Back to top

Image: Bigstock

New Mountain Finance (NMFC) Extends Share Buyback, Stock Up

Read MoreHide Full Article

New Mountain Finance Corporation (NMFC - Free Report) recently authorized an extension of a share-repurchase plan worth $50 million of its common stock. The program will be effective until the earlier of Dec 31, 2022 or until $50 million of outstanding common shares are repurchased.

Shares of New Mountain Finance inched up 1.3% in after-hours trading following the announcement of its extended share buyback activity.

On Feb 4, 2016, New Mountain Finance had authorized a share repurchase of up to $50,000 of its stock. On Dec 31, 2020, NMFC stretched that program until the earlier of Dec 31, 2021 or $50,000 of its outstanding common shares were bought back. The current repurchase scheme is another extension of the same program.

As of Sep 30, 2021, nearly $2.9 million worth of repurchases have been made by the company under its repurchase program. Share buybacks aside, New Mountain Finance is regularly paying out dividends to enhance shareholder value. On Oct 27, NMFC announced the fourth-quarter 2021 common stock dividend of 30 cents per share. The dividend will be paid out on Dec 30 to its shareholders of record as of Dec 16, 2021.

As of Sep 30, 2021, New Mountain Finance had net borrowings of $1.8 billion, significantly higher than the cash and cash equivalents balance of $83.4 million.  Moreover, NMFC has a debt/equity ratio of 1.39, higher than the industry average of 0.62. Thus, the sustainability of its capital deployments seems unlikely.

Over the past year, shares of New Mountain Finance have gained 19.7%, underperforming 26.3% growth of the industry it belongs to.

Zacks Investment ResearchImage Source: Zacks Investment Research

Currently, New Mountain Finance carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Other Banks Stocks That Took Similar Action

Over the past month, several banks have rewarded shareholders with new share-repurchase programs. A few of these are United Community Banks, Inc. (UCBI - Free Report) , Columbia Financial, Inc. (CLBK - Free Report) and Cadence Bank (CADE - Free Report) .

United Community Banks’ board of directors approved a repurchase of up to $50 million of UCBI’s outstanding shares. The plan will expire on Dec 31, 2022.
The new repurchase plan replaces the previous one, which authorized United Community Banks to buy back up to $50 million shares until Dec 31, 2021.

This plan was announced in November 2020. As of Sep 30, 2021, authorization to repurchase shares worth $34.9 million was intact.

Columbia Financial announced that its board of directors approved the repurchase of up to 5 million shares or 4.6% of its outstanding shares. The plan has no expiry date.

CLBK’s new share repurchase plan was adopted after receiving the no-objection from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The new repurchase plan will be effective following the completion of Columbia Financial’s previous buyback program, which was announced in February 2021.

Cadence Bank announced that its board of directors authorized a share repurchase program for 2022. The board of directors has approved the buyback of up to 10 million shares of CADE.

The new share repurchase program is subject to the approval of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and will be effective Jan 3, 2022. CADE’s buyback plan will expire on Dec 30, 2022.