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SuRo Capital Corp. Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

SuRo Capital Corp.
SuRo Capital Corp.

Net Asset Value of $7.59 Per Share as of March 31, 2023

NEW YORK, May 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SuRo Capital Corp. (“SuRo Capital”, the “Company”, “we”, “us”, and “our”) (Nasdaq: SSSS) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023. Net assets totaled approximately $215.0 million, or $7.59 per share, at March 31, 2023 as compared to $7.39 per share at December 31, 2022 and $12.22 per share at March 31, 2022.

“As we have consistently demonstrated, SuRo Capital is committed to initiatives that enhance shareholder value, and we believe the market is currently undervaluing our portfolio. Given the discount our stock has traded at compared to net asset value per share, we believe our recent Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer was an efficient and accretive deployment of capital. As announced in the first quarter and executed subsequent to quarter-end, the Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer resulted in the purchase of 3.0 million shares of common stock for $4.50 per share,” said Mark Klein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SuRo Capital.

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“We are encouraged by reports that in the first quarter, secondary transactions were closed at an approximately 50% discount to a company’s last primary financing. While still relatively expensive compared to public comparables, this discount, coupled with increasing secondary trade volumes, may indicate that the market is finding a level where investors will transact.   With over $120.0 million of investable capital at quarter-end, we remain poised to continue investing in both primary and secondary opportunities for later-stage, high-growth companies at what we believe will be compelling valuations,” Mr. Klein concluded.

Investment Portfolio as of March 31, 2023

At March 31, 2023, SuRo Capital held positions in 37 portfolio companies – 33 privately held and 4 publicly held – with an aggregate fair value of approximately $165.1 million, excluding short-term US treasuries.   The Company’s top five portfolio company investments accounted for approximately 59% of the total portfolio at fair value as of March 31, 2023.

Top Five Investments as of March 31, 2023

Portfolio Company ($ in millions)

Cost Basis

Fair Value

% of Total Portfolio

Learneo, Inc. (f/k/a Course Hero, Inc.)

$

15.0

 

$

50.8

 

 

30.8

%

Colombier Sponsor LLC

 

2.7

 

 

14.8

 

 

9.0

 

Blink Health, Inc.

 

15.0

 

 

11.7

 

 

7.1

 

Locus Robotics Corp.

 

10.0

 

 

10.0

 

 

6.1

 

Architect Capital PayJoy SPV

 

10.0

 

 

10.0

 

 

6.1

 

Total(1)

$

52.7

 

$

97.3

 

 

58.9

%

__________________
(1) Total may not sum due to rounding.

First Quarter 2023 Investment Portfolio Activity

During the three months ended March 31, 2023, SuRo Capital funded the following follow-on investments (excluding short-term US treasuries):

Portfolio Company

Investment

Transaction Date

Amount

Orchard Technologies, Inc.

Series 1 Senior Preferred

1/13/2023

$2.0 million

True Global Ventures 4 Plus Pte Ltd(1)

Limited Partner Fund Investment

3/31/2023

$1.3 million

__________________
(1) The previously unfunded capital commitment of $1.3 million was deemed fully contributed in lieu of cash distributions.

During the three months ended March 31, 2023, SuRo Capital exited or received proceeds from the following investments (excluding short-term US treasuries):

Portfolio Company

Transaction Date

Shares Sold

Average Net Share Price(1)

Net Proceeds

Realized Gain/(Loss)

Kahoot! ASA(2)

Various

38,305

$1.97

$0.1 million

$(0.1 million)

NewLake Capital Partners, Inc.(3)

Various

123,938

$18.50

$2.3 million

$(0.2 million)

Rent The Runway, Inc.(4)

1/4/2023

79,191

$3.05

$0.2 million

$(1.0 million)

Residential Homes For Rent, LLC (d/b/a Second Avenue)(5)

Various

N/A

N/A

$0.3 million

$-

True Global Ventures 4 Plus Pte Ltd(6)

3/31/2023

N/A

N/A

$1.3 million

$1.3 million

__________________
(1) The average net share price is the net share price realized after deducting all commissions and fees on the sale(s), if applicable.
(2) As of March 8, 2023, SuRo Capital had sold its remaining Kahoot! ASA public common shares.
(3) As of March 31, 2023, SuRo Capital held 105,820 remaining NewLake Capital Partners, Inc. public common shares.
(4) As of January 4, 2023, SuRo Capital had sold its remaining Rent the Runway, Inc. public common shares.
(5) During the three months ended March 31, 2023, approximately $0.3 million was received from Residential Homes For Rent, LLC (d/b/a Second Avenue) related to the 15% term loan due December 23, 2023. Of the proceeds received, approximately $0.3 million repaid a portion of the outstanding principal and the remaining was attributed to interest.
(6) The previously unfunded capital commitment of $1.3 million was deemed fully contributed in lieu of cash distributions.

Subsequent to quarter-end, through May 9, 2023, SuRo Capital exited or received proceeds from the following investments (excluding short-term US treasuries):

Portfolio Company

Transaction Date

Net Proceeds

Realized Loss

Ozy Media, Inc.(1)

5/4/2023

$-

$(10.9 million)

Residential Homes For Rent, LLC (d/b/a Second Avenue)(2)

4/21/2023

$0.1 million

$-

__________________
(1) On May 4, 2023, SuRo Capital abandoned its investment in Ozy Media, Inc.
(2) Subsequent to March 31, 2023, $0.1 million was received from Residential Homes for Rent, LLC (d/b/a Second Avenue) related to the 15% term loan due December 23, 2023. Of the proceeds received, $0.1 million repaid a portion of the outstanding principal and the remaining proceeds were attributed to interest.

First Quarter 2023 Financial Results

 

Quarter Ended
March 31, 2023

Quarter Ended
March 31, 2022

$ in millions

per share(1)

$ in millions

per share(1)

 

 

 

 

 

Net investment loss

$

(4.2

)

$

(0.15

)

$

(4.2

)

$

(0.14

)

 

 

 

 

 

Net realized gain on investments

 

0.2

 

 

0.01

 

 

3.1

 

 

0.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation of investments

 

8.6

 

 

0.30

 

 

21.6

 

 

0.69

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net increase in net assets resulting from operations – basic (2)

$

4.6

 

$

0.16

 

$

20.5

 

$

0.66

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividends declared

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(3.4

)

 

(0.11

)

 

 

 

 

 

Issuance of common stock from public offering

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

0.2

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repurchase of common stock

 

-

 

 

-

 

 

(1.4

)

 

(0.06

)

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation

 

0.4

 

 

0.04

 

 

(0.0

)

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in net asset value(2)

$

5.0

 

$

0.20

 

$

15.9

 

$

0.50

 

__________________
(1) Based on basic weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the relevant period.
(2) Total may not sum due to rounding.

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 28.4 million and 31.2 million for the quarters ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. As of March 31, 2023, there were 28,338,580 shares of the Company’s common stock outstanding.

SuRo Capital’s liquid assets were approximately $135.6 million as of March 31, 2023, consisting of cash, short-term US treasuries, and securities of publicly traded portfolio companies not subject to lock-up restrictions at quarter-end.

Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer

On March 17, 2023, our Board of Directors authorized a Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer (“Tender Offer”) to purchase up to 3.0 million shares of our common stock at a price per share between $3.00 and $4.50, using available cash. In accordance with the Tender Offer, on April 21, 2023, the Company repurchased 3,000,000 shares at a price of $4.50 per share, representing 10.6% of its outstanding shares. The per share purchase price of properly tendered shares represents 60.9% of net asset value per share as of December 31, 2022.

Share Repurchase Program

Under the Share Repurchase Program, the Company may repurchase its outstanding common stock in the open market provided it complies with the prohibitions under its insider trading policies and procedures and the applicable provisions of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

The dollar value of shares that may yet be purchased by SuRo Capital under the Share Repurchase Program is approximately $16.4 million. The Share Repurchase Program is authorized through October 31, 2023.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will hold a conference call and webcast for investors at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET) on May 9, 2023. The conference call access number for U.S. participants is 866-580-3963, and the conference call access number for participants outside the U.S. is +1 786-697-3501. The conference ID number for both access numbers is 0401553. Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the "Investor Relations" section of SuRo Capital’s website at www.surocap.com. An archived replay of the webcast will also be available for 12 months following the live presentation.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed until 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) on May 16, 2023 by dialing 866-583-1035 (U.S.) or +44 (0) 20 3451 9993 (International) and using conference ID number 0401553.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein, including statements regarding SuRo Capital's beliefs, expectations, intentions, or strategies for the future, may constitute "forward-looking statements". SuRo Capital cautions you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected or implied in these statements. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including the impact of any market volatility that may be detrimental to our business, our portfolio companies, our industry, and the global economy, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions, and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Risk factors, cautionary statements, and other conditions which could cause SuRo Capital's actual results to differ from management's current expectations are contained in SuRo Capital's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SuRo Capital undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release.

About SuRo Capital Corp.

SuRo Capital Corp. (Nasdaq: SSSS) is a publicly traded investment fund that seeks to invest in high-growth, venture-backed private companies. The fund seeks to create a portfolio of high-growth emerging private companies via a repeatable and disciplined investment approach, as well as to provide investors with access to such companies through its publicly traded common stock. SuRo Capital is headquartered in New York, NY and has offices in San Francisco, CA. Connect with the company on Twitter, LinkedIn, and at www.surocap.com.

Contact
SuRo Capital Corp.
(212) 931-6331
IR@surocap.com

SURO CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (UNAUDITED)

 

March 31, 2023

 

December 31, 2022

ASSETS

 

 

 

Investments at fair value:

 

 

 

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments (cost of $154,328,296 and $155,103,810, respectively)

$

128,088,500

 

 

$

130,901,546

 

Non-controlled/affiliate investments (cost of $41,140,804 and $41,140,804, respectively)

 

11,270,798

 

 

 

12,591,162

 

Controlled investments (cost of $19,883,894 and $19,883,894, respectively)

 

25,728,742

 

 

 

13,695,870

 

Total Portfolio Investments

 

165,088,040

 

 

 

157,188,578

 

Investments in U.S. Treasury bills (cost of $75,497,157 and $84,999,598, respectively)

 

75,986,912

 

 

 

85,056,817

 

Total Investments (cost of $290,850,151 and $301,128,106, respectively)

 

241,074,952

 

 

 

242,245,395

 

Cash

 

48,113,676

 

 

 

40,117,598

 

Escrow proceeds receivable

 

609,685

 

 

 

628,332

 

Interest and dividends receivable

 

105,008

 

 

 

138,766

 

Deferred financing costs

 

539,120

 

 

 

555,761

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets(1)

 

654,202

 

 

 

727,006

 

Total Assets

 

291,096,643

 

 

 

284,412,858

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses(1)

 

2,389,773

 

 

 

708,827

 

Dividends payable

 

188,357

 

 

 

296,170

 

6.00% Notes due December 30, 2026(2)

 

73,475,444

 

 

 

73,387,159

 

Total Liabilities

 

76,053,574

 

 

 

74,392,156

 

 

 

 

 

Net Assets

$

215,043,069

 

 

$

210,020,702

 

NET ASSETS

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share (100,000,000 authorized; 28,338,580 and 28,429,499 issued and outstanding, respectively)

$

283,386

 

 

$

284,295

 

Paid-in capital in excess of par

 

331,306,021

 

 

 

330,899,254

 

Accumulated net investment loss

 

(69,054,370

)

 

 

(64,832,605

)

Accumulated net realized gain on investments, net of distributions

 

2,741,808

 

 

 

2,552,465

 

Accumulated net unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments

 

(50,233,776

)

 

 

(58,882,707

)

Net Assets

$

215,043,069

 

 

$

210,020,702

 

Net Asset Value Per Share

$

7.59

 

 

$

7.39

 

__________________________________________________
(1) This balance includes a right of use asset and corresponding operating lease liability, respectively.
(2) As of March 31, 2023, the 6.00% Notes due December 30, 2026 (effective interest rate of 6.53%) had a face value $75,000,000. As of December 31, 2022, the 6.00% Notes due December 30, 2026 (effective interest rate of 6.53%) had a face value $75,000,000.

SURO CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

INVESTMENT INCOME

 

 

 

Non-controlled/non-affiliate investments:

 

 

 

Interest income

$

49,475

 

 

$

162,455

 

Dividend income

 

63,145

 

 

 

130,645

 

Controlled investments:

 

 

 

Interest income

 

236,000

 

 

 

290,000

 

Interest income from U.S. Treasury bills

 

950,462

 

 

 

 

Total Investment Income

 

1,299,082

 

 

 

583,100

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

 

 

Compensation expense

 

2,136,754

 

 

 

1,860,702

 

Directors’ fees

 

160,565

 

 

 

160,565

 

Professional fees

 

990,834

 

 

 

1,272,713

 

Interest expense

 

1,213,286

 

 

 

1,200,786

 

Income tax expense

 

529,780

 

 

 

2,050

 

Other expenses

 

489,628

 

 

 

310,989

 

Total Operating Expenses

 

5,520,847

 

 

 

4,807,805

 

Net Investment Loss

 

(4,221,765

)

 

 

(4,224,705

)

Realized Gain on Investments:

 

 

 

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

 

189,343

 

 

 

3,096,275

 

Net Realized Gain on Investments

 

189,343

 

 

 

3,096,275

 

Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments:

 

 

 

Non-controlled/non-affiliated investments

 

(2,063,577

)

 

 

21,743,987

 

Non-controlled/affiliate investments

 

(1,320,364

)

 

 

(289,102

)

Controlled investments

 

12,032,872

 

 

 

130,000

 

Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/(Depreciation) of Investments

 

8,648,931

 

 

 

21,584,885

 

Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations

$

4,616,509

 

 

$

20,456,455

 

Net Change in Net Assets Resulting from Operations per Common Share:

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.16

 

 

$

0.66

 

Diluted(1)

$

0.16

 

 

$

0.66

 

Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding

 

 

Basic

 

28,378,529

 

 

 

31,228,046

 

Diluted(1)

 

28,378,529

 

 

 

31,228,046

 

_____________________________________
(1) For the three months ended March 31, 2023 and March 31, 2022, there were no potentially dilutive securities outstanding.

SURO CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

Per Basic Share Data

 

 

 

Net asset value at beginning of the year

$

7.39

 

 

$

11.72

 

Net investment loss(1)

 

(0.15

)

 

 

(0.14

)

Net realized gain on investments(1)

 

0.01

 

 

 

0.10

 

Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) of investments(1)

 

0.30

 

 

 

0.69

 

Dividends declared

 

 

 

 

(0.11

)

Issuance of common stock from public offering(1)

 

 

 

 

0.01

 

Repurchase of common stock(1)

 

 

 

 

(0.06

)

Stock-based compensation(1)

 

0.04

 

 

 

0.01

 

Net asset value at end of period

$

7.59

 

 

$

12.22

 

Per share market value at end of period

$

3.62

 

 

$

8.63

 

Total return based on market value(2)

 

(4.74

)%

 

 

(31.72

)%

Total return based on net asset value(2)

 

2.71

%

 

 

5.03

%

Shares outstanding at end of period

 

28,338,580

 

 

 

31,164,443

 

Ratios/Supplemental Data:

 

Net assets at end of period

$

215,043,069

 

 

$

380,701,527

 

Average net assets

$

209,347,362

 

 

$

364,015,960

 

Ratio of net operating expenses to average net assets(3)

 

10.70

%

 

 

5.39

%

Ratio of net investment loss to average net assets(3)

 

(8.18

)%

 

 

(4.73

)%

Portfolio Turnover Ratio

 

1.24

%

 

 

%

________________
(1) Based on weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the relevant period.
(2) Total return based on market value is based upon the change in market price per share between the opening and ending market values per share in the period, adjusted for dividends and equity issuances. Total return based on net asset value is based upon the change in net asset value per share between the opening and ending net asset values per share in the period, adjusted for dividends and equity issuances.
(3) Financial highlights for periods of less than one year are annualized and the ratios of operating expenses to average net assets and net investment loss to average net assets are adjusted accordingly. Because the ratios are calculated for the Company’s common stock taken as a whole, an individual investor’s ratios may vary from these ratios.