 1,203 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Orinda Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of WhiteHorse Finance during the second quarter valued at $655,000. 10.64% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About WhiteHorse Finance

WhiteHorse Finance, Inc is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company is a direct lender targeting debt investments in privately held, small-cap companies located in the United States. The Company’s investment objective is to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns primarily by originating and investing in senior secured loans, including first lien and second lien facilities, to performing small-cap companies across a range of industries that typically carry a floating interest rate based on the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and have a term of 3 to 6 years.

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