March 10, 2016

GSV Capital Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

Net Asset Value of $12.08 per Share as of December 31, 2015

WOODSIDE, Calif., March 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GSV Capital Corp. ("GSV Capital" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:GSVC) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

Date  Net Assets (Millions)  Net Asset Value (per share) 
As of December 31, 2015  $268.0  (1) $12.08   (1)
As of September 30, 2015  $312.5   $16.17  
As of December 31, 2014  $285.9   $14.80  

(1) The net assets of $268.0 million, or $12.08 per share, as of December 31, 2015, reflect the $3.16 cumulative per share effect of the distribution paid on December 31, 2015 to stockholders of record as of November 16, 2015. 

"We were pleased to make our first distribution to stockholders since inception during the fourth quarter of 2015," said Michael Moe, Chief Executive Officer of GSV Capital. "Looking forward, our focus remains on systematically identifying and investing in what we believe are the world's most dynamic growth companies."

Investment Portfolio as of December 31, 2015

At December 31, 2015, GSV Capital held positions in 48 portfolio companies with an aggregate fair value of $349.8 million. Excluding Treasuries, the Company's three largest investments comprised 27.8% of its total portfolio at fair value, while its top ten portfolio company investments accounted for 55.2% of the total portfolio at fair value.

Top Ten Investments at December 31, 2015
 
$ in millions (rounded) Fair Value% of Total
Portfolio
 
Palantir Technologies, Inc. $56.4 16.1%
Dropbox, Inc.  22.2 6.4 
Twitter, Inc.  18.5 5.3 
Spotify Technology S.A.  16.2 4.6 
Coursera, Inc.  14.4 4.1 
Solexel, Inc.  14.0 4.0 
PayNearMe, Inc.  14.0 4.0 
Lyft, Inc.  14.0 4.0 
Declara, Inc.  12.0 3.4 
General Assembly Space, Inc.  11.5 3.3 
Total (rounded) $193.3 55.2%


Of the five key investment themes GSV Capital has identified in its portfolio, Cloud Computing and Big Data is its largest commitment, constituting 35.3% of the total portfolio at fair value.  Education Technology represents 28.2% of the total portfolio at fair value, and Social Mobile, Marketplaces and Sustainability represent 17.2%, 12.6% and 6.7% of the total portfolio at fair value, respectively.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Portfolio Investment Activity

In the fourth quarter of 2015, GSV Capital invested approximately $13.8 million, including follow-on investments of approximately $10.0 million in Spotify, $2.0 million in Declara, $1.2 million in GSV Sustainability Partners, $500,000 in EdSurge, and $25,000 in Circle Media.

Subsequent to fourth quarter-end, through March 10, 2016, GSV Capital invested approximately $5.0 million, including follow-on investments of approximately $2.5 million in Lytro, $2.0 million in Curious.com, and $500,000 in GSVlabs.

GSV Capital sold shares in the following portfolio companies subsequent to fourth quarter-end:

      Average      
   Shares Net Share Net Realized  
Portfolio Company  Sold Price 1 Proceeds  Gain/(Loss) 2 IRR
            
Lyft, Inc.  65,557 $25.00 $1,638,925$ 974,224   62.3%
Bloom Energy Corporation  201,589 $14.75  2,973,438  (882,163)  (5.9%)
Total     $4,612,363$ 92,061   

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(1) The average net share price is the net share price realized after deducting all commissions and fees on the sale(s).
(2) Realized gains (losses) excludes any realized gains (losses) incurred on the maturity of GSV Capital's treasury investments.

At quarter-end, and as of March 10, 2016, GSV Capital had no borrowings outstanding and $18.0 million of borrowing capacity available to it under its credit facility.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

 Three Months Ended
December 31, 2015
Three Months Ended
December 31, 2014
   
 $ in millions
(rounded)
 
per share
$ in millions
(rounded)

per share
Net investment loss($4.7)($0.24)($1.7)($0.09)
     
Net realized gains/(losses)($0.0)($0.00)$6.1 $0.31 
     
(Provision)/benefit for taxes on net realized gains -  - ($2.5)($0.13)
     
Net change in unrealized depreciation of investments($13.5)($0.69)($15.5)($0.79)
     
(Provision)/benefit for taxes on unrealized appreciation/ depreciation of investments$0.0 $0.00 $6.3 $0.33 
     
Net decrease in net assets resulting from operations - basic($18.1)($0.94)($7.2)($0.37)
     

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 19.4 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 and 19.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014. 

Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results

 Fiscal Year Ended
December 31, 2015
Fiscal Year Ended
December 31, 2014
   
 $ in millions
(rounded)

per share
$ in millions
(rounded)

per share
Net investment loss($48.7)($2.52)($12.8)($0.66)
     
Net realized gains$54.1 $2.80 $23.9 $1.24 
     
(Provision)/benefit for taxes on net realized gains$0.3 $0.02 ($9.8)($0.51)
     
Net change in unrealized depreciation of investments($13.4)($0.69)($5.8)($0.30)
     
(Provision)/benefit for taxes on unrealized appreciation/ depreciation of investments$16.1 $0.83 $2.4 $0.12 
     
Net increase/(decrease) in net assets resulting from operations - basic$8.5 $0.44 ($2.1)($0.11)
     

Weighted-average common basic shares outstanding were approximately 19.3 million for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014. 

GSV Capital's liquid assets ended the quarter at $57.9 million, consisting of $13.3 million of cash, $18.0 million of unused borrowings available under the Company's credit facility and $26.6 million of public securities not subject to lock-up agreements, $100,000 of which are subject to periodic sales restrictions. 

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will hold a conference call and webcast for investors today at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). The conference call number for U.S. participants is 800-467-8998, and the conference call number for participants outside of the United States is 1-719-325-2115. The conference ID number for both call numbers is 3594811. Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the "Investors" section of GSV Capital's website at http://investors.gsvcap.com/. An archived replay of the webcast will also be available for 12 months following the live presentation.

A replay of the conference call may be accessed through March 17, 2016 by dialing 888-203-1112 (U.S.) or 1-719-457-0820 (international) and using conference ID number 3594811.

About GSV Capital Corp.                                                                                              

GSV Capital Corp. (GSVC) is a publicly traded investment fund that seeks to invest in high-growth, venture-backed private companies.  Led by industry veteran Michael Moe, the Company seeks to create a portfolio of high-growth emerging private companies via a repeatable and disciplined investment approach, as well as to provide investors with access to such companies through its publicly traded common stock. GSV Capital is headquartered in Woodside, CA.  www.gsvcap.com

Follow GSV Capital on Twitter: @gsvcap

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements," which relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition.  These statements are not guarantees of our future performance, condition or results of operations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our filings with the SEC. GSV Capital Corp. undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein, unless required to do so by law.

GSV CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
 
 December 31, 2015 December 31, 2014
ASSETS   
Investments at fair value:     
Investments in controlled securities (cost of $21,830,392 and $17,933,651, respectively) (1)$ 22,871,790  $  18,819,335 
Investments in affiliated securities (cost of $73,942,123 and $80,760,208, respectively) (1)   66,075,585     70,172,313 
Investments in non-controlled/non-affiliated securities (cost of $197,577,328 and $202,417,830, respectively)   260,861,392     281,992,669 
Investments in treasury bill (cost of $29,999,968 and $100,001,692, respectively)  30,000,000     100,000,056 
Investments owned and pledged (amortized cost of $3,675,192 and $7,286,332, respectively) (2)  3,676,693     7,298,042 
Total Investments (cost of $327,025,003 and $408,399,713, respectively)  383,485,460     478,282,415 
      
Cash  13,349,877     3,472,880 
Restricted cash  52,931     48,889 
Due from:     
GSV Asset Management (1)  220,770     204,825 
Portfolio companies (1)  56,371     85,356 
Interest and dividends receivable  97,183     26,671 
Prepaid expenses and other assets  227,826     596,926 
Deferred financing costs  2,300,225    2,928,134 
Total Assets  399,790,643    485,646,096 
      
LIABILITIES     
Due to:     
GSV Asset Management (1)  5,047,429    23,396 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  105,587     292,950 
Accrued incentive fees (1)  17,314,565     14,137,899 
Accrued management fees (1)  683,423     641,276 
Accrued interest payable  1,056,563     1,139,458 
Payable for securities purchased  26,499,357     90,001,692 
Current taxes payable  -     134,733 
Deferred tax liability  12,476,155     6,907,666 
Line of credit payable  -     18,000,000 
Convertible Senior Notes embedded derivative liability  -     1,000 
Convertible Senior Notes payable 5.25% due September 15, 2018  68,596,619    68,462,353 
Total Liabilities  131,779,698    199,742,423 
Commitments and contingencies      
Net Assets$ 268,010,945  $ 285,903,673 
      
NET ASSETS     
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share     
(100,000,000 authorized; 22,181,003 and 19,320,100 issued and outstanding, respectively)$  221,810  $  193,201 
Paid-in capital in excess of par   237,757,527     275,837,514 
Accumulated net investment loss   (16,634,037)    (31,972,292)
Accumulated net realized gains on investments   2,681,342     496,782 
Accumulated net unrealized appreciation of investments   43,984,303     41,348,468 
Net Assets$  268,010,945  $  285,903,673 
      
Net Asset Value Per Share$ 12.08  $ 14.80 
      

(1) This balance is a related-party transaction.
(2) In accordance with the terms of the Company's Convertible Senior Notes payable, the Company deposited $10,867,500 in an escrow account with U.S. Bank National Association, the trustee. These funds were used to purchase six U.S. Treasury Strips with an original cost of $10,845,236. As of December 31, 2015, four of the government securities purchased had matured and the proceeds were used by the trustee in accordance with the terms of the escrow agreement. At December 31, 2015, the remaining government securities are shown on the condensed consolidated statements of Assets and Liabilities as "Investments owned and pledged" with an amortized cost of $3,675,192.


GSV CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
   Year ended  Year ended  Year ended
   December 31,
2015
  December 31,
2014
  December 31,
2013
INVESTMENT INCOME         
Interest income from controlled securities (1) $ -  $ 10,233  $ - 
Interest income from affiliated securities (1)   214,420    130,021    23,615 
Interest income from non-controlled/non-affiliated securities   29,695    44,805    2,256 
Dividend income from affiliated securities (1)   -    -    13,008 
Dividend income from non-controlled/non-affiliated securities   46,781    887    10,072 
Total Investment Income   290,896    185,946    48,951 
          
OPERATING EXPENSES         
Management fees (1)   8,044,801    7,562,488    5,426,485 
Incentive fees (1)   8,170,326    3,614,347    10,523,552 
Costs incurred under Administration Agreement (1)   2,681,079    3,199,904    3,089,771 
Directors' fees   373,676    260,000    260,250 
Professional fees   1,357,988    1,764,722    876,769 
Interest and Credit Facility expense   4,961,169    5,503,843    1,278,997 
Income tax expense   880,778    -    - 
Other expenses   509,418    668,635    529,051 
(Gain)/Loss on fair value adjustment for embedded derivative   (1,000)   (798,000)   99,000 
Total Operating Expenses   26,978,235    21,775,939    22,083,875 
          
(Provision)/Benefit for taxes on net investment loss (2)   (21,969,370)   8,810,102    13,159,268 
          
Net Investment Loss   (48,656,709)   (12,779,891)   (8,875,656)
          
Net Realized Gains/(Losses):          
From affiliated securities    (10,170,567)   10,419    (7,839,791)
From non-controlled/non-affiliated securities    64,314,796    23,915,705    (13,866,230)
Net Realized Gains/(Losses) on investments    54,144,229    23,926,124    (21,706,021)
          
(Provision)/Benefit for taxes on net realized         
gain/loss on investments (2)   342,802    (9,769,036)   9,426,234 
          
Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/         
(Depreciation) of investments:         
From controlled securities    (627,139)   (662,619)   - 
From affiliated securities    1,386,378    (6,867,225)   1,600,822 
From non-controlled/non-affiliated securities    (14,181,484)   1,718,047    85,844,327 
Net Change in Unrealized Appreciation/         
 (Depreciation) of investments    (13,422,245)   (5,811,797)   87,445,149 
          
(Provision)/Benefit for taxes on unrealized         
appreciation/depreciation of investments (2)   16,058,080    2,371,829    (30,906,063)
          
Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets         
Resulting from Operations $ 8,466,157  $ (2,062,771) $  35,383,643  
          
Net Increase/(Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting         
from Operations per Common Share         
Basic $ 0.44  $ (0.11) $ 1.83 
Diluted (3) $ 0.44  $ (0.11) $ 1.78 
          
Weighted-Average Common Shares Outstanding          
Basic   19,327,938    19,320,100    19,320,100 
Diluted (3)   19,327,938    19,320,100    20,541,014 

(1) This balance is a related-party transaction.
(2) Due to the Company's change in tax status to a regulated investment company ("RIC") from a C Corporation, the associated accrued benefits and provisions from previous years were reversed, resulting in a provision for net investment loss, a benefit for net realized gains, and a benefit for unrealized depreciation of investments for the year ended December 31, 2015.
(3) For the years ended December 31, 2015, and 2014, respectively, 5,710,212 and 4,244,128 potentially dilutive common shares were excluded from the weighted-average common shares outstanding for diluted net increase in net assets resulting from operations per common share because the effect of these shares would have been anti-dilutive. 


GSV CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS  
   
  Three months ended  Three months ended  
  December 31,  December 31,  
   2015    2014   
Net asset value at beginning of period$ 16.17  $ 15.17   
Net investment loss  (0.24)    (0.09)  
Realized gain/(loss)  -     0.31   
(Provision)/benefit for taxes on net realized capital gains/losses  -    (0.13)  
Change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation)  (0.69)    (0.79)  
(Provision)/benefit for taxes on unrealized appreciation/deprecation of investments  -     0.33   
Cash dividends paid   (1.36)   -   
Effect of shares issued including dilution   (1.80)   -   
Net asset value at end of period  12.08  $ 14.80   
        


GSV CAPITAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS — (continued) 
  
              For the period from  
  Year ended  Year ended  Year ended  Year ended  January 6, 2011  
  December 31,  December 31,  December 31,  December 31,   (date of inception)  
   2015    2014    2013    2012   to December 31, 2011  
Net asset value at beginning of year$ 14.80  $ 14.91  $ 13.07  $ 12.95  $ -   
Issuance of common shares  -    -    -    1.91  (4)  14.67  (5) 
Underwriters' discount  -    -    -    (0.72) (2)  (0.86) (2) 
Offering costs  -    -    -    (0.04  (2)  (0.19) (2) 
Net investment loss  (2.52) (1)  (0.66) (1)  (0.46) (1)  (0.51) (1)  (0.37) (2 ) 
Realized gain (loss)  2.80  (1)  1.24  (1)   (1.12) (1)  (0.09) (1)  -  (2 ) 
(Provision)/Benefit for taxes on net realized capital gains/losses  0.02  (1)  (0.51) (1)   0.49  (1)  -    -   
Change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)  (0.69) (1)   (0.30) (1)   4.53  (1)  (0.43) (6)  (0.30) (2 ) 
(Provision)/Benefit for taxes on unrealized appreciation/deprecation of investments  0.83  (1)   0.12  (1)   (1.60) (1)  -    -   
Cash dividends paid  (1.36)   -    -    -    -   
Effect of shares issued including dilution  (1.80)   -    -    -    -   
Net asset value at end of year 12.08  $ 14.80  $ 14.91  $ 13.07  $ 12.95   
                 
Per share market value at end of year$  9.37  $ 8.63  $ 12.09  $ 8.43  $ 13.95   
Shares outstanding at end of year  22,181,003    19,320,100    19,320,100    19,320,100    5,520,100   
   .  .          
Ratio / Supplemental Data:                
Net assets at end of year$   268,010,945   $  285,903,673  $   287,966,444  $ 252,582,801  $ 71,503,248   
Average net assets$   296,560,393   $  284,953,811  $   250,121,052  $ 208,050,344  $ 44,532,523   
                 
Annualized Ratios                
Ratio of gross operating expenses to average net assets (3)  9.10 %  7.64 %  8.83 %  4.10 %  5.01 % 
Ratio of net income tax provisions to average net assets (3)  (1.88)%  (0.50)%  (3.33)%  - %  - % 
Ratio of net operating expenses to average net assets (3)  7.22 %  7.14 %  5.50 %  4.10 %  5.01 % 
                 
Ratio of net investment loss to average net assets (3)  (16.41)%  (4.48)%  (3.55)%  (3.98)%  (4.64)% 
Portfolio Turnover Ratio  8.30 %  19.45 %  2.89 %  13.26 % N/A% 


(1)Based on weighted-average number of shares outstanding for the year.
 
(2) Based on shares outstanding at end of period.
  
(3) Financial Highlights for periods of less than one year are annualized and the ratios of operating expenses to average net assets and net investment loss to average net assets are adjusted accordingly. Non-recurring expenses are not annualized. For each of the years ended December 31, 2015, 2014, and 2013, respectively the Company did not incur any non-recurring expenses. For the year-end December 31, 2012, and for the period from January 6, 2011 (date of inception) to December 31, 2011, the Company incurred $0, and $198,831 of organizational expenses, respectively, which were deemed to be non-recurring. For the period from January 6, 2011 (date of inception) to December 31, 2011, average net assets were calculated starting from the issuance of 100 shares on February 28, 2011. Because the ratios are calculated for the Company's common stock taken as a whole, an individual investor's ratios may vary from these ratios.
 
(4) Issuance of common shares for the year ended December 31, 2012 is based on the change in net asset value from the secondary offerings on February 10, 2012 and May 11, 2012.
 
(5) Issuance of common shares for the period from January 6, 2011 (date of inception) to December 31, 2011 is based on the weighted average offering price for the shares issued during the period.
 
(6) Includes the impact of the different share amounts as a result of calculating certain per share data based on the weighted average basic shares outstanding during the period and certain per share data based on the shares outstanding as of a period end or transaction date.
  

 

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