Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results and Announces Fourth Quarter Dividend of $0.45 Per Share

NEW YORK--()--Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. (“GS BDC” or the “Company”) (NYSE:GSBD) announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 and filed its Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net investment income for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $0.51 per share, as compared to $0.50 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2016;
  • Earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 were $0.62 per share, as compared to $0.19 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2016;
  • Net asset value per share increased $0.17 per share to $18.58, up from $18.41 as of June 30, 2016;
  • New investment commitments and fundings for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 were $138.3 million and $128.6 million, respectively, and sales and repayments totaled $108.6 million, resulting in net funded portfolio growth of $20.0 million;(1)
  • The Senior Credit Fund (“SCF”) produced a 15% return on investment to the Company; Year-over-year, the SCF investment portfolio has grown by 52% to $392.3 million at fair value as of the quarter ended September 30, 2016;(1)(2)
  • The Company announced a fourth quarter dividend of $0.45 per share payable to shareholders of record as of December 31, 2016, equating to an annualized dividend yield of 9.7% on quarter end net asset value per share;(3)
  • Subsequent to quarter end, the Company closed an offering of $115 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50% Convertible Notes due April 2022. The net proceeds of the offering were used to pay down debt under the Company’s revolving credit facility.

SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

         
   

Three months ended

(in $ millions, except per share data) September 30, 2016     June 30, 2016     September 30, 2015
Investment portfolio, at fair value(1) $ 1,143.0 $ 1,115.1 $ 1,146.8
Debt 471.3 468.6 447.0
Net assets 675.0 668.5 703.5
 
Total investment income $ 34.0 $ 29.3 $ 32.9
Net investment income after taxes 18.7 18.2 20.6
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations 22.7 7.0 13.5
 
Per Share Data:
Net asset value per share $ 18.58 $ 18.41 $ 19.38
Net investment income (loss) per share (basic and diluted) 0.51 0.50 0.57
Earnings per share (basic and diluted) 0.62 0.19 0.37
Regular distribution per share       0.45       0.45       0.45  
 

INVESTMENT ACTIVITY(1)

During the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company made new investment commitments and fundings of $138.3 million and $128.6 million, respectively. The new investment commitments were comprised of 56.4% in first lien debt, 4.1% in first lien/last-out unitranche debt, 29.3% in second lien debt, 5.8% in preferred stock, and 4.4% in the SCF.

During the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company had sales and repayments of $108.6 million, primarily across investments in four portfolio companies.

Summary of Investment Activity for the three months ended September 30, 2016:

               
      New Investment Commitments     Sales and Repayments  
Investment Type     $ Millions   % of Total     $ Millions   % of Total  
1st Lien/Senior Secured Debt     $ 78.0   56.4 %     $ 34.8   32.0 %
1st Lien/Last-Out Unitranche 5.7 4.1 % 30.4 28.0 %
2nd Lien/Senior Secured Debt 40.5 29.3 % 43.4 40.0 %
Preferred Stock 8.0 5.8 % - - %
Common Stock 0.0 0.0 % - - %
Investment Funds & Vehicles (SCF)       6.1   4.4 %       -   - %  
Total     $ 138.3   100.0 %     $ 108.6   100.0 %  
 

During the three months ended September 30, 2016, the SCF made new investments and fundings of $86.3 million and $83.0 million, respectively, in seven new portfolio companies and two existing portfolio companies. The SCF also had sales and repayments of $47.3 million, resulting in net portfolio growth of $35.7 million during the quarter. As of September 30, 2016, the SCF’s investment portfolio at fair value was $392.3 million, an increase of 10.8% quarter over quarter.

PORTFOLIO SUMMARY(1)

As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s investment portfolio had an aggregate fair value of $1,143.0 million, comprised of investments in 39 portfolio companies operating across 27 different industries. The investment portfolio on a fair value basis was comprised of 90.7% secured debt investments (65.8% in first lien debt (including 27.5% in first lien/last-out unitranche debt) and 24.9% in second lien debt), 2.8% in preferred stock, 0.4% in common stock, and 6.1% in the SCF.

Summary of Investment Portfolio as of September 30, 2016:

       
      Investments at Fair Value
Investment Type     $ Millions   % of Total
1st Lien/Senior Secured Debt     $ 437.0   38.3 %
1st Lien/Last-Out Unitranche 314.4 27.5 %
2nd Lien/Senior Secured Debt 284.6 24.9 %
Preferred Stock 32.2 2.8 %
Common Stock 5.0 0.4 %
Investment Funds & Vehicles (SCF)       69.8   6.1 %
Total     $ 1,143.0   100.0 %
 

As of September 30, 2016, the weighted average yield of the Company’s total investment portfolio at amortized cost and fair value was 10.4% and 11.8%, respectively, as compared to 10.3% and 11.6%, respectively, as of June 30, 2016.

On a fair value basis, 89.6% of interest-bearing debt investments were in floating rate instruments and 10.4% were in fixed rate instruments.

As of September 30, 2016, the weighted average net debt/EBITDA of the companies in the Company’s investment portfolio was 4.6x versus 4.4x as of June 30, 2016. The weighted average interest coverage of interest-bearing companies in the investment portfolio was 2.9x versus 3.0x from the previous quarter. The median EBITDA of the portfolio companies was $24.2 million.(4)

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had one investment on non-accrual status, representing 3.7% and 4.0% of the total investment portfolio at fair value and amortized cost, respectively.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company’s investment in the SCF yielded 14.5% at amortized cost and 14.7% at fair value over the trailing four quarters. The SCF’s investment portfolio had an aggregate fair value of $392.3 million, comprised of investments in 32 portfolio companies operating across 20 different industries. The SCF’s investment portfolio on a fair value basis was comprised of 100.0% secured debt investments (94.0% in first lien debt, 2.5% in a first-out portion of first lien unitranche debt and 3.5% in second lien debt). All of the investments in the SCF were invested in debt bearing a floating interest rate with an interest rate floor.

As of September 30, 2016, the weighted average net debt/EBITDA and interest coverage of the companies in the SCF investment portfolio were 3.8x and 3.3x, respectively. The median EBITDA of the SCF’s portfolio companies was $69.2 million. None of the SCF’s investments are on non-accrual status.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Total investment income for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016 was $34.0 million and $29.3 million, respectively. The increase in investment income over the quarter was primarily driven by higher interest income but also included higher accelerated accretion and prepayment income. The $34.0 million of total investment income was comprised of $31.1 million from interest income, original issue discount accretion and dividend income(5) and $2.9 million from prepayment income, accelerated accretion/amortization and other income.

Total expenses before taxes for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016 were $15.0 million and $10.9 million, respectively. The $4.1 million increase in expenses was primarily driven by an increase in incentive fees. The $15.0 million of total expenses were comprised of $3.6 million of interest and credit facility expenses, $9.8 million of management and incentive fees, and $1.6 million of other operating expenses.

Net investment income after taxes for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $18.7 million, or $0.51 per share, compared with $18.2 million, or $0.50 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2016.

During the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company had net realized and unrealized appreciation of investments of $4.0 million, driven by $26.0 million of unrealized appreciation, which was partially offset by $(22.0) million of realized loss, resulting from the restructuring of the Company’s investment in Hunter Defense Technologies, Inc. as discussed as part of last quarter’s results.

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $22.7 million, or $0.62 per share.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of September 30, 2016, the Company had $471.3 million of borrowings and $98.7 million of availability under its revolving credit facility. The weighted average interest rate on debt outstanding was 2.55% for the three months ended September 30, 2016. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had cash and an investment in an affiliated money market fund of $14.7 million.

The Company’s average and ending debt to equity leverage ratio was 0.74x and 0.70x, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2016, as compared with 0.68x and 0.70x, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2016.(6) The leverage ratios are within the Company’s target of 0.50x to 0.75x.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company closed an offering of $115 million aggregate principal amount of 4.50% Convertible Notes due April 2022. The net proceeds of the offering were used to pay down debt under the Company’s revolving credit facility.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company will host an earnings conference call on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00 am Eastern Time. All interested parties are invited to participate in the conference call by dialing (866) 884-8289; international callers should dial +1 (631) 485-4531; conference ID 95937660. All participants are asked to dial in approximately 10-15 minutes prior to the call, and reference “Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc.” when prompted. For a slide presentation that the Company may refer to on the earnings conference call, please visit the Investor Resources section of the Company’s website at www.goldmansachsbdc.com. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Company’s website. An archived replay of the call will be available from approximately 1:00 pm Eastern Time on November 4 through December 4. To hear the replay, participants should dial (855) 859-2056; international callers should dial +1 (404) 537-3406; conference ID 95937660. An archived replay will also be available on the Company’s webcast link located on the Investor Resources section of the Company’s website. Please direct any questions regarding obtaining access to the conference call to Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. Investor Relations, via e-mail, at gsbdc-investor-relations@gs.com.

ENDNOTES

(1) The discussion of the investment portfolio of both the Company and the SCF excludes the investment in a money market fund managed by an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

(2) The SCF’s return to the Company was measured at amortized cost and fair value over the trailing four quarters.

(3) The $0.45 per share dividend is payable on or about January 17, 2017 to holders of record as of December 31, 2016.

(4) Weighted average net debt/EBITDA and median EBITDA have been calculated as a percentage of debt investments and income producing preferred investments, including the Company’s exposure to the underlying debt investments in the SCF and excluding collateral loans where net debt to EBITDA may not be the appropriate measure of credit risk. The weighted average interest coverage ratio (EBITDA to total interest expense) of the portfolio companies reflects the performing portfolio companies’ EBITDA as a multiple of interest expense and has been calculated as a percentage of performing debt investments and income producing preferred investments, including the Company’s exposure to the underlying debt investments in the SCF and excluding collateral loans.

(5) Interest income excludes accelerated accretion/amortization of $0.6 million.

(6) The average debt to equity leverage ratio has been calculated using the average daily borrowings during the quarter divided by average net assets, adjusted for equity contributions. The ending and average debt to equity leverage ratio excludes unfunded commitments.

 

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 
     

September 30, 2016
(unaudited)

December 31, 2015
Assets
 
Investments, at fair value
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments (cost of $1,032,470 and $1,067,299, respectively)

$

999,390

$ 1,032,119
Non-controlled affiliated investments (cost of $84,075 and $9,237, respectively) 73,826 4,048
Controlled affiliated investments (cost of $69,092 and $46,167, respectively) 69,752 44,897
Investments in affiliated money market fund (cost of $3 and $10,117, respectively)   3     10,117  
 
Total investments, at fair value (cost of $1,185,640 and $1,132,820, respectively) 1,142,971 1,091,181
Cash 14,670 22,710
Receivable for investments sold 313
Interest and dividends receivable from non-controlled affiliated investments and non-controlled/non-affiliated investments 9,408 10,399
Dividend receivable from controlled affiliated investments 1,825 1,350
Other income receivable from controlled affiliated investments 1,618 681
Deferred financing costs 4,866 5,775
Other assets   188     350  
 
Total assets $ 1,175,546   $ 1,132,759  
 
 
Liabilities
 
Debt $ 471,250 $ 419,000
Interest and credit facility expense payable 286 432
Management fees payable 4,292 4,238
Incentive fees payable 5,683 360
Distribution payable 16,345 16,338
Accrued offering costs 40
Directors’ fees payable 226
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   2,494     3,701  
 
Total liabilities $ 500,576   $ 444,109  
 
Commitments and Contingencies
 
Net Assets
 
Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share (1,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding) $ $
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share (200,000,000 shares authorized, 36,321,374 and 36,306,882 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively) 36 36
Paid-in capital in excess of par 719,969 719,690
Accumulated net realized gain (loss) (24,360 ) (2,367 )
Accumulated undistributed net investment income 23,415 14,351
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments (42,669 ) (41,639 )
Allocated income tax expense   (1,421 )   (1,421 )
 
TOTAL NET ASSETS $ 674,970   $ 688,650  
 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $ 1,175,546   $ 1,132,759  
 
 
Net asset value per share $ 18.58 $ 18.97
 

 

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

         

For the three months ended
September 30,

For the nine months ended
September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Investment Income:
From non-controlled/non-affiliated investments:
Interest income

$

29,259

$ 30,278 $ 84,879 $ 80,479
Dividend income 633 620 1,890 1,852
Other income   756     635     1,153     1,164  
 
Total investment income from non-controlled/non-affiliated investments 30,648 31,533 87,922 83,495
From non-controlled affiliated investments:
Interest income 387 387
Dividend income 10 32 1
Other income   6         6      
 
Total investment income from non-controlled affiliated investments 403 425 1
From controlled affiliated investments:
Dividend income 1,825 1,363 4,650 2,642
Other income   1,074         1,618     446  
 
Total investment income from controlled affiliated investments   2,899     1,363     6,268     3,088  
 
Total investment income $ 33,950   $ 32,896   $ 94,615   $ 86,584  
 
Expenses:
Interest and credit facility expense $ 3,628 $ 3,053 $ 9,909 $ 7,656
Management fees 4,292 4,089 12,606 11,199
Incentive fees 5,459 3,515 8,948 11,426
Professional fees 637 936 1,818 2,062
Administration, custodian and transfer agent fees 213 208 654 643
Directors’ fees 263 172 743 440
Other expenses   487     147     1,122     737  
 
Total expenses $ 14,979   $ 12,120   $ 35,800   $ 34,163  
 
NET INVESTMENT INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE TAXES $ 18,971   $ 20,776   $ 58,815   $ 52,421  
 
Excise tax expense $ 294   $ 174   $ 728   $ 264  
 
NET INVESTMENT INCOME (LOSS) AFTER TAXES $ 18,677   $ 20,602   $ 58,087   $ 52,157  
 
 
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investment transactions:
Net realized gain (loss) from:
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments $ (21,993 ) $ (98 ) $ (21,993 ) $ (98 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) from:
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments 23,891 (5,480 ) (3,824 ) (4,290 )
Non-controlled affiliated investments 1,353 (806 ) 864 (2,407 )
Controlled affiliated investments   735     (735 )   1,930     79  
 
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) $ 3,986   $ (7,119 ) $ (23,023 ) $ (6,716 )
 
NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS $ 22,663   $ 13,483   $ 35,064   $ 45,441  
 
 
Net investment income (loss) per share (basic and diluted) $ 0.51 $ 0.57 $ 1.60 $ 1.52
Earnings per share (basic and diluted) $ 0.62 $ 0.37 $ 0.97 $ 1.33
Weighted average shares outstanding 36,320,014 36,292,619 36,312,852 34,270,102
Distributions declared per share $ 0.45 $ 0.45 $ 1.35 $ 1.35
 

ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS BDC, INC.

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. is a specialty finance company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. GS BDC was formed by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (“Goldman Sachs”) to invest primarily in middle-market companies in the United States, and is externally managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. GS BDC seeks to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation primarily through direct originations of secured debt, including first lien, first lien/last-out unitranche and second lien debt, and unsecured debt, including mezzanine debt, as well as through select equity investments. For more information, visit www.goldmansachsbdc.com. Information on the website is not incorporated by reference into this press release and is provided merely for convenience.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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