• Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation Announces First Fiscal Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Declares Distribution of $0.095 Per Share

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 07 Feb 2019 06:01:37   America/New_York

    LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb. 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation (NASDAQ: OCSL) (“Oaktree Specialty Lending” or the “Company”), a specialty finance company, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018.

    Financial Highlights for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

    • Total investment income of $38.3 million ($0.27 per share), up from $38.2 million ($0.27 per share) for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018.
    • Net investment income of $17.3 million ($0.12 per share), up from $17.0 million ($0.12 per share) for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018.
    • Net asset value ("NAV") per share of $6.19, up from $6.09 for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018.
    • Originated $231.1 million of new investment commitments and received $208.3 million of proceeds from prepayments, exits, other paydowns and sales.
    • A quarterly distribution was declared of $0.095 per share, payable on March 29, 2019 to stockholders of record on March 15, 2019.
    • Our Board of Directors approved the application of the modified asset coverage requirements under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"), to the Company. As a result, the Company’s asset coverage requirements under the 1940 Act will be reduced from 200% to 150%, effective February 1, 2020.

    Edgar Lee, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, said, “OCSL delivered another quarter of strong earnings, as well as the fourth consecutive quarter of increased NAV per share. We successfully exited non-core investments and added $165 million of new investments that are consistent with our late cycle investment approach. Importantly, we remain focused on defensively positioning OCSL’s portfolio and maintaining ample dry powder during this time of increased market volatility.”

    Matt Pendo, Chief Operating Officer, said, “We believe the modified asset coverage requirements, once applicable, will provide us with additional operational flexibility and improve our financial position. At this time, we do not anticipate increasing our leverage beyond our current target ratio range of 0.70x-0.85x debt-to-equity. Importantly, preliminary discussions with our bank group regarding this action by the Board of Directors have been positive.”

    Distribution Declaration

    The Board of Directors declared a quarterly distribution of $0.095 per share, payable on March 29, 2019 to stockholders of record on March 15, 2019.

    Distributions are paid primarily from distributable (taxable) income. To the extent taxable earnings for a fiscal taxable year fall below the total amount of distributions for that fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed a return of capital to the Company’s stockholders.

    Results of Operations

      For the three months ended
    ($ in thousands, expect per share data) December 31,
     September 30,
     December 31,
    Operating results:      
    Interest income $35,789  $35,306  $29,938 
    PIK interest income 832  499  1,867 
    Fee income 1,202  2,034  1,031 
    Dividend and other income 453  381  1,040 
    Total investment income 38,276  38,220  33,876 
    Net expenses 20,959  21,189  20,554 
    Net investment income 17,317  17,031  13,322 
    Net realized and unrealized gains (losses), net of taxes 10,401  16,300  (43,763)
    Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $27,718  $33,331  $(30,441)
    Net investment income per common share $0.12  $0.12  $0.09 
    Net realized and unrealized gains (losses), net of taxes per common share $0.08  $0.12  $(0.31)
    Earnings (loss) per common share — basic and diluted $0.20  $0.24  $(0.22)

      As of
    ($ in thousands, expect per share data and ratios) December 31,
     September 30,
    Select balance sheet and other data:    
    Investment portfolio at fair value $1,464,885  $1,491,201 
    Total debt outstanding 607,141  637,213 
    Net assets 872,362  858,035 
    Net asset value per share 6.19  6.09 
    Total leverage 0.70x  0.75x 

    Total investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 was $38.3 million, including $35.8 million of cash interest income from portfolio investments, $0.8 million of payment-in-kind ("PIK") interest income, $1.2 million of fee income and $0.5 million of dividend income.  PIK interest income, net of PIK collected in cash, represented 2.2% of total investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

    Net expenses for the quarter were $21.0 million, which is comparable to expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

    Net realized and unrealized gains, net of taxes on the investment portfolio for the quarter were $10.4 million.

    Portfolio and Investment Activity

      As of
    (Dollar amounts in thousands) December 31,
     September 30,
     December 31,
    Investments at fair value $1,464,885  $1,491,201  $1,415,404 
    Number of portfolio companies 110  113  122 
    Average portfolio company debt size $15,000  $14,800  $14,100 
    Asset class:      
    Senior secured debt 80.0% 75.4% 75.8%
    Unsecured debt 7.8% 11.0% 7.0%
    Equity 3.3% 4.4% 6.0%
    SLF JV I 8.4% 8.7% 9.4%
    Limited partnership interests 0.5% 0.5% 1.8%
    Non-accrual debt investments:      
    Non-accrual investments at fair value $132,355  $98,760  $41,458 
    Non-accrual investments as a percentage of debt investments 9.6% 7.0% 3.2%
    Number of investments on non-accrual 7  8  8 
    Interest rate type:      
    Percentage floating-rate 86.6% 83.2% 82.4%
    Percentage fixed-rate 13.4% 16.8% 17.6%
    Weighted average yield on debt investments (1) 8.7% 8.4% 9.0%
    Cash component of weighted average yield on debt investments 8.0% 8.2% 8.4%
    Weighted average yield on total portfolio investments (2) 8.1% 8.1% 8.5%
    Investment activity:      
    New investment commitments $231,100  $228,400  $183,000 
    New funded investment activity (3) $162,400  $218,400  $200,200 
    Proceeds from prepayments, exits, other paydowns and sales $208,300  $267,400  $284,800 
    Net new investments (4) $(45,900) $(49,000) $(84,600)
    Number of new investment commitments in new portfolio companies 14  13  13 
    Number of new investment commitments in existing portfolio companies 3  3  1 
    Number of portfolio company exits 14  18  17 


    (1) Annual stated yield earned plus net annual amortization of original issue discount or premium earned on accruing investments, including our share of the return on debt investments in the SLF JV I.
    (2) Annual stated yield earned plus net annual amortization of original issue discount or premium earned on accruing investments and dividend income, including our share of the return on debt investments in the SLF JV I.
    (3) New funded investment activity is reflected net of original issue discount and includes drawdowns on existing revolver commitments.
    (4) Net new investments consists of new funded investment activity less proceeds from prepayments, exits, other paydowns and sales.

    As of December 31, 2018, the fair value of the investment portfolio was $1.5 billion and was comprised of investments in 110 companies. These included debt investments in 86 companies, the investment in Senior Loan Fund JV I, LLC (“SLF JV I”) and equity investments in 37 companies, including in SLF JV I and 2 private equity funds. Fourteen of these equity investments were in companies in which Oaktree Specialty Lending also had a debt investment.

    At fair value, 94.4% of the Company's portfolio as of December 31, 2018 consisted of debt investments, including 52.2% of first lien loans, 27.8% of second lien loans and 14.4% of unsecured debt investments, including the debt investments in SLF JV I.

    As of December 31, 2018, there were seven investments on which the Company had stopped accruing cash and/or PIK interest or original issue discount ("OID") income that, in the aggregate, represented 14.2% of the Company's debt portfolio at cost and 9.6% at fair value.

    As of December 31, 2018, SLF JV I had $309.6 million in assets, including senior secured loans to 42 portfolio companies.  The joint venture generated income of $2.8 million for Oaktree Specialty Lending during the quarter ended December 31, 2018.

    The Company intends to rotate out of approximately $347 million, at fair value, of investments it has identified as non-core investments. It will also seek to redeploy non-income generating investments comprised of equity investments, limited partnership interests and loans currently on non-accrual status into proprietary investments with higher yields. Certain additional information on such categorization and the portfolio composition is included in investor presentations that the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

    Liquidity and Capital Resources

    As of December 31, 2018, the Company had $56.7 million of cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash), total principal value of debt outstanding of $612.9 million and $389.0 million of undrawn capacity on its credit facility, subject to borrowing base and other limitations. The weighted average interest rate on debt outstanding was 5.3% as of December 31, 2018.

    As of December 31, 2018, the Company’s total leverage ratio was 0.70x debt-to-equity.

    Recent Developments

    At a meeting held on February 1, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors, including a “required majority” of the directors, as defined in Section 57(o) of the 1940 Act, approved the application of the reduced asset coverage requirements in Section 61(a)(2) of the 1940 Act as being in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders. As a result of such approval, provided such approval is not later rescinded and the Company’s compliance with certain disclosure requirements, the asset coverage required for the Company’s senior securities will be 150% rather than 200% effective as of February 1, 2020. Upon effectiveness of the modified asset coverage requirements to the Company, the Company’s investment adviser intends to reduce the base management fee to 1.0% on all assets financed using leverage above 1.0x debt-equity (without giving effect to any debentures issued by a small business investment company subsidiary).

    Conference Call Information

    Oaktree Specialty Lending will host a conference call to discuss its first fiscal quarter 2019 results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 7, 2019. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (877) 507-3275 (U.S. callers) or +1 (412) 317-5238 (non-U.S. callers), participant password “Oaktree Specialty Lending.” During the earnings conference call, Oaktree Specialty Lending intends to refer to an investor presentation that will be available on the Investors section of the Oaktree Specialty Lending website, www.oaktreespecialtylending.com. Alternatively, a live webcast of the conference call can be accessed on Oaktree Specialty Lending’s website.

    For those individuals unable to listen to the live broadcast of the conference call, a replay will be available on Oaktree Specialty Lending’s website, or by dialing (877) 344-7529 (U.S. callers) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (non-U.S. callers), access code 10127865, beginning approximately one hour after the broadcast.

    About Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation

    Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation (NASDAQ:OCSL) is a specialty finance company dedicated to providing customized one-stop credit solutions to companies with limited access to public or syndicated capital markets. The firm seeks to generate current income and capital appreciation by providing companies with flexible and innovative financing solutions including first and second lien loans, unsecured and mezzanine loans, and preferred equity. The Company is regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. Oaktree Specialty Lending is managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. For additional information, please visit Oaktree Specialty Lending's website at www.oaktreespecialtylending.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Some of the statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements because they relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition. The forward-looking statements may include statements as to: our future operating results and distribution projections; our business prospects and the prospects of our portfolio companies; and the impact of the investments that we expect to make. In addition, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “seek,” “plan,” “should,” “estimate,” “project” and “intend” indicate forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements include these words. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those implied or expressed in the forward-looking statements for any reason, including the factors set forth in “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our annual report on Form 10-K and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: changes in the economy, financial markets and political environment; risks associated with possible disruption in our operations or the economy generally due to terrorism or natural disasters; future changes in laws or regulations (including the interpretation of these laws and regulations by regulatory authorities) and conditions in our operating areas, particularly with respect to business development companies or regulated investment companies; and other considerations that may be disclosed from time to time in our publicly disseminated documents and filings.

    We have based the forward-looking statements included in this presentation on information available to us on the date of this presentation, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Although we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, you are advised to consult any additional disclosures that we may make directly to you or through reports that we in the future may file with the SEC, including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.


    Investor Relations:
    Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation
    Michael Mosticchio
    (212) 284-1900

    Media Relations:
    Financial Profiles, Inc.
    Moira Conlon
    (310) 478-2700

    Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation
    Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
    (in thousands, except per share amounts)

     December 31, 2018
     September 30, 2018
    Investments at fair value:   
    Control investments (cost December 31, 2018: $212,583; cost September 30, 2018: $213,470)$190,167  $196,874 
    Affiliate investments (cost December 31, 2018: $2,659; cost September 30, 2018: $1,080)3,740  2,161 
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (cost December 31, 2018: $1,372,068; cost September 30, 2018: $1,392,383)1,270,978  1,292,166 
    Total investments at fair value (cost December 31, 2018: $1,587,310; cost September 30, 2018: $1,606,933)1,464,885  1,491,201 
    Cash and cash equivalents56,186  13,380 
    Restricted cash470  109 
    Interest, dividends and fees receivable9,981  10,272 
    Due from portfolio companies2,122  1,357 
    Receivables from unsettled transactions  26,760 
    Deferred financing costs4,798  5,209 
    Derivative asset at fair value  162 
    Other assets3,082  3,008 
    Total assets$1,541,524  $1,551,458 
    Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities$2,362  $3,581 
    Base management fee and incentive fee payable8,370  8,223 
    Due to affiliate3,553  3,274 
    Interest payable6,233  3,365 
    Payable to syndication partners379  109 
    Director fees payable68   
    Payables from unsettled transactions40,309  37,236 
    Derivative liability at fair value190   
    Deferred tax liability557  422 
    Credit facility payable211,000  241,000 
    Unsecured notes payable (net of $3,196 and $3,483 of unamortized financing costs as of December 31, 2018 and September 30, 2018, respectively)386,839  386,485 
    Secured borrowings at fair value (proceeds December 31, 2018: $11,869; proceeds September 30, 2018: $12,314)9,302  9,728 
    Total liabilities669,162  693,423 
    Commitments and contingencies   
    Net assets:   
    Common stock, $0.01 par value per share, 250,000 shares authorized; 140,961 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2018 and September 30, 20181,409  1,409 
    Additional paid-in-capital1,492,739  1,492,739 
    Accumulated overdistributed earnings(621,786) (636,113)
    Total net assets (equivalent to $6.19 and $6.09 per common share as of December 31, 2018 and September 30, 2018, respectively)872,362  858,035 
    Total liabilities and net assets$1,541,524  $1,551,458 

    Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation
    Consolidated Statements of Operations
    (in thousands, except per share amounts)

     Three months ended
    December 31, 2018
     Three months ended
    September 30, 2018
     Three months ended
    December 31, 2017
    Interest income:     
    Control investments$3,339  $3,687  $3,203 
    Affiliate investments13    949 
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments32,167  31,496  25,565 
    Interest on cash and cash equivalents270  123  221 
    Total interest income35,789  35,306  29,938 
    PIK interest income:     
    Control investments67    1,191 
    Affiliate investments    176 
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments765  499  500 
    Total PIK interest income832  499  1,867 
    Fee income:     
    Control investments6  6  120 
    Affiliate investments4    4 
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments1,192  2,028  907 
    Total fee income1,202  2,034  1,031 
    Dividend and other income:     
    Control investments453  381  1,040 
    Total dividend and other income453  381  1,040 
    Total investment income38,276  38,220  33,876 
    Base management fee5,568  5,767  5,590 
    Part I incentive fee3,728  3,675  830 
    Part II incentive fee1,820     
    Professional fees966  859  2,898 
    Directors fees143  143  176 
    Interest expense8,904  9,323  9,584 
    Administrator expense763  336  494 
    General and administrative expenses631  794  1,116 
    Total expenses22,523  20,897  20,688 
    Fees waived(1,564) 292  (134)
    Net expenses20,959  21,189  20,554 
    Net investment income17,317  17,031  13,322 
    Unrealized appreciation (depreciation):     
    Control investments(5,820) 26,081  (1,326)
    Affiliate investments    (168)
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments(784) 21,039  (43,633)
    Secured borrowings(19) (87) 1,655 
    Foreign currency forward contracts(352) 162   
    Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation)(6,975) 47,195  (43,472)
    Realized gains (losses):     
    Control investments  (31,331)  
    Non-control/Non-affiliate investments16,761  1,494  (291)
    Foreign currency forward contracts1,201  (436)  
    Net realized gains (losses)17,962  (30,273) (291)
    Provision for income taxes(586) (622)  
    Net realized and unrealized gains (losses), net of taxes10,401  16,300  (43,763)
    Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations$27,718  $33,331  $(30,441)
    Net investment income per common share — basic and diluted$0.12  $0.12  $0.09 
    Earnings (loss) per common share — basic and diluted$0.20  $0.24  $(0.22)
    Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted140,961  140,961  140,961 



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