GSV Capital Corp. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results of Operations

May 8, 2014

WOODSIDE, Calif., May 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GSV Capital Corp. ("GSV") (Nasdaq:GSVC), today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

"I'm pleased to report that despite a tumultuous period in the market for growth companies, our NAV was flat for the 1st Quarter ending March 31st, at $14.91, as compared to $14.91 on December 31, 2013," said Michael Moe, GSV's founder and CEO. "While our largest position Twitter's fair value declined $22.1 million for the quarter, it was offset by positive gains in positions such as Dropbox, Palantir, and 2U.

"Overall, the fundamentals of our portfolio are very strong with an estimated average revenue growth rate of over 90% year over year. Moreover, in the 1st Quarter we sold Facebook and Control4 shares, resulting in net realized gains of $7.9 million.  Our fourth largest position 2U successfully completed an IPO on March 28, raising $104 million."

Given the material discount between the share price and NAV, GSV Capital's Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program of GSVC stock of up to $10 million over the next 12 months.   Under the repurchase program, the Company may repurchase its outstanding common stock in the open market provided that the Company complies with the prohibitions under its Insider Trading polices and procedures and the guidelines specified in Rule 10-B-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  

GSV management anticipates liquidating its publicly held investments within one year of the expiration of the IPO lock-up.

As GSV's portfolio matures and realizes a cumulative net gain, GSV intends to distribute a portion of such gains to shareholders in the form of a distribution.

Additionally, in conjunction with our annual shareholders meeting, we will be hosting an investors day on Wednesday, June 4th from 1-5pm PDT, at nestGSV in Redwood City, California.

Portfolio as of March 31, 2014

At March 31, 2014, the Company owns positions in 52 portfolio companies at an aggregate fair value of $368.0 million. Of GSV's 52 portfolio companies, the top 10 investments represented 80.5% of net asset value, and the top three investments represented 51.4% of net asset value. 

Top Ten Investments at March 31, 2014
$ in millions Fair Value % of Net Asset Value
Twitter, Inc. $ 80.7 28.0%
Palantir Technologies, Inc. 42.4 14.7
Dropbox, Inc. 25.1 8.7
2U, Inc. 14.9 5.2
Coursera, Inc. 14.5 5.0
Control4 Corporation 12.3 4.3
Solexel, Inc. 11.0 3.8
SugarCRM, Inc. 10.5 3.7
Avenues Global Holdings, LLC 10.2 3.6
JAMF Holdings 10.0 3.5
 Total $ 231.6 80.5%

Net assets totaled $288.0 million or $14.91 per share at March 31, 2014, as compared to $14.91 per share at December 31, 2013, and $12.69 per share at March 31, 2013.

First Quarter 2014 Portfolio Investment Activity

During the first quarter of 2014, GSV invested $21.8 million. New portfolio companies include Lyft, Inc. (peer to peer ridesharing), and EdSurge, Inc. (education media platform) and General Assembly, Inc. (21st century educational bootcamp). GSV made follow on investments in existing portfolio companies StormWind, LLC; NestGSV, Inc.; Dailybreak, Inc.; AlwaysOn, Inc.; Fullbridge, Inc.; and JAMF Holdings.

GSV sold 203,700 shares of Control4 Corporation and 150,000 shares of Facebook, Inc. during the first quarter of 2014 for net proceeds of $4.6 million and $9.5 million, respectively.

At March 31, 2014, GSV is invested in 44 private companies and the following 8 public companies: Twitter, 2U, Control4, Chegg, Violin Memory, Silver Spring Networks, Facebook and ePals. Subsequent to quarter end, GSV Capital has made additional investments, and led the recent Declara financing with a $10 million investment.

First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

GSV recorded a net realized gain on investments of $7,931,745 or $0.41 per share during the three months ended March 31, 2014, compared to a net realized loss on investments of $(3,346,892), or $(0.17) per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2013.  Net investment loss was $(2,794,814), or $(0.14) per share, for the first quarter of 2014, compared to a net investment loss of $(2,567,725), or $(0.13) per share, for the first quarter of 2013. For the three months ended March 31, 2014, GSV had a net change in unrealized depreciation on investments of $(3,073,679), or $(0.16) per share, an increase from the prior year period due primarily to decreases in the fair value of Twitter, Inc. and Facebook, Inc. Net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $79,704, or $0.00 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2014. This compares to a net decrease in net assets resulting from operations of $(7,491,255), or $(0.38) per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Weighted average common shares outstanding were 19.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013, respectively.

Conference Call and Webcast; Live Twitter Updates

Management will hold a conference call and webcast with live tweeting for investors today at 2:00 p.m. PT (5:00 p.m. ET).

Conference Call

The conference call number for U.S. participants is (877) 941-1466 and the conference call number for participants outside the U.S. is (480) 629-9867. The conference ID number for both call numbers is 4681236.


Interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call from the "Investors" section of GSV Capital's website at


GSV Capital will also provide live updates via Twitter during the conference call. To access the tweets, follow GSV Capital on Twitter: @gsvcap


A replay of the conference call may be accessed through May 15, 2014 by dialing (800) 406-7325 (U.S.) or (303) 590-3030 (international), using conference ID number 4681236. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 12 months following the live presentation.

About GSV Capital Corp.                                                                                                                                      

GSV Capital Corp. (GSVC) is a publicly traded investment fund that seeks to invest in high-growth, venture-backed private companies. Led by industry veteran Michael Moe, the fund seeks to create a portfolio of high-growth emerging private companies via a repeatable and disciplined investment approach, as well as to provide investors with access to such companies through its publicly traded common stock. GSV Capital is headquartered in Woodside, CA.

Follow GSV Capital on Twitter: @gsvcap

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements," which relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition 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 our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. GSV Capital Corp. undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein.

 March 31, 2014December 31, 2013
Investments at fair value:    
Investments in controlled securities (cost of $7,033,130 and $0, respectively)  $ 8,012,556 $ --
Investments in affiliated securities (cost of $63,818,718 and $64,912,527, respectively) 60,038,914 62,740,162
Investments in non-control/non-affiliated securities (cost of $224,585,818 and $214,796,591, respectively) 299,972,346 292,643,491
Investments owned and pledged (cost of $9,054,451 and $10,845,236, respectively) 9,089,805 10,865,200
Investments in United States Treasury Bill (cost of $80,000,584 and $0, respectively) 79,999,900 --
 Total Investments (cost of $384,492,701 and $290,554,354, respectively) 457,113,521 366,248,853
Cash 4,063,165 7,219,203
Restricted cash 22,139 22,264
Deposit with Broker 10,000,000 --
Due from:    
 GSV Asset Management(1) -- 3,039
 Portfolio companies(1) 140,804 153,178
Interest receivable  40,684 7,304
Prepaid expenses 128,909 49,739
Coupon interest receivable  -- 11,141
Dividend receivable -- 13,233
Deferred credit facility fees 244,306 288,249
Deferred debt issuance costs 3,201,159 3,378,121
Deferred offering costs 228,285 184,710
Other assets 334,575 368,524
Total Assets 475,517,547 377,947,558
Due to:    
 GSV Asset Management 603,199 563,978
Accounts payable 333,474 382,165
Accrued incentive fees  11,493,204 10,523,552
Accrued interest payable 171,063 1,056,563
Accrued expenses 33,700 --
Payable for securities purchased 80,000,584 --
Net deferred tax liability 8,291,196 8,320,561
Line of Credit 18,000,000 --
Convertible senior notes embedded derivative liability 179,000 799,000
Convertible senior notes payable 5.25% due September 15, 2018 68,365,979 68,335,295
Total Liabilities 187,471,399 89,981,114
Commitments and contingencies    
Net Assets  $ 288,046,148  $ 287,966,444
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share    
(100,000,000 authorized; 19,320,100 issued and outstanding)  $ 193,201  $ 193,201
Paid-in capital in excess of par 275,837,514 275,837,514
Accumulated net investment loss (21,987,215) (19,192,401)
Accumulated net realized loss on investments (8,967,092) (13,660,306)
Accumulated net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) on investments 42,969,740 44,788,436
Net Assets  $ 288,046,148  $ 287,966,444
Net Asset Value Per Share  $ 14.91  $ 14.91
(1) This balance is a related party transaction.
 Three months endedThree months ended
 March 31, 2014March 31, 2013
Interest income from affiliated securities  $ 39,928 $ --
Dividend income from affiliated securities 887 --
Dividend income from non-control/non-affiliated securities -- 4,535
Total Investment Income 40,815 4,535
Investment management fees 1,756,196 1,283,599
Accrued incentive fees 969,652 --
Costs incurred under administration agreement 908,532 887,984
Directors' fees 65,000 65,250
Professional fees 456,539 236,886
Interest and credit facility expense 1,179,725 --
Insurance expense 59,736 53,013
Investor relations expense 54,912 43,562
Other expenses 18,251 1,966
Gain on fair value adjustment for embedded derivative  (620,000) --
Total Operating Expenses 4,848,543 2,572,260
Benefit for taxes on net investment loss 2,012,914 --
Net Investment Loss  (2,794,814)  (2,567,725)
Net Realized Gain (Loss) on Investments 7,931,745  (3,346,892)
Benefit / (Provision) for taxes on Net Realized Capital Gains / (Losses)  (3,238,531) --
Net Change in Unrealized Depreciation on Investments  (3,073,679)  (1,576,638)
Benefit for taxes on Unrealized Depreciation of investments 1,254,983 --
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting From Operations  $ 79,704  $ (7,491,255)
Net Increase (Decrease) in Net Assets Resulting From Operations Per Common Share - basic and diluted  $ --   $ (0.38)
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding: 19,320,100 19,320,100
 Three months ended March 31, 2014  Three months ended March 31, 2013  
  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  
Per Share Data:        
Net asset value at beginning of period  $ 14.91    $ 13.07  
Net investment loss  (0.14)  (1)  (0.13)  (1)
Net realized gain (loss) 0.41  (1)  (0.17)  
Benefit / (Provision) for taxes on Net Realized Capital Gains / (Losses)  (0.17)  (1) --  
Net change in unrealized appreciation (depreciation)  (0.16)  (1)  (0.08)  (1)
Benefit for taxes on Unrealized Depreciation of investments 0.06 (1) --  
Net asset value at end of period  $ 14.91    $ 12.69  
(1) Based on weighted average number of shares outstanding for the year/period.
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