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Previous Close1.8200
Open1.8400
Bid1.9200 x 1000
Ask1.9500 x 800
Day's Range1.8300 - 1.9500
52 Week Range0.8800 - 2.3200
Volume75,702
Avg. Volume72,460
Market Cap26.36M
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.15
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
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Ex-Dividend DateAug 21, 2009
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  • Equus Reports Fourth Quarter Results
    GlobeNewswire

    Equus Reports Fourth Quarter Results

    Dispositions Key to Success of Acquisition StrategyHOUSTON, March 31, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Equus Total Return, Inc. (NYSE: EQS) (the “Fund” or “Equus”) reports net assets as of December 31, 2020, of $33.8 million, a decrease of approximately $3.6 million since September 30, 2020. Net asset value per share decreased to $2.50 as of December 31, 2020 from $2.77 as of September 30, 2020. During the fourth quarter, the fair value of Equus Energy, LLC, increased from $5.5 million to $7.0 million. This increase was a result of significant price increases for crude and natural gas during the quarter, as well as comparable transactions in regions where Equus Energy holds its working interests. The Fund received advice and assistance from a third-party valuation firm to support its determination of the fair value of this investment. Equus also disposed or liquidated investments in the following portfolio companies during the fourth quarter of 2020, generating approximately $24.0 million in cash proceeds, with additional payments expected later in 2021 as follows: Sale of PalletOne Shares. On December 28, 2020, the Fund announced that UFP Industries, Inc. had closed on its agreement to acquire 100% of the equity of PalletOne, Inc., which included the Fund’s shareholding in the company. On January 4, 2021, the Fund announced that it had received an initial payment of $18.2 million in connection with the acquisition. As of December 31, 2020, the Fund estimated that it would receive an additional $3.4 million in remaining payments from the sale, which is based upon potential tax refunds and a number of post-closing adjustments relating to changes in working capital and various other balance sheet items of PalletOne. The Fund received approximately $2.5 million of this amount on March 31, 2021. The remainder is expected to be received in the second quarter of 2021.Sale of MVC Shares. During the fourth quarter of 2020, Equus sold 583,057 shares of MVC Capital, Inc. common stock, constituting all of the Fund’s shareholding in MVC, for cash proceeds of approximately $4.6 million.Settlement/Repayment of Note from 5th Element Tracking. On December 15, 2020, the Fund received $1.2 million in cash as part of a settlement and repayment in connection with a promissory note issued to the Fund by 5th Element Tracking, LLC. The Fund developed a strategy to aggressively pursue a transformative transaction that would result in Equus becoming an operating company instead of a closed-end business development company governed by the Investment Company Act of 1940. Key to this strategy was the disposal of the Fund’s legacy investments, some of which had been held for twenty years. With the exception of Equus Energy, LLC, this task was accomplished in 2020. On January 20, 2021, the Fund received authorization from a majority of its shareholders to continue this strategy. About Equus The Fund is presently a business development company that trades as a closed-end fund on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EQS". Additional information on the Fund may be obtained from the Fund’s website at www.equuscap.com. This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements regarding future circumstances. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Fund’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements including, in particular, the performance of the Fund, including our ability to achieve our expected financial and business objectives, and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Fund’s filings with the SEC. Actual results, events, and performance may differ. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as to the date hereof. Except as required by law, the Fund undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Fund or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statements are material. Contact: Patricia Baronowski Pristine Advisers, LLC(631) 756-2486

  • GlobeNewswire

    Equus Shareholders Grant Authorization to Withdraw BDC Election and Increase Authorized Shares

    Authorization Prepares Company for Potential Transformative TransactionHOUSTON, Jan. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Equus Total Return, Inc. (NYSE: EQS) (“Equus” or the “Company”) today announced that the majority of its shareholders have authorized the Company’s Board of Directors (hereinafter, the “Board”) to: (i) cause the Company’s withdrawal of its election to be classifed as a business development company (“BDC”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”) as part of a potential strategic transformation of Equus into an operating company; and (ii) increase the Company’s authorized shares of common and preferred stock from 50 million to 100 million shares, and from 5 million to 10 million shares, respectively. Over the past several years, the Company has examined a number of potential transactions in a variety of sectors , including energy, natural resources, containers and packaging, real estate, media, technology, and telecommunications. These reviews have included consideration of potential strategic transactions to maximize value to shareholders as an operating company not subject to the 1940 Act. The authorization granted by the Company’s stockholders allows the Board to: (i) withdraw the Company’s BDC authorization on or prior to August 31, 2021 as part of a potential strategic transformation of Equus into an operating company and, (ii) increase the number of authorized shares of common and preferred stock to enable the Company to have greater flexibility to consider a wider range of potential acquisition targets and associated financing options. Although Equus has been authorized to withdraw and terminate the Company’s BDC election under the 1940 Act, it will not submit any such withdrawal unless and until Equus has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire an operating company. Risks and Uncertainties The outbreak of Covid-19 in the United States in February 2020 and its subsequent resurgence in 2021 has presented a number of challenges to achieving the Company’s operational and strategic objectives. Government travel bans, border closures and directives on social distancing and shelter-in-place mandates have made it difficult to conduct in-person due diligence examinations, negotiations, and other functions which are endemic to the interpersonal nature of private equity investing in addition to the mergers and acquisitions process. Should these disruptions and restrictions on travel continue throughout 2021 as a result of Covid-19, the Company cannot, therefore, give assurance that its endeavors to pursue a transformative transaction will not be materially adversely affected thereby. The transformation of Equus into an operating company is subject to various conditions, risks, and uncertainties. Such risks should be considered in addition to the items identified as “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on March 30, 2020. Potential Advantages An operating company structure, in lieu of a closed-end fund structure, could be advantageous to Equus and its shareholders in various ways, including: (i) a greater number of growth opportunities through merger with and acquisition of other operating companies, (ii) a valuation of Equus based on typical operating criteria such as earnings, revenue, and gross profit, instead of net asset value, (iii) lower proportional compliance costs due to Equus not being regulated under the 1940 Act, and (iv) greater flexibility to issue common and preferred equity, as well as other types of securities as consideration for acquisitions and growth of the Company. Even if the Company utilizes its shares to acquire investment assets and remains a BDC, the Company believes that it could gain cost efficiencies in managing a greater number of assets such that Company expenses as a percentage of assets under management would decrease. In recent years, Company management has made significant efforts to decrease overall costs and costs relative to its net asset value including, for example, reductions in staff and in the number of members of the Company’s Board. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains certain forward-looking statements regarding possible future circumstances. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements including, in particular, the performance of the Company, including our ability to achieve our expected financial and business objectives, our ability to execute our reorganization under the Plan and complete the transactions contemplated thereby, the other risks and uncertainties described herein, as well as those contained in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Actual results, events, and performance may differ. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as to the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statements are material. Contacts: Patricia Baronowski Pristine Advisers, LLC(631) 756-2486

  • Equus Receives Initial Payment From Sale of Its Interest in PalletOne, Inc.
    GlobeNewswire

    Equus Receives Initial Payment From Sale of Its Interest in PalletOne, Inc.

    HOUSTON, Jan. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Equus Total Return, Inc. (NYSE: EQS) (“Equus”) announced that it has received an initial payment of $18.2 million in connection with the sale of its shareholding in PalletOne, Inc. The remaining amount, expected to be received in the second quarter of 2021, is based upon potential tax refunds and a number of post-closing adjustments relating to changes in working capital and various other balance sheet items. On December 28, 2020, Equus announced that UFP Industries, Inc. (“UFP”) had completed its purchase of the equity of PalletOne and that the purchase price of $232 million was based on a cash free, debt free balance sheet. As at December 28, 2020, estimates by UFP and PalletOne of PalletOne’s debt, debt-like instruments, and other adjustments, including transaction fees and expenses, resulted in a proforma net equity value of approximately $130 million for the PalletOne shareholders.On November 17, 2020, Equus issued a press release wherein it estimated the fair value of its shareholding in PalletOne at $24.0 million as of September 30, 2020, a decrease of $3.5 million from its estimated fair value at June 30, 2020. The decrease was attributed to anticipated fourth quarter losses from the resale of high cost lumber, as well as delays in key capital projects adversely affected by COVID-19 travel disruptions.In October 2001, Equus made its initial investment in PalletOne and was one of two institutional funds to finance the creation of PalletOne from certain of the remnants of a former pallet manufacturing conglomerate. PalletOne has since risen to become one of the largest wooden pallet manufacturers in the United States and a major regional supplier of treated wood to retail lumber outlets and home improvement stores in the Southeastern U.S.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains certain forward-looking statements regarding possible future circumstances. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in such forward-looking statements including, in particular, the performance of the Company, including our ability to achieve our expected financial and business objectives, the other risks and uncertainties described herein, as well as those contained in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Actual results, events, and performance may differ. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as to the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by the Company or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statements are material.Contacts:Patricia Baronowski Pristine Advisers, LLC (631) 756-2486