CHICAGO, May 08, May 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Monroe Capital Corporation /zigman2/quotes/200285859/composite MRCC -4.13% ("Monroe") today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.
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First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights
-- Net investment income of $6.8 million, or $0.33 per share
-- Adjusted Net Investment Income (a non-GAAP measure described below) of $6.8 million, or $0.33 per share
-- Net decrease in net assets resulting from operations of $36.9 million, or $1.81 per share
-- Net asset value ("NAV") of $205.4 million, or $10.04 per share
-- Paid quarterly dividend of $0.35 per share on March 31, 2020
Chief Executive Officer Theodore L. Koenig commented, "Through the beginning of March, we were focused on our previously discussed strategy of reinvesting available capital in strong, resilient portfolio companies in defensive sectors. Our disciplined underwriting and credit process resulted in us having limited to no direct portfolio exposure in the high risk cyclical industries of airlines, automotive, travel, leisure, oil and gas, minerals and mining and energy. However, the unprecedented uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 pandemic has created concerns related to overall economic conditions and also, specific unanticipated challenges for many companies due to business interruptions and a slowdown in economic activity. Further, this uncertainty has caused negative impacts in the general loan market which has put downward pressure on loan valuations for all lenders. Our focus for the foreseeable future is on maintaining strong liquidity and funding and supporting our portfolio companies, as warranted. We believe the vast majority of our portfolio companies have strong long-term outlooks and will recover from the short-term challenges they are facing as a result of COVID-19. Over 97% of our portfolio companies that were current on interest payments prior to COVID-19 paid their first quarter interest as scheduled. As always, we will continue to be focused on the interests of our shareholders and will operate with caution and remain focused on generation of net investment income, preservation of capital and creation of shareholder value."
Monroe Capital Corporation is a business development company affiliate of the award winning private credit investment firm and lender, Monroe Capital LLC.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated government actions and the uncertainties around the duration and depth of the current economic downturn, we have been very focused on working with our portfolio company borrowers and their respective financial sponsors and management teams to make sure our borrowers have the liquidity to persevere through this crisis period. We have fully funded all revolver draw requests that we received from our borrowers. In this uncertain time, we are pleased to report Adjusted Net Investment Income of $6.8 million or $0.33 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. This compares with $7.7 million or $0.37 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. We believe that Adjusted Net Investment Income is a consistent measure of our earnings. See Non-GAAP Financial Measure - Adjusted Net Investment Income discussion below.
During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the adverse consequences of government mandated shutdowns, the overall uncertainty surrounding the economic impact of COVID-19 and general reductions in valuations of the liquid traded loan market resulting from spread widening negatively impacted the fair value of our investment portfolio, resulting in net unrealized mark-to-market valuation losses of $45.1 million during the quarter. NAV declined by $2.16 per share, or 18%, to $205.4 million or $10.04 per share as of March 31, 2020, compared to $249.4 million or $12.20 per share as of December 31, 2019. The NAV decline of $2.16 per share was comprised of a $2.21 per share decline as a result of unrealized mark-to-market losses and a $0.02 per share decline as a result of dividends paid in excess of net investment income and these declines were partially offset by $0.07 per share in other gains. These other gains were primarily attributable to unrealized gains on foreign currency associated with our borrowings denominated in British pounds.
Below are our estimates of the components of the $2.21 decrease in per share NAV for the quarter attributable to unrealized mark-to-to market valuation losses:
-- $1.25 of the per share decrease in NAV, or 57.9%, was attributable to broad market movements and widening of credit spreads in the loan markets as market participants expected higher yields on similar investments given the significant volatility generated by COVID-19. Of that $1.25, approximately $0.71 per share, or 32.9%, was attributable to names held in the portfolio directly, while approximately $0.54 per share, or 25.0%, was attributable to our investment in MRCC Senior Loan Fund I, LLC ("SLF").
-- $0.96 of the per share decrease in NAV, or 44.4%, was attributable to specific credit or fundamental performance of the underlying portfolio companies, a significant portion of which is a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual credit performance.
The SLF's underlying investments are loans to middle-market borrowers that are generally larger than the rest of MRCC's portfolio, which is focused on lower middle-market companies. These upper middle-market loans held within the SLF experienced higher volatility in valuation during the quarter than the rest of the MRCC portfolio. See MRCC Senior Loan Fund below for additional information on SLF. In summary, a total of $1.25 of our $2.16 reduction in per share NAV, or 57.9%, is directly attributable to spread widening which caused unrealized mark to-market fair value adjustments in our portfolio valuation. We anticipate that a significant portion of these adjustments could reverse when the effects of the current crisis pass and loan market prices improve.
Finally, following an in depth review of the potential impacts of the current economic crisis on our portfolio companies, we proactively placed three additional portfolio company investments on non-accrual status. As of March 31, 2020, 7.4% of our total investments at fair value are on non-accrual.
Monroe's large and experienced credit team is very focused on actively managing our portfolio to ensure we provide the right support for our portfolio companies through this pandemic and ultimately, obtain the best possible outcome for our shareholders. Given the uncertainty in the long-term economic impacts associated with COVID-19, the unprecedented levels of unemployment, and the potential for a COVID-19 induced recession of uncertain length, we are particularly focused on maintaining a strong liquidity position to allow us to continue to support our portfolio companies. To this end, Monroe management has recommended to our Board and the Board has agreed to reduce the second quarter dividend to $0.25 per share, payable in cash. The dividend will be payable to shareholders of record on June 15, 2020 and the dividend will be paid on June 30, 2020. We will closely monitor the performance of our borrowers as well as overall economic trends, activity and future prospects and if appropriate, we will adjust the dividend amount in the future if we see evidence of a sustained economic recovery which causes a positive impact on our net investment income. As of now, we are focused on taking a conservative approach to managing liquidity in these uncertain times. We believe that by making this dividend adjustment, we are acting responsibly in light of the current uncertainties and challenges that we are facing as a result of the current crisis. As always, we are focused on the long-term interests of our shareholders, and we will continue to operate with caution.
Selected Financial Highlights
(in thousands, except per share data)
March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities data: (unaudited) Investments, at fair value $ 590,837 $ 616,231 Total assets $ 620,415 $ 655,058 Net asset value $ 205,352 $ 249,357 Net asset value per share $ 10.04 $ 12.20 For the quarter ended March 31, 2020 December 31, 2019 Consolidated Statements of Operations data: (unaudited) Net investment income $ 6,782 $ 7,649 Adjusted net investment income $ 6,802 $ 7,656 Net gain (loss) $ (43,632 ) $ (3,521 ) Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $ (36,850 ) $ 4,128 Per share data: Net investment income $ 0.33 $ 0.37 Adjusted net investment income $ 0.33 $ 0.37 Net gain (loss) $ (2.14 ) $ (0.16 ) Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $ (1.81 ) $ 0.21
(1) See Non-GAAP Financial Measure - Adjusted Net Investment Income below for a detailed description of this non-GAAP measure and a reconciliation from net investment income to Adjusted Net Investment Income. The Company uses this non-GAAP financial measure internally in analyzing financial results and believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors as an additional tool to evaluate ongoing results and trends for the Company.
The Company had debt and equity investments in 83 portfolio companies, with a total fair value of $590.8 million as of March 31, 2020, as compared to debt and equity investments in 81 portfolio companies, with a total fair value of $616.2 million, as of December 31, 2019. The Company's portfolio consists primarily of first lien loans, representing 90.9% of the portfolio as of March 31, 2020, and 89.5% of the portfolio as of December 31, 2019. As of March 31, 2020, the weighted average contractual and effective yield on the Company's debt and preferred equity investments was 8.0% and 8.1%, respectively, as compared to the weighted average contractual and effective yield of 8.8% and 8.9%, respectively, as of December 31, 2019. Decreases in portfolio yield are attributed to general decreases in LIBOR and three investments moving to non-accrual during the quarter. Portfolio yield is calculated only on the portion of the portfolio that has a contractual coupon and therefore does not account for dividends on equity investments (other than preferred equity).
Net investment income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 totaled $6.8 million, or $0.33 per share, compared to $7.6 million or $0.37 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Adjusted Net Investment Income was $6.8 million, or $0.33 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $7.7 million, or $0.37 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Investment income for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 totaled $15.0 million, compared to $18.0 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The $3.0 million decrease during the quarter was primarily the result of lower interest income driven by decreases in LIBOR and the placement of new investments on non-accrual status and a decrease in fee income. Total expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2020 totaled $8.2 million, compared to $10.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. The $2.1 million decrease during the quarter was primarily driven by a $1.4 million reduction in incentive fees and lower interest expense as a result of lower average debt outstanding and a reduction in LIBOR rates. Incentive fees were fully limited due to the total return requirement during the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to a limitation of $0.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. Please refer to the Company's Form 10-Q for additional information on the incentive fee calculation.
Net gain (loss) was ($43.6) million for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to ($3.5) million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the U.S. loan market exhibited a heightened level of volatility with the economic ramifications of COVID-19 and credit spread widening leading to a decline in U.S. loan prices during the quarter. The Company's portfolio declined in value by 6.8% during the quarter, from 97.1% of amortized cost as of December 31, 2019 to 90.3% of amortized cost as of March 31, 2020.
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations was ($36.9) million, or ($1.81) per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.21 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019. This decrease during the quarter is primarily the result of net unrealized mark-to-market adjustments.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company experienced a significant increase in revolver draw requests from its borrowers and the Company has met all borrower draw requests and expects to meet future requests. At March 31, 2020, the Company had $9.3 million in cash, $9.9 million in restricted cash at Monroe Capital Corporation SBIC LP ("MRCC SBIC"), $192.0 million of debt outstanding on its revolving credit facility, $109.0 million of debt outstanding on its 2023 Notes, and $115.0 million in outstanding Small Business Administration ("SBA") debentures. As of March 31, 2020, the Company had approximately $63.0 million available for additional borrowings on its revolving credit facility, subject to borrowing base availability.