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BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. Announces 2021 Financial Results Including Fourth Quarter Net Investment Income of $0.31 Per Share; Declares First Quarter 2022 Dividend of $0.30 Per Share; 39 Consecutive Quarters of Dividend Coverage

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SANTA MONICA, Calif., February 24, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. ("we," "us," "our," "TCPC" or the "Company"), a business development company (NASDAQ: TCPC), today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021 and filed its Form 10-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was $17.6 million, or $0.31 per share on a diluted basis, which exceeded the dividend of $0.30 per share paid on December 31, 2021.

  • Net increase in net assets from operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was $32.6 million, or $0.56 per share, compared to $10.9 million, or $0.19 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2021. Net increase in net assets from operations for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $133.8 million, or $2.32 per share.

  • Net asset value per share was $14.36 at December 31, 2021 compared to $14.09 at September 30, 2021, an increase of 1.9%, and compared to $13.24 at December 31, 2020, an increase of 8.5%.

  • Total acquisitions during the quarter ended December 31, 2021 were $182.0 million and total dispositions were $115.0 million. Total acquisitions for the year ended December 31, 2021 were $757.1 million, compared to $460.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, an increase of 65%.

  • As of December 31, 2021, loans on non-accrual status represented 0.9% of the portfolio at fair value and 1.7% at cost.

  • In 2021, we issued a total of $325.0 million of 2.85% unsecured notes due February 2026 (the "2026 Notes"). Following this issuance, we successfully redeemed all $175.0 million of the 2022 Notes outstanding at a price equal to par plus a "make whole" premium, and accrued and unpaid interest. The 2022 Notes bore interest at an annual rate of 4.125%.

  • On February 24, 2022, our board of directors declared a first quarter dividend of $0.30 per share payable on March 31, 2022 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 17, 2022.

"We generated strong results in the fourth quarter and throughout 2021, as we identified a steady stream of compelling investment opportunities amid robust middle market activity," said Rajneesh Vig, BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. Chairman and CEO. "We remain disciplined in our investment approach, and our solid credit quality reflects this. We have been able to continually build and diversify the portfolio by capitalizing on our team’s more than two decades of experience in direct lending and the comprehensive BlackRock platform. Our earnings demonstrate our consistent and attractive risk-reward proposition, and the efforts of our experienced team delivered excellent returns for our shareholders in 2021."

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

As of December 31, 2021, our investment portfolio consisted of debt and equity positions in 115 portfolio companies with a total fair value of approximately $1.8 billion, 89% of which was senior secured debt. 75% of the total portfolio was first lien. Equity positions, which include equity interests in diversified portfolios of debt and lease assets, represented approximately 11% of the portfolio. 95% of our debt investments were floating rate, 92% of which had interest rate floors.

As of December 31, 2021, the weighted average annual effective yield of our debt portfolio was approximately 9.2%(1) and the weighted average annual effective yield of our total portfolio was approximately 8.7%, compared with 9.4% and 8.8%, respectively, as of September 30, 2021. Debt investments in three portfolio companies were on non-accrual status as of December 31, 2021, representing 0.9% of the portfolio at fair value and 1.7% at cost.

During the three months ended December 31, 2021, we invested approximately $182.0 million, primarily in 19 investments, comprised of 11 new and 8 existing portfolio companies. Of these investments, $161.1 million, or 88.5% of total acquisitions, were in senior secured loans and $2.8 million, or 1.6% of total acquisitions, were in senior secured notes. The remaining $18.1 million (9.9% of total acquisitions) was comprised of equity investments, including $10.7 million in equity interests in portfolios of debt and lease assets. Additionally, we received approximately $115.1 million in proceeds from sales or repayments of investments during the three months ended December 31, 2021. New investments during the quarter had a weighted average effective yield of 9.2%. Investments we exited had a weighted average effective yield of 9.5%. We expect to continue to invest in senior secured loans, bonds and subordinated debt, as well as select equity investments, to obtain a high level of current income, with an emphasis on principal protection.

As of December 31, 2021, total assets were $1.9 billion, net assets were $829.5 million and net asset value per share was $14.36 per share, as compared to $1.8 billion, $814.2 million, and $14.09 per share, respectively, as of September 30, 2021.

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Total investment income for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was approximately $39.6 million, or $0.69 per share. Investment income for the three months ended December 31, 2021 included $0.02 per share from prepayment premiums and related accelerated original issue discount and exit fee amortization, $0.02 per share from recurring original issue discount and exit fee amortization, $0.04 per share from interest income paid in kind, and $0.02 per share of dividend income. This reflects our policy of recording interest income, adjusted for amortization of premiums and discounts, on an accrual basis. Origination, structuring, closing, commitment, and similar upfront fees received in connection with the outlay of capital are generally amortized into interest income over the life of the respective debt investment.

Total operating expenses for the three months ended December 31, 2021 were approximately $21.9 million, or $0.38 per share, including interest and other debt expenses of $9.7 million, or $0.17 per share, and incentive compensation from net investment income of $3.7 million, or $0.06 per share. Excluding incentive compensation, interest and other debt expenses, annualized fourth quarter expenses were 4.2% of average net assets.

Net investment income for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was approximately $17.6 million, or $0.31 per share. Net unrealized gains for the three months ended December 31, 2021 were $21.4 million, or $0.37 per share, primarily driven by a $10.0 million unrealized gains on CORE Entertainment, $6.2 million reversal of previous unrealized losses from the sale of a portfolio of credit-linked notes administered by Credit Suisse, $5.0 million unrealized gains on Edmentum, partially offset by $3.2 million in unrealized losses from Avanti. Net realized losses for the three months ended December 31, 2021 were $6.5 million, or $0.11 per share, primarily driven by a $5.5 million loss from the sale of the portfolio of credit-linked notes administered by Credit Suisse. Net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $32.6 million, or $0.56 per share.

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(1) Weighted average annual effective yield includes amortization of deferred debt origination and end-of-term fees and accretion of original issue discount, but excludes market discount and any prepayment and make-whole fee income. The weighted average effective yield on our debt portfolio excludes any debt investments that are distressed or on non-accrual status.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of December 31, 2021, available liquidity was approximately $352.1 million, comprised of approximately $355.5 million in available capacity under our leverage program, $19.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, and $23.0 million in net outstanding settlements of investments purchased.

The combined weighted-average interest rate on debt outstanding at December 31, 2021 was 3.26%.

Total debt outstanding at December 31, 2021 was as follows:

Maturity

Rate

Carrying
Value (1)

Available

Total
Capacity

Operating Facility

2026

L+1.75%

(2)

$

154,479,544

$

145,520,456

$

300,000,000

(3)

Funding Facility II

2025

L+2.00%

(4)

200,000,000

200,000,000

(5)

SBA Debentures

2024−2031

2.52%

(6)

150,000,000

10,000,000

160,000,000

2022 Convertible Notes ($140 million par)

2022

4.625%

139,886,910

139,886,910

2024 Notes ($250 million par)

2024

3.900%

248,423,170

248,423,170

2026 Notes ($325 million par)

2026

2.850%

326,549,826

326,549,826

Total leverage

1,019,339,450

$

355,520,456

$

1,374,859,906

Unamortized issuance costs

(6,878,110

)

Debt, net of unamortized issuance costs

$

1,012,461,340

(1)

Except for the 2022 Convertible Notes, the 2024 Notes and the 2026 Notes, all carrying values are the same as the principal amounts outstanding.

(2)

As of December 31, 2021, $8.4 million of the outstanding amount bore interest at a rate of EURIBOR + 2.00% and $34.1 million of the outstanding amount bore interest at a rate of Prime + 1.00%.

(3)

Operating Facility includes a $100 million accordion which allows for expansion of the facility to up to $400.0 million subject to consent from the lender and other customary conditions.

(4)

Subject to certain funding requirements

(5)

Funding Facility II includes a $50 million accordion which allows for expansion of the facility to up to $250.0 million subject to consent from the lender and other customary conditions.

(6)

Weighted-average interest rate, excluding fees of 0.35% or 0.36%.

On February 17, 2022, our board of directors re-approved our stock repurchase plan to acquire up to $50 million in the aggregate of our common stock at prices at certain thresholds below our net asset value per share, in accordance with the guidelines specified in Rule 10b-18 and Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. During the three months ended December 31, 2021, no shares were repurchased.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On February 24, 2022, our board of directors declared a first quarter dividend of $0.30 per share payable on March 31, 2022 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 17, 2022.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. will host a conference call on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (10:00 a.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its financial results. All interested parties are invited to participate in the conference call by dialing (844) 200-6205; international callers should dial (929) 526-1599. All participants should reference the access code 084035. For a slide presentation that we intend to refer to on the earnings conference call, please visit the Investor Relations section of our website (www.tcpcapital.com) and click on the Fourth Quarter 2021 Investor Presentation under Events and Presentations. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously in the investor relations section of our website at http://investors.tcpcapital.com/. An archived replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live call, through March 3, 2022. For the replay, please visit https://investors.tcpcapital.com/events-and-presentations or dial (866) 813-9403. For international replay, please dial (929) 458-6194. For all replays, please reference access code 971184.

BlackRock TCP Capital Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

Assets

Investments, at fair value:

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments (cost of $1,637,897,868 and $1,473,322,720, respectively)

$

1,638,843,507

$

1,461,610,769

Non-controlled, affiliated investments (cost of $37,457,524 and $63,114,875, respectively)

97,207,404

68,927,182

Controlled investments (cost of $146,247,518 and $136,332,302, respectively)

105,087,211

99,026,531

Total investments (cost of $1,821,602,910 and $1,672,769,897, respectively)

1,841,138,122

1,629,564,482

Interest, dividends and fees receivable

20,061,104

15,571,648

Cash and cash equivalents

19,552,273

20,006,580

Receivable for investments sold

6,024,981

278,737

Deferred debt issuance costs

4,786,736

4,984,388

Prepaid expenses and other assets

2,666,111

1,581,320

Total assets

1,894,229,327

1,671,987,155

Liabilities

Debt (net of deferred issuance costs of $6,878,110 and $6,308,172, respectively)

1,012,461,340

850,016,199

Payable for investments purchased

28,994,390

33,275,348

Interest and debt related payables

10,863,683

9,886,085

Management fees payable

6,304,176

5,753,347

Incentive fees payable

3,742,443

5,020,794

Reimbursements due to the Advisor

942,094

1,344,756

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

1,464,565

1,704,048

Total liabilities

1,064,772,691

907,000,577

Net assets

$

829,456,636

$

764,986,578

Composition of net assets applicable to common shareholders

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized, 57,767,264 and 57,767,264 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

$

57,767

$

57,767

Paid-in capital in excess of par

966,409,911

979,973,202

Distributable earnings (loss)

(137,011,042

)

(215,044,391

)

Total net assets

829,456,636

764,986,578

Total liabilities and net assets

$

1,894,229,327

$

1,671,987,155

Net assets per share

$

14.36

$

13.24

BlackRock TCP Capital Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Year Ended December 31,

2021

2020

2019

Investment income

Interest income (excluding PIK):

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

$

143,005,804

$

141,433,940

$

170,292,622

Non-controlled, affiliated investments

127,247

2,533,862

2,750,461

Controlled investments

6,678,789

6,378,826

5,034,138

PIK income:

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

5,839,520

7,554,503

10,108,553

Non-controlled, affiliated investments

3,757,086

3,398,235

Dividend income:

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

1,131,568

Non-controlled, affiliated investments

4,599,288

Controlled investments

2,110,976

2,473,865

2,392,274

Lease income:

Controlled investments

38,136

297,827

Other income:

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

449,021

4,660,979

891,805

Non-controlled, affiliated investments

1,163,495

3,272,529

Total investment income

165,105,708

172,103,726

195,165,915

Operating expenses

Interest and other debt expenses

40,988,760

41,237,035

46,398,795

Management fees

25,719,938

23,806,418

24,860,910

Incentive fees

17,726,879

15,314,201

20,307,759

Administrative expenses

1,851,420

2,159,788

2,338,624

Professional fees

1,715,244

1,841,097

1,756,480

Director fees

982,111

857,789

781,933

Insurance expense

615,901

700,321

591,728

Custody fees

325,239

413,533

410,852

Other operating expenses

2,637,102

2,551,562

2,860,741

Total operating expenses

92,562,594

88,881,744

100,307,822

Net investment income

72,543,114

83,221,982

94,858,093

Realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments and foreign currency

Net realized gain (loss):

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

(2,257,955

)

618,133

(56,955,163

)

Non-controlled, affiliated investments

6,545,598

(6,260,913

)

(19,671,886

)

Controlled investments

129,950

Net realized gain (loss)

4,287,643

(5,512,830

)

(76,627,049

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation):

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

13,083,276

(2,983,907

)

(12,197,945

)

Non-controlled, affiliated investments

53,937,566

44,680

20,927,521

Controlled investments

(3,854,536

)

(958,524

)

3,620,169

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

63,166,306

(3,897,751

)

12,349,745

Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)

67,453,949

(9,410,581

)

(64,277,304

)

Realized loss on extinguishment of debt

(6,206,289

)

(2,436,913

)

Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

$

133,790,774

$

71,374,488

$

30,580,789

Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

2.32

$

1.23

$

0.52

Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

57,767,264

57,991,233

58,766,362

ABOUT BLACKROCK TCP CAPITAL CORP.

BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TCPC) is a specialty finance company focused on direct lending to middle-market companies as well as small businesses. TCPC lends primarily to companies with established market positions, strong regional or national operations, differentiated products and services and sustainable competitive advantages, investing across industries in which it has significant knowledge and expertise. TCPC’s investment objective is to achieve high total returns through current income and capital appreciation, with an emphasis on principal protection. TCPC is a publicly-traded business development company, or BDC, regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is externally managed by its advisor, a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. For more information, visit www.tcpcapital.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Prospective investors considering an investment in BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. should consider the investment objectives, risks and expenses of the company carefully before investing. This information and other information about the company are available in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Copies are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and the company’s website at www.tcpcapital.com. Prospective investors should read these materials carefully before investing.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of management of the company at the time of such statements and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation, changes in general economic conditions or changes in the conditions of the industries in which the company makes investments, risks associated with the availability and terms of financing, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, and regulatory changes. Certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements are included in the "Risk Factors" section of the company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and the company’s subsequent periodic filings with the SEC. Copies are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and the company’s website at www.tcpcapital.com. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and are subject to change without notice. The company has no duty and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements based on the occurrence of future events, the receipt of new information, or otherwise.

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Contacts

BlackRock TCP Capital Corp.
Katie McGlynn
310-566-1094
investor.relations@tcpcapital.com