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Rand Capital Reports 11% Increase in Total Investment Income for First Quarter 2022

RAND

  • Improved mix of interest yielding debt instruments drove 11% total investment income growth to $1.1 million for the quarter compared with the prior-year period
  • Net asset value per share (“NAV”) of $23.23 at March 31, 2022, declined 1% from December 31, 2021 primarily due to changes in market value of portfolio holdings in publicly traded securities
  • Total follow-on investments of $542,000 to support portfolio companies’ growth
  • Announced regular quarterly dividend of $0.15 per share for second quarter 2022
  • Board of Directors renews $1.5 million share repurchase program

Rand Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: RAND) (“Rand” or the “Company”), a business development company providing alternative financing for lower middle market companies, announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Daniel P. Penberthy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rand, commented, “The strong pace of investments made in 2021, which was comprised of over $20 million in portfolio additions, drove a strong start to 2022. We delivered 11% growth in total investment income, paid a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, which represented an increase over the quarterly dividends in 2021, and demonstrated solid operating leverage. We sold our investment in Social Flow, a non-strategic, long-held equity investment, and benefited from an exit value in excess of our fair value. Also, during the quarter we sold liquid public equity investments, including ACVA and BDC stock holdings, to generate cash and continue to fund new debt instrument investments.”

First Quarter Highlights

  • Total investment income grew 11% to $1.1 million primarily due to increased interest income from portfolio companies.
  • Total expenses were $345,000 compared with $3.2 million in the prior-year period. Capital gain incentive fees for the external investment adviser was a credit of $240,000 compared with a $2.6 million expense in the prior-year period. Excluding capital gains incentive fees, adjusted expenses, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, were $585,000, up $19,500, or 3%. Higher expenses included a $65,000, or 37%, increase in the base management fee payable to Rand’s investment adviser due to the increase in asset values, as well as higher professional fees and directors’ fees. These increases were partially offset with the elimination of interest expense payments for the SBA obligations that were paid off in full in December 2021. See the attached description of this non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliation table for adjusted expenses.
  • Net investment income was $772,000, or $0.30 per share, compared with a loss of $2.2 million, or $0.84 per share, in the prior-year period. Adjusted net investment income per share, a non-GAAP financial measure, which excludes the capital gains incentive fee accrual, was $0.21 for the first quarter of 2022 compared with $0.17 in the first quarter of 2021. See the attached description of this non-GAAP financial measure and reconciliation table for adjusted net investment income per share.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

As of March 31, 2022, Rand’s portfolio included investments with a fair value of $62.4 million across

33 portfolio businesses. This was down $1.7 million, or 3%, from December 31, 2021, due primarily to the change in ACV Auctions’ market value, net new investments and payoffs. At March 31, 2022, the portfolio was comprised of approximately 48% in debt investments, 33% in equity investments in private companies, and 19% in publicly traded equities consisting of other BDCs and ACV Auctions. The annualized weighted average yield of debt investments was 12.3%.

First quarter 2022:

  • Follow on debt investment of $318,000 in DSD Operating, LLC.
  • Follow on equity investment of $224,000 in ITA Acquisitions LLC.
  • Received $268,000 in proceeds for sale of Social Flow in February 2022.
  • Sold 37,000 shares of ACV Auctions at an average price of $13.82 per share. Rand held 405,934 shares at quarter-end, which represented approximately 10% of the portfolio’s fair value.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the first quarter of 2022 were $597,000 versus $834,000 at the end of 2021. As of March 31, 2022, the Company held approximately $5.6 million in public equities of other BDCs and $6.1 million of ACV Auctions shares, all of which are available for future liquidity requirements including both RIC dividends and new portfolio investments.

The Company did not repurchase any outstanding common stock during the first quarter of 2022.

Board Renews Share Repurchase Authorization

Rand’s Board of Directors renewed the share repurchase program authorizing the purchase of up to $1.5 million in additional Rand common stock. The shares may be repurchased from time to time in the open market and in accordance with applicable regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The stock repurchase program does not obligate the Company to purchase any shares, and the timing and exact amount of any repurchases will depend on various factors, including the performance of the Company’s stock price, general market and other conditions, applicable legal requirements and other factors. The renewed stock repurchase program expires on April 21, 2023, and may be suspended, terminated or amended by the Board at any time prior to the expiration date.

Dividends

On April 28, 2022, Rand declared its regular quarterly cash dividend distribution of $0.15 per share. The cash dividend will be distributed on or about June 15, 2022, to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2022.

Webcast and Conference Call

Rand will host a conference call and webcast on Monday, May 9, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time to review its financial results. The review will be accompanied by a slide presentation, which will be available on Rand’s website at www.randcapital.com in the “Investor Relations” section. Rand’s conference call can be accessed by calling (201) 689-8263. Alternatively, the webcast can be monitored on Rand’s website at www.randcapital.com under “Investor Relations” where the replay will also be available. A telephonic replay will be available from 4:30 p.m. ET on the day of the call through Monday, May 16, 2022. To listen to the archived call, dial (412) 317-6671 and enter replay pin number 13729045. A transcript of the will also be posted once available.

ABOUT RAND CAPITAL

Rand Capital (Nasdaq: RAND) is an externally-managed business development company (BDC). The Company’s investment objective is to maximize total return to its shareholders with current income and capital appreciation by focusing its debt and related equity investments in privately-held, lower middle market companies with committed and experienced managements in a broad variety of industries. Rand invests in early to later stage businesses that have sustainable, differentiated and market-proven products, revenue of more than $2 million and a path to free cash flow or up to $5 million in EBITDA. The Company’s investment activities are managed by its external investment adviser, Rand Capital Management, LLC. Additional information can be found at the Company’s website where it regularly posts information: https://www.randcapital.com/.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than historical facts, including but not limited to statements regarding the strategy of the Company and its outlook; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements concern future circumstances and results and other statements that are not historical facts and are sometimes identified by the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “endeavor,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “overestimate,” “underestimate,” “believe,” “could,” “project,” “predict,” “continue,” “target” or other similar words or expressions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. The inclusion of such statements should not be regarded as a representation that such plans, estimates or expectations will be achieved. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates or expectations include, among others, (1) evolving legal, regulatory and tax regimes; (2) changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions; and (3) other risk factors as detailed from time to time in Rand ’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including Rand’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents filed with the SEC. Consequently, such forward-looking statements should be regarded as Rand’s current plans, estimates and beliefs. Except as required by applicable law, Rand assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this release.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW.

Rand Capital Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

March 31,
2022
(Unaudited)

December 31,
2021

ASSETS

Investments at fair value:

Affiliate investments (cost of $28,016,127 and $27,357,797, respectively)

$30,938,203

$30,279,873

Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments (cost of $23,028,790 and
$25,012,871, respectively)

31,473,439

33,788,589

Total investments, at fair value (cost of $51,044,917 and $52,370,668, respectively)

62,411,642

64,068,462

Cash

596,793

833,875

Interest receivable

195,797

128,047

Prepaid income taxes

234,567

252,010

Deferred tax asset

191,319

181,003

Other assets

295,103

181,457

Total assets

$63,925,221

$65,644,854

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (NET ASSETS)

Liabilities:

Due to investment adviser

$240,275

$891,102

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

49,952

51,689

Capital gains incentive fees

3,308,000

3,547,760

Deferred revenue

379,268

408,887

Total liabilities

3,977,495

4,899,438

Stockholders’ equity (net assets):

Common stock, $0.10 par; shares authorized 100,000,000; shares issued:
2,648,916; shares outstanding: 2,581,021 at 3/31/22 and 12/31/21

264,892

264,892

Capital in excess of par value

51,679,809

51,679,809

Treasury stock, at cost: 67,895 shares at 3/31/22 and 12/31/21

(1,566,605)

(1,566,605)

Total distributable earnings

9,569,630

10,367,320

Total stockholders’ equity (net assets) (per share – 3/31/22: $23.23;
12/31/21: $23.54)

59,947,726

60,745,416

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity (net assets)

$63,925,221

$65,644,854

Rand Capital Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

Three months
ended
March 31, 2022

Three months
ended
March 31, 2021

Investment income:

Interest from portfolio companies:

Affiliate investments

$570,116

$319,416

Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments

342,023

391,346

Total interest from portfolio companies

912,139

710,762

Interest from other investments:

Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments

-

12,627

Total interest from other investments

-

12,627

Dividend and other investment income:

Affiliate investments

43,725

94,926

Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments

129,265

151,743

Total dividend and other investment income

172,990

246,669

Fee income:

Affiliate investments

30,305

39,356

Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments

9,314

6,978

Total fee income

39,619

46,334

Total investment income

1,124,748

1,016,392

Expenses:

Base management fee

240,275

175,609

Capital gains incentive fees

(239,760)

2,600,000

Interest on SBA obligations

-

104,190

Professional fees

231,083

160,133

Stockholders and office operating

56,698

71,422

Directors' fees

45,100

36,500

Insurance

8,910

10,327

Corporate development

3,027

7,482

Other operating

45

-

Total expenses

345,378

3,165,663

Net investment income (loss) before income taxes

779,370

(2,149,271)

Income tax expense

7,367

17,757

Net investment income (loss)

772,003

(2,167,028)

Net realized (loss) gain on sales and dispositions of investments:

Affiliate investments

-

135,430

Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments

(851,471)

175,325

Net realized (loss) gain on sales and dispositions of investments

(851,471)

310,755

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments:

Non-Control/Non-Affiliate investments

(331,069)

9,887,032

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)
on investments

(331,069)

9,887,032

Net realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments

(1,182,540)

10,197,787

Net (decrease) increase in net assets from operations

($410,537)

$8,030,759

Weighted average shares outstanding

2,581,021

2,582,169

Basic and diluted net (decrease) increase in net assets
from operations per share

($0.16)

$3.11

Rand Capital Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Net Assets

(Unaudited)

Three months
ended
March 31, 2022

Three months
ended
March 31, 2021

Net assets at beginning of period

$60,745,416

$46,104,830

Net investment income (loss)

772,003

(2,167,028)

Net realized (loss) gain on sales and dispositions of investments

(851,471)

310,755

Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments

(331,069)

9,887,032

Net (decrease) increase in net assets from operations

(410,537)

8,030,759

Declaration of dividends

(387,153)

(258,385)

Net assets at end of period

$59,947,726

$53,877,204

Rand Capital Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjusted Expenses to
GAAP Total Expense
(unaudited)

In addition to reporting total expenses, which is a U.S. generally accepted accounting principle (“GAAP”) financial measure, Rand presents adjusted expenses, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted expenses is defined as GAAP total expenses removing the effect of any expenses/(credits) for capital gains incentive fees. GAAP total expenses is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Rand believes that adjusted expenses provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is a method the Company uses to measure its financial and business trends related to its 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.

Three months
ended
March 31, 2022

Three months
ended
March 31, 2021

Total expenses

$

345,378

$

3,165,663

Exclude capital gains incentive fees

(239,760

)

2,600,000

Adjusted expenses

$

585,138

$

565,663

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Investment Income per Share to
GAAP Net Investment Income (Loss) per Share
(unaudited)

In addition to reporting Net Investment Income (Loss) per Share, which is a U.S. generally accepted accounting principle (“GAAP”) financial measure, the Company presents Adjusted Net Investment Income per Share, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted Net Investment Income per Share is defined as GAAP Net Investment Income (Loss) per Share removing the effect of any expenses/(credits) for capital gains incentive fees. GAAP Net Investment Income (Loss) per Share is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Rand believes that Adjusted Net Investment Income per Share provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is a method the Company uses to measure its financial and business trends related to its 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.

Three months
ended
March 31, 2022

Three months
ended
March 31, 2021

Net investment income (loss) per share

$

0.30

$

(0.84

)

Capital gains incentive fees per share

(0.09

)

1.01

Adjusted net investment income per share

$

0.21

$

0.17