Ares Capital Corporation Announces June 30, 2021 Financial Results and Declares Third Quarter 2021 Dividend of $0.41 Per Share

Company Release - 7/28/2021

DIVIDEND DECLARATIONS

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ares Capital Corporation (“Ares Capital”) (NASDAQ: ARCC) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a third quarter dividend of $0.41 per share, an increase of $0.01 per share over the prior quarter dividend. The third quarter dividend is payable on September 30, 2021 to stockholders of record as of September 15, 2021.

JUNE 30, 2021 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Ares Capital also announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

OPERATING RESULTS

 

 

Q2-21(1)

 

Q2-20(1)

(dollar amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

Total
Amount

 

Per
Share(2)

 

Total
Amount

 

Per
Share(2)

Core EPS(3)

 

 

 

$

0.53

 

 

 

 

$

0.39

 

GAAP net income per share

 

 

 

$

1.09

 

 

 

 

$

0.65

 

Net investment income

 

$

171

 

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

165

 

 

$

0.39

 

Net realized gains

 

$

59

 

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

8

 

 

$

0.02

 

Net unrealized gains

 

$

248

 

 

$

0.56

 

 

$

104

 

 

$

0.24

 

GAAP net income

 

$

478

 

 

$

1.09

 

 

$

277

 

 

$

0.65

 

Dividends declared and payable

 

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

 

 

$

0.40

 

 

 

As of

 

(dollar amounts in millions, except per share data)

 

June 30, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

Portfolio investments at fair value

 

$

17,136

 

 

$

15,515

 

Total assets

 

$

18,026

 

 

$

16,196

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

$

8,078

 

 

$

7,176

 

Net assets per share

 

$

18.16

 

 

$

16.97

 

Debt/equity ratio

 

1.16

x

 

1.20

x

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(1) Net income can vary substantially from period to period due to various factors, including the level of new investment commitments, the recognition of realized gains and losses and unrealized appreciation and depreciation. As a result, quarterly comparisons of net income may not be meaningful.

(2) All per share amounts are basic and diluted.

(3) Basic and diluted Core EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure. Core EPS is the net per share increase (decrease) in stockholders’ equity resulting from operations less net realized and unrealized gains and losses, any capital gains incentive fees attributable to such net realized and unrealized gains and losses and any income taxes related to such net realized gains and losses. Basic and diluted GAAP net income (loss) per share is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Ares Capital believes that Core EPS provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is one method Ares Capital uses to measure its financial condition and results of operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of basic and diluted Core EPS to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure are set forth in Schedule 1 hereto.

“We reported another quarter of strong core earnings, healthy portfolio performance, record NAV per share and our highest level of quarterly originations in the company’s history,” said Kipp deVeer, Chief Executive Officer of Ares Capital. “Our company continues to operate with significant scale, sourcing and investment advantages that come from our nearly 17-year track record in the market. Based on our favorable outlook and strong competitive position, we increased our regular quarterly dividend to $0.41 per share.”

“We believe that our strong balance sheet and financial position remain two of our most significant competitive advantages,” said Penni Roll, Chief Financial Officer of Ares Capital. “During the second quarter, we increased the amount of debt capital committed to us by $1.7 billion through the issuance of $1.35 billion in investment grade unsecured notes at attractive rates and by expanding the capacity under our revolving credit facilities by over $300 million. We believe that our efforts to further enhance our balance sheet continue to play an integral part in our ability capture attractive investment opportunities across varying market conditions.”

PORTFOLIO AND INVESTMENT ACTIVITY

(dollar amounts in millions)

 

Q2-21

 

Q2-20

Portfolio Activity During the Period:

 

 

 

 

Gross commitments

 

$

4,847

 

 

$

867

 

Exits of commitments

 

$

2,925

 

 

$

1,484

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portfolio Information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of

 

 

June 30, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

Portfolio investments at fair value

 

$

17,136

 

 

$

15,515

 

Fair value of accruing debt and other income producing securities

 

$

14,890

 

 

$

13,736

 

Number of portfolio company investments

 

365

 

 

350

 

Percentage of floating rate securities at fair value(4)

 

79

%

 

84

%

Weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities(5):

 

 

 

 

At amortized cost

 

8.8

%

 

9.1

%

At fair value

 

8.8

%

 

9.2

%

Weighted average yield on total investments(6):

 

 

 

 

At amortized cost

 

7.7

%

 

8.0

%

At fair value

 

7.7

%

 

8.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

Asset class percentage at fair value

 

 

 

 

First lien senior secured loans

 

47

%

 

46

%

Second lien senior secured loans

 

24

%

 

26

%

Subordinated certificates of the SDLP

 

6

%

 

7

%

Senior subordinated loans

 

6

%

 

6

%

Preferred equity

 

7

%

 

6

%

Other equity

 

10

%

 

9

%

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(4) Including Ares Capital's investment in the subordinated certificates of the SDLP (as defined below).

(5) Weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities is computed as (a) the annual stated interest rate or yield earned plus the net annual amortization of original issue discount and market discount or premium earned on accruing debt and other income producing securities divided by (b) the total accruing debt and other income producing securities at amortized cost or at fair value as applicable.

(6) Weighted average yield on total investments is calculated as (a) the annual stated interest rate or yield earned plus the net annual amortization of original issue discount and market discount or premium earned on accruing debt and other income producing securities divided by (b) the total investments at amortized cost or at fair value as applicable.

In the second quarter of 2021, Ares Capital made $4.8 billion in new investment commitments, of which $3.9 billion were funded, including 26 new portfolio companies and 44 existing portfolio companies. As of June 30, 2021, 180 separate private equity sponsors were represented in Ares Capital’s portfolio. Of the $4.8 billion in new commitments made during the second quarter of 2021, 60% were in first lien senior secured loans, 24% were in second lien senior secured loans, 3% were in senior subordinated loans, 9% were in preferred equity and 4% were in other equity. Of these commitments, 86% were in floating rate debt securities, of which 96% contained interest rate floors. Ares Capital may seek to sell all or a portion of these new investment commitments, although there can be no assurance that Ares Capital will be able to do so. Also in the second quarter of 2021, Ares Capital funded $197 million related to previously existing unfunded revolving and delayed draw loan commitments.

Also in the second quarter of 2021, Ares Capital exited approximately $2.9 billion of investment commitments, including $566 million of loans sold to Ivy Hill Asset Management L.P. (“IHAM”) or certain vehicles managed by IHAM. Of the total investment commitments exited, 55% were first lien senior secured loans, 31% were second lien senior secured loans, 5% were preferred equity, 4% were subordinated certificates of the Senior Direct Lending Program, LLC (the “SDLP”), 3% were senior subordinated loans and 2% were other equity. Of the approximately $2.9 billion of exited investment commitments, 98% were floating rate and 2% were non-income producing.

As of June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, the weighted average grade of the portfolio at fair value was 3.0 and 3.0, respectively, and loans on non-accrual status represented 2.9% of total investments at amortized cost (or 1.9% at fair value) and 3.3% at amortized cost (or 2.0% at fair value), respectively. For more information on Ares Capital’s portfolio investment grades and loans on non-accrual, see “Part II - Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations— Portfolio and Investment Activity” in Ares Capital’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 28, 2021.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of June 30, 2021, Ares Capital had $377 million in cash and cash equivalents and $9.3 billion in total aggregate principal amount of debt outstanding ($9.2 billion at carrying value). Subject to borrowing base and other restrictions, Ares Capital had approximately $5.4 billion available for additional borrowings under its existing credit facilities as of June 30, 2021.

In April 2021, Ares Capital entered into amended and restated equity distribution agreements with two sales agents (the “Equity Distribution Agreements”), pursuant to which Ares Capital may issue and sell shares of its common stock having an aggregate offering of up to $500 million. During the three months ended June 30, 2021, Ares Capital issued and sold approximately 7.0 million shares of common stock under the Equity Distribution Agreements, with net proceeds totaling approximately $134.9 million, after deducting sales agents’ commissions and other offering expenses of approximately $1.9 million.

In May 2021, Ares Capital and Ares Capital JB Funding LLC (“ACJB”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ares Capital, amended ACJB’s revolving funding facility with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation to, among other things, (a) increase the commitments under the ACJB’s revolving funding facility by $75 million, from $725 million to $800 million, (b) extend the reinvestment period from September 10, 2022 to May 28, 2024, and (c) extend the stated maturity date from September 10, 2024 to May 28, 2026.

In June 2021, Ares Capital increased the total commitments under its senior secured revolving credit facility with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and each of the other parties thereto, by approximately $269 million, from approximately $3.96 billion to approximately $4.23 billion.

In June 2021, Ares Capital and ARCC FB Funding LLC, a consolidated subsidiary of Ares Capital, amended its revolving funding facility (“BNP Funding Facility”) to, among other things, adjust the interest rate charged on the BNP Funding Facility from an applicable London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) (subject to a floor of 0.45%) or a “base rate” (as defined in the BNP Funding Facility) plus a margin that generally ranged between 2.65% and 3.15% (depending on the types of assets such advances relate to), with a weighted average margin floor for all classes of advances of (a) 2.75% during the reinvestment period and (b) 3.25% following the reinvestment period to an applicable LIBOR (subject to a floor of 0.00%) or a “base rate” (as defined in the BNP Funding Facility) plus a margin of (a) 1.80% during the reinvestment period and (b) 2.30% following the reinvestment period.

In May 2021, Ares Capital issued an additional $500 million in aggregate principal amount of its existing unsecured notes that mature on July 15, 2025 and bear interest at a rate of 3.250% per annum (the “Additional July 2025 Notes”). These notes were issued at a premium that resulted in an effective yield of 2.0% for the Additional July 2025 Notes.

In June 2021, Ares Capital issued $850 million in aggregate principal amount of unsecured notes that mature on June 15, 2028 and bear interest at a rate of 2.875% per annum (the "2028 Notes"). The 2028 Notes pay interest semiannually and all principal is due upon maturity. The 2028 Notes may be redeemed in whole or in part at any time at Ares Capital's option at the redemption price determined in the indenture governing the 2028 Notes, plus any accrued and unpaid interest.

SECOND QUARTER 2021 DIVIDEND PAID

On April 28, 2021, Ares Capital declared a second quarter 2021 dividend of $0.40 per share for a total of approximately $177 million. The second quarter dividend was paid on June 30, 2021 to stockholders of record as of June 15, 2021.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

In July 2021, Ares Capital’s board of directors authorized Ares Capital to (a) enter into an equity distribution agreement with an additional sales agent and (b) amend and restate Ares Capital’s existing equity distribution agreements with each of Truist Securities, Inc. and Regions Securities LLC, in each case, to provide that Ares Capital may from time to time issue and sell shares of common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $500 million through such sales agents. Such shares will be issued and sold under Ares Capital’s shelf registration statement on Form N-2 filed on June 3, 2021 (File No. 333-256733). There can be no assurance that Ares Capital will issue a specific amount of shares of its common stock, if any, through “at the market” offerings.

From July 1, 2021 through July 22, 2021, Ares Capital made new investment commitments of approximately $470 million, of which $430 million were funded. Of these new commitments, 97% were in first lien senior secured loans, 2% were in other equity and 1% were in preferred equity. Of the approximately $470 million of new investment commitments, 97% were floating rate, 2% were non-income producing and 1% were fixed rate. The weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities funded during the period at amortized cost was 7.1% and the weighted average yield on total investments funded during the period at amortized cost was 6.9%. Ares Capital may seek to sell all or a portion of these new investment commitments, although there can be no assurance that it will be able to do so.

From July 1, 2021 through July 22, 2021, Ares Capital exited approximately $267 million of investment commitments, including $21 million of loans sold to IHAM or certain vehicles managed by IHAM. Of the total investment commitments exited, 62% were first lien senior secured loans, 34% were second lien senior secured loans and 4% were subordinated certificates of the SDLP. All of the approximately $267 million of exited investment commitments were floating rate. The weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities exited or repaid during the period at amortized cost was 9.1% and the weighted average yield on total investments exited or repaid during the period at amortized cost was 9.1%. On the approximately $267 million of investment commitments exited from July 1, 2021 through July 22, 2021, Ares Capital recognized total net realized gains of approximately $31 million, with no realized gains or losses from the sale of loans to IHAM or certain vehicles managed by IHAM.

In addition, as of July 22, 2021, Ares Capital had an investment backlog and pipeline of approximately $1.4 billion and $110 million, respectively. Investment backlog includes transactions approved by Ares Capital’s investment adviser’s investment committee and/or for which a formal mandate, letter of intent or a signed commitment have been issued, and therefore Ares Capital believes are likely to close. Investment pipeline includes transactions where due diligence and analysis are in process, but no formal mandate, letter of intent or signed commitment have been issued. The consummation of any of the investments in this backlog and pipeline depends upon, among other things, one or more of the following: satisfactory completion of Ares Capital due diligence investigation of the prospective portfolio company, Ares Capital’s acceptance of the terms and structure of such investment and the execution and delivery of satisfactory transaction documentation. In addition, Ares Capital may sell all or a portion of these investments and certain of these investments may result in the repayment of existing investments. Ares Capital cannot assure you that it will make any of these investments or that Ares Capital will sell all or any portion of these investments.

WEBCAST / CONFERENCE CALL

Ares Capital will host a webcast/conference call on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss its quarter ended June 30, 2021 financial results. PLEASE VISIT ARES CAPITAL’S WEBCAST LINK LOCATED ON THE HOME PAGE OF THE INVESTOR RESOURCES SECTION OF ARES CAPITAL’S WEBSITE FOR A SLIDE PRESENTATION THAT COMPLEMENTS THE EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL.

All interested parties are invited to participate via telephone or the live webcast, which will be hosted on a webcast link located on the Home page of the Investor Resources section of Ares Capital’s website at www.arescapitalcorp.com. Please visit the website to test your connection before the webcast. Domestic callers can access the conference call by dialing (888) 317-6003. International callers can access the conference call by dialing +1 (412) 317-6061. All callers will need to enter the Participant Elite Entry Number 5926154 followed by the # sign and reference “Ares Capital Corporation” once connected with the operator. All callers are asked to dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the call so that name and company information can be collected. For interested parties, an archived replay of the call will be available approximately one hour after the end of the call through August 11, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to domestic callers by dialing (877) 344-7529 and to international callers by dialing +1 (412) 317-0088. For all replays, please reference conference number 10156455. An archived replay will also be available through August 11, 2021 on a webcast link located on the Home page of the Investor Resources section of Ares Capital’s website.

ABOUT ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION

Founded in 2004, Ares Capital is a leading specialty finance company focused on providing direct loans and other investments in private middle market companies in the United States. Ares Capital’s objective is to source and invest in high-quality borrowers that need capital to achieve their business goals, which often leads to economic growth and employment. Ares Capital believes its loans and other investments in these companies can generate attractive levels of current income and potential capital appreciation for investors. Ares Capital, through its investment manager, utilizes its extensive, direct origination capabilities and incumbent borrower relationships to source and underwrite predominantly senior secured loans but also subordinated debt and equity investments. Ares Capital has elected to be regulated as a business development company (“BDC”) and is the largest BDC by market capitalization as of June 30, 2021. Ares Capital is externally managed by a subsidiary of Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES), a publicly traded, leading global alternative investment manager. For more information about Ares Capital, visit www.arescapitalcorp.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements included herein or on the webcast/conference call may constitute “forward-looking statements,” which relate to future events or Ares Capital’s future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related changes in base interest rates and significant market volatility on our business, our portfolio companies, our industry and the global economy. Actual results and conditions 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 Ares Capital’s filings with the SEC. Ares Capital undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein or on the webcast/conference call.

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(in millions, except per share data)

 

 

As of

 

June 30, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

 

(unaudited)

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

Total investments at fair value (amortized cost of $17,096 and $15,914, respectively)

$

17,136

 

 

$

15,515

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

377

 

 

254

 

 

Restricted cash

57

 

 

72

 

 

Interest receivable

110

 

 

112

 

 

Receivable from participants

30

 

 

38

 

 

Receivable for open trades

172

 

 

73

 

 

Other assets

110

 

 

94

 

 

Operating lease right-of-use asset

34

 

 

38

 

 

Total assets

$

18,026

 

 

$

16,196

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Debt

$

9,233

 

 

$

8,491

 

 

Base management fees payable

61

 

 

56

 

 

Income based fees payable

59

 

 

140

 

 

Capital gains incentive fees payable

103

 

 

 

 

Interest and facility fees payable

97

 

 

83

 

 

Payable to participants

57

 

 

72

 

 

Payable for open trades

109

 

 

6

 

 

Accounts payable and other liabilities

77

 

 

90

 

 

Secured borrowings

99

 

 

23

 

 

Operating lease liabilities

53

 

 

59

 

 

Total liabilities

9,948

 

 

9,020

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 600 common shares authorized; 445 and
423 common shares issued and outstanding, respectively

 

 

 

 

Capital in excess of par value

8,059

 

 

7,656

 

 

Accumulated undistributed (overdistributed) earnings

19

 

 

(480

)

 

Total stockholders’ equity

8,078

 

 

7,176

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

18,026

 

 

$

16,196

 

 

NET ASSETS PER SHARE

$

18.16

 

 

$

16.97

 

 

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

(in millions, except per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

For the Three Months Ended June 30,

 

For the Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

INVESTMENT INCOME

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest income from investments

$

305

 

 

$

287

 

 

$

594

 

 

 

$

585

 

 

Dividend income

52

 

 

36

 

 

104

 

 

 

72

 

 

Capital structuring service fees

93

 

 

16

 

 

131

 

 

 

44

 

 

Other income

9

 

 

11

 

 

20

 

 

 

18

 

 

Total investment income

459

 

 

350

 

 

849

 

 

 

719

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and credit facility fees

87

 

 

76

 

 

173

 

 

 

158

 

 

Base management fees

61

 

 

53

 

 

119

 

 

 

108

 

 

Income based fees

59

 

 

41

 

 

105

 

 

 

85

 

 

Capital gains incentive fees

61

 

 

 

 

103

 

 

 

(58

)

 

Administrative fees

3

 

 

3

 

 

7

 

 

 

7

 

 

Other general and administrative

6

 

 

7

 

 

11

 

 

 

12

 

 

Total expenses

277

 

 

180

 

 

518

 

 

 

312

 

 

NET INVESTMENT INCOME BEFORE INCOME
TAXES

182

 

 

170

 

 

331

 

 

 

407

 

 

Income tax expense, including excise tax

11

 

 

5

 

 

16

 

 

 

8

 

 

NET INVESTMENT INCOME

171

 

 

165

 

 

315

 

 

 

399

 

 

REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAINS (LOSSES) ON
INVESTMENTS, FOREIGN CURRENCY AND OTHER
TRANSACTIONS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized gains

59

 

 

8

 

 

118

 

 

 

42

 

 

Net unrealized gains (losses)

248

 

 

104

 

 

461

 

 

 

(776

)

 

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on
investments, foreign currency and other transactions

307

 

 

112

 

 

579

 

 

 

(734

)

 

REALIZED LOSS ON EXTINGUISHMENT OF DEBT

 

 

 

 

(43

)

 

 

 

 

NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN STOCKHOLDERS’
EQUITY RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS

$

478

 

 

$

277

 

 

$

851

 

 

 

$

(335

)

 

BASIC AND DILUTED NET INCOME (LOSS) PER
COMMON SHARE

$

1.09

 

 

$

0.65

 

 

$

1.96

 

 

 

$

(0.79

)

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OF COMMON
STOCK OUTSTANDING - BASIC AND DILUTED

440

 

 

423

 

 

435

 

 

 

426

 

 

SCHEDULE 1

Reconciliations of basic and diluted Core EPS to basic and diluted GAAP net income (loss) per share

Reconciliations of basic and diluted Core EPS to basic and diluted GAAP net income (loss) per share, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 are provided below.

 

For the Three Months Ended June 30,

 

For the Six Months Ended June 30,

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

Basic and diluted Core EPS(1)

$

0.53

 

 

 

$

0.39

 

 

$

0.97

 

 

 

$

0.80

 

 

Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)

0.70

 

 

 

0.26

 

 

1.23

 

 

 

(1.73

)

 

Capital gains incentive fees attributable to net realized and
unrealized gains and losses

(0.14

)

 

 

 

 

(0.24

)

 

 

0.14

 

 

Income tax expense related to net realized gains and losses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted GAAP net income (loss) per share

$

1.09

 

 

 

$

0.65

 

 

$

1.96

 

 

 

$

(0.79

)

 

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(1) Basic and diluted Core EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure. Core EPS is the net per share increase (decrease) in stockholders’ equity resulting from operations less net realized and unrealized gains and losses, any capital gains incentive fees attributable to such net realized and unrealized gains and losses and any income taxes related to such net realized gains and losses. Basic and diluted GAAP net income (loss) per share is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Ares Capital believes that Core EPS provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is one method Ares Capital uses to measure its financial condition and results of operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

INVESTOR RELATIONS

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(888) 818-5298
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