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Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. Announces December 31, 2021 Financial Results and Declares First Quarter 2022 Dividend of $0.34 per Share

February 23, 2022

BOSTON—Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. (NYSE: BCSF, the “Company”, “our” or “we”) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, and that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend of $0.34 per share for the first quarter of 2022.

“We are pleased with our solid fourth quarter results, where we saw robust new origination activity and continued stable credit performance across our portfolio of high-quality middle market loans,” said Michael Ewald, Chief Executive Officer of BCSF. “During the quarter, we further strengthened the Company’s balance sheet and funding profile through increasing the amount of unsecured debt in our capital structure while lowering our overall cost of capital to better position BCSF to drive attractive returns for its shareholders.”

QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Net investment income per share was $0.34, as compared to $0.34 for the quarter ended September 30, 2021;
  • Net income per share was $0.35, as compared to $0.36 for the quarter ended September 30, 2021;
  • Net asset value per share as of December 31, 2021 was $17.04, as compared to $17.03 as of September 30, 2021;
  • Gross and net investment fundings were $291.1 million and $(78.4) million, respectively. Ending debt-to-equity (net of cash) ratio was 1.12x, as compared to 1.15x as of September 30, 2021;
  • The International Senior Loan Program’s (“ISLP”) investment portfolio at fair value grew by 27% quarter-over-quarter. The Company’s investment in the ISLP represents 7.4% of the total investment portfolio at fair value, up from 6.1% as of September 30, 2021;
  • No investments were on non-accrual status as of December 31, 2021;
  • In October 2021, the Company closed an offering of $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.55% unsecured notes due 2026; the Company’s funding mix at the end of the fourth quarter was comprised of 50% in unsecured debt and 50% in secured debt, as compared to 30% in unsecured debt and 70% in secured debt as of September 30, 2021;
  • In November 2021, the Company refinanced its BCC Middle Market CLO 2019-1 LLC to, among other things, reduce the blended net interest rate from LIBOR plus 2.30% to LIBOR plus 1.62% and extend the final maturity date from October 15, 2031 to October 15, 2033;
  • In December 2021, the Company entered into a senior secured revolving credit facility agreement with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and MUFG Union Bank, N.A. (the “Sumitomo Credit Facility”). The facility amount under the Sumitomo Credit Facility is $300.0 million with an accordion provision to permit increases to the total facility amount up to $1.0 billion. The maturity date is December 24, 2026. Interest under the Sumitomo Credit Facility is at the applicable reference rate plus 1.75%, subject to certain requirements and elections at the Company’s discretion;
  • Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.34 per share for the first quarter of 2022 payable to stockholders of record as of March 31, 2022(1); and
  • In February 2022, the Company announced the formation of Bain Capital Senior Loan Program, LLC (“SLP”). The SLP will provide BCSF with greater balance sheet flexibility to capitalize on senior middle market loan opportunities to borrowers in North America.

SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

($ in millions, unless otherwise noted)

Q4 2021

Q3 2021

Net investment income per share

$0.34

$0.34

Net investment income

$21.9

$21.8

Earnings per share

$0.35

$0.36

Dividends per share declared and payable

$0.34

$0.34

 

 

 

($ in millions, unless otherwise noted)

As of

December 31, 2021

As of

September 30, 2021

Total fair value of investments

$2,289.1

$2,356.7

Total assets

$2,571.2

$2,498.7

Total net assets

$1,100.0

$1,099.7

Net asset value per share

$17.04

$17.03

 

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

For the three months ended December 31, 2021, the Company invested $291.1 million in 39 portfolio companies, including $173.4 million in nine new companies, $92.1 million in 29 existing companies and $25.6 million in the ISLP. The Company had $369.5 million of principal repayments and sales in the quarter. On a net basis, our investments in the quarter totaled $(78.4) million.

For the three months ended December 31, 2021, the ISLP invested $129.8 million in seven portfolio companies. The ISLP had $23.2 million of principal repayments and sales in the quarter. On a net basis, ISLP’s investments in the quarter totaled $106.6 million.

Investment Activity for the Quarter Ended December 31, 2021:

($ in millions)

Q4 2021

Q3 2021

Investment Fundings

$291.1

$286.4

Sales and Repayments

$369.5

$254.9

Net Investment Activity

$(78.4)

$31.5

As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s investment portfolio had a fair value of $2,289.1 million, comprised of investments in 106 portfolio companies operating across 29 different industries.

Investment Portfolio at Fair Value as of December 31, 2021:

Investment Type

$ in Millions

% of Total

First Lien Senior Secured Loans

$1,774.7

77.5%

Second Lien Senior Secured Loans

118.6

5.2

Subordinated Debt

20.0

0.9

Equity Interest

151.8

6.6

Preferred Equity

54.0

2.4

Warrants

0.2

0.0

Investment Vehicles

169.8

7.4

Subordinated Note in ISLP

125.4

5.5

Equity Interest in ISLP

44.4

1.9

Total

$2,289.1

100.0%

As of December 31, 2021, the weighted average yield on the investment portfolio at amortized cost and fair value were 7.6% and 7.8%, respectively, as compared to 7.5% and 7.6%, respectively, as of September 30, 2021.(2) 97.8% of the Company’s debt investments at fair value were in floating rate securities.

As of December 31, 2021, no investments were on non-accrual status.

As of December 31, 2021, ISLP’s investment portfolio had an aggregate fair value of $501.5 million, comprised of investments in 27 portfolio companies operating across 12 different industries. The investment portfolio on a fair value basis was comprised of 99.7% first lien senior secured loans and 0.3% second lien senior secured loans. 100% of ISLP’s debt investments at fair value were in floating rate securities.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

For the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021, total investment income was $51.5 million and $49.5 million, respectively. The increase in investment income was primarily due to an increase in dividend income.

Total expenses (before taxes), net of fee waivers for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 were $29.5 million and $27.8 million, respectively. The increase was primarily driven by an increase in interest and debt financing expenses.

Net investment income for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 was $21.9 million or $0.34 per share and $21.8 million or $0.34 per share, respectively.

During the three months ended December 31, 2021, the Company had net realized and unrealized gains of $0.4 million.

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was $22.3 million, or $0.35 per share.

CAPITAL AND LIQUIDITY

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had total principal debt outstanding of $1,430.7 million, including $365.7 million outstanding of the notes issued through BCC Middle Market CLO 2018-1 LLC, $352.5 million outstanding of the debt issued through BCC Middle Market CLO 2019-1 LLC, $112.5 million outstanding in the Company’s senior unsecured notes due 2023, $300.0 million outstanding in the Company’s senior unsecured notes due March 2026 and $300.0 million outstanding in the Company’s senior unsecured notes due October 2026.

For the three months ended December 31, 2021, the weighted average interest rate on debt outstanding was 2.9%, as compared to 3.0% for the three months ended September 30, 2021.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents (including foreign cash) of $117.4 million, $300.0 million of capacity under its Sumitomo Credit Facility and $50.0 million of capacity under the Revolving Advisor Loan. As of December 31, 2021, the Company had $234.0 million of undrawn investment commitments.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company’s debt-to-equity and debt-to-equity (net of cash) ratios were 1.30x and 1.12x, respectively, as compared to 1.23x and 1.15x, respectively, as of September 30, 2021.

In October 2021, the Company closed an offering of $300.0 million aggregate principal amount of 2.55% unsecured notes due 2026 (the “October 2026 Notes”). The October 2026 Notes mature on October 13, 2026 and may be redeemed in whole or in part at the Company’s option at any time at par plus a “make-whole” premium, provided that the October 2026 Notes may be redeemed at par one month prior to their maturity.

In November 2021, the Company refinanced its BCC Middle Market CLO 2019-1 LLC to, among other things, (a) reduce the blended net interest rate from LIBOR plus 2.30% to LIBOR plus 1.62%; (b) extend the reinvestment period from October 15, 2023 to October 15, 2025; and (c) extend the final maturity date from October 15, 2031 to October 15, 2033.

In December, 2021, the Company entered into a senior secured revolving credit facility agreement (the “Sumitomo Credit Agreement”) as Borrower, with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as Administrative Agent and Sole Book Runner, and with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and MUFG Union Bank, N.A., as Joint Lead Arrangers. The facility amount under the Sumitomo Credit Agreement is $300.0 million with an accordion provision to permit increases to the total facility amount up to $1.0 billion. The maturity date is December 24, 2026. Interest under the Sumitomo Credit Agreement is at the applicable reference rate plus 1.75%, subject to certain requirements and elections at the Company’s discretion.

In December 2021, the Company terminated its JPM Credit Facility.

As of December 31, 2021, the Company was in compliance with all terms under its secured credit facilities.

Endnotes

(1)

The first quarter dividend is payable on April 29, 2022 to holders of record as of March 31, 2022.

 

(2)

The weighted average yield is computed as (a) the annual stated interest rate or yield earned on the relevant accruing debt and other income producing securities plus amortization of fees and discounts on the performing debt and other income producing investments, divided by (b) the total relevant investments at amortized cost. The weighted average yield does not represent the total return to our stockholders.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

A conference call to discuss the Company’s financial results will be held live at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on February 24, 2022. Please visit BCSF’s webcast link located on the Events & Presentations page of the Investor Resources section of BCSF’s website at http://www.baincapitalbdc.com for a slide presentation that complements the Earnings Conference Call.

Participants are also invited to access the conference call by dialing one of the following numbers:

  • Domestic: 1-800-289-0720
  • International: 1-323-701-0160
  • Conference ID: 6015066

All participants will need to reference “Bain Capital Specialty Finance - Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2021 Earnings Conference Call” once connected with the operator. All participants are asked to dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the call.

Replay Information:

An archived replay will be available approximately three hours after the conference call concludes through March 3, 2022 via a webcast link located on the Investor Resources section of BCSF’s website, and via the dial-in numbers listed below:

  • Domestic: 1-844-512-2921
  • International: 1-412-317-6671
  • Conference ID: 6015066#
 

Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc.

 

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

(in thousands, except share and per share data

 

 

 

As of December 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investments at fair value:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (amortized cost of $1,921,970 and $2,281,809, respectively)

 

$

1,901,054

 

 

$

2,261,461

 

Non-controlled/affiliate investment (amortized cost of $100,888 and $93,089, respectively)

 

 

113,290

 

 

 

92,915

 

Controlled affiliate investment (amortized cost of $288,526 and $147,841, respectively)

 

 

274,761

 

 

 

130,112

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

87,443

 

 

 

53,704

 

Foreign cash (cost of $30,877 and $976, respectively)

 

 

29,979

 

 

 

972

 

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

 

 

86,159

 

 

 

27,026

 

Collateral on forward currency exchange contracts

 

 

2,815

 

 

 

4,934

 

Deferred financing costs

 

 

2,178

 

 

 

3,131

 

Interest receivable on investments

 

 

19,269

 

 

 

15,720

 

Receivable for sales and paydowns of investments and other investment transactions

 

 

30,334

 

 

 

5,928

 

Prepaid Insurance

 

 

193

 

 

 

-

 

Unrealized appreciation on forward currency exchange contracts

 

 

5,321

 

 

 

-

 

Dividend receivable

 

 

18,397

 

 

 

7,589

 

Total Assets

 

$

2,571,193

 

 

$

2,603,492

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debt (net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $15,718 and $7,147, respectively)

 

$

1,414,982

 

 

$

1,458,360

 

Interest payable

 

 

7,058

 

 

 

8,223

 

Payable for investments purchased

 

 

7,594

 

 

 

10,991

 

Unrealized depreciation on forward currency exchange contracts

 

 

-

 

 

 

22,614

 

Base management fee payable

 

 

8,792

 

 

 

6,289

 

Incentive fee payable

 

 

4,727

 

 

 

3,799

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

6,083

 

 

 

3,261

 

Distributions payable

 

 

21,951

 

 

 

21,951

 

Total Liabilities

 

 

1,471,187

 

 

 

1,535,488

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000,000 and 100,000,000,000 shares authorized,
64,562,265 and 64,562,265 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively

 

 

65

 

 

 

65

 

Paid in capital in excess of par value

 

 

1,168,384

 

 

 

1,166,453

 

Total distributable earnings (loss)

 

 

(68,443

)

 

 

(98,514

)

Total Net Assets

 

 

1,100,006

 

 

 

1,068,004

 

Total Liabilities and Total Net assets

 

$

2,571,193

 

 

$

2,603,492

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per share

 

$

17.04

 

 

$

16.54

 

Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

For the Year Ended December 31

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2019

 

Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income from non-controlled/non-affiliate investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest from investments

 

$

153,703

 

 

$

170,914

 

 

$

178,122

 

Dividend income

 

 

514

 

 

 

787

 

 

 

62

 

PIK income

 

 

4,475

 

 

 

7,272

 

 

 

464

 

Other income

 

 

6,173

 

 

 

1,955

 

 

 

805

 

Total investment income from non-controlled/non-affiliate investments

 

 

164,865

 

 

 

180,928

 

 

 

179,453

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income from non-controlled/affiliate investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest from investments

 

 

1,818

 

 

 

639

 

 

 

-

 

PIK income

 

 

5,622

 

 

 

1,227

 

 

 

-

 

Other income

 

 

-

 

 

 

202

 

 

 

-

 

Total investment income from non-controlled/affiliate investments

 

 

7,440

 

 

 

2,068

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income from controlled affiliate investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest from investments

 

 

11,822

 

 

 

2,644

 

 

 

1,795

 

Dividend income

 

 

12,601

 

 

 

8,537

 

 

 

16,679

 

PIK income

 

 

666

 

 

 

279

 

 

 

14

 

Other income

 

 

-

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

4

 

Total investment income from controlled affiliate investments

 

 

25,089

 

 

 

11,464

 

 

 

18,492

 

Total investment income

 

 

197,394

 

 

 

194,460

 

 

 

197,945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and debt financing expenses

 

 

51,345

 

 

 

63,309

 

 

 

66,330

 

Base management fee

 

 

34,888

 

 

 

35,215

 

 

 

32,702

 

Incentive fee

 

 

24,028

 

 

 

4,473

 

 

 

17,418

 

Professional fees

 

 

2,854

 

 

 

2,626

 

 

 

2,297

 

Directors fees

 

 

725

 

 

 

726

 

 

 

546

 

Other general and administrative expenses

 

 

5,038

 

 

 

5,398

 

 

 

4,772

 

Total expenses before fee waivers

 

 

118,878

 

 

 

111,747

 

 

 

124,065

 

Base management fee waiver

 

 

(4,837

)

 

 

(2,676

)

 

 

(8,242

)

Incentive fee waiver

 

 

(4,519

)

 

 

(674

)

 

 

(2,745

)

Total expenses, net of fee waivers

 

 

109,522

 

 

 

108,397

 

 

 

113,078

 

Net investment income before taxes

 

 

87,872

 

 

 

86,063

 

 

 

84,867

 

Excise tax expense

 

 

134

 

 

 

232

 

 

 

-

 

Net investment income

 

 

87,738

 

 

 

85,831

 

 

 

84,867

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized gain (loss) on non-controlled/non-affiliate investments

 

 

25,084

 

 

 

(33,824

)

 

 

(3,487

)

Net realized gain (loss) on controlled affiliate investments

 

 

(3,858

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

265

 

Net realized gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions

 

 

(3,496

)

 

 

130

 

 

 

(36

)

Net realized gain (loss) on forward currency exchange contracts

 

 

(23,773

)

 

 

6,472

 

 

 

11,043

 

Net realized loss on extinguishment of debt

 

 

(4,859

)

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on foreign currency translation

 

 

(936

)

 

 

108

 

 

 

(130

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on forward currency exchange contracts

 

 

27,935

 

 

 

(22,396

)

 

 

(9,540

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on non-controlled/non-affiliate investments

 

 

(568

)

 

 

(6,744

)

 

 

13,308

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on non-controlled/affiliate investments

 

 

12,576

 

 

 

(174

)

 

 

-

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on controlled affiliate investments

 

 

3,964

 

 

 

(21,125

)

 

 

1,795

 

Total net gains (losses)

 

 

32,069

 

 

 

(77,553

)

 

 

13,218

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

 

$

119,807

 

 

$

8,278

 

 

$

98,085

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted net investment income per common share

 

$

1.36

 

 

$

1.46

 

 

$

1.64

 

Basic and diluted increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share

 

$

1.86

 

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

1.90

 

Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

 

 

64,562,265

 

 

 

58,670,518

 

 

 

51,603,415

 

About Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc.

Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. is an externally managed specialty finance company focused on lending to middle market companies. BCSF is managed by BCSF Advisors, LP, an SEC-registered investment adviser and a subsidiary of Bain Capital Credit, LP. Since commencing investment operations on October 13, 2016, and through December 31, 2021, BCSF has invested approximately $5.1 billion in aggregate principal amount of debt and equity investments prior to any subsequent exits or repayments. BCSF’s investment objective is to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation through direct originations of secured debt, including first lien, first lien/last out, unitranche and second lien debt, investments in strategic joint ventures, equity investments and, to a lesser extent, corporate bonds. BCSF has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

Forward-Looking Statements

This letter may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this letter may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this letter.


Contacts

Investor Contact:
Katherine Schneider
Tel. +1 212 803 9613
investors@baincapitalbdc.com

Media Contact:
Charlyn Lusk
Tel. +1 646 502 3549
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