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Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. Announces Quarter Ended December 31, 2016 Financial Results

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GREENWICH, CT, Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ: FSFR) ("FSFR" or "we") today announced its financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2016.

First Fiscal Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Net investment income of $5.9 million, or $0.20 per share;

  • Net asset value per share of $10.86; and

  • Closed $41.3 million of new investments.

"As FSFR moves into its next chapter, we will continue to leverage Fifth Street's direct origination platform to invest in floating rate, senior secured loans with lower loss given default characteristics and in companies with sustainable free cash flow," stated Patrick J. Dalton, FSFR's Chief Executive Officer. "We believe that FSFR remains well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities in the senior secured loan market and we plan to reposition the portfolio in a way that increases operating flexibility and drives long-term stockholder value.  Additionally, the management team and Board of Directors determined it was prudent to calibrate FSFR's dividend level with the goal of meeting or exceeding it with net investment income on a quarterly basis, to preserve NAV, enhance our balance sheet and create value for our stockholders."

Portfolio and Investment Activity

FSFR's Board of Directors determined the fair value of our investment portfolio at December 31, 2016 to be $540.1 million, as compared to $573.6 million at September 30, 2016.  Total assets were $590.2 million at December 31, 2016, as compared to $622.4 million at September 30, 2016.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2016, we closed $41.3 million of investments in six new and two existing portfolio companies and funded $37.6 million across new and existing portfolio companies.  This compares to closing $128.5 million of investments in 23 new and two existing portfolio companies, and funding $132.4 million across new and existing portfolio companies during the quarter ended December 31, 2015. During the quarter ended December 31, 2016, we received $58.3 million in connection with the repayments and exits of eight of our investments, all of which were exited at or above par, and an additional $8.4 million in connection with other paydowns and sales of investments.

At December 31, 2016, our portfolio consisted of investments in 61 companies.  At fair value, 87.3% of our portfolio consisted of senior secured floating rate debt investments, 11.4% consisted of investments in the subordinated notes and LLC equity interests of FSFR Glick JV LLC ("FSFR Glick JV") and 1.2% consisted of equity investments in other portfolio companies.  Our average portfolio company debt investment size at fair value was $8.7 million at December 31, 2016 versus $8.9 million at September 30, 2016.  The average portfolio company EBITDA was $66.9 million at December 31, 2016.

At December 31, 2016, FSFR Glick JV had $170.0 million in assets, including senior secured loans to 32 portfolio companies.  The joint venture generated income of $1.6 million for FSFR during the first fiscal quarter, which represented an 8.9% weighted average annualized return on investment.

Our weighted average yield on debt investments at December 31, 2016, including the return on FSFR Glick JV, was 8.5%, and included a cash component of 8.2%.  We utilized our attractively priced leverage and operated within our target leverage range of 0.8x to 0.9x debt-to-equity during the quarter, ending the quarter at 0.79x leverage.

Results of Operations

Total investment income for the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 was $11.6 million and $13.9 million, respectively. For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, the amount primarily consisted of $11.0 million of interest income from portfolio investments. For the quarter ended December 31, 2015, this amount primarily consisted of $12.2 million of interest income from portfolio investments.

Net expenses for the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 were $5.7 million and $6.9 million, respectively.  Total expenses decreased for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the quarter ended December 31, 2015, due primarily to a $0.8 million decrease in Part I incentive fees payable to our investment adviser and a $0.5 million decrease in professional fees, partially offset by a $0.3 million increase in general and administrative expenses and a $0.2 million increase in interest expense.

Net realized and unrealized losses on our investment portfolio for the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 were $5.2 million and $20.3 million, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At December 31, 2016, we had $43.7 million of cash and cash equivalents (including $7.5 million of restricted cash), portfolio investments (at fair value) of $540.1 million, $3.8 million of interest, dividends and fees receivable, $14.5 million of payables from unsettled transactions, $72.3 million of borrowings outstanding under our revolving credit facilities, $177.6 million of borrowings outstanding under our debt securitization (net of unamortized financing costs) and unfunded commitments of $49.7 million.  Our regulatory leverage ratio was 0.79x debt-to-equity.

At September 30, 2016, we had $28.8 million of cash and cash equivalents (including $9.0 million of restricted cash), portfolio investments (at fair value) of $573.6 million, $4.6 million of interest, dividends and fees receivable, $12.9 million of receivables from unsettled transactions, $107.4 million of borrowings outstanding under our revolving credit facilities, $177.5 million of borrowings outstanding under our debt securitization (net of unamortized financing costs) and unfunded commitments of $52.8 million.  Our regulatory leverage ratio was 0.90x debt-to-equity.

Dividend Declaration

In addition to our previously declared monthly dividend of $0.075 per share, which is payable on February 28, 2017 to stockholders of record on February 15, 2017, our Board of Directors met on February 6, 2017 and declared the following distributions:

  • monthly dividend of $0.04 per share, payable on March 31, 2017 to stockholders of record on March 15, 2017; and 
  • quarterly dividend of $0.19 per share, payable on June 30, 2017 to stockholders of record on June 15, 2017.

Dividends are paid primarily from distributable (taxable) income. To the extent our taxable earnings for a fiscal taxable year fall below the total amount of our dividend distributions for that fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed a return of capital to our stockholders. Our Board of Directors determines dividends based on estimates of distributable (taxable) income, which differ from book income due to temporary and permanent differences in income and expense recognition and changes in unrealized appreciation and depreciation on investments.

Portfolio Asset Quality

We utilize the following investment ranking system to assess and monitor our debt investment portfolio:

  • Investment Ranking 1 is used for debt investments that are performing above expectations and/or capital gains are expected.

  • Investment Ranking 2 is used for debt investments that are performing substantially within our expectations, and whose risks remain materially consistent with the potential risks at the time of the original or restructured investment.  All new debt investments are initially ranked 2.

  • Investment Ranking 3 is used for debt investments that are performing below our expectations and for which risk has materially increased since the original or restructured investment.  The portfolio company may be out of compliance with debt covenants and may require closer monitoring.  To the extent that the underlying agreement has a PIK interest provision, debt investments with a ranking of 3 are generally those on which we are not accruing PIK interest.

  • Investment Ranking 4 is used for debt investments that are performing substantially below our expectations and for which risk has increased substantially since the original or restructured investment.  Debt investments with a ranking of 4 are those for which some loss of principal is expected and are generally those on which we are not accruing cash interest.

At December 31, 2016 and September 30, 2016, the distribution of our debt investments on the 1 to 4 investment ranking scale at fair value was as follows:

Investment Ranking   December 31, 2016   September 30, 2016(2)  
  Fair Value   % of Portfolio   Leverage Ratio   Fair Value   % of Portfolio   Leverage Ratio  
1   $     %   N/A   $ 20,056,209     3.59 %   3.80    
2   499,964,057     93.72     4.13     519,618,113     92.91     4.20    
3   27,105,518     5.08     NM   (1 ) 12,440,322     2.22     NM   (1 )
4   6,393,980     1.20     NM   (1 ) 7,156,160     1.28     NM   (1 )
Total   $ 533,463,555     100.00 %   4.13     $ 559,270,804     100.00 %   4.18    

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(1) Due to operating performance this ratio is not measurable and, as a result, is excluded from the total portfolio calculation.

(2) Beginning as of December 31, 2016, we have revised our investment ranking scale to include only debt investments. Accordingly, in order to make the table comparative, we revised the investment ranking table as of September 30, 2016 to exclude equity investments.

We may from time to time modify the payment terms of our investments, either in response to current economic conditions and their impact on certain of our portfolio companies or in accordance with tier pricing provisions in certain loan agreements.  As of December 31, 2016, we had modified the payment terms of our investments in five portfolio companies.  Such modified terms may include increased PIK interest rates and reduced cash interest rates.  These modifications, and any future modifications to our loan agreements, may limit the amount of interest income that we recognize from the modified investments, which may, in turn, limit our ability to make distributions to our stockholders. 

As of December 31, 2016, there were two investments on which we had stopped accruing cash and/or PIK interest or OID income that represented 2.9% of our debt portfolio at fair value in the aggregate.

Recent Developments

On December 8, 2016, our Board of Directors appointed Patrick J. Dalton as Chief Executive Officer and elected him as a member of the Board of Directors, effective January 2, 2017, succeeding Ivelin M. Dimitrov. In addition, Todd G. Owens also stepped down from his role as President and a member of the Board of Directors, effective January 2, 2017.



Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
 
    December 31,
 2016
  September 30,
 2016
ASSETS    
Investments at fair value:        
Control investments (cost December 31, 2016: $71,117,506; cost September 30, 2016: $71,117,506)   $ 61,745,473     $ 63,316,667  
Affiliate investments (cost December 31, 2016: $16,005,917; cost September 30, 2016: $15,953,798)   11,871,173     13,006,458  
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (cost December 31, 2016: $485,071,327; cost September 30, 2016: $513,397,659)   466,486,082     497,281,256  
Total investments at fair value (cost December 31, 2016: $572,194,750; cost September 30, 2016: $600,468,963)   540,102,728     573,604,381  
Cash and cash equivalents   36,210,945     19,778,841  
Restricted cash   7,465,489     9,036,838  
Interest, dividends and fees receivable   3,771,724     4,579,935  
Due from portfolio companies   772,097     336,429  
Receivables from unsettled transactions       12,869,092  
Deferred financing costs   1,911,359     2,063,133  
Other assets   13,458     148,492  
Total assets   $ 590,247,800     $ 622,417,141  
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS    
Liabilities:        
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities   $ 1,102,087     $ 1,246,286  
Base management fee and incentive fee payable   2,409,361     2,987,721  
Due to FSC CT LLC   541,048     402,073  
Interest payable   1,842,396     1,798,653  
Payables from unsettled transactions   14,490,000      
Amounts payable to syndication partners       18,750  
Director fees payable   123,650     236,275  
Credit facilities payable   72,256,800     107,426,800
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