DENVER, March 01, 2021 (News) — StoneCastle Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: BANX) (“StoneCastle Financial” or the “Company”), an investment company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), today announced results for the fourth fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2020.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Investment Highlights:
- Invested approximately $42.5 million in seven investments
- Realized proceeds of $12.2 million from the full calls of two investments
- Realized proceeds of $7.0 million from the sale of one investment
- Realized proceeds from partial paydowns of $3.7 million from four investments
A complete listing of investments as of the end of the quarter can be found on the Company’s website at www.stonecastle-financial.com.
Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company invested approximately $13.5 million in five investments and received partial paydowns of $3.0 million.
The estimated annualized yield generated by the invested portfolio as of December 31, 2020 (excluding cash and cash equivalents) was approximately 9.65%.
Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Net investment income was $3,046,401 or $0.46 per share, comprised of $4,668,621 gross income and $1,622,220 of expenses. Net Assets at quarter end were $140,789,132. The Company’s Net Asset Value was $21.44 per share, up $0.55 from the prior quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Company paid a cash distribution of $0.43 per share, comprised of a $0.38 regular dividend and a $0.05 special dividend. The distribution was paid on January 5, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 21, 2020.
The Company had $43.0 million outstanding on its $62.0 million credit facility at the quarter end, which represents approximately 23% of total assets. According to regulated investment company rules, the Company may borrow only up to 33.3% of its total assets.
Portfolio and Investment Summary
As of the close of business on December 31, 2020, the Company had total assets of $188,360,866 consisting of total investments of $178,362,337, cash and other assets of $9,998,529.
During the quarter, the Company invested a total of $42.5 million in seven bank-related investments. The Company invested a total of $37.5 million in six alternative capital securities, and $5.0 million in one community bank preferred stock. The Company received proceeds of $12.2 million from the full calls of two investments, received $7.0 million from the sale of one investment and received partial paydowns of $3.7 million from four investments.
Quarterly Conference Call
StoneCastle Financial will host a webcast and conference call on March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm Eastern time.
The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-9039 for domestic callers or 1-201-689-8470 for international callers. Participants may also access the call via live webcast by visiting StoneCastle Financial’s investor relations website at www.stonecastle-financial.com. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay will be available shortly after the call and be available through midnight (Eastern Time) on March 15, 2021. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 for domestic callers or 1-412-317-6671 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13716278. The archive of the webcast will be available on the Company’s website for a limited time.
About StoneCastle Financial Corp.
StoneCastle Financial is an SEC registered non-diversified, closed-end management investment company listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “BANX.” Its investment objective is to provide stockholders with current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation. StoneCastle Financial is managed by StoneCastle-ArrowMark Asset Management, LLC. To learn more, visit www.stonecastle-financial.com.
Disclaimer and Risk Factors:
There is no assurance that StoneCastle Financial will achieve its investment objective. StoneCastle Financial is subject to numerous risks, including investment and market risks, management risk, income and interest rate risks, banking industry risks, preferred stock risk, convertible securities risk, debt securities risk, liquidity risk, valuation risk, leverage risk, non-diversification risk, credit and counterparty risks, market at a discount from net asset value risk and market disruption risk. Shares of closed-end investment companies may trade above (a premium) or below (a discount) their net asset value. Shares of StoneCastle Financial may not be appropriate for all investors. Investors should review and consider carefully StoneCastle Financial’s investment objective, risks, charges and expenses. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
The Annual Report, Semi-Annual Report and other regulatory filings of the Company with the SEC are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and on the Company’s website at www.stonecastle-financial.com.
|STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.|
|Statement of Assets and Liabilities|
|December 31, 2020||September 30, 2020|
|Investments in securities, at fair value (cost: $176,919,203 and $150,661,873 respectively)||$||178,362,337||$||146,967,849|
|Receivable for Investments sold||4,860,214||–|
|Interest and dividends receivable||2,111,113||1,498,511|
|Foreign cash (cost: $1,928,095 and $209,344 respectively)||1,920,752||209,228|
|Unrealized appreciation on forward currency exchange contracts||135,069||–|
|Investment advisory fee payable||832,998||654,515|
|Payable for securities purchased||146,376||–|
|Loan interest payable||70,457||858|
|Unrealized depreciation on forward currency exchange contracts||68,578||156,491|
|Options written, at value (premiums received $1,029, $1,801,080 respectively)||1,625||1,181,250|
|Directors fee payable||–||1,851|
|Accrued expenses payable||628,572||739,136|
|Net Assets consist of:|
|Common stock at par ($0.001 per share)||$||6,565||$||6,564|
|Total distributable earnings / (loss)||(4,209,959||)||(7,865,184||)|
|Net Asset Value Per Share:|
|Common Stock Shares Outstanding||6,565,413||6,563,892|
|Net asset value per common share||$||21.44||$||20.89|
|Market price per share||$||19.25||$||19.41|
|Market price discount to net asset value per share||-10.21||%||-7.08||%|
|STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.|
|Statement of Operations|
|For The Three Months Ended December 31, 2020||For the Three Months Ended September 30, 2020|
|Origination fee income||32,278||18,552|
|Other Income (service fees and due diligence fees)||274,538||85,898|
|Total Investment Income||4,668,621||4,281,927|
|Investment advisory fees||832,999||654,514|
|Transfer agent, custodian fees and administrator fees||73,159||93,159|
|Bank administration fees||40,457||40,457|
|ABA marketing and licensing fees||37,287||37,845|
|Investor relations fees||31,205||41,204|
|Delaware franchise tax||22,943||22,943|
|Miscellaneous fees (proxy, rating agency, etc.)||43,095||59,371|
|Net Investment Income||3,046,401||2,753,775|
|Realized and Unrealized Gain / (Loss) on Investments and Foreign Currency Transactions|
|Net realized loss on investments||311,979||(2,745,166||)|
|Net realized loss from forward foreign currency contracts||(1,663,224||)||(674,739||)|
|Net realized gain / (loss) from foreign currency translations||36,751||144,713|
|Net change in net unrealized appreciation on investments||5,137,158||6,880,456|
|Net change in unrealized appreciation on written options||(620,426||)||332,500|
|Net change in unrealized appreciation / (depreciation) on forward currency contracts||222,982||(156,838||)|
|Net change in unrealized appreciation on foreign currency translations||10,331||2,945|
|Net realized and unrealized gain/(loss) on investments, written options, forward foreign currency contracts and foreign currency translations||3,435,551||3,783,871|
|Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting From Operations||$||6,481,952||$||6,537,646|
|STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.|
|For The Three Months Ended December 31, 2020|
|Per Share Operating Performance|
|Net Asset Value, beginning of period||$||20.89|
|Net investment income(1)||0.46|
|Net realized and unrealized gain / (loss) on investments||0.52|
|Total from investment operations||0.98|
|Less distributions to shareholders|
|From net investment income||(0.43||)|
|Net asset value, end of period||$||21.44|
|Per share market value, end of period||$||19.25|
|Total Investment Return (2)|
|Based on market value||1.27||%|
|Based on net asset value||4.80||%|
|Ratios and Supplemental Data|
|Net assets, end of period (in millions)||$||140.8|
|Ratios (as a percentage to average net assets):|
|Expenses before waivers(3)(4)*||4.64||%|
|Expenses after waivers(5)*||4.64||%|
|Net investment income(6)*||8.72||%|
|Portfolio turnover rate **||17||%|
|Revolving Credit Agreement|
|Total revolving credit agreement outstanding (000’s)||$||43,000|
|Asset coverage per $1,000 for revolving credit agreement(7)||4,274|
|(1||)||Based on the average shares outstanding during quarter.|
|(2||)||Reflects reinvestment of distributions at the price obtained under the Dividend Reinvestment Plan.|
|Total return does not include sales load and offering expenses and are not annualized.|
|(3||)||Excluding interest expense, the ratio would have been 4.03%.|
|(4||)||Ratio of expenses before waivers to average managed assets equals 3.82%.|
|(5||)||Ratio of expenses after waivers to average managed assets equals 3.82%.|
|(6||)||Ratio of net investment income to average managed assets equals 7.17%.|
|(7||)||Calculated by subtracting the Company’s total liabilities (excluding the loan) from the Company’s|
|total assets and dividing the amount by the loan outstanding in 000’s.|
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