LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation (NASDAQ: OCSL) (“Oaktree Specialty Lending” or the “Company”), a specialty finance company, today announced its unaudited financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2018 Highlights

  • Total investment income of $38.2 million ($0.27 per share), up from $31.8 million ($0.23 per share) for the third fiscal quarter of 2018;

  • Net investment income of $17.0 million ($0.12 per share), up from $14.4 million ($0.10 per share) for the third fiscal quarter of 2018;

  • Net asset value ("NAV") per share of $6.09, up from $5.95 for the third fiscal quarter of 2018;

  • Originated $228.4 million of new investment commitments and received $267.5 million of proceeds from prepayments, exits, other paydowns and sales; and

  • A quarterly dividend was declared of $0.095 per share, payable on December 28, 2018 to stockholders of record on December 17, 2018.

Management Commentary

Edgar Lee, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Oaktree Specialty Lending said, “The fourth quarter completed a strong year for OCSL, highlighted by solid earnings growth and improved credit performance, including delivering the third consecutive quarter of increased NAV per share. Since we began managing OCSL a year ago, we have made significant progress in reducing credit risk in the portfolio and stabilizing NAV.  During the fiscal year, we reduced non-core investments by $569 million while adding over $1.0 billion of new investments that are consistent with Oaktree’s investment philosophy. Core investments now represent 76 percent of our portfolio, up from 37 percent as of September 30, 2017. Given our substantial progress to date, we believe we are well positioned to further enhance our return on equity and deliver value to our shareholders in 2019.”

Portfolio and Investment Activity

As of September 30, 2018, the fair value of the Company's investment portfolio was $1.5 billion and was comprised of investments in 113 companies. These included debt investments in 86 companies, the investments in Senior Loan Fund JV I, LLC (“SLF JV I”) and equity investments in 40 companies, including in SLF JV I and 2 private equity funds. Fourteen of the equity investments were in companies in which Oaktree Specialty Lending also had a debt investment.

At fair value, 95.0% of the Company's portfolio as of September 30, 2018 consisted of debt investments, including 48.4% of first lien loans, 27.0% of second lien loans and 19.6% of unsecured debt investments, including the debt investments in SLF JV I.

As of September 30, 2018, SLF JV I had $314.2 million in assets, including senior secured loans to 40 portfolio companies.  The joint venture generated income of $3.1 million for Oaktree Specialty Lending during the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

The weighted average yield on the Company's debt investments as of September 30, 2018, including the return on the Company's mezzanine note investments in SLF JV I, was 8.4%.

As of September 30, 2018, $1.2 billion of the Company's debt investments, or 83.2% of the total debt portfolio, at fair value, had floating interest rates.

During the quarter ended September 30, 2018, the Company originated $228.4 million of investment commitments, including investments in 13 new and three existing portfolio companies, and funded $218.4 million of investments across new and existing portfolio companies.

During the quarter, the Company received $267.5 million of proceeds from various prepayments, exits, other paydowns and sales and exited 18 investments.

Results of Operations

Total investment income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $38.2 million, including $35.3 million of cash interest income from portfolio investments, $0.5 million of payment-in-kind ("PIK") interest income, $2.0 million of fee income and $0.4 million of dividend income.  PIK interest income, net of PIK collected in cash, represented 1.1% of total investment income for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Total investment income increased $6.4 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2018, which was primarily attributable to the acceleration of interest income and prepayments fees earned in connection with the exit of a certain investment.

Net expenses for the quarter were $21.2 million, an increase of $3.8 million from the quarter ended June 30, 2018. The increase in net expenses was due primarily to an increase in Part I incentive fees (net of fees waived) resulting from higher investment earnings during the quarter, and an increase in interest expense, which was attributable to higher levels of outstanding debt during the quarter.

Net realized and unrealized gain before taxes on the Company's investment portfolio for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $16.9 million.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2018, the Company had $13.5 million of cash and cash equivalents (including restricted cash), total principal value of debt outstanding of $643.4 million and $359.0 million of undrawn capacity on its credit facility, subject to borrowing base and other limitations. The weighted average interest rate on debt outstanding was 5.1% as of September 30, 2018.

As of September 30, 2018, the Company’s total leverage ratio was 0.75x debt-to-equity.

Distribution Declaration

The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly distribution of $0.095 per share, payable on December 28, 2018 to stockholders of record on December 17, 2018.

Distributions are paid primarily from distributable (taxable) income. To the extent taxable earnings for a fiscal taxable year fall below the total amount of dividend distributions for that fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed a return of capital to the Company’s stockholders.

Portfolio Asset Quality

As of September 30, 2018, there were eight investments on which the Company had stopped accruing cash and/or PIK interest or original issue discount ("OID") income that, in the aggregate, represented 14.5% of the Company's debt portfolio at cost and 7.0% at fair value.

($ in thousands)
 
Non-Accrual - Debt InvestmentsAs of September 30, 2018
 As of September 30, 2017
 
Non-Accrual Investments at Fair Value$98,760 $67,015 
Non-Accrual Investments/Total Debt Investments at Fair Value7.0%4.7%
     

Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 September 30,
2018
 June 30, 2018
(unaudited)
 September 30,
 2017
ASSETS     
Investments at fair value:     
Control investments (cost September 30, 2018: $213,470; cost June 30, 2018: $266,097; cost September 30, 2017: $444,826)$196,874  $223,421  $305,271 
Affiliate investments (cost September 30, 2018: $1,080; cost June 30, 2018: $1,080; cost September 30, 2017: $33,743)2,161  2,161  36,983 
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (cost September 30, 2018: $1,392,383; cost June 30, 2018: $1,416,632; cost September 30, 2017: $1,279,096)1,292,166  1,294,936  1,199,501 
Total investments at fair value (cost September 30, 2018: $1,606,933; cost June 30, 2018: $1,683,809; cost September 30, 2017: $1,757,665)1,491,201  1,520,518  1,541,755 
Cash and cash equivalents13,380  56,615  53,018 
Restricted cash109  499  6,895 
Interest, dividends and fees receivable10,272  8,102  6,892 
Due from portfolio companies1,357  15,757  5,670 
Receivables from unsettled transactions26,760  22,538   
Deferred financing costs5,209  5,620  1,304 
Derivative asset at fair value162     
Other assets3,008  3,108  514 
Total assets$1,551,458  $1,632,757  $1,616,048 
      
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS     
Liabilities:     
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities$3,581  $2,714  $2,417 
Base management fee and Part I incentive fee payable8,223  7,094  6,750 
Due to affiliate3,274  4,230  1,815 
Interest payable3,365  6,338  3,167 
Amounts payable to syndication partners109  301  1 
Director fees payable    184 
Payables from unsettled transactions37,236  166,903  58,691 
Deferred tax liability422     
Credit facilities payable241,000  211,000  255,995 
Unsecured notes payable (net of $3,483, $3,851 and $4,737 of unamortized financing costs as of September 30, 2018, June 30, 2018  and September 30, 2017, respectively)386,485  386,132  406,115 
Secured borrowings at fair value (proceeds September 30, 2018: $12,314; proceeds June 30, 2018: $12,623; proceeds September 30, 2017: $13,489)9,728  9,950  13,256 
Total liabilities693,423  794,662  748,391 
Commitments and contingencies     
Net assets:     
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 250,000 shares authorized; 140,961 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2018, June 30, 2018 and September 30, 20171,409  1,409  1,409 
Additional paid-in-capital1,492,739  1,579,278  1,579,278 
Accumulated overdistributed earnings(636,113) (742,592) (713,030)
Total net assets (equivalent to $6.09, $5.95 and $6.16 per common share as of September 30, 2018, June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2017, respectively)858,035  838,095  867,657 
Total liabilities and net assets$1,551,458  $1,632,757  $1,616,048 
            

Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  Three months ended
September 30, 2018
(unaudited)
 Three months ended
June 30, 2018
(unaudited)
 Three months ended
September 30, 2017
(unaudited)
 Year ended
September 30, 2018
 Year ended
September 30, 2017
Interest income:          
Control investments $3,687  $2,737  $3,126  $12,698  $14,230 
Affiliate investments   161  978  2,027  3,939 
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments 31,496  23,629  26,935  103,223  133,344 
Interest on cash and cash equivalents 123  107  313  563  810 
Total interest income 35,306  26,634  31,352  118,511  152,323 
PIK interest income:          
Control investments   1,045  1,186  3,446  6,631 
Affiliate investments   52  196  416  788 
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments 499  360  746  1,907  3,674 
Total PIK interest income 499  1,457  2,128  5,769  11,093 
Fee income:          
Control investments 6  697  315  951  1,244 
Affiliate investments     12  48  753 
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments 2,028  1,728  1,355  8,433  8,510 
Total fee income 2,034  2,425  1,682  9,432  10,507 
Dividend and other income:          
Control investments 381  1,331  570  5,010  3,954 
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments         87 
Total dividend and other income 381  1,331  570  5,010  4,041 
Total investment income 38,220  31,847  35,732  138,722  177,964 
Expenses:          
Base management fee 5,767  5,909  6,808  22,652  31,369 
Part I incentive fee 3,675  2,733    10,485  10,713 
Professional fees 859  924  1,964  5,696  5,703 
Directors fees 143  154  277  650  872 
Interest expense 9,323  8,291  12,772  35,728  49,935 
Administrator expense 336  466  660  1,687  2,217 
General and administrative expenses 794  488  1,845  3,120  5,999 
Loss on legal settlements         3 
Total expenses 20,897  18,965  24,326  80,018  106,811 
Fees waived 292  (1,548) (58) (1,342) (240)
Insurance recoveries         (1,259)
Net expenses 21,189  17,417  24,268  78,676  105,312 
Net investment income 17,031  14,430  11,464  60,046  72,652 
Unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments and foreign currency:          
Control investments 26,081  97,000  (83,359) 115,906  (71,329)
Affiliate investments   72  (73) (2,159) (1,574)
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments 21,039  1,810  (33,008) (13,657) (24,640)
Foreign currency forward contracts 162      162   
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments and foreign currency 47,282  98,882  (116,440) 100,252  (97,543)
Net unrealized (appreciation) depreciation on secured borrowings (87) 377    2,353  (296)
Realized gain (loss) on investments, secured borrowings and foreign currency:          
Control investments (31,331) (91,470) (728) (122,801) (59,722)
Affiliate investments       2,048   
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments 1,494  2,033  (19,765) 6,042  (112,060)
Foreign currency forward contracts (436)     (436)  
Net realized losses on investments, secured borrowings and foreign currency (30,273) (89,437) (20,493) (115,147) (171,782)
Redemption premium on unsecured notes payable       (120)  
Provision for income taxes (622)     (622)  
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $33,331  $24,252  $(125,469) $46,762  $(196,969)
Net investment income per common share — basic and diluted $0.12  $0.10  $0.08  $0.43  $0.51 
Earnings (loss) per common share — basic and diluted $0.24  $0.17  $(0.89) $0.33  $(1.39)
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted 140,961  140,961  140,961  140,961  141,438 
                

Conference Call Information

Oaktree Specialty Lending will host a conference call to discuss its fourth fiscal quarter 2018 results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on November 29, 2018. The conference call may be accessed by dialing (877) 507-3275 (U.S. callers) or +1 (412) 317-5238 (non-U.S. callers), participant password “Oaktree Specialty Lending.” During the earnings conference call, Oaktree Specialty Lending intends to refer to an investor presentation that will be available on the Investors section of the Oaktree Specialty Lending website, www.oaktreespecialtylending.com. Alternatively, a live webcast of the conference call can be accessed on Oaktree Specialty Lending’s website.

For those individuals unable to listen to the live broadcast of the conference call, a replay will be available on Oaktree Specialty Lending’s website, or by dialing (877) 344-7529 (U.S. callers) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (non-U.S. callers), access code 10125435, beginning approximately one hour after the broadcast.

About Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation

Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation (NASDAQ:OCSL) is a specialty finance company dedicated to providing customized one-stop credit solutions to companies with limited access to public or syndicated capital markets. The firm seeks to generate current income and capital appreciation by providing companies with flexible and innovative financing solutions including first and second lien loans, unsecured and mezzanine loans, and preferred equity. The company is regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. Oaktree Specialty Lending is managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. For additional information, please visit Oaktree Specialty Lending's website at www.oaktreespecialtylending.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements because they relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition. The forward-looking statements may include statements as to: our future operating results and distribution projections; our business prospects and the prospects of our portfolio companies; and the impact of the investments that we expect to make. In addition, words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “seek,” “plan,” “should,” “estimate,” “project” and “intend” indicate forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements include these words. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those implied or expressed in the forward-looking statements for any reason, including the factors set forth in “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our annual report on Form 10-K. Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: changes in the economy, financial markets and political environment; risks associated with possible disruption in our operations or the economy generally due to terrorism or natural disasters; future changes in laws or regulations (including the interpretation of these laws and regulations by regulatory authorities) and conditions in our operating areas, particularly with respect to business development companies or regulated investment companies; and other considerations that may be disclosed from time to time in our publicly disseminated documents and filings.

We have based the forward-looking statements included in this presentation on information available to us on the date of this presentation, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Although we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, you are advised to consult any additional disclosures that we may make directly to you or through reports that we in the future may file with the SEC, including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.

Contacts

Investor Relations:
Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation
Michael Mosticchio
(212) 284-1900
ocsl-ir@oaktreecapital.com

Media Relations:
Financial Profiles, Inc.
Moira Conlon
(310) 478-2700
mediainquiries@oaktreecapital.com