Great Elm Capital Corp. Announces Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results; Net Investment Income of $0.57 Per Share; Board Declares Fourth Quarter 2018 Distribution of $0.25 Per Share ($0.083 Per Share Per Month)

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WALTHAM, Mass., Aug. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Great Elm Capital Corp. (“we,” “us,” “our” or “GECC”), (NASDAQ: GECC), today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 and filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

“Our team delivered another solid quarter, with NII significantly covering our distribution. Additionally, I am encouraged by our team’s efforts in monetizing the legacy portfolio, as well as with the business momentum exhibited by Avanti Communications Group plc, our largest position,” said Peter A. Reed, GECC’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  

As of June 30, 2018, we held 29 debt investments across 23 companies, totaling approximately $185.4 million and representing 85.4% of invested capital and 93.0% of the fair market value of investments. First lien and / or senior secured debt investments comprised 100.0% of the fair market value of our debt investments as of the same date.

As of June 30, 2018, the weighted average current yield on our debt portfolio was 11.1% with approximately 54.8% of invested debt capital, as measured by fair value of investments at quarter end, in floating rate instruments.

During the quarter ended June 30, 2018, we deployed approximately $37.9 million into eight investments (all existing portfolio companies). The weighted average price of the new debt investments was 99% of par, carrying a weighted average current yield of 10.9%. All of these investments are first lien and / or senior secured investments.

During the quarter ended June 30, 2018, we monetized 12 investments, in part or in full, for approximately $27.7 million, at a weighted average current yield of 10.4%. Our weighted average realization price was 100% of par.

In the 21 months since the Full Circle Capital Corporation (“Full Circle”) merger closed, we have been working diligently to monetize the legacy portfolio. During that time, we have exited 23 positions across 15 portfolio companies realizing an aggregate total return of $4.4 million on these positions, which represents 108 of NAV, a significant achievement given the market’s assessment of this portfolio.

Subsequent to quarter end, we received a significant paydown on our investment in The Selling Source, LLC (“Selling Source”), further reducing our exposure to the legacy Full Circle portfolio. Additionally, subsequent to the close of the quarter, we monetized our warrants in RiceBran Technologies Corporation (“Ricebran”), another legacy Full Circle position. Please refer to the updates below under: Recent Developments / Portfolio Investments. Including the paydown of the loan to Selling Source and the sale of the RiceBran warrants, the monetization of the legacy Full Circle portfolio is approximately 73% of the cost basis.

Total investment income for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was approximately $7.2 million, or $0.67 per share. Net expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 were approximately $1.1 million, or $0.10 per share. 

Net realized gains for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 were approximately $810 thousand, or $0.08 per share. Net unrealized depreciation from investments for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 was approximately ($4.2) million, or ($0.40) per share.

As of June 30, 2018, available liquidity from cash and money market investments was approximately $8.5 million, exclusive of our holdings of United States Treasury Bills. Total debt outstanding as of June 30, 2018 was $79.0 million, comprised of our 6.50% senior notes due September 2022 (NASDAQ: GECCL) and our 6.75% senior notes due January 2025 (NASDAQ: GECCM).

On August 8, 2018, our Board declared the monthly distributions for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2018 at $0.083 per share. The schedule of distribution payments is as follows:

Our distribution policy has been designed to set an annual base distribution rate that is covered by NII. From time to time, as catalyst-driven investments are realized or when we out-earn our declared distributions, we intend to supplement monthly distributions with special distributions from NII generated in excess of the declared distributions. 

As of June 30, 2018, we had approximately $79.0 million in par value of debt outstanding with an asset coverage ratio of 255% and debt to equity ratio of 0.63x.

Great Elm Capital Corp. will host a conference call and webcast on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its second quarter financial results. All interested parties are invited to participate in the conference call by dialing +1 (844) 820-8297; international callers should dial +1 (661) 378-9758. Participants should enter the Conference ID 3184429 when asked. For a copy of the slide presentation that will be referenced during the course of our conference call, please visit:

The presentation will also be published before the opening of the financial markets on Friday, August 10, 2018.  Additionally, the conference call will be webcast simultaneously at: .

Great Elm Capital Corp. is an externally managed, specialty finance company focused on investing in debt instruments of middle market companies. GECC elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. GECC focuses on special situations and catalyst-driven investments as it seeks to generate attractive, risk-adjusted returns through both current income and capital appreciation.

Statements in this communication that are not historical facts are “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “will,” “estimate,” “designed,” “seek,” “continue,” “upside,” “potential” and similar expressions. All such forward-looking statements involve estimates and assumptions that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed in the statements. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are: conditions in the credit markets, the price of GECC common stock and the performance of GECC’s portfolio and investment manager. Information concerning these and other factors can be found in GECC’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and other reports filed with the SEC. GECC assumes no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any duty to, update any forward-looking statements contained in this communication or to conform prior statements to actual results or revised expectations except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.

This press release does not constitute an offer of any securities for sale.

Meaghan K. Mahoney Senior Vice President +1 (617) 375-3006

 

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Globe Newswire: 11:00 GMT Friday 10th August 2018

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