PennantPark Investment Corporation Announces Financial Results for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2013

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 8, 2013) - PennantPark Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: PNNT) announced today financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2013.

   
HIGHLIGHTS  
Quarter Ended March 31, 2013  
($ in millions, except per share amounts)  
   
Assets and Liabilities:        
  Investment portfolio   $ 1,114.9  
  Net assets   $ 697.4  
  Net asset value per share   $ 10.50  
         
Credit Facility (cost $171.7)   $ 171.7  
2025 Notes (cost $71.3)   $ 71.7  
SBA debentures   $ 150.0  
         
Yield on debt investments at quarter-end     13.5 %
         
Operating Results:        
  Net investment income   $ 14.1  
  Core net investment income per share (1)   $ 0.25  
  2025 Notes issuance cost per share   $ 0.04  
  GAAP net investment income per share   $ 0.21  
  Distributions declared per share   $ 0.28  
         
Portfolio Activity:        
  Purchases of investments   $ 75.4  
  Sales and repayments of investments   $ 42.5  
         
  Number of new portfolio companies invested     1  
  Number of existing portfolio companies invested     7  
  Number of portfolio companies at quarter-end     58  
         

(1) Core net investment income is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company believes that core net investment income provides useful information to investors and management because it reflects the Company's financial performance excluding the costs associated with the issuance of our 2025 Notes. 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 9, 2013

PennantPark Investment Corporation ("we," "our," "us" or "Company") will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday, May 9, 2013 to discuss its financial results. All interested parties are welcome to participate. You can access the conference call by dialing (888) 461-2021 approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the call. International callers should dial (719) 457-2089. All callers should reference PennantPark Investment Corporation. An archived replay of the call will be available through May 23, 2013 by calling (888) 203-1112. International callers please dial (719) 457-0820. For all phone replays, please reference conference ID #8422204.

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

As of March 31, 2013, our portfolio totaled $1,114.9 million and consisted of $291.3 million of senior secured loans, $249.1 million of second lien secured debt, $427.6 million of subordinated debt and $146.9 million of preferred and common equity investments. Our debt portfolio consisted of 67% fixed-rate and 33% variable-rate investments (including 30% with a London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, or prime floor). Our overall portfolio consisted of 58 companies with an average investment size of $19.2 million, had a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.5%, and was invested 26% in senior secured loans, 22% in second lien secured debt, 39% in subordinated debt and 13% in preferred and common equity investments.

As of September 30, 2012, our portfolio totaled $990.5 million and consisted of $291.7 million of senior secured loans, $191.3 million of second lien secured debt, $400.7 million of subordinated debt and $106.8 million of preferred and common equity investments. Our debt portfolio consisted of 69% fixed-rate and 31% variable-rate investments (including 26% with a LIBOR or prime floor). As of September 30, 2012, we had one non-accrual debt investment, representing 3.2% and 1.1% of our overall portfolio on a cost and fair value basis, respectively. Our overall portfolio consisted of 54 companies with an average investment size of $18.3 million, had a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.2%, and was invested 30% in senior secured loans, 19% in second lien secured debt, 40% in subordinated debt and 11% in preferred and common equity investments.

For the three months ended March 31, 2013, we invested $75.4 million in one new portfolio company and seven existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield on debt investments of 13.5%. Sales and repayments of long-term investments for the three months ended March 31, 2013 totaled $42.5 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2013, we had one investment restructured after going on non-accrual status. For the six months ended March 31, 2013, we invested $243.8 million in six new and 14 existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield of 12.9% on debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments for the six months ended March 31, 2013 totaled $153.4 million.

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 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 totaled $49.3 million. For the six months ended March 31, 2012, we invested approximately $153.9 million in six new and 11 existing portfolio companies with a weighted average yield of 14.2% on debt investments. Sales and repayments of long-term investments for the six months ended March 31, 2012 totaled $118.5 million.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Set forth below are the results of operations for the three and six months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012.

Investment Income

Investment income for the three and six months ended March 31, 2013 was $31.0 million and $64.0 million, respectively, and was attributable to $9.2 million and $18.0 million from senior secured loans, $8.6 million and $15.0 million from second lien secured debt investments, $13.2 million and $29.7 million from subordinated debt investments, and zero and $1.3 million from common equity investments, respectively. This compares to investment income for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012 which 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. The increase in investment income compared with the same period in the prior year was due to the growth of our portfolio which was funded through the issuance of shares and 6.25% senior notes due 2025, or 2025 Notes.

Expenses

Expenses for the three and six months ended March 31, 2013 totaled $17.0 million and $31.8 million, respectively. Base management fees for the same periods totaled $5.3 million and $10.5 million, performance-based incentive fees totaled $3.6 million and $8.1 million, debt related interest and expenses (excluding the $2.4 million debt issuance expenses associated with the 2025 Notes) totaled $4.0 million and $7.1 million, general and administrative expenses and excise tax totaled $1.7 million and $3.7 million, respectively. This compares to expenses for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, which totaled $16.6 million and $28.4 million, respectively. Base management fee for the same respective periods totaled $4.2 million and $8.2 million, performance-based incentive fees totaled $2.4 million and $6.1 million, Credit Facility and SBA Debentures interest and expenses (excluding the $5.4 million upfront fees associated with amending and restating 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, respectively. The increase in expenses was due to the growth of the portfolio as well as the higher cost of debt capital.

Net Investment Income

Net investment income totaled $14.1 million and $32.2 million, or $0.21 and $0.49 per share, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2013, respectively. Core net investment income (excluding $2.4 million of 2025 Notes debt issuance costs), a non-GAAP financial measure, totaled $16.5 million and $34.7 million, or $0.25 and $0.53 per share, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2013, respectively. For the same respective periods in the prior year, net investment income totaled $9.8 million and $24.8 million, or $0.18 and $0.50 per share. The increase in net investment income compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily the result of the growth of our portfolio offset by the increased cost of debt capital.

Net Realized Gain or Losses

Sales and repayments of long-term investments for the three and six months ended March 31, 2013 totaled $42.5 million and $153.4 million, respectively, and realized losses totaled $1.8 million and $1.0 million, respectively, due to sales and refinancing of our investments. 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, respectively, and realized losses totaled $3.9 million and $12.0 million, respectively, due to sales and refinancing of our investments.

Unrealized Appreciation or Depreciation on Investments and Debt

For the three and six months ended March 31, 2013, we reported unrealized appreciation on investments of $15.2 million and $25.2 million, respectively. 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. The change in unrealized appreciation for current periods compared to the prior periods is the result of changes in the leveraged credit markets. As of March 31, 2013 and September 30, 2012, our net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments totaled $7.1 million and $(18.1) million, respectively.

For the three and six months ended March 31, 2013, our Credit Facility and 2025 Notes changed in value due to unrealized appreciation of $0.4 million and $1.0 million, respectively. For the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, our Credit Facility increased in value due to unrealized appreciation of $0.2 million and $1.4 million, respectively. The change in unrealized appreciation for current periods compared to the prior periods is the result of issuing new debt capital and the resetting of our Credit Facility to current market rates. On March 31, 2013 and September 30, 2012, net unrealized depreciation on our Credit Facility totaled $0.4 million and $0.5 million, respectively.

Net Increase in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations totaled $27.0 million and $55.5 million, or $0.41 per share and $0.84 per share, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2013, respectively. This compares to a net increase in net assets resulting from operations which totaled $26.4 million and $42.2 million, or $0.50 per share and $0.85 per share, for the three and six months ended March 31, 2012, respectively. The change in net assets from operations is due to both unrealized appreciation on investments and net investment income.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Our liquidity and capital resources are derived primarily from proceeds of securities offerings, our debt capital 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, debt capital and proceeds from the rotation of our portfolio and proceeds from public and private offerings of securities to finance our investment objectives.

As of March 31, 2013 and September 30, 2012, we had $171.7 million (including a temporary draw of $3.5 million) and $145.0 million (including a temporary draw of $35.5 million), respectively, in outstanding borrowings under the Credit Facility, with a weighted average interest rate of 3.04% and 3.49%, respectively, exclusive of the fee on undrawn commitments of 0.50%.

As of March 31, 2013 we had $71.3 million of 2025 Notes outstanding with a fixed interest rate of 6.25%.

As of March 31, 2013 and September 30, 2012, $150.0 million in SBA debt commitments were fully drawn with a weighted average interest rate of 3.70%, exclusive of the 3.43% in upfront fees (4.04% after upfront fees). The SBA debentures upfront fees of 3.43% consist of a commitment fee of 1.00% and an issuance discount of 2.43%. Both fees are being amortized over the lives of the loans.

Our operating activities used cash of $63.1 million for the six months ended March 31, 2013, primarily for net purchases of investments. Our financing activities provided cash of $72.9 million for the same period, primarily from the proceeds of the issuance of the 2025 Notes.

Our operating activities used cash of $44.0 million for the six months ended March 31, 2012, primarily for net purchases of investments. Our financing activities used cash of $0.6 million for the same period and used proceeds from the equity offering to pay down the Credit Facility.

DISTRIBUTIONS

During the three and six months ended March 31, 2013 we declared distributions of $0.28 and $0.56 per share, respectively, for total distributions of $18.6 million and $37.2 million, respectively. We monitor available net investment income to determine if a return of capital for taxation purposes may occur for the fiscal year. To the extent our taxable earnings fall below the total amount of our distributions for any given fiscal year, a portion of those distributions may be deemed to be a return of capital to our common stockholders. Tax characteristics of all 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, or the SEC.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On April 29, 2013, we utilized the accordion feature of our Credit Facility and expanded the facility by $50 million, bringing the size of our Credit Facility to $430 million.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

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

   
PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES  
   
    March 31, 2013 (unaudited)     September 30, 2012  
Assets                
Investments at fair value                
  Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments, at fair value (cost - $917,043,333 and $871,867,953, respectively)   $ 971,792,490     $ 871,892,745  
  Non-controlled, affiliated investments, at fair value (cost - $126,891,564 and $72,576,858, respectively)     105,565,435       80,955,257  
  Controlled, affiliated investments, at fair value (cost - $63,870,076 and $64,167,051, respectively)     37,519,282       37,631,708  
  Total of investments, at fair value (cost - $1,107,804,973 and $1,008,611,862, respectively)     1,114,877,207       990,479,710  
Cash equivalents     17,333,318       7,559,453  
Interest receivable     14,621,482       14,928,862  
Prepaid expenses and other assets     5,444,939       5,999,506  
    Total assets     1,152,276,946       1,018,967,531  
Liabilities                
Distributions payable     18,592,349       15,824,061  
Payable for investments purchased     2,935,322       -  
Unfunded investments     26,801,667       26,935,270  
Credit Facility payable (cost - $171,700,000 and $145,000,000, respectively)     171,700,000       144,452,500  
SBA debentures payable (cost - $150,000,000)     150,000,000       150,000,000  
2025 Notes payable (cost - $71,250,000)     71,677,500       -  
Interest payable on debt     1,809,052       854,725  
Management fee payable     5,328,100       4,791,913  
Performance-based incentive fee payable     3,559,245       4,206,989  
Accrued other expenses     2,497,403       2,185,026  
    Total liabilities     454,900,638       349,250,484  
Net assets                
Common stock, 66,401,248 and 65,514,503 shares issued and outstanding, respectively.                
    Par value $0.001 per share and 100,000,000 shares authorized.     66,401       65,514  
Paid-in capital in excess of par value     754,021,968       744,704,825  
(Distributions in excess of) Undistributed net investment income     (2,124,126 )     2,804,397  
Accumulated net realized loss on investments     (61,232,669 )     (60,273,037 )
Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments     7,072,234       (18,132,152 )
Net unrealized (appreciation) depreciation on debt     (427,500 )     547,500  
    Total net assets   $ 697,376,308     $ 669,717,047  
    Total liabilities and net assets   $ 1,152,276,946     $ 1,018,967,531  
Net asset value per share   $ 10.50     $ 10.22  
                 
   
PENNANTPARK INVESTMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(Unaudited)  
   
    Three months ended March 31,     Six months ended March 31,  
    2013     2012     2013     2012  
Investment income:                                
From non-controlled, non-affiliated investments:                                
  Interest   $ 28,058,570     $ 24,310,488     $ 53,827,187     $ 48,330,912  
  Other income and dividends     876,680       1,084,688       5,242,954       2,955,202  
From non-controlled, affiliated investments:                                
  Interest     938,261       549,594       2,330,764       1,122,525  
  Other income     -       -       227,800       -  
From controlled, affiliated investments:                                
  Interest     1,183,750       416,889       2,386,457       791,778  
    Total investment income     31,057,261       26,361,659       64,015,162       53,200,417  
Expenses:                                
  Base management fee     5,328,100       4,178,151       10,456,711       8,221,432  
  Performance-based incentive fee     3,559,244       2,374,842       8,104,498       6,123,970  
  Interest and expenses on debt     3,984,909       2,736,619       7,079,774       5,111,742  
  Administrative services expenses     1,155,537       808,303       2,327,859       1,605,656  
  Other general and administrative expenses     719,423       897,849       1,479,955       1,740,194  
  Expenses before taxes and debt issuance costs     14,747,213       10,995,764       29,448,797       22,802,994  
  Tax (credit) expenses     (190,197 )     245,000       (114,896 )     280,000  
  Debt issuance costs     2,437,500       5,361,319       2,437,500       5,361,319  
  Total expenses     16,994,516       16,602,083       31,771,401       28,444,313  
    Net investment income     14,062,745       9,759,576       32,243,761       24,756,104  
Realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments and debt:                                
Net realized (loss) on investments     (1,830,764 )     (3,922,455 )     (959,632 )     (11,952,011 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on:                                
  Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments     26,227,226       22,470,558       32,289,547       30,535,339  
  Controlled and non-controlled, affiliated investments     (11,059,378 )     (1,692,070 )     (7,085,161 )     269,576  
  Debt appreciation     (427,500 )     (217,500 )     (975,000 )     (1,365,375 )
  Net change in unrealized appreciation     14,740,348       20,560,988       24,229,386       29,439,540  
Net realized and unrealized gain from investments and debt     12,909,584       16,638,533       23,269,754       17,487,529  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations   $ 26,972,329     $ 26,398,109     $ 55,513,515     $ 42,243,633  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share   $ 0.41     $ 0.50     $ 0.84     $ 0.85  
Net investment income per common share   $ 0.21     $ 0.18     $ 0.49     $ 0.50  
                                 

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