KKR Financial Holdings LLC Announces Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results and Quarterly Distribution of $0.18 per Common Share

Nov 03, 2011, 16:22 ET from KKR Financial Holdings LLC

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN) ("KFN" or the "Company") today announced its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

Third Quarter 2011 Highlights

  • Net investment income increased 10.6% to $86.6 million for the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.
  • Net investment income less non-investment expenses increased 22.4% to $68.7 million for the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.
  • Declared a cash distribution of $0.18 per common share for the third quarter of 2011.
  • KFN received a BBB rating from Fitch Ratings and a BBB- rating from Standard & Poor's, in each case with a stable outlook.

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011, KFN reported net income of $39.8 million, or $0.22 per diluted common share, and $241.1 million, or $1.32 per diluted common share, respectively. Comparatively, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2010, KFN reported net income of $82.3 million, or $0.52 per diluted common share, and $292.9 million, or $1.85 per diluted common share, respectively.

KFN's third quarter 2011 results included net investment income of $86.6 million, other loss of $29.3 million and non-investment expenses of $17.9 million. Comparatively, KFN's third quarter 2010 results reflected net investment income of $78.3 million, other income of $26.6 million and non-investment expenses of $22.2 million. Net investment income increased $8.3 million, or 10.6%, from the three months ended September 30, 2010 to 2011. The increase was primarily attributable to revenue earned on the Company's working and royalty interests in oil and gas properties. Other loss of $29.3 million included net realized gains from corporate debt securities sales in July 2011 totaling $33.6 million, which were more than offset by unrealized losses consisting of mark-to-market losses on the Company's equities portfolio of $13.5 million and a $43.8 million lower of cost or estimated fair value charge for loans classified as held for sale. These unrealized losses are attributable to declines in equity and credit prices that occurred during the third quarter of 2011. Additionally, KFN's results were negatively impacted by foreign currency translation losses totaling $7.5 million, which were also included in other loss for the quarter.

KFN's results for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 included net investment income of $254.8 million, other income of $79.7 million and non-investment expenses of $85.1 million. Comparatively, KFN's results for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 reflected net investment income of $238.4 million, other income of $120.9 million and non-investment expenses of $66.0 million. The $51.8 million decrease in net income was primarily due to the factors affecting KFN's third quarter results discussed above and the absence of an aggregate one-time gain on extinguishment of debt totaling $38.7 million that was recorded during the nine months ended September 30, 2010, related to the purchase of certain notes issued by two CLOs.

KKR Financial CLO 2011-1, Ltd. ("CLO 2011-1")

On July 8, 2011, the Company announced that it had upsized CLO 2011-1 to $600.0 million from $400.0 million. The increase in the transaction size is a result of an amendment to the transaction whereby CLO 2011-1 is now able to borrow up to $450.0 million representing an increase of $150.0 million from what was previously available under the securitization. In addition, the Company increased its residual interest in the transaction from $100.0 million to $150.0 million through the acquisition of an additional $50.0 million of subordinated notes issued by CLO 2011-1. As of September 30, 2011, CLO 2011-1 had completed its ramp up by deploying $589.4 million to acquire senior secured corporate loans.

Debt Transactions

During the third quarter ended September 30, 2011, the Company repurchased $45.1 million par amount of its 7.0% convertible senior notes due July 15, 2012 (the "7.0% Notes"). This transaction resulted in the Company recording a loss of $1.7 million and a write-off of $0.1 million of unamortized debt issuance costs during the three months ended September 30, 2011. As of September 30, 2011, the Company had committed to purchase an additional $1.2 million par amount of its 7.0% Notes.

Book Value

Book value per share decreased $0.77 from $9.91 as of June 30, 2011 to $9.14 as of September 30, 2011. The decrease in book value per share from June 30, 2011 was primarily driven by a decrease in the Company's accumulated other comprehensive income, a component of shareholders' equity, of $0.81 per share primarily as a result of declines in value of its securities-available-for sale and interest rate swaps designated as cash flow hedges, as well as the Company's quarterly distribution to shareholders of $0.18 per common share, partially offset by its earnings for the quarter of $0.22 per common share.

Corporate Rating

On November 3, 2011, KFN received a BBB rating from Fitch Ratings and a BBB- rating from Standard & Poor's, in each case with a stable outlook.

Distributions

On November 3, 2011, the Company's board of directors declared a cash distribution of $0.18 per common share for the quarter ended September 30, 2011. The distribution is payable on December 1, 2011 to common shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 17, 2011.

Information for Investors: Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call and audio webcast to review its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011 on November 3, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET). The conference call may be accessed by dialing (877) 723-9511 (Domestic) or +1 (719) 325-4923 (International); a pass code is not required. A telephonic replay of the call will be available through November 17, 2011 by dialing (888) 203-1112 (Domestic) and +1 (719) 457-0820 (International) / pass code 6249213. Supplemental materials that will be discussed during the call and the live audio web cast will be available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://ir.kkr.com/kfn_ir/kfn_events.cfm. An audio replay of the web cast will be archived in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://ir.kkr.com/kfn_ir/kfn_events.cfm.

From time to time the Company may use its website as a channel of distribution of material company information. Financial and other important information regarding the Company is routinely posted on and accessible at the Investor Relations section for KFN at www.kkr.com. In addition, you may automatically receive email alerts and other information about the Company by enrolling your email by visiting the "Email Alerts" area in KFN's Investor Relations section.

About KKR Financial Holdings LLC

KKR Financial Holdings LLC is a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. KFN's core business strategy is to leverage the proprietary resources of its manager with the objective of generating both current income and capital appreciation. KFN executes its core business strategy through its majority-owned subsidiaries. KFN is externally managed by KKR Financial Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KKR Asset Management LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.  Additional information regarding KFN is available at http://www.kkr.com.

"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date of this press release and actual results may differ. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond the Company's control. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, and risks to the Company's business in general, please refer to the Company's SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, filed with the SEC on February 28, 2011 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2011, filed with the SEC on November 3, 2011.

Schedule I

KKR Financial Holdings LLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

(Amounts in thousands, except per share information)

For the three months ended September 30, 2011

For the three months ended September 30, 2010

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010

Net investment income:

Loan interest income                      

$

104,197

$

96,814

$

316,498

$

282,812

Securities interest income                  

20,143

25,406

64,772

79,067

Other investment income                   

10,100

29

24,343

2,086

Total investment income                   

134,440

122,249

405,613

363,965

Interest expense                         

32,604

30,051

97,703

100,402

Interest expense to affiliates                

12,688

5,791

38,926

17,072

Provision for loan losses                   

2,533

8,087

14,194

8,087

Net investment income                     

86,615

78,320

254,790

238,404

Other (loss) income:

Net realized and unrealized (loss) gain on investments

(24,531)

19,441

73,194

83,047

Net realized and unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives and foreign exchange

(7,603)

3,831

(295)

(3,437)

Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on residential mortgage-backed securities, residential mortgage loans, and residential mortgage-backed securities issued, carried at estimated fair value

2,274

1,492

2,145

(7,764)

Net (loss) gain on restructuring and extinguishment of debt

(1,736)

(1,736)

39,999

Other income                            

2,290

1,863

6,400

9,085

Total other (loss) income                   

(29,306)

26,627

79,708

120,930

Non-investment expenses:

Related party management compensation

8,198

17,551

53,714

52,518

General, administrative and directors expenses  

8,554

3,561

27,092

10,127

Professional services                     

1,134

1,041

4,257

3,335

Total non-investment expenses             

17,886

22,153

85,063

65,980

Income before income tax expense           

39,423

82,794

249,435

293,354

Income tax (benefit) expense                

(397)

452

8,344

489

Net income                              

$

39,820

$

82,342

$

241,091

$

292,865

Net income per common share:

Basic                                

$

0.22

$

0.52

$

1.35

$

1.85

Diluted                               

$

0.22

$

0.52

$

1.32

$

1.85

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic                                

177,723

157,057

177,493

157,018

Diluted                               

180,220

157,461

181,304

157,294

Schedule II

KKR Financial Holdings LLC

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(Amounts in thousands, except share information)

September 30, 2011

December 31, 2010

Assets

Cash and cash equivalents                                                     

$

137,309

$

313,829

Restricted cash and cash equivalents                                            

321,734

571,425

Securities available-for-sale, $690,336 and $728,558 pledged as collateral as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

786,195

838,894

Corporate loans, net of allowance for loan losses of $191,407 and $209,030 as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

6,115,948

5,857,816

Corporate loans held for sale                                                   

500,490

463,628

Residential mortgage-backed securities, at estimated fair value                         

88,209

93,929

Equity investments, at estimated fair value, $13,410 and $12,036 pledged as collateral as of September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

170,175

99,955

Derivative assets                                                             

26,066

19,519

Interest and principal receivable                                                 

59,917

57,414

Other assets                                                                

209,861

102,003

Total assets                                                             

$

8,415,904

$

8,418,412

Liabilities                                                                  

Collateralized loan obligation secured debt                                         

$

5,596,020

$

5,630,272

Collateralized loan obligation junior secured notes to affiliates                         

365,848

366,124

Credit facilities                                                               

38,300

18,400

Convertible senior notes                                                       

299,877

344,142

Junior subordinated notes                                                     

283,517

283,517

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities                             

52,596

14,193

Accrued interest payable                                                      

15,987

22,846

Accrued interest payable to affiliates                                             

7,579

6,316

Related party payable                                                         

3,687

12,988

Derivative liabilities                                                           

123,957

76,566

Total liabilities                                                           

6,787,368

6,775,364

Shareholders' Equity                                                        

Preferred shares, no par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized and none issued and outstanding at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010

Common shares, no par value, 500,000,000 shares authorized, and 178,145,482 and 177,848,565 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively

Paid-in-capital                                                               

2,758,891

2,756,200

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income                                   

(37,413)

133,596

Accumulated deficit                                                           

(1,092,942)

(1,246,748)

Total shareholders' equity                                                

1,628,536

1,643,048

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity                                   

$

8,415,904

$

8,418,412

Investor Relations Contact: Angela Yang 415-315-6567 investor-relations@kkr.com

Media Contact: Kristi Huller 212-750-8300 media@kkr.com

SOURCE KKR Financial Holdings LLC



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