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Apollo Investment Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2019

Fiscal First Quarter and Other Recent Highlights:

  • Net investment income per share for the quarter was $0.50 compared to $0.47 for the quarter ended March 31, 2019

  • Net asset value per share as of the end of the quarter was $19.00 compared to $19.06 as of March 31, 2019, a 0.3% decline

  • Continued to successfully execute portfolio repositioning strategy, including increasing exposure to core strategies(1) to 83% of the portfolio(2) as of the end of the quarter

  • Gross commitments made during the quarter totaled $451 million

  • Gross fundings during the quarter totaled $312 million(3) and net fundings totaled $215 million(4)

  • Net leverage(5) as of the end of the quarter was 1.03x, compared to 0.83x as of March 31, 2019

  • Declared a distribution of $0.45 per share

  • Repurchased 949,633 million shares of common stock for an aggregate cost of $15.1 million during the quarter

  • Commitments to the Company’s Senior Secured Facility (“Facility”) increased by $70 million with the addition of one new lender during the quarter, increasing the size of the Facility to $1.71 billion

  • Announced the redemption of $150 million of 6 7/8% senior unsecured notes due 2043 in July(6)

  • Kroll Bond Rating Agency affirmed the Company's investment grade rating in July(7)

NEW YORK, Aug. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Apollo Investment Corporation (AINV) or the “Company,” or “Apollo Investment,” today announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019. The Company’s net investment income was $0.50 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to $0.47  per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. The Company’s net asset value (“NAV”) was $19.00 per share as of June 30, 2019, compared to $19.06 as of March 31, 2019.

On August 6, 2019, the Board of Directors declared a distribution of $0.45 per share, payable on October 7, 2019 to shareholders of record as of September 20, 2019.

Mr. Howard Widra, Apollo Investment’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “During the quarter, we had substantial portfolio growth resulting from robust origination activity.  This origination activity, in a competitive market, is another indication of the strength of our origination platform.  Consistent with our plan, the growth was in lower risk corporate loans which further diversified the portfolio.  Also, consistent with our plan, we reduced the size of our investment in Merx Aviation to less than 15% of the total portfolio and reduced non-core assets to 17% of the portfolio. Net investment income was strong for the quarter benefiting from the net growth in the portfolio, the impact from the total return provision in our fee structure, and the catch-up income from an investment being restored to accrual status. Net asset value per share declined slightly due to a net loss on the portfolio partially offset by strong earnings and the accretive impact from stock buybacks.”  Mr. Howard Widra, continued, “We continue to manage our liabilities and optimize our capital structure. We increased the size of our revolving credit facility by $70 million during the quarter and subsequent to quarter end, we announced that we would be redeeming our 2043 unsecured notes.”

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(1) Core strategies include corporate lending, aviation, life sciences, asset based and lender finance.
(2) On a fair value basis.
(3) Excludes $6 million of gross fundings for Merx Aviation and $117 million of gross fundings for revolvers
(4) Includes $46 million net repayment from Merx Aviation and $25 million net fundings for revolvers
(5) The Company’s net leverage ratio is defined as debt outstanding plus payable for investments purchased, less receivable for investments sold, less cash and cash equivalents, less foreign currencies, divided by net assets.
(6) On July 12, 2019, the Company notified U.S. Bank National Association, the trustee (the“Trustee”) for the Company’s 6.875% Senior Notes due 2043 (the“Notes”), of the Company’s election to redeem the $150 million aggregate principal amount of the Notes outstanding, and instructed the Trustee to provide notice of such redemption to the holders of the Notes in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the Notes. The Company expects the redemption to be completed on August 12, 2019.
(7) Kroll Bond Rating Agency affirmed the Company's issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings of ‘BBB-’ with a Stable Outlook in July 2019.
   

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

($ in billions, except per share data) June 30,
 2019
  March 31,
 2019
  December 31,
 2018
  September 30,
 2018
  June 30,
 2018
Total assets $ 2.70     $ 2.50     $ 2.38     $ 2.39     $ 2.57  
Investment portfolio (fair value) $ 2.62     $ 2.41     $ 2.31     $ 2.32     $ 2.50  
Debt outstanding $ 1.35     $ 1.13     $ 0.99     $ 0.95     $ 1.10  
Net assets $ 1.29     $ 1.31     $ 1.32     $ 1.37     $ 1.39  
Net asset value per share $ 19.00     $ 19.06     $ 19.03     $ 19.40     $ 19.42  
                   
Debt-to-equity ratio 1.05 x   0.86 x   0.76 x   0.69 x   0.79 x
Net leverage ratio (1) 1.03 x   0.83 x   0.74 x   0.68 x   0.78 x

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(1) The Company’s net leverage ratio is defined as debt outstanding plus payable for investments purchased, less receivable for investments sold, less cash and cash equivalents, less foreign currencies, divided by net assets.
   

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

  Three Months Ended June 30,
(in millions)* 2019   2018
Investments made in portfolio companies $ 435.3     $ 359.0  
Investments sold (9.6 )   (14.8 )
Net activity before repaid investments 425.7     344.1  
Investments repaid (210.7 )   (93.8 )
Net investment activity $ 215.0     $ 250.3  
       
Portfolio companies at beginning of period 113     90  
Number of new portfolio companies 21     7  
Number of exited portfolio companies (5 )   (1 )
Portfolio companies at end of period 129     96  
       
Number of investments made in existing portfolio companies 30     20  

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*   Totals may not foot due to rounding.
   

OPERATING RESULTS

  Three Months Ended June 30,
(in millions)* 2019   2018
Net Investment Income $ 34.5     $ 31.5  
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gains (Losses) (10.7 )   (18.3 )
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations $ 23.8     $ 13.3  
       
(per share)*  (1)      
Net Investment Income $ 0.50     $ 0.44  
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gains (Losses) $ (0.16 )   $ (0.25 )
Earnings per share — basic $ 0.35     $ 0.18  

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* Totals may not foot due to rounding.

(1)  Based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding for the period presented.

SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM *

During the three months ended June 30, 2019, the Company repurchased 949,633 shares at a weighted average price per share of $15.92, inclusive of commissions, for a total cost of $15.1 million.  During the period from July 1, 2019 through August 5, 2019, the Company repurchased 136,010 shares at a weighted average price per share of $16.11 inclusive of commissions, for a total cost of $2.2 million.  Since the inception of the share repurchase program and through August 5, 2019, the Company repurchased 11,122,411 shares at a weighted average price per share of $16.92, inclusive of commissions, for a total cost of $188.2 million, leaving a maximum of $61.8 million available for future purchases under the current Board authorization of $250 million.

*  Share figures have been adjusted for the one-for-three reverse stock split which was completed after market close on November 30, 2018.

CONFERENCE CALL / WEBCAST AT 5:00 PM EDT ON AUGUST 6, 2019

The Company will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All interested parties are welcome to participate in the conference call by dialing (888) 802-8579 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call; international callers should dial (973) 633-6740. Participants should reference Apollo Investment Corporation or Conference ID #8523049 when prompted. A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis and can be accessed through the Events Calendar in the Shareholder section of our website at www.apolloic.com. Following the call, you may access a replay of the event either telephonically or via audio webcast. The telephonic replay will be available approximately two hours after the live call and through August 27, 2019 by dialing (800) 585-8367; international callers please dial (404) 537-3406, reference Conference ID #8523049.  A replay of the audio webcast will also be available later that same day. To access the audio webcast please visit the Events Calendar in the Shareholder section of the Company’s website at www.apolloic.com.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

The Company provides a supplemental information package to offer more transparency into its financial results and make its reporting more informative and easier to follow. The supplemental package is available in the Shareholders section of the Company’s website under Presentations at www.apolloic.com.

Our portfolio composition and weighted average yields as of June 30, 2019, March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018, September 30, 2018, and June 30, 2018 were as follows:

  June 30,
 2019
  March 31,
 2019
  December 31,
 2018
  September 30,
 2018
  June 30,
 2018
Portfolio composition, at fair value:                  
First lien secured debt 69%   66%   64%   57%   55%
Second lien secured debt 21%   23%   24%   27%   30%
Total secured debt 90%   89%   88%   84%   84%
Unsecured debt       3%   4%
Structured products and other 2%   2%   3%   3%   3%
Preferred equity 1%   1%   1%   1%   1%
Common equity/interests and warrants 7%   8%   8%   9%   8%
Weighted average yields, at amortized cost (1):                  
First lien secured debt (2) 9.3%   9.9%   10.4%   10.4%   10.4%
Second lien secured debt (2) 11.3%   11.4%   11.4%   11.2%   11.1%
Total secured debt (2) 9.8%   10.2%   10.7%   10.7%   10.7%
Unsecured debt portfolio (2)       11.0%   11.4%
Total debt portfolio (2) 9.8%   10.2%   10.7%   10.7%   10.7%
Total portfolio (3) 9.2%   9.6%   9.6%   9.7%   9.7%
Interest rate type, at fair value (4):                  
Fixed rate amount       $0.1 billion   $0.1 billion
Floating rate amount $1.8 billion   $1.5 billion   $1.4 billion   $1.3 billion   $1.4 billion
Fixed rate, as percentage of total 1%       6%   6%
Floating rate, as percentage of total 99%   100%   100%   94%   94%
Interest rate type, at amortized cost (4):                  
Fixed rate amount       $0.1 billion   $0.1 billion
Floating rate amount $1.8 billion   $1.5 billion   $1.4 billion   $1.3 billion   $1.4 billion
Fixed rate, as percentage of total 1%       6%   6%
Floating rate, as percentage of total 99%   100%   100%   94%   94%


(1) An investor’s yield may be lower than the portfolio yield due to sales loads and other expenses.
(2) Exclusive of investments on non-accrual status.
(3) Inclusive of all income generating investments, non-income generating investments and investments on non-accrual status.
(4) The interest rate type information is calculated using the Company’s corporate debt portfolio and excludes aviation, oil and gas, structured credit, renewables, shipping, commodities and investments on non-accrual status.
   


APOLLO INVESTMENT CORPORATION
STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
  June 30, 2019   March 31, 2019
  (Unaudited)    
Assets      
Investments at fair value:      
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments (cost — $1,927,308 and $1,654,322, respectively) $ 1,896,346     $ 1,627,406  
Non-controlled/affiliated investments (cost — $66,238 and $67,072, respectively) 49,756     49,681  
Controlled investments (cost — $689,577 and $736,717, respectively) 674,210     731,045  
Cash and cash equivalents 29,210     36,280  
Foreign currencies (cost — $1,353 and $4,963, respectively) 1,360     4,909  
Receivable for investments sold 684     336  
Interest receivable 25,693     24,280  
Dividends receivable 4,067     3,748  
Deferred financing costs 18,836     19,776  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 268     336  
Total Assets $ 2,700,430     $ 2,497,797  
       
Liabilities      
Debt $ 1,349,598     $ 1,128,686  
Payable for investments purchased     677  
Distributions payable 30,624     31,040  
Management and performance-based incentive fees payable 9,539     8,880  
Interest payable 10,404     5,818  
Accrued administrative services expense 2,295     2,983  
Other liabilities and accrued expenses 7,260     7,086  
Total Liabilities $ 1,409,720     $ 1,185,170  
       
Net Assets $ 1,290,710     $ 1,312,627  
       
Net Assets      
Common stock, $0.001 par value (400,000,000 shares authorized; 67,927,353 and               
68,876,986 shares issued and outstanding, respectively) $ 68     $ 69  
Capital in excess of par value 2,140,715     2,155,836  
Accumulated under-distributed (over-distributed) earnings (850,073 )   (843,278 )
Net Assets $ 1,290,710     $ 1,312,627  
       
Net Asset Value Per Share $ 19.00     $ 19.06  
               


APOLLO INVESTMENT CORPORATION
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30,
  2019   2018
Investment Income              
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments:              
Interest income (excluding Payment-in-kind (“PIK”) interest income) $ 47,004     $ 39,443  
Dividend income 62      
PIK interest income 4,706     1,250  
Other income 937     1,403  
Non-controlled/affiliated investments:      
Interest income (excluding PIK interest income)      
Dividend income 319     312  
PIK interest income      
Other income      
Controlled investments:      
Interest income (excluding PIK interest income) 12,638     14,490  
Dividend income     5,265  
PIK interest income 850     1,428  
Other income      
Total Investment Income $ 66,516     $ 63,591  
Expenses      
Management fees $ 9,539     $ 8,873  
Performance-based incentive fees     7,423  
Interest and other debt expenses 17,511     13,576  
Administrative services expense 1,725     1,638  
Other general and administrative expenses 3,305     2,533  
Total expenses 32,080     34,043  
Management and performance-based incentive fees waived     (1,856 )
Expense reimbursements (98 )   (144 )
Net Expenses $ 31,982     $ 32,043  
Net Investment Income $ 34,534     $ 31,548  
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gains (Losses)      
Net realized gains (losses):      
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments $ (9 )   $ (9,946 )
Non-controlled/affiliated investments 1,089      
Controlled investments      
Option contracts     (13,209 )
Foreign currency transactions 202     (28 )
Net realized gains (losses) 1,282     (23,183 )
Net change in unrealized gains (losses):      
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments (4,046 )   (5,123 )
Non-controlled/affiliated investments 910     (865 )
Controlled investments (9,696 )   8,579  
Option contracts     (567 )
Foreign currency translations 845     2,861  
Net change in unrealized gains (losses) (11,987 )   4,885  
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gains (Losses) $ (10,705 )   $ (18,298 )
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations $ 23,829     $ 13,250  
Earnings Per Share — Basic $ 0.35     $ 0.18  
               

About Apollo Investment Corporation

Apollo Investment Corporation (AINV) 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 various forms of debt investments, including secured and unsecured debt, loan investments, and/or equity in private middle-market companies. The Company may also invest in the securities of public companies and structured products and other investments such as collateralized loan obligations and credit-linked notes. The Company seeks to provide private financing solutions for private companies that do not have access to the more traditional providers of credit. Apollo Investment Corporation is managed by Apollo Investment Management, L.P., an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative investment manager. For more information, please visit www.apolloic.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, statements as to our future operating results; our business prospects and the prospects of our portfolio companies; the impact of investments that we expect to make; our contractual arrangements and relationships with third parties; the dependence of our future success on the general economy and its impact on the industries in which we invest; the ability of our portfolio companies to achieve their objectives; our expected financings and investments; the adequacy of our cash resources and working capital; and the timing of cash flows, if any, from the operations of our portfolio companies.

We may use words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “will,” “should,” “may” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations. Statements regarding the following subjects, among others, may be forward-looking: the return on equity; the yield on investments; the ability to borrow to finance assets; new strategic initiatives; the ability to reposition the investment portfolio; the market outlook; future investment activity; and risks associated with changes in business conditions and the general economy. Undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements as such statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements unless required by law.

Contact

Elizabeth Besen
Investor Relations Manager
Apollo Investment Corporation
212.822.0625
ebesen@apollo.com 

 

The Company’s net leverage ratio is defined as debt outstanding plus payable for investments purchased, less receivable for investments sold, less cash and cash equivalents, less foreign currencies, divided by net assets.