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CM Finance Inc Reports Results for Its Fiscal Fourth Quarter Ended June 30, 2015

NEW YORK, Sept. 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CM Finance Inc (Nasdaq:CMFN) ("CMFN" or "the Company") today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2015.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virgin America sold, realizing a gain of $4.5 million or $0.33 per share; proceeds reinvested in yielding assets
  • Capitol Petroleum Group prepaid our loan with prepayment income of $2.3 million or $0.17 per share
  • Investment portfolio increased by $18.4 million, or 5.9%, from last quarter, to $330.3 million at fair value
  • Weighted average yield, at cost, on debt portfolio of 10.91% compared to 11.20% at March 31, 2015
  • Eight debt investments made during the quarter with a weighted average yield, at cost, of 10.5%
  • Declared a special distribution of $0.43 per share payable on September 15, 2015 to shareholders of record as of September 1, 2015
  • Declared a regular quarterly distribution of $0.3469 per share for the quarter ending September 30, 2015 payable on October 2, 2015, to shareholders of record as of September 18, 2015.

Portfolio results, as of June 30, 2015:
Total Assets $362.8 mm
Investment portfolio, at fair value $330.3 mm
Net Assets $197.0 mm
Weighted Average yield on debt investments, at cost 10.91%
Weighted Average yield on debt investments, at fair value 11.27%
Net Asset Value per share $14.41
Portfolio activity in the current quarter:
Number of new investments 8
Total capital invested $56.4 mm
Proceeds from repayments, sales, and amortization $37.4 mm
Number of portfolio companies, end of period 26
Net investment income $6.3 mm
Net investment income per share $0.46
Net increase in net assets from operations $4.6 mm
Net increase in net assets from operations per share $0.34
Distribution declared per share (paid July 2, 2015) $0.3469

Mr. Michael C. Mauer, the Company's Chief Executive Officer, said, "We monetized our investment in the common stock of Virgin America Inc., recognizing that our core mission is to invest in the middle market, protect shareholders capital and distribute returns to shareholders.. During the quarter, we were pleased to have the opportunity to grow our portfolio and to lend to new portfolio companies. We continue to see solid deal flow, and have the ability to be highly selective in those we pursue. We have also been opportunistic in our exposure to syndicated credit while remaining focused on originating new loans in the middle market."

On June 10, 2015, the Company's Board of Directors declared a special distribution of $0.43 per share payable on September 15, 2015 to shareholders of record as of September 1, 2015, and a regular quarterly distribution for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 of $0.3469 per share payable on October 2, 2015 to shareholders of record as of September 18, 2015.

The Company reported net investment income of $6.3 million, or $0.46 per share, and net realized and unrealized losses of $1.6 million, or $0.12 per share, for the quarter. The total net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the quarter was $4.7 million, or $0.34 per share. At June 30, 2015, the Company's net asset value (NAV) per share was $14.41.

Portfolio and Investment Activities

During the quarter, we continued to grow and diversify our investment portfolio. We added eight new investments for $50.5 million, funded $5.9 million under two pre-existing commitments and realized $37.4 million of repayments, sales proceeds and amortization. The increase in our net investments after taking into account realized and unrealized gains was approximately $18.4 million (at fair value). Three of our eight new investments in the fiscal fourth quarter were to new portfolio companies. Our investments in new portfolio companies during the quarter averaged $7.6 million, and had a weighted average yield of 11.4%.

At June 30, 2015, our investment portfolio of $330.3 million (at fair value) consisted of investments in 26 portfolio companies, of which 49.7% were first lien investments, 47.1% were second lien investments, 2.4% were unsecured investments and 0.8% were equity and warrant positions. At June 30, 2015, our average portfolio company investment at fair value was $12.7 million. We had no nonperforming loans in the portfolio.

As of June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014, respectively, our weighted average total yield of debt and income producing securities at amortized cost (which includes interest income and amortization of fees and discounts) was 10.91% and 10.82%, respectively, and our weighted average total yield of debt and income producing securities at fair value (which includes interest income and amortization of fees and discounts) was 11.27% and 10.44%, respectively.

Capital Resources

As of June 30, 2015, we had $21.5 million in cash, $3.4 million in restricted cash, and $1.2 million of capacity under our revolving credit facility. Our net assets totaled $197.0 million.

Subsequent Events

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company invested $35.7 million in new and existing portfolio companies and received repayment or sales proceeds of $44.5 million.

CM Finance Inc and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statement of Assets and Liabilities
June 30, 2015 June 30, 2014
Assets
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments, at fair value (amortized cost of $336,323,856 and $271,682,258 respectively) $330,323,856 $273,710,465
Derivatives, at fair value (cost $0 and $0, respectively) 1,845,768 563,866
Cash 21,535,492 24,698,073
Cash, restricted 3,433,704 7,139,313
Interest receivable 2,900,804 1,458,043
Deferred debt issuance costs 2,331,035 459,676
Deferred offering costs 186,513 --
Prepaid expenses and other assets 232,704 730,562
Total Assets $362,789,876 $308,759,998
Liabilities
Notes Payable:
Term loan $102,000,000 $76,500,000
Revolving credit facility 48,847,459 9,091,314
Payable for investments purchased 2,988,655 16,660,000
Distributions payable 4,741,174 4,612,500
Derivatives, at fair value (cost $0 and $0, respectively) 1,845,768 563,866
Base management fees payable 1,420,978 313,237
Income-based incentive fees payable 1,723,260 --
Deferred financing costs payable 1,525,000 --
Interest payable 168,658 108,117
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 578,075 694,143
Total Liabilities 165,839,027 108,543,177
Net Assets
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (100,000,000 shares authorized, 13,667,267 and 13,666,666 shares issued and outstanding) 13,667 13,667
Additional paid-in capital 199,418,478 198,810,786
Accumulated net realized gain 3,700,400 --
Accumulated distributions in excess of net investment income (412,913) (635,839)
Net unrealized appreciation on investments (5,768,783) 2,028,207
Total Net Assets 196,950,849 200,216,821
Total Liabilities and Net Assets $362,789,876 $308,759,998
Net Asset Value Per Share $14.41 $14.65
CM Finance Inc and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statement of Operations
For the three months ended June 30, For the twelve months ended June 30,
2015 2014 2015 2014
Investment Income:
Income:
Interest income $11,259,339 $6,113,405 $35,165,863 $18,808,795
Payment in-kind interest income 218,174 492,305 1,212,036 1,723,676
Other fee income 42,332 -- 630,206 601,590
Total investment income 11,519,845 6,605,710 37,008,105 21,134,061
Expenses:
Interest expense 988,886 621,401 3,527,014 2,466,792
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 340,590 180,552 1,194,662 461,380
Base management fees 1,420,978 1,005,836 5,169,039 1,461,770
Income-based incentive fees 1,563,388 -- 4,711,675 --
Capital gains incentive fees -- -- -- --
Custodian and administrator fees 87,344 32,274 303,913 88,707
Directors' fees 108,005 76,500 426,255 201,500
Professional fees 380,330 281,750 1,214,546 561,961
Allocation of administrative costs from advisor 209,241 221,821 591,233 267,809
Insurance expense 85,266 122,145 396,885 176,953
Other expenses 84,110 143,530 338,835 597,595
Total expenses 5,268,138 2,685,809 17,874,057 6,284,467
Waiver of income-based incentive fees -- (692,599) (1,174,655) (1,148,533)
Net expenses 5,268,138 1,993,210 16,699,402 5,135,934
Net investment income $6,251,707 $4,612,500 $20,308,703 $15,998,127
Net realized and unrealized losses on investment transactions:
Net realized losses on investments attributable to CM Finance LLC -- -- -- (946,608)
Net realized gains on investments attributable to CM Finance Inc 4,326,004 54,921 3,012,575 162,630
Net change in unrealized appreciation on investments attributable to CM Finance LLC -- -- -- 549,814
Net change in unrealized (depreciation) / appreciation on investments attributable to CM Finance Inc (5,911,675) 225,237 (7,796,990) 412,071
Net realized and unrealized losses (gains) (1,585,671) 280,158 (4,784,415) 177,907
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations $4,666,036 $4,892,658 $15,524,288 $16,176,034
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations attributable to CM Finance LLC -- -- -- 9,219,852
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations attributable to CM Finance Inc 4,666,036 4,892,658 15,524,288 6,956,182
CM Finance Inc:
Basic and diluted:
Net investment income per share 0.46 0.34 1.48 0.47
Earnings per share 0.34 0.36 1.13 0.51
Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 13,667,254 13,666,666 13,666,812 13,666,666
Net investment income attributable to CM Finance LLC -- -- -- 9,616,646
Net investment income attributable to CM Finance Inc 6,251,707 4,612,500 20,308,703 6,381,481

About CM Finance Inc

The Company is an externally-managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company's investment objective is to maximize the total return to its stockholders in the form of current income and capital appreciation through debt and related equity investments by targeting investment opportunities with favorable risk-adjusted returns. The Company seeks to invest primarily in middle-market companies that have annual revenues of at least $50 million and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of at least $15 million. The Company's investment activities are managed by its investment adviser, CM Investment Partners LLC. To learn more about CM Finance Inc, please visit www.cmfn-inc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein may contain "forward-looking statements," which relate to future performance or financial condition. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein except as required by law. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

CONTACT: CM Finance Inc Investor Relations Email: investorrelations@cmfn-inc.com Phone: 212-257-5199

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