SOURCE: Rand Capital Corporation

Rand Capital Corporation

November 02, 2016 16:22 ET

Rand Capital Invests $2.0 Million During Third Quarter of 2016

BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwired - November 02, 2016) -

  • Added two new technology companies to portfolio
  • Provided follow-on capital to support growth of four existing portfolio companies
  • Strong cash position with $11.7 million at quarter end; building investment income remains priority
  • Net Asset Value per share was $5.20 at September 30

Rand Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: RAND) ("Rand"), a venture capital company whose focus is primarily to make equity investments in companies with emerging product, service or technology concepts, announced its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Allen F. ("Pete") Grum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rand Capital, commented, "Our growth strategy is centered on building value in our portfolio. To that end, we made solid progress during the quarter by putting more of our cash to work. We expanded our portfolio with two new investments, both of which are technology-oriented companies located in Western New York. PostProcess Technologies provides automated and intelligent post-processing solutions for 3D printed parts. ACV Auctions offers a unique user application for the used-car dealer industry. We also provided additional capital to four portfolio companies that are successfully advancing their growth strategies."

He noted, "While we are always focused on long-term capital appreciation, our current investment priority is to fund debt instruments or dividend-paying companies to build investment income in support of our operating expenses. Approximately 60% of our third quarter investments were in the form of debt instruments."

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Reported $5.20 net asset value (NAV) per share at September 30, 2016, down $0.01 per share from September 30, 2015, due to unrealized depreciation on certain investments and lower net investment income
  • Invested $300,000 in PostProcess Technologies LLC and $163,000 in ACV Auctions, Inc. during the quarter, new additions to the Rand portfolio
  • Supported existing portfolio companies with approximately $1.5 million of capital during the quarter:
    • GENICON, Inc. $600,000
    • Intrinsiq Materials, Inc. $421,546
    • Tilson Technology Management, Inc. $400,000
    • SciAps, Inc. $100,000
  • In line with goal to grow investment income in the near term, year-to-date 2016 investments are expected to generate in excess of $400,000 in annualized interest income
  • Portfolio fair value of $27.6 million and cash of $11.7 million at the end of the 2016 third quarter

Dividend and other investment income was down approximately $455,000 in the third quarter of 2016, compared with the 2015 third quarter. Consistent with the second quarter comparison, the decline was primarily the result of the 2016 first quarter sale of Gemcor, a large dividend and interest generating asset. Additionally, operating expenses in the current quarter were up approximately $90,000 compared with last year's third quarter, primarily due to higher professional fees related to the evaluation of strategic options. Finally, net realized and unrealized losses were approximately $510,000 higher than those in last year's third quarter, resulting from the Company's review and adjustment to the market value of certain investments in its portfolio.

Selected portfolio highlights:

  • GENICON, Inc. (http://geniconendo.com/) is recognized as an emerging leader in the design, production and distribution of patented surgical instrumentation focused exclusively on laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgery. Value obtained through cutting edge design and focus "by surgeons, for surgeons" is believed to be what differentiates GENICON from others in the industry. Rand provided a $0.6 million term loan in the third quarter, supporting the company's product development and global growth initiatives. This is the fourth follow-on since the initial investment in April 2015, and brings Rand's total investment in GENICON to approximately $2.7 million at September 30, 2016.
  • Rhēonix, Inc. (http://rheonix.com/) develops fully automated microfluidic-based molecular assays. Rhēonix has developed the Encompass Optimum™ platform, a highly customizable technology believed to have unmatched versatility and affordability for use in research laboratories. The platform performs fully automated, complex molecular assays in an easy-to-use and economical format on the Rhēonix CARD® cartridge. Recent business advancements include expansion in food and beverage testing with the introduction of a unique workstation specific to the industry and also the launch of revolutionary technology for rapid detection of beer spoilers. As of September 30, 2016, Rhēonix was Rand's highest valued investment at approximately $2.9 million, consisting of common and preferred shares. Its initial investment was made in October 2009.
  • ACV Auctions, Inc. (https://www.acvauctions.com/), a new investment this quarter, is an advanced mobile platform that enables used car dealers to view, bid and purchase car inventory via online auctions. These auctions are conducted from franchise dealer lots and last just 20 minutes, saving dealers time and money. The company recently raised $5 million in venture funding, of which Rand invested $163,000 for preferred shares.

Mr. Grum stated, "Several of our portfolio companies are maturing well and we believe could reach an exit stage over the next two to five years. These include Rhēonix, SciAps, Outmatch, SocialFlow, Microcision and Genicon. With successful exits and strong returns on our invested capital, we expect that net asset value can grow at, or above, the 10% compound annual growth rate that we achieved over the last five years."

As of September 30, 2016, Rand's portfolio consisted of 33 businesses. At the end of the third quarter, the portfolio was comprised of approximately 64% in equity investments and 36% in debt investments, compared with 82% in equity investments and 18% in debt investments at the same time last year.

Capital Allocation Emphasis and Growth Strategy

Rand's priority for allocating capital continues to be investment in its portfolio. The Board of Directors has also authorized a share repurchase program, under which the Company purchased approximately 6,550 shares during the third quarter of 2016. Approximately 459,000 shares remain authorized for repurchase under the program, which was recently extended by the Board through October 19, 2017. Rand will opportunistically use its capital to repurchase shares as a means of returning capital to shareholders.

Rand's growth strategy is to increase net asset value by capitalizing on maturing investments and leveraging those returns for further investment. Rand invests in companies at various stages of maturity with new or unique products or services that offer competitive advantages and compelling future potential.

ABOUT RAND CAPITAL
Rand Capital (NASDAQ: RAND) provides investors the ability to participate in venture capital opportunities through an investment in the Company's stock. Rand is a Business Development Company (BDC), and its wholly-owned subsidiary is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC). Rand focuses its equity investments in early or expansion stage companies and generally lends to more mature companies. Rand looks for strong leadership who is bringing to market new or unique products, technologies or services that have a high potential for growth. Additional information can be found at the Company's website where it regularly posts information: www.randcapital.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning future net asset value growth, investment returns and opportunities as well as Rand's plans for utilizing proceeds from sales of portfolio companies when and if received. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by such statements, including general economic and business conditions, conditions affecting the portfolio companies' markets, competitor responses, and market acceptance of their products and services and other factors disclosed in the Corporation's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Consequently, such forward looking statements should be regarded as the Corporation's current plans, estimates and beliefs. The Corporation assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this release.

 
Rand Capital Corporation and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
          
   September 30,      
   2016   December 31,  
   (Unaudited)   2015  
ASSETS           
 Investments at fair value:           
  Control investments (cost of $99,500 and $1,141,472, respectively)  $99,500   $13,916,472  
  Affiliate investments (cost of $18,239,623 and $17,663,217, respectively)   13,688,814    14,662,219  
  Non-Control/Non-affiliate investments (cost of $13,936,867 and $8,606,053, respectively).   13,789,967    8,253,709  
 Total investments, at fair value (cost of $32,275,990 and $27,410,742, respectively   27,578,281    36,832,400  
 Cash   11,708,164    5,844,795  
 Interest receivable (net of allowance: $122,000 at 9/30/16 and 12/31/15)   312,523    215,224  
 Deferred tax asset   1,087,252    -  
 Prepaid income taxes   -    65,228  
 Other assets   2,607,195    1,604,413  
   Total assets  $43,293,415   $44,562,060  
            
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (NET ASSETS)           
 Liabilities:           
 Debentures guaranteed by the SBA (net of debt issuance costs)  $7,820,923   $7,800,373  
 Income tax payable   826,983    -  
 Deferred tax liability   -    2,361,186  
 Profit sharing and bonus payable   1,593,659    282,000  
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses   153,233    238,911  
 Deferred revenue   53,483    25,930  
   Total liabilities   10,448,281    10,708,400  
            
 Stockholders' equity (net assets):           
 Common stock, $.10 par; shares authorized 10,000,000; shares issued 6,863,034;           
 shares outstanding of 6,321,988 as of 9/30/16 and 6,328,538 as of 12/31/15   686,304    686,304  
 Capital in excess of par value   10,581,789    10,581,789  
 Accumulated net investment loss   (1,375,832 )  (24,580 )
 Undistributed net realized gain on investments   27,515,011    18,262,401  
 Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments   (3,093,033 )  5,795,237  
 Treasury stock, at cost; 541,046 shares as of 9/30/16 and 534,496 as of 12/31/15   (1,469,105 )  (1,447,491 )
   Total stockholders' equity (net assets) (per share 9/30/16: $5.20, 12/31/15: $5.35)   32,845,134    33,853,660  
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $43,293,415   $44,562,060  
            
            
Rand Capital Corporation and Subsidiary
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
                  
   For the Quarter Ended
September 30,
  For the Nine Months Ended September 30,  
   2016   2015   2016   2015  
Investment income:                     
 Interest from portfolio companies:                     
 Control investments  $-   $18,336   $11,828   $60,756  
 Affiliate investments   113,643    100,678    273,218    312,329  
 Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments   110,395    61,312    240,027    176,534  
  Total interest from portfolio companies   224,038    180,326    525,073    549,619  
                       
 Interest from other investments:                     
  Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments   11,974    3,529    33,683    18,719  
   Total interest from other investments   11,974    3,529    33,683    18,719  
                       
 Dividend and other investment income:                     
  Control investments   -    460,947    -    1,364,306  
  Affiliate investments   69,010    65,810    149,807    124,239  
  Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments   3,011    -    3,011    -  
   Total dividend and other investment income   72,021    526,757    152,818    1,488,545  
                       
 Fee income:                     
  Control investments   -    2,000    2,000    6,000  
  Affiliate investments   2,083    1,417    3,945    3,250  
  Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments   5,770    4,250    13,004    12,417  
   Total fee income   7,853    7,667    18,949    21,667  
Total investment income   315,886    718,279    730,523    2,078,550  
                      
Operating expenses:                     
 Salaries   155,437    149,555    466,312    448,665  
 Bonus and profit sharing   -    -    1,411,659    -  
 Employee benefits   38,730    27,745    164,952    87,546  
 Directors' fees   47,380    37,950    142,135    89,000  
 Professional fees   86,938    33,702    237,986    127,204  
 Stockholders and office operating   50,846    41,716    174,882    156,830  
 Insurance   8,358    8,400    25,876    25,954  
 Corporate development   17,794    16,982    49,319    48,363  
 Other operating   3,495    3,099    9,470    8,973  
     408,978    319,149    2,682,591    992,535  
 Interest on SBA obligations   77,570    77,569    232,709    229,460  
 Total operating expenses   486,548    396,718    2,915,300    1,221,995  
Net investment (loss) income before income taxes   (170,662 )  321,561    (2,184,777 )  856,555  
 Income tax (benefit) expense   (55,934 )  88,298    (833,525 )  262,285  
Net investment (loss) income   (114,728 )  233,263    (1,351,252 )  594,270  
                      
Net realized gain on investments:                     
 Control investments   1,412,500    -    14,588,813    -  
 Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments   -    -    168,140    262,925  
 Net realized gain before income taxes   1,412,500    -    14,756,953    262,925  
 Income tax expense   526,862    -    5,504,343    89,742  
 Net realized gain on investments   885,638    -    9,252,610    173,183  
                      
Net change in unrealized depreciation or appreciation on investments:                     
 Control investments   (1,412,500 )  -    (12,775,000 )  -  
 Affiliate investments   (666,011 )  (250,000 )  (1,413,811 )  (443,436 )
 Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments   -    321,300    69,444    193,572  
 Change in unrealized depreciation or appreciation before income taxes   (2,078,511 )  71,300    (14,119,367 )  (249,864 )
 Deferred income tax (benefit) expense   (736,301 )  18,066    (5,231,097 )  (91,552 )
 Net (decrease) increase in unrealized depreciation or appreciation on investments   (1,342,210 )  53,234    (8,888,270 )  (158,312 )
                      
Net realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments   (456,572 )  53,234    364,340    14,871  
Net (decrease) increase in net assets from operations  $(571,300 ) $286,497   $(986,912 ) $609,141  
Weighted average shares outstanding   6,325,299    6,328,538    6,327,074    6,328,538  
Basic and diluted net (decrease) increase in net assets from operations, per share  $(0.09 ) $0.05   $(0.16 ) $0.10  
                 

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