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OHA Investment Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2017 Financial Results

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NEW YORK, March 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OHA Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:OHAI) (the "Company") today announced its financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2017. Management will discuss the Company's results summarized below on a conference call on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Summary financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2017:
Total investment income:  $2.6 million, or $0.13 per share
Net investment income:  $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share
Net realized and unrealized gains:  $0.7 million, or $0.03 per share
Net asset value:  $47.8 million, or $2.37 per share (vs. $2.34 per share at September 30, 2017)
Full realization of two OHA portfolio investments:  $14.8 million
Fair value of portfolio investments:  $64.9 million(1)

Portfolio Activity - Three months ended December 31, 2017  
The fair value of our investment portfolio was $64.9 million at December 31, 2017, decreasing 17.5% compared to September 30, 2017 and 38.2% compared to December 31, 2016. During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company had realizations totaling $14.9 million and made no new investments. The concentration of our investment portfolio in the energy sector decreased to 13% at December 31, 2017, compared to 38% at December 31, 2016. The current weighted average yield of our portfolio based on the cost and fair value of our yielding investments was 13.2% and 14.0%, respectively, as of December 31, 2017.

Realizations during the quarter totaled $14.9 million which consisted of the full repayment of two of our portfolio investments made under OHA: (i) Appriss Holdings, Inc's, second lien term loan in the amount of $9.3 million; and (ii) Royal Holdings, Inc.'s second lien term loan in the amount of $5.5 million, and $0.1 million of amortization on existing portfolio investments. Our investment in Appriss was initiated in November 2014 and generated an unlevered gross internal rate of return of 10.9% and a return on investment of 1.26x. Our investment in Royal was initiated in June 2015 and generated an unlevered gross internal rate of return of 9.6% and return on investment of 1.19x.

Subsequent to year end, our energy exposure was reduced to 0% as a result of the full redemption of our $11.5 million investment in the unsecured notes of Talos Production, LLC ("Talos"), at par, on February 15, 2018. The redemption was $2.9 million, or $0.14 per share, greater than Talos' fair value of $8.6 million (marked at 75% of par) at December 31, 2017. This legacy energy investment was initiated in February 2013 and generated an unlevered gross internal rate of return of 9.95% and a return on investment of 1.30x.

Operating Results - Three months ended December 31, 2017
Investment income totaled $2.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, decreasing 35.8% compared to $4.0 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016. The decrease in investment income during the fourth quarter of 2017 was primarily as a result of a decrease in average portfolio investment balance, lower weighted average yield on investment portfolio, Castex Energy 2005, LP, ("Castex") being placed on non-accrual in January 2017 and lower production payments on our investment in ATP Oil & Gas limited term royalty interest ("ATP"). In the fourth quarter of 2016, we recognized $828 thousand and $371 thousand of income related to our investments in Castex and ATP, respectively. In the fourth quarter of 2017, we did not recognize any income related to these two investments.

Operating expenses, net of incentive fee waiver, for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $2.3 million, decreasing 8.7%, compared to $2.4 million in the corresponding quarter of 2016. The decrease was attributable to lower base management fees in 2017 and a reversal of incentive fees in 2017, partially offset by higher professional fees. Management fees in the fourth quarter of 2017 were $0.2 million lower than in the fourth quarter of 2016 as a result of lower average asset base subject to the base management fee. The decrease in expenses were partially offset by $0.1 million increase in professional fees driven by higher legal costs in 2017 associated with our investment in Castex. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2017 included an $89,000 fee waiver for incentive fees. On November 10, 2017, we entered into an Incentive Fee Waiver Agreement with OHA whereby OHA agreed to waive any incentive fees earned relating to fiscal years 2017 and 2018. Under the Incentive Fee Waiver Agreement, any capital gains fees that would have been earned and accrued during 2017 and 2018, which under our investment advisory agreement would not have been paid until 2018 and 2019, respectively, will be waived.

Resulting net investment income was $0.4 million, or $0.02 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $1.6 million, or $0.08 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2016.

We recorded net realized and unrealized gains on investments totaling $0.7 million, or $0.03 per share, during the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to $12.9 million, or $0.64 per share, during the fourth quarter of 2016. In the fourth quarter of 2017, we recognized a tax benefit of $0.6 million, or $0.03 per share, related to the repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax ("AMT") under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act ("Jobs Act") that was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The $0.6 million of AMT credits were generated between the years 2008 and 2012 related to realized losses of certain legacy portfolio investments. Prior to the Jobs Act, we had a full valuation allowance against the AMT credits.

Overall, we experienced a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $1.1 million, or $0.05 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2017. After declaring a quarterly dividend during the period of $0.02 per share, our net asset value increased 1.3%, from $2.34 per share as of September 30, 2017 to $2.37 per share as of December 31, 2017.

In February 2018, we exercised our option to extend our credit facility with Midcap through September 9, 2018.

Operating Results - Year ended December 31, 2017  
Investment income totaled $10.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2017, decreasing 42.6% compared to $17.9 million in 2016. The decrease in 2017 was primarily due to a lower average investment balance from December 31, 2016 to December 31, 2017, placement of our investment in Castex on non-accrual in January 2017 and lower production payments from our investment in ATP/Bennu.

Operating expenses, net of incentive fee waiver, in 2017 totaled $9.2 million, decreasing 18.9%, compared to $11.4 million in 2016. The decrease was attributable to lower base management and incentive fees, partially offset by higher interest expense and bank fees and professional fees. Management fees decreased 40.0% to $1.9 million from $3.2 million due to lower incentive fees incurred in 2016, $89,000 incentive fee waiver in 2017 and lower average asset base subject to the base management fee during 2016. The increase in professional fees is attributable to higher legal expenses related to our investment in Castex.

Resulting net investment income for 2017 was $1.0 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to $6.5 million, or $0.32 per share, of net investment income in 2016.

We recorded net realized and unrealized losses on investments totaling $32.1 million, or $1.59 per share, during the year ended December 31, 2017, compared to $31.9 million, or $1.58 per share, in 2016. Our investment in Castex, a legacy energy related portfolio company, contributed $33.5 million, or $1.66 per share of the net realized and unrealized losses in 2017.

Overall, we experienced a net decrease in net assets resulting from operations of $31.1 million, or $1.54 per share, during the year ended December 31, 2017. As a result, and after declaring dividends during the year of $0.08 per share, our net asset value decreased to $2.37 per share as of December 31, 2017 from $3.99 per share as of December 31, 2016.

Review of Strategic Alternatives
As previously discussed on our November 14, 2017 earnings call, OHAI's Board of Directors has decided to explore a variety of options that could provide more scale to OHAI. These options could include, among other things, raising additional capital, a merger or joint venture with another party, the acquisition of existing investment portfolios, or other strategic transactions. To assist OHAI in this process, the Board has retained Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. ("KBW") as its financial advisor and investment banker. While we are actively working with KBW to explore these options and committed to taking actions that we believe will maximize shareholder value, there is no assurance that the Company will execute on any of them. No specific timetable or formal process has been set and OHAI does not expect to comment further or periodically provide updates to the market with additional information unless and until the Company's Board of Directors has approved a specific transaction or otherwise deems disclosure appropriate or necessary.

Webcast / Conference Call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on March 27, 2018
We invite all interested persons to participate in our conference call on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in number for the call is (877) 303-7617. International callers can access the conference by dialing (760) 666-3609. Conference ID is 8591869. Callers are encouraged to dial in at least 5-10 minutes prior to the call. The presentation materials for the call will be accessible on the Investor Relations page of the Company's website at www.ohainvestmentcorporation.com

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(1) Excludes $19.9 million of cash on our balance sheet at December 31, 2017. 


OHA INVESTMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    December 31,
 2017
  December 31,
 2016
Assets        
Investments in portfolio securities at fair value        
Affiliate investments  (cost: $23,263 and $19,724, respectively)   $ 18,179     $ 17,150  
Non-affiliate investments  (cost: $132,429 and $154,772, respectively)   46,751     87,855  
Total portfolio investments  (cost: $155,692 and $174,496, respectively)   64,930     105,005  
Investments in U.S. Treasury Bills at fair value  (cost: $19,994 and $39,997, respectively)   19,994     39,997  
Total investments   84,924     145,002  
Cash and cash equivalents   19,939     16,533  
Accounts receivable and other current assets       33  
Interest receivable   632     1,313  
Other prepaid assets   21     17  
Deferred tax asset   632      
Total other assets   21,224     17,896  
Total assets   $ 106,148     $ 162,898  
         
Liabilities        
Current liabilities        
Distributions payable   $ 403     $ 1,210  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   1,585     1,999  
Due to affiliate   562     220  
Management and incentive fees payable   426     635  
Income taxes payable   24     28  
Repurchase agreement   19,592     39,200  
Short-term debt, net of debt issuance cost of $215 and $0, respectively   35,785      
Total current liabilities   58,377     43,292  
Long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs of $0 and $1,387, respectively       39,113  
Total liabilities   58,377     82,405  
Commitments and contingencies        
Net assets        
Common stock, $.001 par value, 250,000,000 shares authorized; 20,172,392 and 20,172,392 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   20     20  
Paid-in capital in excess of par   234,553     235,703  
Undistributed net investment loss   (2,113 )   (2,873 )
Undistributed net realized capital loss   (97,043 )   (85,979 )
Net unrealized depreciation on investments   (87,646 )   (66,378 )
Total net assets   47,771     80,493  
Total liabilities and net assets   $ 106,148     $ 162,898  
Net asset value per share   $ 2.37     $ 3.99  

OHA INVESTMENT CORPORATION
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)

    For the three months
ended December 31,
  For the year ended
December 31,
    2017   2016   2017   2016   2015
Investment income:                    
Interest income:                    
Interest income   $ 2,585     $ 2,863     10,198     13,382     16,724  
Dividend income       828         4,008     4,279  
Royalty income, net of amortization                   30  
Other income   6     346     74     498     1,016  
Total investment income   2,591     4,037     10,272     17,888     22,049  
Operating expenses:                    
Interest expense and bank fees   956     988     3,926     3,819     3,480  
Management fees   426     635     1,932     2,939     3,034  
Incentive fees   (15 )       89     281     969  
Professional fees   613     469     1,679     2,442     2,126  
Other general and administrative expenses   271     281     1,440     1,652     2,154  
Director fees   61     62     245     245     245  
Operating expenses before incentive fee waiver   2,312     2,435     9,311     11,378     12,008  
Incentive fee waiver   (89 )       (89 )        
Total operating expenses, net of incentive fee waiver   2,223     2,435     9,222     11,378     12,008  
Income tax provision (benefit), net   1     (12 )   22     7     72  
Net investment income   367     1,614     1,028     6,503     9,969  
                     
Net realized capital (loss) on investments   (3 )   (17,030 )   (11,563 )   (26,949 )   (218 )
Benefit (provision) for taxes   695     29     695     (62 )    
Total net realized capital gain (loss) on investments   692     (17,001 )   (10,868 )   (27,011 )   (218 )
                     
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments   5     4,102     (21,268 )   (4,938 )   (40,973 )
Total net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments   5     4,102     (21,268 )   (4,938 )   (40,973 )
                     
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations   $ 1,064     $ (11,285 )   $ (31,108 )   $ (25,446 )   $ (31,222 )
                     
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations per common share   $ 0.05     $ (0.56 )   $ (1.54 )   $ (1.26 )   $ (1.54 )
                     
Distributions declared per common share   $ 0.02     $ 0.06     $ 0.08     $ 0.24     $ 0.48  
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted   20,172     20,172     20,172     20,172     20,322  
                     
Per Share Data(1)                    
Net asset value, beginning of period   $ 2.34     $ 4.61     $ 3.99     $ 5.49     $ 7.48  
                     
Net investment income   0.01     0.08     0.05     0.32     0.49  
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments   0.04     (0.64 )   (1.59 )   (1.58 )   (2.03 )
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations   0.05     (0.56 )   (1.54 )   (1.26 )   (1.54 )
Distributions to common stockholders                    
Distributions from net investment income   (0.01 )   (0.06 )   (0.02 )   (0.24 )   (0.48 )
Return of capital   (0.01 )       (0.06 )        
Net decrease in net assets from distributions   (0.02 )   (0.06 )   (0.08 )   (0.24 )   (0.48 )
Effect of shares repurchased, gross                   0.03  
                     
Net asset value, end of period   $ 2.37     $ 3.99     $ 2.37     $ 3.99     $ 5.49  
                     
(1)  Per share data is based on weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period.

About OHA Investment Corporation  
OHA Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:OHAI) is a specialty finance company designed to provide its investors with current income and capital appreciation. OHAI focuses primarily on providing creative direct lending solutions to middle market private companies across industry sectors. OHAI is externally managed by Oak Hill Advisors, L.P., a leading independent investment firm (www.oakhilladvisors.com). Oak Hill Advisors has deep experience in direct lending, having invested approximately $5.1 billion in over 140 direct lending investments over the past 15 years.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. We may use words such as "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "plans," "expects," "projects," "estimates," "will," "should," "may" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Certain factors could cause actual results and conditions to differ materially from those projected, including the uncertainties associated with the timing or likelihood of transaction closings, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, the future operating results of our portfolio companies, regulatory factors, changes in regional or national economic conditions and their impact on the industries in which we invest, other changes in the conditions of the industries in which we invest and other factors enumerated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). You should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. We undertake no obligation to update our forward-looking statements made herein, unless required by law.

CONTACTS:
Steven T. Wayne – President and Chief Executive Officer
Cory E. Gilbert – Chief Financial Officer
Lisa R. Price - Chief Compliance Officer
OHAICInvestorRelations@oakhilladvisors.com

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