MONTCLAIR, N.J., Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In connection with reporting its financial results for the second quarter of 2019, 180 Degree Capital Corp. (TURN) ("180" and the "Company"), noted today that its portfolio of publicly traded companies have increased in value by approximately $9.5 million, or $0.30 per share, on a net basis since, from June 30, 2019, based on the closing prices per share for each of its publicly traded securities as of August 14, 2019. 180 also received approximately $315,000, or $0.01 per share, in carried interest from its managed fund, TheStreet SPV Series - a Series of 180 Degree Capital Management, LLC ("TST SPV"), following the completion of the sale of TheStreet, Inc. in August 2019. The total change in value equals approximately $9.8 million or $0.31 per share. 180 also reported its net asset value per share ("NAV") as of June 30, 2019, was $2.82.
The increase in value since June 30, 2019, was led by a previously undisclosed investment in Quantum Corporation ("QMCO"), a new investment in TheMaven, Inc. ("MVEN"), existing investments in Adesto Technologies Corporation ("IOTS") and TheStreet, Inc. ("TST") (including carried interest), and a new undisclosed investment. These increases were offset primarily by decreases in value in Synacor, Inc. ("SYNC"), Mersana Therapeutics, Inc. ("MRSN") and Airgain, Inc. ("AIRG"). The following table shows the sources of change in 180's publicly traded portfolio securities from June 30, 2019, and as of August 14, 2019:
|Portfolio Company||Change in Value of Position from June 30, 2019 as of August 14, 2019||Change in Value Per Share of Position from June 30, 2019 as of August 14, 2019||% Change|
|Adesto Technologies Corporation||$1,286,020||$0.041||19.2%|
|Mersana Therapeutics, Inc.||$(385,408)||$(0.012)||(31.6)%|
|Remaining Public Holdings (Net)||$(236,224)||$(0.008)|
180 notes that its securities of MVEN are in preferred stock that will convert into common stock once the company amends its articles of incorporation to increase the amount of authorized common stock. The change in value of 180’s securities in MVEN includes a discount for lack of marketability applied to the closing price per share on August 14, 2019.
180 notes further that the changes in value of its public portfolio securities above include realized and unrealized gains/(losses). The unrealized portion of these changes in value may differ materially from those listed above, subsequent to the date of this release and when realized.
Kevin Rendino, CEO of 180 commented, "We are thrilled with how the third quarter has started. That said, it is still early in the quarter. There are various moving parts to our NAV including expenses and changes in value of our private portfolio holdings. Obviously, there may be further movements (in either direction) in our public portfolio between now and the end of the quarter that could materially change its contribution to NAV. Given the magnitude of these increases, we feel obligated to enumerate it for shareholders."
About 180 Degree Capital Corp.
180 Degree Capital Corp. is a publicly traded registered closed-end fund focused on investing in and providing value-added assistance through constructive activism to what we believe are substantially undervalued small, publicly traded companies that have potential for significant turnarounds. Our goal is that the result of our constructive activism leads to a reversal in direction for the share price of these investee companies, i.e., a 180-degree turn. Detailed information about 180 and its holdings can be found on its website at www.180degreecapital.com.
Daniel B. Wolfe
180 Degree Capital Corp.
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