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Sutter Rock Capital Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

Net Asset Value of $11.38 per Share as of December 31, 2019

Board of Directors Approves Additional $5.0 Million for Share Repurchase Program; Bringing Share Repurchase Program and Tender Offer Total to $40.0 Million

SAN FRANCISCO, March 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (“Sutter Rock” or the “Company”) (SSSS) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2019. Net assets totaled approximately $199.9 million, or $11.38 per share at December 31, 2019, inclusive of dividends totaling $0.32 per share declared during during the fourth quarter, as compared to $11.24 per share at September 30, 2019 and $9.89 per share at December 31, 2018.

“We are pleased to report a strong fourth quarter for Sutter Rock, which was driven by positive developments across our investment portfolio,” said Mark Klein, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sutter Rock. “We believe that Parchment Inc.’s successful merger with Credentials Solutions is a strong positive signal for other top names in the Sutter Rock portfolio, and we are encouraged by the fundamentals of the portfolio.”

“Sutter Rock is committed to initiatives that enhance shareholder value and we believe the market is undervaluing our portfolio. Accordingly, our Board of Directors has authorized an additional $5.0 million for share repurchases, bringing our Share Repurchase Program total to $30.0 million, not including the $10.0 million Tender Offer effectuated in the fourth quarter. Given the significant discount at which our stock is trading compared to net asset value, we determined that this authorization is an efficient deployment of capital.”

“Looking forward, a key area of continued focus is selectively adding new investments to our portfolio to drive long-term value for shareholders. The recent appointment of Keri Findley to Senior Managing Director and Senior Member of the Investment Committee will enhance this investment process by providing Sutter Rock with strategic guidance throughout our investment diligence and by introducing a credit-based investment strategy that will be complementary to our current equity approach. We believe that Keri’s appointment, in combination with our healthy cash balance during ongoing dislocation in global equity markets, leaves us well positioned to opportunistically execute new investments at attractive pricing levels.”

Investment Portfolio as of December 31, 2019

At December 31, 2019, Sutter Rock held positions in 23 portfolio companies with an aggregate fair value of approximately $191.6 million. As a result of the Company’s continued strategy to increase the size of its investments in individual portfolio companies, Sutter Rock has consolidated its investment portfolio around its top positions. The Company’s top five portfolio company investments accounted for approximately 61% of the total portfolio at fair value as of December 31, 2019.

Top Five Investments as of December 31, 2019

$ in millions

Fair Value

% of Total
Portfolio

Coursera, Inc.

$

33.6

17.5

%

Palantir Technologies, Inc.

31.6

16.5

Course Hero, Inc.

25.7

13.4

Ozy Media, Inc.

15.7

8.2

Nextdoor.com, Inc. (1)

10.9

5.7

Total (rounded)

$

117.4

61.3

%

____________________

  1. At December 31, 2019, Parchment, Inc. was a Top 5 position; however, due to the close of the Parchment, Inc. merger with Credential Solutions on January 31, 2020 and Sutter Rock’s full exit of its Parchment, Inc. position, it has been removed for illustrative purposes.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Investment Portfolio Activity

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, Sutter Rock exited its investments in the following portfolio companies:

Portfolio Company

Shares Sold

Average Net
Share Price (1)

Net Proceeds

Realized Gain/(Loss)

Lyft, Inc.

304,829

$43.57

$13.3 million

$9.0 million

EdSurge Inc.

873,153

$-

$-

($1.0 million)

____________________

  1. The average net share price is the net share price realized after deducting all commissions and fees on the sale(s), if applicable.

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, Sutter Rock funded the following follow-on investment:

Portfolio Company

Investment

Transaction Date

Amount Invested

Stormwind, LLC.

Preferred Shares, Series D

11/26/2019

$0.3 million

Subsequent to year-end, through March 9, 2020, Sutter Rock exited its position in Parchment, Inc.:

Portfolio Company

Shares Sold

Average Net
Share Price

Net Proceeds(1)

Realized Gain/(Loss)

Parchment, Inc.

3,200,512

$3.37

$10.8 million

$6.8 million

____________________

  1. Net proceeds includes approximately $0.1 million in additional proceeds currently held in escrow.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Quarter Ended
December 31, 2019

Quarter Ended
December 31, 2018


$ in millions


per share


$ in millions


per share

Net investment income/(loss)

$(2.6)

$(0.14)

$1.7

$0.08

Net realized gain on investments

7.9

0.43

0.1

0.01

Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments, net of tax effect(1)

(3.1)

(0.17)

(17.0)

(0.86)

Net increase/(decrease) in net assets resulting from operations - basic(2)

$2.2

$0.12

$(15.2)

$(0.77)

Dividends declared

(5.6)

(0.32)

-

-

Repurchase of common stock(3)

(10.2)

0.36

(2.8)

0.08

Stock-based compensation

(0.5)

(0.02)

-

-

Increase/(decrease) in net asset value(2)

$(14.0)

$0.14

$(18.0)

$(0.69)

__________________

  1. Includes related net tax benefit of $5.5 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

  2. Total may not sum, due to rounding.

  3. During the quarters ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company repurchased 28,000 and 412,308 shares of Sutter Rock common stock, respectively, for approximately $0.2 million and $2.8 million, respectively, in cash under its Share Repurchase Program. Additionally, during the quarter ended December 31, 2019, under its modified Dutch Auction tender offer, Sutter Rock repurchased 1,449,275 shares for $10.0 million. 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.

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 18.4 million and 19.9 million for the quarters ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Results

Fiscal Year Ended
December 31, 2019

Fiscal Year Ended
December 31, 2018


$ in millions


per share


$ in millions


per share

Net investment loss

$(9.5)

$(0.49)

$(7.6)

$(0.37)

Net realized gain/(loss)

19.2

0.99

(7.8)

(0.38)

Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments

13.4

0.69

9.6

0.47

Adjustment to provision for taxes on net unrealized appreciation/depreciation of investments

0.9

0.05

6.7

0.33

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations - basic

$24.0

$1.24

$0.9

$0.05

Dividends declared

(5.6)

(0.32)

-

-

Repurchase of common stock(1)

(14.8)

0.52

(10.3)

0.20

Stock based compensation

1.0

0.05

-

-

Increase/(decrease) in net asset value(2)

$4.5

$1.49

$(9.4)

$0.25

__________________

  1. During the years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, the Company repurchased 749,128 and 1,483,698 shares of Sutter Rock common stock, respectively, for approximately $4.8 million and $10.3 million, respectively, in cash under its Share Repurchase Program. Additionally, during the year ended December 31, 2019, under its modified Dutch Auction tender offer, Sutter Rock repurchased 1,449,275 shares for $10.0 million. 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.

  2. Total may not sum, due to rounding.

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 19.3 million and 20.6 million for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Sutter Rock’s liquid assets were approximately $50.1 million as of December 31, 2019, consisting of cash and cash equivalents.

Dividends Declared

On November 5, 2019, Sutter Rock’s Board of Directors declared a $0.20 per share cash dividend, paid on December 12, 2019 to the Company’s common stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 2, 2019.

On December 20, 2019, Sutter Rock’s Board of Directors declared a $0.12 per share cash dividend, paid on January 15, 2020 to the Company’s stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 31, 2019.

Share Repurchase Program & Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, Sutter Rock repurchased 28,000 shares under the Share Repurchase Program for an aggregate purchase price of $0.2 million. From January 1, 2020 through March 9, 2020, the Company repurchased an additional 237,612 shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $1.5 million.

On March 9, 2020, the Board of Directors authorized a $5.0 million expansion of the Share Repurchase Program to $30.0 million. The dollar value of shares that may yet be purchased by the Company under the Share Repurchase Program is approximately $8.5 million.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2019, Sutter Rock commenced a modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer for $10.0 million of its outstanding common stock. Sutter Rock repurchased 1,449,275 shares, representing 7.6% of its outstanding shares, for payment in late November 2019, at a price of $6.90 per share on a pro rata basis, excluding fees and expenses relating to the self-tender offer.

Under the publicly announced Share Repurchase Program and the modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer, as of March 9, 2020, the Company has repurchased 4,854,371 shares of its common stock for approximately $31.5 million since the Share Repurchase Program was announced in August 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will hold a conference call and webcast for investors on March 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). The conference call access number for U.S. participants is 334-777-6978, and the conference call access number for participants outside the U.S. is +1 800-367-2403. The conference ID number for both access numbers is 7996418. Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the "Investor Relations" section of Sutter Rock’s website at www.sutterrock.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 18, 2020 by dialing 888-203-1112 (U.S.) or +1 719-457-0820 (International) and using conference ID number 7996418.

About Sutter Rock Capital Corp.

Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (SSSS) 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. Sutter Rock is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, and at www.sutterrock.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein, including statements regarding Sutter Rock's beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may constitute "forward-looking statements". Sutter Rock cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these statements. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions which could cause Sutter Rock's actual results to differ from management's current expectations are contained in Sutter Rock's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sutter Rock undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

Contact
Sutter Rock Capital Corp.
(650) 235-4769
IR@sutterrock.com

Media Contact
Bill Douglass
Gotham Communications, LLC
Communications@sutterrock.com

SUTTER ROCK CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

December 31,
2019

December 31,
2018

ASSETS

Investments at fair value:

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (cost of $90,567,041 and $105,869,607, respectively)

$

152,866,112

$

170,067,233

Non-controlled/affiliate investments (cost of $52,857,243 and $42,333,854, respectively)

37,944,268

5,931,863

Controlled investments (cost of $7,161,412 and $22,960,942, respectively)

775,198

22,816,733

Total Portfolio Investments

191,585,578

198,815,829

Investments in U.S. Treasury bills (cost of $49,996,667 and $99,982,067, respectively)

50,000,000

99,994,000

Total Investments (cost of $200,582,363 and $271,146,470, respectively)

241,585,578

298,809,829

Cash

44,861,263

28,184,163

Escrow proceeds receivable

265,303

2,494,582

Interest and dividends receivable

84,630

255,670

Deferred financing costs

11,382

267,541

Prepaid expenses and other assets(3)

1,755,933

207,769

Total Assets

288,564,089

330,219,554

LIABILITIES

Accounts payable and accrued expenses(3)

1,143,923

490,687

Accrued incentive fees, net of waiver of incentive fees(1)

4,660,472

Accrued management fees, net of waiver of management fees(1)

415,056

Payable to executive officers

1,369,873

Accrued interest payable

475,000

475,000

Dividends payable

2,107,709

Payable for securities purchased

44,746,660

89,480,103

Deferred tax liability

885,566

4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023(2)

38,803,635

38,434,511

Total Liabilities

88,646,800

134,841,395

Net Assets

$

199,917,289

$

195,378,159

NET ASSETS

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (100,000,000 authorized; 17,564,244 and 19,762,647 issued and outstanding, respectively)

$

175,642

$

197,626

Paid-in capital in excess of par

178,550,374

192,322,399

Accumulated net investment loss

(25,679,362

)

(16,228,294

)

Accumulated net realized gain/(loss) on investments

5,867,417

(7,691,365

)

Accumulated net unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments

41,003,218

26,777,793

Net Assets

$

199,917,289

$

195,378,159

Net Asset Value Per Share

$

11.38

$

9.89

__________________

  1. This balance references a related-party transaction.

  2. As of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, the 4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023 had a face value of $40,000,000.

  3. This balance includes a right of use asset and corresponding operating lease liability, respectively.

SUTTER ROCK CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Year Ended December 31,

2019

2018

2017

INVESTMENT INCOME

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments:

Interest income

$

828,392

$

351,188

$

(4,627

)

Dividend income

100,000

73,096

Non-controlled/affiliate investments:

Interest income

108,395

581,813

59,460

Controlled investments:

Interest income

58,937

59,835

249,839

Dividend income

400,000

625,000

475,000

Total Investment Income

1,495,724

1,617,836

852,768

OPERATING EXPENSES

Management fees(1)

848,723

5,199,900

5,666,176

Incentive fees/(Reversal of incentive fee accrual)(1)

(4,660,472

)

382,387

7,151,641

Costs incurred under Administration Agreement(1)

306,084

1,702,047

1,874,839

Compensation expense

4,286,972

Directors’ fees

383,370

345,000

328,480

Professional fees

5,290,329

1,587,578

2,068,668

Interest expense

2,372,570

4,545,471

4,696,819

Income tax expense

33,825

482,994

52,901

Other expenses

2,085,391

899,457

600,331

Total Operating Expenses

10,946,792

15,144,834

22,439,855

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

10,946,792

9,252,413

21,731,583

Net Investment Loss

(9,451,068

)

(7,634,577

)

(20,878,815

)

Realized Gains/(Losses) on Investments:

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

32,625,663

(7,432,939

)

3,989,476

Non-controlled/affiliate investments

(13,446,323

)

Controlled investments

(680

)

(3,075,494

)

Net Realized Gain/(Loss) on Investments

19,179,340

(7,433,619

)

913,982

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

(1,907,148

)

21,819,883

45,958,490

Non-controlled/affiliate investments

21,489,014

(10,988,777

)

(16,084,516

)

Controlled investments

(6,242,007

)

(1,190,056

)

4,901,722

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments

13,339,859

9,641,050

34,775,696

Benefit from taxes on unrealized depreciation of investments

885,566

6,716,735

2,757,070

Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

$

23,953,697

$

891,743

$

17,567,933

Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations per Common Share:

Basic

$

1.24

$

0.04

$

0.80

Diluted(2)

$

1.14

$

0.04

$

0.80

Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding

Basic

19,328,414

20,617,890

21,924,490

Diluted(2)

23,069,622

20,617,890

21,924,490

__________________

  1. This balance references a related-party transaction.

  2. For the years ended December 31, 2019, 2018, and 2017, 0, 6,079,068, 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.​

SUTTER ROCK CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Year Ended December 31,

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

Per Basic Share Data

Net asset value at beginning of the year

$

9.89

$

9.64

$

8.66

$

12.08

$

14.80

Net investment loss(1)

(0.49

)

(0.37

)

(0.95

)

(0.06

)

(2.52

)

Net realized gain/(loss) on investments(1)

0.99

(0.36

)

0.04

(0.12

)

2.80

Benefit from taxes on net realized loss of investments(1)

0.02

Realized loss on partial repurchase of 5.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018(1)

(0.02

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments(1)

0.69

0.47

1.59

(3.30

)

(0.69

)

Benefit from taxes on unrealized depreciation of investments(1)

0.05

0.33

0.13

0.10

0.83

Dividends declared

(0.32

)

(0.04

)

(2.76

)

Repurchase of common stock

0.52

0.20

0.18

Stock-based compensation(1)

0.05

Net asset value at end of year

$

11.38

$

9.89

$

9.64

$

8.66

$

12.08

Per share market value at end of year

$

6.55

$

5.22

$

5.45

$

5.03

$

9.37

Total return based on market value(2)

31.53

%

(4.22

)%

8.35

%

(23.29

)%

8.57

%

Total return based on net asset value(2)

15.08

%

2.59

%

11.32

%

(27.74

)%

(0.27

)%

Shares outstanding at end of year

17,564,244

19,762,647

21,246,345

22,181,003

22,181,003

Ratios/Supplemental Data:

Net assets at end of year

$

199,917,289

$

195,378,159

$

204,762,866

$

192,128,810

$

268,010,945

Average net assets

$

209,261,190

$

208,678,731

$

199,457,678

$

243,577,514

$

296,560,393

Ratio of gross operating expenses to average net assets(3)

6.08

%

7.09

%

11.25

%

0.82

%

9.10

%

Ratio of incentive fee waiver to average net assets

%

(2.40

)%

%

%

%

Ratio of management fee waiver to average net assets

%

(0.43

)%

(0.36

)%

%

%

Ratio of income tax provision to average net assets

(0.42

)%

(3.22

)%

(1.38

)%

(0.87

)%

(1.88

)%

Ratio of net operating expenses to average net assets(3)

5.66

%

1.04

%

9.51

%

(0.05

)%

7.22

%

Ratio of net investment loss to average net assets(3)

(4.52

)%

(3.66

)%

(10.47

)%

(0.52

)%

(16.41

)%

Portfolio Turnover Ratio

12.95

%

5.01

%

0.07

%

4.46

%

8.30

%

__________________

  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.