PennantPark Investment Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2012

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - PennantPark Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: PNNT), "we," "our," "us" or "Company," today announces financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2012.

HIGHLIGHTS
Quarter Ended March 31, 2012
($ in millions, except per share amounts)

Assets and Liabilities:
Investment portfolio $ 888.9
Net assets $ 583.3
Net asset value per share $ 10.38
Credit Facility (cost $158.5) $ 157.8
SBA debentures $ 150.0
Yield on debt investments at quarter-end 13.3 %
Operating Results:
Net investment income $ 9.8
GAAP net investment income per share $ 0.18
One-time debt issuance costs per share (1) $ 0.10
Core net investment income per share (2) $ 0.28
Distributions declared per share $ 0.28
Portfolio Activity:
Purchases of long-term investments $ 110.9
Sales and repayments of long-term investments $ 49.3
Number of new portfolio companies invested 5
Number of existing portfolio companies invested 4
Number of portfolio companies at quarter-end 49

(1) One-time costs relating to amending and restating our Credit Facility.
(2) Core net investment income is a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes one time charges primarily related to our Credit Facility, amortized for tax purposes. The Company believes that core net investment income provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is one method the Company uses to measure its financial condition and results of operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

CONFERENCE CALL AT 10:00 A.M. ET ON MAY 3, 2012

The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, May 3, 2012 to discuss its quarterly financial results. All interested parties are welcome to participate. You can access the conference call by dialing (888) 378-4361 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial (719) 457-2642. All callers should reference PennantPark Investment Corporation. An archived replay of the call will be available through May 17, 2012 by calling (888) 203-1112. International callers please dial (719) 457-0820. For all phone replays, please reference conference ID #2586492.

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

As of March 31, 2012, our portfolio totaled $888.9 million and consisted of $274.2 million of senior secured loans, $168.1 million of second lien secured debt, $362.9 million of subordinated debt and $83.7 million of preferred and common equity investments. Our portfolio consisted of 66% fixed-rate investments and 34% variable-rate investments (including 27% with a London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, or prime floor). On March 31, 2012, we had one non-accrual debt investment, representing 1% of our overall portfolio on a market value basis and 4% of our overall portfolio on a cost basis. Our overall portfolio consisted of 49 companies with an average investment size of $18.1 million, had a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.3% and was invested 31% in senior secured loans, 19% in second lien secured debt, 41% in subordinated debt and 9% in preferred and common equity investments.

As of September 30, 2011, our portfolio totaled $827.5 million and consisted of $296.5 million of senior secured loans, $165.3 million of second lien secured debt, $309.3 million of subordinated debt and $56.4 million of preferred and common equity investments. Our portfolio consisted of 61% fixed-rate investments and 39% variable-rate investments (including 31% with a LIBOR or prime floor). Our overall portfolio consisted of 48 companies with an average investment size of $17.2 million, had a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.3% and was invested 36% in senior secured loans, 20% in second lien secured debt, 37% in subordinated debt and 7% in preferred and common equity investments.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012, we invested $110.9 million in five new and four existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.2%. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $49.3 million for the same period. For the six months ended March 31, 2012, we invested $153.9 million in six new and eleven existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield of 14.2% on debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $118.5 million for the same period.

For the three months ended March 31, 2011, we invested $96.6 million in four new and two existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.6%. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $51.6 million for the same period. For the six months ended March 31, 2011, we invested $196.5 million in ten new and three existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield of 14.3% on debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $137.1 million for the same period.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Set forth below are the results of operations for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Investment Income

Investment income for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012 was $26.4 million and $53.2 million, respectively, and was attributable to $9.4 million and $20.7 million from senior secured loans, $4.4 million and $8.5 million from second lien secured debt investments, and $12.6 million and $24.0 million from subordinated debt investments, respectively. This compares to investment income for the three and six months ended March 31, 2011, which was $22.7 million and $42.7 million, respectively, and was primarily attributable to $8.0 million and $15.1 million from senior secured loans, $2.8 million and $6.0 million from second lien secured debt investments and $8.6 million and $16.3 million from subordinated debt investments, respectively. The increase in investment income from the same period in the prior year is due to the growth of our portfolio, which is the result of deploying both equity from our follow-on offering and debt capital raised during the period.

Expenses

Expenses for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012 totaled $16.6 million and $28.4 million, respectively. For the same respective periods, base management fees totaled $4.2 million and $8.2 million, performance-based incentive fees totaled $2.4 million and $6.1 million, our senior secured revolving credit facility, or the Credit Facility, and the Small Business Administration, or SBA, debentures expense (excluding the $5.4 million one-time fees associated with amending and extending our Credit Facility) totaled $2.7 million and $5.1 million, general and administrative expenses totaled $1.7 million and $3.3 million and excise taxes totaled $0.2 million and $0.3 million. This compares to expenses for the three and six months ended March 31, 2011, which totaled $9.6 million and $18.4 million, respectively. For the same respective periods, base management fees totaled $3.6 million and $7.1 million, performance-based incentive fees totaled $3.3 million and $6.1 million, Credit Facility and SBA debentures expenses totaled $1.1 million and $2.2 million, general and administrative expenses totaled $1.5 million and $2.8 million, and excise tax for the six months ended March 31, 2011 totaled $0.2 million. The increase in expenses from the same period in the prior year is due to the growth of the portfolio and net investment income as well as the costs associated with amending and extending our Credit Facility. Interest expense could be higher going forward resulting from an increase in the spread on the amended Credit Facility.

Net Investment Income

GAAP net investment income totaled $9.8 million and $24.8 million, or $0.18 and $0.50 per share, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, respectively. Core net investment income totaled $15.2 million and $30.1 million, or $0.28 and $0.61 per share, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, respectively. Core net investment income is a non-GAAP financial measure which excludes one time charges primarily related to our Credit Facility which are amortized for tax purposes. The Company believes that core net investment income provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is one method the Company uses to measure its taxable financial condition and results of operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. For the same respective periods in the prior year, net investment income totaled $13.2 million and $24.3 million, or $0.32 and $0.63 per share. The decrease in per share net investment income over the periods was primarily the result of upfront expenses associated with amending and restating our Credit Facility.

Net Realized Gains or Losses

Sales and repayments of long-term investments for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012 totaled $49.3 million and $118.5 million and realized losses totaled $3.9 million and $12.0 million, respectively, due to refinancing of our debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments for the three and six months ended March 31, 2011 totaled $51.6 million and $137.1 million and realized gains totaled $0.3 million and $2.6 million, respectively, due to sales of lower yielding investments and refinancing of our debt investments.

Unrealized Appreciation or Depreciation on Investments and Credit Facility

For the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, we reported unrealized appreciation on investments of $20.8 million and $30.8 million, respectively. For the three and six months ended March 31, 2011, we reported unrealized appreciation on investments of $4.8 million and $23.5 million, respectively. The change in unrealized appreciation for current periods compared to the prior periods is the result of changes in the leveraged credit markets. On March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, our net unrealized depreciation on investments totaled $8.0 million and $38.8 million, respectively.

For the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, our long-term Credit Facility payable increased in value due to unrealized appreciation of $0.2 million and $1.4 million, respectively. For the three and six months ended March 31, 2011, our long-term Credit Facility balance increased in value due to unrealized appreciation of $4.7 million and $11.3 million, respectively. The change in unrealized appreciation for current periods compared to the prior periods is the result of our Credit Facility, which was amended and extended during the quarter. On March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, net unrealized depreciation on our long-term Credit Facility totaled $0.7 million and $2.1 million, respectively.

Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations totaled $26.4 million and $42.2 million or $0.50 per share and $0.85 per share, respectively, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012. This compares to a net increase in net assets resulting from operations which totaled $13.6 million and $39.1 million, respectively, or $0.33 per share and $1.01 per share, respectively, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2011. This increase in net assets from operations is due to both unrealized appreciation on investments and net investment income, which was offset by upfront one-time fees on our Credit Facility.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Our liquidity and capital resources are derived from our Credit Facility, SBA debentures and cash flows from operations, including investment sales and repayments, and income earned. Our primary use of funds from operations includes investments in portfolio companies and payments of fees and other operating expenses we incur. We have used, and expect to continue to use, our Credit Facility, the SBA debentures, proceeds from the rotation of our portfolio and proceeds from public and private offerings of securities to finance our investment objectives.

On March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, we had outstanding borrowings of $158.5 million (including a temporary draw of $10.0 million) and $240.9 million under the Credit Facility, with a weighted average interest rate of 3.19% and 1.27%, exclusive of the fee on undrawn commitments of 0.50% and 0.20%, respectively.

On March 31, 2012 and September 30, 2011, $150.0 million in SBA debt commitments were fully drawn with a weighted average interest rate of 3.70% exclusive of 3.43% in upfront fees (4.04% inclusive of the upfront fees). We had $25.8 million of cash in PennantPark SBIC LP as of March 31, 2012.

Our operating activities used cash of $44.0 million for the six months ended March 31, 2012, primarily due to investing and offset by repayments on our investments. Our financing activities used cash of $0.6 million for the same period, primarily from proceeds from our common stock offering and net repayments under our Credit Facility.

Our operating activities used cash of $54.5 million for the six months ended March 31, 2011, and our financing activities provided cash of $54.2 million for the same period, primarily from net repayments under our Credit Facility, SBA debentures issued, and our common stock offering.

DISTRIBUTIONS

During the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, we declared distributions of $0.28 and $0.56 per share, respectively, for total distributions of $15.7 million and $28.5 million, respectively. During the three and six months ended March 31, 2011, we declared distributions of $0.27 and $0.53 per share, respectively, for total distributions of $12.3 million and $21.7 million, respectively. Distributions are paid from taxable earnings and may include a return of capital and/or capital gains. The specific tax characteristics of the distributions will be reported to stockholders on Form 1099-DIV after the end of the calendar year and in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

The Company makes available on its website its report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and stockholders may find the report on its website at www.pennantpark.com.

PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
March 31, 2012
(unaudited)
September 30, 2011
Assets
Investments at fair value
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments, at fair value (cost--$850,864,770 and $816,078,311, respectively) $ 838,697,179 $ 773,375,381
Non-controlled, affiliated investments, at fair value (cost--$31,457,826 and $36,744,425, respectively) 35,656,110 40,673,133
Controlled, affiliated investments, at fair value (cost--$14,500,100 and $13,500,100, respectively) 14,500,002 13,500,001
Total Investments, at fair value (cost--$896,822,696 and $866,322,836, respectively) 888,853,291 827,548,515
Cash equivalents 26,964,225 71,604,519
Interest receivable 11,013,869 10,878,236
Receivable for investments sold 4,179,031 13,118,967
Prepaid expenses and other assets 4,895,013 5,587,977
Total assets 935,905,429 928,738,214
Liabilities
Distributions payable 15,737,924 12,336,241
Payable for investments purchased 3,528,707 18,572,499
Unfunded investments 16,980,269 37,132,151
Credit Facility payable (cost--$158,500,000 and $240,900,000, respectively) 157,757,500 238,792,125
SBA debentures payable (cost--$150,000,000) 150,000,000 150,000,000
Interest payable on Credit Facility and SBA debentures 937,416 687,362
Management fee payable 4,176,894 4,008,054
Performance-based incentive fee payable 2,374,706 3,773,829
Accrued other expenses 1,104,368 778,757
Total liabilities 352,597,784 466,081,018
Net assets
Common stock, 56,206,873 and 45,689,781 shares issued and outstanding, respectively.
Par value $0.001 per share and 100,000,000 shares authorized. 56,207 45,690
Paid-in capital in excess of par value 647,530,381 540,603,020
Undistributed net investment income 4,551,894 8,326,854
Accumulated net realized loss on investments (61,603,932 ) (49,651,922 )
Net unrealized depreciation on investments (7,969,405 ) (38,774,321 )
Net unrealized depreciation on Credit Facility 742,500 2,107,875
Total net assets $ 583,307,645 $ 462,657,196
Total liabilities and net assets $ 935,905,429 $ 928,738,214
Net asset value per share $ 10.38 $ 10.13
PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
Three months ended March 31, Six months ended March 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Investment income:
From non-controlled, non-affiliated investments:
Interest $ 24,310,488 $ 20,836,197 $ 48,330,912 $ 39,395,362
Other 1,084,688 1,233,863 2,955,202 2,080,447
From non-controlled, affiliated investments:
Interest 549,594 381,222 1,122,525 744,654
From controlled, affiliated investments:
Interest 416,889 260,167 791,778 470,167
Total investment income 26,361,659 22,711,449 53,200,417 42,690,630
Expenses:
Base management fee 4,178,151 3,589,342 8,221,432 7,087,936
Performance-based incentive fee 2,374,842 3,338,434 6,123,970 6,131,428
Interest and expenses on the Credit Facility and SBA debentures 2,736,619 1,086,523 5,111,742 2,221,950
Administrative services expenses 808,303 650,662 1,605,656 1,229,717
Other general and administrative expenses 897,849 847,668 1,740,194 1,531,027
Expenses before taxes and debt issuance costs 10,995,764 9,512,629 22,802,994 18,202,058
Excise tax 245,000 39,857 280,000 158,824
Debt issuance costs 5,361,319 - 5,361,319 -
Total expenses 16,602,083 9,552,486 28,444,313 18,360,882
Net investment income 9,759,576 13,158,963 24,756,104 24,329,748
Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments and Credit Facility:
Net realized (loss) gain on investments (3,922,455 ) 286,452 (11,952,011 ) 2,579,813
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on:
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments 22,470,558 4,711,487 30,535,339 23,464,360
Controlled & non-controlled, affiliated investments (1,692,070 ) 128,906 269,576 38,735
Credit Facility unrealized (appreciation) (217,500 ) (4,698,821 ) (1,365,375 ) (11,303,446 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation 20,560,988 141,572 29,439,540 12,199,649
Net realized and unrealized gain from investments and Credit Facility 16,638,533 428,024 17,487,529 14,779,462
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations $ 26,398,109 $ 13,586,987 $ 42,243,633 $ 39,109,210
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share $ 0.50 $ 0.33 $ 0.85 $ 1.01
Net investment income per common share $ 0.18 $ 0.32 $ 0.50 $ 0.63

ABOUT PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT CORPORATION

PennantPark Investment Corporation is a business development company which principally invests in U.S. middle-market private companies in the form of senior secured loans, mezzanine debt and equity investments. PennantPark Investment Corporation is managed by PennantPark Investment Advisers, LLC.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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CONTACT:
Aviv Efrat
PennantPark Investment Corporation
Reception: (212) 905-1000
www.pennantpark.com