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Earnings call: Oxford Lane Capital Corp. reports Q4 fiscal 2024 results

EditorAhmed Abdulazez Abdulkadir
Published 05/15/2024, 09:43 AM
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Oxford Lane Capital Corp. (OXLC) has announced its fourth fiscal quarter 2024 earnings, with a net asset value per share increase from $4.82 to $4.90 compared to the previous quarter. The company recorded GAAP total investment income of $82.6 million, an increase from the prior quarter, and GAAP net investment income of $51 million, or $0.22 per share. Core net investment income for the quarter was $79.9 million, or $0.35 per share. Oxford Lane also declared a 12.5% increase in monthly common stock distributions to $0.09 per share for the upcoming quarter.

Key Takeaways

  • Net asset value per share rose to $4.90 from $4.82 in the prior quarter.
  • GAAP total investment income for the quarter was approximately $82.6 million.
  • GAAP net investment income stood at $51 million or $0.22 per share.
  • Core net investment income was reported at $79.9 million or $0.35 per share.
  • A 12.5% increase in monthly common stock distributions to $0.09 per share was declared.
  • Oxford Lane issued approximately 18.6 million shares resulting in net proceeds of about $94.7 million.
  • The company made additional CLO investments totaling approximately $225.2 million.

Company Outlook

  • The weighted average yield of CLO debt investments increased to 17.1%.
  • Weighted average effective yield of CLO equity investments rose to 16.9%.
  • The cash distribution yield of CLO equity investments decreased to 23.5%.
  • New CLO investments and opportunistic trading strategies are anticipated to maximize long-term total return.

Bearish Highlights

  • Net unrealized depreciation on investments was approximately $17.7 million.
  • Net realized losses were approximately $1.2 million.

Bullish Highlights

  • U.S. loan market performance improved, with U.S. loan prices increasing.
  • Median U.S. CLO equity net asset values saw an approximate 5-point increase.
  • The 12-month trailing default rate for the loan index decreased to 1.1%.
  • CLO new issuance increased significantly, setting the pace nearly 45% ahead of the previous year's issuance.


  • Core net investment income per share decreased from $0.39 to $0.35 compared to the previous quarter.

Q&A Highlights

  • Discussion on the impact of tightening CLO liabilities on refinancing and resetting opportunities.
  • Active monitoring and dialogue with CLO managers regarding refinancing and resetting liabilities.

Oxford Lane Capital Corp. concluded the earnings call with a positive outlook, noting the increase in net asset value per share and the upcoming increase in shareholder distributions. The company remains active in the CLO market, with a strategy aimed at maximizing returns over the long term.

InvestingPro Insights

Oxford Lane Capital Corp. (OXLC) has demonstrated a commitment to shareholder returns, as reflected in its significant dividend yield of 18.22% and the recent announcement of a 12.5% increase in monthly common stock distributions. This commitment is further underscored by the company's track record of maintaining dividend payments for 14 consecutive years, which is a testament to its stability and reliability as an income-generating investment.

From a financial performance standpoint, OXLC's revenue growth has been strong, with a 15.97% increase in the last twelve months as of Q2 2024. This growth aligns with the company's positive earnings report and indicates a robust top-line performance. Moreover, the stock's low price volatility could be attractive to investors seeking a more stable investment in the current market environment.

InvestingPro Tips for OXLC highlight the company's profitability over the last twelve months and its liquidity position, with liquid assets exceeding short-term obligations. These factors contribute to the company's financial health and may offer investors some level of assurance regarding the company's ability to meet its short-term liabilities.

InvestingPro Data Metrics:

  • Market Cap (Adjusted): $1.21B USD
  • P/E Ratio: 8.46
  • Dividend Yield as of the latest data: 18.22%

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Full transcript - Oxford Lane Capital Co (OXLC) Q4 2024:

Operator: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining today's Oxford Lane Capital Corp. Fourth Fiscal Quarter 2024 Earnings Call. My name is Tia, and I will be your moderator for today's call. All lines will be muted during the presentation portion of the call with an opportunity for questions and answers at the end. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to pass the call over to your host, Saul Rosenthal. Please proceed.

Saul Rosenthal: Thank you, Tia, and hello everyone and welcome to the Oxford Lane Capital Corp. fourth fiscal quarter 2024 earnings call. I'm joined today by Bruce Rubin, our Chief Financial Officer; and Brian Aleksa, Senior member of our CLO Investment Team. Note that Jonathan Cohen, our CEO, is traveling today. Bruce, would you please open our call with a disclosure regarding forward-looking statements?

Bruce Rubin: Sure, Saul. Today's conference call is being recorded. An audio replay of the call will be available for 30 days. Replay information is included in our press release that was issued earlier this afternoon. Please note that this call is the property of Oxford Lane Capital Corp. Any unauthorized rebroadcast of this call in any form is strictly prohibited. At this point, direct your attention to the customary disclosure in the press release regarding forward-looking information. Today's conference call includes forward-looking statements and projections that reflect the company's current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. We ask that you refer to our most recent filings with the SEC for important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in these projections. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements unless required to do so by law. During this call, we'll use terms defined in the earnings release and also refer to non-GAAP measures. For definitions and reconciliations to GAAP, please refer to our earnings release posted on our website at www.oxfordlanecapital.com. With that, I'll turn the presentation back over to Saul.

Saul Rosenthal: Thank you, Bruce. On March 31, 2024, our net asset value per share stood at $4.90 compared to a net asset value per share of $4.82 at the previous quarter. For the quarter ended March 31, we recorded GAAP total investment income of approximately $82.6 million, representing an increase of approximately $3.4 million from the prior quarter. The quarter’s GAAP total investment income consisted of approximately $76.3 million from our CLO equity and CLO warehouse investments and approximately $6.3 million from our CLO debt investments and other income. Oxford Lane recorded GAAP net investment income of approximately $51 million or $0.22 per share for the quarter ended March 31 compared to approximately $48.7 million or $0.23 per share for the quarter ended December 31. Our core net investment income was approximately $79.9 million for the quarter or $0.35 per share compared with approximately $82.7 million or $0.39 per share for the quarter ended December 31. Quarter ended March 31, we recorded net unrealized depreciation on investments of approximately $17.7 million and net realized losses of approximately $1.2 million. We had a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of approximately $67.5 million or $0.30 per share for the fourth fiscal quarter. As of March 31, the following metrics applied, and we note that none of these metrics represent a total return to shareholders. The weighted average yield of our CLO debt investments at current cost was 17.1% up from 16.6% as of December 31. The weighted average effective yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was 16.9%, up from 16.5% as of December 31. The weighted average cash distribution yield of our CLO equity investments at current cost was 23.5%, down from 24% as of December 31. And we note that the cash distribution yields calculated on our CLO equity investments are based on the cash distributions we received or which we were entitled to receive at each respective period end. During the quarter ended March 31, we issued a total of approximately 18.6 million shares of our common stock pursuant to an aftermarket offering, resulting in net proceeds of approximately $94.7 million. During the quarter ended March 31, we made additional CLO investments of approximately $225.2 million, and we received approximately $19 million from sales and repayments. Today, our Board of Directors declared a 12.5% increase in monthly common stock distributions to $0.09 per share for each of the months ending July, August and September 2024. With that, I'll turn the call over to Brian Aleksa, senior member of our investment team.

Brian Aleksa: Thank you, Saul. During the quarter ended March 31, 2024, U.S. loan market performance improved versus prior quarter. U.S. loan prices, as defined by the Morningstar LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan Index increased from 96.23% as of December 31, 2023, to 96.73% as of March 31. The increase in U.S. loan prices led to an approximate 5-point increase in median U.S. CLO equity net asset values. Additionally, we observed median weighted average spreads across loan pools within CLO portfolios decreased to 368 basis points compared to 372 basis points last quarter. The 12-month trailing default rate for the loan index decreased to 1.1% by principal amount at the end of the quarter from 1.5% at the end of December 2023. We note that out-of-court restructurings, exchanges and subpar buybacks, which are not captured in the cited default rate remain elevated. Additionally, the distress ratio, defined as the percentage of loans with a price below 80% of par, ended the quarter at 3.5% compared to approximately 4.5% at the end of December 2023. CLO new issuance during the quarter totaled approximately $49 billion, an increase of $17 billion from the prior quarter, setting the pace nearly 45% ahead of last year’s issuance as CLO liabilities continued to tighten throughout the quarter. Oxford Lane continued to be active this quarter, trading over $300 million notional of CLO equity and junior debt in the secondary market and adding three new issue CLO equity investments in the primary market. As a function of our overall activity in both markets this quarter, we were able to lengthen the weighted average reinvestment period of Oxford Lane’s CLO equity portfolio from April 2026 to July 2026. Our investment strategy during the quarter was to engage in relative value trading and to lengthen the weighted average reinvestment period of Oxford Lane's CLO equity portfolio. In the current market environment, we intend to continue to utilize an opportunistic and unconstrained CLO investment strategy across U.S. CLO equity, debt and warehouses as we look to maximize our long-term total return and as a permanent capital vehicle, we have historically been able to take a longer-term view towards our investment strategy. With that, I will turn the call back over to Saul.

Saul Rosenthal: Thank you, Brian. An additional information about Oxford Lane's fourth quarter performance has been uploaded to our website at www.oxfordlanecapital.com. And with that, operator, we will now take questions.

Operator: We will now begin the Q&A session. [Operator Instructions] The first question comes from the line of Mickey Schleien with Ladenburg. Please proceed.

Mickey Schleien: Yes. Yes, good afternoon everyone. A couple of questions from me. With the tightening of CLO liabilities, we've seen this year. How do the economics look now in the primary market versus the secondary market and the opportunity for you to refinance and reset, and rotate positions, which are beyond the reinvestment period into new positions?

Saul Rosenthal: Sure, Mickey. Yes, very good question. Brian will address it.

Brian Aleksa: Yes. Sorry, Mickey, as you noted, it has been a good opportunity to take advantage of the tightened liabilities, especially where refis and resets are concerned. As far as the primary market is concerned, it is kind of a push and pull between tightening liabilities and rising asset prices. The rising asset prices make the primary market slightly more challenging, while tightening liabilities obviously make it easier to get deals done So that push and pull is something we monitor every day, but as you stated we have taken advantage of the tightening liabilities to restructure some of our refinance and reset some of the post reinvestment deals, especially.

Mickey Schleien: Okay. I understand. Obviously, I haven't had a chance to review the results yet for the quarter or the investor presentation. But looking at the deck from the last quarter, I counted about a dozen positions, which were still in their reinvestment period and where the AAA spread was meaningfully above sort of 150 basis points, which I think is where the market is now. I want to ask if that sounds about right to you? And how would you describe the potential impact on Oxford of refinancing or resetting those positions?

Bruce Rubin: Yes, Mickey, in positions where we hold majority, those liabilities are something we're very carefully monitoring. I can't speak to any individual positions, but we are actively monitoring all of those positions for moneyness as far as refi and reset opportunities go. And we've been in an active dialogue with all of our CLO managers as well as various dealers to look at resetting and refining those liabilities where possible.

Mickey Schleien: Okay. I appreciate that. Those are all my questions this afternoon. Thank you for your time.

Saul Rosenthal: Thank you, Mickey.

Operator: Thank you. There are no additional questions up at this time. I will pass the call back to Saul Rosenthal.

Saul Rosenthal: Thank you, Tia, and thank you, everyone, for joining today's call and listening to our fourth fiscal quarter results. And we look forward to speaking to you again soon. Thank you.

Operator: That concludes today's conference call. Thank you. You may now disconnect your lines.

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