MVC Capital To Merge With Barings BDC

Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC) and MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE: MVC) announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which MVC Capital will merge with and into Barings BDC. The combined company, which will remain externally managed by Barings LLC, is expected to have more than $1.2 billion of investments on a pro forma basis. The boards of directors of both companies, the MVC Capital Strategic Review Committee, the independent directors of MVC Capital and the independent directors of Barings BDC have unanimously approved the Transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, MVC Capital stockholders will receive aggregate consideration of approximately $177.5 million in the form of cash and stock consideration based on Barings BDC’s June 30, 2020 net asset value (“NAV”) representing total book value consideration of $10.01 per fully diluted MVC Capital share. On a market value basis, based on the closing price of Barings BDC common stock on August 10, 2020, the Transaction represents total consideration for MVC Capital stockholders of $145.5 million or approximately $8.21 per share, representing a premium of 21% to MVC Capital’s closing price on August 10, 2020.

MVC Capital stockholders will receive 0.94024 Barings BDC shares for each MVC Capital share, resulting in approximately 16.7 million newly issued Barings BDC shares, having total value of $170.5 million, or $9.62 per share, based on Barings BDC’s June 30, 2020 NAV of $10.23 per share. In addition, Barings LLC will pay approximately $7 million in cash, or $0.39492 per share, directly to MVC Capital stockholders at closing. Following the Transaction, Barings BDC’s equity base is expected to expand by $170 million and Barings BDC stockholders and MVC Capital stockholders are expected to own approximately 74.2% and 25.8%, respectively, of the combined company. The total value of the consideration to be received by MVC Capital stockholders at closing is subject to adjustment as set forth in the merger agreement and may be different than the estimated total consideration described herein depending on a number of factors, including the number of outstanding shares of Barings BDC and MVC Capital common stock, the payment of tax dividends by MVC Capital, undistributed investment company taxable income and undistributed net capital gains of MVC Capital and changes of the Euro-to-U.S. dollar exchange rate relating to certain of MVC Capital’s investments between April 30, 2020 and the closing date.

In addition, Barings LLC will enter into a credit support agreement (“CSA”) with Barings BDC, for the benefit of the combined company, to protect against net cumulative unrealized and realized losses of up to $23.0 million on the acquired MVC investment portfolio over the next 10 years.

Barings BDC will also provide up to $15.0 million in secondary-market support via accretive share repurchases over a 12-month period in the event the combined company’s shares trade below a specific level of NAV per share following the completion of the first quarterly period ended after the consummation of the Transaction, subject to covenant and regulatory constraints (including Rule 10b-18 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934).

Barings BDC has agreed that, on the closing date, it will increase the size of its board of directors and cause one current member of the board of directors of MVC Capital, to be mutually selected by MVC Capital and Barings BDC to be appointed to the Barings BDC board of directors.

In connection with the closing of the proposed Transaction, MVC Capital will repay all outstanding amounts under its existing credit facilities and any remaining obligations thereunder will be terminated. In addition, in connection with the closing of the proposed Transaction, Barings BDC intends to redeem MVC Capital’s 6.25% senior notes due November 30, 2022 (NYSE: MVCD) with an aggregate principal amount outstanding of $95.0 million.

Barings BDC believes that the increased size and scale of the combined company will create many strategic and financial benefits and will position the combined company to capitalize on favorable market conditions. Including the financial support provided by Barings LLC, it is anticipated that the combination will provide the following benefits:

  • Increased scale: the combined company is expected to have more than $1.2 billion of investments on a pro forma basis;
  • Earnings accretion: Barings BDC estimates net investment income per share to be $0.18 – $0.20 in the first full quarter post-closing compared to $0.14 per share during the second quarter of 2020;
  • Investment “option” value: through an expanded equity base, the combined company is expected to have increased leverage and investment capacity, and improved access to unsecured debt capital markets;
  • Manager and stockholder alignment: through the upfront cash payment to MVC Capital’s stockholders in connection with the Transaction and use of the CSA;
  • Efficiencies and portfolio diversification: through cost synergies and an increase in portfolio obligors; and
  • Expected accretion to long-term NAV: as acquired assets are realized and repositioned into directly originated investments.

Additionally, Barings LLC will seek to amend its current investment management agreement with Barings BDC to, among other things, (i) lower the base management fee to 1.25%, down from 1.375%, (ii) make certain conforming and definitional changes relating to the Transaction, and (iii) reset the incentive fee cap commencement date to coincide with the first quarterly period ending after the closing of the Transaction. These proposed changes to the investment management agreement are subject to Barings BDC board and stockholder approvals. However, such approvals are not closing conditions required to consummate the Transaction.

“The increasing benefits of alignment, scale, diversification, and investment optionality are likely to drive improved shareholder returns over the long-term and in this period of market dislocation,” commented Eric Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer of Barings BDC. “We believe this transaction materially enhances Baring BDC’s platform scale while also providing earnings accretion and portfolio diversification, while continuing our philosophy of strong shareholder alignment.”

“We believe that Barings’ robust global scale and wide frame of investment reference, combined with MVC Capital’s underlevered equity base, will allow us to complement MVC Capital’s existing portfolio with additional directly-originated investments and generate improved risk-adjusted returns for shareholders,” said Jonathan Bock, Chief Financial Officer of Barings BDC. “We remain confident in our ability to drive platform scale, combined shareholder earnings accretion, and long-term value for both Barings BDC and MVC Capital shareholders.”

“We are pleased to merge with Barings BDC as we believe that the combination of the complementary portfolios together forming a larger-scale BDC with increased investment capacity and portfolio diversification will offer all shareholders a strong platform for long-term growth,” said Michael T. Tokarz, Chairman and Portfolio Manager of MVC Capital. “MVC has made significant progress in transitioning to a yield-focused BDC, building its net operating income over the past few years. Our success makes this an opportune time to enjoy greater scale, cost synergies and continued shareholder alignment.”

Leon Cooperman, Wynnefield Capital, Inc. and West Family Investments, Inc., who collectively account for approximately 25% ownership interest in MVC Capital, have entered into voting agreements that require them to vote their MVC Capital shares in favor of the Transaction subject to terms of such agreements. Randy Rochman, CEO of West Family Investments, said in a statement, “The key to running a successful BDC is putting yourself in a position to be ‘highly aligned’ to generate attractive shareholder returns, and Barings has a history of doing just that. This combination allows a continuation of this practice due to the underlevered nature of the combined entity, at a time when very attractive financing deals are being offered. The breadth and scope of the global sourcing by Barings is a huge advantage in sourcing these very attractive risk-adjusted opportunities.”

Mr. Cooperman, founder of Omega Advisors, Inc. strongly supports the Transaction and said in a statement, “We are pleased with the result and thank the board of MVC Capital for its hard work and success in delivering an excellent outcome for shareholders. We believe this transaction represents strong shareholder alignment and provides the best path forward.”

Consummation of the Transaction is subject to Barings BDC and MVC Capital stockholder approval, customary regulatory approvals and other closing conditions.

J.P. Morgan served as sole financial advisor and Dechert LLP served as legal counsel to Barings BDC. JMP Securities served as financial advisor and Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP served as legal counsel to MVC Capital.

About Barings BDC

Barings BDC, Inc. (NYSE: BBDC) is a publicly traded, externally managed investment company that has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Barings BDC seeks to invest primarily in senior secured loans to private U.S. middle market companies that operate across a wide range of industries. Barings BDC’s investment activities are managed by its investment adviser, Barings LLC, a leading global asset manager based in Charlotte, NC with over $346 billion* of AUM firm-wide. For more information, visit

About MVC Capital, Inc.

MVC Capital (MVC) is a business development company traded on the New York Stock Exchange that provides long-term debt and equity investment capital to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations of companies in a variety of industries. For additional information about MVC, please visit MVC’s website at

About Barings LLC

Barings is a $346+ billion* global financial services firm dedicated to meeting the evolving investment and capital needs of our clients and customers. Through active asset management and direct origination, we provide innovative solutions and access to differentiated opportunities across public and private capital markets. A subsidiary of MassMutual, Barings maintains a strong global presence with business and investment professionals located across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Learn more at