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Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. Announces Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Financial Results

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GREENWICH, CT, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ:FSFR) ("FSFR" or "we") today announced its financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Second Fiscal Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • Net investment income of $5.1 million, or $0.17 per share;

  • Net asset value per share of $10.83; and

  • Closed $82.8 million of new investments.

"The March quarter was marked by credit stability and an increase in leverage to 0.87x, back within our targeted range," stated Bernard D. Berman, FSFR's Chief Executive Officer. "We are comfortable with the composition of our portfolio, which benefits from low exposure to cyclical industries.  Importantly, with 100% of our debt investments in floating rate securities, we believe we are well-positioned for a rising rate environment.  In addition, credit quality of the portfolio remains stable, with only one loan, representing less than 2% of the debt portfolio at fair value, on PIK non-accrual."

Portfolio and Investment Activity

FSFR's Board of Directors determined the fair value of our investment portfolio at March 31, 2017 to be $545.9 million, as compared to $573.6 million at September 30, 2016.  Total assets were $612.9 million at March 31, 2017, as compared to $622.4 million at September 30, 2016.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, we closed $82.8 million of investments in nine new and two existing portfolio companies and funded $77.6 million across new and existing portfolio companies.  This compares to closing $15.5 million of investments in two new and two existing portfolio companies and funding $20.5 million across new and existing portfolio companies during the quarter ended March 31, 2016. During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, we received $48.4 million in connection with the full repayments and exits of seven of our investments, and an additional $24.0 million in connection with other paydowns and sales of investments.

At March 31, 2017, our portfolio consisted of investments in 61 companies.  At fair value, 87.6% of our portfolio consisted of senior secured floating rate debt investments, 11.3% consisted of investments in the subordinated notes and LLC equity interests of FSFR Glick JV LLC ("FSFR Glick JV") and 1.1% consisted of equity investments in other portfolio companies.  Our average portfolio company debt investment size at fair value was $8.6 million at March 31, 2017 versus $8.9 million at September 30, 2016.  The average portfolio company EBITDA was $66.3 million at March 31, 2017.

At March 31, 2017, FSFR Glick JV had $147.4 million in assets, including senior secured loans to 27 portfolio companies.  The joint venture generated income of $1.4 million for FSFR during the second fiscal quarter.

Our weighted average yield on debt investments at March 31, 2017, including the return on FSFR Glick JV, was 8.4%, and included a cash component of 8.1%.  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 0.87x leverage.

Results of Operations

Total investment income for the quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 was $11.0 million and $13.2 million, respectively. For the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the amount primarily consisted of $10.7 million of interest income from portfolio investments. For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, this amount primarily consisted of $11.6 million of interest income from portfolio investments.

Net expenses for the quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 were $5.9 million and $7.4 million, respectively.  Net expenses decreased for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2016, due primarily to a $1.5 million decrease in professional fees (net of insurance recoveries).

Net realized and unrealized losses on our investment portfolio for the quarters ended March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2016 were $0.3 million and $6.4 million, respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2017, we had $48.1 million of cash and cash equivalents (including $6.8 million of restricted cash), portfolio investments (at fair value) of $545.9 million, $3.8 million of interest, dividends and fees receivable, $97.8 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 $55.0 million.  Our regulatory leverage ratio was 0.87x 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

Our Board of Directors met on February 6, 2017 and declared a quarterly distribution 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 March 31, 2017 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   March 31, 2017   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   515,311,038     95.46     4.20     519,618,113     92.91     4.20    
3   24,505,623     4.54     NM   (1 ) 12,440,322     2.22     NM   (1 )
4           N/A     7,156,160     1.28     NM   (1 )
Total   $ 539,816,661     100.00 %   4.20     $ 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 March 31, 2017, we had modified the payment terms of our investments in seven 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 March 31, 2017, there was one investment on which we had stopped accruing cash and/or PIK interest or OID income that represented 2.7% of our debt portfolio at cost and 1.6% at fair value.


Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
 
    March 31,
 2017
  September 30,
 2016
ASSETS    
Investments at fair value:        
Control investments (cost March 31, 2017: $71,117,506; cost September 30, 2016: $71,117,506)   $ 61,510,851     $ 63,316,667  
Affiliate investments (cost March 31, 2017: $17,953,315; cost September 30, 2016: $15,953,798)   13,358,390     13,006,458  
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (cost March 31, 2017: $475,700,461; cost September 30, 2016: $513,397,659)   471,052,382     497,281,256  
Total investments at fair value (cost March 31, 2017: $564,771,282; cost September 30, 2016: $600,468,963)   545,921,623     573,604,381  
Cash and cash equivalents   41,294,052     19,778,841  
Restricted cash   6,824,983     9,036,838  
Interest, dividends and fees receivable   3,803,704     4,579,935  
Due from portfolio companies   212,863     336,429  
Receivables from unsettled transactions   12,860,270     12,869,092  
Deferred financing costs   1,474,679     2,063,133  
Other assets   503,055     148,492  
Total assets   $ 612,895,229     $ 622,417,141  
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS    
Liabilities:        
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities   $ 550,764     $ 1,246,286  
Base management fee and incentive fee payable   1,676,535     2,987,721  
Due to FSC CT LLC   433,873     402,073  
Interest payable   1,904,600     1,798,653  
Payables from unsettled transactions   13,575,104      
Amounts payable to syndication partners       18,750  
Director fees payable   208,950     236,275  
Credit facilities payable   97,756,800     107,426,800  
Notes payable (net of $2,369,184 and $2,514,236 of unamortized financing costs as of March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016, respectively)   177,630,816     177,485,764  
Secured borrowings at fair value (proceeds September 30, 2016: $5,000,000)   ?
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