PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) (“Hercules” or the “Company”), the largest and leading specialty financing provider to innovative venture, growth and established stage companies backed by some of the leading and top-tier venture capital and select private equity firms, today announced that Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) has reaffirmed Hercules an investment grade credit and corporate rating of Baa3 with a stable outlook, as well as its underlying analysis.
“We are very pleased that Moody’s has reaffirmed our Baa3 investment grade credit and corporate rating,” stated Seth Meyer, chief financial officer of Hercules. “This rating reflects our differentiated and diversified venture and growth stage lending and commitment to disciplined underwriting, as well as the scale of our institutionalized lending platform.”
The affirmed Baa3 rating reflects the Company’s strong earnings profile with a longer operating history than most rated business development company (“BDC”) peers, solid underwriting and risk management as evidenced by low loan loss history, ample liquidity profile, and low leverage with stronger-than-peer median cushion against the minimum regulatory 150% asset coverage ratio. The rating also reflects Hercules’ high proportion of first lien senior secured debt investments.
About Hercules Capital, Inc.
Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) is the leading and largest specialty finance company focused on providing senior secured venture growth loans to high-growth, innovative venture capital-backed companies in a broad variety of technology, life sciences and sustainable and renewable technology industries. Since inception (December 2003), Hercules has committed more than $17.0 billion to over 630 companies and is the lender of choice for entrepreneurs and venture capital firms seeking growth capital financing. Companies interested in learning more about financing opportunities should contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 650.289.3060.
Hercules, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Hercules Adviser LLC (“Hercules Adviser”), also maintains an asset management business through which it manages investments for external parties (“Adviser Funds”). Hercules Adviser is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
Hercules’ common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “HTGC.” In addition, Hercules has one retail bond issuance of 6.25% Notes due 2033 (NYSE: HCXY).
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