Waterside Capital Announces Earnings Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Waterside Capital Corporation (Nasdaq: WSCC), a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), today reported financial results for the nine months ended March 31, 2009.

The Company's net decrease in stockholders' equity resulting from operations (which includes net operating income plus realized and unrealized gains or losses on investments) was $365,000 or a $0.19 loss per share for the nine months ended March 31, 2009, compared to an increase of $3,000 or no gain or loss per share for the nine months ended March 31, 2008. The per share performance was calculated using shares outstanding of 1,915,548 for each period ended.

At March 31, 2009, Waterside's loans and investments had a fair value of $19.2 million, compared with $22.3 million reported at March 31, 2008. The decrease in stockholders' equity resulting from operations at March 31, 2009 included a one time expense of $113,000 representing financing costs related to the $16.1 million refinancing of Waterside's SBA debentures. Operating expenses have decreased by $305,000 compared to March 31, 2008, excluding the one time expense related to the redemption of SBA debentures. In March 2009, portfolio company, Eton Court Asset Management, Ltd, exercised its option to purchase from Waterside Capital 28,431 shares of common stock of Eton Court at $380,000. The sale resulted in a realized gain of $362,650 for the Company. A non cash fee of $90,500 was also realized related to the granting of the option. Also in March 2009, Waterside Capital recognized a realized loss of $1,000,000 on its remaining investment in portfolio company International Wood, LLC. The portfolio company had a fair market value of $0 as of June 30, 2008.

For the nine months ended March 31, 2009, the Company originated new investments of $723,000 and received proceeds from the sale of investments and principal collected on notes receivable, debt securities and equity securities of $2,419,000. This compared to the Company's funding of $5.7 million in new investments for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, and receiving proceeds from the sale of investments and principal collected on notes receivable and debt securities of $4.9 million. The net asset value of the common shares decreased to $3.64 per share at March 31, 2009 from the $4.96 reported at March 31 2008. The decrease in net asset value was due to the above mentioned $365,000 decrease in shareholders equity resulting from operations.

About Waterside Capital Corporation

Waterside Capital Corporation is a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia with a portfolio of approximately $19.2 million of loans and investments in 14 companies located primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. Waterside Capital's individual investments range from $500,000 to over $3 million. Visit Waterside's web site at www.watersidecapital.com.

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions contained in the foregoing are "forward-looking statements" including Waterside's optimism regarding the growth of its portfolio companies (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. It is possible that the assumptions made by management--including, but not limited to, investment opportunities, results, performance or expectations--may not materialize. Actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements. In addition to the above factors, other important factors including the risks associated with the performance of the Company's portfolio companies, dependencies on key employees, delays, interest rates, the level of economic activity, and competition, as well as other risks described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities Exchange Commission, press releases, and other communications.

                               WATERSIDE CAPITAL CORPORATION
                                     Financial Summary
                            (In thousands except per share data)


                                                        Nine Months Ended
                                                             March 31,
                                                        2009          2008
                                                        ----          ----
    Statement of Operations data:

    Total operating income                            $1,506        $1,617
    Interest expense                                     786         1,017
    Other operating expenses                             885           845
                                                         ---           ---

    Net operating loss                                  (165)         (245)

    Realized gain / (loss) on investments               (557)          146

    Change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)
     on investments                                      357           102
                                                         ---           ---

    Net increase (decrease) in stockholders' equity
     resulting from operations                         $(365)           $3
                                                       =====            ==

    Per share data (basic):
      Net operating loss                              $(0.09)       $(0.13)
      Net increase (decrease) in stockholders'
       equity resulting from operations                (0.19)         0.00



                                                     At March       At March
                                                         31,           31,
    Selected Balance Sheet data:                        2009          2008
                                                        ----          ----

    Cash and Cash Equivalents                         $3,126        $2,506
    Loans and investments, at fair value
      Debt securities                                  4,587         6,504
      Equity securities                               11,341        10,339
      Options and warrants                             1,967         2,333
      Notes receivable and other                       1,274         3,094
                                                       -----         -----

        Total loans and investments                   19,169        22,270

    Debentures payable                                16,100        16,100
    Stockholders' equity                               6,981         9,492

    Net asset value per common share                   $3.64         $4.96

SOURCE Waterside Capital Corporation



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