SOURCE: Solar Senior Capital Ltd.

Solar Senior Capital Ltd.

May 02, 2017 16:05 ET

Solar Senior Capital Ltd. Announces Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Financial Results; Declares Monthly Distribution of $0.1175 per Share for May, 2017

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 2, 2017) - Solar Senior Capital Ltd. (the "Company" "Solar Senior" or "SUNS") (NASDAQ: SUNS), today reported net investment income of $5.6 million, or $0.35 per average share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

At March 31, 2017, the net asset value (NAV) per share was $16.81, up a penny from the prior quarter. At March 31, the fair value of the Company's Comprehensive Investment Portfolio* was $443.1 million, with 100% of the portfolio performing.

The Company's Board of Directors declared a monthly distribution for May of $0.1175 per share payable on June 2, 2017 to stockholders of record on May 18, 2017. Tax characteristics of all distributions will be reported to shareholders on Form 1099 after the end of the calendar year.


At March 31, 2017:
   Comprehensive Investment portfolio* fair value: $443.1 million
   Number of portfolio companies*: 54
   Net assets: $269.4 million
   Net asset value per share: $16.81
Portfolio Activity** for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017
   Investments made during the quarter: $73.0 million
   Investments prepaid or sold during the quarter: $60.2 million
Operating Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017
   Net investment income: $5.6 million
   Net realized and unrealized gain: $0.3 million
   Net increase in net assets from operations: $5.9 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.

"In spite of challenging market conditions, we are pleased to report another strong quarter with our portfolio 100% performing, stable NAV and our Net Investment Income per share fully covering our distributions," said Michael Gross, Chairman and CEO of Solar Senior Capital Ltd. "Additionally, we are excited about our growth prospects with the recent announcement of SUNS' commitment to a new strategic joint venture in life science lending with our sister company, Solar Capital Ltd., Deerfield Management, and affiliates of the joint venture between Solar Capital Partners and PIMCO. Once fully deployed, the joint venture is expected to generate a mid-to-high teens ROE and have a meaningful impact on SUNS' investment income." 

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an earnings conference call and audio webcast at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday, May 3, 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 97980858 when prompted. A telephone replay will be available until May 17, 2017, and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 and using the passcode 97980858. 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, 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 March 31, 2017, Solar Senior Capital had gross originations of $73.0 million across 13 portfolio companies, including its ownership of investments made by FLLP. Investments repaid or sold during the quarter ended March 31, 2017 totaled approximately $60.2 million, including repayments within FLLP attributable to the Company.

Portfolio Composition

At March 31, 2017, the weighted average yield on our income producing investments, inclusive of our equity interests in Gemino and FLLP, was 8.0%, measured at fair value, and 7.9% measured at amortized cost. As of March 31, 2017, 100% of the portfolio was performing.

The characteristics of our Comprehensive Investment Portfolio at March 31, 2017 were as follows:

 Comprehensive Portfolio Composition, measured at fair value:   Amount
 Senior secured loans   $298.6   67.4%
 Senior secured loans in FLLP, attributable to the Company   $108.7   24.5%
 Gemino Healthcare Finance, whose diversified loan portfolio is comprised entirely of floating rate senior secured loans   $35.7   8.1%
 Total Senior Secured Loans   $443.0   100.0%
 Equity and equity-like securities, excluding Gemino Healthcare Finance and FLLP Membership Interests   < $0.1   < 0.0%
 Total Comprehensive Investment Portfolio   $443.1   100%
 Floating Rate Investments and as a % of the income-producing Comprehensive Portfolio   $429.9   97.1%

The Comprehensive Portfolio is diversified across 54 unique issuers across 23 industries and with an average issuer exposure of $8.2 million, or 1.9% of the portfolio, at March 31, 2017.

Gemino Healthcare Finance LLC

At March 31, 2017, Gemino's $107.7 million funded portfolio consists of senior secured loans from 33 issuers with an average funded exposure of $3.3 million. One hundred percent of Gemino's investments are floating rate, senior secured cash-pay loans. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, Gemino invested approximately $19.1 million and had investments repaid of approximately $25.8 million. For the quarter ended March 31, 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 March 31, 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 March 31, 2017, FLLP's portfolio, at fair value, consisted of $124.3 million of senior secured loans to 26 different borrowers with an average issuer exposure of $4.8 million. During the quarter, FLLP invested $12.0 million across six portfolio companies. Investments prepaid and amortization totaled $5.0 million during the same period. At March 31, 2017, the weighted average asset level yield of FLLP's portfolio was 6.6%, measured at fair value and at cost. As of March 31, 2017, 100% of FLLP's portfolio was performing.

At March 31, 2017, FLLP had drawn $75.2 million under its $100 million credit facility. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, FLLP distributed $1.0 million to the Company, up over 14% from the prior quarter. The annualized return on average equity for Q1, 2017 was 9.9%.

Life Science Lending

On February 22, 2017, Solar Senior Capital and its affiliates announced the formation of the Solar Life Science Program LLC ("LSJV") in partnership with Deerfield Management. 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. Aside from the larger enterprise value of the targeted companies, the business model is consistent with the loans currently being originated by Solar Capital Partners' life science lending team.

The Company, Solar Capital Ltd., affiliates of the joint venture between Solar Capital Partners and PIMCO, and Deerfield Management, committed equity capital of up to $350 million to LSJV, subject to certain conditions. The individual organizations' specific commitments are $75 million, $50 million, $75 million and $150 million, respectively. Once a sufficient number of investments have been made, LSJV is expected to be levered up to approximately 1.0x debt-to-equity, based on discussions with third-party debt providers. LSJV is expected to generate a mid-to-high-teens return on equity, consistent with the returns Solar Capital and Solar Senior Capital have achieved on their realized life science investments to date.

Results of Operations for Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Compared to the Quarter Ended March 31, 2016

Investment Income

For the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016, gross investment income totaled $7.5 million and $6.3 million, respectively.


Net expenses totaled $1.8 million and $2.3 million, respectively, for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016. For the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016, $0.9 million and $0.4 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 $5.6 million or $0.35 per average share and $4.1 million and $0.35 per average share for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.

Net Realized and Unrealized Gain

Net realized and unrealized gains for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 totaled approximately $0.3 million and $4.3 million, respectively.

Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting From Operations

For the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2017, and March 31, 2016, the Company had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $5.9 million and $8.4 million, respectively. For the same periods, earnings per average share were $0.37 and $0.73, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2017, the Company had $86.8 million in borrowings outstanding on its $200 million Credit Facility and $113.2 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 March 31, 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   $56.4   15.1%
2   $301.5   80.8%
3   $15.1   4.0%
4   $0.1   < 0.1%
(in thousands, except share amounts)  
  March 31, 2017 (unaudited)     December 31,
Investments at fair value:              
  Companies less than 5% owned (cost: $302,284 and $295,037, respectively) $ 296,604     $ 289,399  
  Companies 5% to 25% owned (cost: $3,884 and $3,710, respectively)   2,069       1,825  
  Companies more than 25% owned (cost: $74,026 and $74,026, respectively)   74,441       74,310  
      Total investments (cost: $380,194 and $372,773, respectively)   373,114       365,534  
Cash   11,056       11,876  
Cash equivalents (cost: $124,940 and $139,952, respectively)   124,940       139,952  
Dividends receivable   1,547       1,422  
Interest receivable   1,092       1,463  
Other receivable   19       19  
Receivable for investments sold   17       1,450  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   417       273  
    Total assets $ 512,202     $ 521,989  
Credit facility payable $ 86,800     $ 98,300  
Payable for investments and cash equivalents purchased   153,031       151,312  
Distributions payable   1,883       1,883  
Management fee payable   159       104  
Interest payable   252       241  
Administrative services expense payable   215       621  
Other liabilities and accrued expenses   409       383  
    Total liabilities $ 242,749     $ 252,844  
Net Assets              
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 200,000,000 and 200,000,000 common shares authorized, respectively, and 16,027,687 and 16,025,011 issued and outstanding, respectively $ 160     $ 160  
Paid-in capital in excess of par   287,561       287,515  
Distributions in excess of net investment income   (5,342 )     (5,342 )
Accumulated net realized loss   (5,846 )     (5,949 )
Net unrealized depreciation   (7,080 )     (7,239 )
    Total net assets $ 269,453     $ 269,145  
Net Asset Value Per Share $ 16.81     $ 16.80  
(in thousands, except share amounts)  
  Three months ended  
  March 31, 2017     March 31, 2016  
INVESTMENT INCOME:              
  Companies less than 5% owned $ 5,256     $ 4,424  
  Companies 5% to 25% owned   49       50  
  Companies more than 25% owned   1,924       1,808  
Other income:              
  Companies less than 5% owned   247       53  
  Companies more than 25% owned   20       14  
    Total investment income   7,496       6,349  
Management fees $ 948     $ 797  
Performance-based incentive fees   75       385  
Interest and other credit facility expenses   844       851  
Administrative services expense   368       295  
Other general and administrative expenses   476       341  
    Total expenses   2,711       2,669  
Management fees waived   (789 )     --  
Performance-based incentive fees waived   (75 )     (385 )
    Net expenses   1,847       2,284  
      Net investment income $ 5,649     $ 4,065  
Net realized gain on investments and cash equivalents (companies less than 5% owned): $ 103     $ 9  
Net change in unrealized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents   159       4,340  
      Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments and cash equivalents   262       4,349  
EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 0.37     $ 0.73  

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.

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