PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2014

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 13, 2014) -  PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: PFLT) announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2014.

   
HIGHLIGHTS  
Quarter ended September 30, 2014  
($in millions, except per share amounts)  
   
Assets and Liabilities:            
  Investment portfolio   $ 348.4          
  Net assets   $ 214.5          
  Net asset value per share   $ 14.40          
  Credit Facility (cost $146.4)   $ 146.9          
                 
Yield on debt investments at quarter-end     8.2 %        
                 
Operating Results:   Year Ended     Quarter Ended  
  Net investment income   $ 16.6     $ 5.3  
  GAAP net investment income per share   $ 1.12     $ 0.36  
  Reversal of capital gain incentive fee accrued but not payable per share   $ -     $ (0.04 )
  Credit Facility amendment costs per share   $ 0.05     $ -  
  Core net investment income per share (1)   $ 1.17     $ 0.32  
  Distributions declared per share   $ 1.08     $ 0.27  
                 
Portfolio Activity:                
  Purchases of investments   $ 248.1     $ 63.1  
  Sales and repayments of investments   $ 225.6     $ 78.8  
                   
  Number of new portfolio companies invested     36       7  
  Number of existing portfolio companies invested     33       8  
  Number of portfolio companies     72       72  
                 
(1) Core net investment income is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company believes that core net investment income provides useful information to investors and management because it reflects the Company's financial performance excluding both the charges related to incentive fee on net unrealized gains accrued under GAAP but not payable unless such net unrealized gains are realized and the costs associated with amending our senior secured revolving credit facility, or the Credit Facility. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP.
   

CONFERENCE CALL AT 10:00 A.M. ET ON NOVEMBER 14, 2014

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. ("we," "our," "us" or "Company") will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Friday, November 14, 2014 to discuss its financial results. All interested parties are welcome to participate. You can access the conference call by dialing (888) 378-0320 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial (719) 325-2393. All callers should reference PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. An archived replay of the call will be available through November 28, 2014 by calling (888) 203-1112. International callers please dial (719) 457-0820. For all phone replays, please reference conference ID #1113253.

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

As of September 30, 2014, our portfolio totaled $348.4 million and consisted of $302.5 million of senior secured loans, $36.5 million of second lien secured debt and $9.4 million of subordinated debt, preferred and common equity. Our debt portfolio consisted of 95% variable-rate investments (including 92% with a London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, or prime floor) and 5% fixed-rate investments. As of September 30, 2014, we had one non-accrual debt investment, representing 0.6% of our overall portfolio on a cost basis. Overall, the portfolio had unrealized appreciation of $0.1 million. Our overall portfolio consisted of 72 companies with an average investment size of $4.8 million, had a weighted average yield on debt investments of 8.2%, and was invested 87% in senior secured loans, 10% in second lien secured debt and 3% in subordinated debt, preferred and common equity.

As of September 30, 2013, our portfolio totaled $317.8 million and consisted of $281.0 million of senior secured loans, $27.5 million of second lien secured debt and $9.3 million of subordinated debt, preferred and common equity. Our debt portfolio consisted of 92% variable-rate investments (including 89% with a LIBOR or prime floor) and 8% fixed-rate investments. Overall, the portfolio had net unrealized depreciation of $1.5 million. Our overall portfolio consisted of 83 companies with an average investment size of $3.8 million, had a weighted average yield on debt investments of 8.1%, and was invested 88% in senior secured loans, 9% in second lien secured debt and 3% in subordinated debt, preferred and common equity.

For the three months ended September 30, 2014, we invested $63.1 million in seven new and eight existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 9.3%. Sales and repayments of investments for the three months ended September 30, 2014 totaled $78.8 million. This compares to the three months ended September 30, 2013, in which we invested $118.2 million in 21 new and eight existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 7.8%. Sales and repayments of investments totaled $54.3 million for the same period.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2014, we invested $248.1 million of investments in 36 new and 33 existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 8.2%. Sales and repayments of investments for the year ended September 30, 2014 totaled $225.6 million. This compares to the fiscal year ended September 30, 2013, in which we invested $316.5 million issued by 75 new and 19 existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 7.9%. Sales and repayments of investments totaled $174.9 million for the same period.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Set forth below are the results of operations for the three months and fiscal years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013.

Investment Income

Investment income for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 was $8.2 million and $6.1 million, respectively, and was attributable to $6.4 million and $5.2 million from senior secured loans, $1.3 million and $0.6 million from second lien secured debt and $0.5 million and $0.3 million from subordinated debt, respectively.

Investment income for the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 was $30.4 million and $18.9 million, respectively, and was attributable to $24.5 million and $16.0 million from senior secured loans, $4.2 million and $1.6 million from second lien secured debt and $1.7 million and $1.3 million from subordinated debt, respectively. The increase in investment income over the prior year is primarily due to the growth of our portfolio.

Expenses

Expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 totaled $2.9 million and $2.5 million, respectively. Base management fee for the same periods totaled $0.9 million and $0.7 million, incentive fee totaled $0.5 million and $0.9 million (including $(0.6) million and $0.4 million, respectively, on net unrealized gains accrued but not payable), Credit Facility expenses totaled $0.9 million and $0.4 million, general and administrative expenses totaled $0.5 million and $0.4 million and excise taxes were $0.1 million and less than $0.1 million, respectively.

Expenses for the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 totaled $13.7 million and $8.3 million, respectively. Base management fee for the same periods totaled $3.7 million and $2.2 million, incentive fee totaled $3.5 million and $1.9 million (including $0.1 million and $0.4 million, respectively, on net unrealized gains accrued but not payable), Credit Facility expenses totaled $4.2 million and $2.3 million (including $0.7 million and $0.4 million, respectively, of Credit Facility amendment expenses), general and administrative expenses totaled $1.8 million and $1.8 million and excise taxes were $0.5 million and $0.1 million, respectively. The increase in expenses was due to the growth of our portfolio and expanding our borrowing capacity under our Credit Facility.

Net Investment Income

Net investment income totaled $5.3 million and $3.6 million, or $0.36 and $0.25 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Core net investment income, a non-GAAP financial measure, totaled $4.8 million and $4.0 million, or $0.32 and $0.28 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Net investment income totaled $16.6 million and $10.5 million, or $1.12 and $1.10 per share, for the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. Core net investment income, a non-GAAP financial measure, totaled $17.4 million and $11.3 million, or $1.17 and $1.18 per share, for the same periods. The increase in net investment income was due to a larger portfolio, which was partially offset by Credit Facility amendment costs.

Net Realized Gains or Losses

Sales and repayments of investments for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 totaled $78.8 million and $54.3 million, respectively. Net realized gains totaled $1.1 million and $0.4 million for the same periods, respectively.

Sales and repayments of investments for the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013 totaled $225.6 million and $174.9 million, respectively. Net realized gains totaled $2.9 million and $3.6 million, respectively. The decrease in realized gains over the prior year was driven by changes in market conditions of our investments.

Unrealized Appreciation or Depreciation on Investments and Credit Facility

For the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, we reported unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments of $(3.6) million and $1.5 million, respectively. Net change in unrealized appreciation on our Credit Facility totaled $0.5 million and zero, respectively, for the same periods.

For the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, we reported unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments of $1.6 million and $(1.7) million, respectively. As of September 30, 2014 and 2013, net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments totaled $0.1 million and $(1.5) million, respectively. The change compared to prior year was the result of the overall variation in the leveraged finance markets.

For the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, our Credit Facility had a change in unrealized appreciation of $0.5 million and $0.4 million, respectively. As of September 30, 2014 and 2013, net unrealized appreciation on our Credit Facility totaled $0.5 million and zero, respectively. The change compared to prior year was due to changes in the capital markets.

Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

Net change in net assets resulting from operations totaled $2.3 million and $5.4 million, or $0.15 and $0.39 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Net change in net assets resulting from operations totaled $20.5 million and $12.0 million, or $1.38 and $1.25 per share, for the fiscal years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively. We found attractive investment opportunities to grow net assets from operations.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Our liquidity and capital resources are derived from public offerings, our Credit Facility, cash flows from operations, including investment sales and repayments, and income earned. Our primary use of funds from operations includes investments in portfolio companies and payments of fees and other operating expenses we incur. We have used, and expect to continue to use, our Credit Facility, the rotation of our portfolio and proceeds from public and private offerings of securities to finance our investment objectives.

As of September 30, 2014 and 2013, we had $146.4 million and $99.6 million of outstanding borrowings under the Credit Facility, respectively, and carried an annual interest rate of 2.16% and 2.18%, respectively, excluding the 0.375% undrawn commitment fee.

The annualized weighted average cost of debt for the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, inclusive of the fee on the undrawn commitment on the Credit Facility but excluding amendment costs, was 2.35% and 2.59%, respectively.

Our operating activities used cash of $22.2 million for the year ended September 30, 2014, and our financing activities provided cash of $30.8 million for the same period. Our operating activities used cash primarily for our investment activities and our financing activities provided cash primarily from net draws under the Credit Facility.

Our operating activities used cash of $124.4 million for the year ended September 30, 2013, and our financing activities provided cash of $125.1 million for the same period. Our operating activities used cash primarily for net investing that was provided from public offerings and net draws under the Credit Facility.

DISTRIBUTIONS

During the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, we declared distributions of $0.27 and $0.26 per share, respectively, for total distributions of $4.0 million and $3.9 million, respectively. During the years ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, we declared distributions of $1.08 and $1.03 per share, respectively, for total distributions of $16.1 million and $10.0 million, respectively. We monitor available net investment income to determine if a tax return of capital may occur for the fiscal year. To the extent our taxable earnings fall below the total amount of our distributions for any given fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed to be a tax return of capital to our common stockholders. Tax characteristics of all distributions will be reported to stockholders on Form 1099-DIV after the end of the calendar year and in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

The Company makes available on its website its report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and stockholders may find the report on its website at www.pennantpark.com.

   
   
PENNANTPARK FLOATING RATE CAPITAL LTD. AND SUBSIDIARY  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES  
   
    September 30,
2014
    September 30, 
2013
 
Assets                
Investments at fair value                
  Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments (cost -- $348,354,295 and $319,283,468, respectively)   $ 348,428,492     $ 317,803,894  
Cash equivalents     13,113,817       4,578,249  
Interest receivable     1,773,870       2,140,802  
Receivable for investments sold     9,001,938       3,659,185  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     556,359       619,737  
    Total assets     372,874,476       328,801,867  
Liabilities                
Distributions payable     1,340,825       1,303,580  
Payable for investments purchased     3,162,000       14,021,588  
Unfunded investments     2,705,882       934,555  
Credit Facility payable (cost -- $146,400,000 and $99,600,000, respectively)     146,949,000       99,600,000  
Interest payable on Credit Facility     284,906       189,934  
Management fee payable     914,978       731,635  
Performance-based incentive fee payable     2,180,604       1,164,090  
Accrued other expenses     808,571       790,091  
    Total liabilities     158,346,766       118,735,473  
Commitments and contingencies                
Net Assets                
Common stock, 14,898,056 shares issued and outstanding. Par value $0.001 per share and 100,000,000 shares authorized.     14,898       14,898  
Paid-in capital in excess of par value     207,226,615       207,481,368  
Undistributed net investment income     4,878,091       474,766  
Accumulated net realized gain on investments     2,882,909       3,574,936  
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments     74,197       (1,479,574 )
Net unrealized appreciation on Credit Facility     (549,000 )     -  
    Total net assets   $ 214,527,710     $ 210,066,394  
    Total liabilities and net assets   $ 372,874,476     $ 328,801,867  
Net asset value per share   $ 14.40     $ 14.10  
                 
                 
                 
PENNANTPARK FLOATING RATE CAPITAL LTD. AND SUBSIDIARY  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
   
    Years Ended September 30,  
    2014     2013  
Investment income:                
From non-controlled, non-affiliated investments:                
  Interest   $ 29,256,441     $ 17,635,914  
  Other income     1,100,391       1,231,654  
  Total investment income     30,356,832       18,867,568  
Expenses:                
  Base management fee     3,702,826       2,196,038  
  Performance-based incentive fee     3,464,344       1,891,302  
  Interest and expenses on the Credit Facility     3,471,347       1,853,958  
  Administrative services expenses     879,000       864,561  
  Other general and administrative expenses     1,011,285       988,541  
  Expenses before excise tax and amendment costs     12,528,802       7,794,400  
  Excise tax     479,425       122,897  
  Credit Facility issuance and amendment costs     712,930       426,924  
  Total expenses     13,721,157       8,344,221  
  Net investment income     16,635,675       10,523,347  
Realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments and Credit Facility:                
Net realized gain on non-controlled, non-affiliated investments     2,873,525       3,574,936  
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on:                
  Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments     1,553,771       (1,735,965 )
  Credit Facility (appreciation) depreciation     (549,000 )     (377,500 )
  Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments and Credit Facility     1,004,771       (2,113,465 )
Net realized and unrealized gain from investments and Credit Facility     3,878,296       1,461,471  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations   $ 20,513,971     $ 11,984,818  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share   $ 1.38     $ 1.25  
Net investment income per common share   $ 1.12     $ 1.10  
                 

ABOUT PENNANTPARK FLOATING RATE CAPITAL LTD.

PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. is a business development company which primarily invests in U.S. middle-market private companies in the form of floating rate senior secured loans. From time to time, the Company may also invest in mezzanine debt and equity investments. PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd. is managed by PennantPark Investment Advisers, LLC.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You should understand that under Section 27A(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 do not apply to forward-looking statements made in periodic reports we file under the Exchange Act. All statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release are forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in filings with the SEC. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

We may use words such as "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "intends," "seeks," "plans," "estimates" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations. You should not place undue influence on such forward-looking statements as such statements speak only as of the date on which they are made. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements unless required by law.

CONTACT:
Aviv Efrat
PennantPark Floating Rate Capital Ltd.
Reception: (212) 905-1000
www.pennantpark.com