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BC Partners Lending (BCPL)

Filed: 9 May 19, 3:46pm
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)

 

 

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2019

OR

 

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

Commission file number:814-01269

BC Partners Lending Corporation

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

Maryland 82-4654271

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

650 Madison Avenue

New York, New York

 10022
(Address of Principal Executive Office) (Zip Code)

(212)891-2880

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes ☒    No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of RegulationS-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes ☐    No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, anon-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” inRule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer ☐ Accelerated filer ☐
Non-accelerated filer ☒ Smaller reporting company ☐
 Emerging growth company ☒

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.    ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined inRule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐    No ☒

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

None

As of May 9, 2019, the registrant had 4,000 shares of common stock, $0.001 par value, outstanding.

 

 

 


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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This quarterly report on Form10-Q (the “quarterly report”) contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors and undue reliance should not be placed thereon. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about BC Partners Lending Corporation (the “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our”), our current and prospective portfolio investments, our industry, our beliefs and opinions, and our assumptions. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “will,” “may,” “continue,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “targets,” “projects,” “outlook,” “potential,” “predicts” and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond our control and difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements, including without limitation:

 

 

 

an economic downturn could impair our portfolio companies’ ability to continue to operate, which could lead to the loss of some or all of our investments in such portfolio companies;

 

 

such an economic downturn could disproportionately impact the companies which we intend to target for investment, potentially causing us to experience a decrease in investment opportunities and diminished demand for capital from these companies;

 

 

such an economic downturn could also impact availability and pricing of our financing;

 

 

economic and political stability in the United States and international markets;

 

 

a contraction of available credit and/or an inability to access the equity markets could impair our lending and investment activities;

 

 

interest rate volatility could adversely affect our results, particularly if we elect to use leverage as part of our investment strategy;

 

 

currency fluctuations could adversely affect the results of our investments in foreign companies, particularly to the extent that we receive payments denominated in foreign currency rather than U.S. dollars;

 

 

our future operating results;

 

 

our business prospects and the prospects of our portfolio companies;

 

 

our contractual arrangements and relationships with third parties;

 

 

the ability of our portfolio companies to achieve their objectives;

 

 

competition with other entities and our affiliates for investment opportunities;

 

 

the speculative and illiquid nature of our investments;

 

 

the use of borrowed money to finance a portion of our investments as well as any estimates regarding potential use of leverage;

 

 

the adequacy of our financing sources and working capital;

 

 

the loss of key personnel;

 

 

the timing of cash flows, if any, from the operations of our portfolio companies;

 

 

the ability of BC Partners Advisors L.P. (the “Adviser”) to locate suitable investments for us and to monitor and administer our investments;

 

 

the ability of the Adviser to attract and retain highly talented professionals;

 

 

actual and potential conflicts of interest with the Adviser and its affiliates;

 

 

our ability to qualify and maintain our qualification as a regulated investment company (“RIC”) under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), and as a business development company (“BDC”);

 

 

the effect of legal, tax and regulatory changes; and

 

 

other risks, uncertainties and other factors we identify elsewhere in this quarterly report and under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our Annual Report onForm 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 7, 2019.

Although we believe that the assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of those assumptions could prove to be inaccurate, and as a result, the forward-looking statements based on those assumptions also could be inaccurate. In light of these and other uncertainties, the inclusion of a projection or forward-looking statement in this quarterly report should not be regarded as a representation by us that our plans and objectives will be achieved. These forward-looking statements apply only as of the date of this quarterly report. Moreover, we assume no duty and do not undertake to update the forward-looking statements. Because we are an investment company, the forward-looking statements and projections contained in this quarterly report are excluded from the safe harbor protection provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “1934 Act”).

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statement.

BC Partners Lending Corporation

Statements of Assets and Liabilities

 

   March 31, 2019
(Unaudited)
   December 31, 2018 

Assets

    

Cash and cash equivalents

  $100,000   $100,000 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

  $100,000   $100,000 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 5)

    

 

Net Assets

    

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 4,000 shares issued and outstanding

  $4   $4 

Additionalpaid-in capital

   99,996    99,996 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total net assets

  $100,000   $100,000 
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Net asset value per share

  $25.00   $25.00 

See notes to financial statement.

 

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BC Partners Lending Corporation

Notes to Financial Statement

(Unaudited)

Note 1. Organization

BC Partners Lending Corporation (“BCPL” or the “Company”) is a Maryland corporation formed on December 22, 2017. The Company was formed primarily to invest in the U.S. middle-market credit sector. The Company’s investment objective is to make investments that generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation. The Company intends to invest primarily in private middle-market companies in the form of secured debt, unsecured debt, other debt and/or equity securities. In addition, to a lesser extent, the Company may invest in securities of public companies and in structured products. The Company has elected to be regulated as a business development company (“BDC”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”). In addition, the Company intends to elect to be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and to qualify annually, as a regulated investment company (“RIC”) under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). The Company is an emerging growth company as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), and the Company will take advantage of the extended transition period for complying with certain new or revised accounting standards provided for emerging growth companies in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). As of March 31, 2019, the Company is still devoting substantially all of its efforts to establishing the business and its planned principal operations have not commenced.

As of March 31, 2019, no investment or other operations have occurred other than the sale and issuance of 4,000 shares of common stock on April 10, 2018, at an aggregate purchase price of $100,000 ($25 per share) to BC Partners Investment Holdings Limited, an affiliate of BC Partners Advisors L.P. (the “Adviser”).

The Company is managed by the Adviser, an affiliate of BC Partners LLP.

The Company’s fiscal year ends on December 31.

Note 2. Significant Accounting Policies

Basis of Presentation

The accompanying financial statement has been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”). This financial statement reflects adjustments that in the opinion of the Company are necessary for the fair presentation of the financial position for the periods presented herein. The Company is an investment company under U.S. GAAP and therefore applies the accounting and reporting guidance applicable to investment companies. The Company has evaluated subsequent events through the date of issuance of the financial statement.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of the statements of assets and liabilities in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the statements of assets and liabilities. Actual results could differ from those estimates, and such differences could be material.

Segments

In accordance with U.S. GAAP guidance on segment reporting, the Company has determined that its operations comprise only a single reporting segment.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash equivalents include short-term highly liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less. Cash and cash equivalents are held at major financial institutions and, at times, may exceed the insured limits under applicable law.

Organization and Offering Costs

Organization costs include, among other things, the cost of incorporating, including the cost of legal services and other fees pertaining to the Company’s organization. Costs associated with the organization of the Company are expensed as incurred. Offering costs include, among other things, marketing expenses and printing, legal fees, due diligence fees, and other costs in connection with the Company’s offering of shares of its common stock, including the preparation of the Company’s registration statement on Form 10 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 22, 2018, as amended, and salaries and direct expenses of the Adviser’s personnel, employees of its affiliates and others while engaged in such activities. Offering costs are capitalized as deferred offering expenses and are amortized over twelve months from incurrence.

 

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BC Partners Lending Corporation

Notes to Financial Statement

(Unaudited)

 

Income Taxes

The Company has elected to be regulated as a BDC under the 1940 Act. The Company also intends to elect to be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and to qualify annually, as a RIC under the Code. So long as the Company maintains its status as a RIC, it will generally not pay corporate-level U.S. federal income or excise taxes on any ordinary income or capital gains that it distributes at least annually to its stockholders as dividends. Any tax liability related to income earned and distributed by the Company represents obligations of the Company’s stockholders and will not be reflected in the financial statements of the Company.

To qualify for and maintain qualification as a RIC, the Company must, among other things, meet certainsource-of-income and asset diversification requirements. In addition, to qualify for RIC tax treatment, the Company must distribute to its stockholders, for each taxable year, at least 90% of its “investment company taxable income” for that year, which is generally its ordinary income plus the excess, if any, of its realized net short-term capital gains over its realized net long-term capital losses. In order for the Company not to be subject to U.S. federal excise taxes, it must distribute annually an amount at least equal to the sum of (i) 98% of its net ordinary income (taking into account certain deferrals and elections) for the calendar year, (ii) 98.2% of its capital gains in excess of capital losses for theone-year period ending on October 31 of the calendar year, and (iii) any net ordinary income and capital gains in excess of capital losses for preceding years that were not distributed during such years. The Company, at its discretion, may carry forward taxable income in excess of calendar year dividends and pay a 4% nondeductible U.S. federal excise tax on this income.

The Company evaluates tax positions taken or expected to be taken in the course of preparing its financial statements to determine whether the tax positions are“more-likely-than-not” to be sustained by the applicable tax authority. Tax positions not deemed to meet the“more-likely-than-not” threshold are reserved and recorded as a tax benefit or expense in the current year. All penalties and interest associated with income taxes are included in income tax expense. Conclusions regarding tax positions are subject to review and may be adjusted at a later date based on factors including, but not limited to,on-going analyses of tax laws, regulations and interpretations thereof.

New Accounting Pronouncements

In August 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued ASU2018-13,Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Fair Value Measurement (“ASU2018-13”), which modifies the disclosure requirements on fair value measurements in ASC Topic 820, by eliminating, amending and adding certain disclosure requirements. ASU2018-13 is effective for financial statements issued for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2019, including interim periods within those fiscal years. Early adoption is permitted for any period for which financial statements have not yet been issued or have not yet been made available for issuance. We are currently evaluating the impact, if any, of adopting this guidance on our financial statement.

Note 3. Related Party Transactions

Administration Agreement

On April 23, 2018, the Company entered into an Administration Agreement (the “Administration Agreement”) with BC Partners Management LLC (the “Administrator”), an affiliate of BC Partners LLP. Under the terms of the Administration Agreement, the Administrator will perform (or oversee, or arrange for, the performance of) the administrative services necessary for the operation of the Company, which includes office facilities, equipment, bookkeeping and recordkeeping services and such other services as the Administrator, subject to review by the board of directors (the “Board”), shall from time to time determine to be necessary or useful to perform its obligations under this Administration Agreement.

The Company will reimburse the Administrator for services performed under the terms of the Administration Agreement. In addition, pursuant to the Administration Agreement, the Administrator may delegate its obligations under the Administration Agreement to affiliates or third-parties and the Company pays or reimburses the Administrator for certain expenses incurred by any such affiliates or third-parties for work done on its behalf.

The Administration Agreement will be in effect for a period of two years from the date it first became effective and will remain in effect fromyear-to-year thereafter if approved annually by (i) the vote of the Board, or by the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Company, and (ii) the vote of a majority of the Company’s Board who are not parties to the Administration Agreement or “interested persons” of the Company, of the Adviser or of any of their respective affiliates, as defined in the 1940 Act. The Administration Agreement may be terminated at any time, without the payment of any penalty, upon 60 days’ written notice, by the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting shares of the Company or by the vote of the Board or by the Administrator.

No person who is an officer, director, or employee of the Adviser or its affiliates and who serves as a director of the Company receives any compensation from the Company for his or her services as a director. However, the Company reimburses the Administrator (or its affiliates) for an allocable portion of the compensation paid by the Administrator (or its affiliates) to the Company’s Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Financial Officer and their respective staffs (based on a percentage of time such individuals devote, on an estimated basis, to the business affairs of the Company).

As of March 31, 2019, no administrative fee has been incurred.

 

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BC Partners Lending Corporation

Notes to Financial Statement

(Unaudited)

 

Investment Advisory Agreement

On April 23, 2018, the Company entered into an Investment Advisory Agreement with the Adviser which was amended on November 7, 2018 (as amended, the “Investment Advisory Agreement”). The amendment was approved by the sole stockholder. Under the terms of the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Adviser will be responsible for managing the Company’s business and activities, including sourcing investment opportunities, conducting research, performing due diligence on potential investments, structuring its investments, monitoring its portfolio companies and providing managerial assistance to portfolio companies.

Under the terms of the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Company will pay the Adviser a base management fee and may also pay to it certain incentive fees.

The base management fee is payable quarterly in arrears at an annual rate of 1.00% (1.50% if an exchange listing occurs) of the Company’s average gross assets, excluding cash and cash equivalents but including assets purchased with borrowed amounts, at the end of the two most recently completed calendar quarters. The management fee for any partial month or quarter will be appropriately prorated and adjusted for any share issuances or repurchases during the relevant month or quarter. As of March 31, 2019, no management fee has been incurred.

The incentive fee consists of two parts, as follows:

 

 

(i)

The first component, the income incentive fee, payable at the end of each quarter in arrears, equals 100% of thepre-incentive fee net investment income in excess of a 1.50% quarterly preferred return but less than 1.76% (1.818% if an exchange listing occurs), the upper level breakpoint, and 15% (17.50% if an exchange listing occurs) of the amount ofpre-incentive fee net investment income that exceeds 1.76% (1.818% if an exchange listing occurs) in any calendar quarter. For purposes of determining whetherpre-incentive fee net investment income exceeds the hurdle rate,pre-incentive fee net investment income is expressed as a rate of return on the value of the Company’s net assets at the end of the immediately preceding calendar quarter.

 

 

(ii)

The second component, the capital gains incentive fee, payable at the end of each calendar year in arrears, equals 15.0% of cumulative realized capital gains from inception through the end of such calendar year, computed net of all realized capital losses and unrealized capital depreciation on a cumulative basis, less the aggregate amount of any previously paid capital gains incentive fee for prior periods. The Company accrues, but does not pay, a capital gains incentive fee with respect to unrealized capital appreciation because a capital gains incentive fee would be owed to the Adviser if the Company were to sell the relevant investment and realize a capital gain.

As of March 31, 2019, no incentive fee has been incurred.

The Investment Advisory Agreement will be in effect for a period of two years from the date it first became effective and will remain in effect fromyear-to-year thereafter if approved annually by (i) the vote of the Board, or by the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Company, and (ii) the vote of a majority of the Company’s Board who are not parties to the Investment Advisory Agreement or “interested persons” of the Company, of the Adviser or of any of their respective affiliates, as defined in the 1940 Act. The Investment Advisory Agreement may be terminated at any time, without the payment of any penalty, upon 60 days’ written notice, by the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting shares of the Company or by the vote of the Board or by the Adviser.

No management fees will be paid to the Adviser or Administrator until commencement of commercial activities.

Co-investment Exemptive Relief

As a BDC, the Company is subject to certain regulatory restrictions in making its investments. For example, BDCs generally are not permitted toco-invest with certain affiliated entities in transactions originated by the BDC or its affiliates in the absence of an exemptive order from the SEC. However, BDCs are permitted to, and may, simultaneouslyco-invest in transactions where price is the only negotiated term. On October 23, 2018, the SEC issued an order granting the Company’s application for exemptive relief to co-invest, subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions, in certain private placement transactions, with other funds managed by the Adviser or its affiliates, including BCP Special Opportunities Fund I LP and any future funds that are advised by the Adviser or its affiliated investment advisers. Under the terms of the exemptive order, in order for the Company to participate in aco-investment transaction a “required majority” (as defined in Section 57(o) of the 1940 Act) of the Company’s independent directors must conclude that (i) the terms of the proposed transaction, including the consideration to be paid, are reasonable and fair to the Company and its stockholders and do not involve overreaching with respect of the Company or its stockholders on the part of any person concerned, and (ii) the proposed transaction is consistent with the interests of the Company’s stockholders and is consistent with the Company’s investment objectives and strategies and certain criteria established by the Board.

Note 4. Share Transactions

The Company is authorized to issue 1,000,000,000 shares of common stock at $0.001 par value per share.

On April 10, 2018, the Company issued 4,000 shares of common stock to an affiliate of the Adviser.

 

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BC Partners Lending Corporation

Notes to Financial Statement

(Unaudited)

 

Note 5. Commitments and Contingencies

From time to time, the Company may be a party to certain legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business, including proceedings relating to the enforcement of the Company’s rights under contracts with its portfolio companies. As of March 31, 2019, the Company is not aware of any pending or threatened litigation.

The Adviser and its affiliates have incurred organization and offering costs and operating expenses on behalf of the Company in the amount of approximately $1.3 million and $0.5 million, respectively, from December 22, 2017 (inception) to March 31, 2019. If receipt of a formal commitment of external capital does not occur, organization and offering costs incurred will be borne by the Adviser. As there has been no formal commitment of external capital as of the date of issuance of this financial statement, these organization and offering costs and operating expenses have not been recorded by the Company. All organization and offering costs, and operating expenses will be funded by the Adviser and the Company will have no responsibility for such costs until the Company commences operations and the Adviser submits such costs, or a portion thereof, for reimbursement.

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The information contained in this section should be read in conjunction with the financial statement and related notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this quarterly report. This discussion includes forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties and should be read in conjunction with the “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” set forth on page 2 of this quarterly report onForm 10-Q for further information regarding forward-looking statements.

Although we believe that the assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of those assumptions could prove to be inaccurate, and as a result, the forward-looking statements based on those assumptions also could be inaccurate. In light of these and other uncertainties, the inclusion of a projection or forward-looking statement in this report should not be regarded as a representation by us that our plans and objectives will be achieved. These forward-looking statements apply only as of the date of this quarterly report. Moreover, we assume no duty and do not undertake to update the forward-looking statements. Because we are an investment company, the forward-looking statements and projections contained in this quarterly report are excluded from the safe harbor protection provided by Section 21E of the 1934 Act.

Overview

The Company was incorporated under the laws of the State of Maryland on December 22, 2017. As of March 31, 2019, we are still devoting substantially all of our efforts to establishing the business and our planned principal operations have not commenced. We have elected to be regulated as a business development company (“BDC”) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), and intend to elect to be treated as a regulated investment company (“RIC”) for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and to qualify annually, as a RIC under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). As such, we are required to comply with various regulatory requirements, such as the requirement to invest at least 70% of our assets in “qualifying assets,” source of income limitations, asset diversification requirements, and the requirement to distribute annually at least 90% of our investment company taxable income andtax-exempt interest. Qualifying assets include investments in “eligible portfolio companies.” Under the relevant SEC rules, the term “eligible portfolio company” includes most private companies, whose principal place of business is the United States, companies whose securities are not listed on a national securities exchange, and certain public companies that have listed their securities on a national securities exchange and have a market capitalization of less than $250 million. These rules also permit us to include as qualifying assets certainfollow-on investments in companies that were eligible portfolio companies at the time of initial investment but that no longer meet the definition. In addition, we will not invest more than 30% of our total assets in companies whose principal place of business is outside the United States. The Company is an emerging growth company as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (the “JOBS Act”), and the Company will take advantage of the extended transition period for complying with certain new or revised accounting standards provided for emerging growth companies in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

Our investment objective is to make investments that generate current income and, to a lesser extent, capital appreciation. We intend for our investments primarily to take the form of debt investments, which may include secured debt, unsecured debt, other debt and/or equity in private middle-market companies (we define “middle-market companies” as those with annual earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) between $10 million and $1 billion). In addition, to a lesser extent, we may invest in the securities of public companies and in structured products. While our primary focus will be on investments within the United States, we may, on occasion, invest in securities ofnon-U.S. entities.

We are managed by BC Partners Advisors L.P. (the “Adviser”) and supervised by our board of directors (the “Board”), a majority of whom are not “interested persons” of the Company or the Adviser as defined in the 1940 Act. On April 23, 2018, we entered into an Investment Advisory Agreement which was amended on November 7, 2018 (the “Investment Advisory Agreement”) with the Adviser. Under the Investment Advisory Agreement, we have agreed to pay the Adviser a base management fee based on average gross assets, excluding cash and cash equivalents but including assets purchased with borrowed amounts, at the end of the two most recently completed calendar quarters and an incentive fee based on our performance. We engaged BC Partners Management LLC (the “Administrator”) to act as our administrator. On April 23, 2018, we entered into an Administration Agreement (the “Administration Agreement”) with the Administrator. Under the Administration Agreement, we have agreed to reimburse the Administrator for certain services performed to enable us to operate.

We are currently in the development stage and have not commenced investment or other operations since inception. On April 10, 2018, we issued and sold 4,000 shares of common stock at an aggregate purchase price of $100,000 to BC Partners Investment Holdings Limited, an affiliate of the Adviser.

Key Components of Our Results of Operations

Revenues

As we are in the development stage, we did not earn any revenues during the period from December 22, 2017 (inception) through March 31, 2019.

 

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The principal measure of our financial performance will be net increase or decrease in net assets resulting from operations, which includes net investment income or loss, net realized gain or loss on investments, net realized gain or loss on foreign currency, net change in unrealized appreciation or depreciation on investments, and net change in unrealized appreciation or depreciation on foreign currency. Net investment income or loss is the difference between our income from interest, dividends, fees and other investment income and our operating and other expenses. Net realized gain or loss on investments is the difference between the proceeds received from dispositions of portfolio investments and their amortized cost, including the respective realized gain or loss on foreign currency for those foreign denominated investment transactions. Net realized gain or loss on foreign currency is the portion of realized gain or loss attributable to foreign currency fluctuations. Net change in unrealized appreciation or depreciation on investments is the net change in the fair value of our investment portfolio and their amortized cost, including the respective unrealized appreciation or depreciation on foreign currency for those foreign denominated investments. Net change in unrealized appreciation or depreciation on foreign currency is the net change in the value of receivables or accruals due to the impact of foreign currency fluctuations.

We plan to generate revenues in the form of interest income on the debt investments we anticipate holding. To a lesser extent, we may also generate revenues in the form of dividends and other distributions on the equity or other securities we anticipate holding. In addition, we may generate revenues in the form ofnon-recurring commitment, closing, origination, structuring or diligence fees, fees for providing managerial assistance, consulting fees, prepayment fees and performance-based fees. Any such fees generated in connection with our investments will be recognized when earned.

Expenses

Our primary operating expenses will be the payment of management and incentive fees and other expenses under the Investment Advisory Agreement, interest expense from financing arrangements, and other expenses necessary for our operations. The management and incentive fees will compensate the Adviser for its work in identifying, evaluating, negotiating, executing, monitoring and servicing our investments.

We will reimburse the Administrator for expenses necessary to perform services related to our administration and operations, including the Adviser’s portion of the compensation and related expenses for certain personnel who provide administrative services. Such services include, among other things, clerical, bookkeeping and recordkeeping services, investor relations, performing or overseeing the performance of our corporate operations (which includes being responsible for the financial records that we are required to maintain and preparing reports for our stockholders and reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”)), assisting us in calculating the net asset value per share, overseeing the preparation and filing of tax returns and the printing and dissemination of reports to our stockholders, and generally overseeing the payment of our expenses and the performance of administrative and professional services rendered to us by others.

We will bear all other costs and expenses of our operations, administration and transactions, including reimbursing the Administrator for such costs incurred on our behalf, including but not limited to:

 

 

 

the cost of our organization and the offering;

 

 

the cost of calculating our net asset value, including the cost of any third-party valuation services;

 

 

the cost of effecting any sales and repurchases of our common stock and other securities;

 

 

fees and expenses payable under any dealer manager or placement agent agreements, if any;

 

 

administration fees payable under the Administration Agreement and anysub-administration agreements, including related expenses;

 

 

debt service and other costs of borrowings or other financing arrangements;

 

 

costs of hedging;

 

 

expenses, including travel expense, incurred by the Adviser, or members of the investment team, or payable to third parties, performing due diligence on prospective portfolio companies and, if necessary, enforcing our rights;

 

 

transfer agent and custodial fees;

 

 

fees and expenses associated with marketing efforts;

 

 

federal and state registration fees, any stock exchange listing fees and fees payable to rating agencies;

 

 

federal, state and local taxes;

 

 

independent directors’ fees and expenses including certain travel expenses;

 

 

costs of preparing financial statements and maintaining books and records and filing reports or other documents with the SEC (or other regulatory bodies) and other reporting and compliance costs, including registration and listing fees, and the compensation of professionals responsible for the preparation of the foregoing;

 

 

the costs of any reports, proxy statements or other notices to stockholders (including printing and mailing costs), the costs of any stockholder or director meetings and the compensation of personnel responsible for the preparation of the foregoing and related matters;

 

 

commissions and other compensation payable to brokers or dealers;

 

 

research and market data;

 

 

fidelity bond, directors’ and officers’ errors and omissions liability insurance and other insurance premiums;

 

 

direct costs and expenses of administration, including printing, mailing, long distance telephone and staff;

 

 

fees and expenses associated with independent audits, outside legal and consulting costs;

 

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costs of winding up our affairs;

 

 

costs incurred by either the Administrator or us in connection with administering our business, including payments under the Administration Agreement;

 

 

extraordinary expenses (such as litigation or indemnification); and

 

 

costs associated with reporting and compliance obligations under the 1940 Act and applicable federal and state securities laws.

In addition, we and our Administrator have contracted with U.S. Bank N.A. to provide custodial and various accounting and administrative services, including but not limited to, preparing preliminary financial information for review by the Adviser, maintaining accounting and corporate books and records, processing trade information provided by us and performing testing in respect to RIC compliance.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

For the period from December 22, 2017 (inception) to March 31, 2019, we did not make or sell any investments.

Results of Operations

As of March 31, 2019, the Company is still devoting substantially all of its efforts to establishing the business and its planned principal operations have not commenced.

Leverage

The amount of leverage we intend to use in any period depends on a number of factors, including cashon-hand available for investing, the cost of financing and general economic and market conditions. Prior to the Small Business Credit Availability Act being signed into law, a BDC generally was not permitted to incur indebtedness unless immediately after such borrowing it had an asset coverage percentage for total borrowings of at least 200% (i.e., a 1:1leverage-to-equity ratio). The Small Business Credit Availability Act, signed into law on March 23, 2018, contains a provision that grants a BDC the option, subject to certain conditions and disclosure obligations, to increase the leverage of its portfolio to a maximum of 2:1. Our Board and initial stockholder have approved our ability to utilize the increased leverage limit, which requires asset coverage of at least 150%. As a result, we are permitted to incur additional indebtedness to a maximum of 2:1.

Financial Condition, Liquidity and Capital Resources

On April 10, 2018, BC Partners Investment Holdings Limited, an affiliate of the Adviser, purchased 4,000 shares of our common stock for $100,000 at $25 per share.

We intend to generate cash primarily from the net proceeds of the private placement offering of shares of our common stock, as well as from proceeds from investment sales and principal repayments and income earned on investments and cash equivalents. We may borrow funds to make investments, including before we have fully invested the net proceeds from our private placement offering, to the extent we determine that additional capital would allow us to take advantage of additional investment opportunities, if the market for debt financing presents attractively priced debt financing opportunities, or if our Board determines that leveraging our portfolio would be in our best interests and the best interests of our stockholders. However, we have not currently decided whether, and to what extent, we will finance portfolio investments using debt.

The primary use of cash, including the net proceeds from our issuance and sale of our common stock on April 10, 2018, is expected to be for investments in portfolio companies, repayment of indebtedness if any, cash distributions to our stockholders, and the cost of operations. The Adviser and its affiliates have incurred organization and offering costs and operating expenses on behalf of the Company in the amount of approximately $1.3 million and $0.5 million, respectively, from December 22, 2017 (inception) to March 31, 2019. If receipt of a formal commitment of external capital does not occur, organization and offering costs incurred will be borne by the Adviser. All organization and offering costs, and operating expenses will be funded by the Adviser and the Company will not have responsibility for such costs until the Company commences operations and the Adviser submits such costs or a portion thereof for reimbursement.

Contractual Obligations

We currently have no contractual payment obligations under any credit facilities.

Related-Party Transactions

We have entered into certain contracts under which we have future commitments with affiliated or related parties. We entered into an Investment Advisory Agreement with our Adviser to provide us with investment advisory services under which we will pay our Adviser an annual base management fee based on our average gross assets, excluding cash and cash equivalents, and an incentive fee based on our performance. We also entered into an administrative agreement with BC Partners Management LLC (the “Administrator”), an affiliate of BC Partners LLP, to perform (or oversee, or arrange for, the performance of) the administrative services necessary to enable us to operate and under which we will reimburse the Administrator for administrative expenses incurred on our behalf. See “Note 3. Related Party Transactions – Administration Agreement and – Investment Advisory Agreement” for a description of our obligations under these agreements.

 

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Other than obligations under the Investment Advisory Agreement and the Administration Agreement, we have no known contractual obligations as of March 31, 2019.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

We currently have nooff-balance sheet arrangements.

Critical Accounting Policies

The preparation of our financial statement in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the statement of assets and liabilities. Changes in the economic environment, financial markets, and any other parameters used in determining such estimates could cause actual results to differ. Critical accounting policies are those that require the application of management’s most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, often because of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain and that may change in subsequent periods.

Income Taxes

We intend to elect to be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and to qualify annually, as a RIC under the Code. To qualify for and maintain qualification as a RIC, we must, among other things, meet certainsource-of-income and asset diversification requirements, and make minimum distributions to stockholders. We will be subject to a 4% nondeductible U.S. federal excise tax on undistributed income. See “Note 2. Significant Accounting Policies – Income Taxes.”

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

As of March 31, 2019, we have not commenced our planned principal operations. Once we commence operations, we will be subject to financial market risks, including changes in interest rates. Generally, a rise in the general level of interest rates can be expected to lead to higher interest rates applicable to any variable rate investments we may hold and to declines in the value of any fixed rate investments we may hold. However, for those variable rate investments we may hold that provide for an interest rate floor, our interest income will not decrease below a threshold amount. To the extent that a substantial portion of our investments may be in variable rate investments, an increase in interest rates beyond this threshold would make it easier for us to meet or exceed the hurdle rate applicable to the upper level breakpoint of thepre-incentive fee net investment income incentive fee, and may result in a substantial increase in our net investment income and to the amount of incentive fees payable to the Adviser with respect to our increasedpre-incentive fee net investment income.

In addition, in the future we may seek to borrow funds in order to make additional investments. Our net investment income will depend, in part, upon the difference between the rate at which we borrow funds and the rate at which we invest those funds. As a result, we will be subject to risks relating to changes in market interest rates. In periods of rising interest rates when we or any future subsidiaries have debt outstanding or financing arrangements in effect, our interest expense will increase, which could reduce our net investment income, especially to the extent we hold fixed rate investments.

We expect that our long-term investments will be financed primarily with equity and debt. If deemed prudent, we may use interest rate risk management techniques in an effort to minimize our exposure to interest rate fluctuations. These techniques may include various interest rate hedging activities to the extent permitted by the 1940 Act. Adverse developments resulting from changes in interest rates or hedging transactions could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

We plan to invest primarily in illiquid debt and equity securities of private companies. Most of our investments will not have a readily available market price, and we value these investments at fair value as determined in good faith by our Board, based on, among other things, the input of the Adviser, our Audit Committee and independent third-party valuation firm(s) engaged at the direction of the Board, and in accordance with our valuation policy. There is no single technique for determining fair value. As a result, determining fair value requires that judgment be applied to the specific facts and circumstances of each portfolio investment while employing a consistently applied valuation process for the types of investments we make. If, in the future, we are required to liquidate a portfolio investment in a forced or liquidation sale, we may realize amounts that are different from the amounts presented and such differences could be material.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

As required byRule 13a-15(b) under the 1934 Act, we evaluated, under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined inRule 13a-15(e) of the 1934 Act) as of March 31, 2019. Based on the foregoing evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective to accomplish their objectives at the reasonable assurance level that we would meet our disclosure obligations.

 

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There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined inRules 13a-15(f) or15d-15(f) under the 1934 Act) that occurred during our most recently completed fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

We are not currently subject to any material legal proceedings, nor, to our knowledge, are any material legal proceedings threatened against us. From time to time, we may be party to certain legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business, including proceedings relating to the enforcement of our rights under contracts with our portfolio companies. Our business is also subject to extensive regulation, which may result in regulatory proceedings against us. While the outcome of these legal or regulatory proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty, we do not expect that any these proceedings will have a material effect upon our financial condition or results of operations.

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

There have been no material changes from the risk factors previously disclosed in our Annual Report on Form10-K filed with the SEC on February 7, 2019.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

During the period covered by this quarterly report, we did not sell any equity securities that were not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, and we did not repurchase any of our securities.

Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

Not applicable.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

Not applicable.

Item 5. Other Information.

On May 9, 2019, the Board accepted the resignation of Graeme Dell as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer effective immediately. Immediately following the resignation of Mr. Dell, the Board appointed Edward U. Gilpin as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer effective immediately.

Mr. Dell did not resign as a result of any disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to the Company’s operations, policies or practices.

Mr. Gilpin, 57, joined Sierra Crest Investment Management LLC (“Sierra Crest”), an affiliate of the Company’s Adviser and is a member of the BCP Partners Credit Team (“BCP Credit”), in each case since April 2019. He is the Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of Portman Ridge Finance Corporation (f/k/a KCAP Financial Inc.) (“Portman Ridge”), which he joined in June 2012. Portman Ridge is a non-diversified closed-end investment company that is regulated as a business development company, is externally managed by Sierra Crest and is an affiliate of the Company. Mr. Gilpin has more than 30 years of experience. Mr. Gilpin served as the Chief Financial Officer at Associated Renewable Inc., an end-to-end full service energy consulting from December 2010 to June 2012. From January 2008 to May 2010, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ram Holdings, Ltd., a provider of financial guaranty reinsurance, and prior to that he was the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of ACA Capital Holdings, Inc., a holding company that provided asset management services and credit protection products, from December 2000 to January 2008. Prior to joining ACA Capital, Mr. Gilpin was Vice President in the Financial Institutions Group at Prudential Securities, Inc.’s investment banking division. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Gilpin served in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer for an ACA Capital affiliated start-up venture, developing the financial plans and spearheading the capital raising process. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Gilpin was with MBIA, Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries provide financial guarantee insurance, fixed-income asset management, and other specialized financial services, where he held various positions in the finance area. His most recent position with MBIA was Director, Chief of Staff for MBIA Insurance Company’s President. Mr. Gilpin began his career as an Assistant Vice President in the Mutual Funds Department of BHC Securities, Inc. Mr. Gilpin holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.S. from St. Lawrence University.

There is no arrangement or understanding between Mr. Gilpin and any other person pursuant to which he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, nor is there any family relationship between Mr. Gilpin and any of our directors or other executive officers. There are no transactions since the beginning of our last fiscal year, or any currently proposed transaction, in which we are a participant, the amount involved exceeds $120,000, and in which Mr. Gilpin had, or will have, a direct or indirect material interest.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

  

BC Partners Lending Corporation

Date: May 9, 2019

  

By:

 

/s/ Edward Goldthorpe

  

Name:

 

Edward Goldthorpe

  

Title:

 

Chief Executive Officer

Date: May 9, 2019

  

By:

 

/s/ Edward U. Gilpin

  

Name:

 

Edward U. Gilpin

  

Title:

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

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