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Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. Announces December 2013 Quarterly Financial Results and Its Third Consecutive Dividend Increase

WHITE PLAINS, NY, Feb. 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ:FSFR) ("FSFR" or "we") announces its financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2013.

2014 Fiscal Year to Date Financial Highlights

  • Net investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 increased by 79% to $1.5 million or $0.23 per share, as compared to $0.8 million or $0.16 per share for the period ended September 30, 2013;
  • During the quarter ended December 31, 2013, we closed $97.5 million of new investments, 100% of which were senior secured floating rate loans, which increased our investment portfolio at fair value by 178% to $135.4 million as of December 31, 2013;
  • As of December 31, 2013, we had fully invested our IPO proceeds of $100.0 million, as well as $37.5 million of borrowings under our credit facility, bringing our leverage ratio to 0.37x debt to equity; and
  • Our Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.27 per share, reflecting our third consecutive quarterly increase and a 17% increase from the prior quarter.

Dividend Declaration

On February 11, 2014, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.27 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, payable on July 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on June 30, 2014.

Second Quarter 2014 Investment Activity Update

During our second fiscal quarter 2014 thus far, we have closed $34.5 million of new investments and we expect to reach our target leverage range of 0.8x to 0.9x prior to March 31, 2014.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

Our Board of Directors determined the fair value of our portfolio at December 31, 2013 to be $135.4 million, as compared to $48.7 million at September 30, 2013. Total assets at December 31, 2013 were $141.0 million, as compared to $101.5 million at September 30, 2013.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2013, we closed $97.5 million of investments in 17 portfolio companies, $92.2 million of which were funded at close. Net originations for the quarter were $92.8 million.

At December 31, 2013, our portfolio consisted of investments in 23 companies, most of which were completed in connection with investments by private equity sponsors. At fair value, 100% of our portfolio consisted of senior secured debt investments that bore interest at floating rates. Our average portfolio company investment size at fair value was $5.9 million at December 31, 2013, versus $6.1 million at September 30, 2013.

"We are pleased to report strong earnings for our first full quarter since FSFR's IPO. The momentum from the December quarter has carried into January and February, putting us on track to reach our target leverage in the March quarter and to continue to grow earnings in support of our dividend," stated our President and Chief Investment Officer, Ivelin M. Dimitrov.

Our weighted average yield on debt investments at December 31, 2013 was 6.64%, and included a cash component of 6.62%.

Results of Operations

Total investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 was $2.3 million, consisting of interest and fee income on our portfolio investments.

Expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2013 were $0.8 million and primarily consisted of the base management fee, interest expense, professional fees and general and administrative expenses. The base management fee was calculated at an annual rate of 1% of the average of our gross assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents) during the quarter.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of December 31, 2013, we had $2.5 million of cash and cash equivalents, portfolio investments (at fair value) of $135.4 million, $1.1 million of interest and fees receivable, dividend payable of $1.3 million, $37.5 million of borrowings outstanding under our Natixis credit facility and unfunded commitments of $10.3 million.

As of September 30, 2013, we had $52.3 million of cash and cash equivalents, portfolio investments (at fair value) of $48.7 million, $0.4 million of interest and fees receivable and unfunded commitments of $5.8 million.

Fiscal Year 2014 Dividends

Thus far during fiscal year 2014, our Board of Directors has declared the following quarterly dividends:

  • $0.01 per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2013, which was paid on October 31, 2013 to stockholders of record on October 21, 2013;
  • $0.20 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, which was paid on January 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on December 16, 2013;
  • $0.23 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, payable on April 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on March 31, 2014; and
  • $0.27 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, payable on July 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on June 30, 2014.

Dividends are paid primarily from distributable (taxable) income. Our Board of Directors determines dividends based on estimates of distributable (taxable) income, which may differ from book income due to temporary and permanent differences in income and expense recognition and changes in unrealized appreciation and depreciation on investments.

Our dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") provides for reinvestment of dividends, unless a stockholder elects to receive cash. As a result, if our Board of Directors declares a cash dividend, our stockholders whose shares are registered in their name and who have not "opted out" of our DRIP will have their cash dividends automatically reinvested in additional shares of our common stock, rather than receiving cash dividends. We provide up to a 5% discount on newly-issued shares purchased through the DRIP (provided that shares will not be issued at less than net asset value per share). If you are a stockholder and your shares of our common stock are held through a brokerage firm or other financial intermediary and you wish to participate in the DRIP, please contact your broker or other financial intermediary.

Portfolio Asset Quality

We utilize the following investment ranking system for our investment portfolio:

  • Investment Ranking 1 is used for investments that are performing above expectations and/or capital gains are expected.
  • Investment Ranking 2 is used for investments that are performing substantially within our expectations, and whose risks remain materially consistent with the potential risks at the time of the original or restructured investment. All new investments are initially ranked 2.
  • Investment Ranking 3 is used for investments that are performing below our expectations and for which risk has materially increased since the original or restructured investment. The portfolio company may be out of compliance with debt covenants and may require closer monitoring. To the extent that the underlying agreement has a PIK interest provision, investments with a ranking of 3 are generally those on which we are not accruing PIK interest.
  • Investment Ranking 4 is used for investments that are performing substantially below our expectations and for which risk has increased substantially since the original or restructured investment. Investments with a ranking of 4 are those for which some loss of principal is expected and are generally those on which we are not accruing cash interest.

At December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2013, the distribution of our investments on the 1 to 4 investment ranking scale at fair value was as follows:

December 31, 2013 September 30, 2013
Fair Value % of Portfolio Leverage Ratio Fair Value % of Portfolio Leverage Ratio
1
2 $135,371,106 100.00% 4.29 $48,653,617 100.00% 4.32
3
4
Total $135,371,106 100.00% 4.29 $48,653,617 100.00% 4.32

Recent Developments

On January 3, 2014, our Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.23 per share, payable on April 15, 2014 to stockholders of record as of March 31, 2014.

On February 11, 2014, our Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.27 per share, payable on July 15, 2014 to stockholders of record on June 30, 2014.

Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
(unaudited)
December 31,
2013
September 30,
2013
ASSETS
Investments at fair value:
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (cost December 31, 2013: $135,665,544; cost September 30, 2013: $48,653,617) $135,371,106 $48,653,617
Total investments at fair value (cost December 31, 2013: $135,665,544; cost September 30, 2013: $48,653,617) 135,371,106 48,653,617
Cash and cash equivalents 2,503,268 52,346,831
Interest and fees receivable 1,109,513 394,023
Due from portfolio company 182,768 8,333
Deferred financing costs 1,798,089
Other assets 74,542 47,240
Total assets $141,039,286 $101,450,044
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS
Liabilities:
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities $1,039,988 $484,066
Base management fee payable 295,928 61,379
Due to FSC, Inc. 86,978 61,721
Interest payable 108,522
Dividend payable 1,333,354
Credit facility payable 37,500,000
Total liabilities 40,364,770 607,166
Net assets:
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized, 6,666,768 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2013 66,668 66,668
Additional paid-in-capital 99,934,852 99,934,852
Net unrealized depreciation on investments (294,439)
Net realized gain on investments 22,625
Accumulated undistributed net investment income 944,810 841,358
Total net assets (equivalent to $15.10 and $15.13 per common share at December 31, 2013 and September 30, 2013, respectively) 100,674,516 100,842,878
Total liabilities and net assets $141,039,286 $101,450,044

Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.
Consolidated Statement of Operations
For the three months ended December 31, 2013
(unaudited)
Interest income:
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments $1,303,079
Interest on cash and cash equivalents 2,020
Total interest income 1,305,099
Fee income:
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments 1,001,244
Total fee income 1,001,244
Total investment income 2,306,343
Expenses:
Base management fee 234,549
Professional fees 121,532
Board of Directors fees 54,250
Interest expense 141,033
Administrator expense 107,259
General and administrative expenses 144,247
Total expenses 802,870
Net investment income 1,503,473
Unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments:
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (294,439)
Net unrealized depreciation on investments (294,439)
Realized gain on investments:
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments 22,625
Net realized gain on investments 22,625
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations $1,231,659
Net investment income per common share — basic and diluted $0.23
Earnings per common share — basic and diluted $0.18
Weighted average common shares outstanding — basic and diluted 6,666,768

About Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp.

Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. is a specialty finance company that provides financing solutions in the form of floating rate senior secured loans to small and mid-sized companies, primarily in connection with investments by private equity sponsors. The company's investment objective is to maximize its portfolio's total return by generating current income from its debt investments while seeking to preserve its capital. The company intends to elect to be regulated as a business development company and is externally managed by Fifth Street Management LLC. Named 2013 "Lender Firm of the Year" by The M&A Advisor, Fifth Street Management LLC is an SEC-registered investment adviser and leading alternative asset manager with over $3 billion in assets under management. With a track record of more than 15 years, Fifth Street's nationally recognized platform has the ability to hold loans up to $150 million, commit up to $250 million and structure and syndicate transactions up to $500 million. FSFR's website can be found at fsfr.fifthstreetfinance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the future performance of the company. Words such as "believes," "expects," "estimates," "projects," "anticipates," and "future" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, and these factors are identified from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Dean Choksi, Executive Director of Finance & Head of Investor Relations (914) 286-6855 dchoksi@fifthstreetfinance.com Media Contact: Nick Rust Prosek Partners (212) 279-3115 ext. 252 pro-fifthstreet@prosek.com

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