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Great Elm Capital Corp. Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

Great Elm Capital Corp. Announces First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

May 11, 2022
Company to Host Quarterly Conference Call and Webcast at 11:30 AM ET Today

WALTHAM, Mass., May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Great Elm Capital Corp. (“we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” or “GECC”) (NASDAQ: GECC), a business development company, today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Cash-income-generating investments comprise 98% of the investment portfolio fair market value as of March 31, 2022.
  • Legacy assets comprise approximately 2% of the investment portfolio fair market value as of March 31, 2022, or 5% of net asset value (“NAV”).
  • Great Elm Group, Inc. (“GEG”) intends to subscribe for at least $12.5 million in the Company’s rights offering, and certain other affiliates of GEG have indicated they intend to subscribe.
  • Net investment income (“NII”) for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 was $6.0 million, or $1.31 per share.
    • NII for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 was positively impacted by the reversal of approximately $4.9 million of previously accrued incentive fees that have been waived by GEG.
  • Net assets were approximately $69.3 million on March 31, 2022, as compared to $74.6 million on December 31, 2021, and $91.5 million on March 31, 2021.
  • NAV per share was $15.06 as of March 31, 2022, as compared to $16.63 as of December 31, 2021, and $23.36 as of March 31, 2021.
  • GECC’s asset coverage ratio was approximately 147.5% as of March 31, 2022, as compared to 151.1% as of December 31, 2021, and 177.1% as of March 31, 2021.
    • Pro forma for the rights offering, GECC would have an asset coverage ratio in excess of 150%.1
  • Our Board of Directors has approved a quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share for the third quarter of 2022, equating to a 12.0% annualized yield on March 31, 2022 NAV per share.

Management Commentary
“We continued to make strides repositioning the company in the quarter,” said Matt Kaplan, GECC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We made significant progress monetizing legacy, non-income-producing equities and redeploying proceeds into yielding assets. In addition, our focus on Specialty Finance is gaining traction, with approximately one third of our portfolio now invested in Specialty Finance companies and related assets, including our new investment in Sterling Commercial Credit. While the macro environment remains challenging, we are confident in our ability to execute on the strategic direction outlined in March. Importantly, we were successful in securing the waiver of previously accrued incentive fees, the reversal of which benefited NII by $4.9 million, or $1.06 per share in the first quarter and contributed positively to NAV.”

Financial Highlights – Per Share Data(1)

  Q1/20211 Q2/20211 Q3/20211 Q4/20211 Q1/20221
Earnings Per Share (“EPS”) $3.22 $0.63 ($0.79) ($4.95) ($1.12)
Net Investment Income (“NII”) Per Share $0.39 $0.54 $0.39 $1.58 $1.31
Net Realized Gains / (Losses) Per Share ($0.84) ($0.60) $0.42 ($1.26) ($4.37)
Net Unrealized Gains / (Losses) Per Share $3.67 $0.69 ($1.60) ($5.27) $1.94
Net Asset Value Per Share at Period End $23.36 $23.40 $22.17 $16.63 $15.06
Distributions Paid / Declared Per Share $0.60 $0.60 $0.60 $0.60 $0.60

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1 We can give no assurance that the rights offering will be completed on the terms currently contemplated or at all, or that, if completed, the offering will be fully subscribed or that our asset coverage ratio on the date of consummation of the rights offering would not be negatively impacted by other factors notwithstanding the receipt of the net proceeds of the rights offering.


Portfolio and Investment Activity

As of March 31, 2022, GECC held total investments of $199.4 million at fair value, as follows:

  • 45 debt investments, totaling approximately $145.2 million and representing 72.9% of the fair market value of our total investments. Secured debt investments comprised a substantial majority of the fair market value of our debt investments.
  • 6 income generating equity investments, totaling approximately $50.2 million, representing 25.3% of the fair market value of our total investments.
  • 6 other equity investments, totaling approximately $3.7 million and representing 1.8% of the fair market value of our total investments.
  • Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) warrants totaling approximately $0.1 million of fair market value.

As of March 31, 2022, the weighted average current yield on our debt portfolio was 10.4%. Floating rate instruments comprised approximately 41.8% of the fair market value of debt investments and our fixed rate debt investments had a weighted average maturity of 2.5 years.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2022, we deployed approximately $27.4 million into 14 investments(2) at a weighted average current yield of 10.7%.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2022, we monetized, in part or in full, 26 investments for approximately $26.9 million(3) excluding SPACs, at a weighted average current yield of 5.2%. We also monetized $2.8 million of SPAC securities during the period and now hold only a pool of warrants.

Financial Review
Total investment income for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 was $5.6 million, or $1.22 per share. Net expenses for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 were approximately $0.4 million, or $0.09 per share. Total expenses were positively impacted by certain one-time items, primarily related to the reversal of approximately $4.9 million of previously accrued incentive fees that the board of GEG agreed to waive.

Net realized and unrealized losses for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 were approximately ($11.0) million, or ($2.43) per share, driven primarily by the decline in Avanti-related securities fair value of $7.7 million. As of March 31, 2022, the fair value of our investments in Avanti was less than $1.0 million, or below 1% of portfolio fair value. The decline in Avanti value was driven by the company’s debt restructuring which was completed in April.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of March 31, 2022, our cash balance was approximately $8.5 million, exclusive of holdings of United States Treasury Bills.

Total debt outstanding (par value) as of March 31, 2022 was $145.9 million, comprised of our 6.50% senior notes due June 2024 (NASDAQ: GECCN), our 6.75% senior notes due January 2025 (NASDAQ: GECCM), and our 5.875% senior notes due June 2026 (NASDAQ: GECCO). We also have a $25.0 million revolving credit facility due May 2024, which was undrawn as of March 31, 2022.

Distributions
On March 4, 2022, we announced that our Board of Directors approved a quarterly dividend of $0.45 per share for the quarter ending June 30, 2022. The second quarter distribution will be payable on June 30, 2022 to stockholders of record as of June 23, 2022.

In addition, our Board of Directors has approved a $0.45 per share cash distribution for the quarter ending September 30, 2022. The distribution is contingent on an asset coverage ratio of 150% or greater at the time such distribution is paid. Annualized, the distribution equates to a 12.8% dividend yield on our closing market price on May 10, 2022 of $14.06 and a 12.0% dividend yield on our March 31, 2022 NAV of $15.06 per share. The record and payment dates for the distribution are expected to be set in the third quarter, pursuant to authority granted by our Board of Directors.

Conference Call and Webcast
GECC will discuss these results in a conference call on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Conference Call Details  
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11, 202211:30 a.m. ET
   
Participant Dial-In Numbers:  
(United States): 844-820-8297
(International): 661-378-9758

To access the call, please dial-in approximately five minutes before the start time. An accompanying slide presentation will be available in .pdf format via the “Investor Relations” section of Great Elm Capital Corp.’s website at http://www.investor.greatelmcc.com/events-and-presentations/presentations after the issuance of the earnings release.

Webcast
The call and presentation will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet via the Investor Relations section of GECC’s website or by clicking on the conference call link:
https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/7327hkv5

About Great Elm Capital Corp. 
Great Elm Capital Corp. is an externally managed, business development company that seeks to generate current income and capital appreciation by investing in debt and income generating equity securities, including investments in specialty finance businesses.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this communication that are not historical facts are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “will,” “estimate,” “designed,” “seek,” “continue,” “upside,” “potential” and similar expressions. All such forward-looking statements involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in the statements. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are: conditions in the credit markets, the price of GECC common stock, the performance of GECC’s portfolio and investment manager and risks associated with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on GECC and its portfolio companies. Information concerning these and other factors can be found in GECC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the SEC. GECC assumes no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any duty to, update any forward-looking statements contained in this communication or to conform prior statements to actual results or revised expectations except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

This press release does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

Endnotes:
(1) The per share figures are based on a weighted average outstanding share count for the respective period, pro forma for the 6-for-1 reverse stock split effective on February 28, 2022.
(2) This includes new deals, additional fundings (inclusive of those on revolving credit facilities), refinancings and capitalized PIK income. Amounts included herein do not include investments in short-term securities, including United States Treasury Bills.
(3) This includes scheduled principal payments, prepayments, sales and repayments (inclusive of those on revolving credit facilities). Amounts included herein do not include investments in short-term securities, including United States Treasury Bills.

Investor Relations Contact:
Garrett Edson                
investorrelations@greatelmcap.com


GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (unaudited)
Dollar amounts in thousands (except per share amounts)

    March 31, 2022     December 31, 2021  
Assets                
Investments                
Non-affiliated, non-controlled investments, at fair value (amortized cost of $142,811 and $175,800, respectively)   $ 147,747     $ 164,203  
Non-affiliated, non-controlled short-term investments, at fair value (amortized cost of $99,870 and $199,995, respectively)     99,872       199,995  
Affiliated investments, at fair value (amortized cost of $130,116 and $129,936, respectively)     3,353       10,861  
Controlled investments, at fair value (amortized cost of $43,779 and $32,649, respectively)     48,238       37,085  
Total investments     299,210       412,144  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents     8,517       9,132  
Restricted cash     -       13  
Receivable for investments sold     4,251       766  
Interest receivable     2,042       1,811  
Dividends receivable     1,164       1,540  
Due from portfolio company     55       136  
Due from affiliates     34       17  
Deferred financing costs     337       376  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     170       379  
Total assets   $ 315,780     $ 426,314  
                 
Liabilities                
Notes payable (including unamortized discount of $3,647 and $3,935, respectively)   $ 142,286     $ 141,998  
Payable for investments purchased     102,683       203,575  
Interest payable     31       29  
Accrued incentive fees payable     -       4,854  
Due to affiliates     960       1,012  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     534       290  
Total liabilities   $ 246,494     $ 351,758  
                 
Net Assets                
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (100,000,000 shares authorized,
4,601,391 shares issued and outstanding and 4,484,278 shares issued and
outstanding, respectively)(1)
  $ 46     $ 45  
Additional paid-in capital     248,129       245,531  
Accumulated losses     (178,889 )     (171,020 )
Total net assets   $ 69,286     $ 74,556  
Total liabilities and net assets   $ 315,780     $ 426,314  
Net asset value per share(1)   $ 15.06     $ 16.63  

(1)   Authorized, issued and outstanding shares of common stock and net asset value per share have been adjusted for the periods prior to February 28, 2022 to reflect the six-for-one reverse stock split effected on that date on a retroactive basis.

GREAT ELM CAPITAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
Dollar amounts in thousands (except per share amounts)

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2022     2021  
Investment Income:                
Interest income from:                
Non-affiliated, non-controlled investments   $ 3,259     $ 2,442  
Non-affiliated, non-controlled investments (PIK)     246       30  
Affiliated investments     21       260  
Affiliated investments (PIK)     58       1,439  
Controlled investments     457       8  
Total interest income     4,041       4,179  
Dividend income from:                
Non-affiliated, non-controlled investments     503       481  
Controlled investments     764       320  
Total dividend income     1,267       801  
Other income from:                
Non-affiliated, non-controlled investments     250       33  
Affiliated investments (PIK)     -       282  
Total other income     250       315  
Total investment income   $ 5,558     $ 5,295  
                 
Expenses:                
Management fees   $ 780     $ 660  
Incentive fees     (4,854 )     108  
Administration fees     221       156  
Custody fees     14       13  
Directors' fees     63       55  
Professional services     418       425  
Interest expense     2,670       2,198  
Other expenses     191       176  
Total expenses   $ (497 )   $ 3,791  
Net investment income before taxes   $ 6,055     $ 1,504  
Excise tax   $ 101     $ -  
Net investment income   $ 5,954     $ 1,504  
                 
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses):              
Net realized gain (loss) on investment transactions from:                
Non-affiliated, non-controlled investments   $ (19,933 )   $ (3,415 )
Affiliated investments     -       -  
Controlled investments     -       140  
Total net realized gain (loss)     (19,933 )     (3,275 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investment transactions from:          
Non-affiliated, non-controlled investments     16,536       9,490  
Affiliated investments     (7,689 )     4,283  
Controlled investments     23       544  
Total net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)     8,870       14,317  
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)   $ (11,063 )   $ 11,042  
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations   $ (5,109 )   $ 12,546  
                 
Net investment income per share (basic and diluted): (1)   $ 1.31     $ 0.39  
Earnings per share (basic and diluted): (1)   $ (1.12 )   $ 3.22  
Weighted average shares outstanding (basic and diluted): (1)     4,558,451       3,900,306  

(1)   Weighted average shares outstanding and per share amounts have been adjusted for the periods shown to reflect the six-for-one reverse stock split effected on February 28, 2022 on a retroactive basis.


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