BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results Including Net Investment Income of $0.36 Per Share
BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. ("we," "us," "our," "TCPC" or the "Company"), a business development company (NASDAQ: TCPC), today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 and filed its Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
"While the pandemic caused significant economic and market disruption in the first half of 2020, our highly diversified portfolio of primarily senior secured investments continued to perform well, with total non-accruals accounting for only 0.6% of the portfolio at fair value at the end of the second quarter," said Howard Levkowitz, BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. Chairman and CEO. "We also benefited from the broader market recovery in the second quarter and our NAV increased 3.8%, reflecting a 1.6% net market value gain on our investments.
"The board's decision to adjust the dividend rate was a prudent response to substantial declines in LIBOR over the last year and a half. We are confident in the sustainability of our dividend at this level," Levkowitz continued. "We also strengthened our diversified and low-cost leverage program by extending and expanding our SVCP credit facility and replacing our TCPC Funding credit facility with a new facility with improved terms. We appreciate the ongoing support of our lenders.
"And finally, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Petro to our board of directors. With nearly 30 years of experience in commercial finance, she further strengthens our very accomplished and diverse board. Building a diverse board has been a longstanding priority, and following Andrea's appointment, half of our independent directors are now women," said Levkowitz. "Andrea replaces Brian Wruble, who retired after serving as a board member to funds managed by our Advisor for sixteen years, including five years on our board. We thank Brian for his dedication and outstanding contributions over the years."
PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY
As of June 30, 2020, our investment portfolio consisted of debt and equity positions in 101 portfolio companies with a total fair value of approximately $1.6 billion, 92% of which was senior secured debt. Total debt positions represented approximately 93% of the investment portfolio at fair value, and equity positions, including equity interests in portfolios of debt and lease assets, represented approximately 7%. 92% of our debt investments were floating rate, 79% of which had interest rate floors.
As of June 30, 2020, the weighted average annual effective yield of our debt portfolio was approximately 9.8%(1) and the weighted average annual effective yield of our total portfolio was approximately 9.4%, compared with 10.3% and 9.8%, respectively as of March 31, 2020, as LIBOR continued to fall. Debt investments in three portfolio companies were on non-accrual status as of June 30, 2020, representing 0.6% of the portfolio at fair value and 1.6% at cost.
During the three months ended June 30, 2020, we invested approximately $56.0 million, primarily in 5 investments, comprised of 2 new and 3 existing portfolio companies. The investments included approximately $52.9 million in senior secured loans. The remaining $3.1 million was comprised primarily of equity investments. Additionally, we received proceeds from sales and repayments of investment principal of approximately $101.8 million. Investments in new portfolio companies during the quarter had a weighted average effective yield of 10.6%. Investments we exited had a weighted average effective yield of 9.3%. We expect to continue to invest in senior secured loans, bonds and subordinated debt, as well as select equity investments, to obtain a high level of current income, with an emphasis on principal protection.
As of June 30, 2020, total assets were $1.7 billion, net assets were $705.1 million and net asset value per share was $12.21, as compared to $1.7 billion, $679.6 million, and $11.76 per share, respectively, as of March 31, 2020.
CONSOLIDATED RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Total investment income for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was approximately $45.1 million, or $0.78 per share, and reflected the impact of the reduction in LIBOR on our portfolio. Since December 31, 2018, 3-month LIBOR has decreased 250 basis points to 0.30% as of June 30, 2020, which reduced our quarterly net investment income run rate by approximately $0.09 per share over the 18-month period, before incentive fees. Investment income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020 included $0.01 per share from prepayment premiums and related accelerated original issue discount and exit fee amortization, $0.04 per share from recurring original issue discount and exit fee amortization, $0.06 per share from income paid in kind, and $0.08 per share in amendment fees and other income. This reflects our policy of recording interest income, adjusted for amortization of premiums and discounts, on an accrual basis. Origination, structuring, closing, commitment, and similar upfront fees received in connection with the outlay of capital are generally amortized into interest income over the life of the respective debt investment.
Total operating expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were approximately $24.1 million, or $0.42 per share, including interest and other debt expenses of $10.6 million, or $0.18 per share, and incentive compensation from net investment income of $5.2 million, or $0.09 per share. Because our incentive compensation is computed on a cumulative basis, subject to a cumulative total return hurdle of 7%, our incentive compensation for the three months ended June 30, 2020 included amounts earned but not previously paid with respect to net investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2020 (the "First Quarter Catchup Amount"), when our performance temporarily fell below the total return hurdle. However, rather than receiving all incentive compensation earned as of June 30, 2020, the Advisor is voluntarily deferring 5/6 of the First Quarter Catchup Amount to subsequent quarters such that 1/6 of the First Quarter Catchup Amount will be paid in any subsequent quarter to the extent that our cumulative performance exceeds the total return hurdle in such quarter. Accordingly, for the three months ended June 30, 2020, our incentive compensation expense included approximately $0.6 million, or $0.01 per share, from the First Quarter Catchup Amount. Excluding incentive compensation, interest and other debt expenses, annualized second quarter expenses were 4.7% of average net assets.
Net investment income for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was approximately $21.1 million, or $0.36 per share.
Net unrealized gains for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $25.7 million, or $0.45 per share, primarily driven by spread tightening and volatility during the three months ended June 30, 2020 after the dramatic spread widening and volatility during the three months ended March 31, 2020 related to the market impact of COVID-19. Net realized losses for the three months ended June 30, 2020 were $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share.
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the three months ended June 30, 2020 was $46.4 million, or $0.80 per share.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
As of June 30, 2020, available liquidity was approximately $348.3 million, comprised of approximately $328.3 million in available capacity under our leverage program and $20.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, less approximately $0.6 million in net outstanding settlements of investments purchased.
The combined weighted-average interest rate on debt outstanding at June 30, 2020 was 3.53%.
Total debt outstanding at June 30, 2020 was as follows:
On July 29, 2020, our board of directors re-approved our stock repurchase plan to acquire up to $50 million in the aggregate of our common stock at prices at certain thresholds below our net asset value per share, in accordance with the guidelines specified in Rule 10b-18 and Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. During the six months ended June 30, 2020, we repurchased 1,000,000 shares for a total cost of $6.1 million.
On July 31, 2020, the SVCP Facility was amended to include a $100 million accordion feature which allows for expansion of the facility to up to $400 million subject to consent from the lender and other customary conditions.
On August 4, 2020, our board of directors declared a third quarter dividend of $0.30 per share payable on September 30, 2020 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on September 16, 2020.
On August 4, 2020, we established a new $200 million revolving credit facility with Morgan Stanley as administrative agent (the "New Facility"). The New Facility matures on August 4, 2025 and generally bears interest at LIBOR plus 2.00%. This new credit facility replaces the previous TCPC Funding Facility which also generally bore interest at LIBOR plus 2.00%.
On August 4, 2020, Brian Wruble retired from our board of directors after serving on the board since 2015. Also on August 4, 2020, Andrea Petro was appointed to our board of directors. Following her appointment, half of our independent directors are women. Prior to joining our board, Ms. Petro served as Managing Director and Group Head of the Specialty Commercial Finance Group of Waterfall Asset Management. Prior to Waterfall, she worked in various roles at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Ms. Petro currently serves as a member of the MS Finance Advisory Board of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and as a member of the board of directors of the Secured Finance Network (formerly known as the Commercial Finance Association). Ms. Petro holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Russian and Soviet Studies from Kent State University.
CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST
BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. will host a conference call on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Pacific Time) to discuss its financial results. All interested parties are invited to participate in the conference call by dialing (866) 393-0571; international callers should dial (206) 453-2872. Participants should enter the Conference ID 3675233 when prompted. For a slide presentation that we intend to refer to on the earnings conference call, please visit the Investor Relations section of our website (www.tcpcapital.com) and click on the Second Quarter 2020 Investor Presentation under Events and Presentations. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously in the investor relations section of our website at http://investors.tcpcapital.com/. An archived replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the live call, through August 13, 2020. For the replay, please visit https://investors.tcpcapital.com/events-and-presentations or dial (855) 859-2056. For international replay, please dial (404) 537-3406. For all replays, please reference program ID number 3675233.
ABOUT BLACKROCK TCP CAPITAL CORP.
BlackRock TCP Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: TCPC) is a specialty finance company focused on direct lending to middle-market companies as well as small businesses. TCPC lends primarily to companies with established market positions, strong regional or national operations, differentiated products and services and sustainable competitive advantages, investing across industries in which it has significant knowledge and expertise. TCPC's investment objective is to achieve high total returns through current income and capital appreciation, with an emphasis on principal protection. TCPC is a publicly-traded business development company, or BDC, regulated under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is externally managed by its advisor, Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. For more information, visit www.tcpcapital.com.
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