Solar Capital Ltd. Announces Quarter Ended June 30, 2020 Financial Results; Declares Quarterly Distribution of $0.41 Per Share for Q3, 2020

Tuesday, 04. August 2020 22:15

Reports Net Asset Value Per Share Increase of 4.5%

Net Debt-to-Equity of 0.59x

100% of Portfolio Performing

NEW YORK, Aug. 04, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLRC) (the “Company” or “Solar Capital”), today reported net investment income of $14.2 million, or $0.34 per share, for the second quarter 2020.

At June 30, 2020, net asset value (NAV) was $20.11 per share, an increase of 4.5% from March 31, 2020.

As of June 30, 2020, the Company’s portfolio was 100% performing.

The Board declared a third quarter distribution of $0.41 per share payable on October 2, 2020 to stockholders of record as of September 17, 2020. The specific tax characteristics will be reported to stockholders on Form 1099 after the end of the calendar year.

HIGHLIGHTS

At June 30, 2020: 

Comprehensive Investment portfolio* fair value: $1.58 billion
Number of portfolio companies: 183
Net assets: $849.8 million
Net asset value per share: $20.11
Net debt-to-equity: 0.59x
Available capital**: $815 million, subject to borrowing base availability

Comprehensive Investment Portfolio Activity*** for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2020:

Investments made during the quarter: $103.2 million
Investments prepaid and sold during the quarter: $118.4 million

Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2020:

Net investment income: $14.2 million
Net investment income per share: $0.34
Net realized and unrealized gain: $39.8 million
Net increase in net assets from operations: $54.0 million
Earnings per share: $1.28

* The Comprehensive Investment Portfolio is comprised of Solar Capital Ltd.’s investment portfolio, Crystal Financial’s full portfolio (including its ownership of its SBIC), and NEF Holdings, LLC’s (“NEF”) full portfolio and excludes the fair value of the equity interests in Crystal Financial and NEF.

** Please see Liquidity and Capital Resources.

*** Includes investment activity through Crystal Financial (including its ownership of its SBIC), and NEF.      

“The combination of our specialty finance businesses and focus on first lien senior secured investments in defensive industries has resulted in a diversified portfolio that is 100% performing at June 30, 2020. We believe we are well positioned to weather the current crisis,” said Michael Gross, Co-CEO of Solar Capital. “At quarter end, over 80% of our comprehensive portfolio was invested in loans in our asset-based and specialty finance strategies with collateral support which should provide meaningful downside protection.”

“The conservative management of our assets and liabilities has resulted in a solid portfolio foundation, a stable funding profile, low leverage, strong liquidity, and favorable positioning to make new investments,” said Bruce Spohler, Co-CEO of Solar Capital. “Our pipeline of investments as well as new specialty finance platform acquisition opportunities is expanding. Together with our significant available capital, we expect to grow our net investment income in the coming quarters.”

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an earnings conference call and audio webcast at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. All interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (844) 889-7786 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call, international callers should dial (661) 378-9930. Participants should reference Solar Capital Ltd. and the participant passcode of 6667784 when prompted. A telephone replay will be available until August 19, 2020 and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 and using the passcode 6667784. International callers should dial (404) 537-3406. This conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through Solar Capital’s website, www.solarcapltd.com. To listen to the webcast, please go to the Company's website prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available soon after the call.

Comprehensive Investment Portfolio

Investment Activity

During the three months ended June 30, 2020, Solar Capital had total originations of $103.2 million and repayments and amortization of $118.4 million across its four core business units: cash flow, asset-based, equipment finance, and life science lending, resulting in a net portfolio reduction of $15.2 million to the comprehensive portfolio.

The investment activity of our Comprehensive Investment Portfolio for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 was as follows:

Comprehensive Investment Portfolio Activity(1)
Q2 2020
(in millions)
Asset ClassCash Flow
Loans
Asset-based
Loans / Crystal Financial(2)
Equipment
Financings / NEF(3)
Life Science
Loans
Total
Portfolio
Activity
Originations$6.3$56.6$7.8$32.5$103.2
Repayments / Amortization$7.4$91.9$17.6$1.5$118.4
Net Portfolio Activity($1.1)($35.3)($9.8)$31.0($15.2)
      

(1) Portfolio activity includes gross originations/repayments across each business unit.
(2) Includes Crystal Financial’s full portfolio (and its ownership of its SBIC) and asset-based loans on the Company’s balance sheet.
(3) Includes NEF’s full portfolio and NEF equipment financings on the Company’s balance sheet.

Portfolio Composition

Our Comprehensive Investment Portfolio composition by business unit at June 30, 2020 was as follows:

Comprehensive Investment Portfolio Composition
(at fair value)
AmountWeighted Average
Asset Yield
 ($mm)%
Cash Flow Senior Secured Loans$305.519.4%8.6%(5)
Asset-Based Senior Secured Loans / Crystal Financial(1)$586.937.2%10.2%(6)
Equipment Senior Secured Financings / NEF(2)$349.922.2%10.4%(7)
Life Science Senior Secured Loans$318.020.2%9.8%(8)
Total Senior Secured Loans$1,560.399.0%9.9%
Equity and Equity-like Securities(3)$16.01.0% 
Total Comprehensive Investment Portfolio$1,576.3100.0% 
Floating Rate Investments(4) $1,205.476.9% 
First Lien Senior Secured Loans$1,443.291.6% 
Second Lien Senior Secured Cash Flow Loans$61.03.9% 
Second Lien Senior Secured Asset-Based Loans$56.03.6% 

(1) Includes Crystal Financial’s full portfolio, including the Company’s pro rata ownership of Crystal’s SBIC, and asset-based loans on the Company’s balance sheet.
(2) Includes NEF’s full portfolio and NEF equipment financings on the Company’s balance sheet.
(3) Excludes Crystal and NEF, which distribute quarterly cash dividends to the Company.
(4) Floating rate investments calculated as a percent of the Company’s income-producing Comprehensive Investment Portfolio. The majority of fixed rate loans are associated with NEF and are short in duration with average hold periods of 2.5 years. Additionally, NEF seeks to match-fund its fixed rate assets with fixed rate liabilities.
(5) Represents the weighted average of each individual loan’s yield to maturity based on fair market value at June 30, 2020.
(6) Represents the weighted average of each individual loan’s internal rate of return for loans held at Crystal Financial and yield to maturity for loans held by SLRC.
(7) Represents the weighted average of each individual loan’s yield to maturity (excluding residual upside on tax leases). Loans held on SLRC’s balance sheet based on fair value and loans owned within NEF Holdings based on par.
(8) Represents the weighted average of each individual loan’s yield to maturity based on fair value at June 30, 2020 (excluding exit fees and warrants).

The Comprehensive Investment Portfolio is diversified across approximately 183 unique borrowers in over 80 industries and with an average exposure of $8.6 million, or 0.5% per issuer.

At June 30, 2020, 99.0% of the Company’s Comprehensive Investment Portfolio was invested in senior secured loans, comprised of 91.6% first lien senior secured loans and approximately 7.5% second lien senior secured loans of which 3.9% were second lien cash flow loans and 3.6% were second lien asset-based loans.

The weighted average yield at fair value of all income-producing investments in the Comprehensive Portfolio was 9.9% at June 30, 2020.

Solar Capital Ltd. Portfolio

Asset Quality

As of June 30, 2020, 100% on a fair value basis and cost basis of the Company’s portfolio was performing, with no investments on non-accrual status at quarter end.

The Company puts its greatest emphasis on risk mitigation and credit performance. On a quarterly basis, or more frequently if deemed necessary, the Company formally rates each portfolio investment on a scale of one to four, with one representing the least amount of risk.

As of June 30, 2020, the composition of our portfolio, on a risk ratings basis, was as follows:

Internal Investment RatingInvestments at Fair Value ($mm)% of Total Portfolio
1$213.015.7%
2$1,045.276.9%
3$101.07.4%
4$0.8>0.0%

Investment Income Contribution by Business Unit

Business Unit Contribution to Gross Investment Income
Q2 2020

(in millions)
For the
Period:
Cash Flow
Lending(1)
Asset-based
Lending / Crystal Financial(2)
Equipment
Financing / NEF(3)
Life Science
Lending
Total
Q2 2020$6.9$9.0$4.6$8.1$28.6
% Contribution24.0%31.4%16.2%28.4%100%
      

(1) Includes interest income/fees from cash flow loans on balance sheet.
(2) Includes interest income/fees from asset based loans on balance sheet and distributions from Crystal Financial.
(3) Includes interest income/fees from equipment financings on balance sheet and distributions from NEF Holdings.

Solar Capital Ltd.’s Results of Operations for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2020 compared to the Quarter Ended June 30, 2019.

Investment Income

For the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, gross investment income totaled $28.6 million and $38.7 million, respectively. The decrease in gross investment income for the year over year period was generally due to a decrease in the size of the income-producing portfolio and the decline in the base reference rate.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2020 cash interest and dividends represented over 95% of the Company’s $28.6 million Q2 2020 gross investment income.

Expenses

Expenses totaled $14.4 million and $20.3 million, respectively, for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and 2019. The decrease in expenses for the year over year period was primarily due to lower management and incentive fees resulting from a reduction in portfolio yield on a smaller income producing investment portfolio on average.

Net Investment Income

The Company’s net investment income totaled $14.2 million and $18.4 million, or $0.34 and $0.44 per average share, respectively, for the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2020 and 2019.

Net Realized and Unrealized Gain

Net realized and unrealized gains for the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 totaled $39.8 million and $1.2 million, respectively.

Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting From Operations

For the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, the Company had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $54.0 million and $19.6 million, respectively. For the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, earnings per average share were $1.28 and $0.46, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Unsecured Debt

At June 30, 2020, approximately 86% of the Company’s funded debt, or $446 million, was comprised of fixed rate unsecured notes.

Credit Facilities and Available Capital

At June 30, 2020, the Company had no borrowings under its $545 million and $50 million revolving credit facilities and had approximately $18 million in cash on hand. When including undrawn capital on the Crystal and NEF Holdings, LLC non-recourse credit facilities, total available capital is $815 million, subject to borrowing base availability at June 30, 2020.

Leverage

On June 30, 2020, the Company’s net debt-to-equity was 0.59x. Solar Capital’s current leverage provides a significant cushion to its regulatory asset coverage limit of 2.0x debt-to-equity as well as its target leverage ratio of 0.9x – 1.25x.

Unfunded Revolver Commitments

At June 30, 2020, Solar Capital had unfunded revolver commitments of approximately $17 million that can be fully drawn by the borrowers.


Financial Statements and Tables

SOLAR CAPITAL LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(in thousands, except share amounts)

 June 30, 2020
(unaudited)
 
December 31, 2019 
Assets       
Investments at fair value:       
Companies less than 5% owned (cost: $885,242 and $989,564, respectively)$866,575  $970,821 
Companies more than 25% owned (cost: $511,835 and $513,119, respectively) 493,432   524,003 
Cash 18,170   16,783 
Cash equivalents (cost: $549,904 and $419,571, respectively) 549,904   419,571 
Dividends receivable 6,194   10,488 
Interest receivable 6,384   5,401 
Receivable for investments sold 1,651   2,207 
Prepaid expenses and other assets 764   615 
   
Total assets$1,943,074  $1,949,889 
   
Liabilities  
Debt ($521,000 and $593,900 face amounts, respectively, reported net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $6,220 and $6,783, respectively.)$512,280  $587,117 
Payable for investments and cash equivalents purchased 550,795   419,662 
Distributions payable 17,327   17,327 
Management fee payable 5,971   6,747 
Performance-based incentive fee payable    4,281 
Interest payable 3,301   3,678 
Administrative services payable 1,086   2,757 
Other liabilities and accrued expenses 2,511   2,440 
   
Total liabilities$1,093,271  $1,044,009 
   
Commitments and contingencies  
   
Net Assets  
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 200,000,000 and 200,000,000 common shares authorized, respectively, and 42,260,826 and 42,260,826 shares issued and outstanding, respectively$423  $423 
Paid-in capital in excess of par 988,792   988,792 
Accumulated distributable net loss (139,412)  (83,335)
   
Total net assets$849,803  $905,880 
   
Net Asset Value Per Share$20.11  $21.44 
   

SOLAR CAPITAL LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
(in thousands, except share amounts)

 Three months ended
 June 30, 2020  June 30, 2019 
INVESTMENT INCOME:       
Interest:       
Companies less than 5% owned$20,573  $26,848 
Companies more than 25% owned 1,339   1,342 
Dividends:  
Companies less than 5% owned 10   10 
Companies more than 25% owned 6,215   8,747 
Other income:  
Companies less than 5% owned 485   1,731 
Companies more than 25% owned 3   4 
   
Total investment income$28,625  $38,682 
   
EXPENSES:  
Management fees$5,971  $6,727 
Performance-based incentive fees    4,608 
Interest and other credit facility expenses 6,623   7,101 
Administrative services expense 1,148   1,293 
Other general and administrative expenses 682   521 
Total expenses 14,424   20,250 
   
Net investment income$14,201  $18,432 
   
REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS, CASH EQUIVALENTS, DEBT AND UNFUNDED COMMITMENTS:  
Net realized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents:  
Companies less than 5% owned$(24,794) $202 
Companies more than 25% owned    (98)
   
Net realized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents (24,794)  104 
   
Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments, cash equivalents and unfunded commitments and net change in unrealized (gain) loss on debt:  
Companies less than 5% owned 47,491   (2,356)
Companies more than 25% owned 25,787   3,451 
Debt (9,000)   
Unfunded commitments 361    
   
Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments, cash equivalents, debt and unfunded commitments 64,639   1,095 
   
Net realized and unrealized gain on investments, cash equivalents, debt and unfunded commitments 39,845   1,199 

NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS 
$54,046  $19,631 
   
EARNINGS PER SHARE $1.28  $0.46 

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. A specialty finance company with expertise in several niche markets, the Company primarily invests directly and indirectly in leveraged, U. S. middle market companies in the form of cash flow senior secured loans including first lien and second lien debt instruments and asset-based loans including senior secured loans collateralized on a first lien basis primarily by current assets.

Forward-Looking Statements

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 our future performance, financial condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the impact of COVID-19 and related changes in base interest rates and significant market volatility on our business, our portfolio companies and the global economy. 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, unless required to do so by applicable law.

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