NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Solar Capital Ltd. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SLRC), today announces net investment income for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 of $21.6 million, or $0.48 per average share. Excluding non-recurring expenses associated with an amendment to the Company’s credit facility and extinguishment of another revolving credit facility, net investment income would have been $23.7 million or $0.53 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. At September 30, 2013, net asset value (NAV) per share was $22.25.
“We are pleased with the underlying performance and credit quality of our investment portfolio”
During the quarter, the Company amended its credit facility reducing the borrowing rate from LIBOR + 2.50% to LIBOR + 2.25% and extending the final maturity by two years to June, 2018. The size of the amended facility is $490 million and is expandable up to $800 million under its accordion feature.
In July, the Company announced that its Board of Directors authorized a share repurchase program of the Company's common stock with an authorized limit of up to $100 million until expiration on January 31, 2014. During the quarter, the Company repurchased $15.8 million of its common stock at an average price of $21.99 per share representing a 1.2% discount to the NAV per share at September 30, 2013. Under the current program, there is a maximum of $84.2 million available for future purchases at September 30, 2013.
On October 30, the Company’s Board of Directors also declared a fourth quarter dividend of $0.40 per share payable on January 3, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 19, 2013. The specific tax characteristics will be reported to stockholders on Form 1099 after the end of the calendar year.
At September 30, 2013:
Investment Portfolio: $1.1 billion
Number of Portfolio Companies: 40
Net Assets: $1.0 billion
Net Asset Value per share: $22.25
Portfolio Activity for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2013:
Investments made during the quarter: $66.3 million
Investments prepaid and sold during the quarter: $349.8 million
Operating Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2013:
Net investment income: $21.6 million
Net realized and unrealized losses: $11.1 million
Net increase in net assets from operations: $10.6 million
Net investment income per share: $0.48
“We are pleased with the underlying performance and credit quality of our investment portfolio,” said Michael Gross, Chairman and CEO of Solar Capital Ltd. “With the portfolio composition at its highest level of senior secured and floating rate investments and following the exit from our two largest investments, we believe the current portfolio is more diversified and defensively positioned to preserve shareholder value while delivering strong risk-adjusted returns. Our objective is to grow our investment income per share by prudently deploying our over $500 million of available capital into new investments combined with opportunistic purchases of our common shares.”
Conference Call and Webcast
The company will host an earnings conference call and audio webcast at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, October 31, 2013.
All interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (877) 546-5020 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial (857) 244-7552. Participants should reference Solar Capital Ltd. and the participant passcode of 60189667 when prompted. This conference call also can be accessed by all interested parties through Solar Capital’s website, www.solarcapltd.com. Additionally, a replay dial-in will be available until November 14, 2013 and can be accessed by dialing (888) 286-8010 and using the passcode 97302291. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888 to listen to the replay.
Portfolio and Investment Activity
During the quarter ended September 30, 2013, we invested $66.3 million across five portfolio companies. Investments sold and prepaid during the quarter ended September 30, 2013 totaled $349.8 million.
At September 30, 2013, our portfolio consisted of 40 portfolio companies and was invested across 24 industries. The fair value weighted average yield on our portfolio of income-producing investments was 11.6%.
At September 30, 2013, approximately 98% of the fair value of our portfolio is performing.
Solar Capital Ltd. and its predecessor companies have invested approximately $3.2 billion in 93 portfolio companies. Over the same period, Solar Capital Ltd. has completed transactions with more than 75 different financial sponsors.
Crystal Capital Financial Holdings LLC
On December 28, 2012, we completed the acquisition of Crystal Capital Financial Holdings LLC (“Crystal Financial”), a commercial finance company focused on providing asset-based and other secured financing solutions.
As of September 30, 2013, Crystal Financial had 23 funded commitments to 19 different borrowers with a total par value of approximately $351.5 million. All loans were floating rate with the largest loan outstanding totaling $34.1 million. The average exposure per issuer was $18.5 million and none of the loans were on non-accrual status. Crystal Financial’s credit facility, which is non-recourse to Solar Capital Ltd., had approximately $87.0 million of borrowings outstanding at September 30, 2013. Crystal paid a dividend of $7.8 million to Solar Capital in Q3 reflecting a cash-on-cash, annualized yield of approximately 11.3%.
Results of Operations for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2013 compared to the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, gross investment income totaled $43.0 million and $128.2 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 gross investment income totaled $40.6 million and $111.8 million, respectively. The increase in gross investment income from the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 as compared to the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was primarily due to an increase in the receipt of prepayment fees and accelerated amortization of upfront fees resulting from higher portfolio repayments and an increase in the average size of the income-producing portfolio in the comparable period, partially offset by a lower weighted average portfolio yield.
Expenses totaled $21.4 million and $61.8 million, respectively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, expenses totaled $18.4 million and $54.1 million. The increase in expenses from the three month period ended September 30, 2012 compared to the three month period ended September 30, 2013 was primarily due to $2.6 million of expenses resulting from the amendment of our Credit Facility and extinguishment of a revolving credit facility. For the comparative nine month periods, the increase in expenses was primarily due to growth in the average size of our portfolio of assets.
Net Investment Income
The Company’s net investment income totaled $21.6 million and $66.4 million or $0.48 and $1.49 per average share, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively. Excluding non-recurring expenses associated with the amendment to the Company’s credit facility and extinguishment of another revolving credit facility, net investment income was $23.7 million or $0.53 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. The Company’s net investment income totaled $22.3 million and $57.7 million or $0.60 and $1.57 per average share, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, respectively.
Net Realized Gain (Loss)
Net realized loss for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 totaled $15.7 million and $16.9 million, respectively. Net realized gain (loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled $0.4 million and ($9.6) million, respectively.
Net Change in Unrealized Gain (Loss)
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, net change in unrealized gain (loss) on the Company’s assets and liabilities totaled $4.6 million and ($3.2) million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, net change in unrealized gain on the Company’s assets and liabilities totaled $7.6 million and $44.4 million, respectively.
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting From Operations
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $10.6 million and $46.4 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, the Company had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $30.2 million and $92.5 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, basic and diluted earnings per average share were $0.24 and $1.04, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, basic and diluted earnings per average share were $0.82 and $2.52, respectively.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
In July 2013, the Company amended its senior secured credit facility (the “Credit Facility”), composed of $440 million of revolving credit and a $50 million term loan. At September 30, 2013, total outstanding borrowings under the Credit Facility were $50 million. The Company has approximately $524 million of available capital for new investments including approximately $84 million of cash and $440 million of unused credit capacity subject to borrowing base limitations.
Financial Statements and Tables
SOLAR CAPITAL LTD.
September 30, 2013
|December 31, 2012|
|Investments at fair value:|
|Companies less than 5% owned (cost: $729,479 and $856,134, respectively)||$||689,547||$||831,306|
|Companies 5% to 25% owned (cost: $8,403 and $167,564, respectively)||8,403||165,406|
|Companies more than 25% owned (cost: $435,814 and $408,373, respectively)||435,406||398,810|
|Total investments (cost: $1,173,696 and $1,432,071, respectively)||1,133,356||1,395,522|
|Foreign currency (cost: $689 and $899, respectively)||703||906|
|Interest and dividends receivable||18,411||15,147|
|Deferred financing costs||3,309||4,228|
|Receivable for investments sold||15,969||—|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||699||450|
|Revolving credit facilities||$||—||$||264,452|
|Unsecured senior notes||100,000||100,000|
|Senior secured notes||75,000||75,000|
|Payable for investments purchased||9,775||21,756|
|Management fee payable||6,613||6,612|
|Performance-based incentive fee payable||5,407||6,050|
|Administrative services expense payable||1,450||1,058|
|Payable for common shares repurchased||277||—|
|Other liabilities and accrued expenses||783||1,579|
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 200,000,000 and 200,000,000 common shares
authorized, respectively, and 44,323,582 and 38,694,060 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
|Paid-in capital in excess of par||1,111,468||978,279|
|Distributions in excess of net investment income||(10,009||)||(4,662||)|
|Accumulated net realized loss||(72,507||)||(55,631||)|
|Net unrealized depreciation||(43,264||)||(40,100||)|
|Total net assets||$||986,131||$||878,273|
|Net Asset Value Per Share||$||22.25||$||22.70|
SOLAR CAPITAL LTD.
|Three months ended||Nine months ended|
|September 30, 2013||September 30, 2012||September 30, 2013||September 30, 2012|
|Interest and dividends:|
|Companies more than 25% owned||$||11,669||$||804||$||33,497||$||3,248|
|Companies 5% to 25% owned||3,189||13,460||11,650||19,112|
|Companies less than 5% owned||28,128||26,382||83,081||89,428|
|Total investment income||42,986||40,646||128,228||111,788|
|Performance-based incentive fees||5,407||5,565||16,601||14,431|
|Interest and other credit facility expenses||6,755||3,475||16,397||15,221|
|Administrative services expense||1,196||1,194||3,452||3,018|
|Other general and administrative expenses||1,387||2,011||4,361||4,015|
|Total operating expenses||21,358||18,328||61,825||53,719|
|Income tax expense||—||60||—||343|
|Net investment income||$||21,628||$||22,258||$||66,403||$||57,726|
REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON
|Net realized gain (loss) on investments:|
|Companies more than 25% owned||$||—||$||687||$||472||$||11,002|
|Companies 5% to 25% owned||(17,728||)||—||(17,728||)||—|
|Companies less than 5% owned||2,185||(256||)||794||(20,616||)|
|Net realized gain (loss) on investments||(15,543||)||431||(16,462||)||(9,614||)|
Net realized loss on foreign currencies and derivatives:
|Total net realized loss before income taxes||(15,653||)||(429||)||(16,876||)||(9,633||)|
|Income tax expense||—||(785||)||—||—|
|Net realized gain (loss)||(15,653||)||356||(16,876||)||(9,633||)|
|Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments||5,904||6,869||(3,791||)||44,989|
Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on foreign currencies and derivatives
|Net change in unrealized gain (loss)||4,595||7,629||(3,164||)||44,370|
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on
NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING
|EARNINGS PER SHARE||$||0.24||$||0.82||$||1.04||$||2.52|
About Solar Capital Ltd.
Solar Capital Ltd. is a closed-end investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company invests primarily in leveraged, middle market companies in the form of senior secured loans, mezzanine loans, and equity securities.
Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements,” which relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Solar Capital Ltd. undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.