Horizon Technology Finance Corporation
Nov 1, 2016
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Horizon Technology Finance Announces Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Generated Annualized Portfolio Yield of 14.2%

Realized Positive Liquidity Events Including Prepayments and M&A Activity

FARMINGTON, Conn., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:HRZN) (the "Company" or "Horizon"), a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and cleantech industries, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

"During the third quarter, we realized positive liquidity events including prepayments and M&A activity from our diverse and seasoned loan portfolio, which enabled us to generate a strong portfolio yield of 14.2%," said Robert D. Pomeroy, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon. "We maintained our disciplined strategy of sourcing investments in the third quarter, choosing to preserve our liquidity for more attractive opportunities, and have ample liquidity to selectively originate new loans to grow the portfolio. As we seek to grow the portfolio, we will ensure that our underwriting standards remain rigorous and appropriate for the current environment. Our focus will remain on originating high-quality loans while striving to maximize the recovery from underperforming investments."

Mr. Pomeroy continued, "We remain committed to our policy of providing our shareholders with distributions that are covered by our net investment income over time and have adjusted our distributions to more closely align them with the size of our investment portfolio. In addition to paying distributions that are covered by our net investment income, our strategy to provide long-term shareholder value continues to include delivering additional value from our warrant and equity portfolio."

Operating Results
Total investment income was $7.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, as compared to $8.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The year-over-year decrease in total investment income is primarily due to lower interest income on investments resulting from the smaller average size of the loan portfolio. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, total investment income was $26.0 million and $22.5 million, respectively.

The Company's dollar-weighted annualized portfolio yield on average loans for the three months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was 14.2%. Horizon's dollar-weighted annualized portfolio yield on average loans for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was 15.1% and 14.1%, respectively.

Total net expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2016 were $3.3 million, as compared to $4.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015. Interest expense decreased slightly year-over-year primarily due to a decrease in average borrowings. Base management fee remained flat year-over-year primarily due to a decrease in the average size of our investment portfolio, offset by the waiver of $0.1 million of base management fee for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the three months ended September 30, 2016, the Company did not incur an incentive fee expense as the incentive fee on pre-incentive fee net investment income was subject to the incentive fee cap and deferral mechanism under the Company's Investment Management Agreement, which resulted in $0.9 million of reduced expense and additional net investment income. Total net expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased to $12.9 million, as compared to $12.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Net investment income for the three months ended September 30, 2016 was $4.4 million, or $0.38 per share, as compared to $4.1 million, or $0.35 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, net investment income was $13.3 million, or $1.15 per share, and $9.9 million, or $0.90 per share, respectively.

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, the net realized gain on investments was less than $0.01 million as compared to net realized loss on investments of $1.5 million, or $0.13 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, the net realized loss on investments was $2.9 million, or $0.25 per share, and $1.7 million, or $0.16 per share, respectively.

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, the net unrealized depreciation on investments was $10.0 million, or $0.87 per share, as compared to net unrealized appreciation on investments of $0.9 million, or $0.08 per share, for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, net unrealized depreciation on investments totaled $14.8 million, or $1.27 per share, as compared to net unrealized appreciation on investments of $1.0 million, or $0.09 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Portfolio Summary and Investment Activity
As of September 30, 2016, the Company's debt portfolio consisted of 47 secured loans with an aggregate fair value of $201.1 million. In addition, the Company's total warrant, equity and other investments in 89 portfolio companies had an aggregate fair value of $7.1 million as of September 30, 2016. Total portfolio investment activity as of and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015 was as follows:

($ in thousands)

 
For the Three Months Ended
September 30,
 For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2016   2015    2016   2015  
Beginning portfolio$  233,266  $  240,148   $  250,267  $     205,101  
New debt investments 13,536   32,848    45,223   104,781  
Principal payments received on investments (11,839)  (5,820)   (35,625  (18,975) 
Early pay-offs (16,961)  (16,196)   (33,690)  (39,618) 
Accretion of debt investment fees 382   411    1,123   1,015  
New debt investment fees (195)  (258)   (714)  (959 ) 
New equity 11       67   
  
Sale of investments (5)  (1,578)   (939)  (1,578) 
Net realized gain (loss) on investments 5   (1,462)   (2,783)  (1,692) 
Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments (10,023)  940    (14,752)  958  
Ending portfolio$  208,177  $    249,033   $  208,177  $  249,033  

Net Asset Value
At September 30, 2016, the Company's net assets were $143.7 million, or $12.44 per share, as compared to $162.2 million, or $13.94 per share, as of September 30, 2015, and $159.8 million, or $13.85 per share, as of December 31, 2015.

For the three months ended September 30, 2016, the net decrease in net assets resulting from operations was $5.6 million, or $0.49 per share, compared with a net increase in net assets of $3.5 million, or $0.30, for the three months ended September 30, 2015. For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, the net decrease in net assets resulting from operations was $4.3 million, or $0.37 per share, compared to a net increase in net assets of $9.1 million, or $0.83 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Portfolio Asset Quality
The following table shows the classification of Horizon's loan portfolio at fair value by internal credit rating as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015:

($ in thousands)September 30, 2016 December 31, 2015
 

 
Number of
Investments
 Debt
Investments
at Fair Value
 Percentage
of Debt
Investments
 Number of
Investments
 Debt
Investments
at Fair Value
 Percentage
of Debt
Investments
Credit Rating           
47 $  32,068   15.9% 7 $  23,603   9.8%
328  137,220   68.3  37  199,185   82.2 
28  19,769    9.8  7  18,879   7.8 
14  12,021   6.0  1    500   0.2 
Total47 $  201,078   100.0% 52 $  242,167   100.0%

As of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, Horizon's loan portfolio had a weighted average credit rating of 2.9 and 3.0, respectively, with 4 being the highest credit quality rating and 3 being the rating for a standard level of risk. A rating of 2 represents an increased level of risk and, while no loss is currently anticipated for a 2-rated loan, there is potential for future loss of principal. A rating of 1 represents a deteriorating credit quality and high degree of risk of loss of principal. As of September 30, 2016, there were four debt investments with an internal credit rating of 1, with a cost of $27.7 million and a fair value of $12.0 million. As of December 31, 2015, there was one debt investment with an internal credit rating of 1, with a cost of $2.7 million and a fair value of $0.5 million.

Liquidity Events
Horizon experienced liquidity events from three portfolio companies in the quarter ended September 30, 2016. Liquidity events for Horizon may consist of the sale of warrants or equity in portfolio companies, loan prepayments, sale of owned assets or receipt of success fees.

In July, mBlox, Inc. ("mBlox") was acquired by CLX Communications AB. In connection with the acquisition, mBlox prepaid the outstanding principal balance of $8.6 million on two of its venture loans, plus interest, end-of-term payments, prepayment fees and a success fee.

In September, LifePrint Group, Inc. ("LifePrint") prepaid the outstanding principal balance of $1.6 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. Horizon continues to hold warrants in LifePrint.

In September, Recondo Technology, Inc. ("Recondo") prepaid the outstanding principal balance of $6.8 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. Horizon continues to hold warrants in Recondo.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of September 30, 2016, the Company had $36.8 million in available liquidity, including $26.2 million in cash and $10.6 million in funds available under existing credit facility commitments.

At September 30, 2016, there was $63.0 million outstanding under the $95 million revolving credit facility. The facility allows for an increase in the total loan commitment up to an aggregate commitment of $150 million. There can be no assurance that any additional lenders will make any commitments under the facility.

As of September 30, 2016, the Company's debt to equity leverage ratio was 67%, and the asset coverage ratio for borrowed amounts was 250%.

Stock Repurchase Program
On July 29, 2016, the Company's board of directors extended the Company's previously authorized stock repurchase program until the earlier of June 30, 2017 or the repurchase of $5.0 million of the Company's common stock. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016, the Company repurchased 1,319 shares of its common stock at an average price of $11.54 on the open market at a total cost of $0.02 million . From the inception of the stock repurchase program through September 30, 2016, the Company has repurchased 114,701 shares of its common stock at an average price of $11.53 on the open market at a total cost of $1.3 million.

Monthly Distributions Declared in Fourth Quarter 2016
On October 28, 2016, the Company's board of directors declared monthly distributions of $0.10 per share payable in each of January, February and March 2017. The following table shows these monthly distributions, which total $0.30 per share:

Ex-Dividend DateRecord Date Payment DateAmount Per Share
December 16, 2016  December 20, 2016  January 13, 2017$0.10 
January 17, 2017January 19, 2017February 15, 2017$0.10 
February 17, 2017February 22, 2017March 15, 2017$0.10 
  Total:$0.30 

After paying distributions of $0.345 per share and earning $0.38 per share for the quarter, the Company's undistributed spillover income as of September 30, 2016 was $0.22 per share. Spillover income includes any ordinary income and net capital gains from the preceding years that were not distributed during such years.

When declaring distributions, the Horizon board of directors reviews estimates of taxable income available for distribution, which may differ from consolidated net income under generally accepted accounting principles due to (i) changes in unrealized appreciation and depreciation, (ii) temporary and permanent differences in income and expense recognition, and (iii) the amount of spillover income carried over from a given year for distribution in the following year. The final determination of taxable income for each tax year, as well as the tax attributes for distributions in such tax year, will be made after the close of the tax year.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its latest corporate developments and financial results. The dial-in number for callers in the U.S. is (877) 677-9112, and the dial-in number for international callers is (708) 290-1396. The access code for all callers is 95436940.

A live webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.horizontechfinance.com.

A replay of the call will be available through November 4, 2016. To access the replay, please dial (855) 859-2056 in the United States and (404) 537-3406 outside the United States, and then enter the access code 95436940. An online archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the call.

About Horizon Technology Finance
Horizon Technology Finance Corporation is a leading specialty finance company that provides capital in the form of secured loans to venture capital backed companies in the technology, life science, healthcare information and services, and cleantech industries. The investment objective of Horizon is to maximize its investment portfolio's return by generating current income from the debt investments it makes and capital appreciation from the warrants it receives when making such debt investments. Headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, Horizon has regional offices in Walnut Creek, California and Reston, Virginia. Horizon's common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol "HRZN". To learn more, please visit www.horizontechfinance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Horizon undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.



Horizon Technology Finance Corporation and Subsidiaries
 
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
 September 30,
2016
 December 31,
2015
 
     
Assets    
Non-affiliate investments at fair value (cost of $228,156 and
      $255,494, respectively)
$  208,177  $  250,267  
Investments in money market funds    285  
Cash 26,170   20,765   
Restricted investments in money market funds    1,091  
Interest receivable 7,781   6,258  
Other assets 2,017   2,230  
Total assets$  244,145  $  280,896  
     
Liabilities    
Borrowings$  95,550  $  114,954  
Distributions payable 3,985   3,980  
Base management fee payable 363    385  
Incentive fee payable     1,028  
Other accrued expenses 578   798  
Total liabilities 100,476   121,145  
     
Net assets    
Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized, zero
  shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015
      
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized,
  11,666,642 and 11,648,594 shares issued and 11,551,941 and 11,535,212 shares
        outstanding as of September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively
 12   12  
Paid-in capital in excess of par 179,902   179,707  
Distributions in excess of net investment income (674)  (2,006) 
Net unrealized depreciation on investments (19,979)  (5,227) 
Net realized loss on investments (15,592)  (12,735) 
Total net assets 143,669   159,751  
Total liabilities and net assets$  244,145  $  280,896  
Net asset value per common share$  12.44  $  13.85  



Horizon Technology Finance Corporation and Subsidiaries 
     
Consolidated Statements of Operations
 
 (Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data) 
     
  For the Three Months Ended For the Nine Months Ended 
 September 30, September 30, 
  2016    2015     2016      2015  
Investment income        
Interest income on non-affiliate investments$   6,819  $  7,705  $    24,610    $  20,865  
Fee income on non-affiliate investments 789   722      1,387     1,684  
Total investment income 7,608   8,427      25,997     22,549  
Expenses         
Interest expense 1,420   1,441     4,466     4,291  
Base management fee 1,135   1,279     3,666     3,456  
Performance based incentive fee    1,015      2,126     2,473  
Administrative fee 197   300     753     877  
Professional fees 315   273     1,159     991  
General and administrative 218   218     681     776  
Total expenses 3,285   4,526     12,851     12,864  
Management and performance based incentive fees waived    (140     (207 
Net expenses 3,285   4,386     12,851     12,657  
Net investment income before excise tax 4,323   4,041     13,146     9,892  
Credit for excise tax (52   (20    (138 )     
Net investment income 4,375   4,061     13,284     9,892  
Net realized and unrealized loss on investments        
Net realized gain (loss) on investments 5   (1,463    (2,857)    (1,723 
Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments (10,023  940     (14,752     958  
Net realized and unrealized loss on investments (10,018  (523     (17,609    (765 
Net (decrease) increase in net assets resulting from operations $  (5,643 $  3,538  $    (4,325   $  9,127  
Net investment income per common share$  0.38  $  0.35  $    1.15    $  0.90  
Net (decrease) increase in net assets per common share$  (0.49 $  0.30  $    (0.37   $  0.83  
Distributions declared per share$  0.345  $  0.345  $    1.035    $  1.035  
Weighted average shares outstanding 11,549,508   11,638,925     11,543,995     11,032,992  


 

Contacts:



Horizon Technology Finance

Daniel R. Trolio

Vice President of Finance and

Chief Financial Officer

(860) 674-9977

dtrolio@horizontechfinance.com



Investor Relations and Media Contact:

The IGB Group

Scott Eckstein / Leon Berman

(212) 477-8261 / (212) 477-8438

seckstein@igbir.com / lberman@igbir.com



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