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Agreements and Related Party Transactions

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Agreements and Related Party Transactions
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Related Party Transactions [Abstract]  
Agreements and Related Party Transactions Agreements and Related Party Transactions
Administration Agreement
The Company has entered into an amended and restated Administration Agreement (the “Administration Agreement”) with the Adviser. The Administration Agreement became effective on May 18, 2021 upon consummation of the transaction (the "Transaction") pursuant to which Owl Rock Capital Group, the parent of the Adviser (and a subsidiary of Owl Rock Capital Partners LP), and Dyal Capital Partners merged to form Blue Owl. The terms of the Administration Agreement are identical to the terms of the prior administration agreement. Under the terms of the Administration Agreement, the Adviser performs, or oversees, the performance of, required administrative services, which includes providing office space, equipment and office services, maintaining financial records, preparing reports to shareholders and reports filed with the SEC, and managing the payment of expenses and the performance of administrative and professional services rendered by others.
The Administration Agreement also provides that the Company reimburses the Adviser for certain offering costs.
The Company reimburses the Adviser for services performed for it pursuant to the terms of the Administration Agreement. In addition, pursuant to the terms of the Administration Agreement, the Adviser may delegate its obligations under the Administration Agreement to an affiliate or to a third party and the Company will reimburse the Adviser for any services performed for it by such affiliate or third party.
Unless earlier terminated as described below, the Administration Agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date it first became effective, and will remain in effect from year to year thereafter if approved annually by (1) the vote of the Board, or by the vote of a majority of its outstanding voting securities, and (2) the vote of a majority of the Company’s directors who are not “interested persons” of the Company, of the Adviser or of any of their respective affiliates, as defined in the 1940 Act. On May 3, 2022, the Board approved the continuation of the Administration Agreement. The Administration Agreement may be terminated at any time, without the payment of any penalty, on 60 days’ written notice, by the vote of a majority of the outstanding voting securities of the Company, or by the vote of the Board or by the Adviser.
No person who is an officer, director, or employee of the Adviser or its affiliates and who serves as a director of the Company receives any compensation from the Company for his or her services as a director. However, the Company reimburses the Adviser (or its affiliates) for an allocable portion of the compensation paid by the Adviser or its affiliates to the Company’s Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Financial Officer and their respective staffs (based on the percentage of time those individuals devote, on an estimated basis, to the business and affairs of the Company). Directors who are not affiliated with the Adviser receive compensation for their services and reimbursement of expenses incurred to attend meetings.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, the Company incurred expenses of approximately $1.5 million and $4.5 million, respectively, for costs and expenses reimbursable to the Adviser under the terms of the Administration Agreement. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company incurred expenses of approximately $1.6 million and $4.5 million, respectively, for costs and expenses reimbursable to the Adviser under the terms of the Administration Agreement.
Investment Advisory Agreement
The Company has entered into an amended and restated Investment Advisory Agreement (the “Investment Advisory Agreement”) with the Adviser. The Investment Advisory Agreement became effective on May 18, 2021 upon consummation of the Transaction. The terms of the Investment Advisory Agreement are identical to the terms of the prior investment advisory agreement.
Under the terms of the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Adviser is responsible for managing the Company’s business and activities, including sourcing investment opportunities, conducting research, performing diligence on potential investments, structuring its investments, and monitoring its portfolio companies on an ongoing basis through a team of investment professionals.
The Adviser’s services under the Investment Advisory Agreement are not exclusive, and it is free to furnish similar services to other entities so long as its services to the Company are not impaired.
Unless earlier terminated as described below, the Investment Advisory Agreement will remain in effect for two years from the date it first became effective, and will remain in effect from year-to-year thereafter if approved annually by a majority of the Board or by the holders of a majority of our outstanding voting securities and, in each case, by a majority of independent directors. On May 3, 2022, the Board approved the continuation of the Investment Advisory Agreement.
The Investment Advisory Agreement will automatically terminate within the meaning of the 1940 Act and related SEC guidance and interpretations in the event of its assignment. In accordance with the 1940 Act, without payment of any penalty, the Company may terminate the Investment Advisory Agreement with the Adviser upon 60 days’ written notice. The decision to terminate the agreement may be made by a majority of the Board or the shareholders holding a majority (as defined under the 1940 Act) of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock or the Adviser. In addition, without payment of any penalty, the Adviser may generally terminate the Investment Advisory Agreement upon 60 days’ written notice and, in certain circumstances, the Adviser may only be able to terminate the Investment Advisory Agreement upon 120 days’ written notice.
From time to time, the Adviser may pay amounts owed by the Company to third-party providers of goods or services, including the Board, and the Company will subsequently reimburse the Adviser for such amounts paid on its behalf. Amounts payable to the Adviser are settled in the normal course of business without formal payment terms.
Under the terms of the Investment Advisory Agreement, the Company will pay the Adviser a base management fee and may also pay to it certain incentive fees. The cost of both the management fee and the incentive fee will ultimately be borne by the Company’s shareholders.
The management fee is currently payable quarterly in arrears. The management fee is payable at an annual rate of (x) 1.50% of the Company’s average gross assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents, but including assets purchased with borrowed amounts) that is above an asset coverage ratio of 200% calculated in accordance with Sections 18 and 61 of the 1940 Act and (y) 1.00% of the Company’s average gross assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents, but including assets purchased with borrowed amounts) that is below an asset coverage ratio of 200% calculated in accordance with Section 18 and 61 of the 1940 Act, in each case, at the end of the two most recently completed calendar quarters. The management fee for any partial month or quarter, as the case may be, will be appropriately prorated and adjusted for any share issuances or repurchases during the relevant calendar months or quarters, as the case may be.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, management fees were $46.9 million and $141.2 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, management fees were $45.6 million and $131.7 million, respectively.
The incentive fee consists of two components that are independent of each other, with the result that one component may be payable even if the other is not. A portion of the incentive fee is based on the Company’s pre-incentive fee net investment income and a portion is based on the Company’s capital gains. The portion of the incentive fee based on pre-incentive fee net investment income is determined and paid quarterly in arrears commencing with the first calendar quarter following the Listing Date, and equals 100% of the pre-incentive fee net investment income in excess of a 1.5% quarterly “hurdle rate,” until the Adviser has received 17.5% of the total pre-incentive fee net investment income for that calendar quarter and, for pre-incentive fee net investment income in excess of 1.82% quarterly, 17.5% of all remaining pre-incentive fee net investment income for that calendar quarter.
The second component of the incentive fee, the capital gains incentive fee, payable at the end of each calendar year in arrears, equals 17.5% of cumulative realized capital gains from the Listing Date to the end of each calendar year, less cumulative realized capital losses and unrealized capital depreciation from the Listing Date to the end of each calendar year, less the aggregate amount of any previously paid capital gains incentive fee for prior periods. In no event will the capital gains incentive fee payable pursuant to the Investment Advisory Agreement be in excess of the amount permitted by the Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, including Section 205 thereof.
While the Investment Advisory Agreement neither includes nor contemplates the inclusion of unrealized gains in the calculation of the capital gains incentive fee, as required by U.S. GAAP, the Company accrues capital gains incentive fees on unrealized gains. This accrual reflects the incentive fees that would be payable to the Adviser if the Company’s entire investment portfolio was liquidated at its fair value as of the balance sheet date even though the Adviser is not entitled to an incentive fee with respect to unrealized gains unless and until such gains are actually realized.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022, the Company incurred $31.1 million and $83.6 million, respectively, of performance based incentive fees based on net investment income. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, the Company incurred $27.7 million and $74.7 million, respectively, of performance based incentive fees based on net investment income.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, the Company did not accrue capital gains based incentive fees.
Affiliated Transactions
The Company may be prohibited under the 1940 Act from participating in certain transactions with its affiliates without prior approval of the directors who are not interested persons, and in some cases, the prior approval of the SEC. The Company, the Adviser and certain of their affiliates have been granted an order for exemptive relief (the “Order”) by the SEC for the Company to co-invest with other funds managed by the Adviser or certain affiliates in a manner consistent with the Company’s investment objective, positions, policies, strategies and restrictions as well as regulatory requirements and other pertinent factors. Pursuant to such Order, the Company generally is permitted to co-invest with certain of its affiliates if a “required majority” (as defined in Section 57(o) of the 1940 Act) of the Board make certain conclusions in connection with a co-investment transaction, including that (1) the terms of the transaction, including the consideration to be paid, are reasonable and fair to the Company and its shareholders and do not involve overreaching of the Company or its shareholders on the part of any person concerned, (2) the transaction is consistent with the interests of the Company’s shareholders and is consistent with its investment objective and strategies, (3) the investment by its affiliates would not disadvantage the Company, and the Company’s participation would not be on a basis different from or less advantageous than that on which its affiliates are investing and (4) the proposed investment by the Company would not benefit the Adviser or its affiliates or any affiliated person of any of them (other than the parties to the transaction), except to the extent permitted by the exemptive relief and applicable law, including the limitations set forth in Section 57(k) of the 1940 Act. In addition, the Company has received an amendment to its Order to permit it to co-invest in its existing portfolio companies with certain affiliates that are private funds, even if such private funds did not have an investment in such existing portfolio company.
The Adviser is affiliated with Owl Rock Technology Advisors LLC (“ORTA”), Owl Rock Technology Advisors II LLC ("ORTA II"), Owl Rock Capital Private Fund Advisors LLC (“ORPFA”) and Owl Rock Diversified Advisors LLC (“ORDA” together with ORTA, ORTA II, ORPFA and the Adviser, the "Owl Rock Advisers"), which are also investment advisers. The Owl Rock Advisers are indirect affiliates of Blue Owl and comprise part of "Owl Rock," a division of Blue Owl focused on direct lending. The Owl Rock Advisers’ allocation policy seeks to ensure equitable allocation of investment opportunities over time between the Company and other funds managed by the Adviser or its affiliates. As a result of the Order, there could be significant overlap in the Company’s investment portfolio and the investment portfolio of other funds managed by the Adviser or its affiliates that could avail themselves of the Order and that have an investment objective similar to the Company's.
License Agreement
The Company has entered into a license agreement (the “License Agreement”), pursuant to which an affiliate of Blue Owl has granted the Company a non-exclusive license to use the name “Owl Rock.” Under the License Agreement, the Company has a right to use the Owl Rock name for so long as the Adviser or one of its affiliates remains the Company’s investment adviser. Other than with respect to this limited license, the Company will have no legal right to the “Owl Rock” name or logo.
Controlled, Affiliated Portfolio Companies
Under the 1940 Act, the Company is required to separately identify non-controlled investments where it owns 5% or more of a portfolio company’s outstanding voting securities and/or has the power to exercise control over the management or policies of such portfolio company as investments in “affiliated” companies. In addition, under the 1940 Act, the Company is required to separately identify investments where it owns more than 25% of a portfolio company’s outstanding voting securities and/or has the power to exercise control over the management or policies of such portfolio company as investments in “controlled” companies. Under the 1940 Act, “non-affiliated investments” are defined as investments that are neither controlled investments nor affiliated investments. Detailed information with respect to the Company’s non-controlled, non-affiliated; non-controlled, affiliated; and controlled affiliated investments is contained in the accompanying consolidated financial statements, including the consolidated schedule of investments.
The Company has made investments in controlled, affiliated companies, including ORCC SLF, Wingspire and Amergin AssetCo and in a non-controlled, affiliated company, Chapford SMA Partnership, L.P. ("Chapford SMA"). For further description of ORCC SLF, see “Note 4. Investments.”
Wingspire is an independent diversified direct lender focused on providing asset-based commercial finance loans and related senior secured loans to U.S.-based middle market borrowers. Wingspire offers a wide variety of asset-based financing solutions to businesses in an array of industries, including revolving credit facilities, machinery and equipment term loans, real estate term loans, first-in/last-out tranches, cash flow term loans, and opportunistic / bridge financings. Wingspire conducts its business through an indirectly owned subsidiary, Wingspire Capital LLC. The Company committed $50 million to Wingspire on September 24, 2019, and subsequently increased its commitment to $100 million on March 25, 2020, to $150 million on July 31, 2020, to $200 million on March 8, 2021, to $250 million on August 19, 2021, to $350 million on February 28, 2022 and again to $400 million on May 21, 2022. The Company does not consolidate its equity interest in Wingspire.
Amergin was created to invest in a leasing platform focused on railcar and aviation assets. Amergin consists
of Amergin AssetCo and Amergin Asset Management LLC, which has entered into a Servicing Agreement with Amergin AssetCo. The Company made a $90.0 million equity commitment to Amergin AssetCo on July 1, 2022. The Company’s investment in Amergin is a co-investment made with the Company’s affiliates in accordance with the terms of the exemptive relief that the Company received from the SEC. The Company does not consolidate its equity interest in Amergin AssetCo.
Chapford SMA is a portfolio company created to invest in life settlement assets. On July 18, 2022, the Company made a $15.9 million equity commitment to Chapford SMA. The Company's investment in Chapford SMA is a co-investment with the Company's affiliates in accordance with the terms of the exemptive relief that the Company received from the SEC. The Company does not consolidate its interest in Chapford SMA.