SuRo Capital Corp. Reports First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES


Net Asset Value of $18.01 Per Share as of March 31, 2021

Board of Directors Declares $2.50 Per Share Dividend

SAN FRANCISCO, May 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SuRo Capital Corp. (“SuRo Capital”, the “Company”, “we”, “us”, and “our”) (Nasdaq: SSSS) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. Net assets totaled approximately $436.0 million, or $18.01 per share, at March 31, 2021, inclusive of dividends totaling $0.50 per share declared during the first quarter, as compared to $15.14 per share at December 31, 2020 and $10.22 per share at March 31, 2020.

“This quarter, SuRo Capital reached both its highest absolute and highest dividend-adjusted net asset value per share since inception.   We believe this record NAV, driven in part by exciting developments within our current portfolio, including recent IPOs by Coursera and Palantir, has demonstrated the ability of SuRo Capital to drive long-term shareholder value. To build on this, the significant cash balance generated by these exits, combined with compelling new investments made to date in 2021 and unique opportunities leveraging our proprietary access within the SPAC universe has, and we believe will continue to, create long-term shareholder value,” said Mark Klein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SuRo Capital.

Klein continued, “Consistent with our desire to be shareholder friendly and our continued practice of distributing realized gains, on May 4th, SuRo Capital’s Board of Directors declared a $2.50 per share dividend to shareholders. This dividend will be payable on June 30th to shareholders of record on May 18th. Our Board is offering shareholders the option to elect to take as much as 100% of their dividend in stock, and has capped the aggregate cash dividend to 50% of the total dividend payable. This dividend is in addition to the aggregate $0.50 per share in dividends previously declared during the first quarter.”

Investment Portfolio as of March 31, 2021

At March 31, 2021, SuRo Capital held positions in 32 portfolio companies with an aggregate fair value of approximately $275.8 million. The Company’s top five portfolio company investments accounted for approximately 72% of the total portfolio at fair value as of March 31, 2021.

Top Five Investments as of March 31, 2021

Portfolio Company ($ in millions)Cost BasisFair Value% of Total Portfolio
Coursera, Inc.$17.4$126.745.9%
Course Hero, Inc. 5.0 32.511.8 
Nextdoor.com, Inc. 10.0 17.96.5 
Ozy Media, Inc. 10.9 11.54.2 
Blink Health, Inc. 10.0 10.03.6 
Total$53.3$198.672.0%

First Quarter 2021 Investment Portfolio Activity

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, SuRo Capital funded the following new investments:

Portfolio CompanyInvestmentTransaction DateAmount
Churchill Sponsor VI LLCCommon Share Units & Warrant Units2/25/2021$0.2 million
Churchill Sponsor VII LLCCommon Share Units & Warrant Units2/25/2021$0.3 million
Shogun Enterprises Inc.Preferred Shares, Series B-12/26/2021$3.5 million
Shogun Enterprises Inc.Preferred Shares, Series B-22/26/2021$3.5 million
Architect Capital PayJoy SPV, LLCMembership Interest in Lending SPV3/24/2021$0.5 million(1)
SuRo Capital Sports, LLC(2)Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”)3/25/2021$1.0 million

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(1) As of March 31, 2021, $0.5 million of a $10.0 million capital commitment to Architect Capital PayJoy SPV, LLC had been called and funded.
(2) SuRo Capital Sports, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SuRo Capital. On March 25, 2021, SuRo Capital Sports invested $1.0 million in a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) of Commercial Streaming Solutions Inc. (d/b/a/ BettorView).

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, SuRo Capital funded the following follow-on investment:

Portfolio CompanyInvestmentTransaction DateAmount
NewLake Capital Partners, Inc. (f/k/a GreenAcreage Real Estate Corp.)Common Shares2/12/2021$0.5 million

During the three months ended March 31, 2021, SuRo Capital sold or received proceeds from the following investments:

Portfolio CompanyTransaction
Date
Shares
Sold
Average Net
Share Price
(1)
Net
Proceeds

Realized
Gain
Palantir Technologies, Inc.(2)Various4,618,952$26.72$123.4 million$110.5 million
Palantir Lending Trust SPV I(3)VariousN/AN/A$1.6 million(3)$1.6 million(3)
Residential Homes For Rent, LLC (d/b/a Second Avenue)VariousN/AN/A$0.4 million(4)$ – (4)

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(1) The average net share price is the net share price realized after deducting all commissions and fees on the sale(s), if applicable.
(2) As of March 4, 2021, all shares of Palantir Technologies, Inc. had been sold.
(3) During the quarter ended March 31, 2021, 600,000 of the shares of Class A common shares of Palantir Technologies, Inc. that comprised the beneficial equity interest in underlying shares. As of March 31, 2021, 712,290 unrestricted Class A common shares remain in Palantir Lending Trust SPV I. The realized gain from SuRo Capital's investment in Palantir Lending Trust SPV I is generated by the proceeds from the sale of shares collateralizing the repaid promissory note to Palantir Lending Trust SPV I and attributable to the Equity Participation in Underlying Collateral.
(4) As of March 31, 2021, $0.4 million has been received from Residential Homes for Rent, LLC (d/b/a Second Avenue) related to the 15% term loan due December 23, 2023. Of the proceeds received, $0.3 million repaid a portion of the outstanding principal and $0.1 million was attributed to interest.

Subsequent to quarter-end through May 5, 2021, SuRo Capital funded the following new investments:

Portfolio CompanyInvestmentTransaction DateAmount
Colombier Sponsor LLC(1)Common Share Units & Warrant Units4/1/2021$2.2 million

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(1) Colombier Sponsor LLC is the sponsor of Colombier Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses.

Subsequent to quarter-end through May 5, 2021, SuRo Capital exited or received proceeds from the following investments:

Portfolio CompanyTransaction DateNet ProceedsRealized Gain
Residential Homes For Rent, LLC d/b/a Second Avenue4/23/2021$0.1 million(1)$ – (1)
SP Holdings Group, Inc.(2)4/29/2021$0.5 million$0.5 million

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(1) Subsequent to March 31, 2021, $0.1 million has been received from Residential Homes for Rent, LLC (d/b/a Second Avenue) related to the 15% term loan due December 23, 2023. Of the proceeds received, $0.1 million repaid a portion of the outstanding principal and the remainder was attributed to interest.
(2) On November 9, 2020, SharesPost, Inc. completed its merger with Forge Global, Inc. As part of the merger, certain assets held by SharesPost, Inc. that were not acquired by Forge were spun-out into a new entity called SP Holdings Group, Inc.  

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

 Quarter Ended
March 31, 2021
Quarter Ended
March 31, 2020
$ in millionsper share(1)$ in millionsper share(1)
     
Net investment loss$(2.8)$(0.14)$(3.0)$(0.17)
     
Net realized gain on investments112.25.477.00.40
     
Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments(1.3)(0.06)(27.7)(1.59)
     
Net increase/(decrease) in net assets resulting from operations – basic(2)$108.0$5.27$(23.7)$(1.36)
     
Dividends declared(11.0)(0.50)--
     
Issuance of common stock from conversion of 4.75% Convertible Notes due 202337.3(1.91)--
     
Repurchase of common stock(3)--(3.7)0.20
     
Stock-based compensation0.10.01--
     
Increase in net asset value(2)$134.4$2.87$(27.4)$(1.16)

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(1) Based on weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the relevant period.
(2) Totals may not sum due to rounding.
(3) During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company repurchased 689,928 shares of SuRo Capital 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 20.5 million and 17.4 million for the quarters ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

SuRo Capital’s liquid assets were approximately $292.4 million as of March 31, 2021, consisting of cash and securities of publicly traded portfolio companies.

2021 Dividend Declarations

On January 26, 2021, SuRo Capital’s Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.25 per share paid on February 19, 2021 to the Company’s common stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 5, 2021. The dividend was paid in cash.

On March 8, 2021, SuRo Capital’s Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.25 per share paid on April 15, 2021 to the Company’s common stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 30, 2021. The dividend was paid in cash.

On May 4, 2021, SuRo Capital’s Board of Directors declared a dividend of $2.50 per share payable on June 30, 2021 to the Company’s common stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 18, 2021. As described more fully below, the dividend will be paid in cash or shares of the Company's common stock at the election of shareholders, although the total amount of cash to be distributed to all shareholders will be limited to no more than 50% of the total dividend to be paid to all shareholders. Please see “Certain Information Regarding the Dividends” below for more information.

Redemption of 4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023

On February 19, 2021, the Company caused notices to be issued to the holders of its 4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2023 (CUSIP No. 36191JAC5) (the “Notes”) regarding the Company’s exercise of its option to redeem, in whole, the issued and outstanding Notes, pursuant to the Indenture dated as of March 28, 2018 between the Company and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, and Section 15.02 of the First Supplemental Indenture thereto, dated as of March 28, 2018.  The Company established March 29, 2021 as the date on which all of the Notes would be redeemed (the “Redemption Date”), at 100% of their principal amount ($1,000 per Note), plus the accrued and unpaid interest thereon from September 30, 2020, through, but excluding, the Redemption Date. Holders of the Notes had the option to surrender their Notes for conversion into shares of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”), at the then existing conversion rate, in lieu of receiving cash, at any time prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the Redemption Date.

As of the Redemption Date, the Company redeemed approximately $0.3 million in aggregate principal amount of the Notes at a redemption price equal to 100% of their principal amount ($1,000 per Note), plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon, which amounted to approximately $0.8 million. As a result of the election of certain holders to surrender their Notes for conversion into shares of Common Stock prior to the Redemption Date, the Company issued a total of 4,272,696 shares of Common Stock since the Notes were issued.

As of March 31, 2021, there were 24,205,216 shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will hold a conference call and webcast for investors on May 5, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). The conference call access number for U.S. participants is (323) 794-2093, and the conference call access number for participants outside the U.S. is (866) 548-4713. The conference ID number for both access numbers is 2766460. Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the "Investor Relations" section of SuRo Capital’s website at www.surocap.com. 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 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) on May 12, 2021 by dialing (888) 203-1112 (U.S.) or +1 (719) 457-0820 (International) and using conference ID number 2766460.

Certain Information Regarding the Dividends

On May 4, 2021, our Board of Directors declared a dividend of $2.50 per share payable on June 30, 2021 to the Company’s common stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 18, 2021. As described more fully below, the dividend will be paid in cash or shares of the Company's common stock at the election of shareholders, although the total amount of cash to be distributed to all shareholders will be limited to no more than 50% of the total dividend to be paid to all shareholders. This dividend is being made in accordance with certain applicable Treasury regulations, and guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) that allow a publicly-traded regulated investment company to satisfy its distribution requirements from a distribution paid partly in common stock provided certain other requirements are satisfied.

Each shareholder will have the opportunity to elect to receive the dividend in cash or in shares of the Company's common stock. Shareholders electing to receive the dividend in shares of the Company's common stock will receive their entire dividend in the form of shares of the Company's common stock regardless of the elections made by any other shareholders. However, the total amount of cash to be distributed to all shareholders electing to receive their dividends in cash will be limited to no more than 50% of the total amount to be distributed to all shareholders. In the event that the amount of cash to be distributed to all shareholders electing to receive the dividend in cash would exceed 50% of the total dividend, each shareholder electing to receive cash will receive a pro rata portion of the total cash to be distributed based on the number of shares held by each such shareholder. The remainder of the dividend in excess of a shareholder's pro rata share of the total amount of cash to be distributed will be paid in the form of shares of the Company's common stock. The number of shares of our common stock to be issued to shareholders receiving all or a portion of the dividend in shares of our common stock will be based on the volume weighted average price per share of our common stock on the Nasdaq Capital Market on May 12, 13, and 14, 2021, less $2.50 to reflect the declared dividend.

The Company will cause to be mailed an election form to receive cash or common stock only to registered shareholders promptly after the May 18, 2021 record date. Registered shareholders are those shareholders who own their stock directly and not through a bank, broker, or nominee. The completed election form must be received by SuRo Capital Corp.'s transfer agent, American Stock Transfer, prior to 5:00 p.m. (EST) on June 16, 2021. Registered shareholders with questions regarding the dividend may call American Stock Transfer at (800) 937-5449. Registered shareholders who do not make an election will be deemed to have elected to receive 100% of their dividend in shares of the Company's common stock.

Participants in the Company's dividend reinvestment plan will also receive an election form. The investment feature of the dividend reinvestment plan will be suspended for this distribution and will be reinstated after this distribution has been completed.

Shareholders who hold their shares through a bank, broker, or nominee will not receive an election form from the Company and should contact their bank, broker, or nominee for instructions on how to make an election.

Regardless of whether a shareholder receives the dividend in cash, stock, or some combination of cash and stock, the entire amount of this dividend will be fully taxable to shareholders and SuRo Capital Corp. will report the actual tax characteristics of each year's dividends annually to shareholders and the IRS on Form 1099-DIV.

The date of declaration and amount of any dividends, including any future dividends, are subject to the sole discretion of SuRo Capital’s Board of Directors. The aggregate amount of the dividends declared and paid by SuRo Capital will be fully taxable to stockholders. The tax character of SuRo Capital’s dividends cannot be finally determined until the close of SuRo Capital’s taxable year (December 31). SuRo Capital will report the actual tax characteristics of each year’s dividends annually to stockholders and the IRS on Form 1099-DIV subsequent to year-end.

Registered stockholders with questions regarding declared dividends may call American Stock Transfer at (800) 937-5449.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein, including statements regarding SuRo Capital's beliefs, expectations, intentions, or strategies for the future, may constitute "forward-looking statements". SuRo Capital 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 the COVID-19 pandemic 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 SuRo Capital's actual results to differ from management's current expectations are contained in SuRo Capital's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SuRo Capital undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

About SuRo Capital Corp.

SuRo 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. SuRo Capital is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, and at www.surocap.com.

Contact
SuRo Capital Corp.
(650) 235-4769
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SURO CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (UNAUDITED)

 March 31, 2021 December 31, 2020
ASSETS   
Investments at fair value:   
Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (cost of $100,717,361 and $105,339,169, respectively)$241,917,691   $249,804,803  
Non-controlled/affiliate investments (cost of $54,365,665 and $53,865,346, respectively)32,510,562   30,165,773  
Controlled investments (cost of $7,661,412 and $7,161,412, respectively)1,414,198   809,198  
Total Portfolio Investments275,842,451   280,779,774  
Investments in U.S. Treasury bills (cost of $0 and $150,000,000, respectively)   150,000,000  
Total Investments (cost of $162,744,438 and $316,365,927, respectively)275,842,451   430,779,774  
Cash165,699,565   45,793,724  
Escrow proceeds receivable852,307   852,462  
Interest and dividends receivable73,406   166,998  
Deferred financing costs285,814   297,196  
Prepaid expenses and other assets(1)902,957   985,550  
Total Assets443,656,500   478,875,704  
LIABILITIES   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses(1)1,616,579   762,312  
Accrued interest payable   453,803  
Dividends payable6,078,300   4,395,229  
Payable for securities purchased   134,250,000  
Income tax payable   35,850  
4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023(2)   37,395,437  
Total Liabilities7,694,879   177,292,631  
    
Net Assets$435,961,621   $301,583,073  
NET ASSETS   
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (100,000,000 authorized; 24,205,216 and 19,914,023 issued and outstanding, respectively)$242,052   $199,140  
Paid-in capital in excess of par259,168,303   221,802,592  
Accumulated net investment loss(43,028,096)  (40,193,778) 
Accumulated net realized gain on investments, net of distributions106,481,350   5,361,270  
Accumulated net unrealized appreciation of investments113,098,012   114,413,849  
Net Assets$435,961,621   $301,583,073  
Net Asset Value Per Share$18.01   $15.14  

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(1) This balance includes a right of use asset and corresponding operating lease liability, respectively.
(2) As of March 31, 2021, the 4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023 had been fully converted into the Company's common stock or redeemed in cash by the Company. As of December 31, 2020, the 4.75% Convertible Senior Notes due March 28, 2023 (effective interest rate of 5.57%) had a face value $38,215,000.


SURO CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2021 2020
INVESTMENT INCOME   
Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments:   
Interest income$166,845   $155,085  
Dividend income21,875   50,000  
Non-controlled/affiliate investments:  
Interest income   20,428  
Dividend income102,632   26,250  
Total Investment Income291,352   251,763  
OPERATING EXPENSES  
Compensation expense1,293,310   924,916  
Directors’ fees111,250   111,250  
Professional fees973,159   1,139,366  
Interest expense504,793   573,400  
Income tax expense2,025   8,665  
Other expenses241,133   498,719  
Total Operating Expenses3,125,670   3,256,316  
Net Investment Loss(2,834,318)  (3,004,553) 
Realized Gain on Investments: 
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments112,152,518   6,978,240  
Net Realized Gain on Investments112,152,518   6,978,240  
Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments:  
Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments(3,265,307)  (17,544,822) 
Non-controlled/affiliate investments1,844,470   (10,075,414) 
Controlled investments105,000   (45,698) 
Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments(1,315,837)  (27,665,934) 
Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations$108,002,363    $(23,692,247) 
Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations per Common Share:  
Basic$5.27   $(1.36) 
Diluted(1)$4.50   $(1.36) 
Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding 
Basic20,486,621   17,440,994  
Diluted(1)24,123,339   17,440,994  

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(1)   For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, 0 and 3,917,792 potentially dilutive common shares 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.

SURO CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended March 31,
 2021 2020
Per Basic Share Data   
Net asset value at beginning of the year$15.14   $11.38  
Net investment loss(1)(0.14)  (0.17) 
Net realized gain on investments(1)5.47   0.40  
Net change in unrealized depreciation of investments(1)(0.06)  (1.59) 
Dividends declared(0.50)    
Issuance of common stock from conversion of 4.75% Convertible Notes due 2023(1)(1.91)    
Repurchase of common stock   0.20  
Stock-based compensation(1)0.01     
Net asset value at end of period$18.01   $10.22  
Per share market value at end of period$13.55   $5.86  
Total return based on market value(2)7.28 % (10.53)%
Total return based on net asset value(2)18.96 % (10.19)%
Shares outstanding at end of period24,205,216   16,874,316  
Ratios/Supplemental Data: 
Net assets at end of period$435,961,621   $172,515,798  
Average net assets$312,796,110   $198,994,124  
Ratio of net operating expenses to average net assets(3)4.05 % 6.65 %
Ratio of net investment loss to average net assets(3)(3.67)% (6.07)%
Portfolio Turnover Ratio3.41 %  %

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(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 period. 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. Significant and material non-recurring expenses are not annualized. For the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, the Company excluded $0 and $0 of non-recurring expenses, respectively. 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.