SOURCE: TICC Capital Corp.

May 08, 2017 08:30 ET

TICC Announces Results of Operations for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwired - May 8, 2017) - TICC Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TICC) ("TICC," the "Company," "we," "us" or "our") announced today its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

  • As of March 31, 2017, net asset value per share was $7.53 compared with the net asset value per share as of December 31, 2016 of $7.50. 

  • For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, we recorded net investment income of approximately $7.9 million, or approximately $0.15 per share. In the first quarter, we also recorded net realized capital losses of approximately $5.5 million, and net unrealized appreciation of approximately $9.6 million. In total we had a net increase in net assets from operations of approximately $12.1 million, or approximately $0.23 per share.

  • Our core net investment income ("Core NII") for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 was approximately $0.20 per share.

    • Core NII represents net investment income adjusted for additional cash distributions received, or entitled to be received (if any, in either case), on our collateralized loan obligation ("CLO") equity investments and also excludes any capital gains incentive fees we recognize but have no obligation to pay in any period. (See additional information under "Supplemental Information Regarding Core Net Investment Income" below).

    • While our experience has been that cash flow distributions have historically represented useful indicators of our CLO equity investments' annual taxable income, we believe that current and future cash flow distributions may represent less accurate indicators of taxable income with respect to our CLO equity investments than they have in the past. In general, we currently expect our annual taxable income to be higher than our GAAP earnings for the current fiscal year.

  • Total investment income for the first quarter of 2017 amounted to approximately $16.5 million, which represents a decrease of approximately $2.4 million from the fourth quarter of 2016.

    • For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, we recorded investment income from our portfolio as follows:

      • approximately $7.2 million from our debt investments,

      • approximately $8.6 million from our CLO equity investments, and

      • approximately $0.7 million from all other sources.

  • Our total expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 were approximately $8.6 million, down by approximately $3.0 million compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The primary driver of that decrease was lower interest expense for the quarter on our outstanding debt.

  • Our weighted average credit rating on a fair value basis was 2.3 at the end of the first quarter of 2017 (compared to 2.2 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016).

  • As announced previously, our board of directors had declared the following distributions on our common stock:

Quarter Ending   Record Date   Payment Date   Amount Per Share
June 30, 2017   June 16, 2017   June 30, 2017   $0.20
September 30, 2017   September 15, 2017   September 29, 2017   $0.20
  • During the first quarter of 2017:

    • We made investments of approximately $47.6 million, consisting of approximately $8.4 million in corporate loan investments and approximately $39.2 million in CLO equity. We received proceeds of approximately $62.6 million from sales of our CLO investments.

    • We received or were entitled to receive proceeds of approximately $70.2 million from repayments, sales and amortization payments on our corporate loan and common stock investments. A portion of those proceeds along with a portion of prior quarter repayments, sales and amortization payments were applied towards an approximate $24.5 million partial redemption of the TICC CLO 2012-1 LLC Class A-1 Notes.

  • As of March 31, 2017, the weighted average yield of our debt investments at current cost was approximately 8.4%, compared with 8.3% as of December 31, 2016. 

  • As of March 31, 2017, the weighted average effective yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was approximately 17.3%, compared with 17.0% as of December 31, 2016.

  • As of March 31, 2017, the weighted average cash distribution yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was approximately 24.4%, compared with 23.8% as of December 31, 2016. 

  • At March 31, 2017, we had no investments on non-accrual status. 

  • On April 12, 2017, we completed an underwritten public offering of $64,370,225 in aggregate principal amount of 6.50% unsecured notes (the "Unsecured Notes"). The Unsecured Notes will mature on March 30, 2024, and may be redeemed in whole or in part at any time or from time to time at our option on or after March 30, 2020. We intend to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay or repurchase a portion of the outstanding indebtedness under our 7.50% Convertible Notes due November 1, 2017 (the "Convertible Notes"), which amounts to approximately $94.5 million plus accrued interest as of March 31, 2017. We note that our unrestricted cash balance (including the proceeds from the Unsecured Notes) currently exceeds the amount outstanding of our Convertible Notes.

Supplemental Information Regarding Core Net Investment Income

On a supplemental basis, we provide information relating to core net investment income, which is a non-GAAP measure. This measure is provided in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net investment income determined in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP measures may differ from similar measures by other companies, even if similar terms are used to identify such measures. Core net investment income represents net investment income adjusted for additional cash distributions received, or entitled to be received (if any, in either case), on our CLO equity investments and also excludes any capital gains incentive fees we recognize but have no obligation to pay in any period. The Company did not recognize any capital gains incentive fees for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Income from investments in the "equity" class securities of CLO vehicles, for GAAP purposes, is recorded using the effective interest method based upon an effective yield to the expected redemption utilizing estimated cash flows compared to the cost, resulting in an effective yield for the investment; the difference between the actual cash received or distributions entitled to be received and the effective yield calculation is an adjustment to cost. Accordingly, investment income recognized on CLO equity securities in the GAAP statement of operations differs from the cash distributions actually received by us during the period (referred to below as "CLO equity additional distributions").

Further, in order to continue to qualify to be taxed as a regulated investment company ("RIC"), we are required, among other things, to distribute at least 90% of our investment company taxable income annually. Therefore, core net investment income may provide a better indication of estimated taxable income for a reporting period than does GAAP net investment income, although we can offer no assurance that will be the case as the ultimate tax character of our earnings cannot be determined until tax returns are prepared after the end of a fiscal year. We note that these non-GAAP measures may not be useful indicators of taxable earnings, particularly during periods of market disruption and volatility. 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net investment income to core net investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016:

               
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
  Amount   Per Share
Amounts
  Amount   Per Share
Amounts
Net investment income $ 7,874,572   $ 0.153   $ 4,044,516   $ 0.076
CLO equity additional distributions   2,547,993     0.049     11,434,828     0.216
Core net investment income $ 10,422,565   $ 0.202   $ 15,479,344   $ 0.292
                       

We will host a conference call to discuss our first quarter results today, Monday, May 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM ET. Please call 1-888-339-0740 to participate. A replay of the conference call will be available for approximately 30 days. The replay number is 1-877-344-7529, and the replay passcode is 10106761.

A presentation containing further detail regarding our quarterly results of operations has been posted under the Investor Relations section of our website at www.ticc.com.

The following financial statements are unaudited and without footnotes. Readers who would like additional information should obtain our Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2017, and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q as they are filed.

           
TICC CAPITAL CORP.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES  
(unaudited)  
   
  March 31, 2017     December 31, 2016  
               
ASSETS              
               
  Non-affiliated/non-control investments (cost: $514,037,364 @ 3/31/17; $616,542,612 @ 12/31/16) $ 485,051,106     $ 578,297,069  
  Affiliated investments (cost: $7,525,764 @ 3/31/17; $7,497,229 @ 12/31/16)   12,043,315       11,626,007  
    Total investments at fair value (cost: $521,563,128 @ 3/31/17; $624,039,841 @ 12/31/16)   497,094,421       589,923,076  
  Cash and cash equivalents   66,048,453       8,261,698  
  Restricted cash   17,215,482       3,451,636  
  Interest and distributions receivable   8,203,006       9,682,672  
  Securities sold not settled   4,706,274       7,406  
  Other assets   1,254,900       1,130,018  
      Total assets $ 594,522,536     $ 612,456,506  
               
LIABILITIES              
               
  Accrued interest payable $ 3,395,969     $ 1,731,111  
  Investment advisory fee and net investment income incentive fee payable to affiliate   3,323,482       3,673,381  
  Securities purchased not settled   2,960,000       -  
  Accrued expenses   955,002       1,089,043  
  Notes payable - TICC CLO 2012-1 LLC, net of discount and deferred issuance costs   101,895,271       125,853,720  
  Convertible senior notes payable, net of deferred issuance costs   94,242,236       94,116,753  
      Total liabilities   206,771,960       226,464,008  
               
               
NET ASSETS              
  Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 51,479,409 and 51,479,409 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   514,794       514,794  
  Capital in excess of par value   558,822,643       558,822,643  
  Net unrealized depreciation on investments   (24,468,707 )     (34,116,765 )
  Accumulated net realized losses on investments   (101,073,728 )     (95,605,057 )
  Distributions in excess of net investment income   (46,044,426 )     (43,623,117 )
      Total net assets   387,750,576       385,992,498  
      Total liabilities and net assets $ 594,522,536     $ 612,456,506  
Net asset value per common share $ 7.53     $ 7.50  
               
               
               
   
TICC CAPITAL CORP.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(unaudited)  
           
  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2017
    Three Months Ended
March 31, 2016
 
               
INVESTMENT INCOME              
From non-affiliated/non-control investments:              
  Interest income - debt investments $ 7,072,207     $ 8,465,811  
  Income from securitization vehicles and investments   8,569,603       5,921,551  
  Commitment, amendment fee income and other income   741,489       459,861  
    Total investment income from non-affiliated/non-control investments   16,383,299       14,847,223  
From affiliated investments:              
  Interest income - debt investments   82,181       79,425  
  Total investment income from affiliated investments   82,181       79,425  
From control investments:              
  Interest income - debt investments   -       341,834  
  Total investment income from control investments   -       341,834  
    Total investment income   16,465,480       15,268,482  
EXPENSES              
  Compensation expense   235,034       241,185  
  Investment advisory fees   2,270,002       3,705,723  
  Professional fees   752,393       2,025,385  
  Interest expense   3,714,253       4,358,770  
  General and administrative   565,746       892,903  
    Total expenses before incentive fees   7,537,428       11,223,966  
  Net investment income incentive fees   1,053,480       -  
    Total expenses   8,590,908       11,223,966  
Net investment income   7,874,572       4,044,516  
               
Net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments              
  Non-Affiliate/non-control investments   9,259,285       (22,894,143 )
  Affiliated investments   388,773       935,737  
  Control investments   -       1,350,000  
    Total net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments   9,648,058       (20,608,406 )
               
Net realized losses on investments              
  Non-Affiliated/non-control investments   (5,468,671 )     (550,005 )
    Total net realized losses on investments   (5,468,671 )     (550,005 )
               
Net increase/(decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $ 12,053,959     $ (17,113,895 )
               
Net increase in net assets resulting from net investment income per common share:              
      Basic $ 0.15     $ 0.08  
      Diluted $ 0.15     $ 0.08  
Net increase/(decrease) in net assets resulting from operations per common share:              
      Basic $ 0.23     $ (0.32 )
      Diluted $ 0.23     $ (0.32 )
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:              
      Basic   51,479,409       53,003,354  
      Diluted   59,727,707       63,036,506  
Distributions per share $ 0.20     $ 0.29  
               
               
               

TICC CAPITAL CORP.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED

               
           
Three Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
March 31, 2017     March 31, 2016  
 Per Share Data              
Net asset value at beginning of period $ 7.50     $ 6.40  
Net investment income(1)   0.15       0.08  
Net realized and unrealized capital gains (losses)(2)   0.08       (0.42 )
Net change in net asset value from operations   0.23       (0.34 )
Distributions per share from net investment income   (0.20 )     (0.29 )
Distributions based on weighted average share impact   -       0.01  
Total distributions(3)   (0.20 )     (0.28 )
Effect of shares repurchased, gross   -       0.11  
Net asset value at end of period $ 7.53     $ 5.89  
Per share market value at beginning of period $ 6.61     $ 6.08  
Per share market value at end of period $ 7.38     $ 4.80  
Total return(4)   14.67 %     (16.28 )%
Shares outstanding at end of period   51,479,409       51,479,409  
Ratios/Supplemental Data              
Net assets at end of period (000's)   387,751       303,304  
Average net assets (000's)   386,872       326,972  
Ratio of expenses to average net assets(5)   8.88 %     13.73 %
Ratio of net investment income to average net assets(5)   8.14 %     4.95 %
Portfolio turnover rate   7.87 %     1.98 %
               

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(1) Represents per share net investment income for the period, based upon average shares outstanding.
(2) Net realized and unrealized capital gains include rounding adjustments to reconcile change in net asset value per share.
(3) Management monitors available taxable earnings, including net investment income and realized capital gains, to determine if a tax return of capital may occur for the year. To the extent the Company's taxable earnings fall below the total amount of the Company's distributions for that fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed a tax return of capital to the Company's stockholders. The ultimate tax character of our earnings cannot be determined until tax returns are prepared after the end of a fiscal year.
(4) Total return equals the increase or decrease of ending market value over beginning market value, plus distributions, divided by the beginning market value, assuming distribution reinvestment prices obtained under the Company's distribution reinvestment plan, excluding any discounts. Total return is not annualized.
(5) Annualized.
(6) The following table provides supplemental performance ratios (annualized) measured for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016:

               
  Three Months Ended     Three Months Ended  
Ratio of expenses to average net assets: March 31, 2017     March 31, 2016  
Expenses before incentive fees   7.79 %     13.73 %
Net investment income incentive fees   1.09 %     - %
Ratio of expenses, excluding interest expense, to average net assets   5.04 %     8.40 %
               

About TICC Capital Corp.
TICC Capital Corp. is a publicly-traded business development company principally engaged in providing capital to established businesses, investing in syndicated bank loans and purchasing debt and equity tranches of collateralized loan obligation vehicles.

Forward-Looking Statements
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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Bruce Rubin
    203-983-5280