Highlights Compelling Strategic Rationale of Merger with Sierra Income Corp.
Based Upon the Recommendation of the Independent Special Committee, the Board of Directors Unanimously Recommends that Stockholders Vote FOR the Transaction
NEW YORK - January 22, 2019 - Medley Capital Corporation (NYSE: MCC or "MCC") (MCC.TA) sent a letter to shareholders that highlights frequently asked questions regarding its proposed merger with Sierra Income Corporation ("Sierra") and Sierra`s concurrent acquisition of Medley Management Inc. (MDLY) ("MDLY" or "Medley"), as well as the rationale for the transactions and why shareholders should vote for them. The Special Meeting of MCC Shareholders to vote on the proposed merger will be held on February 8, 2019.
Additionally, MCC recently filed an investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is available here and on the "Events/Investor Presentation" section of MCC`s Investor Relations website.
Brook Taube, Chief Executive Officer of Medley, said, "This transaction is expected to provide accretion to Net Interest Income and dividend paying capacity for shareholders, as well as the potential for growth in NII and dividends over time. In addition, the transaction is expected to provide increased scale and diversification, as well as greater expected liquidity. The MCC independent Special Committee and Board have unanimously recommended the transaction and encourage all shareholders to vote in favor of the proposed merger."
The full text of the letter is below.
January 16, 2019
Chief Executive Officer
Medley Capital Corp.
280 Park Avenue, 6th Floor East
New York, 10017
Dear Medley Capital Stockholder:
I would like to take a moment to respond to some of the frequently asked questions we have been receiving regarding the proposed merger between Medley Capital Corporation ("MCC") and Sierra Income Corporation ("Sierra"), and Sierra`s acquisition of Medley Management Inc. ("MDLY"), and explain why MCC`s Board of Directors and the special committee comprised solely of its independent directors (the "Special Committee") believe the MCC merger is in your best interests.
WHAT IS THE RATIONALE FOR THIS TRANSACTION AND WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE FOR IT?
The mergers will create a new investment management firm with significant scale and approximately $4.8 billion in assets under management that is well-positioned for sustainable and profitable growth.
Specifically, the Mergers are expected to:
- Increase earnings and your distribution for the twelve months following the Mergers;
- Create the second largest internally-managed business development company ("BDC");
- Enhance liquidity for stockholders with potential for index inclusion;
- Strengthen the combined company`s balance sheet and improve portfolio diversification;
- Streamline corporate structure and reduce operating costs; and
- Position the business to capture premium valuation as internally managed BDCs have traded at a premium price to net asset value multiple vs externally managed BDCs of 64.7%, 63.3% and 59.3% over a one-, three- and five-year period, respectively.
IS THIS TRANSACTION ACCRETIVE? WILL IT PROTECT OR INCREASE MY DISTRIBUTION?
This transaction is expected to be highly accretive to MCC earnings and result in distributions for stockholders that may increase over time. In fact, while there can be no assurances, MCC stockholders are expected to receive a 30% increase in monthly distributions following the close of the transaction, as the combined company`s new structure allows you to benefit from certain expected operational efficiencies and an expected lower cost of capital.
WHAT WILL THE NEW COMBINED COMPANY LOOK LIKE FOLLOWING THE TRANSACTION? HOW WILL IT ENHANCE MY INVESTMENT?
The combined company is expected to have the following attributes:
- $2 billion of assets on its balance sheet with more than $1.1 billion of net asset value and a large asset management subsidiary that we believe is well-positioned for future growth;
- Significantly greater market capitalization and potentially increased liquidity;
- Increased size and diversification of the combined portfolio, which we believe will provide broader access to the capital markets and lower costs of capital;
- Expanded solutions for borrowers and partners and a greater array of financing options;
- Improved credit quality expected as measured by non-accruing loans; and
- Stronger alignment between management and stockholders, with five of six directors being independent.
WHY IS THIS TRANSACTION IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF ALL STOCKHOLDERS?
This transaction is the outcome of a comprehensive, independent process to maximize value for all stockholders. Based upon the recommendation of its respective Special Committee, the Boards of Directors for MCC, Sierra and MDLY unanimously recommend that its respective stockholders vote "FOR" the MCC merger and MDLY merger, as applicable.
In forming its Special Committee, MCC`s Board of Directors granted the Special Committee broad authority to consider all available alternatives. As part of its evaluation, the MCC Special Committee considered the financial terms, risks/challenges, timing and uncertainties of standalone alternatives available to MCC. The MCC Special Committee determined that the proposed MCC merger was in the best interests of MCC Stockholders and unanimously recommended that the MCC Board approve the MCC merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the MCC merger.
Importantly, management will roll over approximately 100% of their after tax proceeds in connection with the transaction into shares of the combined company`s common stock. These shares will be subject to a 12-month lock-up period, which will more closely align the interests of management and the combined company`s stockholders.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION IS NOT APPROVED?
The potential risks are substantial for all stockholders and may include:
- Potential continued declines in net income, which could adversely affect dividends paid by MCC as a standalone company going forward;
- Continued greater valuation discount associated with status quo;
- MCC ratings downgrade;
- Increased standalone credit risk compared to the combined company; and
- Standalone business that is less efficient than the combined company.
HOW DO I VOTE?
You can vote "FOR" the merger of Sierra, MCC and MDLY by authorizing your proxy by telephone or through Internet or by filling out, signing and dating the enclosed voting instruction form and returning it in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you have any questions, or need assistance with the voting of your shares, please contact our proxy solicitor, Alliance Advisors, at 1-855-643-7309, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time.
If you have any questions about the transaction, please feel free to call me or Medley`s investor relations contact at 212-759-0777.
Your vote is very important.
Chief Executive Officer
Medley Capital Corp.
ABOUT SIERRA INCOME CORPORATION
Sierra is a non-traded business development company ("BDC") that invests primarily in first lien senior secured debt, second lien secured debt and, to a lesser extent, subordinated debt of middle market companies in a broad range of industries with annual revenue between $50 million and $1 billion. Sierra`s investment objective is to generate current income, and to a lesser extent, long-term capital appreciation. Sierra is externally managed by SIC Advisors LLC, which is an investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. For additional information, please visit Sierra`s website at www.sierraincomecorp.com.
ABOUT MEDLEY CAPITAL CORPORATION
Medley Capital Corporation is a closed-end, externally managed BDC that trades on the New York Stock Exchange (MCC) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (MCC.TA). Medley Capital Corporation`s investment objective is to generate current income and capital appreciation by lending to privately-held middle market companies, primarily through directly originated transactions, to help these companies expand their businesses, refinance and make acquisitions. MCC`s portfolio generally consists of senior secured first lien loans and senior secured second lien loans. Medley Capital Corporation is externally managed by MCC Advisors LLC, which is an investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. For additional information, please visit MCC`s website at www.medleycapitalcorp.com.
Medley is an alternative asset management firm offering yield solutions to retail and institutional investors. Medley`s national direct origination franchise is a premier provider of capital to the middle market in the U.S. Medley has approximately $4.8 billion of assets under management in two business development companies, Medley Capital Corporation (MCC) (MCC.TA) and Sierra Income Corporation, a credit interval fund, Sierra Total Return Fund (SRNTX) and several private investment vehicles. Over the past 15 years, Medley has provided capital to over 400 companies across 35 industries in North America.
Medley LLC, the operating company of Medley Management Inc., has outstanding bonds which trade on the NYSE under the symbols (MDLX) and (MDLQ). Medley Capital Corporation is dual-listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MCC) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (MCC.TA) and has outstanding bonds which trade on both the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols (MCV), (MCX) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the symbol (TASE:MCC.B1).
No Offer or Solicitation
The information in this communication is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to or in connection with the proposed transactions or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale, issuance or transfer of securities in any jurisdiction in contravention of applicable law. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Important Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed transactions, Sierra has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") a Registration Statement on Form N-14 that includes a joint proxy statement of Sierra, MCC, and MDLY and, with respect to Sierra, constitutes a prospectus (collectively, the "Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus"). The Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as applicable, was first mailed or otherwise delivered to stockholders of Sierra, MCC, and MDLY on or about December 21, 2018. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SIERRA, MCC, AND MDLY, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTIONS AND RELATED MATTERS, INCLUDING THE INVESTMENT STRATEGIES, RISKS AND EXPENSES OF SIERRA AND MCC. Investors and security holders can obtain the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Sierra, MCC, and MDLY, free of charge, from the SEC`s web site at www.sec.gov and from Sierra`s website (www.sierraincomecorp.com), MCC`s website (www.medleycapitalcorp.com), or MDLY`s website (www.mdly.com). Investors and security holders may also obtain free copies of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC from Sierra, MCC, or MDLY by contacting Sam Anderson, Medley`s Investor Relations contact, at 212-759-0777.
Participants in the Solicitation
Sierra, MCC, and MDLY and their respective directors, executive officers, other members of their management, employees and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transactions. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of the Sierra, MCC, and MDLY stockholders in connection with the proposed transactions is set forth in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus filed with the SEC. More detailed information regarding the identity of potential participants, and their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is set forth in the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus and in other relevant materials that may be filed with the SEC. These documents may be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This communication contains "forward-looking" statements, including statements regarding the proposed transactions. Such forward-looking statements reflect current views with respect to future events and financial performance, and each of Sierra, MCC and MDLY may make related oral forward-looking statements on or following the date hereof. Statements that include the words "should," "would," "expect," "intend," "plan," "believe," "project," "anticipate," "seek," "will," and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements in this material or similar oral statements for purposes of the U.S. federal securities laws or otherwise. Because forward-looking statements, such as the date that the parties expect the proposed transactions to be completed and the expectation that the proposed transactions will provide sustainable and increased profits, greater likelihood of dividend growth, lower cost of capital and improved liquidity for Sierra, MCC, and MDLY stockholders and will be accretive to net investment income for both Sierra and MCC, include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied and include, but are not limited to, those discussed in each of Sierra`s, MCC`s and MDLY`s filings with the SEC, and (i) the satisfaction or waiver of closing conditions relating to the proposed transactions described herein, including, but not limited to, the requisite approvals of the stockholders of each of Sierra, MCC, and MDLY, Sierra successfully taking all actions reasonably required with respect to certain outstanding indebtedness of MCC and MDLY to prevent any material adverse effect relating thereto, certain required approvals of the SEC and the Small Business Administration, the necessary consents of certain third-party advisory clients of MDLY, and any applicable waiting period (and any extension thereof) applicable to the transactions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, shall have expired or been terminated, (ii) the parties` ability to successfully consummate the proposed transactions, and the timing thereof, and (iii) the possibility that competing offers or acquisition proposals related to the proposed transactions will be made and, if made, could be successful. Additional risks and uncertainties specific to Sierra, MCC and MDLY include, but are not limited to, (i) the costs and expenses that Sierra, MCC and MDLY have, and may incur, in connection with the proposed transactions (whether or not they are consummated), (ii) the impact that any litigation relating to the proposed transactions may have on any of Sierra, MCC and MDLY, (iii) that projections with respect to dividends may prove to be incorrect, (iv) Sierra`s ability to invest our portfolio of cash in a timely manner following the closing of the proposed transactions, (v) the market performance of the combined portfolio, (vi) the ability of portfolio companies to pay interest and principal in the future; (vii) the ability of MDLY to grow its fee earning assets under management; (viii) whether Sierra, as the surviving company, will trade with more volume and perform better than MCC and MDLY prior to the proposed transactions; and (ix) negative effects of entering into the proposed transactions on the trading volume and market price of the MCC`s or MDLY`s common stock. There can be no assurance of the level of any dividends to be paid, if any, following consummation of the merger.
The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements included in each of Sierra`s, MCC`s and MDLY`s filings with the SEC, including the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus relating to the proposed transactions, and in the "Risk Factors" sections of each of Sierra`s, MCC`s and MDLY`s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this communication represent Sierra`s, MCC`s and MDLY`s views as of the date of hereof. Sierra, MCC and MDLY anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause their views to change. However, while they may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, none of Sierra, MCC or MDLY have the current intention of doing so except to the extent required by applicable law. You should, therefore, not rely on these forward-looking statements as representing Sierra`s, MCC`s or MDLY`s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this material.
Investor Relations Contact:
Sam Anderson. Head of Capital Markets & Risk
Medley Management Inc.
Jonathan Gasthalter/Nathaniel Garnick
Gasthalter & Co.
1 As of September 30, 2018.
Source: Management, Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, MCC filings, Sierra filings.
2 Based on Bloomberg, CapitalIQ and IBES as of January 2, 2019. Externally-managed BDCs include: BKCC, CPTA, FDUS, GAIN, MRCC, OCSI, SUNS, TCRD, TPVG (defined as externally-managed BDCs with $500 million - $1 billion in total assets); Internally-managed BDCs include: MAIN and HTGC.
3 As disclosed in MCC`s Proxy Statement, Sierra expects the Combined Company`s distribution for the first twelve months following the closing of the Mergers will be $0.055 per share per month, which will consist of a regular base distribution per share of $0.045 and a supplementary distribution per share of $0.010. However, the combined company`s board of directors, in its sole discretion, will determine the amount of cash to be distributed to the Combined Company`s stockholders based on various factors including, but not limited to, its results of operations, cash flow and capital requirements, economic conditions, tax considerations, borrowing capacity and other factors, including debt covenant restrictions that may impose limitations on cash payments, future acquisitions and divestitures and any stock repurchase program. Consequently, the Combined Company`s distribution levels may not be as disclosed and may fluctuate.
4 As of September 30, 2018.
5 Medley Management Inc. is the parent company of Medley LLC and several registered investment advisors (collectively, "Medley"). Assets under management refers to assets of our funds, which represents the sum of the net asset value of such funds, the drawn and undrawn debt (at the fund level, including amounts subject to restrictions) and uncalled committed capital (including commitments to funds that have yet to commence their investment periods). Assets under management are as of September 30, 2018."
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