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New Mountain Finance Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2020

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New Mountain Finance Corporation (NYSE: NMFC) (the "Company", "we", "us" or "our") today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 and reported second quarter net investment income of $0.28 per weighted average share and adjusted net investment income1 of $0.30 per weighted average share. At June 30, 2020, net asset value ("NAV") per share was $11.63, compared to $11.14 at March 31, 2020. The Company also announced that its board of directors declared a third quarter distribution of $0.30 per share, which will be payable on September 30, 2020 to holders of record as of September 16, 2020. For additional details related to the quarter ended June 30, 2020, please refer to the New Mountain Finance Corporation Form 10-Q filed with the SEC and the supplemental investor presentation which can be found on the Company's website at http://www.newmountainfinance.com.

Selected Financial Highlights

(in thousands, except per share data)

June 30, 2020

Investment Portfolio(1)

$

2,847,884

Total Assets

$

2,943,558

Total Statutory Debt(3)

$

1,448,484

NAV(2)

$

1,125,623

NAV per Share

$

11.63

Statutory Debt/Equity

1.29x

Investment Portfolio Composition

June 30, 2020

Percent of Total

First Lien

$

1,633,727

57.4%

Second Lien(1)

710,377

24.9%

Subordinated

41,362

1.5%

Preferred Equity

117,972

4.1%

Investment Fund

211,828

7.4%

Common Equity and Other(4)

132,618

4.7%

Total

$

2,847,884

100.0%

Supplemental Information Regarding Adjusted Net Investment Income1

Three Months Ended June 30, 2020

(in millions, except per share data)

GAAP(5)

Non-recurring

Adjustments(6)

Adjusted(6)

Net investment income ("NII")(7)

$27.3

$1.6

$28.9

Net investment income per weighted average share

$0.28

$0.02

$0.30

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(1) Includes collateral for securities purchased under collateralized agreements to resell.
(2) Excludes non-controlling interest in New Mountain Net Lease Corporation ("NMNLC").
(3) Excludes the Company’s United States ("U.S.") Small Business Administration ("SBA")-guaranteed debentures. Includes premium received on additional convertible notes issued in June 2019.
(4) Includes investments held in NMNLC.
(5) Accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP").
(6) Adjusted NII includes $1.6 million non-recurring interest and incentive fee adjustment related to Permian Holdco 2, Inc. and Permian Holdco 3, Inc.
(7) Excludes $0.3 million of NII related to non-controlling interests in NMNLC.

We believe that the strength of the Company’s unique investment strategy – which focuses on middle market defensive growth companies that are well researched by New Mountain Capital, L.L.C. ("New Mountain"), a leading alternative investment firm, is underscored by continued stable credit performance. The Company has had only ten portfolio companies, representing approximately $220 million of the cost of all investments made since inception in October 2008, or approximately 2.8% of $7.9 billion, go on non-accrual.

Robert A. Hamwee, CEO, commented: "While risks remain elevated, overall our portfolio has performed very well, and we expect that to continue in the months ahead absent a dramatic change in circumstances. We were able to materially delever this quarter, and saw a significant increase in book value."

"We believe New Mountain’s strategy of focusing on 'defensive growth' industries and on companies that we know well continues to prove to be a successful strategy, especially during the current crisis", added Steven B. Klinsky, NMFC Chairman. "We believe one of our keys to success is the strength of the team and we continue to build the team over time, now at approximately 175 employees."

Portfolio and Investment Activity2

As of June 30, 2020, the Company’s NAV was approximately $1,125.6 million and its portfolio had a fair value of approximately $2,847.9 million in 109 portfolio companies, with a weighted average YTM at Cost3 of approximately 8.6%. For the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company generated approximately $48.8 million of originations, including commitments4 for follow-on investments in eleven portfolio companies held as of March 31, 2020. For the three months ended June 30, 2020, the Company had $168.3 million of asset sales and cash repayments4 of approximately $90.8 million.

Consolidated Results of Operations

The Company’s total investment income for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 was approximately $65.7 million5 and $66.5 million, respectively.

The Company’s total net expenses, after income tax expense, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 were approximately $38.4 million and $38.6 million, respectively. Total net expenses, after income tax expense, for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 consisted of approximately $19.2 million and $20.8 million, respectively, of costs associated with the Company’s borrowings and approximately $16.9 million and $15.8 million, respectively, in net management and incentive fees. Since the Company’s initial public offering ("IPO"), the base management fee calculation has deducted the borrowings under the New Mountain Finance SPV Funding, L.L.C. credit facility (the "SLF Credit Facility"). The SLF Credit Facility had historically consisted of primarily lower yielding assets at higher advance rates. As part of an amendment to the Company’s existing credit facilities with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, the SLF Credit Facility merged with and into the New Mountain Finance Holdings, L.L.C. credit facility (the "Holdings Credit Facility") on December 18, 2014. Post credit facility merger and to be consistent with the methodology since the IPO, New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C. (the "Investment Adviser") will continue to waive management fees on the leverage associated with those assets held under revolving credit facilities that share the same underlying yield characteristics with investments that were leveraged under the legacy SLF Credit Facility, which as of June 30, 2020 and 2019 totaled approximately $664.6 million and $658.5 million, respectively. For the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 management fees waived were approximately $3.2 million and $2.9 million, respectively. The Investment Adviser cannot recoup management fees that the Investment Adviser has previously waived. The Company’s net direct and indirect professional, administrative, other general and administrative and income tax expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 were approximately $2.3 million and $2.0 million, respectively.

For the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, the Company recorded approximately $49.1 million and ($4.1) million, respectively, of net realized and unrealized gains and losses.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2020, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $56.2 million and total statutory debt outstanding of approximately $1,448.5 million6, which consisted of approximately $500.2 million of the $800.0 million of total availability on the Holdings Credit Facility, $78.5 million of the $188.5 million of total availability on the Company’s senior secured revolving credit facility (the "NMFC Credit Facility"), $215.0 million of the $280.0 million of total availability on the Company’s secured revolving credit facility (the "DB Credit Facility"), $0 of the $30.0 million of total availability on the senior secured revolving credit facility (the "NMNLC Credit Facility"), $0 of the $50.0 million of total availability on the uncommitted revolving loan agreement (the "Unsecured Management Company Revolver"), $201.5 million7 of convertible notes outstanding and $453.3 million of unsecured notes outstanding. Additionally, the Company had $300.0 million of SBA-guaranteed debentures outstanding as of June 30, 2020.

Portfolio and Asset Quality2

The Company puts its largest emphasis on risk control and credit performance. On a quarterly basis, or more frequently if deemed necessary, the Company formally rates each portfolio investment on a scale of one to four. Each investment is assigned an initial rating of a "2" under the assumption that the investment is performing materially in-line with expectations. Any investment performing materially below our expectations, where the risk of loss has materially increased since the original investment, would be downgraded from the "2" rating to a "3" or a "4" rating, based on the deterioration of the investment. An investment rating of a "4" could be moved to non-accrual status and the final development could be an actual realization of a loss through a restructuring or impaired sale.

As of June 30, 2020, nine portfolio company had an investment rating of "3" and six portfolio companies had an investment rating of "4". The Company’s investments in the portfolio companies with an investment rating of "3" had an aggregate cost basis of approximately $254.4 million and an aggregate fair value of approximately $203.4 million. The Company’s investment in portfolio companies with an investment rating of "4" had an aggregate cost basis of approximately $153.9 million and an aggregate fair value of approximately $91.0 million.

Recent Developments

On July 29, 2020, the Company’s board of directors declared a third quarter 2020 distribution of $0.30 per share payable on September 30, 2020 to holders of record as of September 16, 2020.

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1 Adjusted net investment income includes $1.6 million non-recurring interest and incentive fee adjustment related to Permian Holdco 2, Inc. and Permian Holdco 3, Inc.
2 Includes collateral for securities purchased under collateralized agreements to resell.
3 References to "YTM at Cost" assume the accruing investments, including secured collateralized agreements, in our portfolio as of a certain date, the ‘‘Portfolio Date’’, are purchased at cost on that date and held until their respective maturities with no prepayments or losses and are exited at par at maturity. This calculation excludes the impact of existing leverage. YTM at Cost uses the LIBOR curves at each quarter’s respective end date. The actual yield to maturity may be higher or lower due to the future selection of LIBOR contracts by the individual companies in the Company’s portfolio or other factors.
4 Excludes revolving credit facilities, netbacks, payment-in-kind ("PIK") interest, bridge loans, return of capital and realized gains / losses.
5 Excludes $0.3 million of NII related to non-controlling interests in NMNLC.
6 Excludes the Company’s United States ("U.S.") Small Business Administration ("SBA")-guaranteed debentures.
7 Includes premium received on additional convertible notes issued in June 2019.

Conference Call

New Mountain Finance Corporation will host a conference call at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 6, 2020, to discuss its second quarter 2020 financial results. All interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing +1 (877) 443-9109 approximately 15 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial +1 (412) 317-1082. This conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through the Company's website, http://ir.newmountainfinance.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the Company's website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software. Following the call, you may access a replay of the event via audio webcast on our website. We will be utilizing a presentation during the conference call and we have posted the presentation to the investor relations section of our website.

New Mountain Finance Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

(in thousands, except shares and per share data)

(unaudited)

June 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

Assets

Investments at fair value

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments (cost of $2,307,414 and $2,619,408, respectively)

$

2,234,933

$

2,613,801

Non-controlled/affiliated investments (cost of $77,989 and $82,825, respectively)

55,084

73,527

Controlled investments (cost of $582,965 and $449,308, respectively)

536,445

472,952

Total investments at fair value (cost of $2,968,368 and $3,151,541, respectively)

2,826,462

3,160,280

Securities purchased under collateralized agreements to resell (cost of $30,000 and $30,000, respectively)

21,422

21,422

Cash and cash equivalents

56,163

48,574

Interest and dividend receivable

33,348

31,800

Receivable from affiliates

259

277

Other assets

5,904

3,702

Total assets

$

2,943,558

$

3,266,055

Liabilities

Borrowings

Holdings Credit Facility

$

500,163

$

661,563

Unsecured Notes

453,250

453,250

SBA-guaranteed debentures

300,000

225,000

DB Credit Facility

215,000

230,000

Convertible Notes

201,571

201,623

NMFC Credit Facility

78,500

188,500

Deferred financing costs (net of accumulated amortization of $30,733 and $28,390, respectively)

(17,263)

(17,640)

Net borrowings

1,731,221

1,942,296

Payable for unsettled securities purchased

3,465

1,780

Management fee payable

30,564

10,298

Incentive fee payable

22,368

7,646

Interest payable

14,640

16,484

Payable to affiliates

2,061

673

Deferred tax liability

391

912

Other liabilities

1,982

2,498

Total liabilities

1,806,692

1,982,587

Commitments and contingencies

Net Assets

Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, 2,000,000 shares authorized, none issued

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 200,000,000 authorized, and 96,827,342 and 96,827,342 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

968

968

Paid in capital in excess of par

1,287,853

1,287,853

Accumulated overdistributed earnings

(163,198)

(5,353)

Total net assets of New Mountain Finance Corporation

$

1,125,623

$

1,283,468

Non-controlling interest in New Mountain Net Lease Corporation

11,243

Total net assets

$

1,136,866

$

1,283,468

Total liabilities and net assets

$

2,943,558

$

3,266,055

Number of shares outstanding

96,827,342

96,827,342

Net asset value per share of New Mountain Finance Corporation

$

11.63

$

13.26

New Mountain Finance Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except shares and per share data)

(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Investment income

From non-controlled/non-affiliated investments:

Interest income

$

48,860

$

48,018

$

106,446

$

92,475

Non-cash dividend income

2,300

2,069

4,624

4,043

Other income

1,117

1,841

2,588

4,095

From non-controlled/affiliated investments:

Interest income

(1,235)

1,033

(166)

2,037

Dividend income

689

812

1,409

1,538

Non-cash dividend income

301

(3,418)

592

Other income

284

301

575

592

From controlled investments:

Interest income

3,738

2,584

6,719

5,047

Dividend income

7,725

7,265

15,954

15,722

Non-cash dividend income

1,502

2,128

4,140

4,173

Other income

987

113

1,180

342

Total investment income

65,967

66,465

140,051

130,656

Expenses

Incentive fee

6,896

6,987

14,722

13,850

Management fee

13,134

11,640

26,992

22,615

Interest and other financing expenses

19,229

20,719

41,423

39,865

Administrative expenses

1,239

1,049

2,279

2,144

Professional fees

969

886

1,874

1,652

Other general and administrative expenses

442

398

941

810

Total expenses

41,909

41,679

88,231

80,936

Less: management fees waived

(3,183)

(2,823)

(6,726)

(5,356)

Less: expenses waived and reimbursed

(335)

(335)

(335)

(335)

Net expenses

38,391

38,521

81,170

75,245

Net investment income before income taxes

27,576

27,944

58,881

55,411

Income tax (benefit) expense

(7)

(4)

(7)

13

Net investment income

27,583

27,948

58,888

55,398

Net realized (losses) gains:

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

(3,759)

47

(4,461)

90

Controlled investments

3

5

7

8

New Mountain Net Lease Corporation

812

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation):

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

51,466

2,677

(88,817)

12,440

Non-controlled/affiliated investments

(2,771)

(1,637)

(13,607)

(2,528)

Controlled investments

4,587

(5,025)

(48,221)

2,417

New Mountain Net Lease Corporation

(812)

(Provision) benefit for taxes

(377)

(270)

521

(160)

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

49,149

(4,203)

(154,578)

12,267

Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

76,732

23,745

(95,690)

67,665

Less: Net increase in net assets resulting from operations related to non-controlling interests in New Mountain Net Lease Corporation

251

186

Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations related to New Mountain Finance Corporation

$

76,481

$

23,745

$

(95,876)

$

67,665

Basic earnings per share

$

0.79

$

0.29

$

(0.99)

$

0.85

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding-basic

96,827,342

80,522,426

96,827,342

79,495,737

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.72

$

0.27

$

(0.99)

$

0.76

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding-diluted

110,084,927

97,693,499

110,084,927

96,780,587

Distributions declared and paid per share

$

0.30

$

0.34

$

0.64

$

0.68

ABOUT NEW MOUNTAIN FINANCE CORPORATION

New Mountain Finance Corporation is a closed-end, non-diversified and externally managed investment company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The Company’s investment objective is to generate current income and capital appreciation through the sourcing and origination of debt securities at all levels of the capital structure, including first and second lien debt, notes, bonds and mezzanine securities. The Company’s first lien debt may include traditional first lien senior secured loans or unitranche loans. Unitranche loans combine characteristics of traditional first lien senior secured loans as well as second lien and subordinated loans. Unitranche loans will expose the Company to the risks associated with second lien and subordinated loans to the extent it invests in the "last out" tranche. In some cases, the investments may also include small equity interests. The Company’s investment activities are managed by its Investment Adviser, New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C., which is an investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. More information about New Mountain Finance Corporation can be found on the Company’s website at http://www.newmountainfinance.com.

ABOUT NEW MOUNTAIN CAPITAL

New Mountain Capital is a New York based investment firm focused on long-term business-building and growth investments. The firm currently manages private equity, public equity, and credit funds with over $25 billion in assets under management. New Mountain seeks out what it believes to be the highest quality growth leaders in carefully selected industry sectors and then works intensively with management to build the value of these companies. For more information on New Mountain Capital, please visit http://www.newmountaincapital.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements included herein may contain "forward-looking statements", which relate to our future operations, future performance or our financial condition. 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, portfolio companies, our industry and the global economy. Actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission or factors that are beyond our control. New Mountain Finance Corporation undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein, except as may be required by law. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the time of this press release.

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Contacts

New Mountain Finance Corporation
Investor Relations
Shiraz Y. Kajee, Authorized Representative
NMFCIR@newmountaincapital.com
(212) 220-3505