SOURCE: TICC Capital Corp.

March 10, 2014 08:00 ET

TICC Announces Results of Operations for the Quarter and the Year Ended December 31, 2013 and Announces Quarterly Distribution of $0.29 per Share

GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwired - Mar 10, 2014) - TICC Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TICC) announced today its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2013, and announced a distribution of $0.29 per share for the first quarter of 2014.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the year ended December 31, 2013, we recorded approximately $105.1 million of total investment income and $55.8 million of net investment income, compared to $71.2 million of total investment income and $37.2 million of net investment income for the year ended December 31, 2012.
  • For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, we recorded net investment income of approximately $16.9 million, or approximately $0.32 per share. Excluding the impact of a capital gains incentive fee accrual reversal of approximately $0.7 million, our core net investment income(1) was approximately $16.2 million, or approximately $0.30 per share. In the fourth quarter, we also recorded net realized capital losses of approximately $0.7 million and net unrealized depreciation of approximately $3.2 million (which includes the reversal of net unrealized depreciation associated with the fourth quarter realization events). In total, we had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of approximately $13.1 million or approximately $0.24 per share for the fourth quarter.
    • Total investment income for the fourth quarter of 2013 amounted to approximately $30.5 million, which represents an increase of approximately $3.0 million over the third quarter of 2013.
      • For the quarter ended December 31, 2013, we recorded investment income from our portfolio as follows:
        • approximately $13.5 million from our syndicated and bilateral investments,
        • approximately $15.6 million from our CLO equity investments,
        • approximately $0.6 million from our CLO debt investments, and
        • approximately $0.8 million from all other sources.

    • As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 we held one loan on non-accrual status with a par amount of approximately $10.0 million and a fair value of approximately $5.5 million.
    • Our weighted average credit rating on a fair value basis was 2.1 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 (compared to 2.1 at the end of the third quarter of 2013).

  • Our operating expenses before the capital gains incentive fee for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 were approximately $14.3 million, up from the third quarter of 2013 by approximately $1.4 million due largely to increased investment advisory and incentive fees, as well as higher compensation expense.

  • The capital gains incentive fee calculation for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, resulted in an accrual reversal of approximately $0.7 million. The capital gains incentive fee accrual, as reported under generally accepted accounting principles, is calculated on the basis of net realized and unrealized gains and losses at the end of each period. The accrued capital gains incentive fee related to the hypothetical liquidation of the portfolio (and assuming no other changes in realized or unrealized gains and losses) would only have become payable to our investment adviser on December 31, 2013 in the event of a complete liquidation of our portfolio as of year-end.

    The amount of the capital gains incentive fee, if any, which will actually be payable is determined in accordance with the terms of the Investment Advisory Agreement ("Agreement") and is calculated as of the end of each calendar year (or upon termination of the Agreement). The terms of the Agreement state that the capital gains incentive fee calculation is based on net realized gains, if any, offset by gross unrealized depreciation for the calendar year. No effect is given to gross unrealized appreciation in this calculation. Based on the terms of the Agreement, a capital gains incentive fee was not earned as of December 31, 2013.

  • Our Board of Directors has declared a distribution of $0.29 per share for the first quarter of 2014.
    • Payable Date: March 31, 2014
    • Record Date: March 25, 2014

  • During the fourth quarter of 2013, we made approximately $85.2 million in additional investments. The additional investments consisted of approximately $46.0 million in corporate securities, $35.3 million in CLO equity and $3.9 million in CLO debt.

    • It is worth noting that for the year ended December 31, 2013, we invested approximately $577.5 million, consisting of $397.2 million in corporate securities, $159.4 million in CLO equity, and $20.9 million in CLO debt.

    • For the fourth quarter of 2013, we received proceeds of approximately $92.2 million from repayments, sales and amortization payments on our debt investments. 

  • As of December 31, 2013, the weighted average yield of our debt investments remained approximately 8.7%, compared with 8.7% as of September 30, 2013. At December 31, 2013, we have one investment on non-accrual status.

  • As of December 31, 2013, net asset value per share was $9.85 compared with the net asset value per share as of September 30, 2013 of $9.90. 

(1) 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. Core net investment income represents net investment income excluding our capital gains incentive fee. As the capital gains incentive fee, for generally accepted accounting purposes, is based on the hypothetical liquidation of the entire portfolio (and as any capital gains incentive fee may be non-recurring), we believe that core net investment income is a useful indicator of operations exclusive of any capital gains incentive fee. We note that such amount is excluded from the core net investment income amount presented below.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net investment income to core net investment income for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013:

                         
    Three Months Ended
December 31, 2013
    Year Ended
December 31, 2013
 
    Amount     Per Share
Amounts
    Amount     Per Share
Amounts
 
Net investment income   $ 16,946,803     $ 0.32     $ 55,792,632     $ 1.09  
Capital gains incentive fee (reversal)     (777,978 )     (0.02 )     (1,192,382 )     (0.02 )
                                 
Core net investment income   $ 16,168,825     $ 0.30     $ 54,600,250     $ 1.07  
                                 
                                 

We will host a conference call to discuss our fourth quarter and year end results today, Monday, March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM ET. Please call 888-317-6016 to participate. A replay of the conference call will be available for approximately 30 days. The replay number is 877-344-7529, and the replay passcode is 10041891.

A presentation containing further detail regarding our year-end and 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-K for the period ended December 31, 2013, and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q as they are filed.

   
TICC CAPITAL CORP.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (UNAUDITED)  
   
    December 31, 2013     December 31, 2012  
                 
ASSETS                
                 
  Non-affiliated/non-control investments (cost: $901,728,071 @ 12/31/13; $634,081,527 @ 12/31/12)   $ 915,546,744     $ 651,099,873  
  Control investments (cost: $16,900,000 @ 12/31/13; $17,256,179 @ 12/31/12)     16,050,000       16,450,000  
    Total investments at fair value (cost: $918,628,071 @ 12/31/13; $651,337,706 @ 12/31/12)     931,596,744       667,549,873  
  Cash and cash equivalents     14,933,074       51,392,949  
  Restricted cash     32,428,248       21,240,508  
  Deferred debt issuance costs     7,985,580       8,154,925  
  Interest and distributions receivable     11,133,972       5,986,122  
  Securities sold not settled     -       1,516,875  
  Other assets     88,122       181,788  
      Total assets   $ 998,165,740     $ 756,023,040  
   
LIABILITIES                
                 
  Accrued interest payable   $ 2,596,893     $ 4,234,376  
  Investment advisory fee payable to affiliate     7,144,480       4,930,908  
  Accrued capital gains incentive fee to affiliate     3,872,853       6,617,810  
  Securities purchased not settled     6,994,852       -  
  Accrued expenses     637,896       302,971  
  Notes payable - TICC CLO LLC, net of discount     100,041,226       99,882,627  
  Notes payable - TICC CLO 2012-1 LLC, net of discount     235,635,114       115,451,819  
  Convertible senior notes payable     115,000,000       115,000,000  
      Total liabilities     471,923,314       346,420,511  
                 
NET ASSETS                
  Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, and 53,400,745 and 41,371,286 issued and outstanding, respectively     534,007       413,713  
  Capital in excess of par value     571,278,194       451,157,297  
  Net unrealized appreciation on investments     12,968,673       16,212,167  
  Accumulated net realized losses on investments     (47,510,908 )     (53,906,504 )
  Distributions in excess of investment income     (11,027,539 )     (4,274,144 )
      Total net assets     526,242,427       409,602,529  
      Total liabilities and net assets   $ 998,165,741     $ 756,023,040  
Net asset value per common share   $ 9.85     $ 9.90  
                 
                 
   
TICC CAPITAL CORP.  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)  
                   
    Year Ended
December 31, 2013
    Year Ended
December 31, 2012
    Year Ended
December 31, 2011
 
                         
INVESTMENT INCOME                        
From non-affiliated/non-control investments:                        
  Interest income - debt investments   $ 52,133,176     $ 38,597,973     $ 29,604,441  
  Distributions from securitization vehicles and equity investments     47,241,423       25,755,438       13,079,923  
  Commitment, amendment fee income and other income     4,278,203       5,247,571       920,945  
    Total investment income from non-affiliated/non-control investments     103,652,802       69,600,982       43,605,309  
From control investments:                        
  Interest income - debt investments     1,439,341       1,511,897       1,582,881  
  Distributions from equity investments     -       62,041       -  
  Total investment income from control investments     1,439,341       1,573,938       1,582,881  
    Total investment income     105,092,143       71,174,920       45,188,190  
EXPENSES                        
  Compensation expense     1,647,971       1,183,056       1,090,626  
  Investment advisory fees     19,096,229       11,222,713       7,317,273  
  Professional fees     1,996,290       1,873,892       1,190,999  
  Interest expense and other debt financing expenses     18,960,677       7,262,714       1,243,584  
  Insurance     68,638       68,826       68,450  
  Directors' Fees     322,501       261,000       222,749  
  Transfer agent and custodian fees     229,124       128,692       116,592  
  General and administrative     1,589,758       1,027,607       587,314  
    Total expenses before incentive fees     43,911,188       23,028,500       11,837,587  
  Net investment income incentive fees     6,580,705       5,460,006       2,241,713  
  Capital gains incentive fees     (1,192,382 )     5,509,061       1,108,749  
    Total incentive fees     5,388,323       10,969,067       3,350,462  
    Total expenses     49,299,511       33,997,567       15,188,049  
Net investment income     55,792,632       37,177,353       30,000,141  
                         
Net change in unrealized appreciation on investments                        
  Non-Affiliate/non-control investments     (3,231,401 )     14,340,762       (19,303,977 )
  Control investments     (12,093 )     (71,808 )     (87,838 )
    Total net change in unrealized appreciation on investments     (3,243,494 )     14,268,954       (19,391,815 )
                         
Net realized (losses) gains on investments                        
  Non-Affiliate/non-control investments     6,395,596       16,876,880       3,600,539  
  Control investments     -       -       -  
    Total realized (losses) gains on investments     6,395,596       16,876,880       3,600,539  
                         
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations   $ 58,944,734     $ 68,323,188     $ 14,208,865  
                         
Net increase in net assets resulting from net investment income per common share:                        
      Basic   $ 1.09     $ 0.98     $ 0.92  
      Diluted   $ 1.03     $ 0.96     $ 0.92  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share:                        
      Basic   $ 1.15     $ 1.80     $ 0.44  
      Diluted   $ 1.09     $ 1.73     $ 0.44  
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:                        
      Basic     51,073,758       37,978,693       32,433,101  
      Diluted     61,106,910       40,575,776       32,433,101  
                         
                         
   
TICC CAPITAL CORP.  
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)  
   
  Year Ended
December 31,
2013
  Year Ended
December 31,
2012
  Year Ended
December 31,
2011
  Year Ended
December 31,
2010
  Year Ended
December 31,
2009
 
Per Share Data                              
Net asset value at beginning of period $ 9.90   $ 9.30   $ 9.85   $ 8.36   $ 7.68  
Net investment income(1)   1.09     0.98     0.92     0.89     0.51  
Net realized and unrealized capital gains(losses)(2)   0.06     0.82     (0.47 )   1.19     0.81  
Total from net investment operations   1.15     1.80     0.45     2.08     1.32  
Distributions from net investment income   (1.16 )   (1.12 )   (0.99 )   (0.81 )   (0.60 )
Distributions based on weighted average share impact   (0.04 )   (0.04 )   --     --     --  
Tax return of capital distributions   --     --     --     --     --  
Total distributions(3)   (1.20 )   (1.16 )   (0.99 )   (0.81 )   (0.60 )
Effect of shares issued, net of offering expenses   --     (0.04 )   (0.01 )   0.22     (0.04 )
Net asset value at end of period(5) $ 9.85   $ 9.90   $ 9.30   $ 9.85   $ 8.36  
Per share market value at beginning of period $ 10.12   $ 8.65   $ 11.21   $ 6.05   $ 3.80  
Per share market value at end of period $ 10.34   $ 10.12   $ 8.65   $ 11.21   $ 6.05  
Total return (4)   14.23 %   30.49 %   (14.19 )%   102.39 %   81.15 %
Shares outstanding at end of period   53,400,745     41,371,286     32,818,428     31,886,367     26,813,216  
Ratios/Supplemental Data                              
Net assets at end ofperiod (000's)   526,242     409,603     305,102     314,118     224,092  
Average net assets (000's)   506,093     363,584     318,305     243,723     206,183  
Ratio of expenses to average net assets:                              
Expenses before incentive fees   8.68 %   6.33 %   3.72 %   3.22 %   3.38 %
Net investment income incentivefees   1.30 %   1.50 %   0.70 %   0.58 %   0.02 %
Capital gains incentive fees   (0.24 )%   1.52 %   0.35 %   --     --  
Total ratio of expenses toaverage net assets   9.74 %   9.35 %   4.77 %   3.80 %   3.40 %
Ratio of expenses, excludinginterest expense, to averagenet assets   6.00 %   7.35 %   4.38 %   3.80 %   3.40 %
Ratio of net investment incometo average net assets   11.02 %   10.23 %   9.42 %   9.95 %   6.54 %
                               
(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.
(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 dividend reinvestment prices obtained under the Company's dividend reinvestment plan.
(5) It is currently expected that a mark-down in the value of the investment we hold on non-accrual status, in the range of $2.0 million to $2.5 million, will be recorded in the first quarter of 2014, based upon that company's post year-end 2013 disclosure of its diminished operating condition. The investment currently represents approximately 1.0% of the total portfolio value, at amortized cost, and approximately 0.6% at fair value.
   
   

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 obligations. Companies interested in learning more about financing opportunities should contact Debdeep Maji at (203) 983-5285.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Bruce Rubin
    203-983-5280

    Patrick Conroy
    203-983-5282