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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):

February 4, 2019


Hercules Capital, Inc.
(formerly known as Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc.)

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)





(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

(Commission File No.)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

400 Hamilton Ave., Suite 310

Palo Alto, CA



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (650) 289-3060


Not Applicable

(Former name or address, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):


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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter)


                                   Emerging growth company      ☐


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.  





Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


On February 4, 2019, the Board of Directors of Hercules Capital, Inc. (the “Company”) elected Gayle Crowell as a director of the Company. There are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Crowell and any other persons pursuant to which Ms. Crowell was elected as a director of the Company. Ms. Crowell will be entitled to the applicable annual retainer and restricted stock awards pursuant to the Company’s director compensation arrangements, under terms consistent with those previously disclosed by the Company. Ms. Crowell will also be entitled to enter into an indemnification agreement with the Company. Ms. Crowell will hold office as a Class II director for a term expiring in 2021 and does not currently serve on any committees of the Company.


Ms. Crowell served as an operational business consultant for Warburg Pincus LLC, a private equity firm from June 2001 through December 2018. Since 2016, she has served as a member of the board of directors of Envestnet, Inc., a provider of unified wealth management technology and services to financial advisors. She is also as a member of Envestnet’s compensation committee and chairman of its compliance and information security committee. Since 2014, Ms. Crowell has also served as a member of the board of directors of Dude Solutions Inc., a provider of operations management software. She has previously served as a member of the board of directors of multiple private and public companies, including but not limited to Mercury Gate International, Inc. (2014-2018), Yodlee (2002-2015), Coyote Logistics, LLC (2011-2015), SRS (2004-2013) and TradeCard, Inc. (2009-2013). Ms. Crowell holds a B.S. in education from the University of Nevada at Reno.


Item 8.01. Other Events


On February 5, 2019, the Company issued a press release announcing the appointment of Ms. Crowell as a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. The text of the press release is included as an exhibit to this Form 8-K.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits






Press Release dated February 5, 2019







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.





February 5, 2019



/s/ Melanie Grace                           


General Counsel




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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)


Exhibit 99.1



Hercules Capital Expands Board of Directors to Nine Members with the Appointment of Gayle Crowell


Fully embracing California Senate Bill 826, Hercules further enhances its board diversity and inclusion with three women directors


PALO ALTO, Calif., February 5, 2019Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) (“Hercules” or the “Company”), the leading specialty finance company to innovative, venture growth, pre-IPO and M&A stage companies backed by leading and top-tier venture capital firms, today announced the appointment of Gayle Crowell to serve as a member of its board of directors, effective February 4, 2019. Ms. Crowell serves on several public and private boards of directors and is a highly experienced technology operating executive with extensive experience in both industry leading venture and private equity-backed companies. With its highly-diversified board of directors, the Company is an early adopter of the California Senate Bill 826, which requires publicly held companies based in California to have a minimum of one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. Furthermore, by the end of July 2021, companies with five board members will need a minimum of two women serving, and boards of six or more will require a minimum of three women serving.


“Together with the recent addition of Carol Foster, Gayle’s appointment continues our commitment to expanding and enhancing our board of directors with highly qualified, experienced and diverse individuals with deep subject matter expertise that will serve us well as our platform grows,” said Manuel A. Henriquez, chairman and chief executive officer of Hercules. “As a former CEO, Gayle understands the challenges senior leaders face in building high growth, sustainable long-term businesses. Her hands-on knowledge, coupled with a keen perspective into the financial markets and venture capital environment, brings a unique and valued point of view as a board member. We warmly welcome Gayle to our board and look forward to her contributions.”


Ms. Crowell has served as Senior Operating Consultant for the past 15 years at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm focused on growth investing, as a Member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Group. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Ms. Crowell held executive roles at leading software companies, including Oracle Corporation, E.piphany, RightPoint Software, View Star, Mosaix, Recognition International, DSC and Cubix Corporation. She currently serves as a Board member of Envestnet, Inc. (ENV) and Dude Solutions Incorporated.


Ms. Crowell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Nevada at Reno.





About Hercules Capital, Inc.


Hercules Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC) (“Hercules”) 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 $8.2 billion to over 440 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, or call 650.289.3060.


Hercules’ common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “HTGC.”  In addition, Hercules has six outstanding bond issuances of:


Institutional Senior Unsecured Notes PAR $1000.00



4.625% Notes due 2022


Retail Senior Unsecured Notes (“Baby Bonds”) PAR $25.00



5.25% Notes due 2025 (NYSE:HCXZ)


6.25% Notes due 2033 (NYSE:HCXY)


Convertible Notes



4.375% Convertible Notes due 2022


Securitization Notes



4.605% Asset-backed Notes due 2027


4.703% Asset-backed Notes due 2028 


Forward-Looking Statements


This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You should understand that under Section 27A(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 do not apply to forward-looking statements made in periodic reports we file under the Exchange Act.


The information disclosed in this press release is made as of the date hereof and reflects Hercules’ most current assessment of its historical financial performance. Actual financial results filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission may differ from those contained herein due to timing delays between the date of this release and confirmation of final audit results. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements including, without limitation, the risks, uncertainties, including the uncertainties surrounding the current market volatility, and other factors the Company identifies from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although Hercules believes that the assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, any of those assumptions could prove to be inaccurate and, as a result, the forward-looking statements based on those assumptions also could be incorrect. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof, and Hercules assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements for subsequent events.




Michael Hara

Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

Hercules Capital, Inc.



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