Solar Senior Capital Ltd. Announces Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 Financial Results; Declares Monthly Distribution of $0.1175 per Share for August 2017

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Aug 1, 2017) –  Solar Senior Capital Ltd. (the “Company” “Solar Senior” or “SUNS”) (NASDAQ: SUNS), today reported net investment income of $5.7 million, or $0.35 per average share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.
At June 30, 2017, the net asset value (NAV) per share was $16.79. At June 30, the fair value of the Company’s Comprehensive Investment Portfolio* was $440.9 million, with 100% of the portfolio performing.
The Company’s Board of Directors declared a monthly distribution for August of $0.1175 per share payable on August 31, 2017 to stockholders of record on August 17, 2017. Tax characteristics of all distributions will be reported to shareholders on Form 1099 after the end of the calendar year.
HIGHLIGHTS:
At June 30, 2017:
   Comprehensive Investment portfolio* fair value: $440.9 million
   Number of portfolio companies*: 54
   Net assets: $269.1 million
   Net asset value per share: $16.79
Portfolio Activity** for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017
   Investments made during the quarter: $34.2 million
   Investments prepaid or sold during the quarter: $36.5 million
Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2017
   Net investment income: $5.7 million
   Net realized and unrealized loss: $0.4 million
   Net increase in net assets from operations: $5.2 million
   Net investment income per average share: $0.35
* The Comprehensive Investment Portfolio is comprised of Solar Senior Capital Ltd.’s investment portfolio and the senior secured loans held by the First Lien Loan Program (“FLLP”) attributable to the Company and excludes the fair value of the equity interest in FLLP.
** Includes investment activity through FLLP attributable to the Company.
“We are extremely pleased with the credit quality of our highly-diversified, senior secured, predominantly floating rate portfolio, which is 100% performing,” said Michael Gross, Chairman and CEO of Solar Senior Capital Ltd. “In spite of elevated repayments in a frothy market, we’ve maintained our portfolio size, credit quality, and portfolio yield by selectively investing in first lien senior secured loans that meet our strict underwriting standards.”
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host an earnings conference call and audio webcast at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. All interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (844) 889-7785 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call; international callers should dial (661) 378-9929. Participants should reference Solar Senior Capital Ltd. and the participant passcode of 49460866 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 49460866. 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 Senior Capital’s website, www.solarseniorcap.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 Senior Capital had gross originations of $34.2 million across 12 portfolio companies, including its ownership of investments made by FLLP. Investments repaid or sold during the quarter ended June 30, 2017 totaled approximately $36.5 million, including repayments within FLLP 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 Gemino and FLLP, was 8.2%, measured at fair value and amortized cost, compared to 8.0% measured at fair value and 7.9% measured at cost at March 31, 2017. As of June 30, 2017, 100% of the portfolio was performing.
The characteristics of our Comprehensive Investment Portfolio at June 30, 2017 were as follows:

 
 
 
 
 

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

Senior secured loans
 
$301.2
 
68.3%

Senior secured loans in FLLP, attributable to the Company
 
$104.3
 
23.7%

Gemino Healthcare Finance, whose diversified loan portfolio is comprised entirely of floating rate senior secured loans
 
$35.3
 
8.0%

Total Senior Secured Loans
 
$440.8
 
100.0%

Equity and equity-like securities, excluding Gemino Healthcare Finance and FLLP Membership Interests
 
< $0.1
 
< 0.0%

Total Comprehensive Investment Portfolio
 
$440.9
 
 

Floating Rate Investments and as a % of the income-producing Comprehensive Portfolio
 
$427.7
 
97.0%

The Comprehensive Portfolio is diversified across 54 unique issuers across 22 industries and with an average issuer exposure of $8.2 million, or 1.9% of the portfolio, at June 30, 2017.
Gemino Healthcare Finance LLC
At June 30, 2017, Gemino’s $120.7 million funded portfolio consists of senior secured loans from 36 issuers with an average funded exposure of $3.4 million. One hundred percent of Gemino’s investments are floating rate, senior secured cash-pay loans. For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, Gemino invested approximately $13.3 million and had investments repaid of approximately $0.3 million. For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, Gemino distributed $924 thousand to SUNS, consistent with the prior quarter, resulting in an annualized distribution yield, at cost, of approximately 11.25%.
First Lien Loan Program LLC
As of June 30, 2017, the Company and Voya contributed combined equity capital in the amount of $47.1 million of a total commitment of $58.0 million to FLLP. At June 30, 2017, FLLP’s portfolio, at fair value, consisted of $119.3 million of senior secured loans to 25 different borrowers with an average issuer exposure of $4.8 million. During the quarter, FLLP invested $3.7 million across 6 portfolio companies. Investments prepaid and amortization totaled $8.6 million during the same period. At June 30, 2017, the weighted average asset level yield of FLLP’s portfolio was 6.9%, measured at fair value and 6.8% measured at cost. As of June 30, 2017, 100% of FLLP’s portfolio was performing.
At June 30, 2017, FLLP had $76.1 million drawn under its $100 million credit facility. For the quarter ended June 30, 2017, FLLP distributed $1.0 million to the Company. The annualized return on average equity for Q2 2017 was 11.1%.
Life Science Lending
On February 22, 2017, Solar Senior 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 Senior Capital has committed $75 million of equity to the joint venture. The joint venture has established a pipeline of investment opportunities to effectuate the ramping of LSJV’s investment portfolio.
Results of Operations for Quarter Ended June 30, 2017 Compared to the Quarter Ended June 30, 2016
Investment Income
For the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, gross investment income totaled $7.7 million and $6.7 million, respectively.
Expenses
Net expenses totaled $2.0 million and $2.6 million, respectively, for the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016. For the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2016, $0.8 million and $0.2 million, respectively, of management and performance-based incentive fees were voluntarily waived by the Company’s investment manager.
Net Investment Income
Net investment income was $5.7 million or $0.35 per average share and $4.1 million and $0.35 per average share for the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Net Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss)
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) for the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 totaled approximately ($0.4) million and $0.6 million, respectively.
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting From Operations
For the fiscal quarters ended June 30, 2017, and June 30, 2016, the Company had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $5.2 million and $4.7 million, respectively. For the same periods, earnings per average share were $0.33 and $0.41, respectively.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
At June 30, 2017, the Company had $109.3 million in borrowings outstanding on its $200 million Credit Facility and $90.7 million of unused debt capacity, 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 the SUNS’ portfolio, on a risk ratings basis, was as follows:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Internal Performance Rating
 
Investments at Fair Value
 
% of Total Portfolio
 
 

 
1
 
$59.4
 
15.8%
 
 

 
2
 
$296.2
 
78.9%
 
 

 
3
 
$19.6
 
5.2%
 
 

 
4
 
$0.1
 
< 0.1%
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOLAR SENIOR 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: $305,031 and $295,037, respectively)
 
$
299,372
 
 
$
289,399
 

 
 
Companies 5% to 25% owned (cost: $3,768 and $3,710, respectively)
 
 
1,953
 
 
 
1,825
 

 
 
Companies more than 25% owned (cost: $74,026 and $74,026, respectively)
 
 
73,960
 
 
 
74,310
 

Cash
 
 
3,502
 
 
 
11,876
 

Cash equivalents (cost: $99,894 and $139,952, respectively)
 
 
99,894
 
 
 
139,952
 

Dividends receivable
 
 
1,551
 
 
 
1,422
 

Interest receivable
 
 
1,103
 
 
 
1,463
 

Other receivable
 
 
20
 
 
 
19
 

Receivable for investments sold
 
 
49
 
 
 
1,450
 

Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
 
371
 
 
 
273
 

 
 
Total assets
 
$
481,775  
 
$
521,989
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Liabilities
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Credit facility payable
 
$
109,300
 
 
$
98,300
 

Payable for investments and cash equivalents purchased
 
 
99,894
 
 
 
151,312
 

Distributions payable
 
 
1,884
 
 
 
1,883
 

Management fee payable
 
 
267
 
 
 
104
 

Interest payable
 
 
299
 
 
 
241
 

Administrative services expense payable
 
 
526
 
 
 
621
 

Other liabilities and accrued expenses
 
 
514
 
 
 
383
 

 
 
Total liabilities
 
$
212,684
 
 
$
252,844
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Net Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
   

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 200,000,000 and 200,000,000 common shares authorized, respectively, and 16,031,117 and 16,025,011 issued and outstanding, respectively
 
$
160
 
 
$
160
 

Paid-in capital in excess of par
 
 
287,621
 
 
 
287,515
 

Distributions in excess of net investment income
 
 
(5,342
)
 
 
(5,342
)

Accumulated net realized loss
 
 
(5,808
)
 
 
(5,949
)

Net unrealized depreciation
 
 
(7,540
)
 
 
(7,239
)

 
 
Total net assets
 
$
269,091
 
 
$
269,145
 

 
Net Asset Value Per Share
 
$
16.79
 
 
$
16.80
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SOLAR SENIOR 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
 
$
5,610
 
$
4,867
 

 
Companies 5% to 25% owned
 
 
52
 
 
52
 

Dividends:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies more than 25% owned
 
 
1,923
 
 
1,703
 

Other income:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Companies less than 5% owned
 
 
54
 
 
43
 

 
Companies more than 25% owned
 
 
19
 
 
16
 

 
 
Total investment income
 
 
7,658
 
 
6,681
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

EXPENSES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Management fees
 
$
959
 
$
834
 

Performance-based incentive fees
 
 
122
 
 
465
 

Interest and other credit facility expenses
 
 
896
   
913
 

Administrative services expense
 
 
367
 
 
299
 

Other general and administrative expenses
 
 
477
 
 
332
 

 
 
Total expenses
 
 
2,821
 
 
2,843
 

Management fees waived
 
 
(692
)
 

 

Performance-based incentive fees waived
 
 
(122
)
 
(228
)

 
 
Net expenses
 
 
2,007
 
 
2,615
 

 
 
 
Net investment income
 
$
5,651
 
$
4,066
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

 
Net realized gain on investments and cash equivalents (companies less than 5% owned)
 
$
38
 
$
22
 

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

 
Companies less than 5% owned
 
 
21
 
 
14
 

 
Companies 5% to 25% owned
 
 
—  
 
(94
)

 
Companies more than 25% owned
 
 
(481
)
 
666
 

Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents
 
 
(460
)
 
586
 

 
 
 
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents
 
 
(422
)
 
608
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS
 
$
5,229
 
$
4,674
 

EARNINGS PER SHARE
 
$
0.33
 
$
0.41
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About Solar Senior Capital Ltd.
Solar Senior 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 including first lien and second lien debt instruments.
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, condition 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 Senior Capital Ltd. undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.
Contact
Solar Senior Capital Ltd.
Investor Relations
(646) 308-8770

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