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BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend of $0.26 per Share, Announces June 30, 2013 Quarterly Financial Results

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation (NAS: BKCC) ("BlackRock Kelso Capital" or the "Company", "we", "us" or "our") announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.26 per share payable on October 3, 2013 to stockholders of record as of September 19, 2013.


BlackRock Kelso Capital also announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

HIGHLIGHTS:
 
Investment Portfolio: $1,053.1 million
Net Assets: $694.5 million
Indebtedness (borrowings under credit facility, term loan, senior secured notes & convertible notes): $314.9 million
Net Asset Value per share: $9.37
Portfolio Activity for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2013:
Cost of investments during period: $185.8 million
Sales, repayments and other exits during period: $199.1 million
Number of portfolio companies at end of period: 41
Operating Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2013:
Net investment income per share: $0.29
Dividends declared per share: $0.26
Earnings per share: $0.16
Net investment income: $21.2 million
Net realized and unrealized losses: $9.2 million
Net increase in net assets from operations: $12.0 million
 
Net investment income per share, as adjusted1: $0.26
Net investment income, as adjusted1: $19.1 million
 

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1 Non-GAAP basis financial measure. See Supplemental Information on page 8.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

During the second quarter, we experienced some portfolio repayments driven by an elevated amount of liquidity in the markets, which has contributed to a net reduction in our overall portfolio for the quarter. We invested $185.8 million during the three months ended June 30, 2013, and $231.8 million during the six months ended June 30, 2013, a slight increase over the $221.7 million invested during the same six month period one year ago. Sales, repayments and other exits of investment principal totaled $199.1 million during the three months ended June 30, 2013. In conjunction with the early repayments of certain of our investments during the quarter, we recognized $4.5 million in fees and prepayment penalties, increasing our 2013 total to $6.5 million, or $0.09 per share. Although we experienced a net reduction in our overall portfolio this quarter, we are pleased that our exits during the quarter were at par or above, and had a blended IRR, or cash on cash return, in excess of twelve percent.

At June 30, 2013, our portfolio consisted of 41 portfolio companies and was invested 43% in senior secured loans, 21% in senior secured notes, 21% in equity investments, 11% in unsecured or subordinated debt securities, and 4% in cash and cash equivalents. As compared to March 31, 2013, our equity and cash equivalents components increased 9% while our senior secured loans and unsecured or subordinated debt securities declined 9%. The composition of our portfolio invested in equity securities grew 5%, up from 16% last quarter end, resulting primarily from appreciation in our existing investments, as well as from additional equity securities received in connection with restructurings during the quarter. Our average portfolio company investment at amortized cost, excluding investments below $5.0 million, was approximately $22.6 million at June 30, 2013, down from $26.9 million at year end.

The weighted average yield of the debt and income producing equity securities in our portfolio at its current cost basis was 12.1% at June 30, 2013. The weighted average yields on our senior secured loans, and our other debt securities at their current cost basis were 11.5% and 13.2%, respectively, at June 30, 2013. Yields exclude common equity investments, preferred equity investments with no stated dividend rate, short-term investments and cash and cash equivalents. In certain of our portfolio companies, we hold equity positions ranging from minority interests to majority stakes, which we expect will contribute to our investment returns over time.

At June 30, 2013, we had $43.9 million in cash and cash equivalents, $334.0 million available under our senior secured, revolving credit facility, and $36.3 million payable for investments purchased. Our leverage stood at 0.45 times at quarter end, a reduction from .50 times at year end, providing us with available debt capacity under our asset coverage requirements of $371.8 million at June 30, 2013.

Results of Operations

Results comparisons are for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012.

Investment Income

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, our portfolio generated investment income of $36.1 million and $67.3 million, respectively. Of these totals, $5.1 million and $7.8 million, respectively, was fee income earned due to capital structuring, commitment and amendment fees, as well as prepayment penalties and fees earned in connection with the early repayment of certain investments. Remaining investment income, net of fees earned, was $31.0 million and $59.5 million for the respective periods, an increase of $2.7 million over the pre-fee levels earned during the first quarter of 2013. Although there was a 0.3% decline in the weighted average yields of our income producing securities over the prior quarter, there was still an increase in pre-fee investment income due to the exits of certain of our higher yielding assets occurring late in the quarter. Our current portfolio provides us with a stable base of net investment income regardless of new investment activity and associated fee income. Fee income also tends to be relatively consistent for our business on an annual basis, although at times it may be somewhat lumpy from quarter to quarter.

Expenses

Total expenses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 were $14.9 million and $33.1 million, respectively, versus $13.1 million and $27.3 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. Of these totals, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, $5.2 million and $10.5 million, respectively, were base management fees, versus $5.5 million and $10.9 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.

Incentive management fees for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 were $2.1 million and $7.3 million, respectively, as compared to zero and $2.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. With respect to incentive management fees based on income, $0.4 million and $1.9 million were earned for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, as compared to zero and $2.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. Although a larger amount of net investment income was generated for the current trailing four-fiscal quarter period, a proportionately larger amount of the income based incentive management fee earned was already paid during the prior periods, resulting in the smaller amount due and payable for the current trailing four-fiscal quarter period. The remainder of the 2013 amount is $5.4 million in incentive management fees accrued based on a hypothetical capital gains calculation, as required by GAAP. A hypothetical liquidation is performed each quarter possibly resulting in an incentive management fee accrual if the amount is positive. It should be noted, however, that a fee so calculated and accrued is not due and payable, if at all, until the end of each measurement period, or every June 30. As of the current June 30 measurement period end, no gains based incentive management fee is due and payable. However, the increase in the accrual for the current period is the result of $86.6 million of net unrealized appreciation on the balance sheet as of quarter end.

Interest and credit facility related expenses were $4.9 million and $9.7 million, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, compared to $5.0 and $9.7 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. The comparable amounts reflect average debt outstanding of $313.9 million for the 2013 period at a weighted average cost of debt of 5.80%, as compared to average debt outstanding of $375.6 million for the 2012 period with a weighted average cost of debt of 4.96%.

Professional fees were $1.1 million and $0.5 million, respectively, for the six month periods ended June 30, 2013 and 2012. The spike in professional fees during the current period is due to a one-time legal fee accrual in connection with a portfolio company.

Removing the incentive management fee accrual based on capital gains, total expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 were relatively consistent at $27.7 million and $27.3 million, respectively. Expenses also consist of investment advisor expenses, amortization of debt issuance costs, administrative services expense, director fees and miscellaneous other expenses.

Net Investment Income

Continuing our positive earnings momentum, net investment income totaled $21.2 million and $34.2 million, or $0.29 per share and $0.46 per share, respectively, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013. Included in these amounts are $2.1 million and $7.3 million of aggregate incentive management fees, as required to be accrued under GAAP. Excluding such fees, and including $4.2 million and $6.3 million, respectively, of income based incentive management fees, had they been accrued ratably throughout the year, our net investment income, as adjusted, would have been $19.1 million, or $0.26 per share, and $35.2 million, or $0.48 per share. On a trailing four quarters basis, we continued to cover dividends paid out of our $1.04 per share of adjusted net investment income. Our portfolio continues to produce a stable amount of interest and dividend income relative to its size. Alternate presentations of net investment income per share reflecting adjustments to certain GAAP requirements can be found in the Supplemental table on page 8.

Net Realized Losses

Total net realized losses for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 were $58.4 million and $58.2 million, respectively, compared to $75.9 million and $76.2 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. Nearly all of our realized losses for the six months ended June 30, 2013 resulted from the restructuring of our debt and equity investments in Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc. and our debt investments in Dial Global, Inc. et. al. and AGY Holding Corp., and nearly the entire amount had already been reflected in unrealized depreciation on investments in prior periods. Details of the restructurings are as follows:

  • During April 2013, we restructured our investment in the 13.0% second lien loan of Dial Global, Inc. et. al. ("Dial") with a fair market value of $38.6 million prior to restructuring. Post restructuring we hold half of the second lien term loans A & B which will PIK at a blended rate in excess of 14.0%, approximately 50% of Dial's 15.0% PIK preferred stock, as well as equity warrants that will vest over time, all with a combined total fair market value for the new holdings of $30.9 million. Additionally, we invested $31.5 million in a 12.0% priority second lien term loan valued at par as of June 30th, and received a $0.5 million capital structuring fee in conjunction with our services performed in structuring the transaction. Dial is the largest network radio operator in the U.S.
  • During June 2013, we restructured our investments in the Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc. ("BMS") first lien term loans A & B, second lien term loan and our controlling interest of the BMS common stock with an aggregate value of approximately $33.4 prior to the restructuring. Post restructuring, we hold a piece of first lien term loans A & B, as well as a controlling interest in the BMS common stock, and equity warrants with a combined total fair market value of $28.2 million as of June 30th. BMS is the leading national provider of Chapter 7 bankruptcy case management solutions for bankruptcy trustees.
  • During June 2013, we restructured our investment in the 11.0% AGY Holding Corp. ("AGY") senior secured second lien notes with a fair market value of approximately $25.7 million into an 11.0% senior secured second lien note and an interest in AGY's 20.0% PIK preferred stock with a combined total fair market value in the new holdings of $23.7 million. Additionally, we purchased $8.0 million of the 12.0% senior secured second lien loan valued at par as of June 30th. AGY is a leading manufacturer of glass yarn with applications in a diverse array of end markets.

Net Unrealized Appreciation or Depreciation

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, the change in net unrealized appreciation on investments and foreign currency translation was an increase in net unrealized appreciation of $49.2 million and $65.8 million, respectively, versus $74.5 million and $76.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. Net unrealized appreciation at June 30, 2013 and 2012 was $86.6 million and $24.1 million, respectively. For the three months ended June 30, 2013, while certain of our portfolio companies had strong performance, there was underperformance in certain others, but we were pleased with an improved overall health of our investment portfolio. Removing the effects of reversals due to dispositions and restructurings during the quarter, unrealized appreciation would have increased by $9.7 million from the prior quarter.

Net Increase in Net Assets from Operations

The net increase in net assets from operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 was $12.0 million and $41.8 million, or $0.16 per share and $0.56 per share, respectively. The net increase for the 2012 periods was $21.0 million and $41.3 million, or $0.29 per share and $0.56 per share, respectively. The increase for the latter 2013 period was reduced in part by net realized and unrealized losses of $9.2 million. As compared to prior periods, we earned a relatively stable base of investment income, but were negatively impacted by the portfolio's net realized losses. Our net asset value per share at June 30, 2013 was $9.37, an increase of $0.06 per share over a $9.31 net asset value per share at year end.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We have accomplished many of our strategic initiatives during the quarter, including finalizing on favorable terms the restructuring of three portfolio companies we have been actively engaged in since year end, and diversifying our funding sources with a $10.0 million principal amount senior secured term loan with attractive pricing. We are now in a position to utilize our available debt capacity to increase net investment income without raising additional equity capital.

On June 7, 2013, we entered into an additional $10.0 million of Senior Secured Term Loan Credit Commitments. The term loan has a maturity date of May 31, 2018, and the interest rate applicable to borrowings is generally LIBOR plus an applicable spread of 3.75%, or an alternate base rate, as defined in the governing agreement, plus an applicable spread of 2.75%.

At June 30, 2013, we had approximately $7.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, net of payables for investments purchased, $314.9 million in debt outstanding and, subject to leverage and borrowing base restrictions, $334.0 million available for use under our amended and restated senior secured revolving credit facility, which matures in March 2017. Relative to our $1.1 billion dollar portfolio at fair value, we continue to have sufficient debt capacity to deploy in attractive investment opportunities. At June 30, 2013, we were in compliance with regulatory coverage requirements with an asset coverage ratio of 315% and were in compliance with all financial covenants under our debt agreements. Cash provided by (used in) operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012 was $101.4 million and ($68.0) million, respectively. In the near term, we expect to meet our liquidity needs through use of the remaining availability under our credit facility, continued cash flows from operations, and through periodic add-on equity and debt offerings, as needed. The primary use of funds will be investments in portfolio companies, reductions in debt outstanding and other general corporate purposes.

Dividends

On July 31, 2013, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.26 per share, payable on October 3, 2013 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 19, 2013.

We continue to remain focused on our dividend coverage. Our net investment income, as adjusted, was $0.26 per share for the three months ended June 30, 2013, relative to dividends declared of $0.26 per share for the same period. Although challenging in today's environment, we remain confident that we will be able to earn adjusted net investment income on an annual basis that supports our dividend.

We have elected to be treated as a regulated investment company, or RIC, under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code. To maintain our status as a RIC, we must distribute annually to our stockholders at least 90% of our investment company taxable income; and to avoid an excise tax imposed on RICs, we must distribute annually to our stockholders at least 98% of our ordinary income and 98.2% of our net capital gains. As part of our strategic tax planning, from time to time we are able to reduce our investment company taxable income by losses taken on ordinary assets, thus minimizing the amount of taxable income to be reported by our shareholders. Tax characteristics of all dividends are reported to stockholders on Form 1099 after the end of the calendar year. We have made, and intend to continue to make, timely distributions sufficient to satisfy the annual distribution requirements to maintain our qualification as a RIC. We also intend to make distributions of net realized capital gains, if any, at least annually. We may, at our discretion, carry forward taxable income in excess of calendar year distributions and pay a 4% excise tax on this income. We will accrue excise tax on estimated undistributed taxable income as required. There was no undistributed taxable income carried forward from 2012.

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

We maintain an "opt out" dividend reinvestment plan for our common stockholders. As a result, if we declare a dividend, stockholders' cash dividends will be automatically reinvested in additional shares of our common stock, unless they specifically "opt out" of the dividend reinvestment plan so as to receive cash dividends. With respect to our dividends paid to stockholders for the six months ended June 30, 2013 and 2012, dividends reinvested pursuant to our dividend reinvestment plan totaled $2.6 million and $3.0 million, respectively.

Share Repurchase Plan

In 2008, our Board of Directors approved a share repurchase plan under which we may repurchase up to 2.5% of our outstanding shares of common stock from time to time in open market or privately negotiated transactions. In 2009, our Board of Directors approved an extension and increase to the plan which authorized us to repurchase up to an additional 2.5% of our outstanding shares of common stock. In May 2013, the repurchase plan was further extended through June 30, 2014, with 1,331,143 shares remaining authorized for repurchase. There were no purchases under the plan during the three and six months ended June 30, 2013. Since inception of the repurchase plan through June 30, 2013, we have purchased 1,425,507 shares of our common stock on the open market for $9.5 million, including brokerage commissions.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 23(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 that from time to time we may purchase shares of our common stock in the open market at prevailing market prices.

Conference Call

BlackRock Kelso Capital will host a webcast/teleconference at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday August 1, 2013 to discuss its second quarter 2013 financial results. All interested parties are welcome to participate. You can access the teleconference by dialing, from the United States, (800) 374-0176, or from outside the United States, (706) 679-3431, shortly before 4:30 p.m. and referencing the BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation Conference Call (ID Number 79034571). A live, listen-only webcast will also be available via the investor relations section of www.blackrockkelso.com.

Both the teleconference and webcast will be available for replay by 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013 and ending at midnight on Thursday, August 8, 2013. To access the replay of the teleconference, callers from the United States should dial (855) 859-2056 and callers from outside the United States should dial (404) 537-3406 and enter the Conference ID Number 79034571. To access the webcast, please visit the investor relations section of www.blackrockkelso.com.

PRIOR TO THE WEBCAST/TELECONFERENCE, AN INVESTOR PRESENTATION THAT COMPLEMENTS THE EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL WILL BE POSTED TO BLACKROCK KELSO CAPITAL'S WEBSITE WITHIN THE PRESENTATIONS SECTION OF THE INVESTOR RELATIONS PAGE (http://www.blackrockkelso.com/InvestorRelations/Presentations/index.htm).

 

BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
(Unaudited)
      
 
June 30,
2013
December 31,
2012
Assets
Investments at fair value:
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments (cost of $714,608,812 and $849,028,227)$727,324,583$850,511,125
Non-controlled, affiliated investments (cost of $90,152,187 and $50,983,674)130,937,82867,750,172
Controlled investments (cost of $114,813,492 and $137,337,392) 150,958,439  143,336,244 
 
Total investments at fair value (cost of $919,574,491 and $1,037,349,293)1,009,220,8501,061,597,541
Cash and cash equivalents43,851,5239,122,141
Unrealized appreciation on forward foreign currency contracts369,417
Receivable for investments sold15,551,952504,996
Interest receivable16,365,81014,048,248
Prepaid expenses and other assets 9,507,016  4,375,527 
 
Total Assets$1,094,497,151 $1,090,017,870 
 
Liabilities
Payable for investments purchased$36,251,309$440,243
Debt314,857,385346,850,000
Interest payable7,504,1975,277,132
Dividend distributions payable19,265,44619,196,418
Base management fees payable5,189,2265,626,893
Incentive management fees payable11,285,06620,277,930
Accrued administrative services271,136277,000
Other accrued expenses and payables 5,422,677  4,692,562 
 
Total Liabilities 400,046,442  402,638,178 
 
Net Assets

Common stock, par value $.001 per share, 200,000,000 common shares authorized,

75,523,371 and 75,257,888 issued and 74,097,864 and 73,832,381 outstanding

75,52375,258
Paid-in capital in excess of par921,279,979917,534,577
Distributions in excess of net investment income(26,602,276)(22,291,022)
Accumulated net realized loss(277,451,631)(219,270,607)
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation)86,625,79020,808,162
Treasury stock at cost, 1,425,507 and 1,425,507 shares held (9,476,676) (9,476,676)
 
Total Net Assets 694,450,709  687,379,692 
 
Total Liabilities and Net Assets$1,094,497,151 $1,090,017,870 
 
Net Asset Value Per Share$9.37$9.31
 
              

BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

Three months

ended
June 30, 2013

Three months

ended
June 30, 2012

Six months

ended
June 30, 2013

Six months

ended
June 30, 2012

Investment Income:

 

 

Interest income:

Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

$

26,914,678

$

28,049,784

$

51,746,787

$

54,258,960
Non-controlled, affiliated investments1,134,8661,484,7642,082,8713,015,943

Controlled investments

2,394,9971,777,9574,938,5443,430,697
Total interest income

 

30,444,541

 

31,312,505

 

58,768,202

 

60,705,600
Fee income:
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments

 

4,807,1603,708,5637,548,8197,088,175
Non-controlled, affiliated investments66,682133,364
Controlled investments 267,933  39,245  288,680  78,491 
Total fee income 5,075,093  3,814,490  7,837,499  7,300,030 
Dividend income:
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments542,750339,282 Read Full Story

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