StoneCastle Financial Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results

Thursday, 06. August 2020 22:20

DENVER, Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoneCastle Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: BANX) (“StoneCastle Financial” or the “Company”), an investment company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), today announced results for the second fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2020.   

Second Quarter 2020 Investment Highlights:

  • Invested $36.3 million in six investments

  • Realized proceeds of $5.0 million from the partial sale of one investment

  • Realized proceeds from paydowns of $598,996 from two investments

A complete listing of investments as of the end of the quarter can be found on the Company’s website at www.stonecastle-financial.com.

The estimated annualized yield generated by the invested portfolio as of June 30, 2020 (excluding cash and cash equivalents) was approximately 10.10%

Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net investment income was $2,662,465 or $0.41 per share, comprised of $4,017,972 gross income and $1,355,507 of expenses.  Net Assets at quarter end were $133,059,234.  The Company’s Net Asset Value was $20.27 per share, up $1.27 from the prior quarter.  

In the second quarter, the Company paid a cash distribution of $0.38 per share.  The distribution was paid on June 26, 2020 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 19, 2020.   

The Company had $33 million outstanding on its $62.0 million credit facility at the quarter end, which represents approximately 19% of total assets.  According to regulated investment company rules, the Company may borrow only up to 33.3% of its total assets.

Portfolio and Investment Summary

As of the close of business on June 30, 2020, the Company had total assets of $173,984,251 consisting of total investments of $165,755,271, cash and other assets of $8,228,980.  

During the quarter, the Company invested a total of $36,326,963 in six bank-related investments.  The Company invested a total of $25,185,650 in alternative capital securities, $6,826,313 in one common stock, and $4,315,000 in one preferred stock.  The Company received proceeds of $5,025,252 from the partial sale of iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund (PFF).

Quarterly Conference Call

StoneCastle Financial will host a webcast and conference call on August 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm Eastern time.

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-9039 for domestic callers or 1-201-689-8470 for international callers. Participants may also access the call via live webcast by visiting StoneCastle Financial's investor relations website at www.stonecastle-financial.com. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay will be available shortly after the call and be available through midnight (Eastern Time) on August 20, 2020. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 for domestic callers or 1-412-317-6671 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13706664. The archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for a limited time.

About StoneCastle Financial Corp.

StoneCastle Financial is an SEC registered non-diversified, closed-end management investment company listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BANX."  Its investment objective is to provide stockholders with current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation. StoneCastle Financial is managed by StoneCastle-ArrowMark Asset Management, LLC.  To learn more, visit www.stonecastle-financial.com

Disclaimer and Risk Factors:

There is no assurance that StoneCastle Financial will achieve its investment objective. StoneCastle Financial is subject to numerous risks, including investment and market risks, management risk, income and interest rate risks, banking industry risks, preferred stock risk, convertible securities risk, debt securities risk, liquidity risk, valuation risk, leverage risk, non-diversification risk, credit and counterparty risks, market at a discount from net asset value risk and market disruption risk. Shares of closed-end investment companies may trade above (a premium) or below (a discount) their net asset value. Shares of StoneCastle Financial may not be appropriate for all investors. Investors should review and consider carefully StoneCastle Financial's investment objective, risks, charges and expenses. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

The Annual Report, Semi-Annual Report and other regulatory filings of the Company with the SEC are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on the Company's website at www.stonecastle-financial.com

CONTACT: Investor Contact:
 Julie Muraco
 212-468-5441


STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
Statement of Assets and Liabilities (unaudited)
  
      
   June 30, 2020 March 31, 2020
Assets    
 Investments in securities, at fair value (cost: $176,329,751 and $152,196,520 respectively) $165,755,271  $132,978,058 
 Cash  271,693   62,841 
 Foreign cash (cost: $5,036,821)  5,036,962   - 
 Unrealized appreciation on forward currency exchange contracts  347   - 
 Interest and dividends receivable  2,333,443   1,288,615 
 Prepaid assets  586,535   594,907 
 Total assets  173,984,251   134,924,421 
      
Liabilities    
 Loan payable  33,000,000   9,000,000 
 Payable for securities purchased  5,181,389   - 
 Options written, at value (premiums received $1,801,080) 1,513,750   - 
 Investment advisory fee payable  750,435   587,069 
 Loan interest payable  33,856   3,829 
 Directors fee payable  -   92,603 
 Accrued expenses payable  445,588   562,442 
 Total liabilities  40,925,018   10,245,943 
Net Assets $ 133,059,234  $ 124,678,478 
      
Net Assets consist of:    
 Common stock at par ($0.001 per share) $6,564  $6,562 
 Paid-in-Capital  144,961,221   143,912,066 
 Total distributable earnings / (loss)  (11,908,551)  (19,240,150)
 Net Assets $ 133,059,234  $ 124,678,478 
      
Net Asset Value Per Share:    
Common Stock Shares Outstanding  6,563,892   6,561,700 
Net asset value per common share $ 20.27  $ 19.00 
Market price per share $ 15.90  $ 16.23 
Market price discount to net asset value per share  -21.56%  -14.58%
      


STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
Statement of Operations (unaudited)
    
  For The Three Months Ended June 30, 2020 For The Three Months Ended March 31, 2020
Investment Income   
 Interest$2,873,378  $2,809,760 
 Dividends 1,008,211   737,056 
 Origination fee income 36,853   27,402 
 Other Income (service fees and due diligence fees) 99,530   111,075 
 Total Investment Income 4,017,972   3,685,293 
     
Expenses   
 Investment advisory fees 750,435   587,069 
 Interest expense 183,810   166,826 
 Directors' fees 101,156   77,399 
 Transfer agent, custodian fees and administrator fees 72,364   72,364 
 Bank administration fees 40,018   40,017 
 Professional fees 39,774   39,773 
 ABA marketing and licensing fees 37,431   37,437 
 Investor relations fees 30,866   30,865 
 Delaware franchise tax 22,693   22,694 
 Insurance expense 17,950   17,951 
 Valuation fees 14,987   14,988 
 Printing 14,511   14,511 
 Miscellaneous fees (proxy, rating agency, etc.) 29,512   33,261 
 Total expenses  1,355,507   1,155,155 
 Net Investment Income 2,662,465   2,530,138 
     
Realized and Unrealized Gain / (Loss) on Investments and Foreign Currency Transactions   
 Net realized loss on investments (327,535)  (301,223)
 Net realized loss from forward foreign currency transactions (208,064)  - 
 Net realized loss from foreign currency transactions (228,928)  - 
 Net change in net unrealized appreciation / depreciation on investments 8,643,982   (18,304,949)
 Net change in unrealized appreciation on written options 287,330   - 
 Net change in unrealized appreciation on forward currency transactions 347   - 
 Net change in unrealized appreciation on foreign currency transactions 7,252   - 
 Net realized and unrealized gain/(loss) on investments, written options, forward foreign currency contracts and foreign currency transactions 8,174,384   (18,606,172)
     
 Net Increase / (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting From Operations$ 10,836,849  $ (16,076,034)
     


STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
Financial Highlights (unaudited)
   
   
  For The Three Months Ended June 30, 2020
 Per Share Operating Performance 
 Net Asset Value, beginning of period $ 19.00 
 Net investment income(1) 0.41 
 Net realized and unrealized gain / (loss) on investments 1.24 
 Total from investment operations 1.65 
   
 Less distributions to shareholders 
 From net investment income (0.38)
 Total distributions  (0.38)
   
 Net asset value, end of period$ 20.27 
   
 Per share market value, end of period$ 15.90 
   
 Total Investment Return (2) 
 Based on market value  0.15%
 Based on net asset value 9.06%
   
 Ratios and Supplemental Data 
 Net assets, end of period (in millions)$ 133.1 
 Ratios (as a percentage to average net assets): 
 Expenses before waivers(3)(4)* 4.10%
 Expenses after waivers(5)* 4.10%
 Net investment income(6)* 8.05%
 Portfolio turnover rate ** 13%
   
 Revolving Credit Agreement 
 Total revolving credit agreement outstanding (000's)$33,000 
 Asset coverage per $1,000 for revolving credit agreement(7) 5,032 
   
   
(1)Based on the average shares outstanding during quarter. 
(2)Reflects reinvestment of distributions at the price obtained under the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. 
 Total return does not include sales load and offering expenses and are not annualized. 
(3)Excluding interest expense, the ratio would have been 3.54%. 
(4)Ratio of expenses before waivers to average managed assets equals 3.13%. 
(5)Ratio of expenses after waivers to average managed assets equals 3.13%. 
(6)Ratio of net investment income to average managed assets equals 6.15%. 
(7)Calculated by subtracting the Company's total liabilities (excluding the loan) from the Company's  
 total assets and dividing the amount by the loan outstanding in 000's. 
* Annualized 
**Not-annualized 

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