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Monroe Capital Corporation BDC Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

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CHICAGO, March 03, Mar 03, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Monroe Capital Corporation /zigman2/quotes/200285859/composite MRCC -4.13% ("Monroe") today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2019. The Board of Directors of Monroe also declared its first quarter distribution of $0.35 per share, payable on March 31, 2020 to stockholders of record on March 16, 2020.

Except where the context suggests otherwise, the terms "Monroe," "we," "us," "our," and "Company" refer to Monroe Capital Corporation.

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

-- Net investment income of $7.6 million, or $0.37 per share

-- Adjusted Net Investment Income (a non-GAAP measure described below) of $7.7 million, or $0.37 per share

-- Net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $4.1 million, or $0.21 per share

-- Net asset value ("NAV") of $249.4 million, or $12.20 per share

-- Paid quarterly dividend of $0.35 per share on December 31, 2019

-- Current annual cash dividend yield to shareholders of approximately 13.4% Based on an annualized dividend and closing share price as of March 2, 2020.

Full Year 2019 Financial Highlights

-- Net investment income of $29.0 million, or $1.42 per share

-- Adjusted Net Investment Income (a non-GAAP measure described below) of $29.1 million, or $1.42 per share

-- Net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $19.2 million, or $0.94 per share

Chief Executive Officer Theodore L. Koenig commented, "This is the 23 straight quarter where per share Adjusted Net Investment Income of $0.37 per share met or exceeded our quarterly per share dividend. In the prior quarter, our Adjusted Net Investment Income was $0.35 per share. We have also made our 29 consecutive quarterly dividend payment to our shareholders.

In January 2020, an arbitrator issued an award in favor of one of our borrowers, the estate of Rockdale Blackhawk, LLC ("Rockdale"), in a pending legal proceeding between the estate of Rockdale and a national insurance carrier. The lenders to Rockdale, including MRCC, will share in the proceeds of this arbitration award with the estate. The exact amount of the award has yet to be finalized because attorneys' fees, interest and certain other amounts included as part of the award still need to be determined. We expect this to resolve over the next few quarters, but based upon the award we expect proceeds to exceed the cost basis of our outstanding loans to Rockdale. We believe this to be a very positive development in this matter.

During the quarter, the size of our portfolio declined somewhat as a result of repayments in the ordinary course on certain portfolio loan assets. We expect to redeploy a portion of the proceeds we received from these repayments in the near term and expect to redeploy the proceeds from the Rockdale award once it is finalized, into current yielding assets which should positively contribute to our earnings in future quarters. Overall, we are pleased with our business and confident in our long-term strategy of creating a stable current return for our shareholders and maximizing shareholder value."

Monroe Capital Corporation is a business development company affiliate of the award winning private credit investment firm and lender, Monroe Capital LLC.

Selected Financial Highlights

(in thousands, except per share data)







                                                                        December 31, 2019  September 30, 2019
        Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities data:                            (unaudited)
        Investments, at fair value                                      $     616,231      $      657,450
        Total assets                                                    $     655,058      $      692,798
        Net asset value                                                 $     249,357      $      252,385
        Net asset value per share                                       $     12.20        $      12.34
                                                                        For the quarter ended
                                                                        December 31, 2019  September 30, 2019
        Consolidated Statements of Operations data:                     (unaudited)
        Net investment income                                           $     7,649        $      7,238
        Adjusted net investment income                                  $     7,656        $      7,238
        Net gain (loss)                                                 $     (3,521  )    $      (3,585  )
        Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $     4,128        $      3,653
        Per share data:
        Net investment income                                           $     0.37         $      0.35
        Adjusted net investment income                                  $     0.37         $      0.35
        Net gain (loss)                                                 $     (0.16   )    $      (0.18   )
        Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $     0.21         $      0.17
        


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(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.

Portfolio Review

The Company had debt and equity investments in 81 portfolio companies, with a total fair value of $616.2 million as of December 31, 2019, as compared to debt and equity investments in 88 portfolio companies, with a total fair value of $657.5 million, as of September 30, 2019. The Company's portfolio consists primarily of first lien loans, representing 89.5% of the portfolio as of December 31, 2019, and 89.9% of the portfolio as of September 30, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the weighted average contractual and effective yield on the Company's debt and preferred equity investments was 8.8% and 8.9%, respectively, as compared to the weighted average contractual and effective yield of 9.2% and 9.3%, respectively, as of September 30, 2019. Decreases in portfolio yield are attributed to general decreases in LIBOR and payoffs of certain higher yielding assets 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).

Financial Review

Results of Operations: Fourth Quarter 2019

Net investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 totaled $7.6 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to $7.2 million or $0.35 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Adjusted Net Investment Income was $7.7 million, or $0.37 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to $7.2 million, or $0.35 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The Company believes that Adjusted Net Investment Income is a consistent measure of the Company's earnings. See Non-GAAP Financial Measure - Adjusted Net Investment Income discussion below. Investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 totaled $18.0 million, compared to $17.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The $0.7 million increase during the quarter was primarily the result of an increase in dividend and fee income, partially offset by a decline in interest income due to a decrease in the size of the Company's average investment portfolio and a decrease in the effective portfolio yield during the quarter. Total expenses, net of incentive fee waiver, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 totaled $10.3 million, compared to $10.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. The $0.2 million increase during the quarter was primarily driven by an increase of $0.5 million in incentive fees, net of incentive fee waiver, partially offset by lower interest expense as a result of paydowns on our revolving credit facility. Incentive fees totaled $1.4 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to $0.9 million (net of an incentive fee waiver of $0.6 million) for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Incentive fees during the quarter ended December 31, 2019 were limited by $0.4 million compared to $0.1 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 due to the total return requirement. Please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for additional information on the incentive fee calculation.

Net gain (loss) was ($3.5) million for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to ($3.6) million for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. During the quarter the Company experienced net unrealized mark-to-market valuation declines on certain investments in the portfolio, most notably a decline related to the Company's investment in The Worth Collection, Ltd. ("Worth"), partially offset by an increase related to the Company's investment in Rockdale. Please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for additional information concerning the Company's investments in Worth and Rockdale.

Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations was $4.1 million, or $0.21 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2019, compared to $3.7 million, or $0.17 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. This increase during the quarter is primarily the result of an increase in net investment income. The Company's NAV per share decreased around 1%, primarily as a result of net unrealized mark-to-market adjustments to $12.20 per share at December 31, 2019 from $12.34 per share at September 30, 2019.

Results of Operations: Full Year 2019

Net investment income for the year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $29.0 million, or $1.42 per share, compared to $31.9 million, or $1.57 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2018. Adjusted Net Investment Income was $29.1 million, or $1.42 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $31.9 million, or $1.57 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2018. Total investment income for the year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $68.2 million, compared to $58.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The $9.8 million increase during the year was primarily driven by increases in interest income as a result of a larger average portfolio size during the year and an increase in dividend income on the Company's MRCC Senior Loan Fund, partially offset by a decrease in average portfolio yield attributable to general decreases in LIBOR and the movement of three additional portfolio companies to non-accrual status during the year. Total expenses, net of incentive fee waiver, for the year ended December 31, 2019 totaled $39.1 million, compared to $26.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The $12.6 million increase during the year was primarily driven by an increase in interest expense as a result of additional borrowings on our various financing sources (including the 2023 Notes and revolving credit facility) required to support the growth of the portfolio, an increase in base management fees due to the growth in invested assets and an increase in incentive fees, net of the incentive fee waiver. Incentive fees were limited by $1.1 million during the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to $5.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2018 due to the total return requirement. Please refer to the Company's Form 10-K for additional information on the incentive fee calculation and associated limitation.

On November 4, 2019, the Company's Board approved a change to the Investment Advisory Agreement to amend the base management fee structure. Effective July 1, 2019, the base management fee is calculated initially at an annual rate equal to 1.75% of average invested assets (calculated as total assets excluding cash, which includes assets financed using leverage); provided, however, the base management fee is calculated at an annual rate equal to 1.00% of the Company's average invested assets (calculated as total assets excluding cash, which includes assets financed using leverage) that exceeds the product of (i) 200% and (ii) the Company's average net assets. For the avoidance of doubt, the 200% is calculated in accordance with the asset coverage limitation as defined in the 1940 Act to give effect to the Company's exemptive relief with respect to Monroe Capital Corporation SBIC LP's ("MRCC SBIC," the Company's wholly-owned SBIC subsidiary) SBA debentures. This change has the effect of reducing the Company's annual base management fee rate on assets in excess of regulatory leverage of 1:1 debt to equity to 1.00% from 1.75% per annum. The base management fee is payable quarterly in arrears.

Net gain (loss) was ($9.8) million for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to ($26.1) million for the year ended December 31, 2018. The net loss during the year ended December 31, 2019 was primarily the result of net unrealized mark-to-market losses on investments in the portfolio during the year.

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $19.2 million, or $0.94 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2019, compared to $5.8 million, or $0.29 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2018. This increase during the year is primarily the result of a comparative decrease in net losses on investments in the portfolio, partially offset by a decrease in net investment income.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At December 31, 2019, the Company had $2.2 million in cash, $27.4 million in restricted cash at MRCC SBIC, $180.3 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 December 31, 2019, the Company had $74.7 million available for additional borrowings on its revolving credit facility.

SBIC Subsidiary

As of December 31, 2019, MRCC SBIC had $57.6 million in leverageable capital, $27.4 million in cash and $134.0 million in investments at fair value. Additionally, MRCC SBIC has fully drawn all available debentures and as of December 31, 2019 had $115.0 million in SBA debentures outstanding. The SBA debentures are long-term, fixed rate financing with the advantage of being excluded from the Company's 150% asset coverage test under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

MRCC Senior Loan Fund

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Volume: 112,140
Sept. 24, 2020 4:00p
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