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Sutter Rock Capital Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Net Asset Value of $11.24 Per Share as of September 30, 2019

Sutter Rock Declares $0.20 Per Share Dividend

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (“Sutter Rock” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:SSSS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Net assets totaled approximately $213.9 million, or $11.24 per share, at September 30, 2019, as compared to $9.89 per share at December 31, 2018 and $10.58 per share at September 30, 2018. On November 5, 2019, Sutter Rock’s Board of Directors declared a dividend in the amount of $0.20 per share payable on December 12, 2019 to the Company’s common stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 2, 2019.

“We are pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has declared a dividend in the amount of $0.20 per share,” said Mark Klein, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sutter Rock. “This dividend is driven by monetizations in Sutter Rock’s public and private securities. Based on ongoing portfolio activity and the results of the recently announced tender offer, we anticipate declaring an additional de minimis dividend by year end.”

“Additionally, our portfolio companies continue to demonstrate strong operating fundamentals and we are excited about their positioning in their respective markets,” Klein continued. “We believe that our portfolio is undervalued and as such we continue to take initiatives to drive shareholder value, including the $10.0 million Modified Dutch Auction Tender.”

Investment Portfolio as of September 30, 2019

At September 30, 2019, Sutter Rock held positions in 25 portfolio companies with an aggregate fair value of approximately $199.8 million. In line with 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 55% of the total portfolio at fair value as of September 30, 2019 and for approximately 87% of Sutter Rock’s market capitalization as of November 5, 2019.

Top Five Investments as of September 30, 2019

$ in millions

Fair Value

% of Total Portfolio

Coursera, Inc.

$

34.8

17.4

%

Palantir Technologies, Inc.

30.4

15.2

Ozy Media, Inc.

16.9

8.4

Course Hero, Inc.

16.0

8.0

Lyft, Inc.

12.4

6.2

Total (rounded)

$

110.4

55.3

%

Third Quarter 2019 Investment Portfolio Activity

During the three months ended September 30, 2019, Sutter Rock exited its remaining investment in Dropbox, Inc.:

Portfolio Company

Shares Sold

Average Net
Share Price (1)

Net Proceeds
(in millions)

Realized Gain
(in millions)

Dropbox, Inc.

437,530

$

21.03

$

9.2

$

1.7

__________________

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

Subsequent to quarter-end, through November 6, 2019, Sutter Rock exited its entire investment in Lyft, Inc.:

Portfolio Company

Shares Sold

Average Net
Share Price (1)

Net Proceeds
(in millions)

Realized Gain
(in millions)

Lyft, Inc.

304,829

$

43.57

$

13.3

$

9.0

__________________

  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 September 30, 2019, Sutter Rock funded the following new and follow-on investments:

Portfolio Company

Investment

Transaction Date

Amount Invested

Aspiration, Inc.

Convertible Note

8/9/2019

$0.3 million

GreenAcreage Real Estate Corp.

Common Stock

8/13/2019

$7.5 million

Treehouse Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.

Common Stock

9/11/2019

$7.5 million

During the three months ended September 30, 2019, Sutter Rock amended the structure of its investment in NestGSV, Inc. The amended agreement restructured Sutter Rock’s equity positions, not including warrants, into a derivative security. The agreement is intended to protect Sutter Rock’s downside while affording Sutter Rock upside participation. Sutter Rock will maintain its outstanding convertible note with amended terms and warrant positions in NestGSV, Inc.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Quarter Ended
September 30, 2019

Quarter Ended
September 30, 2018


$ in millions


per share


$ in millions


per share

Net investment loss

$

(4.7

)

$

(0.24

)

$

(3.9

)

$

(0.19

)

Net realized gain/(loss) on investments

1.8

0.09

(10.1

)

(0.49

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation of investments, net of tax benefit(1)

8.2

0.42

14.4

0.70

Net change in net assets resulting from operations

$

5.3

$

0.27

$

0.3

$

0.02

Stock-based compensation(2)

1.4

0.08

-

-

Repurchase of common stock(3)

(3.9

)

0.14

(4.1

)

0.10

Increase/(decrease) in net asset value(4)

$

2.8

$

0.49

$

(3.7

)

$

0.12

__________________

  1. Includes related net tax benefit of $0.2 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

  2. On June 5, 2019, our Board of Directors adopted, and our stockholders approved, an equity-based incentive plan (“the 2019 Plan”), which authorizes equity awards to be granted for up to 1,976,264 shares of our common stock. On July 17, 2019, stock options providing the right to purchase up to 1,125,000 shares were granted under the 2019 Plan. During the quarter ended September 30, 2019, the Company recognized a stock-based compensation expense of $1.4 million; the amount of cash received from the exercise of stock options was $0. This amount represents the estimated annual expense.

  3. During the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, the Company repurchased 605,327 and 575,958 shares of Sutter Rock Capital Corp. common stock for approximately $3.9 million and $4.1 million in cash, respectively. 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.

  4. Total may not sum due to rounding.

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 19.5 million and 20.5 million for the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.

Sutter Rock’s liquid assets were approximately $57.6 million as of September 30, 2019, consisting of approximately $45.2 million of cash and $12.4 million of public securities.

Dividend Declaration for Third Quarter 2019

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

Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

On October 21, 2019, the Company commenced a modified “Dutch Auction” tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase for cash up to $10.0 million in shares of its common stock from its stockholders. In accordance with the terms of the Tender Offer, the Company intends to select the lowest price per share, not less than $6.00 per share and not greater than $8.00 per share, less any applicable withholding taxes and without interest, that will allow the Company to purchase that number of shares having an aggregate purchase price of $10.0 million. Upon the terms and subject to the conditions of the Tender Offer, if shares having an aggregate purchase price of less than $10.0 million are properly tendered and not properly withdrawn, the Company will purchase all shares properly tendered and not properly withdrawn. The Company expects to use available cash to fund any purchases of its shares of common stock in the Tender Offer and to pay for all related fees and expenses. The Tender Offer will expire at 5:00 P.M. ET, on November 20, 2019, unless extended by the Company.

Share Repurchase Program

During the three months ended September 30, 2019, the Company repurchased an additional 605,327 shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $3.9 million. Subsequent to quarter-end, through November 6, 2019, the Company repurchased an additional 28,000 shares under the Share Repurchase Program for an aggregate purchase price of $0.2 million.

Under the publicly announced Share Repurchase Program, as of November 6, 2019, the Company has repurchased 3,167,484 shares of its common stock for approximately $20.0 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 today 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 9176331. 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 November 13, 2019 by dialing 888-203-1112 (U.S.) or +1 719-457-0820 (International) and using conference ID number 9176331.

About Sutter Rock Capital Corp.

Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (Nasdaq: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. 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
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (UNAUDITED)

September 30,
2019

December 31,
2018

ASSETS

Investments at fair value:

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (cost of $94,863,935 and $105,869,607, respectively)

$

161,350,359

$

170,067,233

Non-controlled/affiliate investments (cost of $47,576,383 and $42,333,854, respectively)

30,241,445

5,931,863

Controlled investments (cost of $13,291,886 and $22,960,942, respectively)

8,251,634

22,816,733

Total Portfolio Investments

199,843,438

198,815,829

Investments in U.S. Treasury bills (cost of $49,993,250 and $99,982,067, respectively)

49,995,500

99,994,000

Total Investments (cost of $205,725,454 and $271,146,470, respectively)

249,838,938

298,809,829

Cash

45,155,784

28,184,163

Escrow proceeds receivable

2,086,145

2,494,582

Interest and dividends receivable

125,348

255,670

Deferred financing costs

5,502

267,541

Prepaid expenses and other assets(3)

2,332,410

207,769

Total Assets

299,544,127

330,219,554

LIABILITIES

Accounts payable and accrued expenses(3)

2,142,052

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

Accrued interest payable

475,000

Payable for securities purchased

44,742,449

89,480,103

Deferred tax liability

885,566

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

38,710,596

38,434,511

Total Liabilities

85,595,097

134,841,395

Net Assets

$

213,949,030

$

195,378,159

NET ASSETS

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (100,000,000 authorized; 19,041,519 and 19,762,647 issued and outstanding, respectively)

$

190,415

$

197,626

Paid-in capital in excess of par

189,155,021

192,322,399

Accumulated net investment loss

(23,116,027

)

(16,228,294

)

Accumulated net realized gain/(loss) on investments

3,606,136

(7,691,365

)

Accumulated net unrealized appreciation of investments

44,113,485

26,777,793

Net Assets

$

213,949,030

$

195,378,159

Net Asset Value Per Share

$

11.24

$

9.89

__________________________________________________
(1) This balance references a related-party transaction.
(2) As of September 30, 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
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

INVESTMENT INCOME

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments:

Interest income

$

298,515

$

164,310

$

635,187

$

174,922

Non-controlled/affiliate investments:

Interest income

81,711

65,790

201,304

521,685

Controlled investments:

Interest income

16,252

58,937

41,153

Dividend income

200,000

350,000

Total Investment Income

380,226

246,352

1,095,428

1,087,760

OPERATING EXPENSES

Management fees(1)

1,345,090

848,723

3,954,732

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

804,520

(4,660,472

)

4,863,939

Costs incurred under Administration Agreement(1)

355,599

306,084

1,176,857

Directors’ fees

99,620

86,250

272,120

258,750

Professional fees

807,143

552,179

4,179,093

1,218,875

Compensation expense

3,070,409

3,702,517

Interest expense

591,512

1,311,534

1,795,885

3,925,292

Income tax expense

954

(6,235

)

34,666

142,264

Other expenses

512,792

107,688

1,504,545

756,994

Total Operating Expenses

5,082,430

4,556,625

7,983,161

16,297,703

Management fee waiver(1)

(402,074

)

(892,421

)

Incentive fee waiver(1)

(5,000,000

)

Total operating expenses, net of waiver of management and incentive fees

5,082,430

4,154,551

7,983,161

10,405,282

Net Investment Loss

(4,702,204

)

(3,908,199

)

(6,887,733

)

(9,317,522

)

Realized Gains/(Losses) on Investments:

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

1,772,961

(10,119,771

)

23,632,332

(7,532,483

)

Non-controlled/affiliate investments

(12,334,831

)

Controlled investments

(680

)

Net Realized Gain/(Loss) on Investments

1,772,961

(10,119,771

)

11,297,501

(7,533,163

)

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

(7,998,030

)

16,245,474

2,279,117

36,655,159

Non-controlled/affiliate investments

11,264,416

(2,350,413

)

19,067,052

(10,979,378

)

Controlled investments

4,924,309

247,314

(4,896,043

)

6,472,584

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments

8,190,695

14,142,375

16,450,126

32,148,365

Benefit from taxes on unrealized depreciation of investments

214,404

885,566

1,225,275

Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

$

5,261,452

$

328,810

$

21,745,460

$

16,125,108

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

Basic

$

0.27

$

0.02

$

1.11

$

0.77

Diluted(2)

$

0.25

$

0.02

$

1.00

$

0.72

Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding

Basic

19,472,785

20,462,626

19,650,651

20,858,192

Diluted(2)

23,204,129

20,462,626

23,381,995

27,728,434

__________________________________________________
(1) This balance references a related-party transaction.
(2) For the three months ended September 30, 2018, 7,173,218 potentially dilutive common shares were excluded from the weighted-average common shares outstanding for diluted net change in net assets resulting from operations per common share because the effect of these shares would have been anti-dilutive. For three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and the nine months ended September 30, 2018, 0 potentially dilutive common shares were excluded from the weighted-average common shares outstanding for diluted net change in net assets resulting from operations per common share.

SUTTER ROCK CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Per Basic Share Data

Net asset value at beginning of the period

$

10.75

$

10.46

$

9.89

$

9.64

Net investment loss(1)

(0.24

)

(0.19

)

(0.35

)

(0.45

)

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

0.09

(0.49

)

0.57

(0.36

)

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

(0.02

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation of investments(1)

0.42

0.69

0.84

1.54

Benefits from taxes on unrealized depreciation of investments(1)

0.01

0.05

0.06

Repurchase of common stock

0.14

0.10

0.17

0.17

Stock-based compensation

0.08

0.07

Net asset value at end of period

$

11.24

$

10.58

$

11.24

$

10.58

Per share market value at end of period

$

6.24

$

6.91

$

6.24

$

6.91

Total return based on market value(2)

(2.50

)%

0.73

%

19.54

%

26.79

%

Total return based on net asset value(2)

4.56

%

1.15

%

13.65

%

9.75

%

Shares outstanding at end of period

19,041,519

20,174,955

19,041,519

20,174,955

Ratios/Supplemental Data:

Net assets at end of period

$

213,949,030

$

213,403,364

$

213,949,030

$

213,403,364

Average net assets

$

215,020,159

$

214,704,044

$

207,111,511

$

210,108,076

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

7.45

%

8.51

%

6.08

%

10.18

%

Ratio of incentive fee waiver to average net assets

%

%

%

(2.38

)%

Ratio of management fee waiver to average net assets

%

(0.19

)%

%

(0.42

)%

Ratio of income tax provision to average net assets

%

%

(0.43

)%

%

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

7.45

%

8.32

%

5.65

%

7.38

%

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

(8.77

)%

(7.30

)%

(4.46

)%

(5.95

)%

Portfolio Turnover Ratio

4.80

%

2.98

%

12.72

%

3.08

%

__________________________________________________
(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. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019, the Company excluded $0 and $(1,769,820) of non-recurring expenses and did not annualize the income tax provision. For three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, the Company excluded $0 and $352,667 of non-recurring expenses and did not annualize the incentive fee waiver. 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.