Flow Capital Announces Q2 2023 Financial Results and CFO Transition
Book Value of $1.18 per share; up 29% over the past four-quarters.
TORONTO, August 28, 2023 – Flow Capital Corp. (TSXV:FW) (“Flow Capital” and “Company”), a leading provider of flexible growth capital and alternative debt solutions, announces its unaudited financial and operating results for the quarter ending June 30, 2023 (“Q2 2023”). Financial references are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.
Q2 2023 Highlights
- Royalty and loan interest income of $1.84 million, up 9.0% quarter over quarter.
- Recurring Royalty and Loan Interest Income1 of $1.45 million in Q2, down 4.2% quarter over quarter.
- Recurring Free Cash Flow2 of approx. $127,000 in Q2; and $726,000 over the past four-quarters.
- Total assets of approximately $58.9 million compared to $51 million at Q2 2022.
- Cash of over $7.7 million compared to $8.8 million at Q2 2022.
- Book Value of $1.18 per share; up 29% over the past four-quarters.
1 Recurring Royalty and Loan Interest Income is an internally defined, non-IFRS measure calculated as Royalty and Loan Interest Income less Loan Amortization Income and one-time payments (e.g. prepayment fees). Reconciliations of non-IFRS measures to the nearest IFRS measure can be found in this press release under “Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures”.
2 Recurring Free Cash Flow is an internally defined, non-IFRS measure calculated as Recurring Royalty and Loan Interest Income less Salaries, Professional fees, Office and general administrative and Financing expenses. Reconciliations of non-IFRS measures to the nearest IFRS measure can be found in this press release under “Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures”.
“While our revenues were down slightly year over year, they were in line with our expectations. Slower than expected capital deployment combined with several early repayments has led to flat revenue growth in the quarter” said Alex Baluta, CEO of Flow Capital. “ Our balance sheet remains very strong with almost $8M in cash, and we continue to generate positive cash flow from recurring operations”.
In spite of the flat revenue from slow capital deployment, we are starting to make significant new investments driven by a very strong pipeline in terms of quality of opportunities. We closed an investment right at the end of the quarter, into Wrisk Limited (“Wrisk”), a B2B2C SaaS insurtech provider with a current focus on the automobile insurance space. In addition, in mid-August we closed an investment in a woman led B2C company in the sleep wellness space. We are starting to see the results of both the positive market opportunity for Growth Debt solutions, as well as our ongoing effort to increase deal flow quantity and quality. “Given the record number of deals we have in due diligence at the current time, we expect we will be deploying significant amounts of new capital in the coming weeks and months”, said Mr. Baluta.
To raise additional capital to support our ongoing deployment growth, in July we launched our redeemable floating rate debenture. The debenture pays a floating rate of interest, currently set at 10.5% – 11% for Canadian denominated units (depending on investment size), and is redeemable by the investor on 90 days notice. Full details on the debenture can be found on the Sedar website. “The redeemable debenture marks the third evolution of what was called our Priority Return Fund. It is an investor friendly structure that pays an excellent yield and is senior to the almost $40M of equity we have on our balance sheet”, said Mr. Baluta. “We expect this structure will help us grow our asset base for the foreseeable future”.
Flow Capital continues to focus its efforts on originating and investing in high growth companies looking to fuel expansion without the excessive and expensive dilution of equity, or restrictive covenants of conventional debt. With over thirty million small and medium sized business in the United States and Canada, and tens of millions of others in Flow Capital’s addressable geographies and sectors, there is a large market of potential investment opportunities.
Results of Operations
Total revenue for the three-month period ended June 30, 2023, was $2,280,530 compared to $3,391,791 in the three-month period ended June 30, 2022. Loan interest and royalty payment income for the three-month period ended June 30, 2023, was $1,843,406 representing a 11.8 % decrease from the $2,089,569, earned in the three-month period ended June 30, 2022, due to the repayment of loans over the 12-month period.
Of the $1,843,406 loan interest and royalty payment income earned during the three-month period ended June 30, 2023, $123,482 was contributed by interest earned from new investments acquired in the last twelve months, $1,501,357 from loan interest and royalty payment income from the existing portfolio, and $218,567 on account of loan amortization adjustments.
Income from changes in value of financial assets for the three-month period ended June 30, 2023, was $427,668 compared to $1,197,569 for the three-month period ended June 30, 2022.
Total operating expenses for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2023, were $936,037 (2022 – $721,955) and $1,743,110 (2022 – $1,482,244). The increase is primarily due to higher professional fees compared to the previous corresponding periods.
Profit After Taxes
Profit after taxes for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2023 were $ 88,110 (2022 – $2,349,942) and $ 433,560 (2022 -$4,918,725), respectively. The movements in the profit after taxes was primarily on account of relatively lower loan interest and royalty payment income on account of exits, foreign exchange impacts, fair value movements, and marginally higher operating costs, compared to the corresponding periods in the previous year.
Non-IFRS Financial Measures
This press release includes references to certain non-IFRS financial measures such as recurring royalty and loan interest income and recurring free cash flow. These financial measures are employed by the Company to measure its operating and economic performance and to assist in business decision-making, as well as providing key performance information to senior management. The Company believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, certain investors and analysts use this information to evaluate the Company’s operating and financial performance. These financial measures are not defined under IFRS nor do they replace or supersede any standardized measure under IFRS. Other companies in our industry may calculate these measures differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures. Reconciliations of non-IFRS measures to the nearest IFRS measure can be found in this press release under “Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures”.
Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures
The tables below reconcile royalty and loan interest Income to recurring royalty and loan interest income and recurring free cash flow for the periods indicated.
Recurring Royalty and Loan Interest Income is an internally defined, non-IFRS measure calculated as Royalty and Loan Interest Income less Loan Amortization Income and one-time payments (e.g. prepayment fees).
Recurring Free Cash Flow is an internally defined, non-IFRS measure calculated as Recurring Royalty and Loan Interest Income less Salaries, Professional fees, Office and general administrative and Financing expense.
We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Denney as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective September 22, 2023. Michael succeeds Gaurav Singh who has held the role since April 2020 and will be leaving the Company at the end of September to pursue other opportunities.
Michael Denny has over 25 years of experience as a senior investment banker to growth companies, advising them on equity and debt placements and strategic acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Flow he was a Managing Director with private equity manager Lynx Equity Limited, where he managed the Lynx Equity Income Trust.
“We are excited to have Michael joining our team. He brings a mix of investment, financial, and capital raising skills that will help continue to scale our business,” said Alex Baluta, CEO of Flow Capital. “Gaurav has made significant contributions to our business as evidenced by our book value growth of over 150% during his tenure. I would like to thank him for his hard work and dedication and wish him every success in the future.”
Conference Call Details
Flow Capital will host a conference call to discuss these results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Participants should call +1 (888) 396-8049 or +1 (416) 764-8646 and ask an operator for the Flow Capital earnings call, Conference ID 62734095. Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the call to secure a line. A replay will be available shortly after the call. To access the replay, please dial +1 (416) 764-8692 or +1 (877) 674-7070 and enter passcode 734095#. The replay recording will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, September 12, 2023.
An audio recording of the conference call will be also available on the investors’ page of Flow Capital’s website at www.flowcap.com/financials.
About Flow Capital
Flow Capital Corp. is a diversified alternative asset investor and advisor, specializing in providing minimally dilutive capital to emerging growth businesses. To apply for financing, visit www.flowcap.com.
For further information, please contact:
Flow Capital Corp.
Chief Executive Officer
1 Adelaide Street East, Suite 3002,
PO Box 171,
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2V9
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An investment in securities of the Company is speculative and subject to a number of risks including, without limitation, risks relating to: the need for additional financing; the relative speculative and illiquid nature of an investment in the Company; the volatility of the Company’s share price; the Company’s limited operating history; the Company’s ability to generate sufficient revenues; the Company’s ability to manage future growth; the limited diversification in the Company’s existing investments; the Company’s ability to negotiate additional royalty purchases from new investee companies; the Company’s dependence on the operations, assets and financial health of its investee companies; the Company’s limited ability to exercise control or direction over investee companies; potential defaults by investee companies and the unsecured nature of the Company’s investments; the Company’s ability to enforce on any default by an investee company; competition with other investment entities; tax matters, including the potential impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act on the Company; the potential impact of the Company being classified as a Passive Foreign Investment Company (“PFIC”); the Company’s ability to pay dividends in the future and the timing and amount of those dividends; reliance on key personnel, particularly the Company’s founders; dilution of shareholders’ interest through future financings; and general economic and political conditions; as well as the risks discuss ed in the joint management information circular of the Company dated May 2, 2018 and the risks discussed herein. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward- looking information and forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.
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Key assumptions include, but are not limited to: assumptions that the Canadian and U.S. economies relevant to the Company’s investment focus will remain relatively stable over the next 12 to 24 months; that interest rates will not increase dramatically over the next 12 to 24 months; that the Company’s existing investees will continue to make royalty payments to the Company as and when required; that the businesses of the Company’s investees will not experience material negative results; that the Company will continue to grow its portfolio in a manner similar to what has already been established; that tax rates and tax laws will not change significantly in Canada and the U.S.; that more small to medium private and public companies will continue to require access to alternative sources of capital; that the Company will have the ability to raise required equity and/or debt financing on acceptable terms; and that the Company will have sufficient free cash flow to pay dividends. The Company has also assumed that access to the capital markets will remain relatively stable, that the capital markets will perform with normal levels of volatility and that the Canadian dollar will not have a high amount of volatility relative to the U.S. dollar. In determining expectations for economic growth, the Company primarily considers historical economic data provided by the Canadian and U.S. governments and their agencies. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward- looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements.
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