Sutter Rock Capital Corp. Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net Asset Value of $10.22 per Share as of March 31, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, May 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (“Sutter Rock” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:SSSS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.  Net assets totaled approximately $172.5 million, or $10.22 per share at March 31, 2020, as compared to $11.38 per share at December 31, 2019 and $10.75 per share at March 31, 2019.

“Despite the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, we believe our portfolio is well-positioned to weather the uncertainty and ultimately capitalize on several drivers of economic recovery,” said Mark Klein, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sutter Rock. “While overall market conditions contributed to a decline in NAV during the quarter, our strategic focus on identifying and investing in dynamic, high-growth, institutionally-backed private companies remains unchanged. To that end, we continue to evaluate and have committed to several exciting investment opportunities we expect to announce by the end of the second quarter.”

Investment Portfolio as of March 31, 2020

At March 31, 2020, Sutter Rock held positions in 22 portfolio companies with an aggregate fair value of approximately $159.9 million.  As a result of the Company’s continued strategy to increase the size of its investments in individual portfolio companies, Sutter Rock has consolidated its investment portfolio around its top positions.  The Company’s top five portfolio company investments accounted for approximately 69% of the total portfolio at fair value as of March 31, 2020.

Top Five Investments as of March 31, 2020

 $ in millionsFair Value % of Total
 Coursera, Inc.$34.7 21.7% 
 Palantir Technologies, Inc. 30.5 19.1  
 Course Hero, Inc. 24.6 15.4, Inc. 10.8 6.7  
 Ozy Media, Inc. 9.3 5.8  
 Total (rounded)$110.0 68.7% 

First Quarter 2020 Investment Portfolio Activity

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, Sutter Rock exited its position in Parchment, Inc.:

 Portfolio CompanyShares SoldNet ProceedsRealized Gain
 Parchment, Inc.3,200,512$10.9 million$6.9 million

Subsequent to quarter-end, through May 8, 2020, Sutter Rock has committed to make the following investment:

 Portfolio CompanyInvestmentAnticipated
Transaction Date
(in millions)
 Neutron Holdings, Inc. (d/b/a Lime)Convertible Promissory NoteMay 2020$0.5

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

 Quarter Ended
March 31, 2020
Quarter Ended
March 31, 2019
 $ in millionsper share in millionsper share
Net investment income/(loss)$(3.0)$(0.17)$0.6 $0.03 
Net realized gain/(loss) on investments 7.0  0.40  (4.1) (0.21)
Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments,             
net of tax effects (27.7) (1.59) 20.6  1.04 
Net increase/(decrease) in net assets resulting from operations – basic(1)$(23.7)$(1.36)$17.2 $0.86 
Repurchase of common stock(2) (3.7) 0.20  -  - 
Increase/(decrease) in net asset value$(27.4)$(1.16)$17.2 $0.86 

(1) Total may not sum, due to rounding.
(2) During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company repurchased 689,928 shares of Sutter Rock common stock, for approximately $3.7 million in cash under its Share Repurchase Program. The use of cash in connection with the repurchases decreased net asset value as of period end; however, the reduction in shares outstanding as of period end resulted in an increase in the net asset value per share.

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 17.4 million and 19.8 million for the quarters ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Sutter Rock’s liquid assets were approximately $51.3 million as of March 31, 2020, consisting of cash and cash equivalents.

Share Repurchase Program

During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, Sutter Rock repurchased 689,928 shares under the Share Repurchase Program for an aggregate purchase price of $3.7 million. From April 1, 2020 through May 8, 2020, the Company repurchased an additional 594,637 shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $3.6 million. The dollar value of shares that may yet be purchased by the Company under the Share Repurchase Program is approximately $2.7 million.

Under the publicly announced Share Repurchase Program and the Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer completed during the fourth quarter of 2019, as of May 8, 2020, the Company has repurchased 5,901,324 shares of its common stock for approximately $37.3 million since the Share Repurchase Program commenced in August 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will hold a conference call and webcast for investors on May 8, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. PT (10:00 a.m. ET).  The conference call access number for U.S. participants is 323-701-0225, and the conference call access number for participants outside the U.S. is +1 888-394-8218.  The conference ID number for both access numbers is 3327871.  Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the "Investor Relations" section of Sutter Rock’s website at An archived replay of the webcast will also be available for 12 months following the live presentation.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed until 7:00 a.m. PT (10:00 a.m. ET) on May 15, 2020 by dialing 888-203-1112 (U.S.) or +1 719-457-0820 (International) and using conference ID number 3327871.

About Sutter Rock Capital Corp.   

Sutter Rock Capital Corp. (Nasdaq:SSSS) is a publicly traded investment fund that seeks to invest in high-growth, venture-backed private companies. The fund seeks to create a portfolio of high-growth emerging private companies via a repeatable and disciplined investment approach, as well as to provide investors with access to such companies through its publicly traded common stock. Sutter Rock is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, and at

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein, including statements regarding Sutter Rock's beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may constitute "forward-looking statements". Sutter Rock cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these statements. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the impact of COVID-19 and any market volatility that may be detrimental to our business, our portfolio companies, our industry and the global economy, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions which could cause Sutter Rock's actual results to differ from management's current expectations are contained in Sutter Rock's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sutter Rock undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

Sutter Rock Capital Corp.
(650) 235-4769 

Media Contact
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 March 31,
 December 31,
Investments at fair value:   
Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (cost of $86,566,059 and $90,567,041, respectively)$131,324,194  $152,866,112 
Non-controlled/affiliate investments (cost of $52,857,243 and $52,857,243, respectively)27,868,854  37,944,268 
Controlled investments (cost of $7,161,412 and $7,161,412, respectively)729,500  775,198 
Total Portfolio Investments159,922,548  191,585,578 
Investments in U.S. Treasury bills (cost of $50,000,556 and $49,996,667, respectively)50,000,000  50,000,000 
Total Investments (cost of $196,585,270 and $200,582,363, respectively)209,922,548  241,585,578 
Cash46,095,103  44,861,263 
Escrow proceeds receivable207,375  265,303 
Interest and dividends receivable84,799  84,630 
Deferred financing costs11,382  11,382 
Prepaid expenses and other assets(1)1,721,265  1,755,933 
Total Assets258,042,472  288,564,089 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses(1)1,526,212  1,143,923 
Payable to executive officers1,557  1,369,873 
Accrued interest payable  475,000 
Dividends payable  2,107,709 
Payable for securities purchased45,101,259  44,746,660 
4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023(2)38,897,646  38,803,635 
Total Liabilities85,526,674  88,646,800 
Net Assets$172,515,798  $199,917,289 
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (100,000,000 authorized; 16,874,316 and 17,564,244 issued        
and outstanding, respectively)$168,743  $175,642 
Paid-in capital in excess of par174,848,029  178,550,374 
Accumulated net investment loss(28,683,915) (25,679,362)
Accumulated net realized gain/(loss) on investments12,845,657  5,867,417 
Accumulated net unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments13,337,284  41,003,218 
Net Assets$172,515,798  $199,917,289 
Net Asset Value Per Share$10.22  $11.38 

(1)    This balance includes a right of use asset and corresponding operating lease liability, respectively.
(2)    As of March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the 4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023 had a face value of $40,000,000.

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2020 2019
Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments:   
Interest income$155,085  $138,497 
Dividend income50,000   
Non-controlled/affiliate investments:   
Interest income20,428  59,466 
Dividend income26,250   
Controlled investments:   
Interest income  29,287 
Total Investment Income251,763  227,250 
Management fees(1)  848,723 
Incentive fees/(Reversal of incentive fee accrual)(1)  (4,660,472)
Costs incurred under Administration Agreement(1)  306,084 
Compensation expense924,916   
Directors’ fees111,250  86,250 
Professional fees1,139,366  2,061,922 
Interest expense573,400  604,168 
Income tax expense8,665  3,763 
Other expenses498,719  357,110 
Total Operating Expenses3,256,316  (392,452)
Net Investment Income/(Loss)(3,004,553) 619,702 
Realized Gains/(Losses) on Investments:   
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments6,978,240  8,269,138 
Non-controlled/affiliate investments  (12,334,831)
Net Realized Gain/(Loss) on Investments6,978,240  (4,065,693)
Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments:   
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments(17,544,822) 17,028,343 
Non-controlled/affiliate investments(10,075,414) 9,022,648 
Controlled investments(45,698) (5,351,240)
Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments(27,665,934) 20,699,751 
Provision for taxes on unrealized appreciation of investments  (94,147)
Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations$(23,692,247) $17,159,613 
Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations per Common Share:   
Basic$(1.36) $0.87 
Diluted(2)$(1.36) $0.75 
Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding   
Basic17,440,994  19,762,647 
Diluted(2)17,440,994  23,493,991 

(1)   This balance references a related-party transaction.
(2)   For the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, 3,917,792 and 0 potentially dilutive common shares, respectively, were excluded from the weighted-average common shares outstanding for diluted net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share because the effect of these shares would have been anti-dilutive.

  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2020 2019
Per Basic Share Data (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net asset value at beginning of the year $11.38  $9.89 
Net investment income/(loss)(1) (0.17) 0.03 
Net realized gain/(loss) on investments(1) 0.40  (0.21)
Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments(1) (1.59) 1.05 
Provision for taxes on unrealized appreciation of investments(1)   (0.01)
Repurchases of common stock(1) 0.20   
Stock-based compensation(1)    
Net asset value at end of period $10.22  $10.75 
Per share market value at end of period $5.86  $7.58 
Total return based on market value(2) (10.53)% 45.21%
Total return based on net asset value(2) (10.19)% 8.70%
Shares outstanding at end of period 16,874,316  19,762,647 
Ratios/Supplemental Data:    
Net assets at end of period $172,515,798  $212,537,772 
Average net assets $198,994,124  $194,819,568 
Ratio of gross operating expenses to average net assets(3) 6.65% 4.15%
Ratio of income tax provision to average net assets % 0.05%
Ratio of net operating expenses to average net assets(3) 6.65% 4.20%
Ratio of net investment income/(loss) to average net assets(3) (6.07)% 1.29%
Portfolio Turnover Ratio % 4.85%

(1)  Based on weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the relevant period.
(2)  Total return based on market value is based on the change in market price per share between the opening and ending market values per share in the year.  Total return based on net asset value is based upon the change in net asset value per share between the opening and ending net asset values per share.
(3)  Financial Highlights for periods of less than one year are annualized and the ratios of operating expenses to average net assets and net investment loss to average net assets are adjusted accordingly. Non-recurring expenses are not annualized. For the three months ended March 31, 2020, the Company excluded $0 of non-recurring expenses. For the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company excluded $2,387,356 of non-recurring expenses and did not annualize the income tax provision. Because the ratios are calculated for the Company’s common stock taken as a whole, an individual investor’s ratios may vary from these ratios.