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THL Credit Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Declares a Dividend of $0.27 Per Share

11/07/18

BOSTON, Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCRD) (“THL Credit” or the “Company”), a direct lender to middle market companies, today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018.  Additionally, THL Credit announced that its Board of Directors has declared a fourth fiscal quarter 2018 dividend of $0.27 per share payable on December 31, 2018, to stockholders of record as of December 14, 2018.

“We continue to make progress with our efforts to reposition the portfolio which we believe will help drive our performance.  To demonstrate its commitment to the BDC, earlier this year, our Advisor purchased $10 million in TCRD stock under a Rule 10b5-1 plan,” said Chris Flynn, CEO of THL Credit. “Our Advisor has announced that it intends to purchase up to another $10 million of TCRD stock under a new 10b5-1 plan.”

Highlights

 ($ in millions, except per share amounts) 
Portfolio resultsAs of September 30, 2018 
Total assets$558.4 
Investment portfolio, at fair value$532.8 
Net assets$330.1 
Net asset value per share$10.10 
Weighted average yield on investments 11.6% 
 Quarter ended September 30, 2018Quarter ended September 30, 2017
Portfolio activity 
Total portfolio investments made, at par$20.4$29.3
Total portfolio investments made, at cost$20.2$28.7
Number of new portfolio investments 2 2
Number of portfolio investments at end of period 44 45
Operating results  
Total investment income$16.1$20.1
Net investment income$8.6$11.2
Net increase in net assets from operations$4.7$4.1
Net investment income per share$0.26$0.34
Dividends declared per share$0.27$0.27

Portfolio and Investment Activity
In the third quarter, THL Credit closed on two new investments totaling $12.4 million and an additional $8.0 million in follow-on investments, including delayed draw and revolver fundings.

Notable investments for the third quarter included:

  • $6.0 million first lien senior secured term loan and $0.6 million revolver in Gener8, LLC, a provider of complex product design and high mix, low volume manufacturing services;
  • $5.1 million first lien senior secured term loan and $0.7 million common equity investment in Urology Management Associates, LLC, a urology group based in New Jersey; and
  • $4.0 million equity contribution to THL Credit Logan JV LLC (“Logan JV”)

Notable realizations for the quarter included:

  • Partial prepayment of a senior secured term loan in Alex Toys, LLC at par, which resulted in proceeds of $15.0 million;
  • Prepayment of a senior secured term loan and delayed draw term loan in Benesys Inc. at par, which resulted in proceeds of $11.1 million;
  • Prepayment of a senior secured term loan in Dodge Data & Analytics LLC at par, which resulted in proceeds of $10.2 million; and
  • Prepayment of a second lien term loan in Gold, Inc. at par, which resulted in proceeds of $5.2 million.

As of September 30, 2018, these transactions, coupled with changes in net unrealized depreciation on the portfolio during the quarter, bring the total fair value of THL Credit’s investment portfolio to $532.8 million across 44 portfolio investments. THL Credit’s investment portfolio at fair value was allocated 64 percent in first lien senior secured debt (including unitranche investments), 16 percent in the Logan JV, 5 percent in second lien debt, 1 percent in subordinated debt, 3 percent in other income-producing securities and 11 percent in equity securities and warrants. The weighted average yield on debt and Logan JV investments made in the third quarter of 2018 was 9.5 percent. As of September 30, 2018, the weighted average yield of the debt and income-producing securities, including the Logan JV and reflecting the impact of investments on non-accrual, in the investment portfolio at their current cost basis was 11.6 percent. As of September 30, 2018, THL Credit had loans on non-accrual status with an aggregate amortized cost of $14.4 million and fair value of $7.8 million, or 2.7 percent and 1.5 percent of the portfolio’s amortized cost and fair value, respectively. As of September 30, 2018, 96 percent of THL Credit’s debt investments bore interest based on floating rates, which may be subject to interest rate floors, such as London Interbank offer rate, or LIBOR, or Canadian Dollar offer rate, or CDOR, and 4 percent of its debt investments bore interest at fixed rates.

This compares to the portfolio as of December 31, 2017, which had a fair value of $608.7 million across 47 portfolio investments allocated 67 percent in first lien senior secured debt (including unitranche investments), 11 percent in the Logan JV, 5 percent in second lien debt, 3 percent in subordinated debt, 2 percent in other income-producing securities and 12 percent in equity securities and warrants. The weighted average yield of the debt and other income-producing securities in the investment portfolio, including the Logan JV, at their cost basis was 10.7 percent. As of December 31, 2017, THL Credit had loans on non-accrual status with an aggregate amortized cost of $56.3 million and fair value of $21.0 million, or 8.8 percent and 3.4 percent of the portfolio’s amortized cost and fair value, respectively. As of December 31, 2017, 93 percent of its debt investments bore interest based on floating rates, which may be subject to interest rate floors, such as LIBOR, and 7 percent of its debt investments bore interest at fixed rates.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Investment income
Total investment income for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 was $16.1 million and $20.1 million, respectively, and consisted of $11.7 million and $14.5 million of interest income on debt securities (which included PIK interest of $0.9 million and $0.4 million), $3.3 million and $3.7 million of dividend income, $0.6 million and $1.1 million of interest income on other income-producing securities, and $0.5 million and $0.8 million of other income, including fees from THL Credit’s managed vehicles, respectively.

The decrease in investment income between periods was primarily due to the contraction in the overall investment portfolio since September 30, 2017, which led to lower interest income, lower dividend income from certain equity investments and lower other income related to one-time amendment and structuring fees.

Expenses
Expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 were $7.5 million and $9.0 million, respectively.  For the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, base management fees were $2.2 million and $2.6 million, incentive fees were $0.0 million, including the impact of a $1.7 million waiver, and $0.0 million, including the impact of a $0.8 million waiver, administrator and other expenses were $1.5 million and $2.2 million and fees and expenses related to THL Credit’s borrowings were $3.8 million and $4.4 million, respectively. In addition, for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, THL Credit recorded an income tax provision (benefit) related to its consolidated blocker corporations, excise and other taxes of $0.0 million and ($0.2) million, respectively.

The decrease in operating expenses was due primarily to lower interest and fees on THL Credit’s revolving credit facility due to a reduction in borrowings outstanding, lower administration expenses and lower base management fees as a result of portfolio contraction.

Net investment income
Net investment income totaled $8.6 million and $11.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, or $0.26 and $0.34 per share based upon 32,673,590 and 32,721,686 weighted average common shares outstanding, respectively.

The decrease in net investment income between the three month periods is primarily attributable to a decrease in interest income on debt and other income-producing investments due to portfolio contraction offset by lower borrowing costs and base management fees.

Net realized gains and losses on investments, net of income tax provision
For the three months ended September 30, 2018, THL Credit recognized a net realized loss on portfolio investments of $0.3 million, primarily related to a change in estimated recovery proceeds for an escrow receivable. For the three months ended September 30, 2017, THL Credit recognized a net realized loss of $11.3 million primarily from the $11.9 million loss on the sale of its senior secured term loan in CRS Reprocessing, LLC, which was partially offset by the gain on the realization of its equity holdings in Food Processing Holdings, LLC.

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments
For the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, THL Credit’s investment portfolio had a net change in unrealized appreciation of ($3.2) million and $4.8 million, respectively.

The net change in unrealized appreciation on our investments was primarily the result of the reversal of prior period net unrealized depreciation related to certain restructured and exited investments noted above and the performance of certain portfolio investments, including certain control investments.

Benefit for taxes on unrealized gain on investments
For the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, THL Credit recognized an income tax (provision) benefit for taxes on unrealized gains (losses) of ($0.2) million and $0.4 million related to consolidated subsidiaries, respectively.

The change in provision for tax on unrealized gains on investments relates primarily to changes to the unrealized appreciation (depreciation) of the investments held in these taxable consolidated subsidiaries, other temporary differences and change in prior year estimates received from certain portfolio companies.

Change in net assets resulting from operations
Change in net assets resulting from operations totaled $4.7 million and $4.1 million, or $0.14 and $0.13 per share based upon 32,673,590 and 32,721,686 weighted average common shares outstanding, for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

The increase in net assets resulting from operations for the respective periods is due primarily to lower net realized and unrealized gains and losses in the portfolio offset by lower interest income on debt and income-producing securities.

FINANCIAL CONDITION, INCLUDING LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of September 30, 2018, THL Credit had cash of $6.6 million.

As of September 30, 2018, THL Credit had $223.0 million in outstanding borrowings, which was comprised of $113.0 million outstanding on the revolving credit facility and $110.0 million of notes payable outstanding. As of September 30, 2018, borrowings outstanding had a weighted average interest rate of 5.69 percent. For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, THL Credit borrowed $69.5 million and repaid $123.1 million under the revolving credit facility.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, THL Credit’s operating activities provided cash of $83.1 million primarily in connection with the repayment and sales of investments. Financing activities included $53.6 million used for net repayments on its credit facility, $26.5 million for distributions to stockholders and $0.2 million for the payment of financing costs.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, THL Credit’s operating activities provided cash of $23.3 million primarily in connection with the repayment and sales of investments. Its financing activities included $3.1 million provided by net borrowings on its credit facility, $26.6 million for distributions to stockholders, $2.5 million to repurchase common stock and $0.1 million for the payment of financing costs.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

From October 1, 2018 through November 7, 2018, THL Credit made new investments totaling $15.2 million and follow-on investments of $8.6 million at a combined weighted average yield based upon cost at the time of the investment of 10.9%.

On October 5, 2018, THL Credit completed a public offering of $50.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.125% notes due 2023 (“2023 Notes”). The 2023 Notes mature on October 30, 2023, and may be redeemed in whole or in part at any time or from time to time at our option on or after October 30, 2021. The 2023 Notes bear interest at a rate of 6.125% per year payable quarterly on March 30, June 30, September 30 and December 30, of each year, beginning December 30, 2018 and trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “TCRW”. On October 16, 2018, the underwriters exercised their option to purchase an additional $1.6 million to cover overallotments. On November 5, 2018, the proceeds from this public offering were used to redeem the 2021 Notes and partially repay the revolving credit facility. As a result of this redemption, THL Credit will recognize approximately $0.9 million of one-time costs from the accelerated amortization of deferred financing costs related to the 2021 Notes during the three months ended December 31, 2018.

On October 26, 2018, THL Credit fully exited its debt and controlling equity investment in Tri Starr Management Services, Inc. Cash proceeds received and escrow were in-line with the September 30, 2018 fair value.

On November 6, 2018, THL Credit’s board of directors declared a dividend of $0.27 per share payable on December 31, 2018 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 14, 2018.

CONFERENCE CALL

THL Credit will host a conference call to discuss these results and its business outlook on November 8, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

For those wishing to participate by telephone, please dial (877) 375-9141 (domestic) or (253) 237-1151 (international).  Use passcode 3364419.  The Company will also broadcast the conference call live via the Investor Relations section of its website at www.THLCreditBDC.com.  Starting approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call, a replay will be available through November 15, 2018, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (domestic) or (404) 537-3406 (international) and entering passcode 3364419. The replay will also be available on the THL Credit’s website.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION
THL Credit’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, earnings releases, investor presentation and other financial information are available on its website at www.THLCreditBDC.com.


THL CREDIT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(in thousands, except per share data)

 September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017
Assets:   
Investments at fair value:   
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments (cost of $331,242 and $484,816, respectively)$322,339  $449,951 
Controlled investments (cost of $185,266 and $155,547, respectively) 185,052   158,736 
Non-controlled, affiliated investments (cost of $24,817 and $4, respectively) 25,439   4 
Cash 6,559   3,617 
Escrow receivable 6,295    
Interest, dividends, and fees receivable 7,006   7,835 
Deferred financing costs 2,460   2,890 
Deferred tax assets 2,056   2,661 
Prepaid expenses and other assets 790   1,583 
Due from related parties 378   407 
Total assets$558,374  $627,684 
Liabilities:   
Loans payable$112,961  $167,317 
Notes payable ($110,000 and $110,000 face amounts, respectively, reported net of deferred financing costs of $2,485 and $2,985, respectively) 107,515   107,015 
Accrued expenses and other payables 2,261   2,829 
Base management fees payable 2,240   2,556 
Deferred tax liability 2,035   2,336 
Accrued incentive fees 856   972 
Accrued interest and fees 375   551 
Other deferred liabilities 38   79 
Total liabilities 228,281   283,655 
    
Net Assets:   
Common stock, par value $.001 per share, 100,000 common shares authorized, 32,674 and 32,674 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively 33   33 
Paid-in capital in excess of par 433,992   434,197 
Net unrealized depreciation on investments, net of provision for taxes of $1,857 and $1,511, respectively (10,188)  (34,660)
Accumulated net realized losses (103,057)  (67,393)
Accumulated undistributed net investment income 9,313   11,150 
Total net assets attributable to THL Credit, Inc. 330,093   343,327 
Net assets attributable to non-controlling interest    702 
Total net assets$330,093  $344,029 
Total liabilities and net assets$558,374  $627,684 
Net asset value per share attributable to THL Credit, Inc.$10.10  $10.51 



THL CREDIT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)

  For the three months ended
September 30,
 For the nine months ended
September 30,
   2018   2017   2018   2017 
Investment Income:        
From non-controlled, non-affiliated investments:        
Interest income $10,034  $13,510  $35,019  $41,245 
Dividend income        17   139 
Other income  165   418   716   1,913 
From non-controlled, affiliated investments:        
Interest income  835      1,444    
Other income  248   279   791   820 
From controlled investments:        
Interest income  1,358   2,080   4,125   5,727 
Dividend income  3,334   3,683   8,774   9,924 
Other income  104   141   236   423 
Total investment income  16,078   20,111   51,122   60,191 
Expenses:        
Interest and fees on borrowings  3,470   4,023   10,827   11,836 
Base management fees  2,240   2,621   6,893   7,834 
Incentive fees  1,658   811   1,649   3,276 
Administrator expenses  512   670   1,640   2,207 
Other general and administrative expenses  379   462   1,373   1,508 
Amortization of deferred financing costs  317   409   937   1,214 
Professional fees  413   818   1,124   1,522 
Directors' fees  169   169   566   518 
Total expenses  9,158   9,983   25,009   29,915 
Incentive fee waiver  (1,658)  (811)  (1,658)  (811)
Total expenses, net of incentive fee waivers  7,500   9,172   23,351   29,104 
Income tax provision (benefit), excise and other taxes  5   (215)  272   90 
Net investment income  8,573   11,154   27,499   30,997 
Realized Gain (Loss) and Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation) on Investments:      
Net realized (loss) gain on investments:        
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments  (184)  (11,324)  (38,777)  (22,276)
Controlled investments  (102)     241    
Foreign currency transactions  2   6   (202)  (68)
Net realized loss on investments  (284)  (11,318)  (38,738)  (22,344)
Net change in unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments:        
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments  (244)  10,421   26,669   5,215 
Non-controlled, affiliated investments  (2,478)     619    
Controlled investments  (359)  (5,795)  (3,403)  (3,533)
Translation of assets and liabilities in foreign currencies  (261)  (869)  933   (1,389)
Net change in unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments  (3,342)  3,757   24,818   293 
Net change in unrealized (depreciation) appreciation attributable to non-controlling interests  (102)  162   (703)  276 
Net realized and unrealized loss from investments  (3,728)  (7,399)  (14,623)  (21,775)
Provision for taxes on realized gain on investments     (7)     (842)
(Provision) benefit for taxes on unrealized gain on investments  (192)  365   (346)  2,261 
(Provision) benefit for taxes on realized and unrealized gain on investments  (192)  358   (346)  1,419 
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations $4,653  $4,113  $12,530  $10,641 
Net investment income per common share:        
Basic and diluted $0.26  $0.34  $0.84  $0.94 
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share:        
Basic and diluted $0.14  $0.13  $0.38  $0.33 
Dividends declared and paid $0.27  $0.27  $0.81  $0.81 
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:        
Basic and diluted  32,674   32,722   32,674   32,839 


About THL Credit, Inc.

THL Credit, Inc. (NASDAQ: TCRD) is a closed-end investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation, primarily through directly originated first lien secured loans, including unitranche investments. In certain instances, the Company also makes second lien, subordinated, or mezzanine, debt investments, which may include an associated equity component such as warrants, preferred stock or similar securities and direct equity investments. The Company targets investments primarily in middle market companies with annual EBITDA generally between $5 million and $25 million that require capital for growth and acquisitions. The Company is headquartered in Boston, with additional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York. The Company’s investment activities are managed by THL Credit Advisors LLC, an investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. For more information, please visit www.THLCreditBDC.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect various assumptions by the Company concerning anticipated results and are not guarantees of future performance. The accuracy of such statements involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that, in some ways, are beyond management’s control, including the factors described from time to time in filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

Investor Contact:
THL Credit, Inc.
Lauren Vieira
617-790-6070
lvieira@thlcredit.com

Media Contact:
Stanton Public Relations and Marketing, LLC
Doug Allen
646-502-3530
dallen@stantonprm.com

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