From the Wires
Saratoga Investment Corp. Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 14, 2013 07:17 PM
NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Saratoga Investment Corp. (NYSE: SAR) ("Saratoga Investment" or "the Company"), a business development company, today announced financial results for its 2013 fiscal third quarter.
For the fiscal quarter ended November 30, 2012, Saratoga Investment reported net investment income of $2.5 million or $0.63 on a weighted average per share basis, and net loss on investments of $1.7 million, or $0.44 on a weighted average per share basis, resulting in an increase in net assets from operations of $0.8 million, or $0.19 on a weighted average per share basis. The $1.7 million net loss on investments was comprised of $1.8 million in net unrealized depreciation on investments and $0.1 million in net realized gains from investments.
Net asset value ("NAV") was $102.9 million as of November 30, 2012, compared to $105.4 million as of August 31, 2012 and $100.6 million as of May 31, 2012. NAV per share was $21.75 ($27.39 before the effect of the dividend described below) as of November 30, 2012 and $27.20 as of August 31, 2012 and $25.94 as of May 31, 2012.
The decrease in reported NAV per share from August 31, 2012 was primarily the result of the $16.5 million cash/stock dividend (which consisted of $3.3 million in cash and 853,455 shares of common stock) declared by Saratoga Investment's Board of Directors on November 9, 2012 and paid on December 31, 2012. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the number of shares outstanding used to calculate NAV per share as of November 30, 2012 was retroactively adjusted to reflect the additional shares issued in connection with the cash/stock dividend.
Christian L. Oberbeck, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Saratoga Investment, said, "Our growing pipeline and financial strength enabled us to make another $6.4 million of investments in new and existing portfolio companies during the quarter, plus an additional $30 million of investments during December in four new and one existing portfolio company. We continue to see attractive opportunities, and the trend of improving credit quality within the overall portfolio continues. During this quarter, we have increased both the amount and proportion of internally rated strong credits."
Portfolio and Investment Activity
As of November 30, 2012, the fair value of the Company's investment portfolio was $119.3 million, principally invested in 23 portfolio companies and one collateralized loan obligation fund (the "CLO"). The overall portfolio composition consisted of 53.7% of first lien term loans, 8.4% of second lien term loans, 8.8% of senior secured notes, 1.9% of unsecured notes, 20.7% of subordinated notes of the CLO and 6.5% of common equity.
During the 2013 fiscal third quarter, the Company invested $6.4 million in new or existing portfolio companies and had $1.5 million in aggregate amount of exits and repayments on its investments, resulting in net investments of $4.9 million for the period. The Company invested an additional $29.7 million in December with $0.7 million of exits and repayments resulting in net investments of $29.0 million for the month of December 2012.
As of November 30, 2012, the weighted average current yield on Saratoga Investment's first lien term loans, second lien term loans, senior secured notes, unsecured notes and the CLO subordinated notes were 10.0%, 11.3%, 16.8%, 19.9%, and 22.9%, respectively, which resulted in an aggregate weighted average current yield of 12.9%.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of November 30, 2012, Saratoga Investment had $14.9 million in outstanding borrowings under its $45 million senior secured revolving credit facility with Madison Capital Funding LLC. In addition, Saratoga Investment had an aggregate of $2.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and $3.8 million in cash and cash equivalents, reserve accounts, at November 30, 2012. The Company is required to use the amounts held in cash and cash equivalents, reserve accounts to pay interest expense, reduce borrowings or pay other amounts in accordance with the terms of its senior secured revolving credit facility. As of November 30, 2012, the Company's Small Business Investment Company subsidiary had $25 million in regulatory capital and $4.0 million of debentures guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.
2013 Fiscal Third Quarter Conference Call/Webcast Information
When: Jan. 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET)
Call: Interested parties may participate by dialing (877) 312-9208 (U.S. and Canada) or (678) 224-7872 (outside U.S. and Canada).
A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. ET on Jan. 15, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 22, 2013 by dialing (800) 585-8367 (U.S. and Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (outside U.S. and Canada). Passcode for both replay numbers is 88743795.
Webcast: Interested parties may also access a simultaneous webcast of the call by going to http://ir.saratogainvestmentcorp.com/events.cfm.
About Saratoga Investment Corp.
Saratoga Investment Corp. is a specialty finance company that provides customized financing solutions to U.S. middle-market businesses. The Company invests primarily in mezzanine debt, leveraged loans and, to a lesser extent, equity to provide financing for change of ownership transactions, strategic acquisitions, recapitalizations and growth initiatives in partnership with business owners, management teams and financial sponsors. Saratoga Investment Corp.'s objective is to create attractive risk-adjusted returns by generating current income and long-term capital appreciation from its debt and equity investments. Saratoga Investment Corp. has elected to be regulated as a business development company ("BDC") under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is externally-managed by Saratoga Investment Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor focusing on credit-driven strategies. Within the BDC, Saratoga Investment manages both an SBIC-licensed subsidiary and a $400 million Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) fund. These diverse funding sources, combined with a permanent capital base, enable Saratoga Investment to offer a broad range of financing solutions.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and other factors enumerated in this press release and the filings Saratoga Investment Corp. makes with the SEC. Saratoga Investment Corp. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Contact: Richard Petrocelli
SOURCE Saratoga Investment Corp.
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