Barings BDC, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results And Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.17 Per Share

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC) ("Barings BDC" or the "Company") today reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter of 2020 and announced that the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share.

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Highlights

Income Statement

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2020

Three Months Ended
June 30, 2020

(dollars in millions, except per share data)

Total
Amount

Per

Share(1)

Total
Amount

Per
Share(2)

Net investment income

$8.0

$0.17

$6.5

$0.14

Net realized losses

$(20.5)

$(0.43)

$(16.5)

$(0.34)

Net unrealized appreciation

$55.9

$1.17

$65.0

$1.36

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

$43.2

$0.90

$54.7

$1.14

Dividends paid


$0.16


$0.16


(1) Based on weighted average shares outstanding during the period of 47,961,753.

(2) Based on weighted average shares outstanding during the period of 47,977,481.

 

Investment Portfolio and Balance Sheet





(dollars in millions, except per share data)

As of
September 30,
2020

As of
June 30,
2020

As of
March 31,
2020

As of
December 31,
2019

Investment portfolio at fair value

$1,116.3


$1,034.0


$1,071.8


$1,173.6


Weighted average yield on performing debt investments, excluding short-term investments (at principal amount)

6.2%


5.5%


5.8%


6.2%


Weighted average spread on performing debt investments excluding short-term investments (at principal amount)

4.8%


4.6%


4.6%


4.5%







Total assets

$1,222.6


$1,065.1


$1,096.9


$1,252.6


Debt outstanding (principal)

$692.0


$569.3


$631.1


$670.7


Total net assets (equity)

$526.0


$490.5


$445.7


$570.9


Net asset value per share

$10.97


$10.23


$9.23


$11.66


Debt-to-equity ratio

1.32x


1.16x


1.42x


1.17x


Net debt-to-equity ratio (adjusted for cash, short-term investments and unsettled transactions)

0.74x


1.00x


1.20x


0.90x


Third Quarter 2020 Results

Commenting on the quarter, Eric Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "During the third quarter, Barings continued to drive quality origination flow across both middle-market and cross-platform investments while maintaining a high quality investment portfolio with no loans on non-accrual. I am also pleased to announce that the Barings BDC Board of Directors approved a dividend increase to $0.17 per share for the fourth quarter, up from $0.16 per share in the third quarter."

During the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company reported total investment income of $16.3 million, net investment income of $8.0 million, or $0.17 per share, and a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $43.2 million, or $0.90 per share.

Net asset value ("NAV") per share as of September 30, 2020 was $10.97, as compared to $10.23 as of June 30, 2020. The increase in NAV per share from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020 was primarily attributable to net unrealized appreciation on the Company's investment portfolio and foreign currency transactions of approximately $1.17 per share, partially offset by net realized losses on investments and foreign currency transactions of $0.43 per share.

Recent Portfolio Activity

During the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company made 15 new investments totaling $127.3 million, nine investments in existing portfolio companies totaling $16.3 million and an additional investment in one joint venture equity portfolio company totaling $1.6 million. During the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company had three loans repaid at par totaling $6.5 million and received $3.7 million of portfolio company principal payments. In addition, the Company sold $201.9 million of loans, recognizing a net realized loss on these transactions of $18.4 million, and sold $40.2 million of middle-market portfolio company debt investments to its joint venture and realized a loss on these transactions of $1.1 million.

During the three months ended September 30, 2020, the Company reported total net unrealized appreciation of $55.9 million, consisting of net unrealized appreciation on its current portfolio of $29.7 million, net unrealized depreciation related to foreign currency transactions of $2.1 million and net unrealized appreciation reclassification adjustments of $28.4 million related to the net realized losses on the sales / repayments of certain investments. The net unrealized appreciation on the Company's current portfolio of $29.7 million was driven primarily by the credit or fundamental performance of middle-market debt investments of $1.1 million, the impact of foreign currency exchange rates on middle-market debt investments of $1.9 million and the broad market moves for the entire investment portfolio of $26.7 million.

Liquidity and Capitalization

As of September 30, 2020, the Company had cash of $7.1 million, short-term money market fund investments of $210.5 million, $463.7 million of borrowings outstanding under its $800.0 million senior secured revolving credit agreement, $50.0 million of unsecured notes outstanding and $178.3 million outstanding under its term debt securitization.

On August 3, 2020, the Company entered into a Note Purchase Agreement (the "August NPA") governing the issuance of (i) $50.0 in aggregate principal amount of Series A senior unsecured notes (the "Series A Notes") due August 2025 with a fixed interest rate of 4.66% per year, and (ii) up to $50.0 in aggregate principal amount of additional senior unsecured notes (the "Additional Notes" and, collectively with the Series A Notes, the "August 2025 Notes") due August 2025 with a fixed interest rate per year to be determined, in each case, to qualified institutional investors in a private placement. An aggregate principal amount of $25.0 million of the Series A Notes was issued on September 24, 2020 and an aggregate principal amount of $25.0 of the Series A Notes was issued on September 29, 2020, both of which will mature on August 4, 2025 unless redeemed, purchased or prepaid prior to such date by the Company or its affiliates in accordance with their terms. Interest on the August 2025 Notes will be due semiannually. In addition, the Company is obligated to offer to repay the August 2025 Notes at par if certain change in control events occur. The August 2025 Notes are the Company's general unsecured obligations that rank pari passu with all outstanding and future unsecured unsubordinated indebtedness issued by the Company.

Commenting on the Company's liquidity position, Jonathan Bock, Chief Financial Officer, stated, "During the third quarter, Barings BDC continued to improve its liquidity position and financing profile through the issuance of $50 million in 5-year unsecured notes at a 4.66% coupon. I am also pleased to announce that in November, Barings BDC issued an additional $175 million in unsecured notes across the 5-year and 7-year maturity profiles at 4.25% and 4.75% coupons. This attractively priced unsecured debt enhances operational stability and flexibility in a period of market volatility."

Share Repurchase Program

On February 27, 2020, the Board approved an open-market share repurchase program for fiscal year 2020 (the "2020 Share Repurchase Program"). Under the 2020 Share Repurchase Program, the Company is authorized during fiscal year 2020 to repurchase up to a maximum of 5.0% of the amount of shares outstanding as of February 27, 2020 if shares trade below NAV per share, subject to liquidity and regulatory constraints.

As of November 9, 2020, the Company had repurchased a total of 989,050 shares of its common stock in the open market under the 2020 Share Repurchase Program (approximately 2.0% of shares outstanding as of February 27, 2020), at an average price of $7.21 per share, including commissions paid.

Dividend Information

The Board has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.17 per share.

The Company's fourth quarter dividend will be payable as follows:


Fourth Quarter 2020 Dividend:



Amount per share:

$0.17


Record date:

November 25, 2020


Payment date:

December 2, 2020

Dividend Reinvestment Plan

Barings BDC has adopted a dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") that provides for reinvestment of dividends and distributions on behalf of its stockholders, unless a stockholder elects to receive cash. As a result, when the Company declares a cash dividend or distribution, stockholders who have not opted out of the DRIP will have their cash dividends or distributions automatically reinvested in additional shares of the Company's common stock, rather than receiving cash.

When the Company declares and pays dividends and distributions, it determines the allocation of the distribution between current income, accumulated income and return of capital on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). At each year end, the Company is required for tax purposes to determine the allocation based on tax accounting principles. Due to differences between GAAP and tax accounting principles, the portion of each dividend distribution that is ordinary income, capital gain or return of capital may differ for GAAP and tax purposes. The tax status of the Company's distributions can be found on the Investor Relations page of its website.

Subsequent Events

Subsequent to September 30, 2020, the Company made approximately $155.4 million of new commitments, of which $130.6 million closed and funded. The $130.6 million of investments consist of $128.5 million of first lien senior secured debt investments and a $2.1 million second lien senior secured term loan with a combined weighted average yield of 6.2%. In addition, the Company funded $8.7 million of previously committed delayed draw term loans.

On October 15, 2020, the Company fully repaid all outstanding notes under its term debt securitization totaling $178.3 million with available cash and short-term money market fund investments.

On November 4, 2020, the Company entered into a Note Purchase Agreement (the "November NPA") governing the issuance of (i) $62.5 million in aggregate principal amount of Series B senior unsecured notes ("Series B Notes") due November 2025 with a fixed interest rate of 4.25% per year and (ii) $112.5 million in aggregate principal amount of Series C senior unsecured notes ("Series C Notes" and, collectively with the Series B Notes, the "November Notes") due November 2027 with a fixed interest rate of 4.75% per year, in each case, to qualified institutional investors in a private placement. Each stated interest rate is subject to a step up of (x) 0.75% per year, to the extent the applicable November Notes do not satisfy certain investment grade conditions and/or (y) 1.50% per year, to the extent the ratio of secured debt to total assets exceeds specified thresholds, measured as of each fiscal quarter end. The November Notes were delivered and paid for on November 5, 2020. The Series B Notes will mature on November 4, 2025 and the Series C Notes will mature on November 4, 2027 unless redeemed, purchased or prepaid prior to such date by the Company or its affiliates in accordance with their terms. Interest on the November Notes will be due semiannually. In addition, the Company is obligated to offer to repay the November Notes at par if certain change in control events occur. The November Notes will be the Company's general unsecured obligations that rank pari passu with all outstanding and future unsecured unsubordinated indebtedness issued by the Company.

In connection with the November NPA, also on November 4, 2020, the Company amended the August NPA to reduce the aggregate principal amount of unissued Additional Notes from $50.0 million to $25.0 million.

Conference Call to Discuss Third Quarter 2020 Results

Barings BDC has scheduled a conference call to discuss third quarter 2020 financial and operating results for Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. ET.

To listen to the call, please dial 877-407-8831 or 201-493-6736 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A taped replay will be made available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and will remain available until November 24, 2020. To access the replay, please dial 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 and enter conference ID 13711281.

This conference call will also be available via a live webcast on the investor relations section of its website at https://ir.barings.com/ir-calendar. Access the website 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to download and install any necessary audio software. An archived webcast replay will be available on the Company's website until November 24, 2020.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein or on the webcast/conference call may constitute "forward-looking statements," which relate to future events or Barings BDC's future performance or financial condition. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made, which reflect management's current estimates, projections, expectations or beliefs, and which are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the ability of Barings LLC to manage Barings BDC and identify investment opportunities, are subject to change at any time based upon economic, market or other conditions, including with respect to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on Barings BDC's and its portfolio companies' results of operations and financial condition, and may not be relied upon as investment advice or an indication of Barings BDC's trading intent. More information on these risks and other potential factors that could affect Barings BDC's financial results, including important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from plans, estimates or expectations included herein or on the webcast/conference call, is included in Barings BDC's filings with the SEC, including in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of Barings BDC's most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K, as well as in subsequent filings, including Barings BDC's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. In addition, there is no assurance that Barings BDC or any of its affiliates will purchase additional shares of Barings BDC at any specific discount levels or in any specific amounts. There is no assurance that the market price of Barings BDC's shares, either absolutely or relative to net asset value, will increase as a result of any share repurchases, or that any repurchase plan will enhance stockholder value over the long term.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide additional information about the Company's results, the Company's management has discussed in this press release the Company's net debt (calculated as total debt less cash, short-term investments and unsettled transactions) and its net debt-to-equity ratio (calculated as net debt divided by total net assets), which are not prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). These non-GAAP measures are included to supplement the Company's financial information presented in accordance with GAAP and because the Company uses such measures to monitor and evaluate its leverage and financial condition and believes the presentation of these measures enhances an investors' ability to analyze trends in the Company's business and to evaluate the Company's leverage and ability to take on additional debt. However, these non-GAAP measures have limitations and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's financial results as reported under GAAP.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. These measures should only be used to evaluate the Company's results of operations in conjunction with their corresponding GAAP measures. Pursuant to the requirements of Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K, as promulgated under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has provided a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures in the last table included in this press release.

About Barings BDC

Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC) is a publicly traded, externally managed investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Barings BDC seeks to invest primarily in senior secured loans to private U.S. middle market companies that operate across a wide range of industries. Barings BDC's investment activities are managed by its investment adviser, Barings LLC, a leading global asset manager based in Charlotte, NC with over $354+ billion* of AUM firm-wide. For more information, visit www.baringsbdc.com.

About Barings LLC

Barings is a $354+ billion* global investment manager sourcing differentiated opportunities and building long-term portfolios across public and private fixed income, real estate, and specialist equity markets. With investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, the firm, a subsidiary of MassMutual, aims to serve its clients, communities and employees, and is committed to sustainable practices and responsible investment. Learn more at www.barings.com.

*Assets under management as of September 30, 2020

Media Contact:
Cheryl Krauss, Media Relations, Barings, 980-417-5858, cheryl.krauss@barings.com

Investor Relations:
BDCinvestorrelations@barings.com, 888-401-1088

 

Barings BDC, Inc

Consolidated Balance Sheets



September 30,
2020


December 31,
2019


(Unaudited)



Assets:




Investments at fair value:




Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments (cost of $903,128,567 and $1,085,866,720 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

$

886,610,176



$

1,066,845,054


Affiliate investments (cost of $18,258,270 and $10,158,270 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

19,158,075



10,229,813


Short-term investments (cost of $210,503,875 and $96,568,940 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

210,503,390



96,568,940


Total investments at fair value

1,116,271,641



1,173,643,807


Cash

7,112,312



13,567,849


Foreign currencies (cost of $7,532,555 and $8,360,011 as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

7,675,046



8,423,716


Interest and fees receivable

7,749,841



5,265,980


Prepaid expenses and other assets

3,831,057



1,112,559


Deferred financing fees

4,440,269



5,366,119


Receivable from unsettled transactions

75,486,443



45,254,808


Total assets

$

1,222,566,609



$

1,252,634,838


Liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

1,373,856



$

1,524,830


Interest payable

766,815



2,491,534


Administrative fees payable

300,000



400,000


Base management fees payable

3,375,262



3,266,722


Payable from unsettled transactions



4,924,150


Borrowings under credit facilities

463,703,208



352,488,419


Debt securitization

177,536,048



316,664,474


Notes payable

49,534,479




Total liabilities

696,589,668



681,760,129


Commitments and contingencies




Net Assets:




Common stock, $0.001 par value per share (150,000,000 shares authorized, 47,961,753 and 48,950,803 shares issued and outstanding as of September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively)

47,962



48,951


Additional paid-in capital

846,636,727



853,766,370


Total distributable earnings (loss)

(320,707,748)



(282,940,612)


Total net assets

525,976,941



570,874,709


Total liabilities and net assets

$

1,222,566,609



$

1,252,634,838


Net asset value per share

$

10.97



$

11.66


 

 

Barings BDC, Inc

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations



Three Months
Ended


Three Months
Ended


Nine Months
Ended


Nine Months
Ended


September 30,
2020


September 30,
2019


September 30,
2020


September 30,
2019

Investment income:








Interest income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

$

15,205,310



$

18,169,034



$

47,850,786



$

54,853,833


Short-term investments

12,237



279,908



336,842



703,947


Total interest income

15,217,547



18,448,942



48,187,628



55,557,780


Dividend income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments



4,221



2,603



8,932


Total dividend income



4,221



2,603



8,932


Fee and other income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

769,126



848,792



2,380,552



1,669,819


Total fee and other income

769,126



848,792



2,380,552



1,669,819


Payment-in-kind interest income:








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

342,469





577,090




Total payment-in-kind interest income

342,469





577,090




Interest income from cash



2,152



631



9,022


Total investment income

16,329,142



19,304,107



51,148,504



57,245,553


Operating expenses:








Interest and other financing fees

3,738,991



6,727,780



14,367,855



19,598,992


Base management fee

3,375,262



3,263,803



10,904,422



8,845,753


Compensation expenses



107,779



48,410



334,869


General and administrative expenses

1,254,723



1,217,570



4,044,453



5,108,595


Total operating expenses

8,368,976



11,316,932



29,365,140



33,888,209


Net investment income

7,960,166



7,987,175



21,783,364



23,357,344










Realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments and foreign currency transactions:








Net realized gains (losses):








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

(19,477,823)



(1,066,536)



(36,233,667)



(1,146,287)


Net realized losses on investments

(19,477,823)



(1,066,536)



(36,233,667)



(1,146,287)


Foreign currency transactions

(1,028,262)



83,037



(1,089,787)



83,037


Net realized losses

(20,506,085)



(983,499)



(37,323,454)



(1,063,250)


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation):








Non-Control / Non-Affiliate investments

56,467,202



(2,209,225)



2,522,789



25,202,059


Affiliate investments

1,624,230



40,119



828,262



(121,970)


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments

58,091,432



(2,169,106)



3,351,051



25,080,089


Foreign currency transactions

(2,144,050)



374,278



(1,756,412)



374,278


Net unrealized appreciation (depreciation)

55,947,382



(1,794,828)



1,594,639



25,454,367














Net realized losses and unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments and foreign currency transactions

35,441,297



(2,778,327)



(35,728,815)



24,391,117


Loss on extinguishment of debt

(216,474)



(13,357)



(660,066)



(143,108)


Benefit from (provision for) taxes

(7,362)





10,105



(499)


Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

$

43,177,627



$

5,195,491



$

(14,595,412)



$

47,604,854


Net investment income per share—basic and diluted

$

0.17



$

0.16



$

0.45



$

0.46


















Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations per share—basic and diluted

$

0.90



$

0.10



$

(0.30)



$

0.94


Dividends/distributions per share:








Total dividends/distributions per share

$

0.16



$

0.14



$

0.48



$

0.39


Weighted average shares outstanding—basic and diluted

47,961,753



49,987,312



48,274,397



50,535,246


 

 

BARINGS BDC, INC

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows



Nine Months
Ended


Nine Months
Ended


September 30,
2020


September 30,
2019

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations

$

(14,595,412)



$

47,604,854






Adjustments to reconcile net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting from operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:




Purchases of portfolio investments

(316,723,958)



(294,160,380)


Repayments received / sales of portfolio investments

416,989,098



251,057,329


Purchases of short-term investments

(697,141,628)



(577,451,108)


Sales of short-term investments

583,220,977



571,122,802


Loan origination and other fees received

6,075,019



5,118,390


Net realized loss on investments

36,233,667



1,146,287


Net realized (gain) loss on foreign currency transactions

1,089,787



(83,037)


Net unrealized appreciation of investments

(3,351,051)



(25,080,089)


Net unrealized (appreciation) depreciation of foreign currency transactions

1,756,412



(374,278)


Payment-in-kind interest accrued, net of payments received

(577,090)




Amortization of deferred financing fees

1,113,839



951,134


Loss on extinguishment of debt

660,066



143,108


Accretion of loan origination and other fees

(1,676,063)



(1,254,234)


Amortization / accretion of purchased loan premium / discount

(1,138,000)



(187,967)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Interest and fees receivables

(2,699,114)



595,826


Prepaid expenses and other assets

(2,569,056)



2,421,921


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(118,876)



65,869


Interest payable

(1,724,576)



2,141,975


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

4,824,041



(16,221,598)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Borrowings under credit facilities

236,239,474



188,225,262


Repayments of credit facilities

(127,523,364)



(466,000,000)


Proceeds from debt securitization



348,250,000


Repayment of debt securitization

(139,897,128)



(7,468,690)


Proceeds from notes

50,000,000




Financing fees paid

(544,874)



(8,246,692)


Purchases of shares in repurchase plan

(7,130,632)



(18,544,205)


Cash dividends / distributions paid

(23,171,724)



(19,582,956)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(12,028,248)



16,632,719


Net increase (decrease) in cash and foreign currencies

(7,204,207)



411,121


Cash and foreign currencies, beginning of period

21,991,565



12,426,982


Cash and foreign currencies, end of period

$

14,787,358



$

12,838,103


Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$

13,372,484



$

14,398,249


 

 

BARINGS BDC, INC

Unaudited Reconciliation of Debt to Net Debt and Calculation of Net Debt-to-Equity Ratio




September 30, 2020


June 30, 2020


March 31, 2020


December 31, 2019

Total debt (principal)


$

692,016,256



$

569,341,828



$

631,061,734



$

670,698,595


minus: Cash


(14,787,358)



(18,453,504)



(7,458,729)



(21,991,565)


minus: Short-term investments


(210,503,390)



(58,046,124)



(100,459,806)



(96,568,940)


plus: Payable from unsettled transactions






13,862,282



4,924,150


minus: Receivable from unsettled transactions


(75,486,443)



(575,630)



(4,138,890)



(45,254,808)


Total net debt(1)


$

391,239,065



$

492,266,570



$

532,866,591



$

511,807,432











Total net assets


$

525,976,941



$

490,473,194



$

445,744,908



$

570,874,709











Total net debt-to-equity ratio(1)


0.74x



1.00x



1.20x



0.90x



(1) See the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of this press release.

 

 

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