Business development company (BDC) Saratoga Investment Company (SAR) has recently sold 2 new baby bond issues.
The issue sold in April came with a 6% coupon (SAT) and trades at $23.15 today for a current yield of 6.47% The issue sold in October came with a juicy 8% coupon (SAJ) and today trades at a price of about $25–of course a current yield of 8%.. SAR also just sold a 8.125% issue which are not yet trading.
So which is the better buy of the 2 issues? It is not a simple question and more needs to be known on an investors intentions. Are you going to sell prior to maturity (both in 2027)? Do you anticipate that rates will be lower in 2024 than they currently are and SAR will be able to ‘refi’ the 8% notes? Both issues have 1st call dates in 2024.
So yield to maturity (full maturity) on both issues is around 8% right now. Yield to first call date in 2024 is about 8% on the 8% issue and almost 12% on the 6% issue. So it would appear that it is near a toss up unless you think rates are going to plunge back toward zero in which case the 6% issue would be superior.