May 11, 2015

Capitala Finance Corp. Reports First Quarter 2015 Results

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capitala Finance Corp. (Nasdaq:CPTA) ("Capitala" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

First Quarter Highlights

  • Originated $67.2 million of gross investments during the quarter. Of this amount, $57.2 million was debt, of which 61% was senior secured. The weighted average yield on newly originated first quarter debt investments was 13.3%. Net debt deployments for the quarter were $44.6 million
  • Investments appreciated approximately $3.3 million on a net basis, excluding the reversal of net unrealized appreciation from repayments/sales of investments
  • Net asset value as of March 31, 2015 was $238.2 million, or $18.35 per common share
    • NAV was reduced by $0.97 during the period related to distributions declared. We paid $0.52 per common share during the period, with $0.45 to be paid monthly at $0.05 per common share over the remainder of 2015
  • Net investment income of $4.8 million, or $0.37 per common share
  • Net realized capital gains of $9.3 million, or $0.72 per common share
  • Net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $9.9 million, or $0.76 per common share

Management Commentary

In describing the Company's first quarter activities, Joseph B. Alala, III, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are pleased with our results from the first quarter, most importantly with the investment activity coupled with the $0.72 per common share of realized gains earned during the period. In addition, subsequent to quarter-end, we successfully completed an underwritten offering of 3.5 million shares, providing the Company with gross proceeds of approximately $64.1 million. We remain focused on investing in small businesses in both the lower middle market and the traditional middle market, building out the liquid credit platform, and providing full distribution coverage from net investment income."

First Quarter 2015 Investment Activity

During the first quarter of 2015, the Company originated approximately $67.2 million of new investments, and received approximately $34.6 million of repayments.

  • Weighted average leverage on new debt deployments was 1.8x
  • Weighted average yield of 13.3% for first quarter deployments, compared to 10.5% in the prior quarter
  • Of the $34.6 million in repayments, $22.0 million related to equity investment exits that resulted in $12.7 million in gross realized gains

Lower Middle Market Activity (Companies less than $30 million in EBITDA)

During the first quarter of 2015, the Company originated two lower middle market portfolio investments totaling $35.0 million and invested $3.1 million in two follow-on investments. The weighted average yield on lower middle market deployments in the first quarter of 2015 was 13.1%. During the quarter, the Company received approximately $34.4 million of repayments, resulting in a net realized gain of $9.3 million, or $0.72 per share. 

Middle Market Activity (Companies greater than $30 million in EBITDA)

During the first quarter of 2015, the Company originated middle market portfolio investments totaling approximately $15.0 million in one new portfolio company and invested $4.2 million in one follow-on investment. The weighted average yield on middle market investments in the first quarter of 2015 was 13.6%. During the quarter, the Company received approximately $0.2 million of repayments. 

Liquid Credit Investments

During the first quarter of 2015, the Company invested $10.0 in Capitala Senior Liquid Loan Fund I, LLC. As previously announced, Capitala Senior Liquid Loan Fund I, LLC is a joint venture with Kemper Corporation, and will invest primarily in senior secured loans to middle market companies. 

First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Total investment income was $14.0 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to $12.4 million for the same period in 2014, an increase of $1.6 million. Total interest, fee, and payment-in-kind ("PIK") income was $5.1 million higher in the first quarter of 2015 compared to 2014, but was partially offset by $3.4 million less dividend income for the first quarter of 2015 compared to 2014.  

Total expenses for the first quarter of 2015 were $9.2 million, compared to $6.7 million for the comparable period in 2014. The increase is primarily attributable to (1) an increase in interest and financing expenses of $2.4 million, (2) an increase of $0.5 million in management fees, net of the waiver, and (3) and a decrease of $0.3 million related to lower incentives fees earned during the first quarter of 2015 as compared to 2014.     

Net investment income for the first quarter of 2015 was $4.8 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to $5.7 million, or $0.44 per share, for the same period in 2014. The decrease in net investment income relates primarily to a $2.5 million increase in total expenses as detailed above, partially offset by $1.6 million increase in total investment income. 

Net realized gains totaled $9.3 million, or $0.72 per share, for the first quarter of 2015, compared to $1.2 million for the same period in 2014. Gross gains of $3.3 million for Boot Barn, Inc. and $9.3 million for KBP Investments, LLC were partially offset by a $3.4 million loss related to Precision Manufacturing, LLC. The net change in unrealized appreciation for the first quarter of 2015 was a decline of $4.3 million, or $0.33 per common share, compared to $5.7 million, or $0.44 per common share, for the same period in 2014. During the first quarter of 2015, the Company had $7.6 million in net unrealized depreciation related to reversal of net unrealized appreciation on realized gains. The remaining portfolio appreciated $3.3 million during the same period. 

The net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $9.9 million for the first quarter of 2015, or $0.76 per common share, compared to a net increase of $1.2 million, or $0.09 per common share, for the same period in 2014.    

Investment Portfolio

As of March 31, 2015, our portfolio consisted of 54 companies with a fair market value of $518.9 million and a cost basis of $484.0 million. Senior secured debt investments represented 35.0% of the portfolio, subordinated debt investments represented 45.0% of the portfolio, equity/warrant investments represented 18.0% of the portfolio, and senior liquid loan funds represented 2.0% of the portfolio, based on fair values at March 31, 2015. On a cost basis, equity/warrant investments comprise 11.1% of the portfolio at March 31, 2015.

The chart below provides an update on the portfolio at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014:

$ Thousands  
  Total Portfolio as of 3/31/2015 Total Portfolio as of 12/31/2014
                 
  $ Amount EBITDA (1) Yield (2) Leverage (3) $ Amount EBITDA (1) Yield (2) Leverage (3)
                 
Lower Middle Market $382,809 $10,537 13.3% 3.5x $373,752 $10,853 13.3% 3.6x
Traditional Middle Market                
Senior Secured Debt  40,996  83,066 11.0% 4.3x 22,054 81,974 8.8% 4.5x
Senior Subordinated Debt / Equity  85,122  107,783 10.5% 4.3x  84,531  104,157 10.6% 4.5x
Senior Loan Fund  10,000  N/A   N/A   N/A   --   --   --  --
Overall Portfolio $518,927 $33,011 12.6% 3.7x $480,337 $30,940 12.5% 3.8x
 
(1) Represents weighted average LTM EBITDA of both debt and equity investments.
(2) Represents weighted average yield on debt instruments only; excludes impact of OID and fees.
(3) Represents weighted average leverage on debt instruments only.

We currently have no investments on cash non-accrual status. The Company had debt investments in one portfolio company on PIK non-accrual as of March 31, 2015, with a fair value of $10.5 million and a cost basis of $13.1 million.  At December 31, 2014, the Company had one cash non-accrual investment with a fair market value of $0, and a cost basis of $3.4 million. The Company had one debt investment on PIK non-accrual at December 31, 2014 with a fair value of $10.6 million and a cost basis of $13.1 million

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2015, the Company had $32.0 million in cash and cash equivalents. In addition, the Company had SBA debentures outstanding totaling $192.2 million with an annual weighted average interest rate of 3.51%, and approximately $113.4 million of fixed rate notes bearing an interest rate of 7.125%. At March 31, 2015, the Company had $65.0 million available under its senior secured revolving credit facility, which is priced at LIBOR plus 3.0% and matures on October 17, 2018.  

Subsequent Events

On April 2, 2015, the Company invested $1.0 million in the senior secured term debt of Print Direction, Inc., an existing portfolio company, yielding 10.0% cash interest and 2.0% PIK. 

On April 13, 2015, the Company completed an underwritten offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $18.32 per share for total gross proceeds of approximately $64.1 million.

On April 14, 2015, the Company repaid the full $25.0 million balance on its senior secured credit facility, and accrued interest to date.

On April 17, 2015, the Company committed $4.0 million for Concentra Inc.'s senior unsecured bridge facility, initially yielding LIBOR +7.0% cash interest with 1.0% floor. 

On April 20, 2015, the Company received $0.9 million in cash proceeds from our exit of KBP Investments, LLC related to a working capital true-up. 

On April 20, 2015, the Company received $10.0 million from TGI Friday's, Inc., representing full repayment of the Company's debt investment, yielding LIBOR + 8.25%. In addition, the Company also received a $0.3 million pre-payment fee.   

On April 30, 2015, the Company invested $5.0 million in Burke America Parts Group, LLC senior secured term debt, yielding 9.5% cash interest, plus warrant participation.

First Quarter 2015 Financial Results Conference Call

Management will host a conference call to discuss the operating and financial results at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday May 12, 2015. To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-877-312-5507 approximately 10 minutes prior to the call. A live webcast of the conference will be available at http://investor.CapitalaGroup.com

About Capitala Finance Corp.

Capitala Finance Corp. is a business development company that invests primarily in traditional mezzanine, senior subordinated and unitranche debt, as well as senior and second-lien loans and, to lesser extent, equity securities issued by lower and traditional middle-market companies. The Company is managed by Capitala Investment Advisors, LLC. For more information about the Company, please visit www.CapitalaGroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Words such as "believes," "intends," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," and "future" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking 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 the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

Capitala Finance Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
     
   As of 
  March 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
   (unaudited)   
ASSETS    
     
Investments at fair value    
Non-control/non-affiliate investments (amortized cost of $256,792 and $219,163, respectively)  $ 278,690  $ 236,804
Affiliate investments (amortized cost of $156,307 and $154,552, respectively)  173,585  171,471
Control investments (amortized cost of $70,936 and $67,440, respectively)  66,652  72,062
Total investments at fair value (amortized cost of $484,035 and $441,155, respectively)  518,927  480,337
Cash and cash equivalents  32,007  55,107
Interest and dividend receivable  4,929  3,113
Due from related parties  518  518
Deferred financing fees (net of accumulated amortization of $3,755 and $3,288, respectively)  9,843  10,002
Prepaid expenses  371  515
Other assets  380  274
Total assets  $ 566,975  $ 549,866
     
LIABILITIES    
SBA debentures  $ 192,200  $ 192,200
Notes  113,438  113,438
Revolving credit facility  15,000  --
Distribution payable  5,840  --
Due to related parties  89  8
Management and incentive fee payable  1,183  159
Interest payable  997  2,902
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  56  322
Total liabilities  $ 328,803  $ 309,029
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
NET ASSETS    
Common stock, par value $.01, 100,000,000 common shares authorized, 12,977,242 and 12,974,420 common shares issued and outstanding, respectively  130  130
Additional paid in capital  188,458  188,408
Accumulated undistributed net investment income  11,033  12,314
Accumulated undistributed net realized gain from investments  3,659  803
Net unrealized appreciation on investments  34,892  39,182
Total net assets  238,172  240,837
     
Total liabilities and net assets  $ 566,975  $ 549,866
     
Net asset value per share  $ 18.35  $ 18.56
     
     
Capitala Finance Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 (unaudited) 
  For the period ended March 31
   2015   2014 
     
INVESTMENT INCOME    
Interest and fee income:    
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments  $ 7,675  $ 2,940
Affiliate investments  3,591  3,740
Control investments  1,639  1,333
Total interest and fee income  12,905  8,013
Payment-in-kind interest and dividend income:    
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments  314  173
Affiliate investments  257  293
Control investments  198  125
Total payment-in-kind interest and dividend income  769  591
Dividend income:    
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments  153  163
Affiliate investments  29  29
Control investments  184  3,570
Total dividend income  366  3,762
Other income  --  --
Interest income from cash and cash equivalents  1  8
Total investment income  14,041  12,374
     
EXPENSES    
Interest and financing expenses  4,637  2,199
Base management fee  2,410  2,018
Incentive fees  1,180  1,430
Administrative expenses  275  226
Other operating expenses  722  904
Expenses before management fee waiver  9,224  6,777
Management fee waiver  --  (124)
Total expenses net of management fee waiver  9,224  6,653
     
NET INVESTMENT INCOME  4,817  5,721
     
REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS) ON INVESTMENTS:    
Net realized gain from investments:    
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments  28  1,158
Affiliate investments  --  --
Control investments  9,312  62
Total realized gain from investments  9,340  1,220
Net unrealized depreciation on investments  (4,290)  (5,723)
Net gain (loss) on investments  5,050  (4,503)
     
NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS  $ 9,867  $ 1,218
     
NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS PER SHARE RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS - BASIC AND DILUTED  $ 0.76  $ 0.09
     
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON STOCK OUTSTANDING - BASIC AND DILUTED  12,974,483  12,974,420
     
DISTRIBUTIONS DECLARED AND PAID PER SHARE  $ 0.52  $ 0.47
     
DISTRIBUTIONS DECLARED AND PAYABLE PER SHARE  $ 0.45  $ --
     
     
CONTACT: Capitala Finance Corp.

         Stephen Arnall, Chief Financial Officer

         704-376-5502

         sarnall@capitalagroup.com

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