SOURCE: TICC Capital Corp.

February 26, 2015 08:00 ET

TICC Announces Results of Operations for the Quarter and the Year Ended December 31, 2014 and Announces Quarterly Distribution of $0.27 per Share

GREENWICH, CT--(Marketwired - Feb 26, 2015) -  TICC Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TICC) announced today its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014, and announced a distribution of $0.27 per share for the first quarter of 2015.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the year ended December 31, 2014, we recorded approximately $117.3 million of total investment income and $65.5 million of net investment income, compared to $105.1 million of total investment income and $55.8 million of net investment income for the year ended December 31, 2013.
  • For the quarter ended December 31, 2014, we recorded net investment income of approximately $12.8 million, or approximately $0.21 per share (including the effect of approximately $0.05 per share of accelerated expenses, described below). In the fourth quarter, we also recorded net realized capital losses of approximately $7.3 million and net unrealized depreciation of approximately $33.9 million. In total, we had a net decrease in net assets resulting from operations of approximately $28.4 million or approximately $0.47 per share for the fourth quarter.
    • Total investment income for the fourth quarter of 2014 amounted to approximately $28.6 million, which represents a decrease of approximately $1.6 million from the third quarter of 2014.
      • For the quarter ended December 31, 2014, we recorded investment income from our portfolio as follows:
        • approximately $12.9 million from our debt investments,
        • approximately $14.5 million from our collateralized loan obligation ("CLO") equity investments, and
        • approximately $1.2 million from all other sources.
    • As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014 we held one loan on non-accrual status with a par amount of approximately $12.8 million and a fair value of approximately $6.7 million.
    • Our weighted average credit rating on a fair value basis was 2.1 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014 (compared to 2.1 at the end of the third quarter of 2014).
    • Our operating expenses before the capital gains incentive fee for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 were approximately $15.8 million, up from the third quarter of 2014 by approximately $2.3 million.
      • In connection with the October 27, 2014 redemption of the secured notes issued by TICC CLO LLC, we accelerated costs of approximately $3.1 million of discount and deferred debt issuance costs, representing approximately $0.05 per share for the fourth quarter.
        • On October 27th, 2014, TICC Funding, LLC, our newly formed subsidiary, entered into a revolving credit facility ("Facility") with Citibank, N.A. Subject to certain exceptions, pricing under the Facility is based on three month LIBOR plus a spread of 1.50%. Pursuant to the terms of the credit agreement governing the Facility, TICC Funding has borrowed, on a revolving basis, the maximum aggregate principal amount of $150,000,000. The revolving basis period will end on October 27, 2016 ("Reinvestment Period"), subject to certain exceptions. Post Reinvestment Period, the Facility has a mandatory amortization schedule such that twenty-five percent (25.0%) and fifty percent (50.0%) of the principal amount outstanding as of October 27, 2016 will be due and payable, on January 18, 2017 and April 18, 2017, respectively, and the remaining principal amount outstanding and accrued and unpaid interest thereunder will be due and payable on October 27, 2017. We used part of the proceeds from the Facility to redeem all of the $101,250,000 secured notes issued by TICC CLO LLC. The secured notes previously issued under TICC CLO LLC were based on three month LIBOR plus a spread of 2.25%.
  • The capital gains incentive fee calculation for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, did not result in an accrual adjustment. 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, 2014 in the event of a complete liquidation of our portfolio as of year-end. As of December 31, 2014, the calculation of a capital gains incentive fee, using the assumptions above, resulted in no liability.

    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 for the calendar year 2014.

  • Our Board of Directors has declared a distribution of $0.27 per share for the first quarter of 2015.
    • Payable Date: March 31, 2015
    • Record Date: March 17, 2015
  • During the fourth quarter of 2014, we made approximately $193.8 million in additional investments. The additional investments consisted of approximately $166.6 million in corporate securities and $27.2 million in CLO equity.

    • It is worth noting that for the year ended December 31, 2014, we invested approximately $552.6 million, consisting of $405.4 million in corporate securities and $147.2 million in CLO equity.
    • For the fourth quarter of 2014, we received proceeds of approximately $112.0 million from repayments, sales and amortization payments on our debt investments. 

  • As of December 31, 2014, the weighted average yield of our debt investments stood at approximately 7.8%, compared with 8.0% as of September 30, 2014. 
  • As of December 31, 2014, the weighted average yield of our CLO equity investments remained approximately 23.3%, compared with 23.3% as of September 30, 2014. 
  • As of December 31, 2014, net asset value per share was $8.64 compared with the net asset value per share as of September 30, 2014 of $9.40. 

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, 2014:

                     
    Three Months Ended
December 31, 2014
  Year Ended
December 31, 2014
 
    Amount   Per Share
Amounts
  Amount     Per Share
Amounts
 
Net investment income   $ 12,762,549   $ 0.21   $ 65,457,844     $ 1.113  
Capital gains incentive fee (reversal)     -     -     (3,872,853 )     (0.066 )
                             
Core net investment income   $ 12,762,549   $ 0.21   $ 61,584,991     $ 1.047  
                             

We will host a conference call to discuss our fourth quarter and year end results today, Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM ET. Please call 888-339-0740 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 1061289.

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, 2014, and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q as they are filed.

 
 
TICC CAPITAL CORP.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (UNAUDITED)
   
    December 31,
2014
    December 31,
2013
 
                 
ASSETS                
                 
  Non-affiliated/non-control investments (cost: $999,433,538 @12/31/14; $901,728,071 @ 12/31/13)   $ 967,612,035     $ 915,546,744  
  Affiliated investments (cost: $4,268,722 @ 12/31/14; $0 @ 12/31/13)     1,585,303       -  
  Control investments (cost: $16,800,000 @ 12/31/14; $16,900,000 @ 12/31/13)     14,960,000       16,050,000  
    Total investments at fair value (cost: $1,020,502,260 @ 12/31/14; $918,628,071 @ 12/31/13)     984,157,338       931,596,744  
  Cash and cash equivalents     20,505,323       14,933,074  
  Restricted cash     20,576,250       32,428,248  
  Deferred debt issuance costs     5,669,747       7,985,580  
  Interest and distributions receivable     11,442,289       11,133,972  
  Other assets     290,245       88,122  
      Total assets     1,042,641,192     $ 998,165,740  
   
LIABILITIES                
                 
  Accrued interest payable   $ 2,596,564     $ 2,596,893  
  Investment advisory fee payable to affiliate     6,183,486       7,144,480  
  Accrued capital gains incentive fee to affiliate     -       3,872,853  
  Securities purchased not settled     11,343,179       6,994,852  
  Credit facility     150,000,000       -  
  Accrued expenses     629,127       637,896  
  Notes payable - TICC CLO LLC, net of discount     -       100,041,226  
  Notes payable - TICC CLO 2012-1 LLC, net of discount     236,075,775       235,635,114  
  Convertible senior notes payable     115,000,000       115,000,000  
      Total liabilities     521,828,131       471,923,314  
                 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 7)                
                 
NET ASSETS                
  Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 share authorized; 60,303,769 and 53,400,745 shares issued and outstanding, respectively     603,038       534,007  
  Capital in excess of par value     623,018,818       561,336,766  
  Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments     (36,344,922 )     12,968,673  
  Accumulated net realized losses on investments     (63,212,472 )     (45,439,234 )
  Distributions in excess of investment income     (3,251,401 )     (3,157,786 )
      Total net assets     520,813,061       526,242,426  
      Total liabilities and net assets   $ 1,042,641,192     $ 998,165,740  
Net asset value per common share   $ 8.64     $ 9.85  
                 
                 
                 
TICC CAPITAL CORP.
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
                   
    Year Ended
December 31, 2014
    Year Ended
December 31, 2013
    Year Ended
December 31, 2012
 
                         
INVESTMENT INCOME                        
From non-affiliated/non-control investments:                        
  Interest income - debt investments   $ 50,855,738     $ 52,133,176     $ 38,597,973  
  Distributions from securitization vehicles and equity investments     59,516,739       47,241,423       25,755,438  
  Commitment, amendment fee income and other income     5,451,167       4,278,203       5,247,571  
    Total investment income from non-affiliated/non-control investments     115,823,644       103,652,802       69,600,982  
From affiliated investments:                        
  Interest income - debt investments     116,738       -       -  
  Total investment income from affiliated investments     116,738       -       -  
From control investments:                        
  Interest income - debt investments     1,384,358       1,439,341       1,511,897  
  Distributions from equity investments     -       -       62,041  
  Total investment income from control investments     1,384,358       1,439,341       1,573,938  
    Total investment income     117,324,740       105,092,143       71,174,920  
EXPENSES                        
  Compensation expense     1,860,683       1,647,971       1,183,056  
  Investment advisory fees     21,150,190       19,096,229       11,222,713  
  Professional fees     2,149,699       1,996,290       1,873,892  
  Interest expense and other debt financing expenses     22,907,942       18,960,677       7,262,714  
  Insurance     68,638       68,638       68,826  
  Directors' Fees     316,500       322,501       261,000  
  Transfer agent and custodian fees     284,212       229,124       128,692  
  General and administrative     1,398,064       1,589,758       1,027,606  
    Total expenses before incentive fees     50,135,928       43,911,188       23,028,499  
Net investment income incentive fees     5,603,821       6,580,705       5,460,006  
Capital gains incentive fees     (3,872,853 )     (1,192,382 )     5,509,061  
          Total incentive fees     1,730,968       5,388,323       10,969,067  
          Total expenses     51,866,896       49,299,511       33,997,566  
Net investment income     65,457,844       55,792,632       37,177,354  
                         
Net change in unrealized appreciation on investments                        
  Non-Affiliate/non-control investments     (49,550,856 )     (3,199,673 )     14,340,762  
  Affiliated investments     1,227,261       -       -  
  Control investments     (990,000 )     (43,821 )     (71,808 )
    Total net change in unrealized appreciation on investments     (49,313,595 )     (3,243,494 )     14,268,954  
                         
Net realized (losses) gains on investments                        
  Non-Affiliated/non-control investments     (14,788,183 )     6,395,596       16,876,880  
  Affiliated investments     (4,704,466 )     -       -  
    Total net realized (losses) gains on investments     (19,492,649 )     6,395,596       16,876,880  
                         
Net (decrease) increase in net assets resulting from operations   $ (3,348,400 )   $ 58,944,734     $ 68,323,188  
                         
Net increase in net assets resulting from net investment income per                        
common share:                        
      Basic   $ 1.11     $ 1.09     $ 0.98  
      Diluted   $ 1.06     $ 1.03     $ 0.96  
Net (decrease) increase in net assets resulting from operations per                        
common share:                        
      Basic   $ (0.06 )   $ 1.15     $ 1.80  
      Diluted   $ (0.06 )   $ 1.09     $ 1.73  
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:                        
      Basic     58,822,732       51,073,758       37,978,693  
      Diluted     68,855,884       61,106,910       40,575,776  
                               
                               
                               
TICC CAPITAL CORP.
 
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)
                     
    Year Ended
December 31,
2014
  Year Ended
December 31,
2013
  Year Ended
December 31,
2012
  Year Ended
December 31,
2011
  Year Ended
December 31,
2010
Per Share Data                    
Net asset value at beginning of period   $9.85   $9.90   $9.30   $9.85   $8.36
Net investment income (1)   1.11   1.09   0.98   0.92   0.89
Net realized and unrealized capital (losses) gains (2)   (1.14)   0.06   0.82   (0.47)   1.19
Total from net investment operations   (0.03)   1.15   1.80   0.45   2.08
Distributions from net investment income   (1.00)   (1.16)   (1.12)   (0.99)   (0.81)
Distributions based on weighted average share impact   (0.03)   (0.04)   (0.04)   --   --
Tax return of capital distributions   (0.16)   --   --   --   --
Total distributions (3)   (1.19)   (1.20)   (1.16)   (0.99)   (0.81)
Effect of shares issued, net of offering expenses   --   --   (0.04)   (0.01)   0.22
Effect of shares repurchased, gross   0.01   --   --   --   --
Net asset value at end of period   $8.64   $9.85   $9.90   $9.30   $9.85
Per share market value at beginning of period   $10.34   $10.12   $8.65   $11.21   $6.05
Per share market value at end of period   $7.53   $10.34   $10.12   $8.65   $11.21
Total return (4)   (17.22)%   14.68%   30.49%   (14.19)%   102.39%
Shares outstanding at end of period   60,303,769   53,400,745   41,371,286   32,818,428   31,886,367
Ratios/Supplemental Data                    
Net assets at end of period (000's)   520,813   526,242   409,603   305,102   314,118
Average net assets (000's)   560,169   506,093   363,584   318,305   243,723
Ratio of expenses to average net assets:                    
Expenses before incentive fees   8.95%   8.68%   6.33%   3.72%   3.22%
Net investment income incentive fees   1.00%   1.30%   1.50%   0.70%   0.58%
Capital gains incentive fees   (0.69)%   (0.24)%   1.52%   0.35%   --
Total ratio of expenses to average net assets   9.26%   9.74%   9.35%   4.77%   3.80%
Ratio of expenses, excluding interest expense, to average net assets   5.17%   6.00%   7.35%   4.38%   3.80%
Ratio of net investment income to average net assets   11.69%   11.02%   10.23%   9.42%   9.95%
   
(1) Represents per share net investment income for the period, based upon average shares outstanding.
(2) Net realized and unrealized capital gains and losses 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, excluding any discounts.
   

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