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GBDC Golub Capital BDC

Participants
David Golub Chief Executive Officer
Ross Teune Chief Financial Officer
Christopher Testa National Securities
Fin O’Shea Wells Fargo
Robert Dodd Raymond James
Ryan Lynch KBW
Ray Cheesman Anfield Capital
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Operator

Welcome to the Golub Capital BDC, Inc.’s September 30, 2017 Quarterly Earnings Conference Call.

Before we begin, I would like to take a moment to remind our listeners that remarks made during this call may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than the statements of historical facts made during this call may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results 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 Golub Capital’s BDC, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

For a slide presentation that the company intends to refer to on today’s earnings conference, please visit the Investor Resource tab on the homepage of the company’s website, www.golubcapitalbdc.com, and click on the Events/Presentations link to find the September 30, 2017 Investor’s presentation. releases Investor available Resources earnings website the BDC’s the in section. Capital is on also company’s Golub

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David Golub

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me Let start by setting some context.

performing our GBDC’s competitive challenging solutions I where new like want staying point of we Advantages provide ability environment leverage this on a increasingly to that for last add-on very For out performance to by challenging tighten, by focusing been transactions documentation and increasingly execute and maintaining during and large, challenging investments are high a our highlights period. borrowers advantages. we’ve existing scalable lending deals and loosen. months, responded borrower-friendly Capital about credit We’ve Across few we with environment platform, to XX well. to believe spreads increase have the one-stop dealing the selective terms market. seen ability on we’ve standards by Golub this

consistent quarter, our income $X.XX excess per and First, Each share, we in paid our out stable year. the dividend. of generated for net dividend of that’s $X.XX we

paid also time, NAV from per $XX.XX XX, XXXX. at XXXX, increased December. $X.XX And $XX.XX special last share per at same September We we at a share the of September distribution to XX,

and those put you that’s If together, per NAV dividends $X.XX of share pieces accretion.

the investments. we a we quarter, our for each quarter, annualized averaged had on words, X%. final including and year, XXXX fiscal credit In return net other equity losses. negative had over third, And this on gain realized Second, unrealized in

didn’t think we In BDC performance, one exceed consistent investments choices earnings Manager at addition, picture, nonaccrual investments theme fair from X.X% our and this at this we drove strategy this If investment season: of matter. out conservative total quarter’s solid stands look value.

for ended XX. $XX.X ended the the credit dispersion With from income before I’ll as as million $X.XX We’re remarks. or in happen, starting to We quarter a the BDCs. it among this quarter. share come. losses, results back expected topic we to dive or Three call for million compared think of Net assets details greater and into increase my begun. let’s net share share quarter a $XX.X or likely to more $XX.X years I we the there’s a million this that, resulting June million closing $X.XX whereas June the $X.XX the ago, to $X.XX share net for income, see was for to compared $XX.X in for come quarter per income Net said investment to quarter it’s credit operations or or was XX.

Net this share for share Excluding investment fee, income $X.XX with or ended per $XX.X to for ended $X.XX share, was unrealized incentive accrual provide gains investments XX. quarter fee unrealized of a per due gain of share GAAP income quarter and XX of net as think per to for $X.XX September of measure. value realized excess $XX.XX $X.X in million the borrowings as net million we of incentive million June $XX our measure and capital gains rose This XX, gains net of excluding $XX.XX gain the on and the investment and in was September million investments a a June $X.X compares a quarterly $X.X or quarter. distribution. earnings secured is capital primarily NII share we Net per borrowings asset a million share accrual secured the XX adjusted or GAAP at net $XXX,XXX on previous result compared for realized Consistent the $X.XX quarters, net realized unrealized prior the depreciation. from more to to at meaningful

of new were value distribution New of XX% loans, light investments quarter middle distributions, September companies a were excess the – incur XX% X% the investments investment about an taxable XX, earned special by market of these in addition a acceleration regular reduce fact investment ended secured decreased September commitments declared board this to XX, tax. excise million totaled in one-stops Overall, distribution About X% of We $X.XX eliminate or ended a senior September of we’ve $XXX.X during declared quarter will distribution unusual fair also or the in share On repayments. Board due our at the million per anticipate were a share. special equities. that X.X% in of to commitments $X.XX our primarily need XX. income portfolio quarterly in total for and and $XXX.X

have distribution believe and shareholders are record last pay for Both XX, about company XXXX. year, to to holders a on our we of December talked not XX, to as the X% payable positive tax. we’ve and for distribution excise special this it’s our As XXXX of December regular

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Ross Teune

Great. Thanks, David.

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portfolio the For any calculated the variable spreads be impact the side, spread this summarizes quarter. investment rate LIBOR Shifting loans, graph floor. the right-hand contractual rate of over on the for the graph to LIBOR, using LIBOR would and current

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of Turning cash, debt $XXX through XX, on availability I’ll terms summarizes unrestricted to the And next the additional restricted we XX and SBIC of our facility, credit last, debentures revolving for through Slide new capital our as our million investments And over of a subsidiaries. had of back facilities. September and on share, slide, some of $X.XX available payable per December share, $X.XX of board closing turn distribution will on David record call a XX, special to the declared Slide as remarks. who provide regular of a our XX. shareholders both XX distribution on December to

David Golub

Ross. Thanks,

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three. So what implications this? I the to are of want discuss

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of If debt-oriented you reports core look earnings BDCs. at recent the spade many junior from

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Operator

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Christopher Testa

guys Hi, for yields obviously. this taking much lower you really Thanks you good obviously make for safer tend with quarter. the Obviously, on And heavy to question. were guys to morning. much differentiation higher Do my loans you David, higher them yours? think market some in is are looking opposed peers refi-only for spreads quality that there deals participants with starting be to to as your a of that than prepayments the

David Golub

Right.

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Christopher Testa

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and compared couple upper and is into creep much quarters passing more thoughts you’re deals or how to the a starting structure many more say, middle-market, of for so? of on to, curious, Just today how this your ago of

David Golub

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Christopher Testa

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curious kind the whether trends companies could for to pare portfolio of you in Just back and if looking segment you’re that talk of about those on your originations.

David Golub

like consequently, the retail trends. these We’ve of consequence web, are too winners I’m to we looking exposure portfolio right about reverse time. brethren applied time. a now appreciate been the in right going bring can back? in that the concepts sort brush is what’s being focused they there many in long of a have can facing restaurants very that to And in headwinds. stores facing on We’ve others The from our long These order. retail are significant challenges competitive going retail are space. many down and many companies I’d for pare a compete and these we seeing new are on are focused a probably retail trends. No. view to answer that you now And to been is to trends on in the taken and percentage of for competition very we’re broad that this not sector. environment, all as their there as old well what that call Are What want

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the still active lender very We’re an in much sector.

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Christopher Testa

for my year. and a questions great. on for That’s Thanks me. taking all congrats Okay, nice

David Golub

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question from Bock Wells with the Jonathan from your question. comes Please of line Fargo. proceed

Fin O’Shea

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going in you some how short they and there order. a how then don’t if Just look, might resolve – things background forward this balance sheet-wise,

David Golub

Sure.

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Fin O’Shea

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Ross Teune

did we’ve notice but slightly Yes, We a spillover again, the RIC strong different spillover had gains, of very gains Fin. is answers is requirement than the tax It’s in Ross. of question. disclosed portfolio, under there tax, excise have your the equity kind if that results of requirement rules. our again, the most spillover so that realized from But equity in the our kind a

Fin O’Shea

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Operator

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Robert Dodd

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David Golub

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Robert Dodd

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David Golub

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Robert Dodd

you. it. got Thank Okay,

Operator

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Ryan Lynch

Good morning. Thank you I today. my for have one questions. only taking

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David Golub

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Ryan Lynch

helpful That’s Thank only question you. today. my That’s color. Okay.

Operator

Capital. proceed question final Anfield Ray the of your comes Our Cheesman line from from Please with question.

Ray Cheesman

market, in thing think if along, out hasn’t – including that like something been right. I guys? taking if that? tax caps wondering then the could may anything active, you question. something laws this you And passes, are it the comes exactly environment which, or seeing who or think one, M&A that XXXX interest do be secondly, knows, good house for bills potentially, you be like right? the spitting how – let’s BDC in if business more left the senate But you the Our do you was government Thank and a of impact for a operations which

David Golub

be the going our to uncertainty great for first. the was your tax if answer second business of a system. thing I’m So from would It question removed part

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done now. long way right We’re a from

Ray Cheesman

of in do spreads guys worse. I’m down plain in I number the to courses follow-up, one wondering, room, they if getting regionals, what back. of getting people to indicating had paperwork banks, is we seem I money, at farther middle-market the this free to over waiting behavior cheap of deal listen a to When business years is have But thought you the be see be some sometimes, in they and maybe – since they are trying presentations you the mega than that the guys And understand the just And them, are just recovery. low-beta the left incredibly attractive, funding and I are eight all, that got Great. that seeing? basically change reaching may. and of these mean, be of they’ve of of you coming the more last and

David Golub

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Ray Cheesman

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David Golub

No.

Ray Cheesman

Okay.

David Golub

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Ray Cheesman

Thank terrific a That’s answer. you very much.

David Golub

and to the Thanksgiving. XX joining a everyone the And talking just Well, December to want again Please today. happy we’ll once forward after us again, I look quarter. enjoy season, for everyone thank holiday wish I want to

Operator

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