Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. Announces March 31, 2024 Financial Results and Declares Second Quarter 2024 Dividend of $0.42 per Share

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc. (NYSE: BCSF, the “Company”, “our” or “we”) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024, and that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) has declared a dividend of $0.42 per share for the second quarter of 2024 and an additional dividend of $0.03 per share that was previously announced on February 27, 2024.


“Our first quarter results reflected a strong start to the year driven by high net investment income, improving credit quality across our diversified senior secured portfolio and another consecutive quarter of NAV growth for our shareholders,” said Michael Ewald, Chief Executive Officer of BCSF. “We also had an active quarter of new originations, and we believe BCSF remains well-positioned to capitalize on opportunities in the current environment as we continue to execute our longstanding strategy of investing in senior secured loans to middle market companies.”

QUARTERLY HIGHLIGHTS

Net investment income (NII) per share was $0.53, equating to an annualized NII yield on book value of 12.0%(1);

Net income per share was $0.55, equating to an annualized return on book value of 12.5%(1);

Net asset value per share as of March 31, 2024 was $17.70, as compared to $17.60 as of December 31, 2023;

Gross and net investment fundings were $403.1 million and $107.1 million, respectively; ending net debt-to-equity was 1.09x, as compared to 1.02x as of December 31, 2023(2);

Investments on non-accrual declined quarter-over-quarter to 1.7% and 1.0% of the total investment portfolio at amortized cost and fair value, respectively, as of March 31, 2024;

Subsequent to quarter-end, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.42 per share for the second quarter of 2024 payable to stockholders of record as of June 28, 2024. The Board of Directors previously announced an additional dividend of $0.03 per share payable to stockholders of record as of June 28, 2024(3); and

In March 2024, Fitch Ratings affirmed the Company’s investment grade rating of BBB- and stable outlook.

SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

($ in millions, unless otherwise noted)

Q1 2024

Q4 2023

Net investment income per share

$0.53

$0.54

Net investment income

$34.0

$34.9

Earnings per share

$0.55

$0.48

Dividends per share declared and payable

$0.45

$0.42

 

 

 

($ in millions, unless otherwise noted)

As of

March 31, 2024

As of

December 31, 2023

Total fair value of investments

$2,406.0

$2,298.3

Total assets

$2,580.1

$2,472.3

Total net assets

$1,142.5

$1,136.5

Net asset value per share

$17.70

$17.60

 

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

For the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company invested $403.1 million in 83 portfolio companies, including $238.4 million in seven new companies, $127.3 million in 60 existing companies, $34.4 million in 15 companies to be contributed to SLP and $3.0 million in SLP. The Company had $296.0 million of principal repayments and sales in the quarter, resulting in net investment fundings of $107.1 million.

Investment Activity for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2024:

($ in millions)

Q1 2024

Q4 2023

Investment Fundings

$403.1

$206.4

Sales and Repayments

$296.0

$308.2

Net Investment Activity

$107.1

$(101.8)

As of March 31, 2024, the Company’s investment portfolio had a fair value of $2,406.0 million, comprised of investments in 153 portfolio companies operating across 32 different industries.

Investment Portfolio at Fair Value as of March 31, 2024:

Investment Type

$ in Millions

% of Total

First Lien Senior Secured Loans

$1,612.8

67.0%

Second Lien Senior Secured Loans

59.8

2.5

Subordinated Debt

46.6

1.9

Preferred Equity

107.2

4.5

Equity Interests

207.2

8.6

Warrants

0.7

0.0

Investment Vehicles

371.7

15.5

Subordinated Note in ISLP

190.7

7.9

Equity Interest in ISLP

66.1

2.7

Subordinated Note in SLP

119.0

5.0

Preferred and Equity Interest in SLP

(4.1)

(0.1)

Total

$2,406.0

100.0%

As of March 31, 2024, the weighted average yield on the investment portfolio at amortized cost and fair value were 12.9% and 13.0%, respectively, as compared to 13.0% and 13.1%, respectively, as of December 31, 2023(4). 94.3% of the Company’s debt investments at fair value were in floating rate securities.

As of March 31, 2024, three portfolio companies were on non-accrual status, representing 1.7% and 1.0% of the total investment portfolio at amortized cost and fair value, respectively.

As of March 31, 2024, ISLP’s investment portfolio had an aggregate fair value of $731.2 million, comprised of investments in 38 portfolio companies operating across 16 different industries. The investment portfolio on a fair value basis was comprised of 93.8% first lien senior secured loans, 2.8% second lien senior secured loans and 3.4% equity interests. 100% of ISLP’s debt investments at fair value were in floating rate securities.

As of March 31, 2024, SLP’s investment portfolio had an aggregate fair value of $811.4 million, comprised of investments in 57 portfolio companies operating across 21 different industries. The investment portfolio on a fair value basis was comprised of 98.1% first lien senior secured loans and 1.9% second lien senior secured loans. 99.9% of SLP’s debt investments at fair value were in floating rate securities.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

For the three months ended March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, total investment income was $74.5 million and $74.9 million, respectively. The decrease in investment income was primarily due to a decrease in interest and dividend income, partially offset by an increase in other income.

Total expenses (before taxes) for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023 were $39.5 million and $39.0 million, respectively.

Net investment income for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023 was $34.0 million or $0.53 per share and $34.9 million or $0.54 per share, respectively.

During the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company had net realized and unrealized gains of $1.1 million.

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2024 was $35.1 million, or $0.55 per share.

CAPITAL AND LIQUIDITY

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had total principal debt outstanding of $1,364.5 million, including $412.0 million outstanding in the Company’s Sumitomo Credit Facility, $352.5 million outstanding of the debt issued through BCC Middle Market CLO 2019-1 LLC, $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 March 31, 2024, the weighted average interest rate on debt outstanding was 5.2%, as compared to 5.3% for the three months ended December 31, 2023.

As of March 31, 2024, the Company had cash and cash equivalents (including foreign cash) of $48.9 million, restricted cash and cash equivalents of $73.6 million, $(6.4) million of unsettled trades, net of receivables and payables of investments, and $242.3 million of capacity under its Sumitomo Credit Facility. As of March 31, 2024, the Company had $315.4 million of undrawn investment commitments.

As of March 31, 2024, the Company’s debt-to-equity and net debt-to-equity ratios were 1.19x and 1.09x, respectively, as compared to 1.11x and 1.02x, respectively, as of December 31, 2023(2).

Endnotes

(1)

Net investment income yields and net income returns are calculated on average net assets, or book value, for the respective periods shown.

 

(2)

Net debt-to-equity represents principal debt outstanding less cash and cash equivalents and unsettled trades, net of receivables and payables of investments.

 

(3)

The second quarter dividend is payable on July 29, 2024 to stockholders of record as of June 28, 2024.

 

(4)

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 or fair value. 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 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on May 7, 2024. Please visit BCSF’s webcast link located on the Events & Presentations page of the Investor Resources section of BCSF’s website at http://www.baincapitalspecialtyfinance.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: 1-800-717-1738

International: 1-646-307-1865

Conference ID: 37753

All participants will need to reference “Bain Capital Specialty Finance – First Quarter Ended March 31, 2024 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 May 14, 2024 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: 1137753

 

Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

As of

As of

31-Mar-24

31-Dec-23

(Unaudited)

Assets

Investments at fair value:

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (amortized cost of $1,825,313 and $1,615,061, respectively)

$

1,814,170

$

1,593,360

Non-controlled/affiliate investment (amortized cost of $33,707 and $132,650, respectively)

35,670

147,971

Controlled affiliate investment (amortized cost of $554,244 and $554,123, respectively)

556,112

557,012

Cash and cash equivalents

46,708

42,995

Foreign cash (cost of $2,851 and $6,865, respectively)

2,234

6,405

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

73,553

63,084

Collateral on forward currency exchange contracts

8,053

7,613

Deferred financing costs

2,568

2,802

Interest receivable on investments

30,080

37,169

Receivable for sales and paydowns of investments

2,383

4,310

Prepaid Insurance

754

210

Unrealized appreciation on forward currency exchange contracts

918

Dividend receivable

6,910

9,417

Total Assets

$

2,580,113

$

2,472,348

 

Liabilities

Debt (net of unamortized debt issuance costs of $6,911 and $7,567, respectively)

$

1,357,589

$

1,255,933

Interest payable

12,887

13,283

Payable for investments purchased

8,830

11,453

Unrealized depreciation on forward currency exchange contracts

1,937

2,260

Base management fee payable

8,818

8,929

Incentive fee payable

9,232

7,327

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

9,259

9,581

Distributions payable

29,053

27,116

Total Liabilities

1,437,605

1,335,882

 

 

Commitments and Contingencies (See Note 10)

 

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 March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively

65

65

Paid in capital in excess of par value

1,165,191

1,168,384

Total distributable loss

(22,748)

(31,983)

Total Net Assets

1,142,508

1,136,466

Total Liabilities and Total Net Assets

$

2,580,113

$

2,472,348

 

Net asset value per share

$

17.70

$

17.60

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

Bain Capital Specialty Finance, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

For the Three

Months Ended

March 31

 

 

For the Three

Months Ended

March 31

 

2024

 

 

2023

Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest from investments

 

$

43,849

 

 

$

48,069

Dividend income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

PIK income

 

 

 

5,067

 

 

 

 

3,840

Other income

 

 

 

5,255

 

 

 

 

5,248

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

 

 

 

54,171

 

 

 

 

57,158

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income from non-controlled/affiliate investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest from investments

 

 

 

2,581

 

 

 

 

2,438

Dividend income

 

 

 

821

 

 

 

 

1,375

PIK income

 

 

 

315

 

 

 

 

394

Total investment income from non-controlled/affiliate investments

 

 

 

3,717

 

 

 

 

4,207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investment income from controlled affiliate investments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest from investments

 

 

 

9,165

 

 

 

 

6,355

Dividend income

 

 

 

7,446

 

 

 

 

7,017

Total investment income from controlled affiliate investments

 

 

 

16,611

 

 

 

 

13,372

Total investment income

 

 

 

74,499

 

 

 

 

74,737

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and debt financing expenses

 

 

 

18,056

 

 

 

 

19,550

Base management fee

 

 

 

8,818

 

 

 

 

8,910

Incentive fee

 

 

 

9,232

 

 

 

 

11,110

Professional fees

 

 

 

801

 

 

 

 

581

Directors fees

 

 

 

174

 

 

 

 

174

Other general and administrative expenses

 

 

 

2,443

 

 

 

 

1,659

Total expenses, net of fee waivers

 

 

 

39,524

 

 

 

 

41,984

Net investment income before taxes

 

 

 

34,975

 

 

 

 

32,753

Income tax expense, including excise tax

 

 

 

1,025

 

 

 

 

595

Net investment income

 

 

 

33,950

 

 

 

 

32,158

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized loss on non-controlled/non-affiliate investments

 

 

 

(2,536)

 

 

 

 

(10,651)

Net realized loss on non-controlled/affiliate investments

 

 

 

4,719

 

 

 

 

Net realized gain (loss) on foreign currency transactions

 

 

 

23

 

 

 

 

(4,213)

Net realized gain (loss) on forward currency exchange contracts

 

 

 

1,727

 

 

 

 

(2,385)

Net change in unrealized appreciation on foreign currency translation

 

 

 

(208)

 

 

 

 

3,767

Net change in unrealized appreciation on forward currency exchange contracts

 

 

 

1,241

 

 

 

 

161

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

 

 

 

10,558

 

 

 

 

1,388

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

 

 

 

(13,358)

 

 

 

 

3,459

Net change in unrealized appreciation on controlled affiliate investments

 

 

 

(1,021)

 

 

5,601

Total net losses

 

 

 

1,145

 

 

(2,873)

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations

 

$

35,095

 

 

$

29,285

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted net investment income per common share

 

$

0.53

 

 

$

0.50

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

 

$

0.55

 

 

$

0.45

Basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

64,562,265

 

 

64,562,265

 

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 March 31, 2024, BCSF has invested approximately $7.4 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. (212) 803-9613

investors@baincapitalbdc.com

Media Contact:

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Tel. (646) 502-3549

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