NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 1, 2018--BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation (NASDAQ:BKCC) (“BCIC” or the “Company,” “we,” “us” or “our”) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly distribution of $0.18 per share, payable on October 8, 2018 to stockholders of record at the close of business on September 17, 2018.

“We continued to execute upon our disciplined deployment strategy in the second quarter, adding two new portfolio companies to our balance sheet as well as making incremental investments in four existing portfolio companies including BCIC Senior Loan Partners (“Senior Loan Partners”). We saw multiple exits during the quarter driving the decrease in net leverage from 0.56x to 0.43x quarter-over quarter. Additionally, the reduction in NAV that we experienced was mainly due to markdowns on certain legacy investments. Under BlackRock’s management of BCIC, from March 6, 2015 to June 30, 2018, we have deployed $860 million of capital, of which $290 million has been exited with a realized IRR of 13.8%” commented James E. Keenan, Chairman and Interim CEO of BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation.

“In the current market conditions of compressed credit spreads, higher leverage levels and weaker structures, we remain highly selective in new investment opportunities and focused on opportunities with strong underlying credit metrics. Additionally, our portfolio investments in Senior Loan Partners and Gordon Brothers Finance Company continue to provide us with exposure to assets at the top of the capital structure. Senior Loan Partners upsized its committed equity base as well as refinanced and upsized its credit facility expanding its investable capacity from $300 million to $400 million.

“Under our existing share repurchase program, during the quarter, we invested approximately $7.9 million in share repurchases at an average price of $6.21 per share. With liquidity at $280 million and no debt maturities until 2022, we have significant operating flexibility and deployment capacity.”

Financial Highlights

Business Updates

Under our existing share repurchase program, during the second quarter of 2018, 1,268,684 shares were repurchased for $7.9 million at an average price of $6.21 per share, including brokerage commissions. The cumulative repurchases since BlackRock entered into the investment management agreement with the Company in early 2015 totaled approximately 5.1 million shares for $38.1 million, representing 75.6% of total share repurchase activity, on a dollar basis. Since the inception of our share repurchase program through June 30, 2018, we have purchased 6.8 million shares at an average price of $7.36 per share, including brokerage commissions, for a total of $50.4 million. In May 2017, our Board of Directors approved an increase to the remaining amount of shares authorized to be repurchased to a total of 2.5 million shares effective July 1, 2017, and an extension to the plan until the earlier of June 30, 2018 or such time that all of the authorized shares have been repurchased. In April 2018, our Board of Directors authorized a total of 2.5 million shares for repurchase, effective July 1, 2018 until the earlier of June 30, 2019 or until such time that all of the authorized shares have been repurchased. Subsequent to the quarter ended June 30, 2018, Senior Loan Partners, as Servicer, and its wholly-owned subsidiary BCIC Senior Loan Funding II, LLC (a newly formed entity), as Borrower, entered into a $270 million Loan and Servicing Agreement with Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. acting as Administrative Agent and The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company acting as Collateral Agent. Proceeds from this credit facility refinanced the outstanding balances under the existing $200 million credit facility to BCIC Senior Loan Funding, LLC (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Senior Loan Partners). As previously disclosed, on April 16, 2018, the Company increased its equity commitment in Senior Loan Partners from $85.0 million to $113.3 million. Concurrently, Windward Investments LLC, our joint venture partner, increased their equity commitment in a pro rata manner from $15.0 million to $20.0 million. With the increase in the size of equity commitments and the credit facility, the investing capacity of Senior Loan Partners has increased from $300 million to approximately $400 million.

_______________________________ 1 Non-GAAP basis financial measure. See Supplemental Information on page 8. 2 Calculated as the ratio between (A) debt, excluding unamortized debt issuance costs, less available cash and receivable for investments sold, and (B) net asset value.

Portfolio and Investment Activity*

We deployed $61.3 million during the quarter while exits of investments totaled $152.1 million, resulting in a $90.8 million net decrease in our portfolio due to investment activity. Our deployments were primarily concentrated in two new portfolio company investments, and incremental investments in four existing portfolio companies: $14.0 million funded L+7.50% second lien term loan to Northstar Financial Services Group, LLC, which is a leading provider of technology enabled, web based outsourced practice management solutions serving investment advisors;$6.4 million funded and $2.7 million unfunded, L+8.00% second lien term loan and second lien delayed draw term loan to Pharmalogic Holdings Corp., which is a leading independent provider of radiopharmaceuticals with 16 nuclear pharmacies throughout the United States;$17.5 million of incremental equity to Senior Loan Partners;$8.3 million of incremental L+11.00% unsecured debt to Gordon Brothers Finance Company to fund portfolio growth;$6.2 million of incremental 12.00% unsubordinated debt and $1.6 million equity investment in First Boston Construction Holdings, LLC; and$5.6 million L+8.00% second lien delayed draw term loan to Pathway Partners Vet Management Company, LLC.Our repayments were primarily concentrated in four portfolio company exits, two dispositions and one partial repayments: $32.0 million repayment of Pre-paid Legal Services, Inc., second lien term loan;$25.0 million repayment of Tri-Anim Health Services, Inc., second lien term loan;$20.0 million repayment of JLL Pioneer Inc., second lien term loan;$7.3 million repayment of ECI Cayman Holdings, LP, limited partnership interest;$15.8 million sale at par to a third party of Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc., first lien term loan;$27.2 million and $5.6 million partial sale at par to a third party (as previously disclosed) of our first lien term loan and delayed draw term loan, respectively, from St. George Warehousing & Trucking Co. of California, Inc.; and$18.7 million partial repayment of our Gordon Brothers Finance Company’s unsecured debt. Our $92.3 million equity investment in Senior Loan Partners is generating a yield of approximately 11%. Senior Loan Partners made investments into three new portfolio companies and three existing portfolio companies totaling $50.8 million of new capital deployments during the quarter, bringing committed and outstanding amounts, at par, to $287.2 million and $264.0 million, respectively, and a total of 22 borrowers. The three new investments, at par, were (i) a $9.3 million first lien term loan to New Era Technology, Inc., a provider of managed services, cloud, collaboration, data networking, and security solutions, (ii) a $15.0 million first lien term loan to Crown Paper Group, Inc., an independent, vertically-integrated containerboard system company, and (iii) a $9.4 million first lien loan to ENC Holding Corporation, an asset-light logistics platform providing business process outsourcing services. Additional investments in existing portfolio companies primarily include (i) additional investment of $8.0 million in first lien and revolving loans to NSM Sub Holdings Corp., and (ii) additional investment of $4.5 million to Accruent, LLC in first lien and delayed draw loans. As of June 30, 2018, there was one non-accrual investment position, representing approximately 0.1% and 1.8% of total debt and preferred stock investments, at fair value and cost, respectively, as compared to non-accrual investment positions of approximately 3.6% and 14.3% of total debt and preferred stock investments at fair value and cost, respectively, at December 31, 2017. Our average internal investment rating at fair market value at June 30, 2018 was 1.23 as compared to 1.24 as of the prior quarter end. During the quarter ended June 30, 2018, net realized gain was $3.9 million, primarily resulting from a gain on the sale of ECI Cayman Holdings, LP, partially offset by a loss relating to our investment in SVP Worldwide Ltd; net unrealized depreciation increased $9.5 million before deferred taxes, primarily due to an increase in unrealized depreciation mainly on certain legacy investments, as well as the reversal of previously recognized appreciation upon dispositions. For the three months ended June 30, 2018, unrealized gains in a consolidated taxable subsidiary resulted in a deferred tax liability of $1.8 million.

Second Quarter Financial Updates

GAAP net investment income (“NII”) was $11.5 million, or $0.16 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2018. Relative to distributions declared of $0.18 per share, our NII distribution coverage was 90% for the quarter. As previously disclosed, our base management fee rate was reduced from an annual rate of 2.00% of total assets to 1.75% effective March 7, 2017. For the quarter ended June 30, 2018, $1.9 million of incentive management fees based on income was earned by our investment adviser; however, as previously disclosed, any such fees earned until December 31, 2018 have been waived by our investment adviser. Pursuant to the waiver, $11.6 million of incentive management fees have been waived on a cumulative basis. During the quarter, there was no accrual for incentive management fees based on gains. Tax characteristics of all 2017 distributions were reported to stockholders on Form 1099 after the end of the calendar year. Our 2017 tax distributions of $0.72 per share were comprised of ordinary income. Our return of capital distributions totaled $1.96 per share from inception to December 31, 2017. At our discretion, we may carry forward taxable income in excess of calendar year distributions and pay a 4% excise tax on this income. We will accrue excise tax on estimated undistributed taxable income as required. There was no undistributed taxable income carried forward from 2017. For more information on distributions, please refer to Section 19 Notices posted within the Distribution History section of our website, as necessary.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At June 30, 2018, we had $7.7 million in cash and cash equivalents and $271.9 million of availability under our credit facility, subject to leverage restrictions, resulting in approximately $279.6 million of availability for portfolio company investments. Net leverage, adjusted for available cash, receivables for investments sold and unamortized debt issuance costs, was 0.43x at quarter-end, and our 317% asset coverage ratio provided the Company with available debt capacity under its asset coverage requirements of $287.1 million which exceeds the available amount of $279.6 million for portfolio company investments. Further, as of quarter-end, 80% of our portfolio was invested in qualifying assets, exceeding the 70% regulatory requirement of a business development company.

Conference Call

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation will host a webcast/teleconference at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, August 2, 2018, to discuss its second quarter 2018 financial results. All interested parties are welcome to participate. You can access the teleconference by dialing, from the United States, (800) 263-0877, or from outside the United States, +1-646-828-8143, shortly before 10:00 a.m. and referencing the BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation Conference Call (ID Number 2195695). A live, listen-only webcast will also be available via the Investor Relations section of www.blackrockbkcc.com. Both the teleconference and webcast will be available for replay by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 and ending at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018. To access the replay of the teleconference, callers from the United States should dial (888) 203-1112 and callers from outside the United States should dial +1-719-457-0820 and enter the Conference ID Number 2195695.

Prior to the webcast/teleconference, an investor presentation that complements the earnings conference call will be posted to BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation’s website within the Presentations section of the Investors page ( http://www.blackrockbkcc.com/news-and-events/disclaimer ).

About BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation

BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation is a business development company that provides debt and equity capital to middle-market companies.

The Company's investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. The Company invests primarily in middle-market companies in the form of senior and junior secured and unsecured debt securities and loans, each of which may include an equity component, and by making direct preferred, common and other equity investments in such companies.

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