Gladstone Investment Corp. (GAIN: NASDAQ 10.29, 7.6%) had a stellar quarter, with net income, unrealized gains, and book value all up; nonaccrual loans down. Net investment income is well above the current dividend, despite an increase in October; in the latest quarter, unusually, 177% above the payout, though much of this is due to one loan that came off nonaccrual, with $1.4 million of prior interest recovery.
The company now has $12 million of undistributed income and net realized gains, about $0.38 per share. This will be used to fund the semiannual extra distributions. Debt instruments, accounting for 73% of the portfolio, funds the regular monthly dividend, while gains are intended to fund the extra distributions.
Gladstone also made several investments this past quarter, though these are always lumpy. One, $31 million in debt and equity, went to a new company; $8.4 million went to additional investments in existing portfolio companies. Even after this, the company has plenty of capacity on its credit facility and said it was not looking to increase that. With interest rates rising, Gladstone's 97% of outstanding loans being at variable rates, is a positive.
Higher distributions ahead?
Even without another regular dividend increase, and assuming bonus distributions equal to those of last year—the company has the undistributed gains and realized gains for that—the prospective yield runs to 8.76%. It could likely be higher. Gladstone is a solid hold for us, and a buy, preferably on a pullback, if you do not own.
Mostly Strong Operations
Royal Gold Inc. (RGLD:NASDAQ; RGL:TSX, US$80.96) saw stronger-than-expected revenues from several of its large royalties and streams, more than offsetting the already announced shortfall at Mt. Milligan, which accounts for nearly a quarter of net asset value. Half of Milligan's processing came back on at the end of January and it is expected to be fully operational by April. In addition, Rainy River, on which Royal has a stream, announced the start of commercial operations ahead of target.
The bad news included a couple of special items, such as a charge for the new U.S. tax legislation, and a currency charge.
Royal's balance sheet is not the strongest of the "big four" but it is in good shape, with liquidity of $950 million, more than sufficient for another major acquisition.
The decline in the stock price was overdone—Royal was not alone in that last week—and it is a buy at this level.
After a Long Wait, New Direction at Reservoir
Reservoir Capital Corp. (REO:TSX.V, halted) announced an agreement with a major shareholder in Nigeria's leading hydropower producer, which will result in Reservoir holding a 1.3% interest in the producer, while the shareholder, KPHL, will hold 77% of Reservoir's stock. We expect Reservoir to open higher on this news.
Top Current Buys
After last week, deciding whether to buy on weakness can be a difficult decision. At any rate, we would suggest buying the best not the cheapest; as Rick Rule has said, "Don't buy hamburger meat when the filet is on sale."
Best buys: Franco-Nevada Corp. (FNV:TSX; FNV:NYSE, US$69.03), Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd. (OR:TSX; OR:NYSE, US$10.31), Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (WPM:TSX; WPM:NYSE, US$19.03), Altius Minerals Corp. (ALS:TSX.V, 12.27), and Ares Capital Corp. (ARCC:NASDAQ, 5.45). There are others among our favorites—such as Midland Explorationor Almaden—whose stock prices have not dropped quite as much as others.
Adrian Day, London-born and a graduate of the London School of Economics, heads the money management firm Adrian Day Asset Management, where he manages discretionary accounts in both global and resource areas. Day is also sub-adviser to the EuroPacific Gold Fund (EPGFX). His latest book is "Investing in Resources: How to Profit from the Outsized Potential and Avoid the Risks."
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