Investors in Business Development Corporation of America (“BDCA”) may have FINRA arbitration claims, if their investment was recommended by a financial advisor who lacked a reasonable basis for the recommendation, or if the nature of the investment was misrepresented by the stockbroker or advisor.
BDCA is a non-traded business development company, also known as a BDC, that provides flexible financing solutions to various middle market companies, including first and second lien secured loans and debt issued by mid-sized companies. BDCA commenced its initial public offering in January 2011 and raised $1.9 billion after being offered at $11.15 per share. Currently, BDCA has a reported estimated net asset value (“NAV”) of $7.75 per share. Even worse, shares on the secondary market are reportedly valued between $6.05 and $5.75 per share.
Non-traded BDCs, as their name implies, do not trade on a national securities exchange, and are therefore illiquid products that are hard to sell (investors can typically only sell their shares through redemption with the issuer, or through a fragmented and illiquid secondary market). In addition, non-traded BDCs such as BDCA have high up-front fees (typically as high as 10%), which are apportioned to the broker, his or her broker-dealer, and the wholesale broker or manager.
BDCs have been around since the early 1980’s, when Congress first enacted legislation amending federal securities laws allowing for BDCs — which are simply types of closed-end funds — to make investments in developing companies and firms that would otherwise have difficulty accessing financing. Because they provide financing solutions for smaller, private companies, BDCs have been likened to private equity investment vehicles for retail investors in various marketing pitches by BDC sponsors and the financial advisors who recommend these financial products.
BDCs characteristically offer high yields to investors, both as a function of their collecting much higher than average interest income on loans to more thinly capitalized businesses, as well as their use of internal leverage. In light of a BDC’s leveraged structure and its typical investment portfolio, however, uninformed investors may come to learn too late that their investment carries considerable risk. Moreover, non-traded BDCs such as BDCA carry additional risks, including their lack of liquidity and high upfront fees and commissions.
Investors who wish to discuss a possible claim may contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a no-cost, confidential consultation. Attorneys at the firm are admitted in New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin and various federal courts around the country, and handle cases nationwide (in cooperation with attorneys located in those states if required by applicable rules).