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NB Distressed Debt Invest. Fd. Ltd
15 May 2019
 

15 May 2019

 

NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited

 

Portfolio Update - Extended Life Shares

 

 

NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited's ("NBDDIF") primary objective is to provide investors with attractive risk-adjusted returns through long-biased, opportunistic stressed, distressed and special situation credit-related investments while seeking to limit downside risk.

 

NBDDIF's holdings are diversified across distressed, stressed and special situations investments, with a focus on senior debt backed by hard assets. The portfolio is managed by the Distressed Debt team at Neuberger Berman, which sits within what we believe is one of the largest and most experienced non-investment grade credit teams in the industry.

 

On 31 March 2015, the investment period of the Extended Life Share Class ("NBDX") expired and the assets of NBDDIF attributable to the Extended Life Shares were placed into the harvest period. Including the $20.0 million capital distribution by way of redemption which the board approved during the quarter (and distributed in 2Q19), $243.6 million (equivalent to 68% of original capital) has been distributed to shareholders (income by way of dividend, capital by way of redemption and share buy-backs), since the realisation phase for this share class began.

 

The Extended Life Share Class is one of three classes of shares in NBDDIF. The others are the Ordinary Share Class and the New Global Share Class. The Ordinary Share Class was subject to an investment period which ended on 10 June 2013 and the New Global Share Class was subject to an investment period which ended on 31 March 2017. Separate factsheets are produced for those share classes.

 

 

Manager Commentary

 

NBDX is in the harvest period and the investment manager is working to restructure, reorganise, and realise exits for each investment to maximise the value of the portfolio for the shareholders. During the harvest period, the investment manager seeks a catalyst for each of the remaining investments that will allow for a realisation and return of capital and profits, if applicable.

 

The investment manager uses economic, industry and issuer specific data to estimate the gross realisable value in downside, base case and upside scenarios for each investment in the portfolio. It currently estimates the range of the aggregated realisable value for the investments in the portfolio is between 98% and 185% of the 31 March 2019 market values of these investments, with a base case of 145%. Shareholders should, however, note that: (i) the realisable values of the investments are calculated on a gross basis and, in particular, do not reflect the investment manager's management fee and investment-related expenses; and (ii) this range of aggregate realisable values is an estimate only, and there is no guarantee that the value actually realised will be within this range. Further details on the risks relating to "forward looking information" are set out at the end of this factsheet.

 

NBDX had one exit during the quarter, with further details below. The ratio of total value (capital distributions, dividends, buy-backs, and current NAV) to original capital is 103%.

 

 

Portfolio Update

 

NBDX ended the quarter with NAV per share of $0.9623 compared to $0.9658 at the end of December 2018. The slight decrease in NAV during the quarter (0.4%) was a result of unrealised gains in Vistra and two shipping investments offset by unrealised losses in certain reorganised equities and debt, primarily due to illiquidity. During the harvest period, reorganised equities, including public equities, represent a larger percentage of the fund's investments. More detail can be found below on specific notable events during the quarter. At quarter-end, 83% of NBDX's NAV was invested in distressed assets (including cash held in subsidiary accounts, receivables and net payables) with 17% held in cash (inclusive of $20.0 million of cash that was distributed in 2Q19).

 

The current portfolio consists of 28 issuers across 12 sectors. The largest sector concentrations were in Shipping, Lodging & Casinos, Auto Components and Utilities.

 

Notable events1 below describe activity in the investments during the quarter and post quarter-end.

 

Twin River Worldwide Holdings - During 3Q18 the company announced its intention to merge with a publicly traded competitor, Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment. The merger was completed, and Twin River Worldwide Holdings became publicly traded on the last day of 1Q19. Post quarter-end, trading levels in the public equity indicate a small increase relative to the private equity price.

 

Vistra - During the quarter the company initiated a quarterly dividend payment programme targeted to return cash to shareholders and increase share visibility.

 

Oil and Gas: As previously mentioned, the investment entity's directors and requisite shareholders approved the sale of one of its bio-fuel facilities that closed in late 1Q19. The company distributed proceeds to shareholders, which resulted in approximately $3.9 million to NBDX.

 

 

Significant Value Change (approximately 0.5% NBDX NAV or +/- $800,000)2

 

INDUSTRY

INSTRUMENT

Q418 TOTAL RETURN

($ in millions)

MARKET VALUE

($ in millions)

QUARTERLY PRICE CHANGE

COMMENT

Lodging & Casino

Private Equity

($0.8)

$7.6

-10%

Volatility in equity markets negatively impacted share price due to proposed merger and conversion to public company

Vistra

Public Equity

($0.9)

$9.9

-8%

Volatility in power prices put pressure on public equity markets

Eagle Bulk

Public Equity

($1.0)

$4.7

-18%

Global trade concerns and volatility in public equity markets impacted valuation

Oil & Gas

Private Equity

($1.0)

$10.5

-5%

Volatility in energy markets impacted valuation

Industrials

Private Notes/ Private Equity

($1.3)

$12.7

-12%

Management changes and volatility in debt and equity markets negatively impacted value of securities

Containers & Packaging

Private Equity

($1.8)

$3.4

-32%

Higher input prices continued to pressure margins

Five Point Holdings

Public Equity

($2.3)

$6.4

-26%

Interest rate speculation and macro-economic concerns on US housing pressured equity prices into year-end

 

 

Exits

 

There was one exit during the quarter.

 

Exit 52

 

Details of this exit were announced via RNS in February 2019. NBDX had invested $13.4 million to purchase a non-performing loan secured by approximately 60 acres of land adjacent to the gaming corridor in Las Vegas at a significant discount to par value. The lender group foreclosed on the loan collateral, which included undeveloped land and an apartment complex of 998 units. The group made significant improvements to the residential units and worked with advisors to conduct a broad and deep marketing of the property to potential buyers. A Purchase & Sale Agreement was ultimately executed in 3Q18 and the transaction was completed in February 2019. Cash received to date is $18.7 million. The total return on the investment for NBDX is $5.3 million over 96 months. The IRR is 4% and ROR is 40%.

 

EXIT

CASH INVESTED

CASH RECEIVED

TOTAL RETURN

IRR

ROR

MONTHS HELD

52

$13.4 million

$18.7 million

$5.3 million

4%

40%

96

 

Inception to date, NBDX has experienced 52 exits with a total return of $118.1 million, IRR of 15% and ROR of 28%

 

 

Partial Realisations

 

There was no material partial realisation activity during the quarter. The table below has been updated with current values.

 

PARTIAL

REALISATION

SECTOR

QUARTER

REPORTED

CASH

INVESTED

CASH RECEIVED

TO DATE

CURRENT VALUE

OF INVESTMENT

TOTAL

RETURN

CURRENT

IRR

CURRENT

ROR

MONTHS

HELD

3

Commercial Mortgage

Q217

$23.1 million

$29.8 million

$0.7 million

$7.4 million

10%

32%

68

4

Containers & Packaging

Q217

$5.1 million

$7.2 million

$0.5 million

$2.6 million

26%

50%

75

5

Containers & Packaging

Q217

$6.6 million

$16.7 million

$3.4 million

$13.5 million

54%

203%

78

 

Distributions

The investment manager's current expectation is to distribute 55-60% of 31 March 2019 NAV in 2019, and the remainder in 2020. These expectations are largely unchanged from the previous quarter. In the harvest period, we continue to focus on restructuring and monetising our investments, balancing timely realisations with maximising proceeds to our investors.  Changes to timing are expected and will continue to be updated in the quarterly factsheets. For regulatory reasons, the final 10% of the total return in respect of any class of participating shares in NBDDIF will be returned to shareholders with the final compulsory redemption of all of the outstanding shares of that class.

The Board approved a capital distribution by way of redemption of $20.0 million during the first quarter, which was distributed in 2Q19.

 

 

Share Buy-Backs

 

The company repurchased 905,000 shares in NBDX during the quarter at a weighted average discount of 8.97% and a cost of $796,573. Since inception to date, a total of 9,456,313 or 2.9% of the original NBDX shares, have been repurchased and cancelled.

 

 

Factsheet

 

An accompanying factsheet on the information provided above can be found here http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/0344Z_1-2019-5-14.pdf or on the Company's website www.nbddif.com. Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

 

- ENDS -

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

KL Communications                Tel: +44 (0) 3603 2803

Charles Gorman             [email protected]

 

 

 

Data as at 31 March 2019. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. All comments unless otherwise stated relate to NBDX.

 

Source: Bloomberg, except where otherwise stated.

                       

1.   Notable corporate events may or may not result in an increase or decrease in the value of an NBDX investment or a change in NBDX's NAV per share. Please note that an investment may experience a change in value (positive or negative) during the quarter whether or not it was subject to a notable corporate event. Not all events involving existing investments are disclosed. In addition, certain corporate events may not have been disclosed due to confidentiality obligations.

 

2.   Industry categorisations determined by Neuberger Berman. Total Return determined by the Administrator and includes realised and unrealised gains and losses, expenses, FX gains and losses, and all income on investments according to US GAAP accounting. References in this factsheet to the market value of specific fund investments refers to the value determined in accordance with NBDX's valuation policy, which may include fair valued investments where third party prices are not available or are not considered accurate.

 

This document has been issued by NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited (the "Company"), and should not be taken as an offer, invitation or inducement to engage in any investment activity and is solely for the purpose of providing information about the Company. This document does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, any offer for sale or subscription of, or solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for, any share in the Company or securities in any other entity, in any jurisdiction.

 

The Company is a closed-ended investment company incorporated and registered in Guernsey and is governed under the provisions of the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (as amended), and the Registered Collective Investment Scheme Rules 2008 issued by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission ("GFSC"). It is a non-cellular company limited by shares and has been declared by the GFSC to be a registered closed-ended collective investment scheme. The Company's shares are admitted to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the London Stock Exchange's Main Market for listed securities.

 

Neuberger Berman Europe Limited ("NBEL"), the Company's Manager, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") and is registered in England and Wales, at Lansdowne House, 57 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6ER and is also a Registered Investment Adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in the U.S. and regulated by the Dubai Financial Services Authority.

 

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Past performance is not a reliable indicator of current or future results. The value of investments may go down as well as up and investors may not get back any of the amount invested. The performance data does not take account of the commissions and costs incurred on the issue and redemption of units.

 

The value of investments designated in another currency may rise and fall due to exchange rate fluctuations in respect of the relevant currencies. Adverse movements in currency exchange rates can result in a decrease in return and a loss of capital.

 

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The Company's shares have not been and will not be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States. The shares may not be offered, sold, resold, pledged, delivered, distributed or otherwise transferred, directly or indirectly, into or within the United States, or to, or for the account or benefit of, US persons (as defined in Regulation S under the Securities Act). No public offering of the shares is being made in the United States.

 

The Company has not been and will not be registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "Investment Company Act") and, as such, holders of the shares will not be entitled to the benefits of the Investment Company Act. No offer, sale, resale, pledge, delivery, distribution or transfer of the shares may be made except under circumstances that will not result in the Company being required to register as an investment company under the Investment Company Act. In addition, the shares are subject to restrictions on transferability and resale in certain jurisdictions and may not be transferred or resold except as permitted under applicable securities laws and regulations. Any failure to comply with these restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdictions.

 

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