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October 26, 2021

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

- Net Investment Income per Share of $0.40; NAV per Share of $11.63 -
- Debt Portfolio Yield of 16.2% -
- Declares Regular Monthly Distributions of $0.10 per Share through March 2022 and $0.05 Special Distribution Payable in December 2021 -
- Grew Portfolio to Record $452 Million -

FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) ("HRZN" or the "Company"), 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 sustainability industries, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net investment income ("NII") of $8.0 million, or $0.40 per share, compared to $5.9 million, or $0.34 per share for the prior-year period
  • Total investment portfolio of $452.3 million as of September 30, 2021
  • Net asset value of $237.6 million, or $11.63 per share, as of September 30, 2021
  • Annualized portfolio yield on debt investments of 16.2% for the quarter
  • HRZN funded 15 loans totaling $98.9 million
  • HRZN's investment adviser, Horizon Technology Finance Management LLC ("HTFM"), originated $141.4 million through its lending platform ("Horizon Platform"), inclusive of the HRZN loans
  • Raised total net proceeds of approximately $6.6 million with "at-the-market" ("ATM") offering program
  • Experienced liquidity events from five portfolio companies
  • Cash of $42.9 million and credit facility capacity of $121.8 million as of September 30, 2021
  • Held portfolio of warrant and equity positions in 74 companies as of September 30, 2021
  • Undistributed spillover income of $0.44 per share as of September 30, 2021
  • Subsequent to quarter end, declared monthly distributions of $0.10 per share payable in January, February and March 2022 and a special distribution of $0.05 per share payable in December 2021

"We had an excellent third quarter, as HRZN generated net investment income of $0.40 per share, significantly grew its portfolio and increased its NAV per share," said Robert D. Pomeroy, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HRZN. "The momentum of the 'Horizon' brand and the Horizon Platform continued to accelerate, which was clearly evidenced by HRZN's quarterly record of $99 million of originated loans. HRZN also completed five portfolio exits, leading to a debt portfolio yield of over 16%, once again among the leaders in the industry. HTFM's predictive pricing strategy continues to generate best-in-class yields, and the power of the Horizon Platform has created a portfolio for HRZN that is the largest in its history and is producing attractive yields for HRZN's shareholders."

"In addition to the strong growth in its portfolio, the credit quality of HRZN's portfolio remains very solid, with nearly 97% of its portfolio 3-rated or better," continued Mr. Pomeroy. "Demand for venture debt remains robust, and with HRZN's deep committed backlog and ample capacity to originate loans on its platform, as well as HTFM's pipeline of opportunities, HRZN is in a prime position to continue delivering compelling returns to its shareholders." 

Third Quarter 2021 Operating Results

Total investment income for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 grew 33% to $16.4 million, compared to $12.3 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, primarily due to growth in interest income on investments resulting from an increase in the average size of the debt investment portfolio, as well as higher fee income.

The Company's dollar-weighted annualized yield on average debt investments for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 was 16.2% and 15.1%, respectively.  The Company calculates the dollar-weighted annualized yield on average debt investments for any period measured as (1) total investment income (excluding dividend income) during the period divided by (2) the average of the fair value of debt investments outstanding on (a) the last day of the calendar month immediately preceding the first day of the period and (b) the last day of each calendar month during the period. The dollar-weighted annualized yield on average debt investments is higher than what investors will realize because it does not reflect expenses or any sales load paid by investors.

Total expenses for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 were $8.3 million, compared to $6.5 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.  The increase was primarily due to a $0.5 million increase in interest expense, a $0.4 million increase in the base management fee and a $0.5 million increase in the performance based incentive fee.

Net investment income for the quarter ended September 30, 2021 was $8.0 million, or $0.40 per share, compared to $5.9 million, or $0.34 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, net realized gain on investments was $1.3 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to $1.2 million, or $0.07 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, net unrealized appreciation on investments was $3.4 million, or $0.17 per share, compared to net unrealized depreciation on investments of $10.3 million, or $0.60 per share, for the prior-year period.

Portfolio Summary and Investment Activity

As of September 30, 2021, the Company's debt portfolio consisted of 43 secured loans with an aggregate fair value of $429.9 million. In addition, the Company's total warrant, equity and other investments in 76 portfolio companies had an aggregate fair value of $22.4 million.  Total portfolio investment activity for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and 2020 was as follows:

($ in thousands)

For the Three Months Ended

September 30,

For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,


2021

2020

2021

2020

Beginning portfolio

$              404,121

$              355,880

$        352,545

$              319,551






New debt investments

98,592

16,094

217,252

121,648






Principal payments received on investments

(3,221)

(6,419)

(11,303)

(20,344)






Early pay-offs

(50,367)

(43,542)

(107,957)

(90,785)






Accretion of debt investment fees

1,016

795

3,186

3,080






New debt investment fees

(962)

(202)

(2,332)

(1,415)






Warrants received in settlement of fee income

978






Proceeds from sale of investments

(1,553)

(1,945)

(5,285)

(8,200)






Dividend income from controlled affiliate
investment

118






Net realized gain (loss) on investments

1,344

1,178

(1,882)

3,945






Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on
investments

3,376

(10,288)

8,122

(16,827)






Other

199

1






Ending portfolio

$              452,346

$              311,750

$       452,346

$              311,750

Portfolio Asset Quality

The following table shows the classification of HRZN's loan portfolio at fair value by internal credit rating as of September 30, 2021, June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020:

($ in
thousands)

September 30, 2021


June 30, 2021


December 31, 2020


Number of
Investments

Debt
Investments at
Fair Value

Percentage
of Debt
Investments


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

5

$       56,337

13.1%


3

$       44,286

11.5%


6

$       77,950

23.4%

3

35

359,658

83.7%


32

318,448

82.5%


24

240,933

72.2%

2

2

11,141

2.6%


4

23,080

6.0%


3

12,875

3.9%

1

1

2,800

0.6%


--

--

--


1

1,737

0.5%

Total

43

$     429,936

100.0%


39

$     385,814

100.0%


34

$     333,495

100.0%

As of September 30, 2021, HRZN's loan portfolio had a weighted average credit rating of 3.1, compared to 3.1 as of June 30, 2021 and 3.2 as of December 31, 2020, 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 deteriorating credit quality and high degree of risk of loss of principal.

As of September 30, 2021, there was one debt investment with an internal credit rating of 1, with a cost of $3.0 million and a fair value of $2.8 million.  As of June 30, 2021 there were no debt investments with an internal credit rating of 1.  As of December 31, 2020, there was one debt investment with an internal credit rating of 1, with a cost of $6.8 million and a fair value of $1.7 million

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $88.1 million in available liquidity, consisting of $42.9 million in cash and money market funds, and $45.2 million in funds available under existing credit facility commitments.

As of September 30, 2021, there was $37.5 million in outstanding principal balance under our $125.0 million revolving credit facility ("Key Facility").  The Key Facility allows for an increase in the total loan commitment up to an aggregate commitment of $150.0 million. There can be no assurance that any additional lenders will make any commitments under the Key Facility.

Additionally, as of September 30, 2021, there was $65.8 million in outstanding principal balance under our $100 million senior secured debt facility with a large U.S.-based insurance company at an interest rate of 4.60%.

Horizon Funding Trust 2019-1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of HRZN, previously issued $100.0 million of Asset-Backed Notes (the "Notes") rated A+(sf) by Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC, and backed by $141.1 million of secured loans originated by HRZN.  The Notes bear interest at a fixed interest rate of 4.21% per annum and have a stated maturity date of September 15, 2027.   As of September 30, 2021, the Notes had an outstanding principal balance of $100.0 million.

During the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company sold 395,068 shares of common stock under its ATM offering program with Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC and B. Riley FBR, Inc. For the same period, the Company received total accumulated net proceeds of approximately $6.6 million, including $0.2 million of offering expenses, from these sales.

As of September 30, 2021, the Company's debt to equity leverage ratio was 110%, within the Company's 80-120% targeted leverage range.  The asset coverage ratio for borrowed amounts was 191%.

Liquidity Events

During the quarter ended September 30, 2021, HRZN experienced liquidity events from five portfolio companies. Liquidity events for HRZN 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, Revinate, Inc. prepaid its outstanding principal balance of $10.0 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee.  HRZN continues to hold warrants in the company.

In August, Bardy Diagnostics, Inc. was acquired by Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. and prepaid its outstanding principal balance of $25.0 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment, prepayment and success fee.  HRZN also received proceeds totaling $1.2 million from the redemption of warrants it held in the company. 

In September, Silk Technologies, Inc. prepaid its outstanding principal balance of $9.5 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee.  HRZN continues to hold warrants in the company.

In September, OutboundEngine, Inc. was acquired by Elm Street Technology, LLC and prepaid its outstanding principal balance of $5.9 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee.  HRZN also received proceeds totaling $0.3 million from the redemption of warrants it held in the company. 

In September, HRZN received a $0.5 million success fee from its investment in Silkroad Technology, Inc.

Net Asset Value

At September 30, 2021, the Company's net assets were $237.6 million, or $11.63 per share, compared to $205.2 million, or $11.17 per share, as of September 30, 2020, and $212.6 million, or $11.02 per share, as of December 31, 2020

For the quarter ended September 30, 2021, net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $12.8 million, or $0.63 per share, compared to a net decrease in net assets resulting from operations of $3.3 million, or $0.19 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Stock Repurchase Program

On April 23, 2021, the Company's board of directors extended the Company's previously authorized stock repurchase program until the earlier of June 30, 2022 or the repurchase of $5.0 million of the Company's common stock. During the quarter ended September 30, 2021, the Company did not repurchase any shares of its common stock. From the inception of the stock repurchase program through September 30, 2021, the Company has repurchased 167,465 shares of its common stock at an average price of $11.22 on the open market at a total cost of $1.9 million.

Recent Developments

On October 5, 2021, the Company funded a $2.5 million debt investment to an existing portfolio company, Branded Online, Inc.

On October 8, 2021, Getaround, Inc. prepaid its outstanding principal balance of $25.0 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. The Company continues to hold warrants in Getaround, Inc.

On October 12, 2021, Topia Mobility, Inc. prepaid its outstanding principal balance of $10.0 million on its venture loan, plus interest, end-of-term payment and prepayment fee. The Company continues to hold warrants in Topia Mobility, Inc.

Monthly and Special Distributions Declared in Fourth Quarter 2021

On October 22, 2021, the Company's board of directors declared monthly distributions of $0.10 per share payable in each of January, February and March 2022 and a special distribution of $0.05 per share payable in December 2021.  The following tables shows these monthly and special distributions, which total $0.35 per share:

Monthly Distributions

Ex-Dividend Date

Record Date

Payment Date

Amount per Share

December 16, 2021

December 17, 2021

January 14, 2022

$0.10

January 18, 2022

January 19, 2022

February 16, 2022

$0.10

February 17, 2022

February 18, 2022

March 16, 2022

$0.10



Total:

$0.30

Special Distribution

Ex-Dividend Date

Record Date

Payment Date

Amount per Share

November 17, 2021

November 18, 2021

December 15, 2021

$0.05

After paying distributions of $0.30 per share and earning net investment income of $0.40 per share for the quarter, the Company's undistributed spillover income as of September 30, 2021 was $0.44 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 HRZN 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, October 27, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its latest corporate developments and financial results. To participate in the call, please dial (877) 407-9716 (domestic) or (201) 493-6779 (international). The access code for all callers is 13724271.  The Company recommends joining the call at least 5 minutes in advance.  In addition, a live webcast will be available on the Company's website atwww.horizontechfinance.com. 

A webcast replay will be available on the Company's website for 30 days following the call.

About Horizon Technology Finance

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: HRZN) 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 sustainability industries. The investment objective of HRZN 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. Horizon Technology Finance Management LLC is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut, with a regional office in Pleasanton, California, and investment professionals located in Portland, Maine, Austin, Texas, and Reston, Virginia. 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 HRZN's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. HRZN 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:

Investor Relations:
ICR
Garrett Edson
ir@horizontechfinance.com 
(860) 284-6450

Media Relations:
ICR
Chris Gillick
HorizonPR@icrinc.com 
(646) 677-1819

 

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)



September 30,


December 31,


2021


2020



(unaudited)




Assets





Non-affiliate investments at fair value (cost of $437,919 and $343,158, respectively)

$       448,421


$     343,498


Non-controlled affiliate investments at fair value (cost of $3,820 and $6,854, respectively)

2,800


7,547


Controlled affiliate investments at fair value (cost of $1,450 and $1,500, respectively)

1,125


1,500


Total investments at fair value (cost of $443,189 and $351,512, respectively)

452,346


352,545


Cash

20,817


19,502


Investments in money market funds

22,057


27,199


Restricted investments in money market funds

1,504


1,057


Interest receivable

6,397


4,946


Other assets

2,652


1,908


Total assets

$       505,773


$     407,157







Liabilities





Borrowings

$       257,852


$     185,819


Distributions payable

6,128


5,786


Base management fee payable

698


563


Incentive fee payable

2,012


975


Other accrued expenses

1,493


1,417


Total liabilities

268,183


194,560







Commitments and contingencies










Net assets





Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share, 1,000,000 shares authorized, zero
     shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020



Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized,
     20,592,640 and 19,453,821 shares issued and 20,425,175 and 19,286,356 shares outstanding as of
     September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

21


19


Paid-in capital in excess of par

288,861


271,287


Distributable earnings

(51,292)


(58,709)


Total net assets

237,590


212,597


Total liabilities and net assets

$       505,773


$    407,157


Net asset value per common share

$           11.63


$        11.02








 

Horizon Technology Finance Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)



For the Three Months Ended


For the Nine Months Ended



September 30,


September 30,



2021


2020


2021


2020


Investment income









Interest income on investments









Interest income on non-affiliate investments

$        14,035


$       10,974


$         38,965


$        32,286


Interest income on affiliate investments


175


213


532


Total interest income on investments

14,035


11,149


39,178


32,818


Fee income









Prepayment fee income on non-affiliate investments

1,204


1,156


2,460


1,911


Success fee income on non-affiliate investments

1,100



1,100



Fee income on non-affiliate investments

28


23


320


1,112


Fee income on affiliate investments


3


12


10


Total fee income

2,332


1,182


3,892


3,033


Dividend income









Dividend income on controlled affiliate investments




118


Total dividend income




118


Total investment income

16,367


12,331


43,070


35,969


Expenses









Interest expense

3,112


2,607


8,781


7,331


Base management fee

1,997


1,616


5,595


4,865


Performance based incentive fee

2,012


1,465


5,040


4,212


Administrative fee

251


234


829


740


Professional fees

559


247


1,348


1,095


General and administrative

333


302


1,142


877


Total expenses

8,264


6,471


22,735


19,120


Net investment income before excise tax

8,103


5,860


20,335


16,849


Provision for excise tax

56



174



Net investment income

8,047


5,860


20,161


16,849


Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)









Net realized gain (loss) on non-affiliate investments

1,344


1,178


(2,372)


3,957


Net realized loss on controlled affiliate investments




(12)


Net realized gain (loss) on investments

1,344


1,178


(2,372)


3,945


Net realized loss on extinguishment of debt



(395)



Net realized gain (loss)

1,344


1,178


(2,767)


3,945


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on non-affiliate
  investments

3,929


(10,629)


10,314


(15,435)


Net unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on non-controlled affiliate
  investments

(228)


341


(1,867)


(1,134)


Net unrealized depreciation on controlled affiliate investments

(325)



(325)


(258)


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments

3,376


(10,288)


8,122


(16,827)


Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)

4,720


(9,110)


5,355


(12,882)


Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

$        12,767


$        (3,250)


$         25,516


$          3,967


Net investment income per common share

$              0.40


$               0.34


$             1.02


$            0.98


Net increase (decrease) in net assets per common share

$              0.63


$              (0.19)


$             1.29


$            0.23


Distributions declared per share

$              0.30


$               0.30


$             0.90


$            0.95


Weighted average shares outstanding

20,269,813


17,245,662


19,826,790


17,111,359


 

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Horizon Technology Finance
312 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT
06032

Jerry Michaud
(703) 956-3504
jerry@horizontechfinance.com

Horizon Technology Finance
349 Main Street
Suite 203
Pleasanton, CA
94566

Kevin May
(925) 935-2924
kevin@horizontechfinance.com

Horizon Technology Finance
1818 Library Street
Suite 500
Reston, VA
20190

Todd McDonald
(703) 282-3718
todd@horizontechfinance.com
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