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Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. Reports December 31, 2019 Financial Results and Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.45 Per Share

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. (“GSBD” or the “Company”) (NYSE: GSBD) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019 and filed its Form 10-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS

  • On December 9, 2019, the Company entered into a Merger Agreement with Goldman Sachs Middle Market Lending Corp. (“MMLC”), an affiliated company managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. (“GSAM”). Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, GSBD will issue 0.9939 of a newly issued share for each MMLC share outstanding. The total consideration paid for MMLC is approximately $1.2 billion based on the closing price of GSBD shares on February 19, 2020.1 As disclosed in the joint proxy statement/prospectus filed with the SEC on January 8, 2020, the transaction is expected to result in significant accretion to GSBD’s net asset value per share.2 The combined company will continue to trade under the ticker symbol “GSBD” on the New York Stock Exchange. The merger is also expected to result in net investment income accretion both in the short and long term, an overall improvement in GSBD’s portfolio metrics and benefits of scale, including improved access to diversified funding sources, cost synergies and greater trading liquidity in GSBD’s common stock;
  • Net investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $0.48 per share, equating to an annualized net investment income yield on book value of 11.5%;
  • The Company announced a first quarter dividend of $0.45 per share payable to shareholders of record as of March 31, 2020;3
  • Net asset value per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2019 was $16.75 as compared to $16.98 as of September 30, 2019;
  • Gross originations were $159.8 million, comprised exclusively of first lien debt investments. Sales and repayments activity totaled $126.1 million;
  • As of December 31, 2019, the Company’s total investments at fair value and commitments were $1,541.5 million, comprised of investments in 106 portfolio companies. The investment portfolio was comprised of 93% senior secured debt, including 74% in first lien investments;4
  • Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company received an investment grade rating of Baa3 and stable outlook from Moody’s Investors Service. In addition, Fitch Ratings re-affirmed the Company's investment grade rating of BBB- and stable outlook; and
  • On February 10, 2020, the Company closed a public offering of $360.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.75% unsecured notes due 2025.

SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

(in $ millions, except per share data)

 

As of
December 31, 2019

 

As of
September 30, 2019

 

 

Investment portfolio, at fair value4

 

$1,454.3

 

$1,430.2

Total debt outstanding5

 

$773.4

 

$731.8

Net assets

 

$676.1

 

$684.8

Net asset value per share

 

$16.75

 

$16.98

 

 

 

Three Months Ended
December 31, 2019

 

Three Months Ended
September 30, 2019

 

 

Total investment income

 

$35.5

 

$36.9

Net investment income after taxes

 

$19.4

 

$19.0

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

 

$8.9

 

$8.9

 

 

Net investment income per share (basic and diluted)

 

$0.48

 

$0.47

Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

 

$0.22

 

$0.22

Regular distribution per share

 

$0.45

 

$0.45

INVESTMENT ACTIVITY4

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, new investment commitments and fundings were $159.8 million and $160.8 million, respectively, including net fundings of $11.5 million in unfunded prior commitments. The new investment commitments were across seven new portfolio companies and ten existing portfolio companies. New investment commitments were comprised of 100% first lien debt investments. The Company had sales and repayments of $126.1 million primarily driven by the full repayment of investments in six portfolio companies.

Summary of Investment Activity for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2019:

New Investment Commitments

Sales and Repayments

Investment Type

$ Millions

% of Total

$ Millions

% of Total

1st Lien/Senior Secured Debt

$159.8

100.0%

$115.3

91.4%

1st Lien/Last-Out Unitranche

-

-%

-

-%

2nd Lien/Senior Secured Debt

-

-%

8.3

6.6%

Unsecured Debt

-

-%

-

-%

Preferred Stock

-

-%

-

-%

Common Stock

-

-%

2.5

2.0%

Total

$159.8

100.0%

$126.1

100.0%

PORTFOLIO SUMMARY4

As of December 31, 2019, the Company’s investment portfolio had an aggregate fair value of $1,454.3 million, comprised of investments in 106 portfolio companies operating across 37 different industries. The investment portfolio on a fair value basis was comprised of 92.8% in senior secured debt investments (76.7% in first lien debt (including 2.4% in first lien/last-out unitranche debt) and 16.1% in second lien debt), 0.5% in unsecured debt, 3.4% in preferred stock and 3.3% in common stock.

Summary of Investment Portfolio as of December 31, 2019:

Investments at Fair Value

Investment Type

$ Millions

% of Total

1st Lien/Senior Secured Debt

$1,080.7

74.3%

1st Lien/Last-Out Unitranche

35.3

2.4%

2nd Lien/Senior Secured Debt

234.0

16.1%

Unsecured Debt

7.4

0.5%

Preferred Stock

48.8

3.4%

Common Stock

48.1

3.3%

Total

$1,454.3

100.0%

As of December 31, 2019, the weighted average yield of the Company’s total investment portfolio at amortized cost and fair value was 8.2% and 8.9%, respectively, as compared to 8.3% and 8.9%, respectively, as of September 30, 2019. The weighted average yield of the Company’s total debt and income producing investments at amortized cost and fair value was 9.0% and 9.6%, respectively, versus 9.1% and 9.7%, respectively, as of September 30, 2019.6

As of December 31, 2019, 99.4% of the Company’s debt investments on a fair value basis bore interest at a floating rate.7

As of December 31, 2019, the weighted average net debt/EBITDA of the companies in the Company’s investment portfolio was 5.7x versus 5.4x as of September 30, 2019. The weighted average interest coverage of companies comprising interest-bearing investments in the investment portfolio was 2.4x which was unchanged versus the prior quarter. The median EBITDA of the portfolio companies was $37.6 million as of December 31, 2019 versus $37.7 million as of September 30, 2019.8

As of December 31, 2019, investments on non-accrual status represented 1.0% and 2.0% of the total investment portfolio at fair value and amortized cost, respectively.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Total investment income for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and September 30, 2019 was $35.5 million and $36.9 million, respectively. The decrease in investment income was primarily driven by a decrease in interest income. The $35.5 million of total investment income was comprised of $34.1 million from interest income, original issue discount accretion, payment-in-kind income and dividend income, $0.9 million from prepayment-related income and $0.5 million from other income.9

Net expenses before taxes for the three months ended December 31, 2019 and September 30, 2019 were $15.6 million and $17.4 million, respectively. The $1.8 million decrease in expenses was primarily driven by a decrease in interest and other debt expenses. The $15.6 million of net expenses before taxes were comprised of $8.5 million of interest and other debt expenses, $3.6 million of management fees, $1.8 million of incentive fees and $1.7 million of other operating expenses.

Net investment income after taxes for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $19.4 million, or $0.48 per share, as compared with $19.0 million, or $0.47 per share for the three months ended September 30, 2019.

During the three months ended December 31, 2019, the Company had net realized and unrealized gains (losses) of $(10.5) million.

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2019 was $8.9 million, or $0.22 per share.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had $773.4 million of total principal amount of debt outstanding, comprised of $618.4 million of outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility and $155.0 million of convertible notes. The combined weighted average interest rate on debt outstanding was 4.25% for the year ended December 31, 2019. As of December 31, 2019, the Company had $177.0 million of availability under its revolving credit facility and $9.4 million in cash and cash equivalents.5,10

The Company’s average and ending debt to equity leverage ratio was 1.11x and 1.14x, respectively, for the three months ended December 31, 2019, as compared with 1.22x and 1.07x, respectively, for the three months ended September 30, 2019.11

Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company closed a public offering of $360.0 million aggregate principal amount of unsecured notes due 2025 (the “Notes”). The Notes bear interest at a fixed rate of 3.75%.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Company will host an earnings conference call on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 9:00 am Eastern Time. All interested parties are invited to participate in the conference call by dialing (866) 884-8289; international callers should dial +1 (631) 485-4531; conference ID 9143757. All participants are asked to dial in approximately 10-15 minutes prior to the call, and reference “Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc.” when prompted. For a slide presentation that the Company may refer to on the earnings conference call, please visit the Investor Resources section of the Company’s website at www.goldmansachsbdc.com. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on the Company’s website. An archived replay of the call will be available from approximately 12:00pm Eastern Time on February 21, 2020 through March 21, 2020. To hear the replay, participants should dial (855) 859-2056; international callers should dial +1 (404) 537-3406; conference ID 9143757. An archived replay will also be available on the Company’s webcast link located on the Investor Resources section of the Company’s website.

Please direct any questions regarding the conference call to Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. Investor Relations, via e-mail, at gsbdc-investor-relations@gs.com.

ENDNOTES

1 The purchase price of $1.2 billion is based upon the fixed exchange ratio of 0.9939 of a GSBD newly issued share for each MMLC share outstanding based on a price of $22.35 per share of GSBD common stock as of February 19, 2020 and an implied value per share of MMLC common stock of $22.21. Based on MMLC shares outstanding as of February 7, 2020, including the sale of approximately 3,301,136 shares of common stock that is expected to close on or around February 25, 2020.
2 Based on the fixed exchange ratio of 0.9939 and GSBD’s and MMLC’s respective net asset values as of September 30, 2019, as adjusted for estimated deal related expenses. The actual NAV accretion will be based upon the respective NAVs at the close of the merger, inclusive of certain transaction adjustments resulting from the merger.
3 The $0.45 per share dividend is payable on April 15, 2020 to stockholders of record as of March 31, 2020.
4 The discussion of the investment portfolio of the Company excludes its investment in a money market fund managed by an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. As of December 31, 2019, the Company did not have an investment in the money market fund.
5 Total debt outstanding excludes netting of debt issuance costs of $3.7 million and $4.1 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2019 and September 30, 2019.
6 Computed based on the (a) annual actual interest rate or yield earned plus amortization of fees and discounts on the performing debt and other income producing investments as of the reporting date, divided by (b) the total performing debt and other income producing investments (excluding investments on non-accrual) at amortized cost or fair value, respectively. This calculation excludes exit fees that are receivable upon repayment of the loan.
7 The fixed versus floating composition has been calculated as a percentage of performing debt investments measured on a fair value basis, including income producing stock investments and excludes investments, if any, placed on non-accrual.
8 For a particular portfolio company, we calculate the level of contractual indebtedness net of cash (“net debt”) owed by the portfolio company and compare that amount to measures of cash flow available to service the net debt. To calculate net debt, we include debt that is both senior and pari passu to the tranche of debt owned by us but exclude debt that is legally and contractually subordinated in ranking to the debt owned by us. We believe this calculation method assists in describing the risk of our portfolio investments, as it takes into consideration contractual rights of repayment of the tranche of debt owned by us relative to other senior and junior creditors of a portfolio company. We typically calculate cash flow available for debt service at a portfolio company by taking net income before net interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for the trailing twelve month period. Weighted average net debt to EBITDA is weighted based on the fair value of our debt investments and excludes investments where net debt to EBITDA may not be the appropriate measure of credit risk, such as cash collateralized loans and investments that are underwritten and covenanted based on recurring revenue.
For a particular portfolio company, we also calculate the level of contractual interest expense owed by the portfolio company, and compare that amount to EBITDA (“interest coverage ratio”). We believe this calculation method assists in describing the risk of our portfolio investments, as it takes into consideration contractual interest obligations of the portfolio company. Weighted average interest coverage is weighted based on the fair value of our performing debt investments and excluding investments where interest coverage may not be the appropriate measure of credit risk, such as cash collateralized loans and investments that are underwritten and covenanted based on recurring revenue.
Median EBITDA is based on our debt investments and excludes investments where net debt to EBITDA may not be the appropriate measure of credit risk, such as cash collateralized loans and investments that are underwritten and covenanted based on recurring revenue.
Portfolio company statistics are derived from the financial statements most recently provided to us of each portfolio company as of the reported end date. Statistics of the portfolio companies have not been independently verified by us and may reflect a normalized or adjusted amount. As of December 31, 2019 and September 30, 2019, investments where net debt to EBITDA may not be the appropriate measure of credit risk represented 25.1% and 23.0%, respectively, of total debt investments at fair value. Portfolio company statistics have not been independently verified by us and may reflect a normalized or adjusted amount.
9 Interest income excludes prepayment premiums, accelerated accretion of upfront loan origination fees and unamortized discounts. Prepayment related income includes prepayment premiums and accelerated accretion of upfront loan origination fees and unamortized discounts.
10 The Company’s revolving credit facility has debt outstanding denominated in currencies other than U.S. Dollars (“USD”). These balances have been converted to USD using applicable foreign currency exchange rates as of December 31, 2019. As a result, the revolving credit facility’s outstanding borrowings and the available debt amounts may not sum to the total debt commitment amount.
11 The average debt to equity leverage ratio has been calculated using the average daily borrowings during the quarter divided by average net assets, adjusted for equity contributions. The ending and average debt to equity leverage ratios exclude unfunded commitments.

 

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

December 31, 2019

December 31, 2018

Assets

Investments, at fair value

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments (cost of $1,338,268 and $1,155,641, respectively)

$

1,298,133

$

1,129,036

Non-controlled affiliated investments (cost of $83,460 and $143,700, respectively)

82,580

126,089

Controlled affiliated investments (cost of $88,119 and $126,217, respectively)

73,539

120,319

Cash

9,409

6,113

Receivable for investments sold

93

47

Unrealized appreciation on foreign currency forward contracts

32

89

Interest and dividends receivable from non-controlled/affiliated investments and non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

5,702

6,969

Dividend receivable from controlled affiliated investments

2,550

Deferred financing costs

4,427

5,436

Deferred offering costs

276

165

Other assets

1,084

163

Total assets

$

1,475,275

$

1,396,976

Liabilities

Debt (net of debt issuance costs of $3,680 and $5,318, respectively)

$

769,727

$

659,101

Interest and other debt expenses payable

2,304

2,428

Management fees payable

3,653

3,434

Incentive fees payable

1,850

Distribution payable

18,165

18,102

Accrued offering costs

28

2

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

3,423

4,017

Total liabilities

$

799,150

$

687,084

Commitments and Contingencies

Net Assets

Preferred stock, par value $0.001 per share (1,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding)

$

$

Common stock, par value $0.001 per share (200,000,000 shares authorized, 40,367,071 and 40,227,625 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively)

40

40

Paid-in capital in excess of par

778,132

802,216

Distributable earnings

(100,626)

(90,943)

Allocated income tax expense

(1,421)

(1,421)

TOTAL NET ASSETS

$

676,125

$

709,892

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS

$

1,475,275

$

1,396,976

Net asset value per share

$

16.75

$

17.65

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

For the Years Ended December 31,

2019

2018

2017

Investment Income:

From non-controlled/non-affiliated investments:

Interest income

$

133,550

$

122,600

$

113,402

Payment-in-kind

1,052

761

Other income

2,527

2,064

3,273

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

137,129

125,425

116,675

From non-controlled affiliated investments:

Payment-in-kind

1,107

6,235

7,198

Interest income

2,766

2,545

1,861

Dividend income

178

148

27

Other income

49

37

25

Total investment income from non-controlled affiliated investments

4,100

8,965

9,111

From controlled affiliated investments:

Payment-in-kind

2,311

1,791

37

Interest income

271

Dividend income

3,450

10,550

9,650

Other income

1,308

Total investment income from controlled affiliated investments

6,032

12,341

10,995

Total investment income

$

147,261

$

146,731

$

136,781

Expenses:

Interest and other debt expenses

$

36,313

$

26,232

$

19,607

Management fees

14,696

15,971

17,828

Incentive fees

9,220

13,988

12,775

Professional fees

2,954

3,083

2,194

Administration, custodian and transfer agent fees

971

936

824

Directors’ fees

465

461

716

Other expenses

1,498

1,642

1,292

Total expenses

$

66,117

$

62,313

$

55,236

Incentive fees waiver

(394)

Net expenses

$

65,723

$

62,313

$

55,236

NET INVESTMENT INCOME BEFORE TAXES

$

81,538

$

84,418

$

81,545

Income tax expense, including excise tax

$

1,819

$

1,582

$

1,552

NET INVESTMENT INCOME AFTER TAXES

$

79,719

$

82,836

$

79,993

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investment transactions:

Net realized gain (loss) from:

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

$

(31,278)

$

1,722

$

(63,821

)

Non-controlled affiliated investments

(7,226)

9

(2,492

)

Controlled affiliated investments

(629)

Foreign currency forward contracts

151

7

Foreign currency transactions

(47)

(189

)

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) from:

Non controlled/non-affiliated investments

(13,530)

(23,558

)

47,363

Non-controlled affiliated investments

16,731

(3,551

)

(8,448

)

Controlled affiliated investments

(8,682)

(3,653

)

(3,047

)

Foreign currency forward contracts

(57)

89

Foreign currency translations

823

688

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

$

(43,744)

$

(28,436

)

$

(30,445

)

(Provision) benefit for taxes on realized gain/loss on investments

121

(446

)

(Provision) benefit for taxes on unrealized appreciation/depreciation on investments

52

(276

)

NET INCREASE IN NET ASSETS RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS

$

36,148

$

53,678

$

49,548

Weighted average shares outstanding

40,313,662

40,184,715

38,633,652

Net investment income per share (basic and diluted)

$

1.98

$

2.06

$

2.07

Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

$

0.90

$

1.34

$

1.28

ABOUT GOLDMAN SACHS BDC, INC.

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. is a specialty finance company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. GSBD was formed by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (“Goldman Sachs”) to invest primarily in middle-market companies in the United States, and is externally managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P., an SEC-registered investment adviser and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. GSBD seeks to generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation primarily through direct originations of secured debt, including first lien, first lien/last-out unitranche and second lien debt, and unsecured debt, including mezzanine debt, as well as through select equity investments. For more information, visit www.goldmansachsbdc.com. Information on the website is not incorporated by reference into this press release and is provided merely for convenience.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. You can identify these statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “target,” “estimate,” “intend,” “continue,” or “believe” or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. You should read statements that contain these words carefully because they discuss our plans, strategies, prospects and expectations concerning our business, operating results, financial condition and other similar matters. These statements represent the Company’s belief regarding future events that, by their nature, are uncertain and outside of the Company’s control. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ, possibly materially from our expectations, include, but are not limited to, the risks, uncertainties and other factors we identify in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and it is not possible for us to predict or identify all of them. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Contacts:

Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc.
Investor Contact: Katherine Schneider, 212-902-3122
Media Contact: Patrick Scanlan, 212-902-6164

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