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GBDC Golub Capital BDC

Participants
David Golub Chief Executive Officer
Gregory Robbins Managing Director
Ross Teune Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Finian O'Shea Wells Fargo
Ryan Lynch KBW
Robert Dodd Raymond James
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Operator

Welcome to the Golub Capital BDC, Inc. December 31, 2019 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 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 BDC, Inc.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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I Golub Capital of Chief Executive will now Officer turn the call over to David Golub, BDC.

David Golub

Financial Ross Officer, for joining Robbins us I Teune, Thanks our both Hello by Chief Simmons, at everyone. Thanks Jon Christine. here Golub Greg am and today. Directors joined Managing Capital.

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by quarter and GAAP distributions of net excess realized fiscal share net solid results our driven investment unrealized $X.XX of EPS first gains. regular in a and income per strong quarter, post-merger $X.XX Our per share of show

details. go begin With to over Gregory will who the that, I through will turn to the call

Gregory Robbins

Thank you, David.

in make measures These premium that to financial further addition as investor note financial have financial easier adjusted out merger please in purchase our amortization the post-GCIC details, we referred the to through presentation, to measures measures, GAAP write-off GBDC's to non-GAAP and go our I Before merger-related the compare measures, seek in strip results and earnings the certain of impact the the appendix are pre-merger results. to described presentation. of to non-GAAP provided

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the Earnings and Xfirst, share per per $X.XX. December adjusted were XXXX for quarter share ended earnings

premium purchase per ended in quarter, of any from depreciation the remain share equal earnings per unchanged Xfirst, reversal prior merger. of should loans expect amortization for forward will last the per communicated Adjusted the share we offset GCIC going As from $X.XX corresponding adjusted the XXXX we the earnings share a acquired be quarter by earnings on as unrealized December quarter.

of acquisition. distribution GCIC before quarterly of a $X.XX an the per paid we XXXX, Xfirst, increase from $X.XX share, December On

a NAV we $XX.XX as have the per of addition, from year paid December increased in XXth. of special share declined distribution, share Primarily to a In special distribution consecutive quarter. our we share, this special $XX.XX paid a September per special Xfirst, fourth as of would have of this as our result XXXX distribution, Absent distribution. which our NAV also calendar per $X.XX

Xth. fourth, on XXth, declared record per XXXX of our quarterly stockholders to share on March payable Finally, of Board March as of a which distribution February is $X.XX XXXX,

over I will call now the details. to to hand Ross go more through

Ross Teune

Thanks Great. Gregory.

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quarter. the average As table, was shown in with bottom of X.X% new the quarter weighted consistent investments the on rate this prior

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interest investments on is reminder, new contractual the the average a time the based at on weighted rate As rate funding. of

the rate over of using rate impact be LIBOR any and loans, LIBOR, For would spread the floor. LIBOR current calculated variable contractual the

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our debt, As cost between line, which a result, by and to average difference yield declined of the is the the weighted investment the investment XX net green spread, income basis X.X%. points

of performance Flipping slides. to quality higher the strong, Xfirst. two remains investments the over of or Fundamental of credit having next in four an rating portfolio as XX% our December with internal

investments During December Xfirst. non-accrual X.X% were investments of as the and cost seven investments to of X.X%, quarter, respectively, increased of value and number a percentage non-accrual the total fair at investments as and

approximately reminder, value investments each As quarter. valuation XX% of firms our independent a

$X.X Reviewing sheet on $XXX.X ended with billion, of slides income Total we and restricted cash the fair assets and and total the quarter debt at cash balance statement of total billion. XX, XX which $X.X in investments million value through total $X.X of securitization issued rate per floating was of billion our debt asset net includes share our facilities. $XXX.X vehicles, million Total revolving $XX.XX. in and $X.X fixed debt billion rate debentures credit outstanding value of was $XXX million and

times range within equity recent target Our quarters GAAP and our to ratio X.XX, consistent X.XX to times. X.XX was of with debt

were December total XXXX, investment comparisons are statement operations. September expenses quarter Total the the of to which Xfirst the and for the $XX.X acquisition GCIC, not expenses investment of of prior million. and ended total XXth, income to was quarter Due for closed $XX.X total million meaningful. Flipping income on

impact prior share the and investment the amortization, quarter. with of per respectively premium Excluding GCIC share net income $X.XX and adjusted adjusted the $X.XX, purchase per earnings consistent of were

history our of illustrates Turning long XX. our since per share steady This to graph slide in NAV growth IPO.

per NAV both we For including presented historical comparison special purposes, distributions. and excluding share have

to averaged past on on equity of in regular bottom XX. well our X.X%. summarizes special The graph each years, four years. on Turn distributions the summarizes annualized over our our has graph average past distributions paid the the five which slide quarterly The the as top as return

increase quarterly ended In $X.XX distribution from highlights XX. the the quarter December quarter in addition, $X.XX our share for XXth to ended per share for the September per it

for XX. be reporting our funds. senior financial two This to slide the final provides senior This on funds. will some investments in Turn slide loan our highlights our loan

in interests the an XX.X% to As interest filing from minority our on into we remaining agreement reported entered equity SLFs of the January the X-K we first, LLC in partners. XXXX, an purchase

the X, XXXX. January of GBDC's the into liabilities statements consolidated will or As on and financial a be after SLFs ending assets for result, the periods

SBIC The and summarizes restricted investment of our as next unrestricted cash, slide our revolving credit of and our subsidiaries. December liquidity capacity debentures Xfirst through form available the on facilities and availability in

debt XX long diversified, on and well capital. the our December stable of debt as our of as sources Xfirst terms facilities as Slide summarizes focus term of

XX share to Board Lastly, a declared on $X.XX on March X. of slide record regular our payable of as shareholders March per distribution XX, of

it David turn remarks. will back I With that, closing some for to

David Golub

Thanks Ross.

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this. explain me mean Let I what by

followed principal strategies you BDCs of one have think historically, three growth. If for

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Operator

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Finian O'Shea

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David Golub

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logical And so repeat I would us potentially respect we the look GCIC. it opportunities to for approach to be with think that at undertook to

Finian O'Shea

Thank context quarter. on follow you to portfolio there. this for that And just credits the

to moved two you recovery to the but were these have these usually means and on at extent, much. seem non-accrual putting the of the say, reasonable new reassessed that marked discounts, With as XX-ish, credits names marks non-accruals, the have, some

is as you there onto very and narrow placement context sensitive the non-accrual So any us understanding situations, to provide are markdowns? there could the there

David Golub

me provide some let again context. So

at value Whenever non-accruals most non-accruals, feel recent fair and to cost a right. X.X%, in the we think concern, we and increased X.X% about So degree quarter of respectively.

We are everything. worry worriers. about naturally We

of worry that everyone though, appropriate non-accruals. about in to things keeps context. make sure, we One our I the concerns want is

our on chart important strong time. So that the each record share and per indicator metric so think performance. realized GBDC most generating time, credit gains of net presentation over the over much focus the is, of positive on track NAV earnings continued first, depicting our And this That's its we we that's in why quarter in unrealized presentation quarter investments.

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we the industry and still with the latest the even point we in this I are are end our the in cost. range indicate that is non-accruals range third increase, of make the that low contextual in of respect And will historical figures small of at

it's it any So I more dramatic sound is. make to want like don't of this than

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Finian O'Shea

all Okay. for Thank you for the context. That's me.

Operator

you. Thank

with comes next KBW. line the from Our Ryan go Please Lynch question of ahead.

Ryan Lynch

Thanks Good taking questions. Hi. morning. my for

possible The is having that MMan about what do first does. one any information any to just to has were to business? difficulty business what provide with finding on nature actually of Acquisition Co. actually Is We the it background that a

David Golub

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Ryan Lynch

another quarter one's around helpful. But obviously be Street would and there some That been healthcare, then this Holdings, different healthcare Oliver are Okay. dental, then roll-up markdown strategies. non-accrual was status. Dental know on two still obviously accrual know, dermatology. that And Those investment has businesses, one's on you Dermatology particularly you I had concerns got

these either two that part similarities we of look healthcare pressuring any are both one practice? are So across them? of And can are roll-up businesses these sort of businesses potentially of a different there that

David Golub

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roll-up think years my strategies to to say, healthcare thought harder in execute fair a I few than it's opinion, people are ago. that

Ryan Lynch

then of kind a And Okay. one higher level question. question,

trying with period. a a sponsors, forward as is have and time those conversations, uncertainty activity which any deals talk move come draws you done sponsors roll big heard election? any conversations Have and Have of XXXX always surrounding discussions? significant election potentially of amount deal As XXXX had into you along year, the heard guys before about, you to you or obviously get that

David Golub

discussion of you to the of later schedule a election heard heard me of about It negative effort firms that some describing, private happens. we have election processes about to in wouldn't before A of M&A the I now, have see I divisiveness don't equity done processes not what has concerns the six push lines by anything the But if right along. American to up the campaigns. the about private lot right that private is of been that the about activity move the we months. folks in an I coming equity now, is to out happen phenomenon which take are a M&A equity have in desire of are get along early. XX months about too of surprise politics some commentary in Ryan, M&A year. think typical four some

think we are too even see I we to year. later kind pattern, in going So if are of early that to it the see

Ryan Lynch

then more. Strategies. Risk guys $X.X facility And Okay November, a billion that's In to provided you helpful. one

that big what billion you MRI recently $X.X those you about able how facility the talk Those of financings? just deals also, loan loan syndicated processes And obviously Software. Can choose platform were market two and the versus, those of the your avenues, another more those tapped. there you broadly guys speaking. route? a deals Just were assume, secure size wins partner firm particularly obviously those they could and unitranche to syndicated win broadly going have very traditional choose your to companies Why provided thought other market, to maybe to Golub did for are versus I platform, the broadly Golub they like maybe would the is

David Golub

Sure.

and Risk MRI So one-stop executions. were both Strategies

down cases, preferred a in one-stops that for a variety ease facilitates expansions one-stop a sponsor acquisition, second of involved reasons syndicated scalability, flexibility, along of was to have preferable number made by they historically handle approach. to lien/ broadly lines. first the parties line, reasons, both smaller capacity changes thought of which closing, lien/ a So traditional including decision more that those Sponsors gracefully the

a what we of not tracked XXXX, In And that led one-stops product relatively XX. the one-stop And a XX product. market of leader Ryan, market executions were that's Capital clear have recently, XXXX course over of been Until is changed. has in and market middle million. larger XX $XXX executions. or the excess We these co-led happened, in Golub

led than we more co-led of or competitors So our all combined.

The capacity And significant executions hold bring a alternative industry. portion we transactions in I to over sponsors both is traditional partners. unmatched think transactions that combined for the XXXX, markets done, built larger capacity in course first these are lien. what to to the of lien/ is proven meet considering to these and we We that we a one-stops in have have capability capital worth as an larger second the of one-stop the

is they them. I in think larger these also finding seeing we like that try what are they sponsors do are one-stops as executions,

adoption are of curve. at And in the opinion, my the so, we beginning

shareholders grows. GBDC, one-stop of represent we very believe believers good our market that to of we thing good the very maintain positioned We the to risk/rewards because remotely that's I at And Capital Golub investors. are are And well not these as this leadership are think market gaining one-stops strong of even for of share one-stops. very conclusion larger I for close a

Ryan Lynch

and that doubt in deal Well, that's has be access player unique to the large I shareholders very premier is flow. benefits these yes, GBDC been And some there for of definitely able see no the helpful color. to that one-stops that Golub

So those are the I today. questions appreciate my all time.

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions].

from question Our ahead. comes Raymond Dodd with of the Robert next line Please James. go

Robert Dodd

guys. Hi

the country, dermatological sometimes constrained. much idiosyncratic that in I if potential are two, credit, I means in one same anything a that? thematic mean of obviously, second sometimes deterioration, any the I if credit or Is like can like cleaner, sponsor industrial for with be turn to businesses. completely floor the back your I a theme, general, into there identify opinion going practice, But anything more parts can one Just something between can mean, I the can, is, mean not completely broad-based. of different just book, my different spreading they non-accruals. but

can it you that interesting. color be front, any on would So really give

David Golub

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Robert Dodd

Got it. It's I Okay. tough. that. appreciate

but the pricing and your the environment kind response. can, coming have spreads on market. seen decline in the got be anything, again in I market, slightly continuing have to LIBOR don't board incredibly curves competitive but January widening floors of if per in we we On in out was seemingly forward If there, LIBOR boarder not book se, down to seem

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discussed have not the think on we call I far this last seen so just that. quarter, was but

environment to So in a move to do anything get going you think spread really given more the of the there LIBOR? is direction direction favorable that's

David Golub

LIBOR I meaningful changes spreads. changes don't to in drive think are likely

perceived risk I of in think come we to a recoveries. changes changes and go-forward as to likely spreads of changes defaults in in environment are credit consequence meaningful in particular, response the in and, see

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Robert Dodd

it. Got can. appreciate if last that I One color. I one,

Given it and accessing et institutional discussion now the cost entity where do is cetera, size debt combined now? of BDCs? result -- move nicely et market think is pricing for of the one material the attractive debt now, right the seems and of about any the capital, where of time think overall tell the out the versus that but for the can at be capital, now, cetera. the lower size in points XX can market, right pretty way roughly was you you drive initiating you the maybe BDC pretty do there us Obviously What to which a you as you merger it's right can bond bond

David Golub

look have on our that. concluded potential we to that issuance, for actively explore avenues me front, includes give quarter, but well. that Too at what As expressly us looking we expressly of you right-hand early balance are post-merger debt as strategies optimize all available sheet to other is one mentioned structure bond GBDC. looking a rundown includes last at to I of of are side and on to That that at the activities capital the the the of to carefully

Robert Dodd

Appreciate Okay. you. Thank it.

Operator

there no [Operator questions Instructions]. are at this time. And further

David Golub

and thanks everyone Thank joining you, for today. Christine us

always, appreciate As and we questions. your your time

please have would next issues come And you that not that free to today's you forward you any reach out. to to look like to talk in case, about, call did quarter. on we any up If feel talking again

Operator

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