Tortoise Capital Resources Corp. Releases Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

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Tortoise Capital Resources Corp. Releases Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tortoise Capital Resources Corp. (NYS: TTO) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended Aug 31, 2012.

Highlights

  • Third quarter distribution of $0.11 with guidance of not less than $0.44 annualized for 2012
  • TTO's stockholders' equity per share was $10.91 at Aug. 31, 2012 compared to $10.47 per share last quarter
  • Largest private holding, High Sierra Energy, completed its merger with NGL Partners (NYSE: NGL)

Quarterly Performance Review

TTO's stockholders' equity per share was $10.91 as of Aug. 31, 2012, compared to last quarter's $10.47 per share. The increase was due in part to the sale of High Sierra Energy and increased valuations for the remaining private securities, net of increased deferred tax liability for the quarter. The fair value of the investment securities portfolio, , at Aug. 31, 2012 was $76.8 million, with $19.5 million of private securities and $57.3 million of publicly-traded securities. TTO's total cash was approximately $11.8 million as compared to $3 million last quarter. During the quarter the composition of the portfolio changed, with publicly-traded securities now accounting for 59% of invested assets, excluding short-term investments as of Aug. 31, 2012.

Distribution Guidance

On Aug. 7, 2012, TTO declared a distribution of $0.11 per share. The distribution was paid on Sept. 4, 2012 to stockholders of record on Aug. 24, 2012. TTO continues to believe that its investments should support a sustainable annualized distribution of not less than $0.44 per share.

Private and Wholly Owned Company Update

The fair value of Lightfoot Capital Partners (Lightfoot) at Aug. 31, 2012 increased by $60,729 as compared to the valuation at May 31, 2012, driven by improved performance. For the second quarter of 2012, Arc Terminals (Arc) paid a full distribution to Lightfoot. Lightfoot in turn declared and paid a quarterly distribution of $0.12 per unit in September of 2012, or approximately 64 percent of the total amount it received from Arc, with the remainder retained by Lightfoot to fund outstanding due diligence costs should a potential acquisition not close. If the transaction closes, Lightfoot is expected to distribute the previously retained amount.

The fair value of VantaCore Partners LP (VantaCore) increased $1,503,679, or approximately 16 percent, as compared to the fair value at May 31, 2012. The increase is attributable to VantaCore's continued improved performance, mostly driven by the incremental results of Laurel Aggregates, as well as the success of its cost cutting initiatives and the price increases that have gone into effect. Also, in August of 2012 TTO received an additional 21,260 common units as part of its preferred B investment, which called for investors to receive one common unit for every four preferred units purchased related to the Cherry Grove funding and acquisition. Similar to its quarter ended March 31, 2012, VantaCore was unable to meet its minimum quarterly distribution in cash for its quarter ended June 30, 2012. Therefore, the common and preferred unit holders elected to receive their distributions as a combination of $0.30 per unit in cash and the remainder in preferred units. TTO received approximately $338,000 in cash and 12,613 additional preferred units during the three month period ended Aug. 31, 2012.

TTO's wholly owned subsidiary, Mowood LLC is the holding company of Omega Pipeline, LLC (Omega). Omega's results for the first nine months are moderately higher than originally expected as the base business realized higher margins. In addition, revenues from several construction projects were recognized in the third quarter, which made a significant contribution to overall year-to-date results. Omega anticipates that full year results may be higher than planned, as the base business is expected to achieve stable results, and additional revenues from construction projects are expected to be recognized prior to year-end.

On June 19, 2012, NGL Energy Partners LP and certain of its affiliates (collectively "NGL") acquired High Sierra Energy. TTO originally invested approximately $26.8 million in High Sierra Limited Partnership and General Partnerships interests and received, in exchange, approximately $9.4 million in cash and approximately 1.2 million newly issued units of NGL. TTO recognized a third quarter realized gain of approximately $15.83 million upon the sale. The NGL units are not subject to a lock-up agreement, however they can only be sold pursuant to an exemption from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)'s registration requirements such as Rule 144. TTO received one-third of the total quarterly distribution for its NGL common units this quarter. Beginning with NGL's third quarter ending September 30, 2012, TTO will be entitled to receive full distributions for the common units held.

Changes in Financial Reporting

As a result of the withdrawal of TTO's election to be regulated as a BDC, it is no longer regulated by the Investment Company Act of 1940. The reporting conforms to the format more commonly used by REITs. As stated in the 10-K for the year ended Nov. 30, 2011, the consolidation of Mowood, LLC began when TTO withdrew its election to be treated as a BDC and began reporting financial results in accordance with general corporate reporting guidelines versus the AICPA Investment Company Audit Guide. Due to this transition, comparable prior year financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Management's Discussion & Analysis. Items on the consolidated statement of income for the period ended Aug. 31, 2011 have been reclassified and aggregated to conform to the presentation of results of operations for the period ended Aug. 31, 2012. Due to the change in strategy, income from investment securities is now reported in other income. Components of cash flows for the period ended Aug. 31, 2011 have also been reclassified and aggregated to conform to the presentation of cash flows for the period ended Aug. 31, 2012.

With plans to liquidate securities and transition the funds into the purchase of assets that will permit TTO to qualify as a REIT, TTO is reporting the gains (losses) on the securities transactions as Other Income and separate from Income from Operations.

TTO seeks to acquire real estate investment trust (REIT) qualifying energy infrastructure assets that would allow TTO to meet the REIT tests throughout 2013 and elect REIT tax status when it files its 2013 tax return. During the 2012 calendar year, assets acquired by TTO, if any, will be expected to create tax depreciation in order to shield all or a significant portion of any incremental income created by possible acquisitions.

Earnings Call

Tortoise Capital Resources Corp. will host a conference call at 4:00 p.m. CT on Monday, October 8, 2012 to discuss its financial results for the quarter. Please dial-in to the call at 1-877-407-8035 approximately five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format. A link to the webcast will be accessible at www.tortoiseadvisors.com.

A replay of the call will be available until 11:59 p.m. CT November 8, 2012, by dialing 1-877-660-6853. The Conference ID # for the playback is 401286. A replay of the webcast will also be available on Tortoise's website at www.tortoiseadvisors.com through October 8, 2013.

About Tortoise Capital Resources Corp.

Tortoise Capital Resources Corp. (NYS: TTO) , is an energy infrastructure asset financing company that provides capital to pipeline, storage and power transmission operators. TTO's investments include securities and real assets with long-term, stable cash flows, limited commodity price sensitivity, and growth opportunities. TTO is managed by Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC. (www.corridortrust.com). Corridor is an affiliate of Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C., an investment manager specializing in listed energy infrastructure investments with approximately $9.1 billion of assets under management as of September 30, 2012.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Although the company and Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the company's reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required by law, the company and Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC do not assume a duty to update this forward-looking statement. Any distribution paid in the future to our stockholders will depend on the actual performance of the company, its costs of leverage and other operating expenses and will be subject to the approval of the company's Board and compliance with leverage covenants.

  
Tortoise Capital Resources Corporation
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
August 31, 2012November 30, 2011
(Unaudited)
Assets
Trading securities, at fair value$57,321,502$41,856,730
Other equity securities, at fair value19,529,78327,037,642
Leased property, net of accumulated depreciation of $824,066 and $294,309, respectively13,302,78313,832,540
Cash and cash equivalents11,783,5292,793,326
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,680,984 and $1,483,616, respectively3,659,2403,842,675
Escrow receivable1,341,5661,677,052
Accounts receivable1,000,7511,402,955
Intangible lease asset, net of accumulated amortization of $340,595 and $121,641, respectively754,176973,130
Lease receivable1,185,381474,152
Prepaid expenses516,427140,017
Receivable for Adviser expense reimbursement-121,962
Deferred tax asset-27,536
Other assets 1,150,210  107,679 
Total Assets$111,545,348 $94,287,396 
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Liabilities
Management fees payable to Adviser$291,911$365,885
Distribution payable to common stockholders1,010,291-
Accounts payable360,423597,157
Line of credit125,000-
Long-term debt910,8632,279,883
Lease obligation47,848107,550
Deferred tax liability7,388,060-
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 1,235,098  510,608 
Total Liabilities$11,369,494 $3,861,083 
 
Stockholders' Equity

Warrants, no par value; 945,594 issued and outstanding at August 31, 2012 and November 30, 2011 (5,000,000 authorized)

$1,370,700$1,370,700

Capital stock, non-convertible, $0.001 par value; 9,184,463 shares issued and outstanding at August 31, 2012 and 9,176,889 shares issued and outstanding at November 30, 2011 (100,000,000 shares authorized)

9,1859,177
Additional paid-in capital92,719,96295,682,738
Accumulated retained earnings (deficit) 6,076,007  (6,636,302)
Total Stockholders' Equity$100,175,854 $90,426,313 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity$111,545,348 $94,287,396 
 
    
Tortoise Capital Resources Corporation
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)

For the Three
Month Period
Ended
August 31, 2012

For the Three
Month Period
Ended
August 31, 2011

For the Nine
Month Period
Ended
August 31, 2012

For the Nine
Month Period
Ended
August 31, 2011

Revenue
Sales revenue$1,927,626$-$5,804,894$-
Lease income 638,244  425,496  1,914,732  425,496 
Total Revenue 2,565,870  425,496  7,719,626  425,496 
 
Expenses
Cost of sales (excluding depreciation expense)1,381,161-4,416,947-
Management fees, net of expense reimbursements298,051248,367800,397724,240
Asset acquisition expenses144,270583,248238,969583,248
Professional fees419,340165,360796,853329,188
Depreciation expense246,804117,724740,437117,724
Operating expenses196,644-558,450-
Directors' fees28,73918,69758,05048,666
Interest expense16,78014,06469,41814,064
Other expenses 47,114  59,375  182,776  176,433 
Total Expenses 2,778,903  1,206,835  7,862,297  1,993,563 
Gain (loss) from Operations$(213,033)$(781,339)$(142,671)$(1,568,067)
 
Other Income

Net distributions and dividend income on securities

$(502,176)$(189,001)$(361,452)$666,181
Net realized and unrealized gain on trading securities5,935,768607,3995,197,9581,829,318
Net realized and unrealized gain on other equity securities 2,556,734  1,435,620  15,463,335  5,332,517 
Total Other Income 7,990,326  1,854,018  20,299,841  7,828,016 
Income before income taxes$7,777,293 $1,072,679 $20,157,170 $6,259,949 
 
Taxes

Current tax expense

$

(19,265)

 

-

$

(29,265)

$

(200,000)

Deferred tax expense

 (2,769,520) (482,040) (7,415,596) (1,573,028)
Income tax expense, net (2,788,785) (482,040) (7,444,861) (1,773,028)
Net Income

$

4,988,508 $590,639 $12,712,309 $4,486,921 
 
Earnings Per Common Share:
Basic and Diluted$0.54$0.06$1.38$0.49
 
Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding:
Basic and Diluted9,182,6999,164,8659,180,7769,156,171
Dividends declared per share$0.11$0.10$0.33$0.30
 
      
Tortoise Capital Resources Corporation
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY
 
Capital Stock
Shares Amount Warrants 

Additional Paid-
in Capital

 

Retained Earnings
(Accumulated
Deficit)

 Total
Balance at November 30, 20109,146,506  $9,147  $1,370,700  $98,444,952  $(4,345,626) $95,479,173 
Net Income
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