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Barings BDC, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results And Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.15 Per Share

October 30, 2019
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC) (“Barings BDC” or the “Company”) today reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2019 and announced that the Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share.

Highlights

Income Statement

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2019

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2019

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

Total Amount

Per

Share(1)

Total Amount

Per

Share(2)

Net investment income

$

8.0


$

0.16


$

7.4


$

0.15


Net realized gains (losses)

$

(1.0)


$

(0.02)


$

0.1


$


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

$

(1.8)


$

(0.04)


$

1.9


$

0.04


Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

$

5.2


$

0.10


$

9.2


$

0.18


Dividends paid


$

0.14



$

0.13



(1) Based on weighted average shares outstanding during the period of 49,987,312.

(2) Based on weighted average shares outstanding during the period of 50,473,640.

Investment Portfolio and Balance Sheet





(dollars in millions, except per share data)

As of

September 30,
2019

As of

June 30,

2019

As of

March 31,

2019

As of

December 31,
2018

Investment portfolio at fair value

$1,158.2

$1,200.6

$1,189.4

$1,121.9

Weighted average yield on debt investments, excluding
short-term investments (at principal amount)

5.9%

6.2%

6.3%

6.2%






Total assets

$1,214.2

$1,226.2

$1,211.2

$1,167.6

Debt outstanding (principal)

$632.5

$633.8

$620.0

$570.0

Total net assets (equity)

$572.4

$583.1

$584.2

$563.0

Net asset value per share

$11.58

$11.59

$11.52

$10.98

Debt-to-equity ratio

1.10x

1.09x

1.06x

1.01x

Third Quarter 2019 Results

Commenting on the quarter, Eric Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The third quarter saw us continue our steady and deliberate middle-market investment ramp, rotating out of $130 million of broadly-syndicated loans and investing $116 million in middle-market loans. These new middle-market investments included three European investments, providing additional diversity with the goal of generating attractive risk-adjusted returns. In today’s competitive environment, Barings’ wide investment frame of reference across global markets and multiple asset classes, further enabled by our joint venture with the South Carolina Retirement System, allows us to find attractive investment opportunities while maintaining an appropriate balance between risk and current income.”

During the three months ended September 30, 2019, the Company reported total investment income of $19.3 million, net investment income of $8.0 million, or $0.16 per share, and a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $5.2 million, or $0.10 per share.

Net asset value (“NAV”) per share as of September 30, 2019 was $11.58, as compared to $11.59 as of June 30, 2019. The change in NAV per share from June 30, 2019 to September 30, 2019 was primarily attributable to net unrealized depreciation on the Company’s investment portfolio and foreign currency transactions of approximately $0.04 per share and a net realized loss of $0.02 per share, partially offset by net investment income exceeding the second quarter dividend by $0.02 per share and the impact of accretive share repurchases of $0.03 per share.

Share Repurchase Plan

On February 25, 2019, the Company adopted a share repurchase plan, pursuant to Board approval, for the purpose of repurchasing shares of the Company’s common stock in the open market (the “Share Repurchase Plan”). The Board authorized the Company to repurchase in 2019 up to a maximum of 5.0% of the amount of shares outstanding under the following targets:

As of October 29, 2019, the Company had repurchased a total 1,998,835 shares of its common stock in the open market under the Share Repurchase Plan at an average price of $9.95 per share, including broker commissions. The shares of common stock purchased under the Share Repurchase Plan represent approximately 3.9% of the Company’s issued and outstanding shares as of February 25, 2019.

Liquidity and Capitalization

As of September 30, 2019, the Company had cash of $12.8 million, short-term money market fund investments of $51.6 million, $169.0 million of borrowings outstanding under the Barings BDC Senior Funding I, LLC credit agreement (“BSF Credit Agreement”), $122.8 million of borrowings outstanding under its $800.0 million senior secured revolving credit agreement and $340.8 million outstanding under its term debt securitization. During the third quarter, the Company elected to reduce total commitments under the BSF Credit Agreement from $250.0 million to $177.0 million.

Dividend Information

The Board has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.01 increase from the third quarter dividend of 2019 and a dividend yield of approximately 6%.

The Company’s fourth quarter dividend will be payable as follows:

Fourth Quarter 2019 Dividend:


Amount per share:

$0.15

Record date:

December 11, 2019

Payment date:

December 18, 2019

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

Barings BDC has adopted a dividend reinvestment plan (“DRIP”) that provides for reinvestment of dividends and distributions on behalf of its stockholders, unless a stockholder elects to receive cash. As a result, when the Company declares a cash dividend or distribution, stockholders who have not opted out of the DRIP will have their cash dividends or distributions automatically reinvested in additional shares of the Company’s common stock, rather than receiving cash.

When the Company declares and pays dividends and distributions, it determines the allocation of the distribution between current income, accumulated income and return of capital on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). At each year end, the Company is required for tax purposes to determine the allocation based on tax accounting principles. Due to differences between GAAP and tax accounting principles, the portion of each dividend distribution that is ordinary income, capital gain or return of capital may differ for GAAP and tax purposes. The tax status of the Company’s distributions can be found on the Investor Relations page of its website.

Recent Portfolio Activity

During the three months ended September 30, 2019, the Company purchased $1.0 million in syndicated senior secured loans, made ten new senior secured private middle-market debt investments totaling $102.5 million, made additional debt investments in six existing middle-market portfolio companies totaling $14.0 million and made an additional investment in its joint venture totaling $5.0 million. The Company had three syndicated senior secured loans repaid at par totaling $10.4 million, had two middle-market portfolio company loans repaid at par totaling $34.1 million, received $5.8 million of syndicated senior secured loan principal payments and received $2.2 million of middle-market portfolio company debt principal payments. In addition, the Company sold $114.7 million of syndicated senior secured loans, recognizing a net realized loss on these transactions of $0.5 million, and sold $10.2 million of middle-market portfolio company debt investments to its joint venture. In addition, the Company recognized a realized loss of $0.5 million related to royalty payments due from a legacy Triangle Capital portfolio company.

Subsequent Events

From October 1, 2019 through October 28, 2019, Barings BDC made approximately $69.4 million of new middle-market private debt commitments, of which approximately $24.7 million have closed. The $24.7 million of middle-market investments consists of first lien senior secured debt with a weighted average yield of 7.1%. In addition, as of October 25, 2019, Barings Global Private Finance group had a probability weighted pipeline of approximately $1.05 billion, in which Barings BDC may have the ability to participate. Not all deals may be suitable for Barings BDC and the Company’s allocations will be determined in accordance with the Barings Global Private Finance allocation policy.

Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter 2019 Results

Barings BDC has scheduled a conference call to discuss third quarter 2019 financial and operating results for Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. ET.

To listen to the call, please dial 877-407-8831 or 201-493-6736 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A taped replay will be made available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and will remain available until November 13, 2019. To access the replay, please dial 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 and enter conference ID 13695058.

Barings BDC’s quarterly results conference call will also be available via a live webcast on the investor relations section of its website at https://ir.barings.com/ir-calendar. Access the website 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to download and install any necessary audio software. An archived webcast replay will be available on the Company’s website until November 13, 2019.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein or on the webcast/conference call may constitute “forward-looking statements,” which relate to future events or Barings BDC’s future performance or financial condition. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made, which reflect management’s current estimates, projections, expectations or beliefs, and which are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the ability of Barings LLC to manage Barings BDC and identify investment opportunities, are subject to change at any time based upon economic, market or other conditions, and may not be relied upon as investment advice or an indication of the Company’s trading intent. More information on these risks and other potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results, including important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from plans, estimates or expectations included herein or on the webcast/conference call, is included in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s most recently filed periodic reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and subsequent filings. In addition, there is no assurance that Barings BDC or any of its affiliates will purchase additional shares of Barings BDC at any specific discount levels or in any specific amounts. There is no assurance that the market price of Barings BDC’s shares, either absolutely or relative to net asset value, will increase as a result of any share repurchases, or that any repurchase plan will enhance stockholder value over the long term. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

About Barings BDC

Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC) is a publicly traded, externally managed investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Barings BDC seeks to invest primarily in senior secured loans to private U.S. middle-market companies that operate across a wide range of industries. Barings BDC’s investment activities are managed by its investment adviser, Barings LLC, a leading global asset manager based in Charlotte, NC with over $335 billion* of AUM firm-wide. For more information, visit www.baringsbdc.com.

About Barings LLC

Barings is a $335+ billion* global financial services firm dedicated to meeting the evolving investment and capital needs of our clients and customers. Through active asset management and direct origination, we provide innovative solutions and access to differentiated opportunities across public and private capital markets. A subsidiary of MassMutual, Barings maintains a strong global presence with business and investment professionals located across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Learn more at www.Barings.com.

*As of September 30, 2019

Media Contact:
Rachel White, Media Relations, Barings, (980) 417-5886, rachel.white@barings.com

Barings BDC, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets


September 30,
2019


December 31,
2018


(Unaudited)



Assets:




Investments at fair value:




Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments (cost of $1,123,493,075 and $1,128,694,715
as of September 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)

$

1,096,632,222



$

1,076,631,804


Affiliate investments (cost of $10,158,270 as of September 30, 2019)

10,036,300




Short-term investments (cost of $51,552,247 and $45,223,941 as of September 30,
2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)

51,552,247



45,223,941


Total investments at fair value

1,158,220,769



1,121,855,745


Cash

12,838,103



12,426,982


Interest and fees receivable

5,413,193



6,008,700


Prepaid expenses and other assets

1,702,920



4,123,742


Deferred financing fees

5,654,274



251,908


Receivable from unsettled transactions

30,322,297



22,909,998


Total assets

$

1,214,151,556



$

1,167,577,075


Liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

5,393,118



$

5,327,249


Interest payable

2,893,316



749,525


Payable from unsettled transactions

2,621,367



28,533,014


Borrowings under credit facilities

291,767,549



570,000,000


Debt securitization

339,031,226




Total liabilities

641,706,576



604,609,788


Commitments and contingencies




Net Assets:




Common stock, $0.001 par value per share (150,000,000 shares authorized, 49,418,542
and 51,284,064 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2019 and December 31,
2018, respectively)

49,419



51,284


Additional paid-in capital

866,351,909



884,894,249


Total distributable earnings (loss)

(293,956,348)



(321,978,246)


Total net assets

572,444,980



562,967,287


Total liabilities and net assets

$

1,214,151,556



$

1,167,577,075


Net asset value per share

$

11.58



$

10.98


Barings BDC, Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations



Three Months
Ended


Three Months
Ended


Nine Months
Ended


Nine Months
Ended


September 30,
2019


September 30,
2018


September 30,
2019


September 30,
2018

Investment income:








Interest income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

$

18,169,034



$

8,769,282



$

54,853,833



$

45,282,969


Affiliate investments



669,553





5,580,051


Control investments



91,678





644,805


Short-term investments

279,908



535,153



703,947



535,153


Total interest income

18,448,942



10,065,666



55,557,780



52,042,978


Dividend income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

4,221





8,932



252,369


Affiliate investments



303,062





642,187


Total dividend income

4,221



303,062



8,932



894,556


Fee and other income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

848,792



304,835



1,669,819



4,225,905


Affiliate investments



72,891





601,571


Control investments







107,819


Total fee and other income

848,792



377,726



1,669,819



4,935,295


Payment-in-kind interest income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments



366,344





2,814,474


Affiliate investments



136,603





962,080


Total payment-in-kind interest income



502,947





3,776,554


Interest income from cash

2,152



822,995



9,022



1,972,591


Total investment income

19,304,107



12,072,396



57,245,553



63,621,974


Operating expenses:








Interest and other financing fees

6,727,780



4,369,994



19,598,992



19,304,877


Base management fee (Note 2)

3,263,803



1,546,675



8,845,753



1,546,675


Compensation expenses

107,779



29,435,834



334,869



37,371,342


General and administrative expenses (Note 2)

1,217,570



8,766,516



5,108,595



14,659,656


Total operating expenses

11,316,932



44,119,019



33,888,209



72,882,550


Base management fee waived (Note 2)



(993,317)





(993,317)


Net operating expenses

11,316,932



43,125,702



33,888,209



71,889,233


Net investment income (loss)

7,987,175



(31,053,306)



23,357,344



(8,267,259)


Realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments and foreign currency
transactions:








Net realized gains (losses):








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

(1,066,536)



(92,881,851)



(1,146,287)



(134,191,161)


Affiliate investments



7,586,818





9,939,330


Control investments



(31,916,157)





(38,542,704)


Net realized losses on investments

(1,066,536)



(117,211,190)



(1,146,287)



(162,794,535)


Foreign currency transactions

83,037





83,037



1,081,211


Net realized losses

(983,499)



(117,211,190)



(1,063,250)



(161,713,324)


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation):








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

(2,209,225)



50,825,657



25,202,059



82,978,562


Affiliate investments

40,119



(15,887,729)



(121,970)



3,197,568


Control investments



22,717,499





24,387,532


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments

(2,169,106)



57,655,427



25,080,089



110,563,662


Foreign currency transactions

374,278





374,278



(863,980)


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

(1,794,828)



57,655,427



25,454,367



109,699,682


Net realized losses and unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments and
foreign currency transactions

(2,778,327)



(59,555,763)



24,391,117



(52,013,642)


Loss on extinguishment of debt

(13,357)



(10,507,183)



(143,108)



(10,507,183)


Provision for taxes



(274,132)



(499)



(813,767)


Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

$

5,195,491



$

(101,390,384)



$

47,604,854



$

(71,601,851)


Net investment income (loss) per share—basic and diluted

$

0.16



$

(0.59)



$

0.46



$

(0.17)


Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations per share—basic and
diluted

$

0.10



$

(1.94)



$

0.94



$

(1.45)


Dividends/distributions per share:








Total dividends/distributions per share

$

0.14



$

0.03



$

0.39



$

0.33


Weighted average shares outstanding—basic and diluted

49,987,312



52,300,269



50,535,246



49,429,678


Barings BDC, Inc.

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



Nine Months
Ended


Nine Months
Ended


September 30,
2019


September 30,
2018

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

$

47,604,854



$

(71,601,851)


Adjustments to reconcile net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations to net
cash provided by (used in) operating activities:




Purchases of portfolio investments

(294,160,380)



(789,746,110)


Repayments received/sales of portfolio investments

251,057,329



314,112,490


Proceeds from sale of portfolio to Asset Buyer



793,281,722


Purchases of short-term investments

(577,451,108)



(730,233,448)


Sales of short-term investments

571,122,802



685,233,448


Loan origination and other fees received

5,118,390



1,212,914


Net realized loss on investments

1,146,287



162,794,535


Net realized gain on foreign currency transactions

(83,037)



(1,081,211)


Net unrealized appreciation of investments

(25,080,089)



(109,232,129)


Net unrealized (appreciation) depreciation of foreign currency transactions

(374,278)



863,980


Payment-in-kind interest accrued, net of payments received



120,933


Amortization of deferred financing fees

951,134



1,710,047


Loss on extinguishment of debt

143,108



10,507,183


Loss on disposal of property and equipment



22,236


Accretion of loan origination and other fees

(1,254,234)



(3,205,327)


Amortization/accretion of purchased loan premium/discount

(187,967)



(37,486)


Depreciation expense



27,414


Stock-based compensation



14,229,633


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Interest and fees receivables

595,826



(4,098,768)


Prepaid expenses and other assets

2,421,921



(2,085,170)


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

65,869



(8,579,273)


Interest payable

2,141,975



(3,845,616)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

(16,221,598)



260,370,146


Cash flows from investing activities:




Proceeds from sales of property and equipment



31,499


Net cash provided by investing activities



31,499


Cash flows from financing activities:




Repayments of SBA-guaranteed debentures payable



(250,000,000)


Borrowings under credit facilities

188,225,262



214,100,000


Repayments of credit facilities

(466,000,000)



(159,953,253)


Proceeds from debt securitization

348,250,000




Repayment of debt securitization

(7,468,690)




Redemption of notes



(166,750,000)


Financing fees paid

(8,246,692)



(47,900)


Net proceeds related to issuance of common stock



99,839,845


Purchases of shares in repurchase plan

(18,544,205)



(50,796,324)


Common stock withheld for payroll taxes upon vesting of restricted stock



(6,018,828)


Cash dividends/distributions paid

(19,582,956)



(15,945,906)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

16,632,719



(335,572,366)


Net increase (decrease) in cash

411,121



(75,170,721)


Cash, beginning of period

12,426,982



191,849,697


Cash, end of period

$

12,838,103



$

116,678,976


Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$

14,398,249



$

19,845,947


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