• Capital Southwest Announces Financial Results for Third Fiscal Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

    Источник: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 04 фев 2019 16:01:17   America/New_York

    DALLAS, Feb. 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital Southwest Corporation (“Capital Southwest,” “CSWC” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CSWC), an internally managed business development company focused on providing flexible financing solutions to support the acquisition and growth of middle market businesses, today announced its financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018.

    Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Highlights

    • Total Investment Portfolio: $496.7 million
      • Credit Portfolio of $350.7 million:
        • 86% 1st Lien Secured Debt
        • $24.7 million in new committed credit investments
        • One 1st Lien Secured Debt investment currently on non-accrual with a fair value of $8.6 million, representing 1.7% of the total investment portfolio
      • Equity Portfolio of $82.9 million, excluding investment in I-45 Senior Loan Fund ("I-45 SLF"):
        • $1.0 million in new equity investments during the quarter
      • CSWC Investment in I-45 SLF of $63.1 million
        • I-45 SLF portfolio of $238.7 million
          • Portfolio consists of 48 issuers: 95% 1st Lien Debt and 5% 2nd Lien Debt
        • I-45 SLF paid a $2.5 million quarterly dividend to CSWC, an annualized yield of 15.5%
    • Pre-Tax Net Investment Income of $6.8 million, or $0.40 per weighted average diluted share
    • Paid $0.36 per share in Regular Dividends, plus $0.10 per share Supplemental Dividend
      • Total Dividends for the quarter of $0.46 per share
    • Net Realized and Unrealized Portfolio Depreciation: $2.4 million, or $0.14 per weighted average diluted share
    • Cash and Cash Equivalents: $10.8 million
    • Total Net Assets: $317.7 million
    • Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per Share: $18.43
    • Weighted Average Yield on Debt Investments: 11.6%

    In commenting on the Company's results, Bowen Diehl, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “This was an eventful quarter for our company.  In addition to growing our Net Investment Income per share by 11% to $0.40 per share, we exited one of our two remaining legacy equity assets at a modest gain, we completed the company’s first ever follow-on equity offering, and we completed the upsize and refinance of our ING Capital-led balance sheet credit facility. Specific to the credit facility, we were able to obtain a significant increase in commitments from our bank lenders, while reducing pricing and the overall cost of the facility.  We were also able to incorporate the ability to access the increased leverage allowable under the Small Business Credit Availability Act, passed in 2018. Finally, we opportunistically repurchased shares of our stock through our 10b5-1 program during the time of excessive market volatility that we saw in December.”

    Third Quarter Fiscal Year Investment Activities

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the Company originated two new investments and one follow-on investment totaling $25.7 million in commitments. New investment transactions that occurred during the quarter ended December 31, 2018 are summarized as follows:

    Roseland Management, LLC (d/b/a Precision Spine Care), $10.5 million 1st Lien Senior Secured Debt, $2.0 million Revolving Loan, $1.0 million Common Equity: Precision Spine Care is a provider of a comprehensive suite of medical services focused on spine care and pain management across Northeast Texas.

    Ace Gathering, Inc., $10.0 million Split Lien Senior Secured Debt: Ace Gathering, Inc. is a provider of crude oil gathering and reclamation services to oil producers, salt water disposal operators and other service companies throughout Texas.

    American Nuts Operations LLC, $2.2 million 1st Lien Senior Secured Debt: American Nuts is an importer, mixer, roaster, and packager of bulk nuts and dried fruit.

    Third Fiscal Quarter 2019 Operating Results

    For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, Capital Southwest reported total investment income of $13.9 million, compared to $12.6 million in the prior quarter. The increase in investment income was attributable to an increase in average debt investments outstanding.

    For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, total operating expenses (excluding interest expense) remained flat at $3.7 million as compared to the prior quarter.

    For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, interest expense was $3.3 million, compared to $3.1 million in the prior quarter. The increase in interest expense was due to increased average debt outstanding on the revolving credit facility, an increase in the amount of 5.95% Notes due in 2022 (the "December 2022 Notes") outstanding, and an increase in the weighted average interest rate on the revolving credit facility due to LIBOR.

    For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, total pre-tax net investment income was $6.8 million, compared to $5.8 million in the prior quarter.

    For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, there was tax expense of $0.1 million, compared to $0.3 million in the prior quarter.

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, Capital Southwest recorded total net realized and unrealized losses on investments of $2.4 million, compared to total net realized and unrealized gains on investments of $1.0 million in the prior quarter. For the quarter ended December 31, 2018, this included total net realized gains on investments of $1.9 million and net unrealized depreciation on investments of $4.2 million, of which $2.0 million was the reversal of net unrealized appreciation recognized in prior periods due to realized gains noted above.  The net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $4.3 million for the quarter, compared to $6.6 million in the prior quarter.

    The Company’s NAV at December 31, 2018 was $18.43 per share, as compared to $18.84 at September 30, 2018.  The decrease in NAV from the prior quarter is due to the supplemental dividend of $0.10 per share, net unrealized depreciation on the investment portfolio and dilution caused by the annual grant of restricted stock to employees.

    Liquidity and Capital Resources

    At December 31, 2018, Capital Southwest had approximately $10.8 million in unrestricted cash and money market balances, $122 million of total debt outstanding on its revolving credit facility and $75.0 million, net of unamortized debt issuance costs, of the December 2022 Notes outstanding. As of December 31, 2018, Capital Southwest had $144.6 million in available borrowings under the revolving credit facility. The debt to equity ratio at the end of the quarter was 0.62 to 1.

    In December 2018, the Company entered into the Amended and Restated Senior Secured Revolving Credit Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Agreement"), and a related Amended and Restated Guarantee, Pledge and Security Agreement, to amend and restate its Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility (the "Credit Facility"). The Amended and Restated Agreement (1) increased the total commitments by $60 million from $210 million to an aggregate total of $270 million, provided by a diversified group of nine lenders, (2) increased the Credit Facility's accordion feature to $350 million under the Credit Facility from new and existing lenders on the same terms and conditions as the existing commitments, (3) reduced the interest rate on borrowings from LIBOR plus 3.00% to LIBOR plus 2.50%, subject to certain conditions as outlined in the Amended and Restated Agreement, (4) reduced the minimum asset coverage with respect to senior securities representing indebtedness from 200% to 150% after the date on which such minimum asset coverage is permitted to be reduced by the Company under applicable law, and (5) extended the Credit Facility's revolving period from November 16, 2020 to December 21, 2022 and the final maturity was extended from November 16, 2021 to December 21, 2023.

    On June 11, 2018, the Company entered into an "At-The-Market" ("ATM") debt distribution agreement, pursuant to which it may offer for sale, from time to time, up to $50 million in aggregate principal amount of the December 2022 Notes through B. Riley FBR, Inc., acting as its sales agent. Sales of the December 2022 Notes may be made in negotiated transactions or transactions that are deemed to be "at the market offerings" as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, including sales made directly on The Nasdaq Global Select Market, or similar securities exchanges or sales made through a market maker other than on an exchange at prices related to prevailing market prices or at negotiated prices.

    During the nine months ended December 31, 2018, the Company sold a total of 785,447 of the December 2022 Notes under the ATM debt distribution agreement, generating approximately $19.9 million in gross proceeds at an effective yield of 5.86%. At this time, the Company does not intend to issue additional December 2022 Notes under this ATM debt distribution agreement.

    On October 4, 2018, the Company issued an aggregate of 700,000 shares of the Company's common stock at a net price of $18.90 per share. The total net proceeds of the offerings, before expenses, was approximately $13.2 million.  The shares were sold at a 1.9% discount to the prior day closing price and above then current NAV of $18.87.

    Additionally, I-45 SLF has total commitments outstanding of $165 million from a group of four bank lenders in its Deutsche Bank led credit facility, which is scheduled to mature in July 2022. As of December 31, 2018, I-45 SLF had $154 million in borrowings outstanding under its credit facility.

    Share Repurchase Program

    On January 25, 2016, Capital Southwest announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $10.0 million of its common stock at prices significantly below the Company’s net asset value per share as reported in its most recent financial statements. The Board authorized the share repurchase program because it believes that the Company’s common stock may be undervalued from time to time due to market volatility.

    During the quarter ended December 31, 2018, the Company repurchased 10,452 shares of common stock at an average price of $17.72 per share, including commissions paid. Cumulative to date, the Company has repurchased a total of 46,363 shares at an average price of $16.67 per share, including commissions paid. The Company currently has approximately $9.2 million available for additional repurchases under the program.

    Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Results Conference Call and Webcast

    Capital Southwest has scheduled a conference call on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the third quarter 2019 financial results.  You may access the call by dialing (866) 502-8274 and using the Conference ID 1997799 at least 10 minutes before the call.  The call can also be accessed using the Investor Relations section of Capital Southwest's website at www.capitalsouthwest.com, or by using http://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/hnmibvsd.

    A telephonic replay will be available through February 12, 2019 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and using the Conference ID 1997799.  An audio archive of the conference call will also be available on the Investor Relations section of Capital Southwest’s website.

    For a more detailed discussion of the financial and other information included in this press release, please refer to the Capital Southwest Form 10-Q for the period ended December 31, 2018 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Capital Southwest’s Third Fiscal Quarter 2019 Earnings Presentation to be posted on the Investor Relations section of Capital Southwest’s website at www.capitalsouthwest.com.

    About Capital Southwest

    Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq: CSWC) is a Dallas, Texas-based, internally managed business development company with approximately $318 million in net assets as of December 31, 2018. Capital Southwest is a middle market lending firm focused on supporting the acquisition and growth of middle market businesses with $5 million to $25 million investments across the capital structure, including first lien, unitranche, second lien, subordinated debt and non-control equity co-investments. As a public company with a permanent capital base, Capital Southwest has the flexibility to be creative in its financing solutions and to invest to support the growth of its portfolio companies over long periods of time.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains historical information and forward-looking statements with respect to the business and investments of Capital Southwest. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical statements and can often be identified by words such as "will," "believe," "expect" and similar expressions and variations or negatives of these words. These statements are based on management's current expectations, assumptions and beliefs. They are not guarantees of future results and are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. These risks include risks related to changes in the markets in which Capital Southwest invests, changes in the financial and lending markets, regulatory changes, tax treatment and general economic and business conditions.

    Readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and are encouraged to review Capital Southwest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2018 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of the risks and other factors that could affect any forward-looking statements. Except as required by the federal securities laws, Capital Southwest does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changing circumstances or any other reason after the date of this press release.

    Investor Relations Contact:

    Michael S. Sarner, Chief Financial Officer

    (In thousands, except shares and per share data)
     December 31, March 31,
     2018 2018
    Investments at fair value:   
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (Cost: $285,698 and $200,981, respectively)$287,246  $199,949 
    Affiliate investments (Cost: $78,980 and $51,648, respectively)77,866  53,198 
    Control investments (Cost: $89,971 and $82,768, respectively)131,628  139,948 
    Total investments (Cost: $454,649 and $335,397, respectively)496,740  393,095 
    Cash and cash equivalents10,774  7,907 
    Dividends and interest7,773  5,219 
    Escrow370  119 
    Other681  447 
    Income tax receivable167  109 
    Deferred tax asset2,294  2,050 
    Debt issuance costs (net of accumulated amortization of $1,634 and $1,041, respectively)3,533  2,575 
    Other assets1,449  5,969 
    Total assets$523,781  $417,490 
    Notes (Par value: $77,136 and $57,500, respectively)$74,960  $55,305 
    Credit facility122,000  40,000 
    Other liabilities6,280  6,245 
    Dividends payable  4,525 
    Accrued restoration plan liability2,865  2,937 
    Deferred income taxes  190 
    Total liabilities206,105  109,202 
    Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)   
    Net Assets   
    Common stock, $0.25 par value: authorized, 25,000,000 shares; issued, 19,572,934 shares at December 31, 2018 and 18,501,298 shares at March 31, 20184,893  4,625 
    Additional paid-in capital276,899  260,713 
    Total distributable earnings59,821  66,887 
    Treasury stock - at cost, 2,339,512 shares(23,937) (23,937)
    Total net assets317,676  308,288 
    Total liabilities and net assets$523,781  $417,490 
    Net asset value per share (17,233,422 shares outstanding at December 31, 2018 and 16,161,786 shares outstanding at March 31, 2018)$18.43  $19.08 

    (In thousands, except shares and per share data)
     Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
     December 31, December 31,
     2018 2017 2018 2017
    Investment income:       
    Interest income:       
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments$7,744  $5,420  $20,825  $14,858 
    Affiliate investments1,886  142  5,136  423 
    Control investments440    983   
    Dividend income:       
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments95  31  120  91 
    Affiliate investments    82   
    Control investments3,257  3,118  9,383  9,221 
    Interest income from cash and cash equivalents12  4  21  16 
    Fees and other income437  304  1,022  643 
    Total investment income13,871  9,019  37,572  25,252 
    Operating expenses:       
    Compensation2,007  1,885  5,880  5,129 
    Spin-off compensation plan  172    517 
    Share-based compensation607  479  1,564  1,231 
    Interest3,347  1,275  8,829  2,924 
    Professional fees390  245  1,285  1,205 
    Net pension expense40  42  119  123 
    General and administrative704  620  2,322  2,171 
    Total operating expenses7,095  4,718  19,999  13,300 
    Income before taxes6,776  4,301  17,573  11,952 
    Income tax (benefit) expense101  (362) 736  (84)
    Net investment income$6,675  $4,663  $16,837  $12,036 
    Realized gain       
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments$1,849  $527  $2,066  $1,361 
    Affiliate investments  90  77  90 
    Control investments34    18,653   
    Total net realized gain on investments before income tax1,883  617  20,796  1,451 
    Change in unrealized appreciation of investments       
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments(4,860) 708  1,549  (3,458)
    Affiliate investments(95) (173) (1,634) (827)
    Control investments564  4,500  (15,523) 14,995 
    Income tax (provision) benefit153  (72) 535  133 
    Total net change in unrealized appreciation of investments, net of tax(4,238) 4,963  (15,073) 10,843 
    Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains on investments$(2,355) $5,580  $5,723  $12,294 
    Net increase in net assets from operations$4,320  $10,243  $22,560  $24,330 
    Pre-tax net investment income per share - basic and diluted$0.40  $0.27  $1.06  $0.74 
    Net investment income per share – basic and diluted$0.39  $0.29  $1.02  $0.75 
    Net increase in net assets from operations – basic and diluted$0.25  $0.64  $1.36  $1.52 
    Weighted average shares outstanding – basic17,120,357  16,104,806  16,541,102  16,041,696 
    Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted17,122,925  16,176,436  16,543,524  16,109,122