PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) _ Hercules Technology Growth Capital Inc. (HTGC) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $52.1 million.

On a per-share basis, the Palo Alto, California-based company said it had profit of 59 cents. Earnings, adjusted for investment gains, were 29 cents per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share.

The specialty finance company posted revenue of $49.6 million in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $48.3 million.

Hercules Tech shares have increased 3 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $13.51, a climb of 1 percent in the last 12 months.

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