Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2017 Results

GREENWICH, CT, Aug. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. (NASDAQ:FSAM) (“FSAM” or “we”) today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights

  • GAAP net loss attributable to FSAM for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 of $0.9 million, or $0.06 per share;
  • Total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 of $15.9 million; and
  • Management fees represented 88.8% of total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Results of Operations

Total revenues for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 were $15.9 million, representing a $7.3 million, or 31.4%, decrease from $23.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.  Management fees (which include base management fees and Part I fees) for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 were $14.1 million, representing 88.8% of total revenues. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to lower levels of fee-earning assets and pre-incentive fee net investment income at FSC.

Total expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 were $19.4 million, and include amounts reimbursed by our funds of $1.8 million and IPO-related compensation charges of $1.0 million.  After adjusting for these items, net expenses were $16.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, which included non-recurring professional and consulting fees of $8.9 million and severance and other one-time compensation costs of $1.3 million.  Total expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 were $22.1 million, and include amounts reimbursed by our funds of $1.8 million, IPO-related compensation charges of $1.9 million, lease termination/abandonment charges of $2.9 million and operating expenses attributable to MMKT of $0.4 million.  After adjusting for these items, net expenses were $15.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, which included non-recurring professional and consulting fees of $5.9 million and severance and other one-time compensation costs of $0.7 million.

Net expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 were $16.7 million, representing an increase of $1.6 million from $15.1 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.  This increase was primarily due to higher levels of non-recurring professional and consulting fees and one-time compensation costs in the current period.  Excluding these non-recurring professional and compensation costs, net expenses decreased by $2.0 million as compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2016, primarily driven by lower employee headcount in the current period.

GAAP net loss attributable to FSAM for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 was $0.9 million or $0.06 per share, versus GAAP net income attributable to FSAM of $0.8 million, or $0.15 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2016.  The decrease in GAAP net income (loss) attributable to FSAM was primarily due to the revenue and net expense variances described above.

Key Performance Metrics

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
                                 
    (dollars in thousands)
Total revenues   $ 15,880     $ 23,152     $ 31,518     $ 42,199  
Net income (loss) attributable to FSAM   $ (902 )   $ 848     $ 693     $ (384 )
Net income (loss) per share attributable to FSAM   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.15     $ 0.04     $ (0.07 )
Management Fees as % of total revenues   88.8 %   92.0 %   87.7 %   90.9 %

Recent Developments

Amended and Restated Credit Agreement

On June 30, 2017, Fifth Street Holdings LP (“FSH”), a subsidiary of FSAM, entered into an amended and restated credit agreement with the guarantors and lenders party thereto, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as administrative agent, and Cortland Capital Market Services LLC, as collateral agent. As amended and restated, the credit facility is a $100 million term loan facility that matures on August 1, 2019 and provides for monthly amortization of amounts owing under the facility beginning on January 1, 2018 at a rate of 5.0% of the aggregate amount outstanding as of January 1, 2018, subject to certain reductions.  The credit facility is now secured by substantially all of the assets of FSH and certain of its subsidiaries.

NewStar Financial Purchase Agreement

On July 1, 2017, FSH entered into a purchase agreement with New Star Financial, Inc (“Newstar”). At the closing of the transactions contemplated thereby on July 20, 2017, NewStar acquired 100% of the limited liability company interests of Fifth Street CLO Management LLC (“CLO Management”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of FSH and the collateral manager for the two Fifth Street-managed CLOs.  The aggregate purchase price was $29.0 million less borrowings outstanding at CLO Management, subject to post-closing adjustments for working capital and transactions expenses, which resulted in an aggregate net purchase price of $15.3 million.

Oaktree Asset Purchase Agreement

On July 13, 2017, we entered into an asset purchase agreement with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”), under which Oaktree would become the new investment adviser to Fifth Street’s two business development companies (“BDCs”), Fifth Street Finance Corp. (“FSC”) and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (“FSFR”), subject to the approval of new investment advisory agreements between the BDCs and Oaktree by the BDCs’ stockholders and certain other closing conditions.  Oaktree would pay gross cash consideration of $320.0 million upon the close of the transaction.  The shares of common stock of FSC and FSFR held by FSH are not included in the transaction.  The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Conference Call Information

Due to the pending transaction with Oaktree, FSAM will not have an earnings call or webcast for its second quarter results.

About Fifth Street Asset Management Inc.

Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. (NASDAQ:FSAM) is a nationally recognized credit-focused asset manager. The firm manages two publicly-traded business development companies, Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ:FSFR). The Fifth Street platform provides innovative and customized financing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the capital structure through complementary investment vehicles and co-investment capabilities. With a nearly 20-year track record focused on disciplined credit investing across multiple economic cycles, Fifth Street is led by a seasoned management team that has issued billions of dollars in public equity, private capital and public debt securities. Fifth Street’s national origination strategy, proven track record and established platform have allowed the firm to surpass $10 billion of loan commitments since inception. For more information, please visit fsam.fifthstreetfinance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this press release may include forward-looking statements that reflect current views with respect to future events and financial performance, and FSAM may make related oral, forward-looking statements on or following the date hereof.  Statements that include the words “should,” “would,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “project,” “anticipate,” “seek,” “will,” and similar statements of a future or forward-looking nature identify forward-looking statements in this press release or similar oral statements for purposes of the U.S. federal securities laws or otherwise.  Such statements are “forward looking” statements as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including the date that the parties expect the proposed transaction to be completed. Because forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied and include, but are not limited to, those discussed in filings with the SEC, and (i) the satisfaction or waiver of certain closing conditions specified in the definitive agreements relating to the proposed transaction, including the consents of certain third parties, (ii) the parties’ ability to successfully close the proposed transaction and the timing of such closing, (iii) that the proposed transaction may disrupt current plans and operations of FSC and FSFR, and (iv) the possibility that competing offers or acquisition proposals related to the proposed transaction will be made and if made could be successful.  Additional risks and uncertainties specific to FSAM include (a) that FSAM will have limited or no revenue generating operations following the closing of the proposed transaction, (b) the amount and timing of any release of escrowed transaction proceeds to FSAM and its subsidiaries, which will depend on the outcome of contingencies set forth in the asset purchase agreement, (c) the costs and expenses that FSAM and its subsidiaries have, and may incur, in connection with the transaction, (d) the impact that any litigation relating to the transaction may have on FSAM and its subsidiaries, (e) that future dividends and distributions of proceeds of the proposed transaction to FSAM Class A stockholders must declared by FSAM’s Board of Directors subject to applicable law, and could be subject to FSAM’s Board of Directors determining to approve and seek stockholder approval of a plan of dissolution with the Secretary of State of Delaware, (f) that any amounts distributed to FSAM Class A stockholders may not be reflective of the price at which any investor has purchased, or may purchase, shares of FSAM Class A common stock, (g) ongoing operational costs at FSAM and its subsidiaries and, if applicable, potential wind-down costs, and their impact on amounts that may be available for distribution by FSAM to its Class A stockholders and (h) negative effects of the entering into the asset purchase agreement and consummation of the transactions contemplated thereby on the trading volume and market price of FSAM’s Class A common stock.  FSAM undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Exhibit A. Consolidated Statements of Financial Condition as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016

     
    June 30, 2017   December 31, 2016
Assets        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,249,197     $ 6,727,085  
Management fees receivable (includes Part I Fees of $3,863,389 and $4,837,944 as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)   11,249,474     15,346,566  
Performance fees receivable       123,300  
Insurance recovery receivable       9,250,000  
Prepaid expenses (includes $418,300 and $620,794 related to income taxes as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively)   1,641,480     2,073,393  
Investments in equity method investees   67,978,868     66,176,884  
Beneficial interests in CLOs at fair value: (cost December 31, 2016: $24,138,496)       23,155,062  
Due from affiliates   2,493,370     3,405,921  
Fixed assets, net   4,903,204     5,344,332  
Deferred tax assets   72,108,971     42,415,143  
Deferred financing costs       1,426,103  
Other assets   3,225,001     3,355,072  
Assets held for sale   23,329,606      
Total assets   $ 189,179,171     $ 178,798,861  
Liabilities and Equity (Deficit)        
Liabilities        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 13,563,051     $ 5,260,511  
Accrued compensation and benefits   4,944,144     12,516,497  
Income taxes payable   33,694     223,694  
Loans payable   2,000,000     14,972,565  
Legal settlement payable       9,250,000  
Credit facility payable (net of $1,547,259 of deferred financing costs at June 30, 2017)   98,452,741     102,000,000  
Dividends payable   885,403     1,961,863  
Due to affiliates   32,983     30,412  
Deferred rent liability   2,013,723     2,079,354  
Payable to related parties pursuant to tax receivable agreements   62,091,926     35,990,255  
Liabilities associated with assets held for sale   14,015,515      
Total liabilities   198,033,180     184,285,151  
Commitments and contingencies        
Equity (deficit)        
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016        
Class A common stock, $0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 15,649,686 and 6,602,374 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively   156,497     66,024  
Class B common stock, $0.01 par value; 50,000,000 shares authorized; 34,285,484 and 42,856,854 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016, respectively   342,855     428,569  
Additional paid-in capital   5,632,770     6,354,291  
Accumulated deficit   (1,032,999 )   (1,726,061 )
Total stockholders’ equity, Fifth Street Asset Management Inc.   5,099,123     5,122,823  
Non-controlling interests   (13,953,132 )   (10,609,113 )
Total deficit   (8,854,009 )   (5,486,290 )
Total liabilities and equity (deficit)   $ 189,179,171     $ 178,798,861  
                 

Exhibit B. Consolidated Statements of Income for the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 and 2016

    For the Three Months Ended June 30,   For the Six Months Ended June 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
Revenues                
Management fees (includes Part I Fees of $4,624,389 and $9,084,207; $8,079,994 and $14,022,275 for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017 and 2016, respectively)   $ 14,096,482     $ 21,291,423     $ 27,637,128     $ 38,378,968  
Performance fees   (34,587 )   60,411         86,175  
Other fees   1,817,890     1,799,676     3,881,167     3,734,098  
Total revenues   15,879,785     23,151,510     31,518,295     42,199,241  
Expenses                
Compensation and benefits   5,609,040     8,878,001     12,132,124     17,646,626  
General, administrative and other expenses   13,500,604     10,080,123     18,616,022     17,381,615  
Depreciation and amortization   319,312     3,158,322     635,179     3,576,044  
Total expenses   19,428,956     22,116,446     31,383,325     38,604,285  
Other income (expense)                
Interest income   299,621     356,139     629,473     695,741  
Interest expense   (1,957,920 )   (1,080,448 )   (3,281,613 )   (2,195,447 )
Income from equity method investments   1,681,307     1,110,217     4,640,066     1,978,326  
Unrealized gain on MMKT Notes               2,582,405  
Unrealized gain (loss) on beneficial interests in CLOs   134,249     480,037     328,519     (368,227 )
Loss on reclassification to held for sale   (940,297 )       (940,297 )    
Gain on extinguishment of debt       2,000,000         2,000,000  
Adjustment of TRA liability due to tax rate change       7,525,901     (92,348 )   7,525,901  
Loss on legal settlement       (9,250,000 )       (9,250,000 )
Insurance recoveries       12,246,731     4,332,024     12,246,731  
Unrealized loss on derivatives       (3,707,194 )       (8,383,213 )
Realized gain on derivatives       465,425         465,425  
Loss on investor settlement               (10,419,274 )
Other income (expense), net       25,175         (544,785 )
Total other income (expense), net   (783,040 )   10,171,983     5,615,824     (3,666,417 )
Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes   (4,332,211 )   11,207,047     5,750,794     (71,461 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (405,144 )   7,114,876     905,375     6,852,103  
Net income (loss)   (3,927,067 )   4,092,171     4,845,419     (6,923,564 )
Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests   3,024,999     (3,244,625 )   (4,152,357 )   6,539,165  
Net income (loss) attributable to Fifth Street Asset Management Inc.   $ (902,068 )   $ 847,546     $ 693,062     $ (384,399 )
                 
Net income (loss) per share attributable to Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. Class A common stock – Basic   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.15     $ 0.04     $ (0.07 )
Net income (loss) per share attributable to Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. Class A common stock – Diluted   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.07     $ 0.04     $ (0.10 )
Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding – Basic   15,613,554     5,833,575     15,421,058     5,815,998  
Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding – Diluted   15,613,554     48,790,784     15,452,490     48,740,139  
                         
CONTACT: CONTACT:
Investor Contact:
Robyn Friedman, Executive Director, Head of Investor Relations
(203) 681-3720
IR-FSAM@fifthstreetfinance.com

Media Contact:
James Golden / Aura Reinhard / Andrew Squire
Joele Frank Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
(212) 355-4449