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WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2019 Earnings Results


iCrowd Newswire - Nov 7, 2019

NEW YORK, — WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. (“WhiteHorse Finance” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: WHF) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Third Quarter 2019 Summary Highlights

(1) Includes investments in WHF STRS Ohio Senior Loan Fund LLC (“STRS JV”), an unconsolidated joint venture, totaling $24.4 million, at fair value.
(2) Excludes investments made in STRS JV for the quarter.
(3) Core net investment income is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company believes that core net investment income provides useful information to investors and management because it reflects the Company’s financial performance excluding (i) the net impact of costs associated with the refinancing of the Company’s indebtedness, (ii) the accrual of the capital gains incentive fee attributable to net realized and unrealized gains and losses, and (iii) excise and other income taxes related to such net realized gains and losses (net of incentive fees). The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Additional information on core net investment income and a reconciliation of core net investment income to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, net investment income, are set forth in Schedule 1 hereto.

Stuart Aronson, WhiteHorse Finance’s Chief Executive Officer commented, “During the third quarter, we transferred 5 assets into our recently-launched joint venture, increasing our investment by $24.4 million. Following the close of the third quarter we contributed another 4 assets into the JV, allowing us to quickly ramp up and directly originate into the JV portfolio going forward, offering a wider range of sourcing opportunities. In addition to the JV transfers, we added four new first-lien originations and 3 add-on investments to our portfolio during the quarter to stabilize NAV relative to the JV asset transfers. Our fourth quarter pipeline is as strong as it has ever been, which we credit to our differentiated three-tiered sourcing infrastructure backed by H.I.G. that offers stable and attractive risk-adjusted returns and ultimately enhance shareholder value.”

Portfolio and Investment Activity

As of September 30, 2019, the fair value of WhiteHorse Finance’s investment portfolio was $527.5 million, compared with $534.8 million as of June 30, 2019. The portfolio at September 30, 2019 consisted of 65 positions across 48 companies with a weighted average effective yield of 11.0% on income-producing debt investments.  The average debt investment size (excluding investments in STRS JV) was $9.9 million with the overall portfolio comprised of 80% in first lien secured loans, 12% in second lien secured loans, 3% in equity and 5% in investments in STRS JV.  All loans were substantially all variable-rate investments (primarily indexed to LIBOR), with nearly all performing floating rate investments having interest rate floors.

During the three months ended September 30, 2019, WhiteHorse Finance launched the operations of its joint venture by transferring assets totaling $56.4 million in exchange for a net investment in STRS JV of $24.4 million as well as cash proceeds of $32 million.

In addition to the transactions with STRS JV, WhiteHorse Finance made investments in four new portfolio companies totaling $47.0 million. Also, the Company added $8.9 million to existing portfolio companies, exclusive of refinancing. Proceeds from sales and repayments, including net fundings on revolvers but exclusive of refinancing, totaled approximately $31.4 million for the quarter, driven by a full repayment of Planet Fit Indy 10 LLC of $19.2 million and a partial paydown of $7.4 million from its investment in CHS Therapy, LLC.  In addition, WhiteHorse Finance participated in two refinancings of existing investments.  The Company refinanced its $7.5 million first lien investment to Honors Holdings, LLC, increasing its position by adding a net $1.7 million.  The Company also participated in the recapitalization of its $17.1 million first lien investment to Clarus Commerce, LLC, by reducing its position by a net $2.4 million to new borrower Marlin DTC-LS Midco 2, LLC.  The Company remained highly selective in deploying new investments.

WHF STRS Ohio Senior Loan Fund LLC

As of September 30, 2019, STRS JV’s portfolio totaled $54.9 million, consisted of 5 portfolio companies and had a weighted average effective yield of 8.6%.

Results of Operations

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, net investment income was approximately $8.7 million, compared with approximately $3.8 million for the same period in the prior year, representing an increase of approximately 128.9%. The increase in net investment income for the year-over-year period was primarily attributable to an increase in non-recurring fee income and a decrease in the amount of capital gains incentive fees recorded.

For the three months ended September 30, 2019, WhiteHorse Finance reported net realized and unrealized losses on investments of approximately $1.8 million. This compares with net realized and unrealized gains on investments of $15.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018. The decrease in net realized and unrealized gains on investments for the year-over-year period was primarily attributable to the unrealized gain recognized in the prior year due to the mark-up of the Company’s equity investment in Aretec Group, Inc. (which was sold in the fourth quarter of 2018).

WhiteHorse Finance reported a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of approximately $6.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2019, which compares with a net increase of $19.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

WhiteHorse Finance’s NAV was $315.5 million, or $15.36 per share, as of September 30, 2019, as compared with $315.9 million, or $15.38 per share, as of June 30, 2019.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2019, WhiteHorse Finance had cash and cash equivalents of $22.2 million, as compared with $50.4 million as of June 30, 2019, inclusive of restricted cash.  As of September 30, 2019, the Company also had $29.7 million of undrawn capacity under its revolving credit facility.

Distributions

On September 13, 2019, the Company declared a distribution of $0.355 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, consistent for the twenty-eighth consecutive quarter since the Company’s IPO. The distribution was paid on October 3, 2019 to shareholders of record as of September 23, 2019. In addition, the Company also declared a special distribution of $0.195 per share, which will be payable on December 10, 2019 to stockholders of record as of October 31, 2019.

Distributions are paid from taxable earnings and may include return of capital and/or capital gains.  The specific tax characteristics of the distributions will be reported to stockholders on Form 1099-DIV after the end of the calendar year and in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call

WhiteHorse Finance will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter results at 10:00 a.m. ET on Thursday, November 7, 2019. To access the teleconference, please dial 706-758-9224 (domestic and international) approximately 10 minutes before the teleconference’s scheduled start time and reference ID # 8954769. Investors may also access the call on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at www.whitehorsefinance.com.

If you are unable to access the live teleconference, a replay will be available beginning approximately two hours after the call’s completion through November 14, 2019. The teleconference replay can be accessed by dialing 404-537-3406 (domestic and international) and entering ID # 8954769. A webcast replay will also be available on the investor relations portion of the Company’s website at www.whitehorsefinance.com.

About WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.

WhiteHorse Finance is a business development company that originates and invests in loans to privately held, lower middle market companies across a broad range of industries.  The Company’s investment activities are managed by H.I.G. WhiteHorse Advisers, LLC, an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, LLC, (“H.I.G. Capital”). H.I.G. Capital is a leading global alternative asset manager with $34 billion of capital under management(4) across a number of funds focused on the small and mid-cap markets. For more information about H.I.G. Capital, please visit http://www.higcapital.com.  For more information about the Company, please visit http://www.whitehorsefinance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

 (4) Based on total capital commitments managed by H.I.G. Capital and affiliates.

SCHEDULE 1

As a supplement to GAAP financial measures, the Company has provided 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. The Company’s 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 to exclude the net impact of costs associated with the refinancing of the Company’s indebtedness, the accrual of the capital gains incentive fee attributable to net realized and unrealized gains and losses, and excise or other income taxes related to such net realized gains and losses (net of incentive fees). There were no excise or other income taxes related to net realized gains and losses for the quarters ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018. Additionally, the Company did not refinance any of its indebtedness for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

The following table provides a reconciliation of net investment income to core net investment income for the three months ended September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018 (in thousands, except per share data):

   

September 30, 2019

   

September 30, 2018

 
   

Amount

   

 Per
Share

Amounts

   

Amount

   

 Per
Share

Amounts

 

Net investment income

 

$

8,655

   

$

0.421

   

$

3,777

   

$

0.184

 

Net impact of costs associated with refinancing of indebtedness

   

     

     

259

     

0.012

 

Accrual for capital gains incentive fee

   

(360)

     

(0.018)

     

3,137

     

0.153

 

Net impact of excise tax expense related to net realized gains
and losses

   

     

     

     

 

Core net investment income

 

$

8,295

   

$

0.403

   

$

7,173

   

$

0.349

 
                                 

WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
   

September 
30, 2019

   

December 31, 2018

 
   

(Unaudited)

       

Assets

               

Investments, at fair value

               

Non-controlled/non-affiliate company investments

 

$

493,460

   

$

459,399

 

Non-controlled affiliate company investments

   

9,673

     

10,165

 

Controlled affiliate company investments

   

24,410

     

 

Total investments, at fair value (amortized cost $535,213 and $477,839, 
  respectively)

   

527,543

     

469,564

 

Cash and cash equivalents

   

9,827

     

24,148

 

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

   

12,335

     

9,584

 

Interest receivable

   

6,952

     

4,616

 

Amounts receivable on unsettled investment transactions

   

9,219

     

5,608

 

Prepaid expenses and other receivables

   

158

     

575

 

Total assets

 

$

566,034

   

$

514,095

 
                 

Liabilities

               

Debt

 

$

231,966

   

$

175,953

 

Management and incentive fees payable

   

7,717

     

11,193

 

Distributions payable

   

7,294

     

7,294

 

Amounts payable on unsettled investment transactions

   

     

445

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

   

2,417

     

2,322

 

Interest payable

   

1,067

     

1,562

 

Advances received from unfunded credit facilities

   

79

     

30

 

Total liabilities

   

250,540

     

198,799

 
                 

Commitments and contingencies

               
                 

Net assets

               

Common stock 20,546,032 and 20,546,032 shares issued and outstanding, par 
     value $0.001 per share, respectively, and 100,000,000 authorized

   

21

     

21

 

Paid-in capital in excess of par

   

301,557

     

301,557

 

Accumulated undistributed earnings

   

13,916

     

13,718

 

Total net assets

   

315,494

     

315,296

 

Total liabilities and total net assets

 

$

566,034

   

$

514,095

 
                 

Number of shares outstanding

   

20,546,032

     

20,546,032

 

Net asset value per share

 

$

15.36

   

$

15.35

 

WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
   

Three months ended September 30,

   

Nine months ended September 30,

 
   

2019

   

2018

   

2019

   

2018

 

Investment income

                               

From non-controlled/non-affiliate
company investments

                               

Interest income

 

$

14,865

   

$

13,843

   

$

42,104

   

$

40,871

 

Fee income

   

2,246

     

875

     

6,328

     

3,855

 

From non-controlled affiliate company
investments

                               

Dividend income

   

301

     

600

     

888

     

1,851

 

From controlled affiliate company
investments

                               

Interest income

   

343

     

     

343

     

 

Total investment income

   

17,755

     

15,318

     

49,663

     

46,577

 
                                 

Expenses

                               

Interest expense

   

3,495

     

3,283

     

9,744

     

8,649

 

Base management fees

   

2,834

     

2,761

     

8,240

     

7,813

 

Performance-based incentive fees

   

1,714



Contact Information:

Stuart Aronson
WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.
212-506-0500
[email protected].com

or

Joyson Thomas
WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.
305-379-2322
[email protected]

or

Sean Silva
Prosek Partners
646-818-9122
[email protected]

SOURCE WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.






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