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CM Finance Inc Reports Results for its Fiscal Second Quarter ended December 31, 2016

NEW YORK, Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CM Finance Inc (NASDAQ:CMFN) (“CMFN” or “the Company”) today announced its financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended December 31, 2016.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net Asset Value (“NAV”) per share increased 2.3% to $12.13, from $11.86 in the prior quarter
  • CMFN made four new investments during the quarter with a total cost of $24.5mm and a weighted average yield of 10.06%. This included investments in two new portfolio companies
  • Four investments were fully realized during the quarter with an average IRR of 14.32%
  • The weighted average yield on debt investments, at cost, declined to 9.79%, compared to 10.02% in the prior quarter

Portfolio results, as of December 31, 2016:
Total assets $308.0mm
Investment portfolio, at fair value $245.4mm
Net assets $166.1mm
Weighted average yield on debt investments, at cost 9.79%
Net asset value per share $12.13
Portfolio activity in the current quarter:
Number of new investments 4
Total capital invested $24.5mm
Proceeds from repayments, sales, and amortization $47.9mm
Number of portfolio companies, end of period 19
Net investment income (NII) $4.9mm
Net investment income per share $0.36
Net increase in net assets from operations $8.6mm
Net increase in net assets from operations per share $0.62
Quarterly per share distribution paid on January 5, 2017 $0.3516

Mr. Michael C. Mauer, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Unscheduled repayments late in the quarter boosted our net investment income. Our pipeline is robust, both for primary and secondary market opportunities. We are intensely focused on identifying investment opportunities to redeploy our capital into secured assets.”

On November 3, 2016, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a distribution for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 of $0.3516 per share, payable on January 5, 2017, to shareholders of record as of December 16, 2016. In addition, the Company’s Board of Directors also declared a distribution for the quarter ended March 31, 2017, of $0.25 per share, payable on April 6, 2017, to shareholders of record as of March 17, 2017. Mr. Mauer commented, “Our new dividend level of $.25 per share is consistent with our ability to generate NII without reducing the investment quality of our portfolio, by reaching for yield, or changing our focus from secured lending opportunities. We believe it is a sustainable and competitive level, representing a 10.4% yield on our February 7, 2017, closing share price of $9.65."

Portfolio and Investment Activities
During the quarter, we made investments in four companies, including two new portfolio companies. These four investments totaled $24.5mm, at cost, and were made at a weighted average yield of 10.06%. We also realized $47.9mm of repayments, sales and amortization. The resulting decline in the size of our investment portfolio was partially offset by realized and unrealized gains of approximately $3.7mm, or $.27 per share, for the quarter. The total net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the quarter was $8.6mm, or $0.62 per share. At December 31, 2016, our NAV per share was $12.13.

As of December 31, 2016, our investment portfolio of $245.4mm (at fair value) consisted of investments in 19 portfolio companies, of which 57.2% were first lien investments and 42.8% were second lien investments. Our debt portfolio consisted of 95.4% floating rate investments (of which 100% had a London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR, floor) and 4.6% fixed rate investments. As of December 31, 2016, we had two loans on non-accrual status representing 5.1% of our portfolio at fair value.

Capital Resources
As of December 31, 2016, we had $26.6mm in cash, $27.8mm in restricted cash and $35.7mm of capacity under our revolving credit facility.

Subsequent Events
Subsequent to quarter end, our debt investment in U.S. Well Services, LLC was restructured. As a result of this, our $6.7 million loan is now a $3.8 million loan at L+9.00% with a 1% floor, or L+11.00% with a 1% floor if paid-in-kind, and an equity interest of approximately 2%. We also purchased an interest in the new first-out revolving credit facility of U.S. Well Services, LLC. We believe this creates real opportunity for upside to our current value over the near- and medium-term.

Subsequent to quarter end, the Company invested $21.3mm in new portfolio companies, $1.0mm in existing portfolio companies, and received no repayment or sales proceeds.

CM Finance Inc and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
December 31, 2016
(Unaudited)
June 30, 2016
Assets
Non-controlled, non-affiliated investments, at fair value (amortized cost of $268,644,626 and $307,364,949, respectively)$245,398,868 $272,114,164
Derivatives, at fair value (cost $0 and $0, respectively)6,483,333 9,071,659
Cash26,569,817 18,433,066
Cash, restricted27,792,121 18,023,466
Interest receivable1,530,437 1,897,710
Deferred offering costs186,513 186,513
Prepaid expenses and other assets1,125 234,837
Total Assets$ 307,962,214 $319,961,415
Liabilities
Notes Payable:
Term loan$102,000,000 $102,000,000
Revolving credit facility14,332,649 30,478,329
Deferred debt issuance costs(782,100) (1,510,491)
Notes Payable, net115,550,549 130,967,838
Base management fees payable2,395,481 1,257,768
Income-based incentive fees payable1,167,813 275,540
Payable for investments purchased9,965,000 8,828,750
Derivatives, at fair value (cost $0 and $0, respectively)6,483,333 9,071,659
Dividend payable4,812,446 4,809,778
Deferred financing costs payable620,500 879,042
Interest payable262,216 175,792
Accrued expenses and other liabilities650,825 945,365
Total Liabilities 141,908,163 157,211,532
Commitments and Contingencies
Net Assets
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share (100,000,000 shares authorized, 13,687,280 and 13,679,686 shares issued and outstanding, respectively)13,687 13,680
Additional paid-in capital199,790,758 199,722,997
Accumulated net realized loss(7,988,787)
Distributions in excess of net investment income(2,515,849) (1,736,009)
Net unrealized depreciation on investments(23,245,758) (35,250,785)
Total Net Assets 166,054,051 162,749,883
Total Liabilities and Net Assets$307,962,214 $319,961,415
Net Asset Value Per Share$12.13 $11.90


CM Finance Inc and subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
For the three months ended December 31,
2016 2015
Investment Income:
Interest income $8,792,597 $8,707,519
Payment in-kind interest income 721,364
Other fee income 359,494 529,819
Total investment income 9,152,091 9,958,702
Expenses:
Base management fees 1,183,946 1,444,998
Income-based incentive fees 1,095,515
Interest expense 1,037,818 1,007,104
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 364,195 364,195
Professional fees 229,804 172,434
Allocation of administrative costs from advisor 148,710 161,180
Custodian and administrator fees 107,473 136,038
Directors' fees 99,999 96,750
Insurance expense 92,651 102,443
Other expenses 123,210 158,475
Total expenses 4,483,321 3,643,617
Waiver of income-based incentive fees (203,242)
Net expenses 4,280,079 3,643,617
Net investment income 4,872,012 6,315,085
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investment transactions:
Net realized gains (losses) on investments 39,502 106,604
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments and unfunded commitments 3,642,584 (21,819,026)
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) 3,682,086 (21,712,422)
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations $8,554,098 $(15,397,337)
Basic and diluted:
Net investment income per share $0.36 $0.46
Earnings (loss) per share $0.62 $(1.13)
Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding 13,686,865 13,671,273
Distributions paid per common share $0.3516 $0.3469

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 $50mm and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of at least $15mm. 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.

Contacts CM Finance Inc Investor Relations Email: investorrelations@cmipllc.com Phone: 212-257-5199

Source:CM Finance