Filed Pursuant to Rule 497(a)
Registration No. 333-239839
August 31, 2020
Great Elm Capital Corp. (GECC) has historically sought to raise capital when it believes doing so would be in the best interests of GECCs stockholders. After careful consideration with GECCs board of directors, we announced today a non-transferable rights offering that we believe is consistent with this approach. We believe strengthening GECCs balance sheet is a prudent course of action in the face of the current market environment in which we are operating. Furthermore, in a period of market dislocation, there may be attractive new investment opportunities at compelling values on a risk-adjusted return basis, including opportunities in the specialty finance sector. The capital raised in the rights offering will provide support for the following initiatives:
New Opportunistic Investments Resulting from Dislocation: In periods of extreme market volatility, there are often undervalued investments that become available on more attractive terms than we would otherwise be able to obtain under typical, less volatile market conditions. Having additional capital to take advantage of these opportunities can provide for compelling risk-adjusted return opportunities. Based on the advice of Great Elm Capital Management, Inc. (GECM), our external investment manager, we may seek to opportunistically pursue new investment opportunities to grow our net investment income by investing in assets that GECM believes have become undervalued. Furthermore, we will continue implementing the portfolio repositioning we began in the second quarter, including by pursuing additional opportunities in specialty finance. These opportunities may offer more attractive returns than can be found in syndicated corporate credit and help to make our portfolio more proprietary.
Capital Resources to Support Existing Portfolio Companies: Given the global COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses have been adversely impacted by a weakened economy. While our portfolio companies are diversified across multiple industries and the overall impact will be dependent on the specific circumstances of each portfolio company, we believe having capital to support existing portfolio companies can help optimize outcomes for our stockholders. We are focused on liquidity measures to position GECC to support our portfolio companies and not impact their long-term value propositions.
It is a difficult decision to sell shares below net asset value (NAV). We strived to structure the rights offering to be as stockholder friendly as possible under these circumstances. For instance:
We purposely structured this equity raise as a rights offering to permit existing stockholders to subscribe for their pro rata rights and avoid dilution.
We set the price per share mechanics for the offering at a level that we believe will minimize dilution to our stockholders based on the current trading price of our shares while seeking to ensure a successful offering.
The non-transferability of the rights will ensure that only current stockholders will be able to take part in the rights offering, thereby mitigating the concern that a non-stockholder will benefit from an offering at a discount from NAV or market price.
We considered the benefits of a rights offering as compared to alternative methods of raising additional capital and the limitation we face as a result of falling below our asset coverage ratio.
We considered that a successful offering would likely ensure that we would be above our minimum asset coverage ratio.
We considered that a successful offering would reduce the concentration of our larger investments.
Great Elm Capital Group, Inc. and certain of GECCs other stockholders (the Participating Shareholders) have indicated that they intend to fully exercise their rights and over-subscribe in order to make an aggregate investment of up to $24 million in shares of GECCs common stock. Any over-subscription by the Participating Shareholders will be effected only after pro rata allocation of over-subscription shares to record date holders (other than the Participating Shareholders) who fully exercise all rights issued to them. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the Participating Shareholders will acquire any shares of GECCs common stock through their exercise of over-subscription privileges.
We strive to put stockholders first and believe that this offering positions GECC to better weather the current market volatility while simultaneously offering GECC the flexibility to be proactive and pursue strategic new investments, including additional opportunities in specialty finance. On behalf of myself and the other members of GECCs board of directors, we thank you for your continued support.
|Peter A. Reed|
|Chief Executive Officer|
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