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American Capital (ACAS)

  • Wed, Mar. 25, 12:43 PM
    • American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS) had been a big buyer of its stock for nearly three years, but suspended purchases about a year ago amid a strategic review that ultimately led to a plan to spinoff the BDC business.
    • While waiting for said spin-off to take place, and under some activist pressure, American Capital today announces the resumption of its repurchase program as of Feb. 23.
    • The stock price is currently $15.06 vs. Dec. 31 NAV of $20.50.
    • Source: Press Release
    • Shares have added about a dime since the news broke, now flat on the session.
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 3:20 PM
    • The activist investor - an owner of about 2.4% of American Capital (ACAS +1.3%) - is pleased with the plan to spin off the asset management business from the BDC, but not thrilled with management's decision since to shun repurchases in favor of funding new investments.
    • American Capital believes the market will assign a high multiple to the management business (American Capital Asset Management), and therefore the best use of capital is to build up assets.
    • Orange wants to see both a high multiple on ACAM and a share price on the BDC that's more inline with net asset value, and believes investors would reward a management consistently buying back stock when it's meaningfully undervalued.
    • American Capital currently trades at about 73% of the last-reported NAV.
    • "A balanced combination of growth investments and capital returns would build immediate credibility and demonstrate that management is a good steward of capital," says Orange, urging the company to set aside at least one-third of the $600M-$800M allocated for ACAM growth.
    • Shares have gained about 1.5% since the letter hit.
    • Source: Press Release
  • Nov. 6, 2014, 9:14 AM
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 4:27 PM
    • American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS) will spin off two BDCs - American Capital Growth and Income and American Capital Income - leaving ACAS primarily in the asset management business.
    • American Capital Growth and Income's assets will be those primarily issued by companies purchased through American Capital One Stop Buyouts, senior floating rate loans to private companies, and CLO equity investments. This business is at present allocated about $3B of equity.
    • American Capital Income's assets will mostly be second lien and mezzanine loans to middle market companies. This business is at present allocated about $1B of equity.
    • Both new BDCs will be managed by American Capital. As part of the deal, American Capital will consolidate its operations and remaining assets with American Capital Asset Management. This business at present allocated about $1B of equity.
    • The company expects about $25M in cost savings annually, beginning in 2015.
    • Source:; Press release
    • Previously: American Capital beats by $0.02, beats on revenue
    • The earnings conference call is set for tomorrow at 11 ET
    • Shares +9.5% after-hours
  • Nov. 5, 2014, 4:14 PM
    • American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS): Q3 EPS of $0.18 beats by $0.02.
    • Revenue of $129M (+21.7% Y/Y) beats by $17.1M.
    • Shares +9.2%.
    • Press Release
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  • Aug. 18, 2014, 11:30 AM
    • Prospect Capital's (PSEC +0.9%) sizable $210M lending deal announced this morning and 9 booked deals over $100M in the last year suggest it and many of its larger brethren are competing for larger borrowers who don't fit the mold of the larger syndicated loan market BDCs typically play in, writes Nicholas Marshi.
    • On the good side, these "story credits" allow Prospect and other BDCs to charge higher rates and fees than are available in the "dirt cheap" syndicated loan market. And Prospect (and others) have become so big that typical middle market deals aren't enough to move the needle on their portfolios anymore.
    • Ideally, though, no individual loan would represent more than a tiny fraction of the portfolio, so while "big fish" deals allow for good earnings and maintenance of the distribution today, Marshi worries about the impact of the blow-up of an individual company or of wider credit issues when the next economic downturn hits.
    • Other large players today: Ares Capital (ARCC +0.8%), FS Investment (FSIC), American Capital (ACAS +1.4%), Apollo Investment (AINV +0.4%), Main Street Capital (MAIN +0.1%).
  • May. 7, 2014, 4:28 PM
    • Pretax NOI of $16M or $0.06 per share falls 69% from Q4.
    • Book value per share of $19.29 up $0.32 from the end of Q4.
    • 8.9M shares repurchased at average price of $15.38 each. Repurchases have stopped as company retains Goldman to advise on splitting ACAS's investments and asset management businesses.
    • CC tomorrow at 11 ET
    • Previously: American Capital beats by $0.05, misses on revenue
    • Source: Press Release
    • ACAS +2.5% AH
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  • Apr. 10, 2014, 2:57 PM
    • Particularly hard hit in a red BDC sector (BIZD -1%) is American Capital (ACAS -3.2%). The stock had run up sharply two weeks ago on hopes for a spinoff of the asset management business, but receptive public markets are necessary for such a move. With today's decline, the shares have given back about all of those gains.
    • Also struggling over the past couple of weeks is Northstar Realty Finance (NRF -3.4%) which is spinning off its asset management unit.
  • Apr. 1, 2014, 12:53 PM
    • American Capital (ACAS +0.4%) Energy & Infrastructure has appointed Robert Wholey as Managing Director. He comes over after nine years at Highstar Capital and prior to that at UBS' Global Energy Group.
    • Still reverberating is yesterday's announcement of a suspension in dividends while the company considers strategic moves, one of them maybe being the spinoff of the American Capital Asset Management a la NorthStar Realty Finance.
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  • Feb. 11, 2014, 3:22 PM
    • Noting American Capital Asset Management seems to be rather conservatively valued on American Capital's (ACAS -6.8%) balance sheet, FSI Group's Eric Stein - on the company's earnings call (transcript) - asks management if it would consider spinning the business off.
    • CEO Malon Wilkus responds that his team is keeping close track of the public market valuations of asset managers. " That possibly presents an opportunity for us. It's extremely -- it's safe. It's something that we're extremely interested in and paying a great deal of attention to."
    • Wells' Jonathan Bock follows up, noting there is a recent comp in the form of NorthStar Realty (NRF) which has soared following the plan to spinoff its asset management unit.
    • Earlier earnings coverage
  • Feb. 11, 2014, 9:25 AM
    • American Capital (ACAS) announces the launch of the refinancing of its $450M senior secured credit facility in the hopes of changing the terms to "reflect more favorable current market pricing," and to extend the maturity date by a year. Further details will be presented to potential lenders on a conference call tomorrow.
    • Press release
    • The stock remains lower by 5.9% in premarket trade following last night's earnings results. The earnings call is set for today at 11 ET.
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  • Feb. 10, 2014, 5:33 PM
    • Net asset value per share of $18.97 is off 2.9% from $19.54 on Sept. 30, and up 6% from a year ago. Stock closed at $15.94 today.
    • 8.9M shares repurchased during Q at average price of $14.88 each, adding $0.13 to NAV per share. For full year, 40.4M shares repurchased for at average price of $13.90 each, adding $0.66 to NAV per share.
    • Fall in NAV in Q4 largely the result of the struggles of American Capital Asset Management (AGNC and MTGE) - $185M charge for unrealized depreciation due to reduction in projected management fees. There's also a $152M depreciation charge in American Capital's private finance portfolio driven by declining specific company performance, offset by $115M in unrealized appreciation in European Capital investment.
    • CC tomorrow at 11 ET
    • Press release, Q4 results
    • ACAS -5.9% AH to $15.00.
  • Jul. 11, 2013, 3:32 PM
    Outperforming in the BDC (BDCS -0.9%) sector today is American Capital (ACAS +4.1%)  - the only one among the larger players not paying a dividend. Instead, an aggressive buyback program was very active during the stock's roughly 20% decline over the last 2 months, the company purchasing about 3% of the float in Q2 through June 26.
  • Jun. 27, 2013, 11:39 AM
    American Capital (ACAS +2.6%) logs a big gain after last night's announcement of a continued fast pace of buybacks in Q2. Illustrating the quick decline in the shares over the last 2 months, the average price of purchases was more than 10% over today's price, and 3.2% less than the average buyback price in Q1. March 31 NAV was $19.04, more than 50% above the stock price this morning.
  • Jun. 7, 2013, 10:43 AM
    Treasury prices are sharply lower, but high yield (HYG +0.6%) is enjoying a nice bounce after a rough few weeks. The move is translating into higher prices for BDCs (BDCS +1.5%) - whose assets are somewhat comparable to junk debt. Leading: Prospect (PSEC +1.2%), Main Street (MAIN +2.2%), Triangle (TCAP +1%), MCG (MCGC +1.6%), American Capital (ACAS +1.7%), Fifth Street (FSC +1.1%), and Golub (GBDC +0.9%). As SA's Alberto Alfonso points out, American Capital - for one - can take advantage of recent declines to buy back even more shares at well below book value.
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  • Jun. 3, 2013, 11:52 AM
    Business development companies (BDCS -1.1%) see some selling as higher interest rates threaten to offer at least minor competition to their fat dividends. The drop in junk bond prices - a decent proxy for the assets on their books - isn't helping either. Leading on the downside today: Main Street (MAIN -4.5%), American Capital (ACAS -2.4%), Prospect Capital (PSEC -1.4%), Ares Capital (ARCC -1.1%), Blackrock Kelso (BKCC -1.1%).
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Company Description
American Capital Ltd is an asset management and private equity firm. The Company originates, underwrites and manages investments in the middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and structured products.
Sector: Financial
Country: United States