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GSV Capital Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

Net Asset Value of $9.89 per Share as of December 31, 2018

GSV Capital Transitions to an Internally Managed Fund Structure

WOODSIDE, Calif., March 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GSV Capital Corp. (“GSV Capital” or the “Company”) (GSVC) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.  Net assets totaled approximately $195.4 million, or $9.89 per share, at December 31, 2018, as compared to $9.64 per share at December 31, 2017.

"The companies in our portfolio continue to demonstrate strong growth and are well positioned to capture the current market momentum,” said Mark Klein, President and Chief Executive Officer of GSV Capital. "We will continue to be opportunistic and disciplined with our current cash and liquid assets as we move into 2019."

GSV Capital also announced today that the Company’s Board of Directors has agreed with GSV Asset Management, LLC. to transition GSV Capital to an internally managed fund structure. This builds on recent operational initiatives to proactively enhance shareholder value, including lowering the Company’s fee structure, executing and extending a share repurchase program, and reducing operating expenses.

“The transition to internally manage GSV Capital is consistent with our commitment to increase shareholder value through shareholder initiatives,” Klein stated. “We believe this initiative will create tangible near-term and long-term value for shareholders.”

“On behalf of GSV Capital, I would like to thank Michael Moe, who has served as the Chairman for nearly eight years, for his vision and leadership since its founding,” Klein continued.  “Michael and I launched GSV Capital as a unique fund designed to give public growth investors access to rapidly growing VC-backed private companies, including Facebook, Spotify, Twitter, Palantir, Dropbox, Lyft and others. The investment portfolio we have developed validates this vision and positions GSV Capital for long-term success.”

“It has been a privilege to serve as Chairman of GSV Capital for nearly eight years, and I am incredibly proud of what the team has accomplished,” said Michael Moe, CEO of GSV Asset Management, LLC.  “GSV Capital is the first listed vehicle connecting public investors to the growth and value creation taking place in the private marketplace and I am confident that the Company’s opportunity set today is stronger than it ever has been.”

Investment Portfolio as of December 31, 2018

At December 31, 2018, GSV Capital held positions in 26 portfolio companies with an aggregate fair value of approximately $198.8 million. As a result of the Company’s continued strategy to increase the size of its investments in individual portfolio companies, GSV Capital’s investment portfolio has become more concentrated  around its top positions. For example, the Company’s top five portfolio company investments accounted for 59.0% of the total portfolio at fair value as of December 31, 2018, compared to 52.4% as of December 31, 2017. GSV Capital’s portfolio investments do not include the Company’s investments in treasuries.

Top Five Investments at December 31, 2018

$ in millions Fair Value  % of Total Portfolio Investments
Palantir Technologies, Inc. $ 34.1   17.1 %
Spotify Technology S. A.   26.7   13.4 %
Coursera, Inc.   23.1   11.6 %
Dropbox, Inc.   17.9   9.0 %
Lyft, Inc.   15.6   7.9 %
Total $ 117.4   59.0 %
           

Fourth Quarter 2018 Portfolio Investment Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2018, GSV Capital made the following new investments:

Portfolio Company   Investment   Transaction Date   Gross Payments
(in millions)
NestGSV, Inc.   Convertible Promissory Note   12/31/2018     $0.3    
Nextdoor.com, Inc.   Common Stock   12/27/2018     $2.3    
Nextdoor.com, Inc.   Common Stock   12/19/2018     $1.4    
                   

Subsequent Portfolio Investment Activity

Subsequent to year-end, GSV Capital made the following new investment:

Portfolio Company   Investment   Transaction Date   Gross Payments
(in millions)
Neutron Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Lime)   Preferred shares, Series D   1/25/2019       $10.0    
                     

Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results

  Quarter Ended
December 31, 2018
Quarter Ended
December 31, 2017
$ in millions per share $ in millions per share
         
Net investment income/(loss) $ 1.7   $ 0.08   $ (3.6 ) $ (0.17 )
         
Net realized gain on investments   0.1     0.01     25.2     1.18  
         
Net change in unrealized appreciation of investments, net of tax effect(1)   (17.0 )   (0.86 )   (24.2 )   (1.13 )
         
Net decrease in net assets resulting from operations - basic(3) $ (15.2 ) $ (0.77 ) $ (2.5 ) $ (0.12 )
         
Repurchase of common stock(2)   (2.8 )   0.08     (2.1 )   0.07  
         
Increase/(decrease) in net asset value(3) $ (18.0 ) $ (0.69 ) $ (4.6 ) $ (0.05 )

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(1)   Includes related net tax benefit of $5.5 million and $2.7 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.
(2)   During the quarters ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, the Company repurchased 412,308 and 360,549 shares of GSV Capital common stock, respectively, for approximately $2.8 million and $2.1 million, respectively, in cash under its Share Repurchase Program. The use of cash in connection with the repurchases decreased net asset value as of period end; however, the reduction in shares outstanding as of period end resulted in an increase in the net asset value per share.
(3)   Total may not sum, due to rounding.

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 19.9 million and 21.3 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Results

  Fiscal Year Ended
December 31, 2018
Fiscal Year Ended
December 31, 2017
 $ in millions per share $ in millions per share
         
Net investment loss $ (7.6 ) $ (0.37 ) $ (20.9 ) $ (0.95 )
         
Net realized gain/(loss)   (7.8 )   (0.38 )   0.9     0.04  
         
Net change in unrealized appreciation of investments   9.6     0.47     34.8     1.59  
         
Adjustment to provision for taxes on net unrealized appreciation/depreciation of investments   6.7     0.33     2.8     0.13  
         
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations - basic $ 0.9   $ 0.05   $ 17.6   $ 0.80  
         
Repurchase of common stock(1)   (10.3 )   0.20     (4.9 )   0.18  
         
Increase/(decrease) in net asset value(2) $ (9.4 ) $ 0.25   $ 12.6   $ 0.98  

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(1)   During the year ended December 31, 2018, the Company repurchased 1,483,698 shares of GSV Capital common stock for approximately $10.3  million in cash. The use of cash in connection with the repurchases decreased net asset value as of period end; however, the reduction in shares outstanding as of period end resulted in a increase in the net asset value per share.
(2)   Total may not sum, due to rounding.

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 20.6 million and 21.9 million for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

GSV Capital’s liquid assets were $72.8 million as of December 31, 2018, consisting of $28.2 million of cash and $44.6 million of public securities not subject to lock-up agreements.

At year-end, GSV Capital did not have any borrowings outstanding and $12.0 million of borrowing capacity available under its $12.0 million credit facility.  As of March 14, 2019, GSV Capital has no borrowings outstanding and $12.0 million of borrowing capacity available to it under its credit facility.

Share Repurchase Program

Under the publicly announced share repurchase program, as of December 31, 2018, the Company has repurchased 2,418,356 shares of its common stock for approximately $15.2 million since the share repurchase program was announced in August 2017. From January 1, 2019 through March 14, 2019, the Company did not repurchase any additional shares of its common stock.

As of March 14, 2019, the dollar value of shares that may yet be purchased by the Company under the share repurchase program is approximately $4.8 million.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will hold a conference call and webcast for investors on the same day at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET).  The conference call access number for U.S. participants is 800-289-0438, and the conference call access number for participants outside the U.S. is +1 323-794-2423.  The conference ID number for both access numbers is 3593134.  Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the "Investor Relations" section of GSV Capital's website at http://investors.gsvcap.com/.  An archived replay of the webcast will also be available for 12 months following the live presentation.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed until 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) on March 21, 2019 by dialing 888-203-1112 (U.S.) or +1 719-457-0820 and using conference ID number 3593134.

About GSV Capital Corp.                                                                                              

GSV Capital Corp. (GSVC) is a publicly traded investment fund that seeks to invest in high-growth, venture-backed private companies. The fund seeks to create a portfolio of high-growth emerging private companies via a repeatable and disciplined investment approach, as well as to provide investors with access to such companies through its publicly traded common stock. GSV Capital is headquartered in Woodside, CA. www.gsvcap.com

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, condition or results of operations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. 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 SEC. GSV Capital Corp. undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein, unless required to do so by law.

Contact

GSV Capital Corp.
(650) 235-4769
IR@gsvam.com


GSV CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

December 31,
 2018
  December 31,
 2017
ASSETS  
Investments at fair value:  
Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (cost of $105,869,607 and $137,526,726, respectively) $ 170,067,232     $ 179,908,234  
Non-controlled/affiliate investments (cost of $42,333,854 and $41,886,312, respectively) 5,931,863     16,473,098  
Controlled investments (cost of $22,960,942 and $23,161,314, respectively) 22,816,733     24,207,161  
Total Portfolio Investments 198,815,829     220,588,493  
Investments in U.S. Treasury bills (cost of $99,982,067 and $99,985,833, respectively) 99,994,000     99,994,000  
Total Investments (cost of $271,146,470 and $302,560,185, respectively) 298,809,829     320,582,493  
Cash 28,184,163     59,838,600  
Due from controlled investments     840  
Escrow proceeds receivable 2,494,582     603,456  
Interest and dividends receivable 255,670     35,141  
Prepaid expenses and other assets 207,769     208,983  
Deferred financing costs 267,541     413,023  
Total Assets 330,219,554     381,682,536  
LIABILITIES  
Due to GSV Asset Management(1)     231,697  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 490,686     458,203  
Accrued incentive fees, net of waiver of incentive fees(1) 4,660,472     9,278,085  
Accrued management fees, net of waiver of management fees(1) 415,056     424,447  
Accrued interest payable 475,000     1,056,563  
Payable for securities purchased 89,480,103     89,485,825  
Deferred tax liability 885,566     7,602,301  
5.25% Convertible Senior Notes due September 15, 2018(2)     68,382,549  
4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023(2) 38,434,511      
Total Liabilities 134,841,395     176,919,670  
   
Net Assets $ 195,378,159     $ 204,762,866  
NET ASSETS  
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (100,000,000 authorized; 19,762,647 and 21,246,345 issued and outstanding, respectively) $ 197,626     $ 212,463  
Paid-in capital in excess of par 192,322,399     202,584,012  
Accumulated net investment loss (16,228,294 )   (8,593,717 )
Accumulated net realized gains/(losses) on investments (7,691,365 )   140,100  
Accumulated net unrealized appreciation of investments 26,777,793     10,420,008  
Net Assets $ 195,378,159     $ 204,762,866  
Net Asset Value Per Share $ 9.89     $ 9.64  

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(1)   This balance references a related-party transaction.
(2)   As of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the 5.25% Convertible Senior Notes due September 15, 2018 had a face value of $0 and $69,000,000, respectively.  As of December 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, the 4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023 had a face value of $40,000,000 and $0, respectively.


GSV CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Year Ended
December 31, 2018
  Year Ended
December 31, 2017
  Year Ended
December 31, 2016
INVESTMENT INCOME    
Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments:    
Interest income $ 351,188     $ (4,627 )   $ 262,473  
Other income     73,096     212,795  
Non-controlled/affiliate investments:    
Interest income 581,813     59,460     159,016  
Controlled investments:    
Interest income 59,835     249,839     101,999  
Dividend income 625,000     475,000    
Total Investment Income 1,617,836     852,768     736,283  
OPERATING EXPENSES    
Management fees(1) 5,199,900     5,666,176     6,896,347  
Incentive fees(1) 382,387     7,151,641     (15,188,121 )
Costs incurred under Administration Agreement(1) 1,702,047     1,874,839     2,545,316  
Directors’ fees 345,000     328,480     345,000  
Professional fees 1,587,578     2,068,668     1,966,906  
Interest expense 4,545,471     4,696,819     4,731,430  
Income tax expense 482,994     52,901    
Other expenses 899,457     600,331     702,768  
Total Operating Expenses 15,144,834     22,439,855     1,999,646  
Management fee waiver(1) (892,421 )   (708,272 )  
Incentive fee waiver(1) (5,000,000 )        
Total operating expenses, net of waiver of management and incentive fees 9,252,413     21,731,583     1,999,646  
Net Investment Loss (7,634,577 )   (20,878,815 )   (1,263,363 )
Realized Gains/(Losses) on Investments:    
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments (7,432,939 )   3,989,476     (2,634,471 )
Controlled investments (680 )   (3,075,494 )  
Net Realized Gains/(Losses) on Investments (7,433,619 )   913,982     (2,634,471 )
Realized loss on partial repurchase of 5.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018 (397,846 )        
Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments:      
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments 21,819,883     45,958,490     (54,745,095 )
Non-controlled/affiliate investments (10,988,777 )   (16,084,516 )   (13,571,477 )
Controlled investments (1,190,056 )   4,901,722     (4,897,273 )
Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments 9,641,050     34,775,696     (73,213,845 )
Adjustment to provision for taxes on net unrealized change of investments 6,716,735     2,757,070     2,116,784  
Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting from Operations $ 891,743     $ 17,567,933     $ (74,994,895 )
Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations per Common Share:      
Basic $ 0.04     $ 0.80     $ (3.38 )
Diluted(2) $ 0.04     $ 0.80     $ (3.38 )
Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding    
Basic 20,617,890     21,924,490     22,181,003  
Diluted(2) 20,617,890     21,924,490     22,181,003  

(1)   This balance references a related-party transaction.
(2)   For the years ended December 31, 2018, 2017, and 2016, 6,079,068, 5,751,815, and 5,751,815 potentially dilutive common shares, respectively, were excluded from the weighted-average common shares outstanding for diluted net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share because the effect of these shares would have been anti-dilutive.


GSV CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

  Year Ended December 31,
Per Basic Share Data   2018   2017   2016   2015   2014
Net asset value at beginning of the year   $ 9.64     $ 8.66     $ 12.08     $ 14.80     $ 14.91  
Net investment loss(1)   (0.37 )   (0.95 )   (0.06 )   (2.52 )   (0.66 )
Net realized gain/(loss) on investments(1)   (0.36 )   0.04     (0.12 )   2.80     1.24  
Benefit from taxes on net realized gain/loss of investments(1)               0.02     (0.51 )
Realized loss on partial repurchase of 5.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018(1)   (0.02 )                
Net change in unrealized appreciation of investments(1)   0.47     1.59     (3.30 )   (0.69 )   (0.30 )
Adjustment to provision for taxes on net unrealized change of investments (1)   0.33     0.13     0.10     0.83     0.12  
Dividends from realized gain           (0.04 )   (2.76 )    
Repurchase of common stock(1)   0.20     0.18              
Net asset value at end of period   $ 9.89     $ 9.64     $ 8.66     $ 12.08     $ 14.80  
Per share market value at end of period   $ 5.22     $ 5.45     $ 5.03     $ 9.37     $ 8.63  
Total return based on market value(2)   (4.22 )%   8.35 %   (23.29 )%   8.57 %   (28.62 )%
Total return based on net asset value(2)   2.59 %   11.32 %   (27.74 )%   (0.27 )%   (0.74 )%
Shares outstanding at end of period   19,762,647     21,246,345     22,181,003     22,181,003     19,320,100  
Ratios/Supplemental Data:                                              
Net assets at end of period   $ 195,378,159     $ 204,762,866     $ 192,128,810     $ 268,010,945     $ 285,903,673  
Average net assets   $ 208,678,731     $ 199,457,678     $ 243,577,514     $ 296,560,393     $ 284,953,811  
Ratio of gross operating expenses to average net assets(3)   7.09 %   11.25 %   0.82 %   9.10 %   7.64 %
Ratio of incentive fee waiver to average net assets(3)   (2.40 )%   %   %   %   %
Ratio of management fee waiver to average net assets(3)   (0.43 )%   (0.36 )%   %   %   %
Ratio of income tax provisions to average net assets(3)   (3.22 )%   (1.38 )%   (0.87 )%   (1.88 )%   (0.50 )%
Ratio of net operating expenses to average net assets(3)   1.04 %   9.51 %   (0.05 )%   7.22 %   7.14 %
Ratio of net investment loss to average net assets(3)   (3.66 )%   (10.47 )%   (0.52 )%   (16.41 )%   (4.48 )%
Portfolio Turnover Ratio   5.01 %   0.07 %   4.46 %   8.30 %   19.45 %

(1)   Based on weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the relevant period.
(2)   Total return based on market value is based on the change in market price per share between the opening and ending market values per share in the year. Total return based on net asset value is based upon the change in net asset value per share between the opening and ending net asset values per share.
(3)   Financial Highlights for periods of less than one year are annualized and the ratios of operating expenses to average net assets and net investment loss to average net assets are adjusted accordingly. Non-recurring expenses, including the $5.0 million accrued incentive fee forfeiture pursuant to the Waiver Agreement, are not annualized. Because the ratios are calculated for the Company’s common stock taken as a whole, an individual investor’s ratios may vary from these ratios.