CION Investment Corporation Reports March 31, 2022 Financial Results
CION Investment Corporation (NYSE: CION) ("CION" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 and filed its Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
QUARTERLY AND OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
"Our first quarter results reflect continued momentum from the fourth quarter, as we generated net investment income of $0.34 per share. We experienced greater operational efficiency as the result of measured portfolio growth during the quarter. Accordingly, investment activity was solid during the quarter as we generated $77 million in net funded portfolio activity. Finally, while we continue to closely monitor market and economic conditions that could impact our portfolio companies, overall credit quality of the portfolio remained healthy for the quarter," said Mark Gatto, co-Chief Executive Officer of CION.
"We expanded our senior secured credit facility with JPMorgan by $100 million to $675 million in total committed amount and subsequent to quarter end, we closed a $50 million unsecured term loan from an existing lender. With this added flexibility and leverage capacity, we are well positioned to continue to become more fully invested over time," added Michael A. Reisner, co-Chief Executive Officer of CION.
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
* Includes a special distribution of $0.20 per share during the quarter ended December 31, 2021.
Total investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 was $41.7 million and $40.4 million, respectively. The increase in investment income was primarily driven by an increase in the size of the Company's investment portfolio.
Operating expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021 were $22.2 million and $22.0 million, respectively. There were no significant changes to the Company's operating expenses from the three months ended December 31, 2021 to the three months ended March 31, 2022.
PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY1
A summary of the Company's investment activity for the three months ended March 31, 2022 is as follows:
During the three months ended March 31, 2022, new investment commitments were made across 8 new portfolio companies and 7 existing portfolio companies. Sales and repayments were primarily driven by the full sale or repayment of investments in 6 portfolio companies. As a result, the number of portfolio companies increased from 113 as of December 31, 2021 to 115 as of March 31, 2022.
As of March 31, 2022, the Company's investments consisted of the following:
The following table presents certain selected information regarding the Company's investments:
As of March 31, 2022, investments on non-accrual status represented 0.6% and 2.3% of the total investment portfolio at fair value and amortized cost, respectively.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $875 million of total principal amount of debt outstanding, comprised of $720 million of outstanding borrowings under its senior secured credit facilities, $125 million of senior unsecured notes due 2026, and a $30 million unsecured term loan due 2024. The combined weighted average interest rate on debt outstanding was 3.72% for the quarter ended March 31, 2022. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $33 million in cash and short-term investments and $105 million available under its financing arrangements.2
EARNING CONFERENCE CALL
CION will host an earnings conference call on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 11:00 am Eastern Time to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. Please visit the Investor Resources - Events and Presentations section of the Company's website at www.cionbdc.com for a slide presentation that complements the earnings conference call.
All interested parties are invited to participate via telephone or listen via the live webcast, which can be accessed by clicking the following link: CION Investment Corporation First Quarter 2022 Financial Results Webcast. Domestic callers can access the conference call by dialing (877) 445-9755. International callers can access the conference call by dialing +1 (201) 493-6744. All callers are asked to dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the call. An archived replay will be available on a webcast link located in the Investor Resources - Events and Presentations section of CION's website.
1. The discussion of the investment portfolio excludes short-term investments.
2. Total debt outstanding excludes netting of debt issuance costs of $7.6 million as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021.
3. The fixed versus floating composition has been calculated as a percentage of performing debt investments measured on a fair value basis, including income producing preferred stock investments and excludes investments, if any, on non-accrual status.
4. Computed based on the (a) annual actual interest rate or yield earned plus amortization of fees and discounts on the performing debt and other income producing investments as of the reporting date, divided by (b) the total performing debt and other income producing investments (excluding investments on non-accrual status) at amortized cost. This calculation excludes exit fees that are receivable upon repayment of the investment.
5. For a particular portfolio company, we calculate the level of contractual indebtedness net of cash ("net debt") owed by the portfolio company and compare that amount to measures of cash flow available to service the net debt. To calculate net debt, we include debt that is both senior and pari passu to the tranche of debt owned by us but exclude debt that is legally and contractually subordinated in ranking to the debt owned by us. We believe this calculation method assists in describing the risk of our portfolio investments, as it takes into consideration contractual rights of repayment of the tranche of debt owned by us relative to other senior and junior creditors of a portfolio company. We typically calculate cash flow available for debt service at a portfolio company by taking EBITDA for the trailing twelve-month period. Weighted average net debt to EBITDA is weighted based on the fair value of our performing debt investments and excluding investments where net debt to EBITDA may not be the appropriate measure of credit risk, such as cash collateralized loans and investments that are underwritten and covenanted based on recurring revenue.
For a particular portfolio company, we also calculate the level of contractual interest expense owed by the portfolio company, and compare that amount to EBITDA ("interest coverage ratio"). We believe this calculation method assists in describing the risk of our portfolio investments, as it takes into consideration contractual interest obligations of the portfolio company. Weighted average interest coverage is weighted based on the fair value of our performing debt investments, excluding investments where interest coverage may not be the appropriate measure of credit risk, such as cash collateralized loans and investments that are underwritten and covenanted based on recurring revenue.
Portfolio company statistics, including EBITDA, are derived from the financial statements most recently provided to us for each portfolio company as of the reported end date. Statistics of the portfolio companies have not been independently verified by us and may reflect a normalized or adjusted amount.
6. Median EBITDA is calculated based on the portfolio company's EBITDA as of our initial investment.
(1) The Company completed a two-to-one reverse stock split, effective as of September 21, 2021. The weighted average shares used in the computation of the net increase in net assets per share resulting from operations and net investment income per share reflect the reverse stock split on a retroactive basis.
ABOUT CION INVESTMENT CORPORATION
CION Investment Corporation is a leading publicly listed business development company that had approximately $1.8 billion in assets as of March 31, 2022. CION seeks to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation for investors by focusing primarily on senior secured loans to U.S. middle-market companies. CION is advised by CION Investment Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser and an affiliate of CION. For more information, please visit www.cionbdc.com.
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The information in this press release is summary information only and should be read in conjunction with CION's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which CION filed with the SEC on May 12, 2022, as well as CION's other reports filed with the SEC. A copy of CION's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and CION's other reports filed with the SEC can be found on CION's website at www.cionbdc.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.