GREENWICH, Conn., Nov. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TICC Capital Corp. (Nasdaq:TICC) ("TICC," the "Company," "we," "us" or "our") announced today its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, and announced a distribution of $0.20 per share for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • As of September 30, 2017, net asset value per share was $7.43 compared with the net asset value per share as of June 30, 2017 of $7.51.
  • For the quarter ended September 30, 2017 we recorded net investment income of approximately $6.8 million, or approximately $0.13 per share. In the third quarter, we recorded net realized losses of approximately $3.3 million (including a $2.2 million realized loss on the extinguishment of debt resulting from the repayment of the TICC CLO 2012-1 LLC secured notes), and net unrealized appreciation of approximately $2.6 million. In total we had a net increase in net assets from operations of approximately $6.0 million, or approximately $0.12 per share.
  • Our core net investment income ("Core NII") for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 was approximately $0.13 per share.
    • Core NII represents net investment income adjusted for additional cash distributions received, or entitled to be received (if any, in either case), on our collateralized loan obligation ("CLO") equity investments and also excludes any capital gains incentive fees we recognize but have no obligation to pay in any period. ( See additional information under "Supplemental Information Regarding Core Net Investment Income" below).
    • While our experience has been that cash flow distributions have historically represented useful indicators of our CLO equity investments' annual taxable income during certain periods, we believe that current and future cash flow distributions may represent less accurate indicators of taxable income with respect to our CLO equity investments than they have in the past.  Accordingly, our taxable income may be materially different than either GAAP NII or Core NII.
  • Total investment income for the third quarter of 2017 amounted to approximately $14.5 million, which represents a decrease of approximately $2.5 million from the second quarter of 2017.
    • For the quarter ended September 30, 2017, we recorded investment income from our portfolio as follows:
      • approximately $5.4 million from our debt investments,
      • approximately $8.1 million from our CLO equity investments, and
      • approximately $1.0 million from all other sources.
  • Our total expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were approximately $7.7 million, down by approximately $1.2 million compared to the second quarter of 2017. The primary driver of that decrease was lower interest expense for the quarter on our outstanding debt.
  • Our weighted average credit rating on a fair value basis was 2.2 at the end of the third quarter of 2017 (compared to 2.2 at the end of the second quarter of 2017).
  • Our board of directors has declared the following distribution on our common stock:
Quarter Ending Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share
December 31, 2017 December 15, 2017 December 29, 2017 $0.20
 
  • During the third quarter of 2017:
    • We made investments of approximately $31.2 million, consisting of approximately $16.9 million in corporate loan investments and approximately $14.3 million in CLO investments.  We received proceeds of approximately $12.5 million from sales of our CLO equity investments.
    • We received or were entitled to receive proceeds of approximately $50.3 million from repayments, sales and amortization payments on our corporate loan and CLO debt investments.  A portion of those proceeds along with a portion of prior quarter repayments, sales and amortization payments were applied towards an approximately $73.4 million full redemption of the remaining TICC CLO 2012-1 LLC secured notes (classes A-1, B-1, C-1, D-1) outstanding.  
  • As of September 30, 2017, the weighted average yield of our debt investments at current cost was approximately 9.5%, compared with 9.5% as of June 30, 2017.
  • As of September 30, 2017, the weighted average effective yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was approximately 15.9%, compared with 18.4% as of June 30, 2017.
  • As of September 30, 2017, the weighted average cash distribution yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was approximately 17.5%, compared with 25.6% as of June 30, 2017. The decreased yield as of September 30, 2017 was principally related to certain one-time expenses associated with CLO refinancings as well as lower weighted average spreads on loan assets within CLOs generally.
  • At September 30, 2017, we had no investments on non-accrual status.
  • On November 1, 2017, our convertible notes matured and were repaid in full (representing a repayment of approximately $94.5 million) in accordance with their terms.

Supplemental Information Regarding Core Net Investment Income

On a supplemental basis, we provide information relating to core net investment income, which is a non-GAAP measure. This measure is provided in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net investment income determined in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP measures may differ from similar measures by other companies, even if similar terms are used to identify such measures. Core net investment income represents net investment income adjusted for additional cash distributions received, or entitled to be received (if any, in either case), on our CLO equity investments (excluding those cash distributions believed to represent a return of capital) and also excludes any capital gains incentive fees we recognize but have no obligation to pay in any period. The Company did not recognize any capital gains incentive fees for the quarter ended September 30, 2017.

Income from investments in the "equity" class securities of CLO vehicles, for GAAP purposes, is recorded using the effective interest method based upon an effective yield to the expected redemption utilizing estimated cash flows compared to the cost, resulting in an effective yield for the investment; the difference between the actual cash received or distributions entitled to be received and the effective yield calculation is an adjustment to cost. Accordingly, investment income recognized on CLO equity securities in the GAAP statement of operations differs from the cash distributions actually received by us during the period (referred to below as "CLO equity additional distributions"). 

Further, in order to continue to qualify to be taxed as a regulated investment company ("RIC"), we are required, among other things, to distribute at least 90% of our investment company taxable income annually. Therefore, core net investment income may provide a better indication of estimated taxable income for a reporting period than does GAAP net investment income, although we can offer no assurance that will be the case as the ultimate tax character of our earnings cannot be determined until tax returns are prepared after the end of a fiscal year. We note that these non-GAAP measures may not be useful indicators of taxable earnings, particularly during periods of market disruption and volatility and our taxable income may differ materially from our core net investment income. 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net investment income to core net investment income for the three months ended September 30, 2017 and September 30, 2016:
    Three Months Ended September 30, 2017   Three Months Ended September 30, 2016
    Amount   Per Share Amounts   Amount   Per Share Amounts
Net investment income   $ 6,767,753     $ 0.131     $ 6,539,020     $ 0.127  
CLO equity additional distributions     47,456       0.001       9,359,695       0.182  
Core net investment income   $ 6,815,209     $ 0.132     $ 15,898,715     $ 0.309  

We will host a conference call to discuss our third quarter results today, Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM ET. Please call 1-888-339-0740 to participate. A replay of the conference call will be available for approximately 30 days. The replay number is 1-877-344-7529, and the replay passcode is 10113824.

A presentation containing further detail regarding our quarterly results of operations has been posted under the Investor Relations section of our website at www.ticc.com.

The following financial statements are unaudited and without footnotes.  Readers who would like additional information should obtain our Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2017, and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q as they are filed.
TICC CAPITAL CORP. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (unaudited)
 
    September 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
ASSETS        
Non-affiliated/non-control investments (cost: $432,803,519 @ 9/30/17;       $616,542,612 @ 12/31/16)   $   406,516,270     $   578,297,069   
Affiliated investments (cost: $9,812,378 @ 9/30/17; $7,497,229 @ 12/31/16)       15,214,283         11,626,007   
Cash and cash equivalents       119,601,494         8,261,698   
Restricted cash       —         3,451,636   
Interest and distributions receivable       4,562,096         9,682,672   
Securities sold not settled       2,950,000         7,406   
Other assets       1,516,032         1,130,018   
Total assets   $   550,360,175     $   612,456,506   
LIABILITIES        
Accrued interest payable   $   2,966,060     $   1,731,111  
Base management fee and net investment income incentive fee payable to affiliate       2,571,494         3,673,381  
Securities purchased not settled       5,015,000         —  
Accrued expenses       759,194         1,089,043  
Notes payable - TICC CLO 2012-1 LLC, net of discount and deferred issuance costs       —         125,853,720  
Convertible senior notes payable due 2017, net of deferred issuance costs       94,497,384         94,116,753  
6.50% unsecured notes due 2024, net of deferred issuance costs       62,258,316         —  
Total liabilities       168,067,448         226,464,008   
NET ASSETS        
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 51,479,409 and      51,479,409 shares issued and outstanding, respectively       514,794          514,794   
Capital in excess of par value       558,822,643         558,822,643  
Net unrealized depreciation on investments       (20,885,344  )       (34,116,765  )
Accumulated net realized losses       (107,505,733  )       (98,364,284  )
Distributions in excess of net investment income       (48,653,633  )       (40,863,890  )
Total net assets       382,292,727          385,992,498   
Total liabilities and net assets   $   550,360,175      $   612,456,506   
Net asset value per common share   $   7.43     $   7.50   

 
TICC CAPITAL CORP. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended September 30,2017   Three Months Ended September 30,2016   Nine Months Ended September 30,2017   Nine Months Ended September 30,2016
INVESTMENT INCOME                                
From non-affiliated/non-control investments:                                
Interest income - debt investments   $ 5,306,698     $ 8,570,131     $ 19,096,102     $ 25,405,967  
Income from securitization vehicles and investments     8,086,059       8,635,834       26,081,676       22,538,250  
Commitment, amendment fee income and other income     1,007,230       805,128       2,517,401       1,654,954  
Total investment income from non-affiliated/non-control investments     14,399,987       18,011,093       47,695,179       49,599,171  
From affiliated investments:                                
Interest income - debt investments     97,710       84,699       280,151       244,411  
Total investment income from affiliated investments     97,710       84,699       280,151       244,411  
From control investments:                                
Interest income - debt investments                       567,219  
Total investment income from control investments                       567,219  
Total investment income     14,497,697       18,095,792       47,975,330       50,410,801  
OPERATING EXPENSES                                
Compensation expense     237,686       189,205       676,059       609,345  
Base management fee     2,004,391       2,630,334       6,456,566       8,747,819  
Professional fees     720,500       2,157,751       2,062,734       5,365,284  
Interest expense     3,701,533       4,407,246       11,135,451       13,200,127  
General and administrative     501,464       1,749,408       1,718,627       3,439,292  
Total operating expenses before incentive fee     7,165,574       11,133,944       22,049,437       31,361,867  
Net investment income incentive fee     564,370       422,828       2,827,991       1,666,594  
Total operating expenses     7,729,944       11,556,772       24,877,428       33,028,461  
Net investment income     6,767,753       6,539,020       23,097,902       17,382,340  
Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) on investments                                
Non-Affiliate/non-control investments     1,884,023       39,813,458       12,643,254       60,144,518  
Affiliated investments     666,278       2,520,646       588,167       4,623,812  
Control investments                       5,750,000  
Total net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) on investments     2,550,301       42,334,104       13,231,421       70,518,330  
Net realized losses                                
Non-Affiliated/non-control investments     (1,066,399     (5,312,519     (5,992,111     (10,190,122
Control investments                       (3,000,000
Extinguishment of debt     (2,235,636 )     (647,842 )     (3,149,338 )     (647,842 )
Total net realized losses     (3,302,035     (5,960,361     (9,141,449     (13,837,964
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations   $ 6,016,019     $ 42,912,763     $ 27,187,874     $ 74,062,706  
Net increase in net assets resulting from net investment income per common share:                                
Basic   $ 0.13     $ 0.13     $ 0.45     $ 0.33  
Diluted   $ 0.13     $ 0.13     $ 0.45     $ 0.33  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share:                                
Basic   $ 0.12     $ 0.83     $ 0.53     $ 1.42  
Diluted   $ 0.12     $ 0.72     $ 0.53     $ 1.28  
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:                                
Basic     51,479,409       51,479,409       51,479,409       51,985,537  
Diluted     59,727,707       61,512,561       59,727,707       62,018,689  
Distributions per share   $ 0.20     $ 0.29     $ 0.60     $ 0.87  

TICC CAPITAL CORP. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED
Per Share Data   Three Months EndedSeptember 30, 2017   Three Months EndedSeptember 30, 2016   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30, 2017   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30, 2016  
Net asset value as of beginning of period   $   7.51     $   6.54      $   7.50     $   6.40     
Net investment income (1)       0.13         0.13         0.45         0.33    
Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains (2)       (0.01 )       0.70         0.08         1.10    
Net change in net asset value from operations (2)       0.12         0.83         0.53         1.43    
Distributions per share from net investmentincome       (0.20 )         (0.29 )       (0.60 )       (0.87 )  
Distributions based on weighted average share impact       —         —         —         0.01    
Total distributions (3)       (0.20 )       (0.29 )       (0.60 )       (0.86 )  
Effect of shares repurchased, gross       —         —         —         0.11    
Net asset value at end of period   $   7.43     $   7.08     $   7.43      $   7.08    
Per share market value at beginning of period   $   6.34     $   5.27     $   6.61     $   6.08    
Per share market value at end of period   $   6.85     $   5.82     $   6.85     $   5.82    
Total return (4)       11.20 %       15.94 %       13.00 %       12.43 %  
Shares outstanding at end of period       51,479,409         51,479,409          51,479,409         51,479,409    
                   
Ratios/Supplemental Data                  
Net assets at end of period (000's)   $   382,293     $   364,622     $   382,293     $   364,622    
Average net assets (000's)       384,433         350,631         386,146         332,591    
Ratio of operating expenses to average net assets (5)       8.04 %       13.18 %       8.59 %       13.24 %  
Ratio of net investment income to average net  assets (5)       7.04 %       7.46 %       7.98 %       6.97 %  
Portfolio turnover rate (6)       6.52 %       9.42 %       32.3 %       22.92 %  
                   

      _____________
(1)     Represents per share net investment income for the period, based upon average shares outstanding.
       
(2)     Net realized and unrealized capital gains include rounding adjustments to reconcile change in net asset value per share.
       
(3)     Management monitors available taxable earnings, including net investment income and realized capital gains, to determine if a tax return of capital may occur for the year. To the extent the Company's taxable earnings fall below the total amount of the Company's distributions for that fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed a tax return of capital to the Company's stockholders. The ultimate tax character of our earnings cannot be determined until tax returns are prepared after the end of a fiscal year.
       
(4)     Total return equals the increase or decrease of ending market value over beginning market value, plus distributions, divided by the beginning market value, assuming distribution reinvestment prices obtained under the Company's distribution reinvestment plan, excluding any discounts. Total return is not annualized.
       
(5)     Annualized.
       
(6)     Portfolio turnover rate is calculated using the lesser of year-to-date cash investment sales and debt repayments or year-to-date cash investment purchases over the average of total investments at fair value.

The following table provides supplemental performance ratios (annualized) measured for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016:

    Three Months EndedSeptember 30, 2017   Three Months EndedSeptember 30, 2016   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30, 2017   Nine Months EndedSeptember 30, 2016  
                   
Ratio of operating expenses to average net assets:                  
Operating expenses before incentive fees     7.46 %     12.70 %     7.61 %     12.57 %  
Net investment income incentive fees     0.59 %     0.48 %     0.98 %     0.67 %  
Ratio of expenses, excluding interest expense     4.19 %     8.16 %     4.74 %     7.95 %  
                   

About TICC Capital Corp. TICC Capital Corp. is a publicly-traded business development company principally engaged in providing capital to established businesses, investing in syndicated bank loans and purchasing debt and equity tranches of collateralized loan obligation vehicles.

Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Certain factors could cause actual results and conditions to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These factors are identified from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect subsequent events, except as may be required by law.

Contact:Bruce Rubin203-983-5280