PennantPark Investment Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2012

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 8, 2012) -  PennantPark Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: PNNT) announced today financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2012.

       
HIGHLIGHTS  
Quarter Ended June 30, 2012  
($in millions, except per share amounts)  
       
Assets and Liabilities:        
  Investment portfolio   $ 929.1  
  Net assets   $ 572.7  
  Net asset value per share   $ 10.16  
         
Credit Facility (cost $185.1)   $ 184.2  
SBA debentures   $ 150.0  
         
Yield on debt investments at quarter-end     13.3 %
         
Operating Results:        
  Net investment income   $ 15.6  
  Net investment income per share   $ 0.28  
  Distributions declared per share   $ 0.28  
         
Portfolio Activity:        
  Purchases of long-term investments   $ 89.9  
  Sales and repayments of long-term investments   $ 55.3  
         
  Number of new portfolio companies invested     3  
  Number of existing portfolio companies invested     2  
  Number of portfolio companies at quarter-end     51  
         

CONFERENCE CALL AT 10:00 A.M. ET ON AUGUST 9, 2012

PennantPark Investment Corporation ("we," "our," "us" or "Company") will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, August 9, 2012 to discuss its quarterly financial results. All interested parties are welcome to participate. You can access the conference call by dialing (888) 500-0920 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial (719) 325-2383. All callers should reference PennantPark Investment Corporation. An archived replay of the call will be available through August 23, 2012 by calling (888) 203-1112. International callers please dial (719) 457-0820. For all phone replays, please reference conference ID #8243576.

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

As of June 30, 2012, our portfolio totaled $929.1 million and consisted of $285.8 million of senior secured loans, $150.1 million of second lien secured debt, $401.5 million of subordinated debt and $91.7 million of preferred and common equity investments. Our portfolio consisted of 68% fixed-rate investments and 32% variable-rate investments (including 27% with a London Interbank Offered Rate, LIBOR, or prime floor). On June 30, 2012, we had two non-accrual debt investments, representing 2% and 7% of our overall portfolio on a market and cost basis, respectively. Our overall portfolio consisted of 51 companies with an average investment size of $18.2 million, had a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.3% and was invested 31% in senior secured loans, 16% in second lien secured debt, 43% in subordinated debt and 10% 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 June 30, 2012, we invested $89.9 million in three new and two existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.0%. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $55.3 million for the same period. For the nine months ended June 30, 2012, we invested $243.8 million in nine new and 13 existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield of 13.7% on debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $173.8 million for the same period.

For the three months ended June 30, 2011, we invested $145.5 million in three new and four existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.5%. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $119.3 million for the same period. For the nine months ended June 30, 2011, we invested $342.0 million in 13 new and seven existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield of 13.9% on debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments totaled $256.4 million for the same period.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Set forth below are the results of operations for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.

Investment Income

Investment income for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012 was $29.4 million and $82.6 million, respectively, and was attributable to $9.2 million and $30.0 million from senior secured loans, $4.8 million and $13.3 million from second lien secured debt investments, and $15.4 million and $39.3 million from subordinated debt investments, respectively. This compares to investment income for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011, which was $22.9 million and $65.6 million, respectively, and was primarily attributable to $7.7 million and $22.8 million from senior secured loans, $3.5 million and $9.5 million from second lien secured debt investments and $8.5 million and $24.8 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 nine months ended June 30, 2012 totaled $13.8 million and $42.3 million, respectively. For the same respective periods, base management fees totaled $4.5 million and $12.7 million, performance-based incentive fees totaled $3.9 million and $10.0 million, our senior secured revolving credit facility, or the Credit Facility, and the Small Business Administration, or SBA, debentures expense totaled $3.2 million and $8.3 million (excluding the $5.4 million one-time fees associated with amending and extending our Credit Facility), general and administrative expenses totaled $1.8 million and $5.3 million and excise taxes totaled $0.4 million and $0.6 million, respectively. This compares to expenses for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011, which totaled $9.7 million and $28.1 million, respectively. For the same respective periods, base management fees totaled $3.8 million and $10.9 million, performance-based incentive fees totaled $3.3 million and $9.4 million, Credit Facility and SBA debentures expenses totaled $1.3 million and $3.6 million, general and administrative expenses totaled $1.3 million and $4.0 million, and excise tax for the nine months ended June 30, 2011 totaled $0.1 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

Net investment income totaled $15.6 million and $40.3 million, or $0.28 and $0.78 per share, for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012, respectively. For the same respective periods in the prior year, net investment income totaled $13.2 million and $37.5 million, or $0.29 and $0.92 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 nine months ended June 30, 2012 totaled $55.3 million and $173.8 million and realized gains (losses) totaled $1.4 million and $(10.5) million, respectively, primarily due to exiting and refinancing our debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011 totaled $119.3 million and $256.4 million and realized gains totaled $6.2 million and $8.7 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 nine months ended June 30, 2012, we reported unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments of $(13.8) million and $17.0 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011, we reported unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on investments of $(16.5) million and $7.1 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 June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, our net unrealized depreciation on investments totaled $21.7 million and $38.8 million, respectively.

For the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012, our long-term Credit Facility payable increased (decreased) in value due to unrealized depreciation (appreciation) of $0.2 million and $(1.2) million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011, our long-term Credit Facility balance increased in value due to unrealized appreciation of $0.6 million and $11.9 million, respectively. The change in unrealized appreciation for current periods compared to the prior periods is the result of our Credit Facility approaching maturity. On June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, net unrealized appreciation on our long-term Credit Facility totaled $0.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively.

Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations totaled $3.4 million and $45.7 million, or $0.06 per share and $0.88 per share, respectively, for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2012. This compares to a net increase in net assets resulting from operations which totaled $2.3 million and $41.4 million, respectively, or $0.05 per share and $1.01 per share, respectively, for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011. This change in net assets from operations is due to both unrealized appreciation on investments and net investment income, which was offset by upfront 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 June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, we had outstanding borrowings of $185.1 million (including a temporary draw of $0.9 million) and $240.9 million under the Credit Facility, with a weighted average interest rate of 3.01% and 1.27%, exclusive of the fee on undrawn commitments of 0.50% and 0.20%, respectively.

On June 30, 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 $7.2 million of cash in PennantPark SBIC LP as of June 30, 2012.

Our operating activities used cash of $74.3 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2012, primarily due to investing and offset by sales and repayments on our investments. Our financing activities provided cash of $12.0 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 $35.8 million for the nine months ended June 30, 2011, and our financing activities provided cash of $62.8 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 nine months ended June 30, 2012, we declared distributions of $0.28 and $0.84 per share, respectively, for total distributions of $15.8 million and $44.3 million, respectively. During the three and nine months ended June 30, 2011, we declared distributions of $0.27 and $0.80 per share, respectively, for total distributions of $12.3 million and $34.0 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
 
           
    June 30, 2012
 (unaudited)
    September 30, 2011
Assets              
Investments at fair value              
    Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments, at fair value (cost--$907,304,090 and $816,078,311, respectively)   $ 878,560,096     $ 773,375,381
    Non-controlled, affiliated investments, at fair value (cost--$29,048,560 and $36,744,425, respectively)     36,046,802       40,673,133
    Controlled, affiliated investments, at fair value (cost--$14,500,100 and $13,500,100, respectively)     14,500,000       13,500,001
   Total Investments, at fair value (cost--$950,852,750 and $866,322,836, respectively)     929,106,898       827,548,515
Cash equivalents     9,316,015       71,604,519
Interest receivable     11,365,159       10,878,236
Receivable for investments sold     36,984,788       13,118,967
Prepaid expenses and other assets     5,386,858       5,587,977
        Total assets     992,159,718       928,738,214
Liabilities              
Distributions payable     15,782,855       12,336,241
Payable for investments purchased     30,000,000       18,572,499
Unfunded investments     26,935,270       37,132,151
Credit Facility payable (cost--$185,100,000 and $240,900,000, respectively)     184,179,000       238,792,125
SBA debentures payable (cost--$150,000,000)     150,000,000       150,000,000
Interest payable on credit facility and SBA debentures     2,331,295       687,362
Management fee payable     4,492,660       4,008,054
Performance-based incentive fee payable     3,892,683       3,773,829
Accrued other expenses     1,884,446       778,757
        Total liabilities     419,498,209       466,081,018
Net assets              
Common stock, 56,367,339 and 45,689,781 shares issued and outstanding, respectively. Par value $0.001 per share and 100,000,000 shares authorized.     56,367       45,690
Paid-in capital in excess of par value     649,247,207       540,603,020
Undistributed net investment income     4,339,635       8,326,854
Accumulated net realized loss on investments     (60,156,848 )     (49,651,922)
Net unrealized depreciation on investments     (21,745,852 )     (38,774,321)
Net unrealized appreciation on Credit Facility     921,000       2,107,875
        Total net assets   $ 572,661,509     $ 462,657,196
        Total liabilities and net assets   $ 992,159,718     $ 928,738,214
Net asset value per share   $ 10.16     $ 10.13
               
               
               
PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(Unaudited)  
   
                       
  Three months ended
June 30,
    Nine months ended
June 30,
 
  2012     2011     2012     2011  
Investment income:                              
From non-controlled, non-affiliated investments:                              
  Interest $ 25,860,359     $ 21,046,388     $ 74,190,105     $ 60,441,750  
  Other   2,628,858       1,157,228       5,584,060       3,237,675  
From non-controlled, affiliated investments:                              
  Interest   458,901       389,709       1,581,426       1,134,363  
From controlled, affiliated investments:                              
  Interest   437,500       315,000       1,230,444       785,167  
      Total investment income   29,385,618       22,908,325       82,586,035       65,598,955  
                               
Expenses:                              
  Base management fee   4,493,917       3,803,994       12,715,349       10,891,930  
  Performance-based incentive fee   3,892,819       3,256,341       10,016,789       9,387,769  
  Interest and expenses on the Credit Facility and SBA debentures   3,206,771       1,329,441       8,318,513       3,551,391  
  Administrative services expenses   1,046,991       583,215       2,652,647       1,812,932  
  Other general and administrative expenses   820,827       680,322       2,561,021       2,211,349  
  Expenses before taxes and debt issuance costs   13,461,325       9,653,313       36,264,319       27,855,371  
                               
  Excise tax   353,697       35,000       633,697       193,824  
  Debt issuance costs   --       --       5,361,319       --  
  Total expenses   13,815,022       9,688,313       42,259,335       28,049,195  
                               
      Net investment income   15,570,596       13,220,012       40,326,700       37,549,760  
                               
Realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments and Credit Facility:                              
Net realized gain (loss) on investments   1,447,084       6,155,867       (10,504,926 )     8,735,680  
Net change in unrealized (depreciation) appreciation on:                              
  Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments   (16,576,404 )     (14,977,901 )     13,958,935       8,486,459  
  Controlled & non-controlled, affiliated investments   2,799,956       (1,474,634 )     3,069,531       (1,435,899 )
  Credit Facility unrealized depreciation (appreciation)   178,500       (604,929 )     (1,186,875 )     (11,908,375 )
  Net change in unrealized (depreciation) appreciation   (13,597,948 )     (17,057,464 )     15,841,591       (4,857,815 )
                               
Net realized and unrealized (loss) gain from investments and Credit Facility   (12,150,864 )     (10,901,597 )     5,336,665       3,877,865  
                               
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations $ 3,419,732     $ 2,318,415     $ 45,663,365     $ 41,427,625  
                               
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share $ 0.06     $ 0.05     $ 0.88     $ 1.01  
Net investment income per common share $ 0.28     $ 0.29     $ 0.78     $ 0.92  
                               
                               

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