Press Release

Prospect Capital Reports December 2017 Quarterly Results and Declares Additional Monthly Distributions

Company Release - 2/7/2018 5:05 PM ET

NEW YORK, Feb. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:PSEC) (“Prospect”, “our”, or “we”) today announced financial results for our second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2017.

All amounts in $000’s except
  per share amounts
Quarter Ended
December 31, 2017 
Quarter Ended
September 30, 2017 
Quarter Ended
December 31, 2016 
Net Investment Income (“NII”)$73,192$63,732$84,405
Interest as % of Total Investment Income94.4%93.4%95.3%
NII per Share$0.20$0.18$0.24
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations (“NI”)$121,727$11,973$100,880
NI per Share$0.34$0.03$0.28
Distributions to Shareholders$64,912$81,647$89,668
Distributions per Share$0.18$0.23$0.25
Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per Share$9.28$9.12$9.62
Net of Cash Debt to Equity Ratio60.2%71.6%70.3%

For the December 2017 quarter, we earned net investment income (“NII”) of $73.2 million, or $0.20 per weighted average share, up $0.02 from the September 2017 quarter, and exceeding our current quarterly dividend rate of $0.18 per share by $0.02 per share. The increase in NII per share resulted primarily from a reduction in administrative overhead expenses and a restoration of certain loans to income accrual status due to improved performance.

Our strategy focuses on risk reduction, capital preservation, and avoidance of “yield chasing” investments deemed too risky with a poor risk/return profile at this point in the economic cycle. We remain committed to our historic credit discipline with repayments outpacing originations for the third consecutive quarter. While we have a robust pipeline of potential investments in our target range for credit quality and yield, we have not chased risky assets with low returns and remain underinvested at December 31, 2017. We believe our disciplined approach to credit will serve us well in the coming years, just as that disciplined approach has served us well in past years.

In the December 2017 quarter our net of cash debt to equity ratio was 60.2%, down 11.4% from September 2017.

For the December 2017 quarter, our net increase in net assets resulting from operations (“NI”) was $121.7 million, or $0.34 per weighted average share, an increase of $0.31 from the September 2017 quarter as a result of NII in excess of dividends and an increase in the fair market value of certain investments.

Our interest income as a percentage of total investment income was 94.4% in the December 2017 quarter.

Our net asset value (“NAV”) per share increased by $0.16 to $9.28 during the December 2017 quarter.

All amounts in $000’s except
  per share amounts
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2017
Six Months Ended
December 31, 2016
NII per Share$0.38$0.46
NI per Share$0.37$0.51
Distributions to Shareholders$146,559$179,097
Distributions per Share$0.41$0.50

For the six months ended December 31, 2017, we earned NII of $136.9 million, or $0.38 per weighted average share, down $0.08 from the prior year. For the six months ended December 31, 2017, we earned NI of $133.7 million, or $0.37 per weighted average share, down $0.14 from the prior year.


Prospect is declaring distributions as follows:

  • $0.06 per share for February 2018 to February 28, 2018 record holders with March 22, 2018 payment date;
  • $0.06 per share for March 2018 to March 30, 2018 record holders with April 19, 2018 payment date; and
  • $0.06 per share for April 2018 to April 30, 2018 record holders with May 24, 2018 payment date.

These distributions mark Prospect’s 115th, 116th, and 117th consecutive cash distributions to shareholders.

Based on the declarations above, Prospect’s closing stock price of $6.29 at February 6, 2018 delivers to shareholders a dividend yield of 11.4%.

Based on past distributions and our current share count for declared distributions, Prospect since inception through our April 2018 distribution will have distributed $16.44 per share to original shareholders, exceeding $2.5 billion in cumulative distributions to all shareholders.

Prospect expects to declare May 2018, June 2018, July 2018, and August 2018 distributions in May 2018.


We continue to prioritize secured lending. At December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, and June 30, 2017, our portfolio comprised of the following:

All amounts in $000’s except
  per unit amounts
As ofAs ofAs of
December 31, 2017September 30, 2017June 30, 2017
Total Investments (at fair value)$5,421,132$5,687,117$5,838,305
Number of Portfolio Companies122120121
% Controlled Investments (at fair value)37.1%34.0%32.7%
Secured First Lien44.6%48.5%48.4%
Secured Second Lien21.3%19.5%19.0%
Structured Credit17.3%17.0%18.5%
Equity Investments16.2%14.3%13.2%
Unsecured Debt0.6%0.6%0.8%
Small Business Whole Loans0.0%0.1%0.1%
Annualized Current Yield – All Investments10.3%9.9%10.4%
Annualized Current Yield – Performing Interest Bearing Investments12.5%11.8%12.2%
Top Industry Concentration(1)13.3%11.2%10.7%
Energy Industry Concentration(1)3.1%2.7%2.4%
Retail Industry Concentration(1)0.0%0.0%0.0%
Non-Accrual Loans as % of Total Assets1.2%2.1%2.5%
Weighted Average Portfolio Net Leverage(2)4.44x4.32x4.19x
Weighted Average Portfolio EBITDA$60,475$49,155$48,340

      (1)       Excluding our underlying industry-diversified structured credit portfolio. 
      (2)       Through our investment in the portfolio company’s capital structure.

During the December 31, 2017 and September 30, 2017 quarters, our investment origination and repayment activity was as follows:

All amounts in $000’s Quarter EndedQuarter Ended
December 31, 2017September 30, 2017
Total Originations
Agented Sponsor Debt56%47%
Non-Agented Debt32%34%
Real Estate11%2%
Operating Buyouts1%
Online Lending 0% 17% 
Total Repayments$1,042,269$310,894
Repayments in excess of Originations$(303,532)$(88,743)

For a listing of transactions completed during the quarter, please see section titled “Portfolio Investment Activity” in our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 7, 2018.

Our structured credit investments have individual standalone financings each non-recourse to Prospect and with our risk limited in each case to our net investment amount. At December 31, 2017 and September 30, 2017, our structured credit portfolio at fair value consisted of the following:

All amounts in $000’s except
  per unit amounts
As ofAs of
December 31, 2017September 30, 2017
Total Structured Credit Investments $940,276$969,478
# of Investments4343
TTM Average Cash Yield(1)(3)19.3%20.5%
Annualized Cash Yield(1)(3)17.0%18.3%
Annualized GAAP Yield on Fair Value(1)(3)12.5%12.4%
Annualized GAAP Yield on Amortized Cost(2)(3)11.0%11.1%
Cumulative Cash Distributions$1,078,373$1,034,772
% of Original Investment73.0%69.8%
# of Underlying Collateral Loans2,2252,310
Total Asset Base of Underlying Portfolio$19,026,601$19,225,010
Prospect TTM Default Rate0.77%0.55%
Broadly Syndicated Market TTM Default Rate2.05%1.53%
Prospect Default Rate Outperformance vs. Market1.28%0.98%

      (1)       Calculation based on fair value.
      (2)       Calculation based on amortized cost.
      (3)       Excludes deals in the process of redemption.

To date, including called deals in the process of liquidation, we have exited 11 structured credit investments totaling $290.5 million with an expected average realized IRR of 16.1% and cash on cash multiple of 1.48 times.

Since August 29, 2016 (the date of our June 2016 earnings release), 19 of our structured credit investments have completed refinancings to reduce their liability spreads, and eight additional structured credit investments have completed multi-year extensions of their reinvestment periods (also at reduced liability spreads). We believe further upside exists in our structured credit portfolio through additional refinancings and reinvestment period extensions, and are actively working on such transactions.

To date during the March 2018 quarter, we have completed new and follow-on investments as follows:

All amounts in $000’s Quarter Ended
March 31, 2018
Total Originations$181,881
Agented Sponsor Debt53%
Non-Agented Debt41%
Online Lending3%
Structured Credit2%
Real Estate1% 
Total Repayments$—


The following table summarizes key leverage statistics at December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, and December 31, 2016:

All amounts in $000’s As of
December 31, 2017
As of
September 30, 2017
As of
December 31, 2016
Net of Cash Debt to Equity Ratio60.2%71.6%70.3%
% of Assets at Floating Rates89.3%90.5%90.4%
% of Liabilities at Fixed Rates99.9%99.9%99.9%
Unencumbered Assets$4,606,067$4,494,399$4,803,861
% of Total Assets77.8%75.2%77.8%

We repaid our remaining $50.7 million October 2017 convertible notes at maturity. In calendar year 2017 and early 2018, we also issued $225 million of 2022 Notes and repurchased (or provided notice to call) a majority of our debt maturing in less than one year as follows:

All amounts in $000’s PrincipalRateMaturity
Debt Issuances
2022 Notes$225,0004.95%July 2022
2017 Notes$78,7665.375%October 2017
2018 Notes$114,5815.75%March 2018
Prospect Capital InterNotes®$318,8723.75% - 5.85%December 2017 – August 2020

For the remainder of calendar year 2018, we have liability maturities of $113.6 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
December 31, 2017
Total Extended Commitments$885,000
Total Commitments with Accordion Feature$1,500,000
Interest Rate on Borrowings1M LIBOR + 225 bps (no floor)
Moody’s RatingAa3

We have diversified our counterparty risk over the last seven years. At December 31, 2017, 21 institutional lenders were committed to the Facility compared to five lenders at June 30, 2010, representing 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, and with distributions allowed after the completion of the revolving period. We currently have no borrowings drawn under our Facility.

We have seven separate unsecured debt issuances aggregating $1.7 billion outstanding, not including our program notes, with laddered maturities extending to June 2024. At December 31, 2017, $837.5 million of program notes were outstanding with staggered maturities through October 2043.


Prospect will host an earnings call on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 am. Eastern Time. Dial 888-338-7333. For a replay prior to March 8, 2018, call 877-344-7529 passcode 10116503. The call will be available prior to March 8, 2018 on Prospect’s website,

 (in thousands, except share and per share data)
 December 31, 2017 June 30, 2017
 (Unaudited) (Audited)
Investments at fair value:   
Control investments (amortized cost of $1,895,360 and $1,840,731, respectively)$2,011,922  $1,911,775 
Affiliate investments (amortized cost of $24,075 and $22,957, respectively)19,272  11,429 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments (amortized cost of $3,643,003 and $4,117,868, respectively)3,389,938  3,915,101 
Total investments at fair value (amortized cost of $5,562,438 and $5,981,556, respectively)5,421,132  5,838,305 
Cash474,476  318,083 
Receivables for:   
Interest, net14,432  9,559 
Other763  924 
Prepaid expenses546  1,125 
Due from Broker600
Due from Prospect Administration 2,082   
Due from Affiliate 88  14 
Deferred financing costs on Revolving Credit Facility3,394  4,779 
Total Assets5,917,513  6,172,789 
Revolving Credit Facility   
Prospect Capital InterNotes® (less unamortized debt issuance costs of $13,114 and $14,240, respectively)824,383  966,254 
Convertible Notes (less unamortized debt issuance costs of $13,186 and $15,512, respectively)
889,233  937,641 
Public Notes (less unamortized discount and debt issuance costs of $9,963 and $10,981, respectively)739,318  738,300 
Due to Prospect Capital Management47,629  48,249 
Interest payable39,180  38,630 
Dividends payable21,659  30,005 
Due to Prospect Administration1,935  1,910 
Accrued expenses3,615  4,380 
Other liabilities2,149  2,097 
Due to Broker  50,371 
Total Liabilities2,569,101  2,817,837 
Commitments and Contingencies   
Net Assets$3,348,412  $3,354,952 
Components of Net Assets   
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share (1,000,000,000 common shares authorized; 360,980,752 and 360,076,933 issued and outstanding, respectively)$361  $360 
Paid-in capital in excess of par3,998,406  3,991,317 
Accumulated overdistributed net investment income(64,446) (54,039)
Accumulated net realized loss(444,603) (439,435)
Net unrealized loss(141,306) (143,251)
Net Assets$3,348,412  $3,354,952 
Net Asset Value Per Share$9.28  $9.32 

(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended December 31, Six Months Ended December 31,
 2017 2016 2017 2016
Investment Income       
Interest income:       
Control investments$47,418  $48,281  $93,448  $94,190 
Affiliate investments    205   
Non-control/non-affiliate investments75,833  87,465  148,263  174,125 
Structured credit securities30,131  39,045  59,551  78,126 
Total interest income153,382  174,791  301,467  346,441 
Dividend income:       
Control investments  1,282    3,522 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments326  97  870  241 
Total dividend income326  1,379  870  3,763 
Other income:       
Control investments4,038  3,856  6,129  6,796 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments4,654  3,454  12,513  6,312 
Total other income 8,692  7,310  18,642  13,108 
Total Investment Income162,400  183,480  320,979  363,312 
Operating Expenses       
Base management fee 29,559  30,886  59,722  61,678 
Income incentive fee 18,298  21,101  34,231  40,831 
Interest and credit facility expenses39,347  40,848  80,382  82,517 
Allocation of overhead from Prospect Administration (824) 2,657  2,704  6,190 
Audit, compliance and tax related fees1,866  1,058  2,954  2,453 
Directors’ fees112  112  225  225 
Other general and administrative expenses850  2,413  3,837  6,094 
Total Operating Expenses89,208  99,075  184,055  199,988 
Net Investment Income73,192  84,405  136,924  163,324 
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gains (Losses) from Investments       
Net realized gains (losses)       
Control investments2  178  11  183 
Affiliate investments    846  137 
Non-control/non-affiliate investments(5,675) (260) (5,093) 312 
Net realized (losses) gains(5,673) (82) (4,236) 632 
Net change in unrealized gains (losses)       
Control investments44,425  (11,068) 45,518  2,298 
Affiliate investments1,533  853  6,726  (1,273)
Non-control/non-affiliate investments8,737  26,896  (50,300) 17,450 
Net change in unrealized gains (losses)54,695  16,681  1,944  18,475 
Net Realized and Change in Unrealized Gains (Losses) from Investments49,022  16,599  (2,292) 19,107 
Net realized losses on extinguishment of debt(487) (124) (932) (185)
Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations$121,727  $100,880  $133,700  $182,246 
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per share$0.34  $0.28  $0.37  $0.51 
Dividends declared per share$(0.18) $(0.25) $(0.41) $(0.50)

(in actual dollars)
 Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Six  Months Ended
December 31,
 2017 2016 2017 2016  
Per Share Data         
Net asset value at beginning of period$9.12  $9.60  $9.32  $9.62  
Net investment income(1)0.20  0.24  0.38  0.46  
Net realized and change in unrealized gains (losses) (1)0.14  0.04  (0.01) 0.05  
Distributions of net investment income(0.18) (0.25) (0.41) (0.50) 
Common stock transactions(2) (3)(0.01)  (3)(0.01) 
Net asset value at end of period$9.28  $9.62  $9.28  $9.62  

      (1)  Per share data amount is based on the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period presented (except for dividends to shareholders which is based on actual rate per share).

      (2)  Common stock transactions include the effect of issuances and repurchases of common stock, if any.

      (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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