SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) February 28, 2019
StoneCastle Financial Corp.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction||(Commission||(IRS Employer|
|of incorporation)||File Number)||Identification No.)|
|152 West 57th Street, 35th floor, New York, NY||10019|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 354-6500
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On February 28, 2019 the registrant issued a press release announcing its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018. The text of the press release is included as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.
The information disclosed under this item 2.02 is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing made under the Securities Act of 1933, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
|99.1||Press Release, dated February 28, 2019|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
Date: February 28, 2019
By: /s/ Patrick J. Farrell
Name: Patrick J. Farrell
Title: Chief Financial Officer
|99.1||Press Release, Dated February 28, 2019|
StoneCastle Financial Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter 2018 Results
NEW YORK, February 28, 2019 – 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, 2018.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Investment Highlights:
|•||Invested $6.3 million in two investments|
|•||Received full call proceeds of $428,000 from one investment|
Investment Activity in the Fourth Quarter 2018 Included:
|•||Invested $4.6 million in Young Partners, L.P., Zero Coupon Secured Loan, 10.5% Yield to Maturity, 11/9/2020|
|•||Invested $1.7 million in Tulsa Valley Bancshares, Fixed Term Loan, 6.38%, 12/31/2028|
A complete listing of investments as of the end of the quarter can be found on the Company’s website at www.stonecastle-financial.com.
The estimated annualized yield generated by the invested portfolio as of December 31, 2018 (excluding cash and cash equivalents) was approximately 9.32%.
Fourth Quarter 2018 Financial Results
Net investment income was $2,769,692 or $0.42 per share, comprised of $4,712,280 in gross income and $1,942,588 of expenses. Net Assets at quarter end were $140,379,621. The Company’s Net Asset Value was $21.43 per share. The unrealized appreciation of the portfolio decreased by ($3,371,852), or ($0.51).
In the fourth quarter, the Company paid a cash distribution of $0.52 per share, comprised of a regular quarterly cash distribution of $0.38 per share and a special cash distribution of $0.14 per share. The distribution was paid on January 2, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 24, 2018.
The Company had $51.0 million outstanding on its $62.0 million credit facility at the quarter end, which represents approximately 26.0% of total assets. According to regulated investment company rules, the Company may borrow only up to 33.3% of its total assets.
Portfolio and Investment Summary
As of the close of business on December 31, 2018, the Company had total assets of $196,213,789 consisting of total investments of $189,070,497, cash of $2,831,334 and other assets of $4,311,958. Other assets include interest and dividends receivable of $3,056,292, principal receivable of $428,000, and prepaid assets of $827,666.
During the quarter, the Company invested $4.6 million in Young Partners, L.P., a holding company for Citizens Bancshares Company, Kansas City, Missouri, and $1.7 million in a subordinated loan in Tulsa Valley Bancshares, Tulsa, OK. The Company received full call proceeds of $428,000 from First Priority Financial Corporation, Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series C, 9%.
Quarterly Conference Call
StoneCastle Financial will host a webcast and conference call on February 28, 2019 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 14, 2019. The replay can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 for domestic callers or 1-412-317-6671 for international callers. The passcode for the replay is 13686916. 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.
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STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
Statement of Assets and Liabilities
|December 31, 2018||September 30, 2018|
|Investments in securities, at fair value (cost: $190,966,167 and $185,417,086 respectively)||$||189,070,497||$||186,893,267|
|Receivable for investment securities redeemed||428,000||-|
|Interest and dividends receivable||3,056,292||2,858,829|
|Investment advisory fee payable||871,281||835,917|
|Loan interest payable||76,117||241,246|
|Directors fee payable||13,325||12,908|
|Accrued expenses payable||467,388||336,712|
|Net Assets consist of:|
|Common stock at par ($0.001 per share)||$||6,550||$||6,550|
|Accumulated net investment loss||(1,257,435||)||(621,069||)|
|Accumulated net realized loss on investments||(1,498,885||)||(1,491,637||)|
|Net unrealized appreciation / (depreciation) on investments||(1,895,670||)||1,476,181|
|Net Asset Value Per Share:|
|Common Stock Shares Outstanding||6,550,110||6,550,110|
|Net asset value per common share||$||21.43||$||22.04|
|Market price per share||$||19.30||$||22.42|
|Market price premium / (discount) to net asset value per share||-9.94||%||1.72||%|
STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
Statement of Operations
|For The Three||For The Three|
|Months Ended||Months Ended|
|December 31, 2018||September 30, 2018|
|Origination fee income||8,790||8,392|
|Total Investment Income||4,712,280||4,401,621|
|Investment advisory fees||871,281||835,234|
|Transfer agent, custodian fees and administrator fees||55,172||56,700|
|ABA marketing and licensing fees||37,694||37,694|
|Investor relations fees||26,204||31,204|
|Delaware franchise tax||22,419||22,685|
|Due diligence expense||-||8,777|
|Miscellaneous fees (proxy, rating agency, etc.)||54,861||35,305|
|Net Investment Income||$||2,769,692||$||2,601,368|
|Realized and Unrealized Gain / (Loss) on Investments|
|Net realized loss on investments||$||(7,248||)||$||(16,537||)|
|Net change in unrealized appreciation / (depreciation) on investments||(3,371,852||)||157,082|
|Net realized and unrealized gain / (loss) on investments||(3,379,100||)||140,545|
|Net Increase / (decrease) in Net Assets Resulting From Operations||$||(609,408||)||$||2,741,913|
STONECASTLE FINANCIAL CORP.
|For The Three|
December 31, 2018
|Per Share Operating Performance|
|Net Asset Value, beginning of period||$||22.04|
|Net investment income(1)||$||0.42|
|Net realized and unrealized gain / (loss) on investments(1)||$||(0.51||)|
|Total from investment operations||$||(0.09||)|
|Less distributions to shareholders|
|From net investment income||$||(0.52||)|
|Net asset value, end of period||$||21.43|
|Per share market value, end of period||$||19.30|
|Total Investment Return (2)|
|Based on market value||-11.44||%|
|Based on net asset value||0.03||%|
|Ratios and Supplemental Data|
|Net assets, end of period (in millions)||$||140.4|
|Ratios (as a percentage to average net assets):|
|Expenses before waivers(3)(4)*||5.41||%|
|Expenses after waivers(5)*||5.41||%|
|Net investment income(6)*||7.72||%|
|Portfolio turnover rate **||0||%|
|Revolving Credit Agreement|
|Total revolving credit agreement outstanding (000’s)||$||51,000|
|Asset coverage per $1,000 for revolving credit agreement(7)||3,753|
|(1)||Based on the average shares outstanding during quarter.|
|(2)||Reflects reinvestment of distributions at the price obtained under the Dividend Reinvestment Plan. Total return does not include sales load and offering expenses and are not annualized.|
|(3)||Excluding interest expense, the ratio would have been 3.82%.|
|(4)||Ratio of expenses before waivers to average managed assets equals 3.98%.|
|(5)||Ratio of expenses after waivers to average managed assets equals 3.98%.|
|(6)||Ratio of net investment income to average managed assets equals 5.68%.|
|(7)||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.|