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 the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued a “green light” letter inviting Hercules to submit an application to obtain a license to form and operate a fourth Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) subsidiary, following the Company’s recent presentation to the SBA committee.
“Our long-standing partnership with the SBIC program remains an important and strategic component to maintaining a highly liquid and diversified balance sheet and it provides us with further flexibility to be able to continue to support small and growth-oriented businesses,” said Scott Bluestein, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Hercules Capital. “We are extremely pleased to receive the ‘green light’ letter from the SBA. A fourth SBIC license would enable us to continue to fund the needs of many innovative technology and life sciences companies seeking growth capital while helping to maintain our overall blended cost of capital by accessing favorable long-term financing.”
Upon approval, Hercules would obtain a fourth SBIC license held by subsidiaries of the Company and continue to access additional growth capital of $175.0 million of long-term debentures, bringing Hercules’ combined borrowing capacity through the SBIC program to a total of $350.0 million of capital. However, receipt of a green light letter from the SBA does not assure an applicant that the SBA will ultimately issue an SBIC license, and Hercules has received no assurance or indication from the SBA that it will ultimately receive an SBIC license, or of the timeframe in which it would receive a license, should one ultimately be granted.
The SBA program has played an important role within Hercules’ funding strategy since receiving its first SBIC license in September 2006. Hercules received exemptive relief from the Securities and Exchange Commission that allows Hercules to exclude SBIC leverage from applicable asset coverage limits.
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 $18 billion to over 640 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 email@example.com, or call 650.289.3060.
Hercules, through its wholly owned subsidiary business, 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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