Press Release

Prospect Capital Reports March 2017 Quarterly Results

Company Release - 5/9/2017 4:28 PM ET

NEW YORK, May 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC) (“Prospect”, “our”, or “we”) today announced financial results for our third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2017.

 All amounts in $000’s except
  per share amounts
  Quarter Ended  Quarter EndedQuarter Ended
March 31, 2017  December 31, 2016    March 31, 2016  
 Net Investment Income (“NII”)$73,080 $84,405 $87,626 
 Interest as % of Total Investment Income   94.6%  95.3%  94.5% 
 NII per Share$0.20 $0.24 $0.25 
 Net Income (“NI”)$19,492 $100,880 $75,508 
 NI per Share$0.05 $0.28 $0.21 
 Distributions to Shareholders$89,892 $89,668 $88,979 
 Distributions per Share$0.25 $0.25 $0.25 
 NAV per Share at Period End$9.43 $9.62 $9.61 

For the March 2017 quarter, we earned net investment income ("NII") of $73.1 million, or $0.20 per weighted average share, down $0.04 per weighted average share from the December 2016 quarter. This decrease was primarily driven by a decline in interest income due to lower prepayment fees, a lower coupon First Tower refinancing, and reduced yields from certain structured credit investments close to expected call dates, partially offset by a decrease in management fees. For the March 2016 quarter, our NII was $87.6 million, or $0.25 per weighted average share. NII decreased year-over-year in the March 2017 quarter by $0.05 per weighted average share.

For the March 2017 quarter, our net income (“NI”) was $19.5 million or $0.05 per weighted average share, a decrease of $0.23 per weighted average share from the December 2016 quarter NI of $100.9 million, or $0.28 per weighted average share, and a decrease of $0.16 per weighted average share from the March 2016 quarter NI of $75.5 million, or $0.21 per weighted average share. NI decreased in the March 2017 quarter compared to each prior period primarily due to the factors above and unrealized depreciation in the energy, financial, and structured credit sectors.  

                      All amounts in $000’s except
  per share amounts
  Nine Months Ended  
March 31, 2017
  Nine Months Ended  
March 31, 2016
  Net Investment Income (“NII”)  $236,404 $279,761 
  NII per Share$0.66 $0.79 
  Net Income (“NI”)$201,738 $8,205 
  NI per Share$0.56 $0.02 
  Distributions to Shareholders$268,989 $266,920 
  Distributions per Share$0.75 $0.75 


We continue to prioritize secured lending. As of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, our portfolio consisted of the following:

                  All amounts in $000’s except
  per unit amounts
As ofAs of
 March 31, 2017December 31, 2016
  Total Investments (at fair value)$6,024,766$5,936,999
  Number of Portfolio Companies 125 123
  % Controlled Investments (at fair value) 31.4% 31.5%
  Secured First Lien  48.8% 45.9%
  Secured Second Lien 20.5% 23.6%
  Structured Credit 17.8% 18.3%
  Equity Investments 12.0% 11.2%
  Unsecured Debt 0.7% 0.8%
  Small Business Whole Loan 0.2% 0.2%
  Annualized Current Yield(1) 12.3% 13.2%
  Top Industry Concentration(2) 9.6% 9.3%
  Energy Industry Concentration(2) 2.6% 2.6%
  Non-Accrual Loans as % of Total Assets 1.4% 1.5%
  Non-Accrual Loans as % of Total Assets, Energy Industry  0.3% 0.4%
  Weighted Average Portfolio Net Leverage(3)   4.15x   4.21x
  Weighted Average Portfolio EBITDA$49,425$51,564
(1)  Across all performing interest bearing investments.
(2)   Excluding our underlying industry-diversified structured credit portfolio.
(3)  Through our investment in the portfolio company’s capital structure.

During the March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016 quarters, our investment originations and repayment activity is summarized as follows:

                                All amounts in $000’s

Quarter EndedQuarter Ended
   March 31, 2017    December 31, 2016  
  Total Originations $449,607 $469,537 
  Third-Party Sponsor Deals 66%  15% 
  Syndicated Debt 12%  54% 
  Real Estate 10%  3% 
  Online Lending 6%  15% 
  Operating Buyouts 4%  2% 
  Structured Credit 2%  7% 
  Aircraft Leasing --%  4% 
  Total Repayments$302,513 $644,995 
  Originations, Net of Repayments  $147,094  $(175,458) 

For a listing of transactions completed during the quarter, please see the section titled “Portfolio Investment Activity” in our form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

In addition to NPRC’s $2.06 billion of real estate assets at fair value, we and NPRC continued our investment in the online lending industry with a focus on super-prime, prime, and near-prime consumer and small business borrowers. As of March 31, 2017, we and NPRC own $785.5 million of online loans at fair value directly and through securitization interests, across multiple origination and underwriting platforms. Our online business currently yields more than a 12% return on our invested capital (net of all incurred costs and expected losses). Four bank credit facilities currently support NPRC’s online business. A NPRC subsidiary closed a consumer securitization during the December 2016 quarter.

We are invested in structured credit investments with individual standalone financings non-recourse to Prospect and with our risk capped at our net investment amount. As of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016, our structured credit portfolio at fair value consisted of the following:

                      All amounts in $000’s except
  per unit amounts
As ofAs of
   March 31, 2017    December 31, 2016  
  Total Structured Credit Investments $1,072,517 $1,089,032 
  # of Investments 41  41 
  TTM Average Cash Yield (1) 22.6%  24.4% 
  Annualized Cash Yield 17.9%  21.5% 
  Annualized GAAP Yield 13.6%  14.8% 
  Cumulative Cash Distributions$857,111 $812,918 
  % of Original Investment 64.9%  61.9% 
  # of Underlying Collateral Loans 2,568  2,807 
  Total Asset Base of Underlying Portfolio$19,867,965 $20,016,382 
  TTM Default Rate 1.05%  1.16% 
  Broadly Syndicated Market TTM Default Rate   1.49%  1.58% 
(1)  Calculation based on fair value.

To date, we have exited seven structured credit investments totaling $153.6 million with an average realized IRR of 16.8% and cash on cash multiple of 1.42 times.

Since August 29, 2016 (the date of our June 2016 earnings release), 17 of our structured credit investments completed refinancings to reduce the cost of liabilities (three of which occurred after March 2017) and three additional structured credit investments completed multi-year extensions of the reinvestment period of such investments. We are working on identifying for our independent management teams further structured credit investment refinancings and extensions in the portfolio to enhance value.

To date during the June 2017 quarter, we have completed new and follow-on investments as follows:

                                            All amounts in $000’s

  Quarter Ended  
 June 30, 2017
  Total Originations$109,005
  Third-Party Sponsor Deals 60%
  Structured Credit 18%
  Syndicated Debt 16%
  Online Lending 4%
  Real Estate 2%
  Total Repayments$75,083
  Originations, Net of Repayments$33,922


The following table summarizes key leverage statistics as of March 31, 2017 and December 31, 2016.

                          All amounts in $000’s

As of
  March 31, 2017  
As of
  December 31, 2016  
  Debt to Equity Ratio 78.9% 76.2%
  % of Assets at Floating Rates 90.7% 90.4%
  % of Liabilities at Fixed Rates 99.9% 99.9%
  Unencumbered Assets$4,611,293$4,803,861
  % of Total Assets 74.9% 77.8%

We repaid our $167.5 million August 2016 convertible note issue at maturity. In the current June 2017 quarter, we refinanced (or provided notice to call) a majority of our debt maturing in less than one year as follows:

            All amounts in $000’s Principal RateMaturity
  Debt Issuances   
 2022 Notes$225,000 4.95%July 2022
 2017 Notes$78,766  5.375% October 2017
 2018 Notes$114,581 5.75%March 2018
 Prospect Capital InterNotes® $20,657 5.00% November 2018 

For the remainder of calendar year 2017, we have liability maturities of $67.2 million.

On August 29, 2014, we renegotiated and closed an expanded five and a half year revolving credit facility (the “Facility”), summarized as follows:

                            All amounts in $000’s 

As of
March 31, 2017
  Total Extended Commitments$885,000 
  Total Commitments with Accordion Feature $1,500,000 
  Interest Rate on Borrowings1M LIBOR + 225 bps (no LIBOR floor) 
  Moody’s RatingAa3

We have diversified our counterparty risk. As of March 31, 2017, 21 institutional lenders committed to the Facility compared to five lenders at June 30, 2010, one of the most diversified bank groups in our industry. The revolving period of the Facility extends through March 2019, with an additional one-year amortization period to March 2020, with distributions allowed after the completion of the revolving period. We currently have no borrowings drawn under our Facility.

We have eight separate unsecured debt issuances aggregating $1.7 billion outstanding, not including our program notes, with maturities ranging from October 2017 to June 2024. As of March 31, 2017, $1.006 billion of program notes were outstanding with staggered maturities through October 2043.


As a tax-efficient regulated investment company, our 90% minimum shareholder dividend payout requirement is based on taxable income rather than GAAP NII. Taxable income can decouple significantly from NII, especially relating to income generated from our structured credit investments. Refinancing liabilities, resetting maturities, and tax-loss-creating portfolio turnover of the loans inside our structured credit investments, as well as other factors, make estimation of taxable income a challenging exercise.  Taxable income is only disclosed to us by each structured credit collateral manager on an annual basis. We expect to disclose taxable income after such information becomes available to us.


Prospect will host an earnings call on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am. Eastern Time. Dial 888-338-7333. For a replay prior to June 9, 2017, call 877-344-7529 passcode 10105743.  The call will be available prior to June 9, 2017 on Prospect’s website, For copies of our corporate presentation, our recent shareholder letter, and our performance data please see

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 March 31,
 June 30,
 (Unaudited) (Audited)
Investments at fair value:   
Control investments (amortized cost of $1,939,427 and $1,768,220, respectively)$1,892,719  $1,752,449 
Affiliate investments (amortized cost of $8,530 and $10,758, respectively)7,239  11,320 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments (amortized cost of $4,305,472 and $4,312,122, respectively)4,124,808  4,133,939 
Total investments at fair value (amortized cost of $6,253,429 and $6,091,100, respectively)6,024,766  5,897,708 
Cash111,804  317,798 
Receivables for:   
Interest, net10,255  12,127 
Other100  168 
Prepaid expenses716  855 
Deferred financing costs on Revolving Credit Facility5,463  7,525 
Total Assets6,153,104  6,236,181 
Revolving Credit Facility   
Prospect Capital InterNotes®991,345  893,210 
Convertible Notes910,782  1,074,361 
Public Notes737,802  699,368 
Due to Prospect Capital Management49,098  54,149 
Interest payable33,763  40,804 
Dividends payable29,989  29,758 
Due to Prospect Administration1,847  1,765 
Accrued expenses4,292  2,259 
Other liabilities2,018  3,633 
Due to broker  957 
Total Liabilities2,760,936  2,800,264 
Commitments and Contingencies   
Net Assets$3,392,168  $3,435,917 
Components of Net Assets   
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share (1,000,000,000 common shares authorized; 359,885,703 and 357,107,231 issued and outstanding, respectively)$360  $357 
Paid-in capital in excess of par3,989,703  3,967,397 
Accumulated overdistributed net investment income(33,719) (3,623)
Accumulated net realized loss(335,513) (334,822)
Net unrealized loss(228,663) (193,392)
Net Assets$3,392,168  $3,435,917 
Net Asset Value Per Share$9.43  $9.62 

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 Nine Months Ended
March 31,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Investment Income       
Interest income:       
Control investments$41,353  $50,762  $135,543  $154,135 
Affiliate investments      896 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments83,794  83,986  257,919  265,855 
Structured credit securities36,564  44,244  114,690  135,912 
Total interest income161,711  178,992  508,152  556,798 
Dividend income:       
Control investments728  8,288  4,250  25,046 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments89  13  330  16 
Total dividend income817  8,301  4,580  25,062 
Other income:       
Control investments2,953  1,758  9,749  7,436 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments5,551  442  11,863  9,639 
Total other income8,504  2,200  21,612  17,075 
Total Investment Income171,032  189,493  534,344  598,935 
Operating Expenses       
Base management fee30,549  30,977  92,227  95,712 
Income incentive fee18,270  21,906  59,101  69,940 
Interest and credit facility expenses41,464  41,719  123,981  125,881 
Allocation of overhead from Prospect Administration3,581  2,936  9,771  9,114 
Audit, compliance and tax related fees1,223  1,596  3,676  4,665 
Directors’ fees113  94  338  282 
Excise Tax  400  (1,100) 1,700 
Other general and administrative expenses2,752  2,239  9,946  11,880 
Total Operating Expenses97,952  101,867  297,940  319,174 
Net Investment Income73,080  87,626  236,404  279,761 
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gains (Losses) from Investments       
Net realized gains (losses)       
Control investments1  16  184  7 
Affiliate investments  (14,194) 137  (14,194)
Non-control/non-affiliate investments177  3,394  489  (4,050)
Net realized gains (losses)178  (10,784) 810  (18,237)
Net change in unrealized (losses) gains       
Control investments(33,235) 36,508  (30,937) (40,779)
Affiliate investments(581) 189  (1,854) 535 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments(19,930) (38,008) (2,480) (212,989)
Net change in unrealized losses(53,746) (1,311) (35,271) (253,233)
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Losses from Investments(53,568) (12,095) (34,461) (271,470)
Net realized losses on extinguishment of debt(20) (23) (205) (86)
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations$19,492  $75,508  $201,738  $8,205 
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per share$0.05  $0.21  $0.56  $0.02 
Dividends declared per share$(0.25) $(0.25) $(0.75) $(0.75)

(in actual dollars)
 Three Months Ended
March 31,
 Nine Months Ended
March 31,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Per Share Data       
Net asset value at beginning of period$9.62  $9.65  $9.62  $10.31 
Net investment income(1)0.20  0.25  0.66  0.79 
Net realized and change in unrealized losses(1)(0.15) (0.04) (0.10) (0.77)
Distributions of net investment income(0.25) (0.25) (0.75) (0.75)
Common stock transactions(2)0.01   (3)  (3) 0.03 
  Net asset value at end of period$9.43  $9.61  $9.43  $9.61 
(1)  Per share data amount is based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the year/period presented (except for dividends to shareholders which is based on actual rate per share).
(2)  Common stock transactions include the effect of our issuance of common stock in public offerings (net of underwriting and offering costs), shares issued in connection with our dividend reinvestment plan, shares issued to acquire investments and shares repurchased below net asset value pursuant to our Repurchase Program. 
(3)  Amount is less than $0.01.


Prospect Capital Corporation ( is a business development company that focuses on lending to and investing in private businesses. Our investment objective is to generate both current income and long-term capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. 

We have elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“1940 Act”). We are required to comply with a series of regulatory requirements under the 1940 Act as well as applicable NASDAQ, federal and state rules and regulations. We have elected to be treated as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, whose safe harbor for forward-looking statements does not apply to business development companies. Any such statements, other than statements of historical fact, are highly likely to be affected by other unknowable future events and conditions, including elements of the future that are or are not under our control, and that we may or may not have considered; accordingly, such statements cannot be guarantees or assurances of any aspect of future performance. Actual developments and results are highly likely to vary materially from any forward-looking statements. Such statements speak only as of the time when made. We undertake no obligation to update any such statement now or in the future.

For additional information, contact:

Grier Eliasek, President and Chief Operating Officer
Telephone (212) 448-0702

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