Tortoise Capital Resources Corp. Releases Fiscal 2011 First Quarter Financial Results
LEAWOOD, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tortoise Capital Resources Corp. (NYSE: TTO) (the company) today announced that it has filed its Form 10-Q for the first quarter ended Feb. 28, 2011.
-- IRP entered into definitive agreement to sell its partnership interests to James River Coal Company with expected proceeds of approximately $31 million to TTO at close -- Net assets of $95.7 million or $10.46 per share as of Feb. 28, 2011 -- First quarter 2011 distribution of $0.10 per share paid March 1, 2011 -- Quarterly distribution guidance for 2011 of at least $0.10 per share
On March 1, 2011, the company paid a distribution of $0.10 per common share, the same amount as the prior quarter. The company determines the amount of distributions paid to stockholders based on distributable cash flow (DCF), which are distributions received from investments less total expenses. Assuming the sale of International Resource Partners LP (IRP) closes in the expected timeframe, and subject to board approval, the company anticipates paying a distribution of not less than $0.10 per share, per quarter, for the remainder of fiscal 2011. In order to sustain this distribution level for 2011, the company may elect to include a small portion of the proceeds from the IRP sale, depending on the operating performance of selected portfolio companies and their ability to return to near historic distribution levels.
Net Asset Value
On Feb. 28, 2011, the company's net asset value was $10.46 per share compared to $10.44 per share at Nov. 30, 2010. The increase in net asset value is primarily a result of the increase in the fair value of IRP, offset by a decrease in the fair value of Vantacore.
As of Feb. 28, 2011, the fair value of the company's investment portfolio (excluding short-term investments) totaled $93.9 million, with approximately 77 percent of the portfolio in private company investments totaling $72.1 million and approximately 23 percent in publicly-traded investments totaling $21.8 million. The company's portfolio is diversified among approximately 51 percent midstream and downstream investments, 4 percent upstream, and 45 percent in aggregates and coal.
The fair value of IRP increased approximately $2.3 million this quarter. IRP increased its quarterly distribution from $0.55 per unit last quarter to $0.60 per unit this quarter. On March 6, 2011, IRP entered into a definitive agreement to sell its partnership interests to James River Coal Company (NASDAQ: JRCC). This transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2011 subject to completion of various closing conditions. TTO's portion of the initial sales proceeds is expected to be approximately $31.1 million in cash, with an additional $2.1 million held in escrow for a period of up to 14 months. The release of escrow funds is contingent upon a number of factors including coal reserves and resolution of outstanding regulatory items. The company anticipates investing the proceeds of the sale of IRP in publicly traded MLPs and cash equivalents, pending being deployed in new qualifying investments and subject to limitations on publicly-traded investments in the BDC structure.
The fair value of Mowood, LLC decreased approximately $0.6 million this quarter, generally due to a decrease in the probability of receiving future contingent payments related to the Timberline Energy, LLC sale. Omega Pipeline Company, LLC continues to perform at budget, supported by the persistent growth of the Fort Leonard Wood Military Base.
The fair value of VantaCore Partners LP decreased approximately $1.9 million this quarter. VantaCore was unable to meet its minimum quarterly distribution ("MQD") of $0.475 per unit for its quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010. Common and preferred unitholders elected to receive their distributions as a combination of cash and the remainder in newly issued preferred units. TTO received 23,185 preferred units in addition to $0.09 in cash per common unit. VantaCore reported year-to-date EBITDA through Dec. 31, 2010 below budget. The Southern Aggregates property in Louisiana continues to fall short of budget but VantaCore is optimistic that signs of improvement in the building industry in the area, along with cost-cutting measures initiated by management, will help improve their performance in 2011.
The fair value of High Sierra Energy LP decreased slightly during the quarter. High Sierra has not made cash distributions to its LP and GP unit holders for the last four consecutive quarters. On March 16, 2011, High Sierra closed on a new $215 million, 3-year committed senior secured credit facility led by BNP Paribas. The new credit facility is expected to provide a level of stability and flexibility to meet the needs of the partnership's existing operations and provide a base of working capital to take advantage of market opportunities. The new facility also financed the buyout of High Sierra's minority partners at Anticline Disposal, resulting in High Sierra owning 100 percent of the membership interests of that business.
On April 8, 2011, beginning at 1 p.m. Central, TTO will host its Annual Meeting. In conjunction with the Annual Meeting, TTO will host a conference call and webcast in listen-only format. Participants should dial-in to 877-941-2333 approximately five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. A link to the webcast will be accessible at www.tortoiseadvisors.com.
Immediately following its Annual Meeting, the company will host its first quarter earnings conference call during which it will discuss its investment and ongoing distribution strategy. Conference call participants will have the opportunity to ask questions following management's prepared remarks.
A replay of the call will be available beginning at 3:00 p.m. Central on April 8, 2011 and continuing until April 15, 2011, by dialing (800) 406-7325. The replay access code is 4421399#. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the company's website at www.tortoiseadvisors.com through April 8, 2012.
About Tortoise Capital Resources Corp.
Tortoise Capital Resources invests primarily in privately-held and micro-cap public companies operating in the U.S. energy infrastructure sector.
About Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC
Tortoise is an investment manager specializing in managing portfolios of MLPs and other energy companies. As of March 31, 2011 the adviser had approximately $6.6 billion of assets under management in six NYSE-listed investment companies and private accounts. For more information, visit our Web site at www.tortoiseadvisors.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the laws of such state or jurisdiction.
This press release contains certain statements that may include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein are "forward-looking statements." Although the company and Tortoise Capital Advisors believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, they do involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, and these expectations may prove to be incorrect. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the company's reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Other than as required by law, the company and Tortoise Capital Advisors do not assume a duty to update this forward-looking statement. Any distribution paid in the future to our stockholders will depend on the actual performance of the company's investments, its costs of leverage and other operating expenses and will be subject to the approval of the company's Board and compliance with asset coverage requirements of the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the leverage covenants.
Tortoise Capital Resources Corporation STATEMENTS OF ASSETS & LIABILITIES February 28, 2011 November 30, 2010 (Unaudited) Assets Investments at fair value, control (cost $4,593,000 and $18,122,054, $ 8,736,367 $ 23,260,566 respectively) Investments at fair value, affiliated (cost $44,774,854 and $31,329,809, 63,310,963 49,066,009 respectively) Investments at fair value, non-affiliated (cost $22,311,998 and 24,058,040 22,875,848 $21,628,965, respectively) Total investments (cost $71,679,852 and 96,105,370 95,202,423 $71,080,828, respectively) Receivable for Adviser expense 117,340 109,145 reimbursement Receivable for investments sold - 5,198 Interest receivable from control - 42,778 investments Dividends receivable 50 83 Deferred tax asset 919,005 656,743 Prepaid expenses and other assets 30,994 25,023 Total assets 97,172,759 96,041,393 Liabilities Base management fees payable to Adviser 352,020 327,436 Distribution payable to common 914,654 - stockholders Accrued expenses and other liabilities 228,293 234,784 Total liabilities 1,494,967 562,220 Net assets applicable to common $ 95,677,792 $ 95,479,173 stockholders Net Assets Applicable to Common Stockholders Consist of: Warrants, no par value; 945,594 issued and outstanding at February 28, 2011 and November 30, 2010 (5,000,000 authorized) $ 1,370,700 $ 1,370,700 Capital stock, $0.001 par value; 9,146,506 shares issued and outstanding at February 28, 2011 and November 30, 2010 9,147 9,147 (100,000,000 shares authorized) Additional paid-in capital 97,530,301 98,444,952 Accumulated net investment loss, net of (3,195,579 ) (3,308,522 ) income taxes Accumulated realized loss, net of (17,730,436 ) (18,532,648 ) income taxes Net unrealized appreciation of 17,693,659 17,495,544 investments, net of income taxes Net assets applicable to common $ 95,677,792 $ 95,479,173 stockholders Net Asset Value per common share outstanding (net assets applicable to common stock, divided by common $ 10.46 $ 10.44 shares outstanding)
Tortoise Capital Resources Corporation Distributable Cash Flow (Unaudited) Three Months Ended Three Months Ended February 28, 2011 February 28, 2010 Total from Investments Distributions from investments $ 731,990 $ 1,488,756 Distributions paid in stock 23,367 - Interest income from investments 135,330 191,431 Dividends from money market mutual funds 190 217 Other income - 10,392 Total from Investments 890,877 1,690,796 Operating Expenses Before Leverage Costs Advisory fees (net of expense 234,680 258,268 reimbursement by Adviser) Other operating expenses 153,843 174,568 Total Operating Expenses, before 388,523 432,836 Leverage Costs Distributable cash flow before leverage 502,354 1,257,960 costs Leverage costs - 45,619 Distributable Cash Flow $ 502,354 $ 1,212,341 Distributions paid on common stock $ 914,651 $ 1,180,152 Payout percentage for period(1) 182 % 97 % DCF/GAAP Reconciliation Distributable Cash Flow $ 502,354 $ 1,212,341 Adjustments to reconcile to Net Investment Income, before Income Taxes: Distributions paid in stock(2) (23,367 ) - Return of capital on distributions (305,724 ) (998,640 ) received from equity investments Net Investment Income, before Income $ 173,263 $ 213,701 Taxes (1) Distributions paid as a percentage of Distributable Cash Flow (2) Distributions paid in stock for the three months ended February 28, 2011 were paid as part of normal operations and are included in DCF.
Tortoise Capital Resources Corporation STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) For the three For the three months ended months ended February 28, 2011 February 28, 2010 Investment Income Distributions from investments Control investments $ 70,167 $ 555,879 Affiliated investments 384,009 856,892 Non-affiliated investments 277,815 75,985 Total distributions from investments 731,991 1,488,756 Less return of capital on distributions (305,725 ) (998,640 ) Net distributions from investments 426,266 490,116 Interest income from control investments 135,330 191,431 Dividends from money market mutual funds 190 217 Fee income - 10,392 Total Investment Income 561,786 692,156 Operating Expenses Base management fees 352,020 309,922 Professional fees 80,876 85,162 Directors' fees 14,573 26,161 Stockholder communication expenses 12,912 15,703 Administrator fees 9,387 14,460 Fund accounting fees 7,328 6,972 Registration fees 6,160 6,355 Stock transfer agent fees 3,353 3,130 Franchise tax expense 4,998 2,572 Custodian fees and expenses 1,382 1,575 Other expenses 12,874 12,478 Total Operating Expenses 505,863 484,490 Interest expense - 45,619 Total Expenses 505,863 530,109 Less expense reimbursement by Adviser (117,340 ) (51,654 ) Net Expenses 388,523 478,455 Net Investment Income, before Income 173,263 213,701 Taxes Deferred tax expense (60,320 ) (32,694 ) Net Investment Income 112,943 181,007 Realized and Unrealized Gain (Loss) on Investments Net realized gain on control investments - 1,578,001 Net realized loss on affiliated - (17,445 ) investments Net realized gain on non-affiliated 373,822 27,612 investments Net realized gain, before income taxes 373,822 1,588,168 Deferred tax benefit (expense) 428,390 (242,971 ) Net realized gain on investments 802,212 1,345,197 Net unrealized appreciation (995,145 ) 1,535,457 (depreciation) of control investments Net unrealized appreciation of 799,909 1,208,074 affiliated investments Net unrealized appreciation of 499,159 197,774 non-affiliated investments Net unrealized appreciation, before 303,923 2,941,305 income taxes Deferred tax expense (105,808 ) (449,986 ) Net unrealized appreciation of 198,115 2,491,319 investments Net Realized and Unrealized Gain on 1,000,327 3,836,516 Investments Net Increase in Net Assets Applicable to Common Stockholders Resulting from Operations $ 1,113,270 $ 4,017,523 Net Increase in Net Assets Applicable to Common Stockholders Resulting from Operations Per Common Share: Basic and Diluted $ 0.12 $ 0.44 Weighted Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding: Basic and Diluted 9,146,506 9,078,090
Source: Tortoise Capital Resources Corporation
Released April 7, 2011