Hercules Capital Inc.’s (HTGC - Free Report) second-quarter 2019 net investment income of 36 cents per share outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 33 cents. The bottom line also was 38.5% above the year-ago figure.
Results benefited from higher total investment income, increase in net asset value and growth in investment portfolio. However, rise in operating expenses acted as a headwind.
Distributional net operating income came in at $39.1 million or 40 cents per share, up from $25.6 million or 29 cents per share in the prior-year quarter.
Total Investment Income Improves, Expenses Rise
Total investment income was $69.3 million, up 39.8% from the year-ago quarter. The upside was mainly driven by a higher average debt investment balance and rise in income from acceleration from early loan repayments. The top line beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $62.5 million.
Total operating expenses jumped 26.9% year over year to $34 million. The increase was mainly due to higher interest expenses, general and administrative costs, and total employee-compensation costs.
Total Portfolio Value & New Commitments
The fair value of Hercules Capital’s total investment portfolio was $2.3 billion as of Jun 30, 2019.
In the reported quarter, the company provided $534.8 million in new debt and equity commitments.
Balance Sheet Position
As of Jun 30, 2019, Hercules Capital’s net asset value was $10.59 per share compared with $10.26 on Mar 31, 2019.
The company had $194.9 million in liquidity, including $13.3 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents and $181.6 million in credit facilities, as of Jun 30, 2019.
At the end of the second quarter, the weighted average cost of debt comprising interest and fees was 5.2%, down from 6.4% from the prior-year quarter end.
Hercules Capital’s loan origination activity continues to be on track. However, elevated expense levels might hurt the bottom line to some extent.
Currently, Hercules Capital carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance & Earnings Release Dates of Other Finance Stocks
Ares Capital Corporation’s (ARCC - Free Report) second-quarter 2019 core earnings of 49 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 44 cents. Also, the bottom line increased 25.6% from the year-ago quarter.
Capitala Finance Corp. (CPTA - Free Report) and FS KKR Capital Corp. (FSK - Free Report) are scheduled to announce results on Aug 5 and Aug 7, respectively.
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