Runway Growth Finance Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Ended 2021 Financial Results

Reports Quarterly and Annual Investment Income of $17.6 and $71.4 Million, Respectively

Record Quarterly Origination Volume of $216 Million

Conference Call Today, Thursday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. ET

WOODSIDE, Calif., March 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Runway Growth Finance Corp. (Nasdaq: RWAY) (“Runway Growth” or the “Company”), a leading provider of flexible capital solutions to late-stage and growth companies seeking an alternative to raising equity, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Net investment income (“NII”) of $10.9 million, or $0.28 per share
  • Annualized portfolio yield on debt investments of 14.0% for the quarter
  • Six investments funded totaling $188.9 million across three new and three existing portfolio companies
  • Aggregate proceeds of $94.1 million received from principal repayments, including normal amortization and prepayments
  • $70 million raised through issuance of 4.25% unsecured senior notes due 2026; $20 million closed in December 2021, remaining $50 million closed in February 2022

2021 Fiscal Year Highlights

  • Total investment portfolio at 12/31/2021 of $729.5 million at fair value
  • NII of $44.5 million, or $1.12 per share
  • Net asset value (“NAV”) at 12/31/2021 of $606.2 million, or $14.65 per share
  • Total investment fundings of $424.1 million: $239.5 million in 11 new portfolio companies and $184.6 million in 16 existing portfolio companies
  • Total loan commitments and investment fundings of $1.45 billion and $1.18 billion, respectively, since Runway Growth’s inception
  • No credit losses and industry-leading low loss ratio of 20 basis points per year on a gross basis and 1 basis point per year on a net basis, based on cumulative commitments

“Runway Growth’s strong financial results, record originations and industry leading low credit losses underscores the power of our proprietary underwriting process and disciplined approach to capital deployment,” said David Spreng, Founder and CEO of Runway Growth. “2021 was a monumental year for Runway Growth as we entered the public market with a differentiated approach, targeting late-and growth-stage businesses through bespoke financing solutions to offer investors consistent yield while maximizing returns.”

Spreng continued, “Runway Growth was conceived to be cycle resistant, so as we look into 2022 we will not only benefit from the rising rate environment, but we will thrive and continue to capitalize on industry tailwinds created from the historically strong momentum in the growth debt landscape. Further, Runway Growth is well positioned financially with $158.7 million in available liquidity placing us in an opportunistic position to cover unfunded commitments while expanding the platform. Our path is clear, and we have the utmost confidence that Runway will continue to execute against its overall strategy to thoughtfully deploy leverage to drive portfolio growth, empower management teams we believe in, while delivering long-term value to our shareholders.”

Fourth Quarter 2021 Operating Results
Total investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2021, was $17.6 million, compared to $16.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The year-over-year improvement is primarily due to an increase in interest income on investments resulting from the new loans originated.

The Company’s dollar-weighted annualized yield on average debt investments for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 was 14.0% and 15.6%, respectively. The Company calculates the yield on dollar-weighted debt investments for any period measured as (1) total investment-related income during the period divided by (2) the daily average of the fair value of debt investments outstanding during the period.

Total operating expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 were $6.7 million, compared to $5.8 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2020. The increase was driven primarily by portfolio growth related expenses and costs associated with becoming a public company.

Net investment income for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 was $10.9 million, or $0.28 per share, compared to $11.0 million, or $0.40 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, net realized gain on investments was up $8.2 million, compared to the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020, driven by the liquidation of our common stock holdings in Ouster, Inc. for total proceeds of $8.8 million.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, net change in unrealized appreciation on investments was $0.1 million, compared to a net change in unrealized appreciation on investments of $9.7 million for the prior-year period, due to adjustments to the equity portfolio.

Portfolio and Investment Activity
As of December 31, 2021, Runway Growth’s investment portfolio had an aggregate fair value of approximately $729.5 million and was comprised of approximately $635.9 million in term loans, 98% senior secured, and $48.6 million in warrants and equity-related investments in 39 portfolio companies.

During the fourth quarter of 2021, Runway Growth originated six investments totaling $216.1 million, including three investments in new portfolio companies and three new investments in existing portfolio companies.

Total portfolio investment activity for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 was as follows:

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Fiscal Year Ended December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
  (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)   (unaudited)
Beginning Investment Portfolio $ 646,353,037     $ 520,103,329     $ 621,826,650     $ 467,981,699  
Purchases of Investments(1)   187,978,307       132,178,403       427,437,188       276,222,542  
Purchases of U.S. Treasury Bills   95,001,278       96,001,713       210,001,787       276,000,012  
Amortization of Fixed Income Premiums or Accretion of Discounts   2,202,658       2,447,666       7,742,317       9,255,732  
Sales or Repayments of Investments   (100,290,815 )     (30,805,095 )     (297,825,111 )     (107,610,861 )
Scheduled Principal Payments of Investments   (105,000 )     3,179,492       (5,776,437 )     (2,948,902 )
Sales and Maturities of U.S. Treasury Bills   (109,999,821 )     (110,998,491 )     (234,998,939 )     (305,983,755 )
Realized Gain (Loss) on Investments   8,249,133       23,293       4,154,163       (5,347,409 )
Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation (Depreciation) on Investments   127,497       9,696,340       (3,045,344 )     14,257,592  
Ending Investment Portfolio $ 729,516,274     $ 621,826,650     $ 729,516,274     $ 621,826,650  
                       
1. Includes PIK interest.                      
                       

Net Asset Value
As of December 31, 2021, NAV per share was $14.65, compared to $14.60 as of September 30, 2021. Total net assets at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 were $606.2 million, compared to $504.2 million at the end of the prior period.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2021, net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $19.3 million, or $0.49 per share, compared to $10.2 million, or $0.31 per share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of December 31, 2021, the Company had approximately $158.7 million in available liquidity, including unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and $154.0 million in available borrowing capacity under the Company’s credit facility, subject to existing terms, advance rates and regulatory and covenant requirements, excluding the deferred closing of the 4.25% unsecured notes. On December 10, 2021, Runway Growth agreed to issue $70 million of 4.25% Senior Notes due 2026 (the “2026 Senior Notes”) pursuant to a Master Note Purchase Agreement to further strengthen the Company’s liquidity position and fund portfolio growth. The first closing of $20 million 2026 Senior Notes closed on December 10, 2021 and the second closing of $50 million 2026 Senior Notes occurred on February 10, 2022.

The Company ended the quarter with a debt-to-equity leverage ratio of approximately 13.4%, compared to 16.0% for the quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Distributions
On February 24, 2022, the Company’s board of directors declared a regular quarterly distribution of $0.27 per share for the first quarter of 2022, payable on March 22, 2022 to stockholders of record as of March 8, 2022. This dividend represents an increase of 8.0% over the dividend declared in the prior quarter.

Recent Developments
On February 10, 2022, Runway Growth announced the $50 million second closing of its $70 million private placement of 2026 Senior Notes. The 2026 Senior Notes bear an interest rate of 4.25% per year, payable semiannually, and will mature on December 10, 2026.

On February 24, 2022, Runway Growth’s board of directors approved a share repurchase program. Under the share repurchase program, Runway Growth may repurchase up to $25.0 million in the aggregate of its common stock in the open market until the earlier of (i) February 23, 2023 or (ii) the repurchase of $25.0 million in aggregate amount of the common stock.

Conference Call
Runway Growth will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 financial results at 3:00 p.m. PT (6:00 p.m. ET) on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

To participate in the conference call, please dial (844) 467-7753 and reference conference ID 3790578. A live webcast, as well as supplemental slides to support the webcast, will be available in the investor section of the Company’s website at https://investors.runwaygrowth.com/, and will be archived for 90 days following the call.

About Runway Growth Finance Corp.
Runway Growth is a growing specialty finance company focused on providing flexible capital solutions to late-stage and growth companies seeking an alternative to raising equity. Runway Growth is a closed-end investment fund that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Runway Growth is externally managed by Runway Growth Capital LLC, an established registered investment advisor that was formed in 2015 and led by industry veteran David Spreng. For more information, please visit www.runwaygrowth.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements included herein may constitute “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 press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the impact of COVID-19 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 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 Runway Growth’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Runway Growth undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

IR Contacts:
Alex Straus, Prosek Partners, astraus@prosek.com
Thomas B. Raterman, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, tr@runwaygrowth.com

Runway Growth Finance Corp.

Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities

  December 31, 2021      December 31, 2020
  (Unaudited)      
Assets          
Investments at fair value:          
Non-control/non-affiliate investments at fair value (cost of $647,448,895 and $532,676,057, respectively) $ 655,384,403     $ 541,978,736  
Control/affiliate investments at fair value (cost of $34,873,846 and $13,911,494, respectively)   29,130,371       9,845,854  
Investment in U.S. Treasury Bills at fair value (cost of $45,001,250 and $70,001,472, respectively)   45,001,500       70,002,060  
Total investments at fair value (cost of $727,323,991 and $616,589,023, respectively)   729,516,274       621,826,650  
Cash and cash equivalents   4,696,693       14,886,246  
Accrued interest receivable   2,368,680       2,682,405  
Other accounts receivable   816,065       359,000  
Prepaid and deferred expenses   949,768       137,096  
Total assets   738,347,480       639,891,397  
           
Liabilities          
Debt:          
Credit facilities   61,000,000       99,000,000  
2026 Senior Notes   20,000,000        
Deferred debt costs (net of accumulated amortization of $850,717 and $383,873, respectively)   (1,511,540 )     (1,583,230 )
Total debt, less unamortized deferred financing costs   79,488,460       97,416,770  
Reverse repurchase agreement   44,774,963       69,650,000  
Accrued incentive fees   6,010,250       5,007,065  
Due to affiliate   221,243       143,515  
Interest payable   249,247       468,014  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   1,408,826       962,348  
Total liabilities   132,152,989       173,647,712  
           
Commitments and contingencies (Note 3)          
           
Net assets          
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 41,380,614 and 31,414,051 shares issued and outstanding, respectively   413,806       314,140  
Additional paid-in capital   606,047,671       466,872,304  
Distributable (losses)   (266,986 )     (942,759 )
Total net assets $ 606,194,491     $ 466,243,685  
           
Net asset value per share $ 14.65     $ 14.84  
               

Consolidated Statements of Operations

  Three Months Ended December 31,      Fiscal Year Ended December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020
Investment income                        
From non-control/non-affiliate:                        
Interest income $ 16,314,131     $ 14,834,435     $ 66,176,605     $ 51,591,420  
Payment in-kind interest income   567,878       1,353,403       2,991,900       3,690,049  
Other income   333,683       256,827       675,920       939,623  
Interest income from U.S. Treasury Bills         47       713       17,223  
Dividend income   364,004       343,755       1,395,269       1,354,714  
Other income from non-investment sources   318       200       708       33,274  
From control/affiliate:                      
Interest income               113,554        
Payment in-kind interest income               3,786        
Total investment income   17,580,014       16,788,667       71,358,455       57,626,303  
                         
Operating expenses                        
Management fees   2,341,713       1,813,976       8,988,920       6,831,566  
Incentive fees   2,733,348       2,388,749       9,231,830       7,260,656  
Interest expense   251,320       468,953       2,553,901       1,064,150  
Professional fees   130,165       237,161       1,281,776       1,156,550  
Overhead allocation expense   171,345       170,421       826,605       677,958  
Administration fee   159,005       137,496       579,365       515,891  
Facility fees   145,797       224,868       1,593,085       735,674  
Directors’ fees   91,729       60,250       293,479       248,500  
Tax expense   818             859       1,319  
Other expenses   626,419       257,080       1,516,947       1,064,322  
Total operating expenses   6,651,659       5,758,954       26,866,767       19,556,586  
Net investment income   10,928,355       11,029,713       44,491,688       38,069,717  
                         
Realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments                        
Realized gain (loss) on non-control/non-affiliate investments, including U.S. Treasury Bills   8,249,131       23,293       4,172,366       (5,347,409 )
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on non-control/non-affiliate investments, including U.S. Treasury Bills   (5,252,072 )     9,409,209       (16,231,219 )     13,970,465  
Net change in unrealized appreciation on control/affiliate investments   5,379,573       287,127       13,185,875       287,127  
Net realized and unrealized gain on investments   8,376,632       9,719,629       1,127,022       8,910,183  
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations $ 19,304,987     $ 20,749,342     $ 45,618,710     $ 46,979,900  
                         
Net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share $ 0.49     $ 0.75     $ 1.15     $ 1.70  
Net investment income per common share $ 0.28     $ 0.40     $ 1.12     $ 1.38  
Weighted-average shares outstanding   39,593,658       27,617,425       39,593,658       27,617,425  
                               

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