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Capitala Finance Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

Capitala Investment Advisors
·12 min read

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capitala Finance Corp. (Nasdaq:CPTA) ("Capitala", the “Company”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) today announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2020.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • A 3% increase in Net Asset Value per share to $39.99 at September 30, 2020, compared to $38.75 per share at June 30, 2020 (adjusted for 1 for 6 reverse stock split)

  • Reduced total debt to equity ratio to 1.99 at September 30, 2020, down from 2.64 at June 30, 2020
    o Repaid $59.0 million of debentures secured by the Small Business Administration (“SBA debentures”)
    o Repurchased approximately $2.2 million of 6.0% Notes due 2022

  • Cash balances of $43.7 million at quarter-end, available for investments and for general working capital needs

  • Improved credit quality as risk grade 3 and 4 investments collectively declined to 8.4% of the portfolio at September 30, 2020 compared to 28.1% at March 31, 2020, on a fair value basis

Management Commentary

In describing the Company’s third quarter activities, Joseph B. Alala, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “We have executed on priorities outlined in previous periods, and the results for the third quarter of 2020 validate those efforts. NAV per share increased for the second consecutive quarter. During the third quarter of 2020, we significantly reduced leverage through the repayment of SBA debentures and the repurchase of baby bonds. Credit quality continues to improve as measured by the number and dollar amount of debt investments risk rated 3 or 4. Subsequent to quarter-end, we are pleased to have closed on a new senior secured credit facility, to be used to fund new investment opportunities, including a small business investment company subsidiary, and provide working capital.”

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Total investment income was $6.7 million for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $10.1 million in the third quarter of 2019. Interest and fee income were $2.1 million lower in third quarter of 2020 as compared to the third quarter of 2019, the result of lower average debt investments outstanding. Dividend income declined by $1.2 million for the comparable periods, as 2019 included $0.3 million from Capitala Senior Loan Fund II, LLC as well as a one-time $0.8 million dividend from a portfolio company.

Total expenses for the third quarter of 2020 were $6.0 million, compared to $7.1 million during the third quarter of 2019. Interest and financing expenses declined by $0.7 million, resulting from lower average debt outstanding during the third quarter of 2020, while base management fees declined by $0.3 million, resulting from a decline in total assets.

Net investment income totaled $0.7 million, or $0.27 per share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to $3.0 million, or $1.11 per share, during the third quarter of 2019.

Net realized losses totaled $12.3 million for the third quarter of 2020. Net realized losses did not have a material impact to NAV per share during the third quarter of 2020, as realized amounts were generally in line with prior fair value amounts. It should be noted that during the third quarter of 2020, we converted our Class B Common Shares of US Well Services, Inc. for Class A tradeable common shares. While this conversion to a new security generated a realized loss of $6.2 million, the number of shares and fair value of our continued equity investment in US Well Services, Inc. remain unchanged.

Net unrealized appreciation totaled $14.8 million, or $5.46 per share, for the third quarter of 2020, compared to net unrealized depreciation of $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2019.

The net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $3.4 million for the third quarter of 2020, or $1.24 per share, compared to a net increase of $1.7 million, or $0.64 per share, for the same period in 2019.

Investment Portfolio

As of September 30, 2020, our portfolio consisted of 36 companies with a fair market value of $280.2 million and a cost basis of $283.2 million. First lien debt investments represented 66.7% of the portfolio, second lien debt investments represented 13.4% of the portfolio, and equity/warrant investments represented 19.9% of the portfolio, based on fair values.

At September 30, 2020, the Company had three debt investments on non-accrual status, totaling $22.0 million and $18.0 million, on a cost basis and fair value basis, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At September 30, 2020, the Company had $43.7 million in cash and cash equivalents. In addition, the Company had SBA debentures outstanding totaling $91.0 million with an annual weighted average interest rate of 2.74%, $72.8 million of fixed rate notes bearing an interest rate of 6.00%, and $52.1 million of convertible notes bearing an interest rate of 5.75%.

Subsequent Events

On October 30, 2020, Capitala Business Lending, LLC (the "Borrower"), a direct, wholly owned, consolidated subsidiary of the Company, entered into a senior secured revolving credit agreement (the "KeyBank Credit Facility"), with Capitala Investment Advisors, LLC, as collateral manager, the lenders from time to time parties thereto (each a "Lender"), KeyBank National Association, as administrative agent, and U.S. Bank National Association, as custodian. Under the KeyBank Credit Facility, the Lenders have agreed to extend credit to the Borrower in an aggregate principal amount of up to $25.0 million as of October 30, 2020. The Borrower may, on any business day prior to October 28, 2022, request an increase in the aggregate amount from $25.0 million to $100.0 million in accordance with the terms and in the manner described in the KeyBank Credit Facility. The period during which the Lenders may make loans to the Borrower under the KeyBank Credit Facility commenced on October 30, 2020 and will continue through October 28, 2022, unless there is an earlier termination or event of default. The KeyBank Credit Facility matures on October 28, 2023, unless there is an earlier termination or event of default. Borrowings under the KeyBank Credit Facility bear interest at 1-month LIBOR plus 3.5%.

Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss the operating and financial results at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. The call will be broadcast live in listen-only mode on the Company’s investor relations website at www.CapitalaGroup.com. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-877-312-5507 approximately 10 minutes prior to the call.

About Capitala Finance Corp.

Capitala Finance Corp. is a business development company that invests primarily in first lien loans, and, to a lesser extent, second lien loans and equity securities issued by lower and traditional middle market companies. The Company is managed by Capitala Investment Advisors, LLC. For more information on Capitala, or to automatically receive email notifications of Company financial information, press releases, stock alerts, or other corporate filings, please visit the Investor Relations section of our website.

About Capitala Group

Capitala Group is a $3.0 billion asset management firm that has been providing capital to lower middle market companies throughout North America for over twenty years. Since its inception in 1998, Capitala Group has invested in over 165 companies and seeks to partner with strong management teams to create value and generate superior risk-adjusted returns for its individual and institutional investors. For more information, definitions and details visit Capitala Group’s website at www.CapitalaGroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Words such as “believes,” “intends,” “expects,” “projects,” “anticipates,” and “future” or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, 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 volatility on our business, our portfolio companies, our industry 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 the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

SOURCE: Capitala Finance Corp.

Capitala Finance Corp.
Stephen Arnall, Chief Financial Officer
704-376-5502
sarnall@capitalagroup.com

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

As of

September 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

(unaudited)

ASSETS

Investments at fair value:

Non-control/non-affiliate investments (amortized cost of $190,961 and $250,433, respectively)

$

185,260

$

241,046

Affiliate investments (amortized cost of $83,241 and $80,756, respectively)

86,361

98,763

Control investments (amortized cost of $8,995 and $22,692, respectively)

8,628

22,723

Total investments at fair value (amortized cost of $283,197 and $353,881, respectively)

280,249

362,532

Cash and cash equivalents

43,687

62,321

Interest and dividend receivable

2,172

1,745

Prepaid expenses

470

624

Deferred tax asset, net

-

-

Other assets

25

115

Total assets

$

326,603

$

427,337

LIABILITIES

SBA Debentures (net of deferred financing costs of $571 and $1,006, respectively)

$

90,429

$

148,994

2022 Notes (net of deferred financing costs of $988 and $1,447, respectively)

71,845

73,553

2022 Convertible Notes (net of deferred financing costs of $645 and $916, respectively)

51,443

51,172

Credit Facility (net of deferred financing costs of $0 and $1,165, respectively)

-

(1,165)

Management and incentive fees payable

3,602

3,713

Interest and financing fees payable

875

2,439

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

-

518

Total liabilities

$

218,194

$

279,224

NET ASSETS

Common stock, par value $0.01, 100,000,000 common shares authorized, 2,711,068 and 2,700,628 common shares

issued and outstanding, respectively (1)

$ 27

$ 27

Additional paid in capital

238,355

238,021

Total distributable loss

(129,973)

(89,935)

Total net assets

$ 108,409

$ 148,113

Total liabilities and net assets

$ 326,603

$ 427,337

Net asset value per share (1)

$ 39.99

$ 54.84

(1) Authorized, issued and outstanding common shares and net asset value per share have been adjusted for the periods shown to reflect the one-for-six reverse stock split effected on August 21, 2020 on a retroactive basis


Capitala Finance Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended September 30,

For the Nine Months Ended September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

INVESTMENT INCOME

Interest and fee income:

Non-control/non-affiliate investments

$

4,407

$

6,270

$

13,807

$

21,096

Affiliate investments

1,721

1,898

5,032

6,578

Control investments

103

115

309

1,421

Total interest and fee income

6,231

8,283

19,148

29,095

Payment-in-kind interest and dividend income:

Non-control/non-affiliate investments

220

388

934

1,283

Affiliate investments

242

235

610

611

Control investments

-

-

-

372

Total payment-in-kind interest and dividend income

462

623

1,544

2,266

Dividend income:

Non-control/non-affiliate investments

-

-

-

1,281

Affiliate investments

-

25

25

25

Control investments

-

1,134

-

1,584

Total dividend income

-

1,159

25

2,890

Interest income from cash and cash equivalents

1

61

50

149

Total investment income

6,694

10,126

20,767

34,400

EXPENSES

Interest and financing expenses

3,423

4,110

12,134

12,751

Base management fee

1,565

1,925

4,988

6,063

Incentive fees

-

-

-

1,497

General and administrative expenses

964

1,107

3,525

3,236

Expenses before incentive fee waiver

5,952

7,142

20,647

23,547

Incentive fee waiver

-

-

-

(288

)

Total expenses

5,952

7,142

20,647

23,259

NET INVESTMENT INCOME

742

2,984

120

11,141

REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS

Net realized gain (loss) on investments:

Non-control/non-affiliate investments

(12,344

)

-

(25,518

)

(3,544

)

Affiliate investments

-

12

1,341

2,288

Control investments

-

-

(484

)

(19,656

)

Net realized gain (loss) on investments

(12,344

)

12

(24,661

)

(20,912

)

Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments:

Non-control/non-affiliate investments

15,218

1,518

3,686

4,539

Affiliate investments

(156

)

1,218

(14,887

)

(3,719

)

Control investments

(260

)

(4,015

)

(398

)

(17,999

)

Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments

14,802

(1,279

)

(11,599

)

(17,179

)

Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments

2,458

(1,267

)

(36,260

)

(38,091

)

Tax provision

-

-

-

(628

)

Total net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments, net of taxes

2,458

(1,267

)

(36,260

)

(38,719

)

Net realized gain on extinguishment of debt

155

-

155

-

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS

$

3,355

$

1,717

$

(35,985

)

$

(27,578

)

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS PER SHARE RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS – BASIC AND DILUTED (1)

$

1.24

$

0.64

$

(13.29

)

$

(10.28

)

WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON STOCK OUTSTANDING – BASIC AND DILUTED (1)

2,711,068

2,688,894

2,708,532

2,682,985

DISTRIBUTIONS PAID PER SHARE (2)

$

-

$

1.50

$

1.50

$

4.50

(1) Basic and diluted shares have been adjusted for the periods shown to reflect the one-for-six reverse stock split effected on August 21, 2020 on a retroactive basis

(2) Dividends paid per common share has been adjusted for the periods shown to reflect the one-for-six reverse stock split effected on August 21, 2020 on a retroactive basis