gecc-10q_20180331.htm

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

(Mark One)

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2018

or

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from _______ to _________

 

Commission File Number: 814-01211

 

Great Elm Capital Corp.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

Maryland

 

81-2621577

(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

 

 

800 South Street, Suite 230, Waltham, MA

 

02453

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (617) 375-3006

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes      No  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and "emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

 

 

 

 

Accelerated filer

 

Non-accelerated filer

 

 

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

Smaller reporting company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerging growth company

 

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.      

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes      No  

 

As of May 8, 2018, the registrant had 10,652,401 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding.

 

 

 

 


 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

Page

PART I.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Financial Statements

1

Item 2.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

1

Item 3.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

13

Item 4.

Controls and Procedures

13

PART II.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1.

Legal Proceedings

14

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

15

Item 2.

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

16

Item 3.

Defaults Upon Senior Securities

16

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

17

Item 5.

Other Information

17

Item 6.

Exhibits

18

 

Signatures

19

 

Index to Consolidated Financial Statements

F-1

 

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

F-2

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

F-3

 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Net Assets (unaudited)

F-4

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

F-5

 

Consolidated Schedules of Investments

F-6

 

Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

F-16

 

 

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 (the “Form 10-K”).

 

The information contained herein may contain “forward-looking statements” based on our current expectations, assumptions and estimates about us and our industry. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “plan” and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In addition, any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those we express in the forward-looking statements as a result of several factors more fully described in “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and in this Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements made in this Form 10-Q relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

 

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PART I—FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Unless the context otherwise requires, all references to “GECC,” “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and words of similar import are to Great Elm Capital Corp. and/or its subsidiaries.  We reference materials on our website, www.greatelmcc.com, but nothing on our website shall be deemed incorporated by reference or otherwise contained in this report.  All dollar amounts, other than per share amounts, are disclosed in thousands unless otherwise noted.

Item 1. Financial Statements.

The financial statements listed in the index to financial statements immediately following the signature page to this report are incorporated herein by reference.

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Overview

We are a business development company (“BDC”) that seeks to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. Our investment focus is on debt obligations of middle-market companies as well as small businesses.  We invest primarily in senior secured and senior unsecured debt instruments, as well as in junior loans and mezzanine debt of middle-market companies and small businesses. We will from time to time make equity investments as part of restructuring credits and in rare instances reserve the right to make equity investments directly.

On September 27, 2016, we and Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. (“GECM”), our external manager, entered into an investment management agreement (the “Investment Management Agreement”) and an administration agreement (the “Administration Agreement”), and, upon the closing of the Merger (as discussed below), we began to accrue obligations to our external investment manager under those agreements.

We have elected to be treated as a Regulated Investment Company (“RIC”) for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a RIC, we will not be taxed on our income to the extent that we distribute such income each year and satisfy other applicable income tax requirements. To qualify as a RIC, we must, among other things, meet source-of-income and asset diversification requirements and annually distribute to our stockholders generally at least 90% of our investment company taxable income on a timely basis. If we qualify as a RIC, we generally will not have to pay corporate level taxes on any income that we distribute to our stockholders.

Formation Transactions

On June 23, 2016, we entered into a Subscription Agreement with Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. (“GEC”) and the investment funds signatory thereto (the “Subscription Agreement”), under which:

 

On June 23, 2016, GEC contributed $30,000 in exchange for 1,966,667 shares of our common stock.

 

On September 27, 2016, before we elected to be a BDC, funds (the “MAST Funds”) managed by MAST Capital Management, LLC contributed to us the Initial GECC Portfolio (as discussed in our consolidated financial statements) that we valued at $90,000 in exchange for 5,935,800 shares of our common stock.

For financial reporting purposes, we have accounted for the contribution of the Initial GECC Portfolio as an asset acquisition per Topic 805, Business Combinations, of the Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”).  For tax purposes, we recorded our basis in the Initial GECC Portfolio at the fair market value of the Initial GECC Portfolio as of the date of contribution.

Under the Subscription Agreement, upon consummation of the Merger, we became obligated to reimburse the costs incurred by GEC and the MAST Funds in connection with the Merger and the transactions contemplated by the Subscription Agreement.

Following the closing of the Merger, we entered into a registration rights agreement with GEC and the MAST Funds.

 

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Full Circle Merger

On June 23, 2016, we entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with Full Circle Capital Corporation, a Maryland corporation (“Full Circle”), that provided for a stock-for-stock merger (the “Merger”) of Full Circle with and into GECC.  On November 3, 2016:

 

We acquired, by operation of the Merger, Full Circle’s portfolio that we valued at $74,658 at November 3, 2016;

 

We became obligated to issue an aggregate of 4,986,585 shares of our common stock to former Full Circle stockholders; and

 

Our exchange agent paid a $5,393 special cash dividend to former Full Circle stockholders.

We accounted for the Merger as a business combination under ASC Topic 805 and Regulation S-X’s purchase accounting guidance. GECC was designated as the acquirer for accounting purposes. The difference between the fair value of Full Circle’s net assets and the consideration was recorded as a purchase accounting loss because the fair value of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed, as of the date of the Merger, was less than that of the merger consideration paid.

Investments

Our level of investment activity varies substantially from period to period depending on many factors, including, among others, the amount of debt and equity capital available from other sources to middle-market companies, the level of merger and acquisition activity, pricing in the high yield and leveraged loan credit markets, our expectations of future investment opportunities, the general economic environment as well as the competitive environment for the types of investments we make.

As a BDC, our investments and the composition of our portfolio are required to comply with regulatory requirements.

Revenues

We generate revenue primarily from interest on the debt investments that we hold. We also may generate revenue from dividends on the equity investments that we hold, capital gains on the disposition of investments, and lease, fee, and other income. Our investments in fixed income instruments generally have an expected maturity of three to five years, although we have no lower or upper constraint on maturity. Our debt investments generally pay interest quarterly or semi-annually. Payments of principal of our debt investments may be amortized over the stated term of the investment, deferred for several years or due entirely at maturity. In some cases, our debt investments and preferred stock investments may defer payments of cash interest or dividends or pay in kind (“PIK”). In addition, we may generate revenue in the form of prepayment fees, commitment, origination, due diligence fees, end-of-term or exit fees, fees for providing significant managerial assistance, consulting fees and other investment-related income.

Expenses

Our primary operating expenses include the payment of a base management fee, administration fees (including the allocable portion of overhead under the Administration Agreement), and, depending on our operating results, an incentive fee. The base management fee and incentive fee remunerates GECM for work in identifying, evaluating, negotiating, closing and monitoring our investments. Our Administration Agreement provides for reimbursement of costs and expenses incurred for office space rental, office equipment and utilities allocable to us under the Administration Agreement, as well as costs and expenses incurred relating to non-investment advisory, administrative or operating services provided by GECM or its affiliates to us. We also bear all other costs and expenses of our operations and transactions. Our expenses include interest on our outstanding indebtedness.

Critical Accounting Policies

Valuation of Portfolio Investments

We value our portfolio investments at fair value based upon the principles and methods of valuation set forth in policies adopted by our board of directors (our “Board”). Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date.

Investments for which market quotations are readily available are valued at such market quotations unless the quotations are deemed not to represent fair value. We generally obtain market quotations from recognized exchanges, market quotation systems, independent pricing services or one or more broker-dealers or market makers. Short term debt investments with remaining maturities within ninety days are generally valued at amortized cost, which approximates fair value.

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Debt and equity securities for which market quotations are not readily available or for which market quotations are deemed not to represent fair value, are valued at fair value using a valuation process consistent with our Board-approved policy.  Our Board approves in good faith the valuation of our portfolio as of the end of each quarter. Due to the inherent uncertainty and subjectivity of determining the fair value of investments that do not have a readily available market value, the fair value of our investments may differ significantly from the values that would have been used had a readily available market value existed for such investments and may differ materially from the values that we may ultimately realize. In addition, changes in the market environment and other events may impact the market quotations used to value some of our investments.

The valuation process approved by our Board with respect to investments for which market quotations are not readily available or for which market quotations are deemed not to represent fair value is as follows:

 

The investment professionals of GECM provide recent portfolio company financial statements and other reporting materials to an independent valuation firm (or firms) approved by the Board;

 

Such firms evaluate this information along with relevant observable market data to conduct independent appraisals each quarter, and their preliminary valuation conclusions are documented, discussed, and iterated with senior management of GECM;

 

The fair value of investments comprising in the aggregate less than 5% of our total capitalization may be determined by GECM in good faith in accordance with our valuation policy without the employment of an independent valuation firm; and

 

Our audit committee recommends, and our Board determines, the fair value of the investments in our portfolio in good faith based on the input of GECM, our independent valuation firms (to the extent applicable) and the business judgment of our audit committee and our Board, respectively.

Those investments for which market quotations are not readily available or for which market quotations are deemed not to represent fair value are valued utilizing a market approach, an income approach, or both approaches, as appropriate. The market approach uses prices and other relevant information generated by market transactions involving comparable assets or liabilities (including a business). The income approach uses valuation techniques to convert future amounts (for example, cash flows or earnings) to a single present amount.  In following these approaches, the types of factors that we may take into account in determining the fair value of our investments include, among other factors: available current market data, including relevant and applicable market trading and transaction comparables; applicable market yields and multiples, security covenants, call protection provisions, information rights, the nature and realizable value of any collateral; the portfolio company’s ability to make payments, its earnings and discounted cash flows, the markets in which the portfolio company does business, comparisons of financial ratios of peer companies that are public, merger and acquisition comparables; and enterprise values.

We prefer the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs in our valuation process. Inputs refer broadly to the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset. Observable inputs are inputs that reflect the assumptions market participants would use in pricing an asset developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of us. Unobservable inputs are inputs that reflect our assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing an asset developed based on the best information available in the circumstances.

Investments are classified by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) into the three broad levels as follows:

Level 1

Investments valued using unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets.

Level 2

Investments valued using other unadjusted observable market inputs, e.g. quoted prices for our securities in markets that are not active or quotes for comparable instruments.

Level 3

Investments that are valued using quotes for our securities or comparable instruments and other observable market data to the extent available, but which also take into consideration one or more unobservable inputs that are significant to the valuation taken as a whole.

All Level 3 investments that comprise more than 5% of the investments of GECC are valued by independent third parties.

Revenue Recognition

Interest and dividend income, including PIK income, is recorded on an accrual basis. Origination, structuring, closing, commitment and other upfront fees, including original issue discounts (“OID”), earned with respect to capital commitments are generally amortized or accreted into interest income over the life of the respective debt investment, as are end-of-term or exit fees receivable upon repayment of a debt investment if such fees are fixed in nature. Other fees, including certain amendment fees, prepayment fees and commitment fees on broken deals, and end-of-term or exit fees that have a contingency feature or are variable in nature are recognized as earned. Prepayment fees and similar income due upon the early repayment of a loan or debt security are recognized when earned and are included in interest income.

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We may purchase debt investments at a discount to their face value. Discounts on the acquisition of corporate debt instruments are generally amortized using the effective-interest or constant-yield method, unless there are material questions as to collectability. For debt instruments where we are amortizing OID, when principal payments on the debt instrument are received in an amount in excess of the debt instrument’s amortized cost, the excess principal payments are recorded as interest income.

Net Realized Gains (Losses) and Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation)

We measure realized gains or losses by the difference between the net proceeds from the repayment or sale of an investment and the amortized cost basis of the investment, without regard to unrealized appreciation or depreciation previously recognized. Realized gains and losses are computed using the first-in, first-out method. Net change in unrealized appreciation or depreciation reflects the net change in portfolio investment values and portfolio investment cost bases during the reporting period, including the reversal of previously recorded unrealized appreciation or depreciation when gains or losses are realized.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

The following is a summary of our investment activity since our inception in April 2016:

 

Time Period

 

Acquisitions(1)

 

 

Dispositions(2)

 

 

Weighted Average Interest Rate

End of Period(3)

 

Formation Transactions

 

$

90,494

 

 

$

 

 

 

 

 

Merger

 

 

74,658

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 4, 2016 through December 31, 2016

 

 

42,006

 

 

 

(41,738

)

 

 

10.00

%

For the period ended December 31, 2016

 

 

207,158

 

 

 

(41,738

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter ended March 31, 2017

 

 

75,852

 

 

 

(78,758

)

 

 

9.87

%

Quarter ended June 30, 2017

 

 

21,395

 

 

 

(37,570

)

 

 

9.59

%

Quarter ended September 30, 2017

 

 

49,467

 

 

 

(18,884

)

 

 

9.62

%

Quarter ended December 31, 2017

 

 

53,163

 

 

 

(39,772

)

 

 

11.17

%

For the year ended December 31, 2017

 

 

199,877

 

 

 

(174,984

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter ended March 31, 2018

 

 

63,220

 

 

 

(29,069

)

 

 

11.05

%

For the period ended March 31, 2018

 

 

63,220

 

 

 

(29,069

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since inception

 

$

470,255

 

 

$

(245,791

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Includes new deals, additional fundings (inclusive of those on revolving credit facilities), refinancings and PIK income.  Investments in short-term securities, including United States Treasury Bills and money market mutual funds, were excluded.

(2)

Includes scheduled principal payments, prepayments, sales and repayments (inclusive of those on revolving credit facilities).  Investments in short-term securities, including United States Treasury Bills and money market mutual funds, were excluded.

(3)

Weighted average interest rate is based upon the stated coupon rate and par value of outstanding debt securities at the measurement date. Debt securities on non-accrual status are included in the calculation and are treated as having 0.00% as their interest rate for purposes of this calculation.

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Portfolio Reconciliation

The following is a reconciliation of the investment portfolio for the three months ended March 31, 2018, the year ended December 31, 2017 and the period from inception through December 31, 2016:

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2018

 

 

For the year ended

December 31, 2017

 

 

For the period from

inception through

December 31, 2016

 

Beginning Investment Portfolio

 

$

164,870

 

 

$

154,677

 

 

$

 

Portfolio Investments acquired via the Formation Transactions and the Merger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

165,152

 

Portfolio Investments acquired(1)

 

 

63,220

 

 

 

199,878

 

 

 

42,006

 

Amortization of premium and accretion of discount, net

 

 

951

 

 

 

5,627

 

 

 

2,438

 

Portfolio Investments repaid or sold

 

 

(29,069

)

 

 

(174,983

)

 

 

(41,738

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments (2)

 

 

(5,539

)

 

 

(23,962

)

 

 

(13,455

)

Net realized gain (loss) on investments

 

 

317

 

 

 

3,633

 

 

274

 

Ending Investment Portfolio

 

$

194,750

 

 

$

164,870

 

 

$

154,677

 

 

(1)

Includes PIK income.

(2)

Does not include any fair value adjustment on PIK interest receivable.

 

Investments in short-term securities, including United States Treasury Bills and money market mutual funds, were excluded.

During the three months ended March 31, 2018, we recorded net unrealized depreciation of $(8,222).  $(2,681) of the unrealized depreciation was related to valuation of interest receivable at March 31, 2018 that is anticipated to settle in kind.

During the three months ended March 31, 2018, we recorded net realized gains on investments of $317.

Portfolio Classifications

The following table shows the fair value of our portfolio of investments by asset class as of March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017:

 

 

March 31, 2018

 

 

December 31, 2017

 

 

Investments at

Fair Value

 

 

Percentage of

Total Portfolio

 

 

Investments at

Fair Value

 

 

Percentage of

Total Portfolio

 

Investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt Instruments

$

194,308

 

 

 

99.8

%

 

$

164,521

 

 

 

99.8

%

Equity Investments

 

442

 

 

 

0.2

%

 

 

349

 

 

 

0.2

%

Total Investments at Fair Value

$

194,750

 

 

 

100.0

%

 

$

164,870

 

 

 

100.0

%

Investments in short-term securities, including United States Treasury Bills and money market mutual funds, were excluded.

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The following table shows the fair value of our portfolio of investments by industry, as of March 31, 2017:

 

 

 

March 31, 2017

 

 

 

Investments at Fair Value

 

 

Percentage of Total Investment Portfolio

 

Wireless Telecommunications Services

 

$

47,948

 

 

 

31.5

%

Building Cleaning and Maintenance Services

 

 

18,681

 

 

 

12.3

%

Metals & Mining

 

 

12,655

 

 

 

8.3

%

Wireless Communications

 

 

9,226

 

 

 

6.1

%

Radio Broadcasting

 

 

9,139

 

 

 

6.0

%

Industrial Other

 

 

7,840

 

 

 

5.1

%

Consumer Discretionary

 

 

6,880

 

 

 

4.5

%

Hardware

 

 

6,555

 

 

 

4.3

%

Casinos and Gaming

 

 

6,135

 

 

 

4.0

%

Real Estate Services

 

 

6,045

 

 

 

4.0

%

Real Estate Holding Company

 

 

5,988

 

 

 

3.9

%

Information and Data Services

 

 

4,423

 

 

 

2.9

%

Hotel Operator

 

 

3,816

 

 

 

2.5

%

Consumer Financing

 

 

3,493

 

 

 

2.3

%

Maritime Security Services

 

 

2,674

 

 

 

1.8

%

Internet Advertising

 

 

666

 

 

 

0.4

%

Grain Mill Products

 

 

70

 

 

 

0.1

%

Energy Efficiency Services

 

 

 

 

 

0.0

%

Total

 

$

152,234

 

 

 

100.0

%

The following table shows the fair value of our portfolio of investments by industry, as of March 31, 2018:

 

 

March 31, 2018

 

 

Investments at Fair Value

 

 

Percentage of Total

Investment Portfolio

 

Wireless Telecommunications Services

$

40,685

 

 

 

20.9

%

Building Cleaning and Maintenance Services

 

17,297

 

 

 

8.9

%

Manufacturing

 

16,538

 

 

 

8.5

%

Retail

 

14,083

 

 

 

7.2

%

Software Services

 

12,088

 

 

 

6.2

%

Technology Services

 

10,381

 

 

 

5.3

%

Wireless Communications

 

10,025

 

 

 

5.1

%

Gaming, Lodging & Restaurants

 

9,820

 

 

 

5.0

%

Chemicals

 

9,603

 

 

 

4.9

%

Industrial Conglomerates

 

9,120

 

 

 

4.7

%

Radio Broadcasting

 

8,898

 

 

 

4.6

%

Business Services

 

6,744

 

 

 

3.5

%

Water Transport

 

5,387

 

 

 

2.8

%

Real Estate Services

 

5,122

 

 

 

2.6

%

Oil, Gas & Coal

 

4,935

 

 

 

2.5

%

Information and Data Services

 

4,807

 

 

 

2.5

%

Industrial Other

 

3,481

 

 

 

1.8

%

Consumer Finance

 

2,811

 

 

 

1.4

%

Hotel Operator

 

2,501

 

 

 

1.3

%

Maritime Security Services

 

287

 

 

 

0.1

%

Grain Mill Products

 

137

 

 

 

0.1

%

Total

$

194,750

 

 

 

100.0

%

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Results of Operations

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2017

 

 

 

In Thousands

 

 

Per Share(1)

 

Total Investment Income(2)

 

$

7,315

 

 

$

0.58

 

Interest Income

 

 

6,826

 

 

 

0.54

 

Dividend Income

 

 

46

 

 

 

0.00

 

Other Income

 

 

443

 

 

 

0.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Operating Expenses

 

 

3,221

 

 

 

0.26

 

Management Fee

 

 

593

 

 

 

0.05

 

Incentive Fee

 

 

1,023

 

 

 

0.08

 

Total Advisory Fees

 

 

1,616

 

 

 

0.13

 

Total Costs Incurred Under Administration Agreement

 

 

495

 

 

 

0.04

 

Director’s Fees

 

 

27

 

 

 

0.00

 

Interest Expenses

 

 

631

 

 

 

0.05

 

Professional Services Expense

 

 

331

 

 

 

0.03

 

Custody Fees

 

 

13

 

 

 

0.00

 

Other

 

 

113

 

 

 

0.01

 

Fees Waivers and Expense Reimbursement

 

 

(5

)

 

 

0.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

$

4,094

 

 

$

0.32

 

 

(1)

The per share amounts are based on a weighted average of 12,636,477 shares for the three months ended March 31, 2017, except where such amounts need to be adjusted to be consistent with the financial highlights of our consolidated financial statements.

(2)

Total investment income includes PIK income of $1,142 for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

 

 

 

In Thousands

 

 

Per Share(1)

 

Total Investment Income(2)

 

$

7,498

 

 

$

0.70

 

Interest income

 

 

7,365

 

 

 

0.69

 

Dividend income

 

 

106

 

 

 

0.01

 

Other income

 

 

27

 

 

 

0.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Operating Expenses

 

 

3,632

 

 

 

0.34

 

Management fees

 

 

693

 

 

 

0.07

 

Incentive fees

 

 

966

 

 

 

0.09

 

Total investment management fees

 

 

1,659

 

 

 

0.16

 

Administration fees

 

 

310

 

 

 

0.03

 

Directors’ fees

 

 

49

 

 

 

0.00

 

Interest expense

 

 

1,275

 

 

 

0.12

 

Professional services

 

 

171

 

 

 

0.02

 

Custody fees

 

 

14

 

 

 

0.00

 

Other

 

 

154

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

$

3,866

 

 

$

0.36

 

 

(1)

The per share amounts are based on a weighted average of 10,652,401 shares for the three months ended March 31, 2018, except where such amounts need to be adjusted to be consistent with the financial highlights of our consolidated financial statements.

(2)

Total investment income includes PIK income of $244 for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

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Total Investment Income

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2017

 

 

In Thousands

 

 

Per Share(1)

 

Total Investment Income(2)

 

$

7,315

 

 

$

0.58

 

Interest Income

 

 

6,826

 

 

 

0.54

 

Dividend Income

 

 

46

 

 

 

0.00

 

Other Income

 

 

443

 

 

 

0.04

 

 

(1)

The per share amounts are based on a weighted average of 12,636,477 shares for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

(2)

Total investment income includes PIK income of $1,142 for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

 

Total Investment Income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was $7,315, which included $6,826 of interest income.  Interest income included net accretion of OID and market discount of $1,178 and total investment income included PIK income of $1,142.  

We also generated $443 of fee income.  

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

 

 

 

In Thousands

 

 

Per Share(1)

 

Total Investment Income (2)

 

$

7,498

 

 

$

0.70

 

Interest income

 

 

7,365

 

 

 

0.69

 

Dividend income

 

 

106

 

 

 

0.01

 

Other income

 

 

27

 

 

 

0.00

 

 

(1)

The per share amounts are based on a weighted average of 10,652,401 shares for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

(2)

Total investment income includes PIK income of $244 for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

 

Interest income included net accretion of OID and market discount of $951 and total investment income included PIK income of $244.

We also generated $27 of fee income, which is included in other income and is typically not recurring in nature.  

 

Total Investment Income increased for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2017 primarily due to increased interest income, as a result of the interest earning investment portfolio growing year over year.  Dividend income increased due to larger distributions received from our short term investments in money market mutual funds, as our short term investments were larger during the 2018 first quarter.  Fee income decreased as there were fewer amendment fees earned as the instruments generating the fees were primarily exited during fiscal year 2017.

Expenses

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2017

 

 

 

In Thousands

 

 

Per Share (1)

 

Net Operating Expenses

 

$

3,221

 

 

$

0.26

 

Management Fee

 

 

593

 

 

 

0.05

 

Incentive Fee

 

 

1,023

 

 

 

0.08

 

Total Advisory Fees

 

 

1,616

 

 

 

0.13

 

Total Costs Incurred Under Administration Agreement

 

 

495

 

 

 

0.04

 

Director’s Fees

 

 

27

 

 

 

0.00

 

Interest Expenses

 

 

631

 

 

 

0.05

 

Professional Services Expense

 

 

331

 

 

 

0.03

 

Bank Fees

 

 

13

 

 

 

0.00

 

Other

 

 

113

 

 

 

0.01

 

Fees Waivers and Expense Reimbursement

 

 

(5

)

 

 

(0.00

)

 

(1)

The per share amounts are based on a weighted average of 12,636,477 shares for the three months ended March 31, 2017.

 

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Total expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2017 were $3,226.

Total advisory fees were $1,616, with $593 of management fees and $1,023 of incentive fees accrued during the period.  We deferred incentive fees in accordance with the Investment Management Agreement.

Total administration fees were $495, which include direct costs deemed reimbursable under the Administration Agreement and fees paid for sub-administration services.  

Interest expense for the period was $631.

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

 

 

 

In Thousands

 

 

Per Share(1)

 

Net Operating Expenses

 

$

3,632

 

 

$

0.34

 

Management fees

 

 

693

 

 

 

0.07

 

Incentive fees

 

 

966

 

 

 

0.09

 

Total investment management fees

 

 

1,659

 

 

 

0.16

 

Administration fees

 

 

310

 

 

 

0.03

 

Directors’ fees

 

 

49

 

 

 

0.00

 

Interest expense

 

 

1,275

 

 

 

0.12

 

Professional services

 

 

171

 

 

 

0.02

 

Custody fees

 

 

14

 

 

 

0.00

 

Other

 

 

154

 

 

 

0.01

 

 

(1)

The per share amounts are based on a weighted average of 10,652,401 shares for the three months ended March 31, 2018.

 

Total expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2018 were $3,632.

Total investment management fees were $1,659, with $693 of management fees and $966 of incentive fees accrued during the period.  We deferred incentive fees in accordance with the Investment Management Agreement.

Total administration fees were $310, which include direct costs deemed reimbursable under the Administration Agreement and fees paid for sub-administration services.  

Interest expense for the period was $1,275, and includes interest on our newly issued GECCM Notes (as defined herein) for the period subsequent to their issuance.  See “— Liquidity and Capital Resources— Notes Payable” for further information.

 

Net expenses increased for the three months ended March 31, 2018 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2017 primarily due to increased interest expense, as a result of having a greater amount of debt outstanding compared to the prior year.  

Net Investment Income

Net investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was $4,094.

Net investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2018 was $3,866.

Net Realized Gains (Losses) on Investments

During the three months ended March 31, 2017, we recorded net realized gains of $1,980, primarily in connection with our disposition of our investment in JN Medical, which resulted in a $1,007 gain.  We also realized gains of $281 on the sale of our Trilogy International bonds and $354 on the sale of a portion of our Everi Payments bonds.

During the three months ended March 31, 2018, we recorded net realized gains of $317, primarily in connection with principal amortization of loans that were acquired at a discount and a partial repayment on our PE Facility Solutions Term B loan.

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Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation) on Investments

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments was $(2,695) for the three months ended March 31, 2017. The following table summarizes the significant changes in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) of our investment portfolio, for the three months ended March 31, 2017 by portfolio company.

 

Dollar amounts in thousands

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2016

 

 

March 31, 2017

 

Portfolio Company

 

Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation)

 

 

Cost

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation)

 

 

Cost

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation)

 

Avanti Communications Group plc

 

$

(3,192

)

 

$

55,298

 

 

$

42,021

 

 

$

(13,277

)

 

$

64,417

 

 

$

47,948

 

 

$

(16,469

)

OPS Acquisitions Limited and Ocean Protection

   Services Limited

 

 

(1,591

)

 

 

4,255

 

 

 

4,286

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

4,234

 

 

 

2,674

 

 

 

(1,560

)

Sonifi Solutions, Inc.

 

 

1,347

 

 

 

5,933

 

 

 

6,715

 

 

 

782

 

 

 

4,751

 

 

 

6,880

 

 

 

2,129

 

Other(1)

 

 

741

 

 

 

102,646

 

 

 

101,655

 

 

 

(991

)

 

 

94,982

 

 

 

94,732

 

 

 

(250

)

Totals

 

$

(2,695

)

 

$

168,132

 

 

$

154,677

 

 

$

(13,455

)

 

$

168,384

 

 

$

152,234

 

 

$

(16,150

)

 

(1)

Other represents all remaining investments.

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments was $(8,222) for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The following table summarizes the significant changes in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) of our investment portfolio, for the three months ended March 31, 2018 by portfolio company.

 

Dollar amounts in thousands

 

 

 

 

 

December 31, 2017

 

 

March 31, 2018

 

Portfolio Company

 

Change in Unrealized

Appreciation

(Depreciation)

 

 

Cost

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

Unrealized

Appreciation

(Depreciation)

 

 

Cost

 

 

Fair Value

 

 

Unrealized

Appreciation

(Depreciation)

 

Avanti Communications

   Group plc (1)

 

$

(4,692

)

 

$

75,461

 

 

$

42,278

 

 

$

(33,183

)

 

$

75,882

 

 

$

40,685

 

 

$

(35,197

)

Tru Taj, LLC

 

 

(2,481

)

 

 

15,264

 

 

 

14,800

 

 

 

(464

)

 

 

17,028

 

 

 

14,083

 

 

 

(2,945

)

OPS Acquisitions Limited and

   Ocean Protection

   Services Limited

 

 

(1,483

)

 

 

4,240

 

 

 

1,770

 

 

 

(2,470

)

 

 

4,240

 

 

 

287

 

 

 

(3,953

)

Other(2)

 

 

434

 

 

 

107,320

 

 

 

106,022

 

 

 

(1,298

)

 

 

140,556

 

 

 

139,695

 

 

 

(861

)

Totals

 

$

(8,222

)

 

$

202,285

 

 

$

164,870

 

 

$

(37,415

)

 

$

237,706

 

 

$

194,750

 

 

$

(42,956

)

 

(1)

Recognition of accretion of discount increased our cost basis during the period.  We did not fund any incremental investment during the period.   ($2,681) of the unrealized depreciation was related to valuation of interest receivable that is anticipated to pay in kind.

(2)

Other represents all remaining investments.  

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2018, we had approximately $6,030 of cash and cash equivalents, none of which was restricted in nature. At March 31, 2018, we also had $23,869 invested in a money market fund that is classified as an investment rather than cash and cash equivalents.

At March 31, 2018, we had investments in 30 debt instruments across 23 companies, totaling approximately $194,308 at fair value and equity investments in four companies, totaling approximately $442 at fair value. $11,953 of cumulative accrued PIK income is included in the carrying value of our investments.

In the normal course of business, we may enter into investment agreements under which we commit to make an investment in a portfolio company at some future date or over a specified period of time. As of March 31, 2018, we had approximately $22,406 in unfunded loan commitments, subject to our approval in certain instances, to provide debt financing to certain of our portfolio companies.  We had sufficient cash and other liquid assets on our March 31, 2018 balance sheet to satisfy the unfunded commitments.

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For the three months ended March 31, 2018, net cash used for operating activities, consisting primarily of net purchases of investments and the items described in “Results of Operations,” was approximately $36,551, reflecting the purchases and repayments of investments, net investment income resulting from operations, offset by non-cash income related to OID and PIK income, changes in working capital and accrued interest receivable. Net cash used for purchases and sales of investments was approximately $34,151, reflecting principal repayments and sales of $29,069, offset by additional investments of $63,220. Such amounts included draws and repayments on revolving credit facilities.  Our Board previously set our distribution rate at $0.083 per share per month and we intend to re-evaluate our dividend rate from time to time.

Contractual Obligations

A summary of our significant contractual payment obligations as of March 31, 2018 is as follows:

 

 

 

Total

 

 

Less than 1 year

 

 

1-3 years

 

 

3-5 years

 

 

More than 5 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GECCL Notes

 

$

32,631

 

 

$

-

 

 

$

-

 

 

$

32,631

 

 

$

-

 

GECCM Notes

 

 

46,398

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46,398

 

Total

 

$

79,029

 

 

$

-

 

 

$

-

 

 

$

32,631

 

 

$

46,398

 

 

We have certain contracts under which we have material future commitments. Under the Investment Management Agreement, GECM provides investment advisory services to us. For providing these services, we pay GECM a fee, consisting of two components: (1) a base management fee based on the average value of our total assets and (2) an incentive fee based on our performance.

We are also party to the Administration Agreement with GECM. Under the Administration Agreement, GECM furnishes us with, or otherwise arranges for the provision of, office facilities, equipment, clerical, bookkeeping, finance, accounting, compliance and record keeping services at such office facilities and other such services as our administrator.

If any of the contractual obligations discussed above are terminated, our costs under any new agreements that we enter into may increase. In addition, we would likely incur significant time and expense in locating alternative parties to provide the services we expect to receive under our Investment Management Agreement and our Administration Agreement. Any new investment management agreement would also be subject to approval by our stockholders.

Both the Investment Management Agreement and the Administration Agreement may be terminated by either party without penalty upon no fewer than 60 days’ written notice to the other.

Stock Buyback Program

We implemented a stock buyback program pursuant to Rule 10b5‑1 and Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), to repurchase our shares in an aggregate amount of up to $15,000 through May 2018 at market prices at any time our shares trade below 90% of net asset value (“NAV”), subject to our compliance with our liquidity, covenant, leverage and regulatory requirements.  Our Board previously increased the overall size of the stock buyback program to a total of $50,000, with $25,000 remaining available under the program.

Inflation

Inflation has not had a significant effect on our results of operations in any of the reporting periods presented in our financial statements. However, from time to time, inflation may impact the operating results of our portfolio companies.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We currently have no off-balance sheet arrangements, including any risk management of commodity pricing or other hedging practices.

Notes Payable

On November 3, 2016, we assumed approximately $33,646 in aggregate principal amount of Full Circle’s 8.25% Notes due June 30, 2020 (the “2020 Notes”).  Interest on the 2020 Notes was paid quarterly in arrears at a rate of 8.25% per annum. The 2020 Notes had a maturity date of June 30, 2020. On October 20, 2017, we redeemed the 2020 Notes completely at their par value plus accrued and unpaid interest.

On September 18, 2017, we sold $28,375 in aggregate principal amount of 6.50% notes due 2022 (the "GECCL Notes"). On September 29, 2017, we sold an additional $4,256 of the GECCL Notes upon full exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option.  As a result of the issuance of these additional GECCL Notes, the aggregate principal balance of GECCL Notes outstanding is $32,631.

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The GECCL Notes are our unsecured obligations and rank equal with all of our outstanding and future unsecured unsubordinated indebtedness. The GECCL Notes are effectively subordinated, or junior in right of payment, to any future secured indebtedness that we may incur and structurally subordinated to all future indebtedness and other obligations of our subsidiaries. We pay interest on the GECCL Notes on January 31, April 30, July 31 and October 31 of each year. The GECCL Notes will mature on September 18, 2022 and can be called on, or after, September 18, 2019. Holders of the GECCL Notes do not have the option to have the GECCL Notes repaid prior to the stated maturity date. The GECCL Notes were issued in minimum denominations of $25 and integral multiples of $25 in excess thereof.

On January 11, 2018, we sold $43,000 in aggregate principal amount of 6.75% notes due 2025 (the "GECCM Notes"). On January 19, 2018 and February 9, 2018, we sold an additional $1,898 and $1,500 of the GECCM Notes upon partial exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option.  As a result of the issuance of these additional GECCM Notes, the aggregate principal balance of GECCM Notes outstanding is $46,398.

The GECCM Notes are our unsecured obligations and rank equal with all of our outstanding and future unsecured unsubordinated indebtedness. The GECCM Notes are effectively subordinated, or junior in right of payment, to any future secured indebtedness that we may incur and structurally subordinated to all future indebtedness and other obligations of our subsidiaries. We pay interest on the GECCM Notes on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each year. The GECCM Notes will mature on January 31, 2025 and can be called on, or after, January 31, 2021. Holders of the GECCM Notes do not have the option to have the GECCM Notes repaid prior to the stated maturity date. The GECCM Notes were issued in minimum denominations of $25 and integral multiples of $25 in excess thereof.

Recent Developments

In December 2017, Avanti Communications Group plc (“Avanti”) announced a proposed restructuring plan whereby the terms of its second lien debt would be amended (its coupon rate reduced to 9.0%; the company to have the option to PIK its interest payments for the remaining life of the security; and its maturity date to be extended by a year) and its current third lien debt would be “equitized” in a debt-for-equity swap. In April 2018, a majority of the Avanti shareholders voted in support of the proposed restructuring plan, allowing for the plan to close on April 26, 2018. In consideration for their support, the existing shareholders retain 7.5% of the common equity pro-forma for the issuance associated with the restructuring and the third lien debtholders own 92.5%. GECC now owns approximately 9.1% of Avanti’s common equity.

In April 2018, Kyle Whitehill joined Avanti as its new CEO, replacing Alan Harper, previously the company’s Interim CEO. With Mr. Whitehill starting in April, Mr. Harper resumed his role as a Non-Executive Director of the company.

In April 2018, Avanti successfully launched HYLAS 4. HYLAS 4 is Avanti’s largest capacity satellite and will provide data communications services with fixed beams serving Africa and Europe and steerable beams that can cover territory as far west as the United States and as far south as the southern tip of South America. HYLAS 4 is now in its period of in-orbit testing, a period that typically lasts approximately three months.

In April 2018, we purchased an additional $1,764 of par value of Aptean Holdings, Inc. second lien term loan at a price of approximately 101% of par value.  

In April 2018, we purchased an additional $500 of par value of SESAC Holdco II LLC second lien term loan at a price of approximately 100% of par value.  

In April 2018, the senior secured term loan to PR Wireless, Inc. was sold for par, resulting in a realized gain of approximately $800.

In April and May 2018, we funded an additional $1,750 of par value to Tallage Davis, LLC.  

Our Board declared the monthly distributions for the third quarter of 2018 at an annual rate of approximately 8.45% of our March 31, 2018 NAV, which equates to $0.083 per month. The schedule of distribution payments is as follows:

 

Month

 

Rate

 

 

Record Date

 

Payable Date

July

 

$

0.083

 

 

July 31, 2018

 

August 15, 2018

August

 

$

0.083

 

 

August 31, 2018

 

September 14, 2018

September

 

$

0.083

 

 

September 28, 2018

 

October 15, 2018

 

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Reduction in Required Minimum Asset Coverage Ratio

On March 23, 2018, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which includes the Small Business Credit Availability Act (the “Act”), was signed into law. The Act amends the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”) to permit a BDC to reduce the required minimum asset coverage ratio applicable to it from 200% to 150%, subject to certain requirements described therein. This reduction significantly increases the amount of debt that BDCs may incur.

Prior to the enactment of the Act, BDCs were required to maintain an asset coverage ratio of at least 200% in order to incur debt or to issue other senior securities. Generally, for every $1.00 of debt incurred or in senior securities issued, a BDC was required to have at least $2.00 of assets immediately following such incurrence or issuance. For those BDCs that satisfy the Act’s disclosure and approval requirements, the minimum asset coverage ratio is reduced such that for every $1.00 of debt incurred or in senior securities issued, a BDC must now have at least $1.50 of assets.

At our 2018 annual meeting of stockholders, which was held on May 3, 2018 (the “Annual Meeting”), a majority of our stockholders approved the application of the modified minimum asset coverage requirements set forth in Section 61(a)(2) of the Investment Company Act, to the Company. As a result of such approval, and subject to satisfying certain ongoing disclosure requirements, effective May 4, 2018 the asset coverage ratio test applicable to the Company was decreased from 200% to 150%, permitting us to incur additional leverage.

As of March 31, 2018, we had approximately $79.0 million of total outstanding indebtedness under two series of senior securities (unsecured senior notes)—the GECCL Notes and the GECCM Notes—and our asset coverage ratio was 255%. For risks associated with the reduction in our required minimum asset coverage ratio from 200% to 150%, see “Risk Factors—Risks Resulting from the Reduction in Required Minimum Asset Coverage Ratio.”

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

We are subject to financial market risks, including changes in interest rates. As of March 31, 2018, 9 debt investments in our portfolio bore interest at a fixed rate, and the remaining 21 debt investments were at variable rates, representing approximately $88,658 and $105,774 in debt at fair value, respectively. The variable rates are based upon LIBOR.

To illustrate the potential impact of a change in the underlying interest rate on our net investment income, we have assumed a 1%, 2%, and 3% increase and 1%, 2%, and 3% decrease in the underlying LIBOR rate, and no other change in our portfolio as of March 31, 2018. We have also assumed that we have no outstanding floating rate borrowings. The below table illustrates the effect such assumed rate changes would have on an annual basis.

 

LIBOR Increase (Decrease)

 

 

Increase (decrease) of Net

Investment Income

 

 

3.00

%

 

$

2,901

 

 

2.00

%

 

$

1,859

 

 

1.00

%

 

$

817

 

 

-1.00

%

 

$

(1,172

)

 

-2.00

%

 

$

(1,489

)

 

-3.00

%

 

$

(1,489

)

 

This analysis does not adjust for changes in the credit quality, size and composition of our portfolio, and other business developments that could affect the net increase in net assets resulting from operations. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that actual results would not differ materially from the results under this hypothetical analysis.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

As of March 31, 2018, we, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act). Based on that evaluation, our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective and provided reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed in our periodic SEC filings is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. However, in evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives, and management necessarily was required to apply its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures.

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Changes in Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act) during the quarter ended March 31, 2018 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

PART II—OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

From time to time, we or GECM may be a party to certain legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business, including proceedings relating to the enforcement of our rights under contracts with our portfolio companies.  

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Item 1A. Risk Factors.

In addition to the risk factors set forth below and the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the “Risk Factors” discussed in our Form 10-K, which could materially affect our business, financial condition and/or operating results.

Risks Resulting from the Reduction in Required Minimum Asset Coverage Ratio

Incurring additional indebtedness could increase the risk in investing in our Company.

Pursuant to the Act, at the Annual Meeting our stockholders approved of the reduction of our required minimum asset coverage ratio from 200% to 150%, permitting us to incur additional leverage. The use of leverage magnifies the potential for gain or loss on amounts invested. The use of leverage is generally considered a speculative investment technique and increases the risks associated with investing in our securities. If we incur such additional leverage, you may experience increased risks of investing in our common stock.

As of March 31, 2018, we had approximately $79.0 million of total outstanding indebtedness under two series of senior securities (unsecured senior notes)—the GECCL Notes and the GECCM Notes—and our asset coverage ratio was 255%. Holders of our GECCL Notes and GECCM Notes have fixed dollar claims on our assets that are superior to the claims of our common stockholders, and such holders may seek to recover against our assets in the event of a default.

If we are unable to meet the financial obligations under the GECCL Notes or the GECCM Notes, the holders of such indebtedness would have a superior claim to our assets over our common stockholders in the event of a default by us. If the value of our assets decreases, leveraging would cause NAV to decline more sharply than it otherwise would have had we not leveraged, thereby magnifying losses. Similarly, any decrease in our revenue or income will cause our net income to decline more sharply than it would have had we not borrowed. Such a decline would also negatively affect our ability to make distributions with respect to our common stock. Our ability to service any debt depends largely on our financial performance and is subject to prevailing economic conditions and competitive pressures. Moreover, as the base management fee payable to GECM, our investment adviser, is payable based on the average value of our total assets, including those assets acquired through the use of leverage, GECM will have a financial incentive to incur leverage, which may not be consistent with our stockholders’ interests. In addition, our common stockholders bear the burden of any increase in our fees or expenses as a result of our use of leverage, including interest expenses and any increase in the base management fee payable to GECM.

If our asset coverage ratio falls below the required limit, we will not be able to incur additional debt until we are able to comply with the asset coverage ratio applicable to us. This could have a material adverse effect on our operations, and we may not be able to make distributions to stockholders. The actual amount of leverage that we employ will depend on GECM’s and our Board’s assessment of market and other factors at the time of any proposed borrowing. We cannot assure you that we will be able to obtain credit at all or on terms acceptable to us.

Incurring additional leverage may magnify our exposure to risks associated with changes in interest rates, including fluctuations in interest rates which could adversely affect our profitability.

If we incur additional leverage, general interest rate fluctuations may have a more significant negative impact on our investments and investment opportunities than they would have absent such additional incurrence, and, accordingly, may have a material adverse effect on our investment objectives and rate of return on investment capital. A portion of our income will depend upon the difference between the rate at which we borrow funds and the interest rate on the debt securities in which we invest. Because we may borrow money to make investments and may issue debt securities, preferred stock or other securities, our net investment income is dependent upon the difference between the rate at which we borrow funds or pay interest or dividends on such debt securities, preferred stock or other securities and the rate at which we invest these borrowed funds.

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We expect that a majority of our investments in debt will continue to be at floating rates with a floor. However, in the event that we make investments in debt at variable rates, a significant increase in market interest rates could also result in an increase in our non-performing assets and a decrease in the value of our portfolio because our floating-rate loan portfolio companies may be unable to meet higher payment obligations. In periods of rising interest rates, our cost of funds would increase, resulting in a decrease in our net investment income. Incurring additional leverage will magnify the impact of an increase to our cost of funds. In addition, a decrease in interest rates may reduce net income, because new investments may be made at lower rates despite the increased demand for our capital that the decrease in interest rates may produce. To the extent our additional borrowings are in fixed-rate instruments, we may be required to invest in higher-yield securities in order to cover our interest expense and maintain our current level of return to stockholders, which may increase the risk of an investment in our securities.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

None.

Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

In the prospectus for the Merger, we announced that we would initiate a stock buyback program in an aggregate amount of $15,000.  Our Board has increased the overall size of the stock buyback program by a further $35,000.  During the year ended December 31, 2017, we purchased 2,138,479 shares under our tender offer and our stock buyback program at a weighted average price of $11.20 per share. As of December 31, 2017, we had cumulatively purchased 2,236,651 shares under the tender offer and stock buyback program at a weighted average price of $11.18 per share, resulting in $15,000 of cumulative cash paid, under the program since November 4, 2016. Including the tender offer, we utilized $25,000 under our stock buyback and tender program for repurchasing shares.

 

Month

 

Total Number of

Shares Purchased

 

 

Average Price Per

Share

 

 

Total Number of

Shares Purchased

as Part of Publicly

Announced Plans

or Program

 

 

Maximum Number

(or Approximate

Dollar Value) of

Shares that May

Yet Be Purchased

Under the Plans or

Programs

(Amounts in dollars)

 

November 2016

 

 

16,030

 

 

$

10.79

 

 

 

16,030

 

 

$

14,826,985

 

December 2016

 

 

82,142

 

 

$

10.72

 

 

 

82,142

 

 

$

13,946,200

 

Total 2016

 

 

98,172

 

 

$

10.73

 

 

 

98,172

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2017

 

 

132,434

 

 

$

11.48

 

 

 

132,434

 

 

$

12,425,611

 

February 2017

 

 

72,678

 

 

$

11.26

 

 

 

72,678

 

 

$

11,607,509

 

March 2017

 

 

40,617

 

 

$

11.09

 

 

 

40,617

 

 

$

11,157,069

 

April 2017

 

 

16,846

 

 

$

11.38

 

 

 

16,846

 

 

$

10,965,351

 

May 2017 (1)

 

 

944,535

 

 

$

11.44

 

 

 

944,535

 

 

$

10,158,722

 

June 2017

 

 

15,215

 

 

$

10.42

 

 

 

15,215

 

 

$

10,000,182

 

July 2017

 

 

47,961

 

 

$

10.73

 

 

 

47,961

 

 

$

9,485,725

 

August 2017

 

 

37,666

 

 

$

10.78

 

 

 

37,666

 

 

$

9,079,585

 

September 2017

 

 

753,097

 

 

$

11.00

 

 

 

753,097

 

 

$

792,735

 

October 2017

 

 

65,945

 

 

$

10.27

 

 

 

65,945

 

 

$

115,277

 

November 2017

 

 

11,485

 

 

$

10.04

 

 

 

11,485

 

 

$

 

Total 2017

 

 

2,138,479

 

 

$

11.20

 

 

 

2,138,479