Solar Capital Ltd. Announces Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 Financial Results; Declares Quarterly Distribution of $0.40 per Share for Q3, 2017

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Aug 1, 2017) – Solar Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: SLRC) (the “Company” or “Solar Capital”), today reported net income of $18.8 million, or $0.44 per share, and net investment income of $16.1 million, or $0.38 per share, for the second quarter.
At June 30, 2017, net asset value (NAV) was $21.79 per share, up $0.04 per share from the prior quarter. At quarter end, the investment portfolio, on a cost basis, remained over 99% performing. At June 30, the fair value of the Company’s Comprehensive Investment Portfolio* was $1.38 billion.
The Company’s Board of Directors declared a third quarter distribution of $0.40 per share payable on October 3, 2017 to stockholders of record on September 21, 2017. The specific tax characteristics will be reported to stockholders on Form 1099 after the end of the calendar year.
HIGHLIGHTS:
At June 30, 2017:
Comprehensive Investment portfolio* fair value: $1.38 billion
Number of portfolio companies*: 86
Net assets: $920.9 million
Net asset value per share: $21.79
Portfolio Activity** for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017:
Investments made during the quarter: $20.8 million
Investments prepaid and sold during the quarter: $161.6 million
Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017:
Net investment income: $16.1 million
Net realized and unrealized gain: $2.7 million
Net increase in net assets from operations: $18.8 million
Net income per share: $0.44
Net investment income per share: $0.38
* The Comprehensive Investment Portfolio is comprised of Solar Capital Ltd.’s investment portfolio, Crystal Financial’s full portfolio, and the senior secured loans held by Senior Secured Unitranche Loan Program LLC (“SSLP”) and Senior Secured Unitranche Loan Program II LLC (“SSLP II”) attributable to the Company (and excludes the fair value of the equity interests in Crystal Financial, SSLP and SSLP II).
** Includes investment activity through SSLP and SSLP II attributable to the Company.
“The credit quality of our highly-diversified, predominantly senior secured, floating rate portfolio continues to reflect our disciplined underwriting and is over 99% performing. In a period of heated market conditions, Solar Capital remains highly selective and was able to maintain its portfolio yield without compromising credit quality or taking on significant risk,” said Michael Gross, Chairman and CEO of Solar Capital Ltd. “We are excited about our acquisition of Nations Equipment Finance, or ‘NEF,’ an equipment finance company that provides senior secured financings. Our investment in NEF is an important step in Solar Capital’s ongoing commitment to expand its direct lending channels, diversify our sources of growth, and further enhance Solar Capital’s platform as a specialty finance provider. The addition of NEF’s sourcing channel enhances Solar’s flexibility to originate investments across multiple business lines in order to find the best risk reward opportunities while also increasing the earnings power of Solar’s portfolio.”
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host an earnings conference call and audio webcast at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. All interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (844) 889-7786 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call; international callers should dial (661) 378-9930. Participants should reference Solar Capital Ltd. and the participant passcode of 49504263 when prompted. A telephone replay will be available until August 16, 2017, and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 and using the passcode 49504263. International callers should dial (404) 537-3406. This conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through Solar Capital’s website, www.solarcapltd.com. To listen to the webcast, please go to the Company’s website prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software. For those who are not able to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the webcast will be available soon after the call.
Portfolio and Investment Activity
Investment Activity
During the three months ended June 30, 2017, Solar Capital had gross originations of $20.8 million across 9 portfolio companies, including its ownership of investments made by SSLP and SSLP II. Investments sold or prepaid during the quarter ended June 30, 2017 totaled approximately $161.6 million, including repayments within SSLP and SSLP II attributable to the Company.
Portfolio Composition 
At June 30, 2017, the weighted average yield on our income-producing investments, inclusive of our equity interests in Crystal Financial, SSLP and SSLP II, was 10.1%, measured at fair value, and 10.5%, measured at amortized cost. As of June 30, 2017, we had one issuer on non-accrual status, representing 0.70% of the cost of the investment portfolio and 0.00% of fair value.
Our Comprehensive Investment Portfolio composition at June 30, 2017 was as follows:

 
 
 
 
 

Comprehensive Portfolio Composition, measured at fair value:
 
Amount ($mm)
 
%

Senior secured loans – excluding Life Science
 
$513.8
 
37.4%

Senior secured loans – Life Science
 
$214.8
 
15.6%

Senior secured loans in SSLP and SSLP II, attributable to Solar Capital
 
$242.0
 
17.6%

Crystal Financial’s full portfolio of senior secured loans
 
$373.2
 
27.1%

Total Senior Secured Loans
 
$1,343.8
 
97.7%

Unsecured Securities
 
$0.0
 
0.0%

Equity and equity-like securities, excluding Crystal Financial, SSLP and SSLP II Membership Interests  
$31.9
 
2.3%

Total Comprehensive Investment Portfolio
 
$1,375.7
 
100.0%

Floating Rate Investments as % of the Income-producing Comprehensive Portfolio
 
$1,309.4
 
96.4%

 
 
 
 
 

The Comprehensive Portfolio is diversified across 86 unique issuers across 34 distinct industries and with an average exposure of $16.0 million or 1.2% per issuer.
Crystal Financial
At June 30, 2017, Crystal Financial’s $373.2 million funded portfolio consisted of senior secured loans from 24 issuers with an average exposure of $15.6 million. One hundred percent of Crystal’s investments are senior-secured loans and approximately 98.9% are floating-rate. For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, Crystal Financial invested approximately $89.9 million and had investments repaid or sold of approximately $63.7 million. For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, Crystal Financial distributed $7.9 million to Solar Capital, consistent with the prior quarter, resulting in an annualized distribution yield, at cost, of approximately 11.3%.
Life Science Lending Platform
The fair value of the life science first lien senior secured portfolio was $214.8 million at June 30, 2017, consisting of first lien loans to 24 different borrowers, with an average loan balance of $9.0 million. At June 30, 2017, the weighted average yield of the life science loan portfolio was 11.5% at fair value and 12.0%, measured at cost. The weighted average IRR on all realized life science investments from inception through June 30, 2017 is 18.4%, including realized warrants.
On February 22, 2017, Solar Capital and its affiliates announced the formation of the Solar Life Science Program LLC (“LSJV”). LSJV is expected to invest the majority of its assets in first lien loans to publicly-traded companies in the U.S. life science industry. Solar Capital has committed $50 million of the $350 million equity committed to the joint venture. The joint venture has established a pipeline of investment opportunities to effectuate the ramping of the LSJV’s investment portfolio.
Senior Secured Unitranche Loan Program
As of June 30, 2017, the Company and Voya contributed combined equity capital in the amount of $116.4 million of a total commitment of $200 million to SSLP. At June 30, 2017, the SSLP’s portfolio consisted of $172.6 million of floating rate senior secured loans to 10 different borrowers. During the quarter, SSLP invested $1.5 million across two portfolio companies. Investments prepaid and amortization totaled $33.5 million during the same period. At June 30, 2017, the weighted average asset level yield of the SSLP’s portfolio was 7.7%, measured at fair value and 7.8%, measured at cost.
At June 30, 2017, SSLP had drawn $57.7 million under its $200 million revolver credit facility. The annualized return on average equity for Q2 2017 was 9.8% for SSLP. SSLP is expected to achieve low teens ROE once the vehicle is fully ramped.
Senior Secured Unitranche Loan Program II
As of June 30, 2017, the Company and WFI contributed combined equity capital in the amount of $63.7 million of a total commitment of $93 million to SSLP II. At June 30, 2017, the SSLP II portfolio consisted of $112.7 million of floating rate senior secured loans to 15 different borrowers. During the quarter, SSLP II invested $12.3 million across five portfolio companies. Investments prepaid and amortization totaled $11.2 million during the same period. At June 30, 2017, the weighted average asset level yield of the SSLP II portfolio was 7.5%, measured at fair value and 8.0%, measured at cost.
At June 30, 2017, SSLP II had drawn $48.3 million under its $100 million credit facility. The annualized return on average equity for Q2 2017 was 10.5% for SSLP II. SSLP II is expected to achieve low teens ROE once the vehicle is fully ramped.
Solar Capital Ltd.’s Results of Operations for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 compared to the Quarter Ended June 30, 2016.
Investment Income
For the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, gross investment income totaled $33.9 million and $41.4 million, respectively. The decrease in gross investment income for the year over year three month periods was primarily due to an increase in the volume of prepayments which reduced the size of the income-producing portfolio.
Expenses
Expenses totaled $17.8 million and $21.8 million, respectively, for the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016. The decrease in expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 versus the three months ended June 30, 2016 was primarily due to lower management and performance-based incentive fees on a smaller portfolio.
Net Investment Income
Net investment income totaled $16.1 million and $19.5 million, or $0.38 and $0.46 per average share, respectively, for the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016.
Net Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss)
Net realized and unrealized gain for the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 totaled approximately $2.7 million and $15.7 million, respectively.
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting From Operations
For the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, the Company had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $18.8 million and $35.2 million, respectively. For the quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, earnings per average share were $0.44 and $0.83, respectively.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of June 30, 2017, we had a total of $395.0 million of unused borrowing capacity under the Company’s revolving credit facility, subject to borrowing base limits.
Portfolio and Asset Quality
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, with one representing the least amount of risk.
As of June 30, 2017, the composition of our portfolio, on a risk ratings basis, was as follows:

 
 
 
 
 

Internal Investment Rating
 
Investments at Fair Value
 
% of Total Portfolio

1
 
$87.3
 
7.2%

2
 
$1,081.5
 
88.7%

3
  $49.6
 
4.1%

4
 
$1.0
 
>0.0%

 
 
 
 
 

Recent Event
On August 1, 2017, Solar Capital announced that it acquired NEF Holdings, LLC (“NEF”), which conducts its business through its wholly-owned subsidiary Nations Equipment Finance LLC. NEF is an independent equipment finance company that provides senior secured financings to U.S. based companies. Solar Capital invested approximately $210 million in this strategy to effect the transaction which closed on July 31, 2017.
Financial Statements and Tables

 

SOLAR CAPITAL LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

(in thousands, except share amounts)

 

 
 
June 30, 2017 (unaudited)
 
 
December 31, 2016
 

Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Investments at fair value:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies less than 5% owned (cost: $725,999 and $815,955, respectively)
 
$
720,088
 
 
$
804,783
 

 
Companies 5% to 25% owned (cost: $8,511 and $8,511, respectively)
 
 

 
 
 
777
 

 
Companies more than 25% owned (cost: $478,983 and $477,491, respectively)
 
 
499,280
 
 
 
499,218
 

Cash
 
 
3,402
 
 
 
2,152
 

Cash equivalents (cost: $399,578 and $309,894, respectively)
 
 
399,578
 
 
 
309,894
 

Receivable for investments sold
 
 
7,632
 
 
 
13,602
 

Interest receivable
 
 
6,541
 
 
 
8,079
 

Dividends receivable  
 
11,595
 
 
 
10,952
 

Other receivable
 
 
58
 
 
 
54
 

Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
 
1,313
 
 
 
1,036
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Total assets
 
$
1,649,487
 
 
$
1,650,547
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Revolving credit facility
 
$

 
 
$
115,200
 

Unsecured senior notes due 2022
 
 
150,000
 
 
 
50,000
 

Unsecured senior notes due 2042 ($100,000 and $100,000 face amounts, respectively, reported net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $2,831 and $2,886, respectively.)
 
 
97,169
 
 
 
97,114
 

Senior secured notes
 
 

 
 
 
75,000
 

Term loan
 
 
50,000
 
 
 
50,000
 

Distributions payable
 
 
16,904
 
 
 
16,899
 

Payable for investments and cash equivalents purchased
 
 
399,578
 
   
309,894
 

Management fee payable
 
 
6,567
 
 
 
6,870
 

Performance-based incentive fee payable
 
 
3,983
 
 
 
4,412
 

Interest payable
 
 
1,873
 
 
 
2,225
 

Administrative services expense payable
 
 
1,556
 
 
 
3,289
 

Other liabilities and accrued expenses
 
 
933
 
 
 
1,137
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Total liabilities
 
$
728,563
 
 
$
732,040
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Net Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 200,000,000 and 200,000,000 common shares authorized, respectively, and 42,260,826 and 42,248,525 shares issued and outstanding, respectively
 
$
423
 
 
$
422
 

Paid-in capital in excess of par
 
 
990,011
 
 
 
989,732
 

Distributions in excess of net investment income  
 
(13,242
)
 
 
(11,847
)

Accumulated net realized loss
 
 
(62,143
)
 
 
(62,621
)

Net unrealized appreciation
 
 
5,875
 
 
 
2,821
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Total net assets
 
$
920,924
 
 
$
918,507
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Net Asset Value Per Share
 
$
21.79
 
 
$
21.74
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

SOLAR CAPITAL LTD.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

(in thousands, except share amounts)

 

 
 
Three months ended
 

 
 
June 30, 2017
 
 
June 30, 2016
 

INVESTMENT INCOME:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Interest:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies less than 5% owned
 
$
21,599
 
 
$
30,702
 

 
Companies more than 25% owned
 
 
308
 
 
 
477
 

Dividends:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies less than 5% owned
 
 
6
 
 
 

 

 
Companies more than 25% owned
 
 
11,676
 
 
 
9,866
 

Other income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies less than 5% owned
 
 
237
 
 
 
299
 

 
Companies more than 25% owned
 
 
62
 
 
 
25
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Total investment income
 
 
33,888
 
 
 
41,369
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EXPENSES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Management fees
 
$
6,567
 
 
$
7,179
 

Performance-based incentive fees
 
 
3,983
 
 
 
5,877
 

Interest and other credit facility expenses
   
4,957
 
 
 
5,543
 

Administrative services expense
 
 
1,313
 
 
 
1,481
 

Other general and administrative expenses
 
 
989
 
 
 
1,756
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Total expenses
 
 
17,809
 
 
 
21,836
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Net investment income
 
$
16,079
 
 
$
19,533
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND FOREIGN CURRENCIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Net realized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies less than 5% owned
 
$
(90
)
 
$
38
 

 
Companies 5% to 25% owned
 
 
(4
)
 
 
(100
)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Net realized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents
 
 
(94
)
 
 
(62
)

Net realized gain (loss) on foreign currencies
 
 

 
 
 
1
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Net realized gain (loss)
 
 
(94
)
 
 
(61
)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies less than 5% owned
 
 
4,441
 
 
 
14,022
 

 
Companies 5% to 25% owned
 
 

 
 
 
853
 

 
Companies more than 25% owned
 
 
(1,643
)
 
 
829
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents
 
 
2,798
 
 
 
15,704
 

Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on foreign currencies
 
 

 
 
 
(1 )

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Net change in unrealized gain (loss)
 
 
2,798
 
 
 
15,703
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments, cash equivalents and foreign currencies
 
 
2,704
 
 
 
15,642
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS
 
$
18,783
 
 
$
35,175
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EARNINGS PER SHARE
 
$
0.44
 
 
$
0.83
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About Solar Capital Ltd.
Solar Capital Ltd. is a closed-end investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company invests primarily in leveraged, middle market companies in the form of senior secured loans, unitranche loans, mezzanine loans, and equity securities.
Forward-Looking Statements
Statements included herein may constitute “forward-looking statements,” which relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Solar Capital Ltd. undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.
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