DALLAS, June 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital Southwest Corporation (“Capital Southwest,” “CSWC” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CSWC), an internally managed business development company focused on providing flexible financing solutions to support the acquisition and growth of middle market businesses, today announced its financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Total Investment Portfolio: $553.1 million
    • Credit Portfolio of $474.3 million:
      • 90% 1st Lien Secured Debt
      • $38.1 million in new committed credit investments
      • Weighted Average Yield on Debt Investments: 10.5%
      • Four Upper Middle Market 1st Lien Senior Secured Debt investments currently on non-accrual with a fair value of $18.2 million, representing 3.3% of the total investment portfolio
    • Equity Portfolio of $39.0 million, excluding investment in I-45 Senior Loan Fund ("I-45 SLF")
    • CSWC Investment in I-45 SLF of $39.8 million
      • I-45 SLF portfolio of $170.9 million
        • Portfolio consists of 43 issuers: 97% 1st Lien Debt and 3% 2nd Lien Debt
      • I-45 SLF paid a $2.1 million quarterly dividend to CSWC, an annualized yield of 21.4%
  • Pre-Tax Net Investment Income: $7.4 million, or $0.40 per weighted average diluted share
  • Dividends: Paid $0.41 per share in a Regular Dividend, plus $0.10 per share in a Supplemental Dividend
    • 105.0% LTM Pre-Tax NII Regular Dividend Coverage
    • Total Dividends for the quarter of $0.51 per share
  • Net Realized and Unrealized Portfolio Depreciation: $31.9 million
    • $24.5 million of net depreciation related to the upper middle market portfolio, including I-45 SLF
    • $7.4 million of net depreciation related to the lower middle market portfolio
  • Balance Sheet:
    • Cash and Cash Equivalents: $13.7 million
    • Total Net Assets: $272.2 million
    • Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per Share: $15.13

Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Highlights

  • Total Investment Portfolio: Increased by $29.0 million (Fair Value), from $524.1 million to $553.1 million, representing 6% growth, during the year
    • Credit Portfolio increased by $106.6 million
  • Sale of Media Recovery, Inc.: Completed successful exit of Media Recovery, resulting in net proceeds of $48.4 million and an IRR of 11.8%
  • Pre-Tax Net Investment Income: $30.3 million for the fiscal year, or $1.68 per weighted average diluted share versus $1.48 per weighted average diluted share in the previous fiscal year, representing 14% growth
  • Dividends: Declared and Paid Total Dividends of $2.75 per share versus $2.27 in the prior fiscal year, representing 21% growth
    • $1.60 per share in regular dividends
    • $1.15 per share in supplemental and special dividends
    • UTI Balance at the end of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020 was $1.44 per share

In commenting on the Company's results, Bowen Diehl, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shelter-in-place directives began during the March quarter and continued into the June quarter, creating instability and uncertainty in the market and largely halting the US economy.  That said, we are encouraged by the signs that the economy is opening back up.  We are pleased to report that our team is healthy and has been working remotely since mid-March with almost no disruption to our operations.  Some key decisions we made over the past two years have prepared us well for the current environment.  First, we reduced equity exposure in our portfolio through the sale of Media Recovery.  Second, we have been consistent since the launch of our credit strategy in our focus on first lien senior secured debt and today have a credit portfolio that is 90% first lien senior secured.  We have conservatively managed our capital structure by being diligent to raise unsecured debt and sell equity through our ATM program in lockstep with being able to put the capital to work and today have 50% of our debt capital sourced from the unsecured bond markets with the earliest maturity in December 2022.  In addition, during the quarter, we enhanced our liquidity profile by increasing our bank borrowing capacity by $30 million, growing total commitments to $325 million.  Finally, over the past two years we have negotiated for higher LIBOR floors on our loans such that today we have a robust weighted average LIBOR floor across our loan portfolio of 1.4%.  While we have several credits in the portfolio that have experienced declining performance this quarter, as evidenced by the 9.6% decrease in our net asset value per share, we believe that the majority of the unrealized depreciation is a result of mark to market volatility and temporary operational issues associated with the aftermath of COVID-19.  We believe our flexible capital structure and significant liquidity position allows us to fully support our existing portfolio companies, where needed, while continuing to seek new investment opportunities on a highly selective basis. As a further demonstration of our confidence and shareholder alignment, our directors and officers purchased approximately 107,000 shares of CSWC stock during the quarter, bringing the group’s total ownership in Capital Southwest to approximately 10% of the outstanding common stock.  In addition, we are pleased that the board declared $0.51 per share in total dividends for the September 2020 quarter as a further demonstration of our confidence in the earnings power of our asset base and the flexibility of our capital structure.  In summary, we believe that our conservative underwriting and proactive strategic planning prior to the pandemic have prepared us to weather the impacts from COVID-19 and thrive in the long term.”

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Investment Activities

During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company originated three new investments and three follow-on investments totaling $38.1 million in commitments. New investment transactions that occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2020 are summarized as follows:

ESCP DTFS, Inc., $10.7 million 1st Lien Senior Secured Debt, $5.25 million Delayed Draw Term Loan: ESCP provides mechanical services to maintain asset integrity within the downstream, industrial, midstream and power sectors.

USA DeBusk LLC, $8.0 million 1st Lien Senior Secured Debt: USA DeBusk is an industrial services company focused on providing specialty and traditional industrial cleaning and mechanical services.

GS Operating LLC (d/b/a Gexpro), $8.0 million 1st Lien Senior Secured Debt: GS Operating is a provider of customized supply chain solutions.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company received full prepayment on one Upper Middle Market investment totaling $12.6 million.

Digital River: Proceeds of $12.6 million, generating an IRR of 8.3%.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, Capital Southwest reported total investment income of $15.0 million, compared to $16.0 million in the prior quarter. The decrease in total investment income was attributable to the one-time transaction fee and final dividend received in connection with the sale of Media Recovery, Inc. in the prior quarter and a decrease in the weighted average yield on debt investments due to lower LIBOR, partially offset by an increase in average debt investments outstanding.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, total operating expenses (excluding interest expense) were $3.5 million as compared to $4.0 million in the prior quarter. The decrease was primarily related to a decrease in the cash compensation accrual in the current quarter.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, interest expense was $4.2 million as compared to the $4.1 million in the prior quarter. The increase was due to an increase in the average outstanding debt on the credit facility partially offset by a decrease in the weighted average interest rate due to lower LIBOR.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, total pre-tax net investment income was $7.4 million, compared to $7.9 million in the prior quarter.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, there was tax expense of $0.4 million, compared to $0.8 million in the prior quarter. The decrease was due to a larger than normal excise tax accrual in the prior quarter, driven by the undistributed taxable income balance at the 2019 tax year end.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, Capital Southwest recorded total net realized and unrealized losses on investments of $31.9 million, compared to total net realized and unrealized losses on investments of $13.9 million in the prior quarter. For the quarter ended March 31, 2020, this included total net realized losses on investments of $0.1 million and net unrealized depreciation on investments of $31.8 million. The net decrease in net assets resulting from operations was $25.0 million for the quarter, compared to $6.8 million in the prior quarter.

The Company’s NAV per share at March 31, 2020 was $15.13, as compared to $16.74 at December 31, 2019.  The decrease in NAV per share from the prior quarter is primarily due to net unrealized depreciation on the investment portfolio.

Fiscal Year 2020 Operating Results

For the year ended March 31, 2020, Capital Southwest reported total investment income of $62.0 million, compared to $51.9 million in the prior year. The increase in investment income was attributable primarily to an increase in average debt investments outstanding offset by a decrease in the weighted average yield on debt investments.

For the year ended March 31, 2020, total operating expenses (excluding interest expense) were $15.9 million, compared to $14.9 million in the prior year.  The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to the write off of deferred offering costs of approximately $0.5 million as well as an increase in audit and legal fees related to maintaining the Equity ATM Program (as described below).

For the year ended March 31, 2020, there was interest expense of $15.8 million, compared to $12.2 million in the prior year. The increase in interest expense during the year was due to increased average debt outstanding on our senior secured credit facility (the "Credit Facility"), as well as the addition of the 5.375% Notes due 2024 (the "October 2024 Notes") outstanding.

For the year ended March 31, 2020, total pre-tax net investment income was $30.3 million, compared to $24.8 million in the prior year.

For the year ended March 31, 2020, there was tax expense of $2.1 million recorded, compared to $1.0 million in the prior year. The increase in tax expense versus the prior year was due primarily to an increase in excise tax, an increase in taxable income due to the use of the net operating loss in the prior tax year, and a gain on the exit of an investment held in the Company's taxable subsidiary.

During the year ended March 31, 2020, Capital Southwest recorded total net realized gains on investments of $42.2 million and net unrealized depreciation on investments of $92.8 million, of which $49.2 million was the reversal of net unrealized appreciation recognized in prior periods due to realized gains noted above.  The net decrease in net assets resulting from operations was $22.4 million for the year, compared to the net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $33.1 million in the prior year.

The Company’s NAV per share at March 31, 2020 was $15.13, as compared to $18.62 at March 31, 2019.  The decrease in NAV per share from the prior year was primarily due to $0.40 per share in supplemental dividends and $0.75 per share in a special dividend paid during the year, taxes incurred in connection with the deemed distribution of our retained capital gains, and net unrealized depreciation on investments.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2020, Capital Southwest had approximately $13.7 million in unrestricted cash and money market balances, $154.0 million of total debt outstanding on the Credit Facility, $75.8 million, net of unamortized debt issuance costs, of the December 2022 Notes outstanding and $73.5 million, net of unamortized debt issuance costs, of the October 2024 Notes outstanding. As of March 31, 2020, Capital Southwest had $167.6 million in available borrowings under the Credit Facility. The debt to equity ratio at the end of the quarter was 1.11 to 1.

In September 2019, the Company issued $65.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 5.375% Notes due 2024 (the “Existing October 2024 Notes”). On October 8, 2019, the Company issued an additional $10.0 million in aggregate principal amount of the October 2024 Notes (the "Additional October 2024 Notes" together with the Existing October 2024 Notes, the "October 2024 Notes").  The total net proceeds from the offering of the October 2024 Notes was $73.5 million, before offering expenses payable by us. The October 2024 Notes mature on October 1, 2024 and may be redeemed in whole or in part at any time prior to July 1, 2024, at par plus a “make-whole” premium, and thereafter at par. The October 2024 Notes bear interest at a rate of 5.375% per year, payable semi-annually on April 1 and October 1 of each year, beginning on April 1, 2020.

In December 2018, the Company entered into the Amended and Restated Senior Secured Revolving Credit Agreement (the "Amended and Restated Agreement"), and a related Amended and Restated Guarantee, Pledge and Security Agreement, to amend and restate its Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility (the "Credit Facility"). On May 23, 2019, CSWC entered into an Incremental Assumption Agreement, which increased the total commitments under the accordion feature of the Credit Facility by $25 million, increasing total commitments from $270 million to $295 million. On March 19, 2020, CSWC entered into an Incremental Assumption Agreement, which increased the total commitments under the accordion feature of the Credit Facility by $30 million, increasing total commitments from $295 million to $325 million.

On March 4, 2019, the Company established an "at-the-market" offering (the "Equity ATM Program") which the Company may offer and sell, from time to time through sales agents, shares of its common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $50,000,000. On February 4, 2020, the Company (i) increased the maximum amount of shares of its common stock to be sold through the Equity ATM Program to $100,000,000 from $50,000,000 and (ii) added two additional sales agents to the Equity ATM Program. During the quarter ended March 31, 2020, the Company sold 181,500 shares of its common stock under the Equity ATM program at a weighted-average price of $20.61 per share, raising $3.7 million of gross proceeds. During the year ended March 31, 2020, the Company sold 1,231,432 shares of its common stock under the Equity ATM Program at a weighted-average price of $21.71 per share, raising $26.7 million of gross proceeds. Net proceeds were $26.2 million after commissions to the sales agents on shares sold. Cumulative to date, the Company has sold 1,495,088 shares of its common stock under the Equity ATM Program at a weighted-average price of $21.67, raising $32.4 million of gross proceeds. Net proceeds were $31.7 million after commissions to the sales agents on shares sold.

Additionally, I-45 SLF has total commitments outstanding of $165 million from a group of four bank lenders in its Deutsche Bank led credit facility, which is scheduled to mature in July 2022. As of March 31, 2020, I-45 SLF had $125 million in borrowings outstanding under its credit facility. Subsequent to the quarter ended March 31, 2020, I-45 reduced its credit facility commitments to $150 million through an optional prepayment.

Share Repurchase Program

On January 25, 2016, Capital Southwest announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") authorized the repurchase of up to $10 million of its common stock at prices below the Company’s NAV per share as reported in its most recent financial statements. The Board authorized the share repurchase program because it believes that the Company’s common stock may be undervalued from time to time due to market volatility.

During the year ended March 31, 2020, the Company repurchased 794,180 shares of common stock at an average price of $11.57 per share, including commissions paid. All of the share buyback activity for the fiscal year occurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Cumulative to date, the Company has repurchased a total of 840,543 shares at an average price of $11.85 per share, including commissions paid. The Company currently has up to an additional $43 thousand available for repurchases under the program.

Declared Dividend of $0.51 Per Share for Quarter Ended September 30, 2020

On May 28, 2020, the Board declared a total dividend of $0.51 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, comprised of a regular dividend of $0.41 per share and a supplemental dividend of $0.10 per share.

The Company's dividend will be payable as follows:

September 30, 2020 Dividend

Amount Per Share: 
Ex-Dividend Date: 
Record Date: 
Payment Date:
$0.51 
September 14, 2020
September 15, 2020 
September 30, 2020

When declaring dividends, the Board reviews estimates of taxable income available for distribution, which may differ from net investment income under generally accepted accounting principles. The final determination of taxable income for each year, as well as the tax attributes for dividends in such year, will be made after the close of the tax year.

Capital Southwest maintains a dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") that provides for the reinvestment of dividends on behalf of its registered stockholders who hold their shares with Capital Southwest’s transfer agent and registrar, American Stock Transfer and Trust Company.  Under the DRIP, if the Company declares a dividend, registered stockholders who have opted into the DRIP by the dividend record date will have their dividend automatically reinvested into additional shares of Capital Southwest common stock.

Annual Meeting of Shareholders

The 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Capital Southwest Corporation will be held at the Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre located at 5410 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75240 on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. (Central Time) for shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 1, 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Results Conference Call and Webcast

Capital Southwest has scheduled a conference call on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the fourth quarter 2020 financial results.  You may access the call by dialing (866) 502-8274 and using the Conference ID 2096883 at least 10 minutes before the call.  The call can also be accessed using the Investor Relations section of Capital Southwest's website at www.capitalsouthwest.com, or by using http://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/2hoxzf25.

A telephonic replay will be available through June 9, 2020 by dialing (855) 859-2056 and using the Conference ID 2096883.  An audio archive of the conference call will also be available on the Investor Relations section of Capital Southwest’s website.

For a more detailed discussion of the financial and other information included in this press release, please refer to Capital Southwest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2020 to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Capital Southwest’s Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2020 Earnings Presentation to be posted on the Investor Relations section of Capital Southwest’s website at www.capitalsouthwest.com.

About Capital Southwest

Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq: CSWC) is a Dallas, Texas-based, internally managed business development company with approximately $272 million in net assets as of March 31, 2020. Capital Southwest is a middle market lending firm focused on supporting the acquisition and growth of middle market businesses with $5 million to $25 million investments across the capital structure, including first lien, unitranche, second lien, subordinated debt and non-control equity co-investments. As a public company with a permanent capital base, Capital Southwest has the flexibility to be creative in its financing solutions and to invest to support the growth of its portfolio companies over long periods of time.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains historical information and forward-looking statements with respect to the business and investments of Capital Southwest. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical statements and can often be identified by words such as "will," "believe," "expect" and similar expressions and variations or negatives of these words. These statements are based on management's current expectations, assumptions and beliefs. They are not guarantees of future results and are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. These risks include risks related to changes in the markets in which Capital Southwest invests; changes in the financial and lending markets; regulatory changes; tax treatment and general economic and business conditions; and uncertainties associated with the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, including its impact on the global and U.S. capital markets and the global and U.S. economy, the length and duration of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States as well as worldwide and the magnitude of the economic impact of that outbreak; the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business prospects and the operational and financial performance of our portfolio companies, including our ability and their ability to achieve their respective objectives, and the effects of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on our ability to continue to effectively manage our business.

Readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements and are encouraged to review Capital Southwest's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2020 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of the risks and other factors that could affect any forward-looking statements. Except as required by the federal securities laws, Capital Southwest does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changing circumstances or any other reason after the date of this press release.

Investor Relations Contact:

Michael S. Sarner, Chief Financial Officer
214-884-3829



 
CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(In thousands, except shares and per share data)
    
 March 31, March 31,
 2020 2019
 (Unaudited)  
Assets   
Investments at fair value:   
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (Cost: $436,463 and $305,596, respectively)$421,280  $304,663 
Affiliate investments (Cost: $94,724 and $79,277, respectively)92,032  80,905 
Control investments (Cost: $68,000 and $93,182, respectively)39,760  138,503 
Total investments (Cost: $599,187 and $478,055, respectively)553,072  524,071 
Cash and cash equivalents13,744  9,924 
Receivables:   
Dividends and interest10,389  9,252 
Escrow1,643  370 
Other51  1,244 
Income tax receivable147  183 
Deferred tax asset1,402  1,807 
Debt issuance costs (net of accumulated amortization of $2,720 and $1,814, respectively)2,980  3,364 
Other assets1,531  1,628 
Total assets$584,959  $551,843 
    
Liabilities   
December 2022 Notes (Par value: $77,136 and $77,136, respectively)$75,812  $75,099 
October 2024 Notes (Par value: $75,000 and $0, respectively)73,484   
Credit facility154,000  141,000 
Other liabilities4,883  6,516 
Accrued restoration plan liability3,082  3,073 
Income tax payable513  192 
Deferred income taxes963   
Total liabilities312,737  225,880 
    
Commitments and contingencies (Note 11)   
    
Net Assets   
Common stock, $0.25 par value: authorized, 40,000,000 shares at March 31, 2020 and 25,000,000 at March 31, 2019; issued, 20,337,610 shares at March 31, 2020 and 19,842,528 shares at March 31, 20195,085  4,961 
Additional paid-in capital310,846  281,205 
Total distributable earnings(19,772) 63,734 
Treasury stock - at cost, 2,339,512 shares(23,937) (23,937)
Total net assets272,222  325,963 
Total liabilities and net assets$584,959  $551,843 
Net asset value per share (17,998,098 shares outstanding at March 31, 2020 and 17,503,016 shares outstanding at March 31, 2019)$15.13  $18.62 
        



 
CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except shares and per share data)
      
 Years Ended March 31,
 2020 2019 2018
Investment income:     
Interest income:     
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments$38,094  $28,716  $18,257 
Affiliate investments8,559  7,143  3,513 
Control investments265  1,406  82 
Dividend income:     
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments166  197   
Affiliate investments141  82  127 
Control investments12,136  12,648  12,254 
Interest income from cash and cash equivalents73  36  21 
Fees and other income2,605  1,653  872 
Total investment income62,039  51,881  35,126 
Operating expenses:     
Compensation7,310  7,715  7,013 
Spin-off compensation plan    517 
Share-based compensation2,853  2,271  1,708 
Interest15,836  12,178  4,875 
Professional fees2,029  1,737  1,580 
Net pension expense143  159  164 
General and administrative3,574  3,063  2,841 
Total operating expenses31,745  27,123  18,698 
Income before taxes30,294  24,758  16,428 
Income tax expense2,062  1,048  195 
Net investment income$28,232  $23,710  $16,233 
      
Net realized gain     
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments$1,335  $2,124  $1,492 
Affiliate investments57  77  90 
Control investments44,300  18,653   
Taxes on deemed distribution of long-term capital gains(3,461)    
Total net realized gain on investments before income tax42,231  20,854  1,582 
      
Change in unrealized (depreciation) appreciation of investments     
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments(14,250) (934) (4,325)
Affiliate investments(4,320) 1,109  337 
Control investments(73,561) (11,859) 25,347 
Income tax (provision) benefit(683) 178  133 
Total net change in unrealized (depreciation) appreciation of investments, net of tax(92,814) (11,506) 21,492 
      
Net realized and unrealized (losses) gains on investments$(50,583) $9,348  $23,074 
      
Net (decrease) increase in net assets from operations$(22,351) $33,058  $39,307 
      
Pre-tax net investment income per share - basic and diluted$1.68  $1.48  $1.02 
Net investment income per share – basic and diluted$1.57  $1.42  $1.01 
Net (decrease) increase in net assets from operations – basic and diluted$(1.24) $1.98  $2.45 
Weighted average shares outstanding – basic17,999,836  16,727,254  16,073,642 
Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted17,999,836  16,734,369  16,138,541