Horizon Technology Finance Corporation
Horizon Technology Finance Corp (Form: 8-K, Received: 08/01/2017 16:18:19)

 

 

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

 

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

 

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 1, 2017

 

HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

Delaware   814-00802   27-2114934

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

312 Farmington Avenue 

Farmington, CT 06032  

(Address of principal executive offices and zip code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (860) 676-8654

 

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Section 2 Financial Information
Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition

 

On August 1, 2017, Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017. A copy of this press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

 

The information in Item 2.02 of this Current Report on Form 8-K, including Exhibit 99.1 furnished herewith, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for any purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to liabilities of such Section. The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 

Section 9 Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

(d) Exhibits.

 

99.1 Press release of the Company dated August 1, 2017.  

 

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SIGNATURE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: August 1, 2017 HORIZON TECHNOLOGY FINANCE CORPORATION
   
  By: /s/ Robert D. Pomeroy, Jr.
    Robert D. Pomeroy, Jr.
    Chief Executive Officer

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

 

Horizon Technology Finance Announces
Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

 

Strong Investment Activity Leads to Increased Committed Backlog;

 

Liquidity Events Contributed to Annualized Portfolio Yield of 14.7%

 

FARMINGTON, Conn., August 1, 2017 – 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 second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

 

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

· Earned net investment income of $2.8 million, or $0.24 per share, for the quarter
· Net asset value equaled $136.8 million, or $11.87 per share, at quarter end
· Funded $22.0 million in loans to five companies
· Achieved an annualized portfolio yield of 14.7% for the quarter
· Ended the quarter with an investment portfolio of $179.1 million
· Experienced liquidity events from four portfolio companies
· Total liquidity as of June 30, 2017 was $49.7 million
· Floating rate loans comprised 99% of the outstanding principal of the loan portfolio at quarter end
· At quarter end, held a portfolio of warrant and equity positions in 77 portfolio companies
· Asset coverage for borrowed amounts of 344% as of June 30, 2017
· Declared distributions of $0.10 per share payable in each of October, November and December 2017, increasing cumulative declared distributions to $9.92 per share since going public in October 2010

 

“During the second quarter, we continued to realize strong loan originations while expanding our investment pipeline,” said Robert D. Pomeroy, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon. “Our success in increasing our committed backlog to $45 million while funding $22 million in new loans is due to the additions we have made to our lending platform with new senior professionals as well as a strong market for our venture debt products.”

 

Mr. Pomeroy continued, “As we move forward, we continue to see increased pipeline activity and improvement in the quality of opportunities. Our focus remains on originating loans to innovative companies in the life science and technology sectors. Given our positive momentum with originations this year, we believe Horizon is positioned to grow its investment portfolio over the coming quarters. Complementing this, we continue to provide our shareholders with distributions while delivering additional value from our diverse warrant portfolio.”

 

Operating Results

Total investment income was $5.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2017, as compared to $9.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. 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 six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, total investment income was $12.8 million and $18.4 million, respectively.

 

 

 

 

The Company’s dollar-weighted annualized portfolio yield on average loans for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 was 14.7% and 15.5%, respectively. Horizon's dollar-weighted average annualized portfolio yield on average loans for the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 was 15.1% and 15.5%, respectively.

 

Total expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $3.1 million, as compared to $4.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2016. Interest expense decreased year-over-year primarily due to a decrease in average borrowings. Base management fee decreased year-over-year primarily due to a decrease in the average size of the investment portfolio. For the three months ended June 30, 2017, incentive fee expense decreased as the incentive fee on pre-incentive fee net investment income was limited by the incentive fee cap and deferral mechanism under the Company's Investment Management Agreement, which resulted in $0.2 million of reduced expense and additional net investment income. Total expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2017 decreased to $6.7 million, as compared to $9.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

 

Net investment income for the three months ended June 30, 2017 was $2.8 million, or $0.24 per share, as compared to $4.5 million, or $0.39 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, net investment income was $6.1 million, or $0.53 per share, and $8.9 million, or $0.77 per share, respectively.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, the net realized gain on investments was $0.2 million, or $0.02 per share, as compared to net realized loss on investments of $0.9 million, or $0.08 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, the net realized loss on investments was $10.7 million, or $0.93 per share, and $2.9 million, or $0.25 per share, respectively.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, the net unrealized depreciation on investments was $2.2 million, or $0.19 per share, as compared to net unrealized depreciation on investments of $3.7 million, or $0.32 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016. For the six months ended June 30, 2017, net unrealized appreciation on investments totaled $8.9 million, or $0.78 per share, as compared to net unrealized depreciation on investments of $4.7 million, or $0.41 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2016.

 

Portfolio Summary and Investment Activity

As of June 30, 2017, the Company’s debt portfolio consisted of 37 secured loans with an aggregate fair value of $164.9 million. In addition, the Company’s total warrant, equity and other investments in 80 portfolio companies had an aggregate fair value of $14.2 million as of June 30, 2017. Total portfolio investment activity as of and for the three months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 was as follows:

 

($ in thousands)   For the Three Months Ended
June 30,
    For the Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
    2017     2016     2017     2016  
Beginning portfolio   $ 180,114     $ 245,035     $ 194,003     $ 250,267  
New debt investments     22,074       15,187       47,990       31,687  
Principal payments received on investments     (8,441 )     (13,800 )     (20,332 )     (23,786 )
Early pay-offs     (12,308 )     (8,632 )     (39,517 )     (16,729 )
Accretion of debt investment fees     433       379       938       741  
New debt investment fees     (420 )     (230 )     (690 )     (519 )
New equity           11             56  
Proceeds from sale of investments     (346 )     (99 )     (1,572 )     (935 )
Net realized gain (loss) on investments     175       (871 )     (10,670 )     (2,788 )
Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments     (2,197 )     (3,714 )     8,934       (4,728 )
Ending portfolio   $ 179,084     $ 233,266     $ 179,084     $ 233,266  

 

 

 

 

Net Asset Value

At June 30, 2017, the Company’s net assets were $136.8 million, or $11.87 per share, as compared to $153.2 million, or $13.27 per share, as of June 30, 2016, and $139.2 million, or $12.09 per share, as of December 31, 2016.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2017, the net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $0.7 million, or $0.06 per share, compared with a net decrease in net assets of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2016.

 

Portfolio Asset Quality

The following table shows the classification of Horizon’s loan portfolio at fair value by internal credit rating as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016:

 

($ in thousands)     June 30, 2017       December 31, 2016  
      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                                                
4     8     $ 26,132       15.8 %     6     $ 29,721       16.0 %
3     23       124,123       75.3       28       131,605       70.6  
2     3       7,040       4.3       6       13,360       7.2  
1     3       7,600       4.6       4       11,500       6.2  
Total     37     $ 164,895       100.0 %     44     $ 186,186       100.0 %

 

As of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, Horizon’s loan portfolio had a weighted average credit rating of 3.0, 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 June 30, 2017, there were three debt investments with an internal credit rating of 1, with an aggregate cost of $16.0 million and an aggregate fair value of $7.6 million. As of December 31, 2016, there were four debt investments with an internal credit rating of 1, with an aggregate cost of $26.2 million and an aggregate fair value of $11.5 million.

 

Liquidity Events

Horizon experienced liquidity events from four portfolio companies in the quarter ended June 30, 2017. 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 April, Avalanche Technology, Inc. (“Avalanche”) prepaid the outstanding principal balance of $2.4 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. Horizon continues to hold warrants in Avalanche.

 

In April, Systech International, Inc. (“Systech”) prepaid $2.2 million of the outstanding principal balance on one of its venture loans, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. Horizon continues to hold a debt investment and warrants in Systech.

 

In May, Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. (“Nanocomp”) prepaid the outstanding principal balance of $3.2 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. Horizon continues to hold warrants in Nanocomp.

 

In May, ControlScan, Inc. (“ControlScan”) prepaid the outstanding principal balance of $4.5 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. Horizon also received proceeds of approximately $290,000 pursuant to its exercise and sale of warrants in ControlScan.

 

 

 

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2017, the Company had $49.7 million in available liquidity, including $12.3 million in cash and $37.4 million in funds available under existing credit facility commitments.

 

At June 30, 2017, there was $23.0 million outstanding under the $95.0 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 June 30, 2017, the Company’s debt to equity leverage ratio was 41%, and the asset coverage ratio for borrowed amounts was 344%.

 

Stock Repurchase Program

On April 27, 2017, the Company’s board of directors extended the Company's previously authorized stock repurchase program until the earlier of June 30, 2018 or the repurchase of $5.0 million of the Company's common stock. From the inception of the stock repurchase program through June 30, 2017, the Company has repurchased 161,542 shares of its common stock at an average price of $11.27 on the open market at a total cost of $1.8 million.

 

Monthly Distributions Declared in Third Quarter 2017

On July 28, 2017, the Company’s board of directors declared monthly distributions of $0.10 per share payable in each of October, November and December 2017. The following table shows these monthly distributions, which total $0.30 per share:

 

Ex-Dividend Date   Record Date   Payment Date   Amount Per Share  
September 18, 2017   September 20, 2017   October 16, 2017   $ 0.10  
October 17, 2017   October 19, 2017   November 15, 2017   $ 0.10  
November 16, 2017   November 20, 2017   December 15, 2017   $ 0.10  
        Total:   $ 0.30  

 

After paying distributions of $0.30 and earning $0.24 per share for the quarter, the Company’s undistributed spillover income as of June 30, 2017 was $0.08 per share. Spillover income includes any ordinary income and net capital gains from the preceding tax years that were not distributed during such tax 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, August 2, 2017 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 53336886.

 

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

 

 

 

 

A replay of the call will be available through August 4, 2017. 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 53336886. 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 Pleasanton, California, Reston, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. 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.

 

Contacts :

Horizon Technology Finance Investor Relations and Media Contact:
Daniel R. Trolio The IGB Group
Chief Financial Officer Scott Eckstein / Leon Berman
(860) 674-9977 (212) 477-8261 / (212) 477-8438
dtrolio@horizontechfinance.com seckstein@igbir.com / lberman@igbir.com

 

 

 

 

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation and Subsidiaries

 

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

    June 30,
2017
    December 31,
2016
 
             
Assets                
Non-affiliate investments at fair value (cost of $189,613 and $211,627, respectively)   $ 179,084     $ 194,003  
Cash     12,273       37,135  
Interest receivable     4,095       6,036  
Other assets     1,665       2,078  
Total assets   $ 197,117     $ 239,252  
                 
Liabilities                
Borrowings   $ 55,691     $ 95,597  
Distributions payable     3,456       3,453  
Base management fee payable     308       337  
Incentive fee payable     405        
Other accrued expenses     495       673  
Total liabilities     60,355       100,060  
                 
Net assets                
Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized, zero shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016            
Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 11,680,722 and 11,671,966 shares issued and 11,519,180 and 11,510,424 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively     12       12  
Paid-in capital in excess of par     179,647       179,551  
Distributions in excess of net investment income     (1,187 )     (397 )
Net unrealized depreciation on investments     (10,529 )     (19,463 )
Net realized loss on investments     (31,181 )     (20,511 )
Total net assets     136,762       139,192  
Total liabilities and net assets   $ 197,117     $ 239,252  
Net asset value per common share   $ 11.87     $ 12.09  

 

 

 

 

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 Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2017     2016     2017     2016  
Investment income                                
Interest income on non-affiliate investments   $ 5,418     $ 8,788     $ 11,697     $ 17,790  
Prepayment fee income on non-affiliate investments     327       263       788       429  
Fee income on non-affiliate investments     133       41       356       170  
Total investment income     5,878       9,092       12,841       18,389  
Expenses                                
Interest expense     1,084       1,512       2,401       3,046  
Base management fee     888       1,247       1,862       2,531  
Performance based incentive fee     405       1,027       836       2,126  
Administrative fee     187       275       381       556  
Professional fees     324       343       830       844  
General and administrative     236       261       410       462  
Total expenses     3,124       4,665       6,720       9,565  
Net investment income before excise tax     2,754       4,427       6,121       8,824  
Credit for excise tax           (85 )           (85 )
Net investment income     2,754       4,512       6,121       8,909  
                                 
Net realized and unrealized loss on investments                                
Net realized gain (loss) on investments     176       (876 )     (10,670 )     (2,862 )
Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments     (2,197 )     (3,714 )     8,934       (4,728 )
Net realized and unrealized loss on investments     (2,021 )     (4,590 )     (1,736 )     (7,590 )
                                 
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations   $ 733     $ (78 )   $ 4,385     $ 1,319  
Net investment income per common share   $ 0.24     $ 0.39     $ 0.53     $ 0.77  
Net increase (decrease) in net assets per common share   $ 0.06     $ (0.01 )   $ 0.38     $ 0.11  
Distributions declared per share   $ 0.30     $ 0.345     $ 0.60     $ 0.69  
Weighted average shares outstanding     11,517,271       11,544,412       11,515,074       11,541,208