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Oxford Square Capital Corp. Announces Results of Operations for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2018 and Announces Quarterly Distribution of $0.20 per Share

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GREENWICH, Conn., July 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oxford Square Capital Corp. (NASDAQ:OXSQ) (NASDAQ:OXSQL) ("OXSQ," the "Company," "we," "us" or "our") announced today its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018, and announced a distribution of $0.20 per share for the quarter ending September 30, 2018.

  • As of June 30, 2018, net asset value per share was $7.56 compared with the net asset value per share as of March 31, 2018 of $7.60, and a net asset value per share as of December 31, 2017 of $7.55. 

  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2018 we recorded net investment income of approximately $7.7 million, or $0.15 per share compared with approximately $8.7 million or $0.17 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. We recorded net realized losses of approximately $1.0 million, and net unrealized appreciation of approximately $0.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2018. In total, we had a net increase in net assets from operations of approximately $6.9 million, or approximately $0.14 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 compared with approximately $11.5 million, or $0.22 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

  • Our core net investment income ("Core NII") for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $9.1 million, or approximately $0.18 per share compared with approximately $7.6 million or $0.15 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.


    • Core NII represents net investment income adjusted for additional cash distributions received, or entitled to be received (if any, in either case), on our collateralized loan obligation ("CLO") equity investments and also excludes any capital gains incentive fees we recognize but have no obligation to pay in any period. See additional information under "Supplemental Information Regarding Core Net Investment Income" below.

    • While our experience has been that cash flow distributions have historically represented useful indicators of our CLO equity investments' annual taxable income during certain periods, we believe that current and future cash flow distributions may represent less accurate indicators of taxable income with respect to our CLO equity investments than they have in the past.  Accordingly, our taxable income may be materially different than either GAAP NII or Core NII.

  • Total investment income for the second quarter of 2018 amounted to approximately $12.5 million, which represents a decrease of approximately $0.8 million from the first quarter of 2018.


    • For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, we recorded investment income from our portfolio as follows:


      • approximately $5.9 million from our debt investments,

      • approximately $6.1 million from our CLO equity investments, and

      • approximately $0.5 million from all other sources.

  • Our total expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 were approximately $4.8 million, up by approximately $0.2 million compared to the first quarter of 2018. This increase is primarily attributable to higher professional fees.

  • During the second quarter of 2018:


    • We made investments of approximately $87.9 million in corporate loan investments and $0.9 million in CLO debt investments.

    • We received or were entitled to receive proceeds of approximately $43.7 million from repayments and amortization payments on our debt investments, and $0.2 million from sales of our CLO equity investments. 

  • As of June 30, 2018, the following metrics applied (note that none of these values represent a total return to shareholders):


    • The weighted average yield of our debt investments was approximately 9.7% at current cost, compared with 9.9% as of March 31, 2018.

    • The weighted average effective yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was approximately 14.5%, compared with 15.9% as of March 31, 2018.

    • The weighted average cash distribution yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was approximately 18.0%, compared with 15.5% as of March 31, 2018.
       
  • Our weighted average credit rating on a fair value basis was 2.0 at the end of the second quarter of 2018 (compared to 2.1 at the end of the first quarter of 2018).

  • As of June 30, 2018, we had no investments on non-accrual status.

  • On July 26, 2018, our board of directors declared the following distribution on our common stock:
Quarter Ending Record Date Payment Date Amount Per Share
September 30, 2018 September 14, 2018 September 28, 2018 $0.20
  • On February 5, 2018, the Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program of $25 million. Since inception of the program through June 30, 2018 we repurchased approximately 2.1 million shares of our common stock at a weighted average share price of $6.41 per share totaling approximately $13.3 million. Through June 30, 2018, our stock repurchase program has produced an accretion of approximately $0.05 per share.

  • On June 21, 2018, we announced that Oxford Square Funding 2018, LLC, a special purpose vehicle that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a credit facility (the "Facility") with Citibank. Pricing under the Facility is based on 3-month LIBOR plus 2.25% per year. Pursuant to the terms of the credit agreement governing the Facility, we have borrowed approximately $95.2 million.  The Facility will mature on June 21, 2020.

Supplemental Information Regarding Core Net Investment Income

On a supplemental basis, we provide information relating to core net investment income, which is a non-GAAP measure. This measure is provided in addition to, but not as a substitute for, net investment income determined in accordance with GAAP. Our non-GAAP measures may differ from similar measures by other companies, even if similar terms are used to identify such measures. Core net investment income represents net investment income adjusted for additional cash distributions received, or entitled to be received (if any, in either case), on our CLO equity investments (excluding those cash distributions believed to represent a return of capital) and also excludes any capital gains incentive fees we recognize but have no obligation to pay in any period. The Company did not recognize any capital gains incentive fees for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Income from investments in the "equity" class securities of CLO vehicles, for GAAP purposes, is recorded using the effective interest method based upon an effective yield to the expected redemption utilizing estimated cash flows compared to the cost, resulting in an effective yield for the investment; the difference between the actual cash received or distributions entitled to be received and the effective yield calculation is an adjustment to cost. Accordingly, investment income recognized on CLO equity securities in the GAAP statement of operations differs from the cash distributions actually received by us during the period (referred to below as "CLO equity adjustments").

Further, in order to continue to qualify to be taxed as a regulated investment company ("RIC"), we are required, among other things, to distribute at least 90% of our investment company taxable income annually. Therefore, core net investment income may provide a better indication of estimated taxable income for a reporting period than does GAAP net investment income, although we can offer no assurance that will be the case as the ultimate tax character of our earnings cannot be determined until tax returns are prepared after the end of a fiscal year. We note that these non-GAAP measures may not be useful indicators of taxable earnings, particularly during periods of market disruption and volatility and our taxable income may differ materially from our core net investment income. 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net investment income to core net investment income for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017:

   
June 30, 2018
 
June 30, 2017
    Amount   Per Share
Amounts
  Amount   Per Share
Amounts
Net investment income    $ 7,688,011     $ 0.154     $ 8,046,907     $ 0.156  
CLO equity adjustments      1,413,926       0.028       1,737,958       0.034  
Core net investment income   $ 9,101,937     $ 0.182     $ 9,784,865     $ 0.190  

We will host a conference call to discuss our second quarter results today, Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 09:00 AM ET. Please call 1-888-339-0740 to participate. A replay of the conference call will be available for approximately 30 days. The replay number is 1-877-344-7529, and the replay passcode is 10122752.

A presentation containing further detail regarding our quarterly results of operations has been posted under the Investor Relations section of our website at www.oxfordsquarecapital.com.

The following financial statements are unaudited and without footnotes.  Readers who would like additional information should obtain our Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2018, and subsequent reports on Form 10-Q as they are filed.

OXFORD SQUARE CAPITAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(unaudited)
 
    June 30, 2018     December 31, 2017  
    (unaudited)        
ASSETS            
Non-affiliated/non-control investments (cost: $450,822,337 @ 6/30/18; $418,990,080 @ 12/31/17)   $ 432,929,878     $ 400,223,439  
Affiliated investments (cost: $10,450,787 @ 6/30/18; $10,528,740 @ 12/31/17)      20,004,363       18,218,787  
Cash equivalents     124,238,303       30,013,842  
Restricted cash     1,856,479        
Interest and distributions receivable      3,757,276       5,085,494  
Other assets      758,301       579,694  
Total assets   $ 583,544,600     $ 454,121,256  
LIABILITIES                
Notes payable – Credit Facility, net of deferred issuance costs   $ 94,983,678     $  
Notes payable – 6.50% Unsecured Notes, net of deferred issuance costs      62,501,177       62,340,159  
Securities purchased not settled     49,359,978        
Base management fee and net investment income incentive fee payable to affiliate      2,582,101       2,706,099  
Accrued interest payable      132,735       11,621  
Accrued expenses     577,207       644,735  
Total liabilities      210,136,876       65,702,614  
                 
NET ASSETS                
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 49,407,609 and 51,479,409 shares issued and outstanding, respectively      494,076       514,794  
Capital in excess of par value      516,037,155       529,297,749  
Distributions in excess of net investment income     (28,782,735 )     (25,072,262 )
Net unrealized depreciation on investments      (8,338,923 )     (11,076,594 )
Accumulated net realized losses on investments      (100,764,733 )     (100,007,929 )
Accumulated realized losses on extinguishment of debt      (5,237,116 )     (5,237,116 )
Total net assets      373,407,724       388,418,642  
Total liabilities and net assets   $ 583,544,600     $ 454,121,256  
Net asset value per common share   $ 7.56     $ 7.55  


OXFORD SQUARE CAPITAL CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months
Ended
June 30, 2018
  Three Months
Ended
June 30, 2017
  Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2018
  Six Months
Ended
June 30, 2017
INVESTMENT INCOME                                
From non-affiliated investments:                                
Interest income – debt investments   $ 5,851,355     $ 6,717,197     $ 11,673,092     $ 13,789,404  
Income from securitization vehicles and investments      6,100,764       9,426,014       12,903,628       17,995,617  
Other income     465,203       768,682       1,087,186       1,510,171  
Total investment income from non-affiliated investments      12,417,322       16,911,893       25,663,906       33,295,192  
                                 
From affiliated investments:                                
Interest income – debt investments      101,400       100,260       201,616       182,441  
Total investment income from affiliated investments     101,400       100,260       201,616       182,441  
Total investment income     12,518,722       17,012,153       25,865,522       33,477,633  
                                 
EXPENSES                                
Base management fee     1,742,391       2,182,173       3,422,205       4,452,175  
Interest expense      1,250,694       4,128,335       2,376,774       7,433,918  
Professional fees      348,159       589,841       505,077       1,342,234  
Compensation expense     216,133       203,339       476,222       438,373  
General and administrative      433,624       651,417       834,195       1,217,163  
Total expenses before incentive fee     3,991,001       7,755,105       7,614,473       14,883,863  
Net investment income incentive fee     839,710       1,210,141       1,839,942       2,263,621  
Capital gains incentive fee                        
Total incentive fees     839,710       1,210,141       1,839,942       2,263,621  
Total expenses      4,830,711       8,965,246       9,454,415       17,147,484  
Net investment income     7,688,011       8,046,907       16,411,107       16,330,149  
                                 
Net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments                                
Non-Affiliated investments      (2,477,460 )     1,499,946       874,142       10,759,231  
Affiliated investments      2,737,099       (466,884 )     1,863,529       (78,111 )
Total net change in unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments      259,639       1,033,062       2,737,671       10,681,120  
                                 
Net realized gains/(losses)                                
Non-Affiliated investments     (1,045,739 )     542,959       (756,804 )     (4,925,712 )
Extinguishment of debt            (505,032 )           (913,702 )
Total net realized gains/(losses)     (1,045,739 )     37,927       (756,804 )     (5,839,414 )
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations   $ 6,901,911     $ 9,117,896     $ 18,391,974     $ 21,171,855  
                                 
Net increase in net assets resulting from net investment income per common share:                                
(Basic and Diluted)   $ 0.15     $ 0.16     $ 0.32     $ 0.32  
                                 
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share:                                
(Basic and Diluted)   $ 0.14     $ 0.18     $ 0.36     $ 0.41  
                                 
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:                                
Basic      50,086,563       51,479,409       50,640,236       51,479,409  
Diluted      50,086,563       59,727,707       50,640,236       59,727,707  
Distributions per share   $ 0.20     $ 0.20     $ 0.40     $ 0.40  

OXFORD SQUARE CAPITAL CORP. 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - UNAUDITED

Financial highlights for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017 are as follows:

    Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018
  Three Months Ended
June 30, 2017
  Six Months Ended
June 30, 2018
  Six Months Ended
June 30, 2017
Per Share Data                                
Net asset value as of beginning of period    $ 7.60     $ 7.53     $ 7.55     $ 7.50  
Net investment income(1)      0.15       0.16       0.32       0.32  
Net realized and unrealized (losses)/gains(2)     (0.01     0.02       0.04       0.09  
Net change in net asset value from operations      0.14       0.18       0.36       0.41  
Distributions per share from net investment income      (0.20     (0.20     (0.40     (0.40 )
Distributions based on weighted average share impact                         
Total distributions(3)      (0.20     (0.20     (0.40     (0.40 )
Effect of shares repurchased, gross      0.02             0.05        
Net asset value at end of period    $ 7.56     $ 7.51     $ 7.56     $ 7.51  
Per share market value at beginning of period    $ 6.11     $ 7.38     $ 5.74     $ 6.61  
Per share market value at end of period   $ 6.90     $ 6.34     $ 6.90     $ 6.34  
Total return based on market value(4)     16.20     (11.38 )%      27.74     1.62 %
Total return based on net asset value(5)     2.11     2.34     5.43     5.43 %
Shares outstanding at end of period     49,407,609       51,479,409       49,407,609       51,479,409  
                                 
Ratios/Supplemental Data(8)                                
Net assets at end of period (000's)     373,408       386,573       373,408       386,573  
Average net assets (000's)     379,613       387,162       383,506       387,017  
Ratio of operating expenses to average net assets(6)      5.09     9.26     4.93     8.86 %
Ratio of net investment income to average net assets(6)      8.10     8.31     8.56     8.44 %
Portfolio turnover rate(7)     10.73     18.36     15.22     25.23


  (1)   Represents per share net investment income for the period, based upon average shares outstanding.
  (2)   Net realized and unrealized gains include rounding adjustments to reconcile change in net asset value per share.
  (3)   Management monitors available taxable earnings, including net investment income and realized capital gains, to determine if a tax return of capital may occur for the year. To the extent the Company's taxable earnings fall below the total amount of the Company's distributions for that fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed a tax return of capital to the Company's stockholders. The ultimate tax character of the Company's earnings cannot be determined until tax returns are prepared after the end of the fiscal year.
  (4)   Total return based on market value equals the increase or decrease of ending market value over beginning market value, plus distributions, divided by the beginning market value, assuming distribution reinvestment prices obtained under the Company's distribution reinvestment plan, excluding any discounts. Total return is not annualized.
  (5)   Total return based on net asset value equals the increase or decrease of ending net asset value over beginning net asset value, plus distributions, divided by the beginning net asset value. Total return is not annualized.
  (6)   Annualized.
  (7)   Portfolio turnover rate is calculated using the lesser of the year-to-date cash investment sales and debt repayments or year-to-date cash investment purchases over the average of the total investments at fair value.
  (8)   The following table provides supplemental performance ratios (annualized) measured for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017:


    Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018
  Three Months Ended
June 30, 2017
  Six Months Ended
June 30, 2018
  Six Months Ended
June 30, 2017
Ratio of expenses to average net assets:                                
Operating expenses before incentive fees      4.21     8.01     3.97     7.69
Net investment income incentive fees      0.88 %     1.25 %     0.96 %     1.17 %
Ratio of expenses, excluding interest expense      3.77     5.00     3.69     5.02

About Oxford Square Capital Corp.
Oxford Square Capital Corp. is a publicly-traded business development company principally investing in syndicated bank loans and debt and equity tranches of collateralized loan obligation vehicles. CLO investments may also include warehouse facilities, which are financing structures intended to aggregate loans that may be used to form the basis of a CLO vehicle.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words "believes," "plans," "anticipates," "expects," "estimates" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. Certain factors could cause actual results and conditions to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. These factors are identified from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect subsequent events, except as may be required by law.

Contact:
Bruce Rubin
203-983-5280

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