PSEC Quick Q3 2021 Update

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  • PSEC target prices/buying points
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PSEC September 30, 2021, Quick Update

Prospect Capital (PSEC) reported just below its base case projections after taking into account the preferred stock dividend and using diluted common shares. PSEC’s announcement of $0.21 per share of net investment income (“NII”) did not include the preferred stock dividend as well as only using 389 million shares versus the 409 million diluted shares. After taking both of these into account the adjusted NII was $0.193 per share covering its monthly dividends by 107%. I am pointing this out because this discrepancy will continue to grow larger as the company issues additional preferred stock.

There was another decline in CLO residual income as well as a decline in its overall portfolio yield fully offset by structuring, advisory, and amendment fees from First Tower Finance Company and PGX Holdings, Inc. (“PGX”). Dividend income remains lower-than-expected at only $1.3 million especially given 22.4% of its portfolio is now in equity positions that typically pay dividends (for healthy companies).

Leverage remains low with a current debt-to-equity at 0.63 (below the lower end of its target range) after taking into account the convertible Perpetual Preferred stock that continues to increase.

NAV per share increased by 3.2% (from $9.81 to $10.12) due to unrealized appreciation related to the same control/affiliate investments as previous quarters (National Property REIT, InterDent, and First Tower Finance). It should be noted that the continued issuance of common shares below NAV through its DRIP and additional issuances of preferred stock have a dilutive impact on its NAV.


For common shareholders, the preferred shares create additional risks as the preferred is cumulative and has to be paid in full before common stock shareholders receive their distributions. The preferred stockholders have the option to convert into common at any time and there is a chance that PSEC could redeem these shares at “any time” converting into common stock based on the most recent 5-day trading price. This could be another way for management to issue additional shares below NAV.


It should be noted that four investments (National Property REIT, InterDent, PGX Holdings, and First Tower Finance) have been continually marked up and now account for over $2.6 billion, 41% of the total portfolio or almost 67% of NAV per share (see below). This is very high concentration risk, especially if management is using aggressive valuation measures.


The company reaffirmed its monthly dividend of $0.06 per share through January 2022:

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