WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. (WHF) CEO Stuart Aronson on Q2 2022 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WHF) Q2 2022 Earnings Conference Call August 10, 2022 12:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Jacob Moeller - Rose & Company

Stuart Aronson - CEO & Director

Joyson Thomas - CFO & Principal Accounting Officer

Conference Call Participants

Mickey Schleien - Ladenburg

Melissa Wedel - JP Morgan

Robert Dodd - Raymond James

Operator

Good afternoon, my name is Katie, and I'll be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the WhiteHorse Finance Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. Our host for today's call are Stuart Aronson, Chief Executive Officer; and Joyson Thomas, Chief Financial Officer. Today's call is being recorded and will be made available for replay beginning at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. The replay dial-in number is 402-220-6059, no passcode is required. At this time, all participants have been placed in a listen-only mode and the floor will be opened for questions following the presentation. [Operator Instructions]

It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to Jacob Moeller of Rose &Company. Please go ahead.

Jacob Moeller

Thank you, operator, and thank you everyone for joining us today to discuss WhiteHorse Finance's second quarter 2022 earnings results.

Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that certain statements, which are not based on historical facts made during this call, including any statements relating to financial guidance, may be deemed forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, these are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. WhiteHorse Finance assumes no obligation or responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.

Today's speakers may refer to material from the WhiteHorse Finance second quarter 2022 earnings presentation, which is posted on our website this morning.

With that, allow me to introduce WhiteHorse Finance's CEO, Stuart Aronson. Stuart, you may begin.

Stuart Aronson

Thank you, and good afternoon everyone. Thank you for joining us today. As you are aware, we issued our press release this morning prior to market open. I hope you've had a chance to review our results for the period ending June 30, 2022, which can also be found on our website. On today's call, I'll begin by addressing our second quarter results and the current market conditions, then Joyson Thomas, our Chief Financial Officer, will discuss our performance in greater detail. After which, we'll open the floor for questions.

I am pleased to report solid second quarter performance for 2022. Q2 GAAP net investment income was $7.9 million or $0.339 per share. Core NII was approximately $7.8 million or $0.334 per share. After adjusting for a $100,000 capital gains incentive fee reversal. Our NAV per share at the end of Q2 was $14.95, representing a decrease of $0.04 from Q1 2022. Importantly, it remains very close to our initial underwriting price of $15 per share. This decrease was a result of some credit deterioration on a few accounts, along with markdowns reflecting higher pricing in the lower mid-market.

Turning to our portfolio activity for the quarter. Gross capital deployments in Q2 totaled $48.1 million, of this amount, $28.9 million was funded into four new originations and the remaining $19.2 million was funded in the add-ons of existing portfolio investments. As we suggested would happen during our last earnings call, delayed repayments have begun to occur. During Q2, total repayments and sales were $66.1 million, primarily driven by five full realizations with repayments outpacing origination activity and additional transfers of investments into the STRS JV, net effective leverage decreased to 1.18 times at the end of Q2 as compared to 1.3 times at the end of Q1. At this leverage level we are below our target of 1.25 times to 1.35 times leverage.

Regarding the five realizations, we are in $6.7 million including fees and interest, which generated an aggregate IRR of 11.4% on the $59.7 million of aggregate capital invested into these deals. This attractive return for senior secured loans demonstrates the power of our sourcing model and highlights our ability to negotiate tight covenants and strong call protections. These repayments provide the BDC with nearly $50 million of investment capacity. Looking forward, a number of borrowers have alerted us that they plan to make repayments in the third or fourth quarter, which will give us additional investment capacity.

Given the change in marketplace pricing, which I will discuss later. We believe that in many cases the repayment on historical investments will allow WhiteHorse to redeploy capital into higher yielding investments. Of our four new originations in Q2, three were sponsor deals and one was a non-sponsored deal with average leverage of 4.7 times. I note, that all of these deals were first lien loans and had an expected average all-in rate of 8.1% with an effective yield of 9.7%, which was higher than the portfolio average of Q1. At the end of Q2, 96.5% of our debt portfolio was first lien loans and 100% were senior secured.

As I shared on the last call, so long as our portfolio remains heavily concentrated in first lien loans, which have lower risk profiles, but also lower returns in second lien loans, we expect to continue to run the BDC at up to 135 leverage. In order to help the BDC consistently earn its $0.355 quarterly dividend, which we have consistently paid since coming public.

With that in mind, I'll now step back to bring our entire investment portfolio into focus. After the effects of the STRS JV asset transfers, as well as $3.5 million in net mark-to-market -- net mark-to-market decreases, $1.9 million in realized gains and $1.6 million of accretion, the fair value of our investment portfolio was $766.5 million at the end of the second quarter, down from $800 million at the end of Q1. The weighted average effective yield on our income producing debt investments was 9.9% as of the end of the second quarter, which reflects a 70 basis point increase from Q1 level of 9.2%. This increase resulted primarily from rising LIBOR and SOFR rates. We continue to utilize our joint venture with STRS Ohio successfully. The joint venture generated investment income to the BDC of approximately $3 million in Q2 as compared to only $2.6 million in Q1. The increase in JV income in Q2 was due in part to WhiteHorse’s increased economic ownership of [66.25%] (ph) compared with 60% in Q1.

During the second quarter, we transferred one new deal and one add-on investment to the STRS JV totaling $17.8 million. The fair market value of the JV's portfolio was $318.8 million as of June 30 and at the end of Q2 the JV's portfolio had an average unlevered yield of 8.7% above Q1's yield of 7.9% and a portfolio size of $312.8 million. The increase in the unlevered yield is primarily due to rising base rates of LIBOR and SOFR. The JV's portfolio is currently comprised solely of first lien senior secured loans. The JV has produced an average annual return on equity in the low-teens to the BDC, we believe WhiteHorse’s equity investment in the JV provides attractive returns for shareholders and is particularly relevant given the current market backdrop.

Given the JV's return on equity, we continue to consider funding additional equity commitments to the JV as we seek to increase our exposure to highly accretive earnings stream. We are pleased to report that we have no investments on non-accrual status. And our investment portfolio remained stable during the broad market volatility in Q2. We did have both markups and markdowns in the portfolio based on improving or decreasing performance, but on average the portfolio was stable. Our well diversified portfolio is weathering an economy experiencing several negative factors, including rising interest rates, rising raw material prices, rising labor costs and rising transportation costs.

Fortunately, to-date, our portfolio companies has done a very good job of passing along these price increases. A couple of borrowers are having their margins squeezed and we are certainly seeing a slowdown in consumer retail demand, which has led to modest increases in leverage in several portfolio companies. Additionally, our portfolio is overwhelmingly represented by non-cyclical or light cyclical borrowers and we hold no direct exposure to oil and gas, auto or restaurants and very little exposure to the construction sector. Since we generally serve the lower mid-market, we've been able to build a portfolio with average leverage at the portfolio company level of only about 4.5 times, by keeping our portfolio company leverage low our portfolio companies are better able to cover their debt service in this rising interest rate environment. Thus far, rising interest rates have only had a modest impact on the debt service coverage for our portfolio companies.

While the portfolio is holding up well we are keeping a careful eye on demand characteristics, especially in the consumer sector. We have not seen many recessionary signs yet in our portfolio, but I should note that portfolio numbers are delayed by a lag in reporting typically 45 to 60 days after quarter end. The modest leverage levels to which we underwrite our loan investments from both an EBITDA as well as an operating cash flow perspective is a key differentiator versus lenders with higher levered portfolio companies that may experience greater difficulty servicing debt as interest rates increase. We expect the majority of our portfolio companies to be able to service our debt in this rising interest rate environment, we believe our investment portfolio is well positioned to benefit from such rising interest rates, given that almost 100% of our debt portfolio is comprised of floating rate investments.

Given where three month LIBOR and SOFR contracts reset to around the end of June, we expect some organic earnings accretion starting in Q3. We'll also see the full impact of our increased ownership in the JV beginning in Q3. The market and by this, I mean the market for stocks, bonds, cryptocurrencies and most other assets has corrected sharply with an emerging consensus view that the economy is in recession. Across the mid to lower mid end of the market in addition to rising prices loans are being written to more conservative credit terms with tighter documentation and covenants. Total leverage on transactions is a quarter turn to a half a turn lower than it was three to six months ago. That said, we have witnessed that several lenders have not yet adjusted to the new market pricing, which frankly is a bit unexpected.

There has also been a correction in the broadly syndicated market creating opportunities for direct lenders, including BDCs to acquire syndicated bank debt at lower prices and much higher yields in a few months ago. We believe this environment is very attractive for making investments in larger non-cyclical or marginally cyclical businesses, our pipeline reached another record level which enables us to be highly selective about which credits we pursue. While we expect our pipeline activity levels to remain high. We generally have a cautious approach and continue to underwrite to conservative downside scenarios. We have been selectively taking advantage of market conditions and are positioned to benefit from both rising base rates and rising spreads.

Thus far in Q3, the company has closed three add-on acquisitions and currently has visibility for five additional mandated deals and add-on transactions. Although there can be no assurance that any of these deals will close. As I mentioned earlier, the timing of repayments has been fortuitous for the BDC as we have capacity to rotate into higher yielding assets that combined with portfolio growth and the increase in our ownership in the JV should ultimately lead to higher income and greater coverage of our dividend.

At the conclusion of this quarter, we are cautiously optimistic for the second half of the year. While we remain concerned about cyclical industries and various economic headwinds, we believe we have built a very strong portfolio with a strong team and solid sourcing and a responsible underwriting process. Further, we expect our additional capital capacity and unique three-tiered deal sourcing capability to act as a strong tailwind for our financial performance moving ahead.

With that, I'll turn the call over to Joyson for additional performance details and a review of our portfolio composition. Joyson?

Joyson Thomas

Thanks, Stuart. And thank you everyone for joining today's call. During the quarter we reported GAAP net investment income of $7.9 million or $0.339 per share, this compares to $8.5 million or $0.368 per share in the first quarter. Core NII was approximately $7.8 million or $0.334 per share, after adjusting for a $0.1 million capital gains incentive fee reversal. This compares with Q1 core NII of $7.9 million or $0.344 per share and the quarterly distribution of $0.355 per share.

Q2 fee income increased slightly quarter-over-quarter to $0.7 million from $0.5 million in Q1. The increase was due to higher prepayment and amendment activities during the current quarter. For the quarter, we reported a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $7.3 million, a $1.6 million increase from Q1. Our risk ratings during the quarter showed that 84.8% of our portfolio positions carried either a one or two rating, a decrease from 90.1% in the prior quarter. As a reminder, a one rating indicates that a company has seen its risk of loss reduced relative to initial expectations and a two rating indicate that company is performing according to those initial expectations.

Regarding the JV specifically, we continue to grow our investment. As Stuart mentioned earlier, we transferred one new deal and one add-on transaction, which totaled $17.8 million. As of June 30, the JV's portfolio held positions in 32 portfolio companies with an aggregate fair value of $318.8 million compared to 33 portfolio companies at a fair value $312.8 million in Q1. The investment in the JV continues to be accretive to the BDCs earnings.

As we've noted in prior calls, the yield on our investment in the JV may fluctuate period over period as a result of a number of factors, including the timing and amount of additional capital investments, the changes in asset yields in the underlying portfolio, as well as the overall credit performance of the JVs, investment portfolio.

Turning to our balance sheet, we had cash resources of approximately $18.6 million at the end of Q2, including $9.4 million in restricted cash. As discussed on our last call, we amended the terms of revolving credit facility earlier in the year to permanently upsize the credit facility to $335 million, which has provided us significant flexibility when accounting for timing differences between anticipated prepayments and originations. We also still have an accordion feature to upsize our credit facility to a total of $375 million should we so choose.

As of June 30, 2022, the company's asset coverage ratio for borrowed amounts as defined by the 1940 Act was 181%, which was above the minimum asset coverage ratio of 150%. Our Q2 net effective debt to equity ratio, after adjusting for cash on hand was 1.18 times compared to 1.3 times in the prior quarter.

Before I conclude and open up the call to questions, I'd like to highlight our distributions. On May 10, 2022 we declared a distribution for the quarter ended June 30, 2020 to $0.355 cents per share to stockholders of record as of June 20. The dividend was paid on July 5, 2022, marking the company's 39th consecutive quarterly distribution. This speaks to both the consistent strength of the platform, as well as our resilient deal sourcing capabilities in being able to create a well balanced portfolio, generating consistent current income.

Finally, this morning we announced that our Board declared a fourth quarter distribution of $0.355 cents per share to be payable on October 4, 2022 to stockholders of record as of September 20, 2022. This will mark the company's 40th consecutive quarterly distribution paid since our IPO in December 2012 with all distributions consistent at the rate of $0.355 per share per quarter. As we said previously, we will continue to evaluate our quarterly distribution, both in the near-and medium term, based on the core earnings power of our portfolio, in addition to other relevant factors that may warrant consideration.

With that, I'll turn the call over to the operator for questions. Operator?

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Thank you. Our first question will come from Mickey Schleien with Ladenburg. Your line is now open.

Mickey Schleien

Yeah. Good afternoon, Stuart and Joyson. Stuart, I see that the per year internal credit rating system, the fair value of investments performing below expected. The three category rose from around 9% to 14% of fair value. Are there any specific investments in there that you could highlight and any trends that you're seeing across the portfolio that have accounted for that change?

Stuart Aronson

Yeah. You won't – Mickey, hello. Good to see you this hour -- here from you this afternoon. On your question, you will not be surprised to hear that some of our companies are experiencing supply chain pressures and also increased labor costs. And then are seeing demand slow down as retailers are being slower to restock inventory, because inventory levels are too high. And there is a general slowdown in consumer demand. So as we are probably in a recession now and we are seeing that show up in lower demand, some companies are seeing higher leverage as I indicated in my prepared remarks. It's not that many companies, which is why the number of threes is only increased by 5%. But there are some consumer facing companies in our portfolio where the leverage has kicked up by a turn or two.

Nothing that risks at the moment being on non-accrual in terms of new situations, but we definitely are, as I said, seeing a slowdown in consumer demand and a slowdown in retailers restocking inventory. And that is putting pressure on some companies.

Mickey Schleien

[Multiple Speakers]

Joyson Thomas

Mickey, I'll also just highlight to you that in terms of their overall risk ratings, as we've mentioned, the main drop went from portfolio companies being rated one or two that may have shifted down to or three. There were four portfolio companies that did shift down to three from two, [indiscernible] TV, American Crafts, [Arcserve] (ph) Storage Craft and Outward Hound. And then as Stuart alluded to, really not much movement in portfolio companies moving down to four. There was one, a very small position, Crown Brands.

Stuart Aronson

[Multiple Speakers] we're working with the owner of the company to potentially inject new equity into that company which if that does happen would better position that asset for a better mark.

Mickey Schleien

Yeah, I was going to ask about Crown. That's a non-sponsored deals then, Stuart?

Stuart Aronson

No, that is a sponsored deal, because the sponsor injected equity previously several times, but the company does need more equity.

Mickey Schleien

Yeah, it looks like it from the mark on the second. Just a couple of more questions, Stuart. The gain on the RCF shares, I didn't see them listed in the SOI for March or are they held as receivable of some sort on the balance sheet or was it sort of just unexpected income that you booked below the line.

Stuart Aronson

Mickey, it's going to be the latter. If you recall, the RCS shares were received in conjunction with the restructuring of the actual investment that we had in RCS, which had converted into equity in AeroTech. This was proceeds received from the residual bankruptcy ex-date of the Holdco. It was unexpected in nature. Our understanding is that, this distribution would be the only distribution we would receive. We don't expect to have any further amounts in the future.

Mickey Schleien

So there is no remaining receivable or anything like that on the balance sheet?

Stuart Aronson

Correct. We don't have anything recorded.

Mickey Schleien

Okay. And lastly, Stuart, we have an estimate for a while. Can you just remind me where in the life cycle the private funds at HIG that own WhiteHorse shares are, how many years left before they have to deal with that issue?

Stuart Aronson

It's a great question and I have not measured the passage of time. So I don't have an answer ready. Joyson, if you happen to know that would be great. And if not, we can try to get that data to you after the call on a follow-up, Mickey.

Mickey Schleien

Just [indiscernible] is it still multiple years away?

Stuart Aronson

Yeah. Years -- years away.

Mickey Schleien

Years. Okay. That's it for me this afternoon. I appreciate your time as always. Thank you.

Stuart Aronson

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question will come from Melissa Wedel with JP Morgan. Your line is now open.

Melissa Wedel

Good afternoon, and thanks for taking my questions today. I wanted to follow up on your commentary about the repayments that are coming in, it sounds like there -- if I heard you correctly, some repayments that are expected, but maybe were delayed or starting to materialize, but taken with your comments about wanting to kind of run at -- run portfolio leverage at the higher end of your target range, should we be thinking about the back half of this year has seen a pickup in repayment activity, but also sort of expecting net deployment given the robustness of the pipeline.

Stuart Aronson

Yes. The pipeline is quite robust. We have seen repayments, which created about $50 million of investing capacity. We are expecting repayments in Q3 and Q4 and have a pipeline of deals that could refill our coffers. In the vast majority of cases our expectation is that pricing will be higher, both on JV deals and balance sheet deals for the BDC then it was really for all of 2021 and the early part of 2022. We are seeing pricing up anywhere from 50 basis points to 200 basis points with the higher increases associated with the broadly syndicated market and/or with credits that have more cyclicality. We continue to take a very cautious view on companies that have cyclicality and we'll do those only at modest leverage multiples with owners that are putting up big equity check. So we believe we will support those companies. If we do have a prolonged economic downturn. But broadly, I would tell you what we are seeing in portfolio is better than we've seen in many years. During 2020 there was a brief period, as I reported where pricing and structure was very attractive, but during that part of 2020 really March to September, the markets were largely frozen and not a lot of deals got done, we did as many as we could, but there were that many done.

Right now seeing lower leverage, stronger deal term, stronger covenants and better pricing, it makes me feel like we're seeing an environment that is more aligned to like 2016 than any time since then. So we think it's a very attractive time to invest and we're pleased that we have some capacity in the BDC to invest. And our intention is that all the deals that go on the BDC balance sheet will go on with pricing of SOFR 700 or above. And most of those loans will continue to be first-lien loans, although we will consider some second liens given that market is trading very weakly right now and there may be some opportunities to add some higher yielding assets.

Melissa Wedel

That's really helpful. I appreciate all that contact. It raised another question in my mind, and given some of the struggles that you're starting to see, some portfolio companies have at least on the cost side and maybe a little bit on the top line as well, is this an environment where you would think of skewing more towards sponsor deals and away from non-sponsored just to have the potential backed up equity capital and owner to step in and inject more capital as needed.

And if so, what's the implication on yield of new investments. Appreciate it.

Stuart Aronson

Our general perception, Melissa, is that in a hot market environment where sponsor backed deals get premium leverage that our non-sponsored deals are actually less risky, because they are levered on average a turn or turn and a half lower and you get higher pricing and tighter docks and tighter covenants. In this market environment where sponsored deals have become less risky because leverage multiples have come down and loan to values have come down, I would say that I see sponsored deals as being equally attractive to non-sponsored deals. And as a result, more of our deals that were in pipeline right now and actively working on are sponsored transactions.

But I can tell you that for anything that we would deem to be stretch senior debt or unitranche debt, we are seeing minimum pricing of $6.50 and debt that was senior debt that would have been pricing at $4.75 to $5.25 before, we are now getting minimum pricing of $600. So again, the market is much more attractive in terms of asset quality and these are typically non-cyclical borrowers. Cyclical borrowers trade at an even higher price or at higher yield. We see the market as extremely attractive right now, even as we're being cautious about an economic downturn for the balance of 2022 and into 2023.

Melissa Wedel

Got it. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Our next question will come from Robert Dodd with Raymond James. Your line is now open.

Robert Dodd

Hi guys. Thanks. So all kind of touching on to that pricing question again. I mean, you've been very clear about the expansion in spreads [indiscernible] but there we was a I believe a comment you made during your prepared remarks that several lenders have not adapted to the new market. I mean, is that an indication there were still a number of lenders out there that are kind of underpricing where you think the bulk of the market has moved today. Can you give us any more color on that? I mean, bottom line, I mean the concern there would be, is that like-for-like, are they picking off the higher-quality A plus steel or just underpricing where you think the market is? And is that potentially raising the prospect of spread snapping back lower again?

Stuart Aronson

Mickey, the thing that has -- sorry, Mickey -- Robert. I apologize for that, Robert. Good to hear from you today. The thing that has really surprised us is that it has not been what you thought and what we would have thought would have been the case, which is that these lenders are cherry picking the cleanest credits and then underpricing them to market to win the best credit deals. There's one deal that we were doing. There was a company that has $14 million of EBITDA that served the financial industry and it served really the venture financial industry. That company definitely has a risk of cyclicality and we took a view on leverage and price that was we thought responsible. And someone underpriced us by a wide margin on a transaction that was -- we think fully levered and had some -- not deep, but had some cyclicality risk.

Another deal that we let go was a company that had two large customer concentrations. Two brick and mortar retailers who were famous on being hard on their suppliers, we thought that that was a major credit flaw and it caused us to lower the leverage on the deal. And even at the lower leverage command or asked for a higher price. And one of these lenders that we think have not adjusted to the market did higher leverage than us. So they took the risk of the concentrations and they did higher leverage and they did lower price. So for these few lenders -- and we think it's only three to five -- out of the 100 lenders in the market that we may compete with, we think it's only like three to five that haven’t adjusted, but they clearly have not adjusted. I don't know why, I said it was surprising in my comments and it is surprising. And I was on the phone with a large investment LP, someone who has a separately managed account with us and they told us that other firms that they do business with have given them the same names of these institutions who appear to not be reacting to the market change.

So they're not picking off the better credits, they're taking what we think is very high credit risk and we're fine to lose deals where someone wants to be more aggressive on the leverage and lower on the price. We have a huge pipeline, Robert, and we can afford to lose a lot of deals and still have the BDC be fully invested in a very carefully selected portfolio of credits.

Robert Dodd

I appreciate the color there. Yeah. And I'd rather invest [indiscernible] stay away from this is [indiscernible]. The next one I had. I mean, as you said there is a lag in the portfolio company financial, you get 45 60 day, I'm sure 90 days in some cases. With the color that you gave on margin pressure, et cetera, et cetera and that is lag. I mean have you -- in the most recent data, I mean are you seeing any shift in the rate of the curve or the rate of occurrences of margin pressure in the most recent data versus, say, the data that has a longer lag?

Stuart Aronson

Robert. The beauty of being in the mid-market -- lower mid-market is, we don't sit blind for 90 days post quarter end. Not really knowing what's going on with our credits. We regularly have dialog with the owners of the company and the management teams of the company and especially for companies that are under pressure, we will often seek to get updates either monthly or even weekly. What I can tell you we're seeing right now is, most companies have been successful in passing through price increases, there is a slowdown in consumer demand and that is impacting some number of the companies that were moved to three in rating. But we're also seeing a slowdown in inflationary pressure.

We saw labor rates rising very rapidly for the entire last year, year and a half, but with labor rates we have one company, I'll let it remain nameless, we have one company that had full employment of $13 an hour pre-COVID and they had to raise rates to $18 an hour to get full employment now, but at $18 now there at full employment. And we haven't seen that $18 an hour move over the last three or even really last six months. So we're seeing labor wage inflation slowed down, we're seeing container costs from Asia come down dramatically, they're down almost 50%. So we think some of the inflationary pressures may have already passed and we could see consistent with what got reported this morning a slowdown in inflation.

Now that said, we are still seeing some raw material price increases we do have customers that are still pushing through price increases, but it's less now than it was three to six months ago.

Robert Dodd

I really appreciate the color. Thank you.

Stuart Aronson

No problem. Thank you, Robert.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] It appears we have no further questions at this time. I would now like to turn the program back to our presenters for any additional or closing remarks.

Stuart Aronson

I'd like to say thank you to everyone for taking the time today. We're in an attractive but market condition that requires caution, but we are seeing a good transaction, solid pricing and we do hope to fully deploy the BDC capital and keep it generally between the 1.25 times to 1.35 times leverage that we've outlined unless we take on a lot more second lien loans, which at the moment we're not actively doing. So positive trend line and we'll continue to share with you as much information as we can. And for any of the analysts or shareholders that want to communicate with us intra-quarter, we're happy to answer questions. And for next quarter's call please let us know anything you want us to include in the prepared remarks, and we'll try to do that. So thank you very much.

Operator

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes today's event. You may now disconnect.

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