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StoneCastle Financial Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

February 25, 2016 at 4:10 PM EST

StoneCastle Financial Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoneCastle Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:BANX) ("StoneCastle Financial" or the "Company"), an investment company registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), today announced results for the fourth fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2015

Fourth Quarter 2015 Investment Highlights:

  • Invested $85.4 million in 14 investments
  • Received repayments of $42.2 million from 6 investments
  • Received sales proceeds of $51.2 million from 14 investments

Investment Activity in the Fourth Quarter 2015 Included:

  • $45.5 million in Preferred Shares of Community Funding CLO
  • $9.7 million in First Reliance Bancshares Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, 9.00%
  • $5.2 million in Universal Bancorp Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series A, 9.00%
  • $5.2 million in F & M Financial Corporation, Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series B, 9.00%
  • $5.0 million in Community 1st Bancorp Subordinated Term Loan, 7.99%, 1/1/2026

A complete listing of investments as of the end of the quarter can be found in the 2015 annual report and on the Company's website at www.StoneCastle-Financial.com.

The estimated annualized yield generated by the invested portfolio as of December 31, 2015 (excluding cash and cash equivalents) was approximately 9.03%. 

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Net investment income was $2,749,738 or $0.42 per share, comprised of $4,482,779 in gross income and $1,733,041 of expenses.  Realized losses were ($3,005,896) of which ($2,479,198) was related to the contribution of certain assets to Community Funding.

Net Assets at quarter end were $140,769,920, down from $143,807,916 in the previous quarter.  The Company's Net Asset Value was $21.62 per share. 

The Company declared a fourth quarter cash distribution of $0.35 per share, up 6.1% or $0.02 from the prior quarter.  The distribution was paid on January 4, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 22, 2015.  

The Company had $25 million outstanding on its $70 million credit facility at the quarter end, which represents approximately 13% of total assets.  According to regulated investment company rules, the Company may borrow only up to 33.3% of its total assets. 

Full Year 2015 Financial Results  

For the full year, the Company had gross investment income of $15.77 million and operating expenses of $6.42 million.   This resulted in net investment income of $9.35 million or $1.44 per share.  The Company realized net capital losses of approximately $1 million, or $0.15 per share, during the year.  The Company paid cash distributions of $1.51 per share.  

Portfolio and Investment Summary  

As of the close of business on December 31, 2015, the Company had total assets of $192,533,669 consisting of total investments of $184,753,872, cash of $4,009,133 and other assets of $3,770,664.  Other assets include interest and dividends receivable of $2,948,819, and prepaid assets of $821,845

During the quarter, the Company deployed $85.4 million in new investments. The Company purchased $45.5 million of Preferred Shares of Community Funding CLO, $32.4 million of preferred securities, and $7.5 million of term loans.  The Company received repayments totaling $42.2 million from 6 investments and sold 14 investments for proceeds of $51.2 million

Quarterly Conference Call 

StoneCastle Financial will host a webcast and conference call on February 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm Eastern time

The conference call can be accessed by dialing 1-877-407-9039 for domestic callers or 1-201-689-8470 for international callers. Participants may also access the call via live webcast by visiting StoneCastle Financial's investor relations website at www.stonecastle-financial.com. To listen to a live broadcast, go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software. A replay will be available shortly after the call and be available through midnight (Eastern Time) on March 10, 2016. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 for domestic callers or 1-858-384-5517 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13627151. The archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for a limited time. 

About StoneCastle Financial Corp. 

StoneCastle Financial is an SEC registered non-diversified, closed-end management investment company listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "BANX." StoneCastle Financial intends to make long-term, passive, non-control investments in community banks seeking capital for organic growth, acquisitions, share repurchases and other refinancing activities. Its investment objective is to provide current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation. StoneCastle Financial is managed by StoneCastle Asset Management LLC

Disclaimer and Risk Factors: 

There is no assurance that StoneCastle Financial will achieve its investment objective. StoneCastle Financial is subject to numerous risks, including investment and market risks, management risk, income and interest rate risks, banking industry risks, preferred stock risk, convertible securities risk, debt securities risk, liquidity risk, valuation risk, leverage risk, non-diversification risk, credit and counterparty risks, market at a  discount from net asset value risk and market disruption risk. Shares of closed-end investment companies may trade above (a premium) or below (a discount) their net asset value. Shares of StoneCastle Financial may not be appropriate for all investors. Investors should review and consider carefully StoneCastle Financial's investment objective, risks, charges and expenses. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Learn more at www.stonecastle-financial.com

The Annual Report, Semi-Annual Report and other regulatory filings of the Company with the SEC are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and on the Company's website at www.stonecastle-financial.com, and may discuss these or other factors that affect the Company.

    
 STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.  
 Statement of Assets and Liabilities   
     
          
    December 31, 2015  September 30, 2015  
 Assets       
  Investments in securities, at fair value (cost: $184,998,847 and $197,239,693 respectively) $  184,753,872   $  197,497,723   
  Cash (1)    4,009,133      4,018,444   
  Interest and dividends receivable    2,948,819      443,451   
  Prepaid assets    821,845      928,975   
  Receivable for securities sold    -       231,371   
  Total assets    192,533,669       203,119,964    
          
 Liabilities       
  Loan payable    25,000,000      58,000,000   
  Payable for securities purchased    23,184,943      -    
  Dividends payable    2,278,834      -     
  Investment advisory fee payable (2)    849,259      720,450   
  Loan interest payable    34,032      47,669   
  Directors fee payable    13,000      9,835   
  Accrued expenses payable    403,681      534,094   
  Total liabilities     51,763,749       59,312,048    
 Net Assets    140,769,920       143,807,916    
          
 Net Assets consist of:       
  Common stock at par ($0.001 per share)    6,511      6,511   
  Paid-in-capital    144,295,099      145,741,865   
  Accumulated Net Investment Loss    (2,278,834)     (4,196,505)  
  Accumulated net realized gains / (losses) on investments    (1,007,881)     1,998,015   
  Net unrealized appreciation / (depreciation) on investments    (244,975)     258,030   
  Net Assets $   140,769,920    $   143,807,916    
          
 Net Asset Value Per Share:       
  Common Stock Shares Outstanding  6,510,953     6,510,953    
 Net asset value per common share $   21.62    $   22.09    
 Market price per share $   16.30    $   16.82    
 Market price discount to net asset value per share  -24.61%   -23.86%  
          
 (1) Includes $3,500,000 of restricted cash held in a segregated account at Texas Capital Bank to cover collateral requirements.  
 (2) Investment advisory fee payable shown net of waiver for December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015 of  $0 and $175,504.   
          

 

   
 STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP. 
 Statement of Operations  
   
             
         For The Year Ended
December 31, 2015
 For the Three
Months Ended
December 31, 2015
 
 Investment Income         
  Interest       $  8,160,512  $  2,302,180  
  Dividends         6,645,154     1,365,072  
  Origination fee income        803,298     709,527  
  Other Income        156,511     106,000  
  Total Investment Income       15,765,475      4,482,779   
              
 Expenses          
  Investment advisory fees (1)       3,390,760     849,259  
  Interest expense        1,367,125     345,840  
  ABA marketing and licensing fees       437,500     77,868  
  Professional fees        343,760     75,393  
  Transfer agent, custodian fees and administrator fees     273,242     70,558  
  Bank fees         190,709     70,478  
  Directors' fees        180,000     44,915  
  Due diligence expense        165,582     9,999  
  Valuation fees        119,500     37,970  
  Investor relations fees        118,800     30,430  
  Insurance expense        90,000     22,530  
  Miscellaneous fees (proxy, printing, rating agency, etc.)    259,362     97,801  
  Total expenses before waivers       6,936,340      1,733,041   
  Less: Advisory fee waiver (2)       (520,789)    -   
  Net expenses after waivers       6,415,551      1,733,041   
  Net Investment Income        9,349,924      2,749,738   
             
  Realized and Unrealized Gain / (Loss) on Investments      
  Net realized loss on investments       (1,007,881)    (3,005,896) 
  Net change in unrealized depreciation on investments    (55,305)    (503,005) 
  Net realized and unrealized loss on investments     (1,063,186)    (3,508,901) 
  Net Increase / (decrease) in Net Assets Resulting From Operations  $   8,286,738   $   (759,163) 
              
  (1) Investment advisory fee reflects gross contractual fee.      
  (2) Investment advisory fee waiver reflects waiver of fees related to proceeds of issuance of common stock issued on   
    November 7, 2014 and December 2, 2014. In previous quarters, this waiver was shown net against investment advisor fees. 
             


 
STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
Financial Highlights
   
   
  For the Three Months
Ended December 31,
2015
Per Share Operating Performance  
Net Asset Value, beginning of period  $   22.09  
Net investment income(1)    0.42 
Net realized and unrealized gain / (loss) on investments(1)    (0.54)
Total from investment operations    (0.12 )
   
Less distributions to shareholders  
From net investment income    (0.35)
Total distributions     (0.35)
   
Net asset value, end of period $   21.62  
   
Per share market value, end of period $  16.30 
Total investment return based on market value (2)   -0.98%
   
Ratios and Supplemental Data  
Net assets, end of period (in millions) $   140.8  
Ratios (as a percentage to average net assets):  
  Expenses before waivers (3)(7)  4.83%
  Expenses after waivers (3)(4)(8)  4.83%
  Net investment income(3)(9)  7.67%
Portfolio turnover rate (5)  47%
   
Revolving Credit Agreement  
Total revolving credit agreement outstanding (000's) $  25,000 
Asset coverage per $1,000 for revolving credit agreement(6)    6,631 
   
(1) Based on the average shares outstanding during quarter.   
(2) Based on share market price and reinvestment of distributions at the price obtained under the Dividend  
Reinvestment Plan. Total return does not include sales load and offering expenses.  
(3) Annualized  
(4) Excluding interest expense, the ratio would have been 3.87%.   
(5) Not annualized  
(6) Calculated by subtracting the Company's total liabilities (excluding the loan) from the Company's total assets  
and dividing the amount by the loan outstanding in 000's.  
(7) Ratio of expenses before waivers to average managed assets equals 3.48%.  
(8) Ratio of expenses after waivers to average managed assets equals 3.48%.  
(9) Ratio of net investment income to average managed assets equals 5.51%.  
   
Investor Contact:

Julie Muraco

347-887-0324

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