10-K 1 form10k.htm CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION 10-K 3-31-2012 form10k.htm


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTIONS 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
FORM 10-K
 (Mark One)
 
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES  EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012
OR
 
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                                      to

Commission File Number: 814-61

CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Texas
 
75-1072796
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
     
12900 Preston Road, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas
 
75230
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  (972) 233-8242

Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act: None
 
Securities registered pursuant to section 12(g) of the Act:  Common Stock, $1.00 par value

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YES o NO x.
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. YES o NO x.
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  YES x NO o.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). YES x NO o
 
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  x
 


 
 

 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer.  See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check One):
 
Large accelerated filer o  Accelerated filer x  Non-accelerated filer o  Smaller reporting company o
 
Indicate by check  mark  whether  the   registrant  is  a  shell  company  (as defined in Rule 12b-2  of  the  Act).
YES o NO x.

The aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of September 30, 2011 was $193,363,554, based on the last sale price of such stock as quoted by The Nasdaq Stock Market on such date.

The number of shares of common stock outstanding as of May 1, 2012 was 3,754,538.

Documents Incorporated by Reference
Proxy Statement for Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held July 18, 2012 is incorporated by reference in this Annual Report on Form 10-K in response to Part III.
 
 
 

 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I
 
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  Item 1A.
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  Item 1B.
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  Item 2.
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  Item 3.
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  Item 4.
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PART II
   
  Item 5.
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  Item 6.
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  Item 7.
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  Item 7A.
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  Item 8.
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  Item 9.
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  Item 9A.
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  Item 9B.
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PART III
   
  Item 10.
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  Item 11.
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  Item 12.
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  Item 13.
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  Item 14.
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PART IV
   
  Item 15.
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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements regarding the plans and objectives of management for future operations.  Any such forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by any forward looking statements.  Forward-looking statements which involve assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations are generally identifiable by use of the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “intend” or “project” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology.  These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that may be incorrect, and we cannot assure you that the projections included in these forward-looking statements will come to pass.  Our actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including the factors discussed in Item 1A entitled “Risk Factors” in Part I of this Annual Report on Form 10-K and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include changes in the economy and future changes in laws or regulations and conditions in our operating areas.

We have based the forward-looking statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K on information available to us on the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements, unless we are required to do so by applicable law.  However, you are advised to consult any additional disclosures that we may make directly to you or through reports that we in the future may file with the SEC, including subsequent annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K.

PART I

Item 1.            Business

Overview

Capital Southwest Corporation ("CSC") was organized as a Texas corporation on April 19, 1961.  Until September 1969, we operated as a licensee under the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.  At that time, CSC transferred to our wholly-owned subsidiary, Capital Southwest Venture Corporation ("CSVC"), certain assets and our license as a small business investment company ("SBIC").  CSVC is a closed-end, non-diversified investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "1940 Act").  Prior to March 30, 1988, CSC was registered as a closed-end, non-diversified investment company under the 1940 Act.  On that date, we elected to become a business development company ("BDC") subject to the provisions of the 1940 Act, as amended by the Small Business Incentive Act of 1980.  Because CSC wholly owns CSVC, the portfolios of CSC and CVSC are referred to collectively as "our," "we" and "us."  Capital Southwest Management Company ("CSMC"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSC, is the management company for CSC and CSVC.  CSMC generally incurs all normal operating and administrative expenses, including, but not limited to, salaries and related benefits, rent, equipment and other administrative costs required for its day-to-day operations.

Our portfolio is a composite of companies, consisting of companies in which we have controlling interests, developing companies and marketable securities of established publicly traded companies.  We make available significant managerial assistance to the companies in which we invest and believe that providing material assistance to such investee companies is critical to their business development activities.
 
 
The 12 largest investments we own had a combined cost of $49,252,842 and a value of $529,313,328, representing 94.7% of the value of our consolidated investment portfolio at March 31, 2012.  The following table illustrates our 12 largest investments at March 31, 2012.  A full description of these investments is set forth under the heading “Consolidated Schedule of Investments” in Item 8.
 
   
CSC
 
   
Cost
   
Value
 
             
The RectorSeal Corporation
  $ 52,600     $ 166,300,000  
Encore Wire Corporation
    5,800,000       121,458,210  
Alamo Group Inc.
    2,190,937       85,138,938  
The Whitmore Manufacturing Company
    1,600,000       67,200,000  
Heelys, Inc.
    102,490       20,498,082  
Media Recovery, Inc.
    5,415,000       18,700,000  
Hologic, Inc.
    220,000       13,637,271  
Extreme International, Inc.
    3,325,875       10,162,000  
Trax Holdings, Inc.
    8,200,000       9,800,000  
Cinatra Clean Technologies, Inc.
    13,563,842       6,002,348  
CapStar Holdings Corporation
    3,703,619       5,338,000  
iMemories, Inc.
    5,078,479       5,078,479  
 
  $ 49,252,842     $ 529,313,328  

Investment Criteria and Objectives

We are a venture capital investment company whose objective is to achieve capital appreciation through long-term investments in businesses believed to have favorable growth potential.  Our investment interests are focused on growth capital, management-led buyouts and acquisition in a broad range of industry segments.

Our investment team has identified the following investment criteria that we believe are important in evaluating prospective portfolio companies:

 
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Excellent Management:  Management teams with a proven record of achievement, exceptional ability, unyielding determination and unquestionable integrity.  We believe management teams with these attributes are more likely to manage the companies in a manner that protects our debt investment and enhances the value of our equity investment.

 
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Investment Size:  $5 million to $15 million of equity capital.  We occasionally partner with other investors to engage in larger transactions.

 
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Established Companies with Positive Cash Flow:  We generally seek to invest in established companies with sound historical financial performance.  We typically focus on companies that have historically generated near positive EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) to $10 million of EBITDA.

 
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Industry:  We primarily focus on companies having competitive advantages in their respective markets and/or operating in industries with barriers to entry, which may help protect their market position.  Overall, our portfolio is spread over many diverse industries.
 
 
 
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Location:  We focus on companies located in the United States, and we are most focused on the Southwest, Southeast, Midwest and Mountain Regions.
 
 
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Quality referral from a reputable source:  Excellent management is the cornerstone of our investment philosophy; therefore, it is helpful if mutually-known parties reach out to us on behalf of prospective investments.  Accomplished managers generally have prior investors or directors willing to speak on their behalf.

We provide a platform that enables successful operators to build businesses at their desired pace and on their terms.  Our investment approach is distinctive because we:

 
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Provide long-term, patient capital for sustained growth.  Our public ownership structure eliminates the pressure to exit our investments in the five to seven year timeframe typical of most venture capital and private equity partnerships.  A third of our active investments have been held continuously for over 20 years.

 
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Leave control with current owners.  We find that the best recipe for success is a committed management team with significant ownership.  Over half of our active portfolio companies are minority holdings.  When operating control and ownership control remain with the management team, they have the flexibility to execute plans that serve customers, employees and shareholders well for the long term.

 
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Have a time-tested business model.  Many investment firms are first or second time funds – in other words, relatively unproven managers with unproven models.  In contrast, we have partnered with over 160 companies to achieve superior returns for owners, management teams and investors for half a century.

 
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Always have funds to invest.  Our significant capital base enables us to fund businesses today and in the future, should the need arise.  Since we take our responsibility as partners seriously, we have provided follow-on financing for a number of our portfolio companies, often years after our initial investment.

Investment Process

Our investment strategy involves a "team" approach, whereby potential transactions are screened by our investment team before they are presented to the Board of Directors for approval.  Our investment team generally categorizes the investment process into seven distinctive stages:

 
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Deal Generation/Origination:  Deal generation and origination is maximized through long-standing and extensive relationships with industry contacts, brokers, commercial and investment bankers, entrepreneurs, service providers, such as lawyers and accountants, as well as current and former portfolio companies and investors.
 
 
 
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Screening:  Once it is determined that a potential investment has met our investment criteria, we will perform preliminary due diligence or screening.  It is during this stage that we will take into consideration potential investment structures and price terms, as well as regulatory compliance.  Upon successful screening of the proposed investment, the investment team makes a recommendation to move forward.  We then issue a non-binding term sheet.

 
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Term Sheet:  The non-binding term sheet will include the key economic terms based upon our analysis performed during the screening process as well as a proposed timeline and our qualitative expectation for the transaction.  Upon execution of the term sheet, we begin our formal due diligence process.

 
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Due Diligence:  Due diligence is performed by the leader of the designated investment team and certain external resources who together perform due diligence to understand the relationships among the prospective portfolio company’s business plan, operations and financial performance.  Additionally, we may include site visits with management and key personnel; detailed review of historical and projected financial statements; interviews with key customers and suppliers; detailed evaluation of company management, including background checks; review of material contracts; in-depth industry, market and strategy analysis; and review by legal, environmental or other consultants, if needed.  In certain cases, we may decide not to make an investment based on the results of due diligence.

 
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Document and Close:  Upon completion of a satisfactory due diligence review, our investment team presents its findings, in writing, to our Board of Directors for approval.  If any adjustments to the investment terms or structures are proposed by our Board of Directors, such changes are made and applicable analysis is updated.  Upon Board approval for the investment, we will re-confirm our regulatory company compliance, process and finalize all required legal documents and fund the investment.

 
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Post-Investment:  We continuously monitor the status and progress of our portfolio companies.  We offer managerial assistance to our portfolio companies, giving them access to our investment experience, direct industry expertise and contacts.  The same investment team lead that was involved in the investment process will continue involvement in the portfolio company post-investment.  This provides for continuity of knowledge and allows the investment team to maintain a strong business relationship with key management of our portfolio companies for post-investment assistance and monitoring purposes.  As part of the monitoring process, our investment team leader will analyze monthly/quarterly/annual financial statements versus the previous periods, review financial projections, meet with management, attend board meetings and review all compliance certificates and covenants.  While we maintain limited involvement in the ordinary course of operations of our portfolio companies, we maintain a higher level of involvement in non-ordinary course financings, potential acquisitions and other strategic activities.

 
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Exit Strategies:  While our approach is primarily focused on providing long-term patient capital for sustained growth, we assist our portfolio companies in developing and planning exit opportunities, including any sale or merger of our portfolio companies, at the appropriate time.  We assist in the structure, timing, execution and transition of the exit strategy.
 
 
Determination of Net Asset Value and Portfolio Valuation Process

We determine our net asset value per share on a quarterly basis.  The net asset value per share is equal to our total assets minus liabilities divided by the total number of shares of common stock outstanding.

We determine in good faith the fair value of our portfolio investments pursuant to a valuation policy in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures (“ASC 820”) and a valuation process approved by our Board of Directors and in accordance with the 1940 Act. Our valuation policy is intended to provide a consistent basis for determining the fair value of the portfolio.

As described below, we undertake a multi-step valuation process each quarter in connection with determining the fair value of our investments, with our Board of Directors ultimately and solely responsible for overseeing, reviewing and approving, in good faith, our estimate of the fair value of each individual investment.

 
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Our quarterly valuation process begins with each portfolio company or investment being initially valued by the investment team leader responsible for the portfolio investment; and

 
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Preliminary valuation conclusions will then be reviewed and discussed with our investment team; and

 
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Our Board of Directors will assess the valuations and will ultimately approve the fair value of each investment in our portfolio, in good faith.

Our Board of Directors is ultimately and solely responsible for determining the fair value of portfolio investments on an annual basis.  Annually, Duff & Phelps, LLC ("Duff & Phelps") provides third party valuation consulting services to our Board of Directors, which consists of certain limited procedures that our Board of Directors identifies and requests them to perform.  For the year ended March 31, 2012, the Board of Directors asked Duff & Phelps to perform the limited procedures on six investments comprising approximately 85.8% of the total investments at fair value as of March 31, 2012.  Upon completion of the limited procedures, Duff & Phelps concluded that the fair value of those investments, subject to the limited procedures, did not appear unreasonable.

Competition

We compete for attractive investment opportunities with private equity funds, venture capital partnerships and corporations, venture capital affiliates of industrial and financial companies, SBICs and wealthy individuals. We believe we are able to be competitive with these entities primarily on the basis of the experience and contacts of our management team and our responsive and efficient investment analysis and decision-making processes; however, this competitive environment could have a material adverse effect on our ability to acquire attractive investments.

Regulation

Regulation as a Business Development Company

We have elected to be regulated as a BDC under the 1940 Act.  The 1940 Act contains prohibitions and restrictions relating to transactions between BDCs and their affiliates, principal underwriters and affiliates of those affiliates or underwriters.  The 1940 Act requires that a majority of the members of the board of directors of a BDC be persons other than “interested persons,” as defined in the 1940 Act.  In addition, the 1940 Act provides that we may not change the nature of our business so as to cease to be, or to withdraw our election as, a BDC unless approved by a majority of our outstanding voting securities.
 
 
The 1940 Act defines “a majority of the outstanding voting securities” as the lesser of (i) 67% or more of the voting securities present at a meeting if the holders of more than 50% of our outstanding voting securities are present or represented by proxy or (ii) more than 50% of our voting securities.

The following is a brief description of the 1940 Act provisions applicable to BDCs, which is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the 1940 Act and rules issued thereunder by the SEC.

 
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Generally, to be eligible to elect BDC status, a company must primarily engage in the business of furnishing capital and making significant managerial assistance available to companies that do not have ready access to compare through conventional financial channels.  Such companies that satisfy certain additional criteria are defined as "eligible portfolio companies."  In general, in order to qualify as a BDC, a company must: (i) be a domestic company; (ii) have registered a class of its securities pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (iii) operate for the purpose of investing in the securities of certain types of portfolio companies, including early stage or emerging companies and businesses suffering or just recovering from financial distress (see following paragraph); (iv) make available significant managerial assistance to such portfolio companies; and (v) file a proper notice of election with the SEC.

 
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An eligible portfolio company generally is a domestic company that is not an investment company or a company excluded from investment company status pursuant to exclusions for certain types of financial companies (such as brokerage firms, banks, insurance companies and investment banking firms) and that: (i) does not have a class of securities listed on a national securities exchange; (ii) does have a class of equity securities listed on a national securities exchange with a market capitalization of less than $250 million; or (iii) is controlled by the BDC itself or together with others (control under the 1940 Act is presumed to exist where a person owns at least 25% of the outstanding voting securities of the portfolio company) and has a representative on the Board of Directors of such company.

 
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We are required to provide and maintain a bond issued by a reputable fidelity insurance company to protect the BDC.  Furthermore, as a BDC, we are prohibited from protecting any director or officer against any liability to us or our shareholders arising from willful malfeasance, bad faith, gross negligence or reckless disregard of the duties involved in the conduct of such person’s office.

 
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We are required to adopt and implement written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violation of the federal securities laws, review these policies and procedures annually for their adequacy and the effectiveness of their implementation and designate a chief compliance officer to be responsible for administering these policies and procedures.
 
 
Qualifying Assets

The 1940 Act provides that we may not make an investment in non-qualifying assets unless at the time at least 70% of the value of our total assets (measured as of the date of our most recently filed financial statements) consists of qualifying assets.  Qualifying assets include: (i) securities of eligible portfolio companies; (ii) securities of certain companies that were eligible companies at the time we initially acquired their securities and in which we retain a substantial interest; (iii) securities of certain controlled companies; (iv) securities of certain bankrupt, insolvent or distressed companies; (v) securities received in exchange for or distributed in or with respect to any of the foregoing; and (vi) cash items, U.S. government securities and high-quality short-term debt.  The SEC has adopted a rule permitting a BDC to invest its funds in certain money market funds.  The 1940 Act also places restrictions on the nature of the transactions in which, and the persons for whom, securities can be purchased in some instances in order for the securities to be considered qualifying assets.

Managerial Assistance to Portfolio Companies

In order to count portfolio securities as qualifying assets for the purpose of the 70% test, we must either control the issuer of the securities or must offer to make available to the issuer of the securities (other than small and solvent companies described above) significant managerial assistance; except that, where we purchase such securities in conjunction with one or more other persons acting together, one of the other persons in the group may make available such managerial assistance.  Making available managerial assistance means, among other things, any arrangement whereby the BDC, through its directors, officers or employees, offers to provide, and, if accepted, does so provide, significant guidance and counsel concerning the management, operations or business objectives and policies of a portfolio company.

Marketable Securities and Idle Funds Investments

Pending investments in “qualifying assets,” as described above, our investments may consist of cash, cash equivalents, U.S. government securities, short-term investments in secured debt investments, independently rated debt investments and diversified bond funds, which we refer to, collectively, as marketable securities and idle funds investments, so that 70% of our assets are qualifying assets.

Senior Securities

We are permitted by the 1940 Act, under specific conditions, to issue multiple classes of debt and a single class of preferred stock if our asset coverage, as defined by the 1940 Act, is at least 200% after the issuance of the debt or the preferred stock (i.e. such senior securities may not be in excess of our net assets).  Under specific conditions, we are also permitted by the 1940 Act to issue warrants.

Common Stock

Except under certain conditions, we may sell our securities at a price that is below the prevailing net asset value per share only during the 12-month period after (i) a majority of our directors and our disinterested investors have determined that such sale would be in the best interests of us and our stockholders and (ii) the holders of a majority of our outstanding voting securities and the holders of a majority of our voting securities held by persons who are not affiliated person of ours approve such issuances.  A majority of the disinterested directors must determine in good faith that the price of the securities being sold is not less than a price which closely approximates market value of the securities, less any distribution discount or commission.
 
 
Code of Ethics

We adopted a code of ethics pursuant to Rule 17j-1 under the 1940 Act that establishes procedures for personal investments and restricts certain personal securities transactions.  Personnel subject to the code may invest in securities for their personal investment accounts including securities that may be purchased or held by us, so long as such investments are made in accordance with the code’s requirements.  Certain transactions involving certain persons closely related to us including our directors, officers and employees, may require approval of the SEC.  However, the 1940 Act ordinarily does not restrict transactions between us and our portfolio companies.
 
We may be periodically examined by the SEC for compliance with the 1940 Act.

Small Business Investment Company Regulations

CSVC is licensed by the Small Business Administration ("SBA") to operate as a SBIC under Section 301(c) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.

SBICs are designed to stimulate the flow of private equity capital to eligible small businesses.  Under SBIC regulations, an SBIC may make loans to eligible small businesses, invest in equity securities of such businesses and provide them with consulting and advisory services.

Under current SBIC regulations, eligible small businesses generally include businesses that (together with their affiliates) have a tangible net worth not exceeding $18 million and have average annual net income after federal income taxes not exceeding $6 million (average net income to be computed without benefit of any carryover loss) for the two most recent fiscal years. In addition, an SBIC must devote 20% of its investment activity to "smaller" concerns as defined by the SBA.  A smaller concern generally includes businesses that have a tangible net worth not exceeding $6 million and have average annual net income after federal income taxes not exceeding $2 million (average net income to be computed without benefit of any net carryover loss) for the two most recent fiscal years. SBIC regulations also provide alternative size standard criteria to determine eligibility for designation as an eligible small business or smaller concern, which criteria depend on the primary industry in which the business is engaged and are based on such factors as the number of employees and gross revenue.  However, once an SBIC has invested in a company, it may continue to make follow on investments in the company, regardless of the size of the portfolio company at the time of the follow on investment, up to the time of the portfolio company’s initial public offering.

The SBA prohibits an SBIC from providing funds to small businesses for certain purposes, such as relending and investment outside the United States, to businesses engaged in a few prohibited industries and to certain "passive" (non-operating) companies.  In addition, without prior SBA approval, an SBIC may not invest an amount equal to more than approximately 30% of the SBIC’s regulatory capital in any one portfolio company and its affiliates.

The SBA places certain limitations on the financing terms of investments by SBICs in portfolio companies (such as limiting the permissible interest rate on debt securities held by an SBIC in a portfolio company). Although prior regulations prohibited an SBIC from controlling a small business concern except in limited circumstances, regulations adopted by the SBA in 2002 now allow an SBIC to exercise control over a small business for a period of seven years from the date on which the SBIC initially acquires its control position.  This control period may be extended for an additional period of time with the SBA’s prior written approval.

The SBA restricts the ability of a SBIC to lend money to any of its officers, directors and employees or to invest in affiliates thereof. The SBA also prohibits, without prior SBA approval, a "change of control" of a SBIC or transfers that would result in any person (or a group of persons acting in concert) owning 10% or more of a class of capital stock of a licensed SBIC. A "change of control" is any event which would result in the transfer of the power, direct or indirect, to direct the management and policies of a SBIC, whether through ownership, contractual arrangements or otherwise.
 
 
An SBIC (or group of SBICs under common control) may generally have outstanding debentures guaranteed by the SBA in amounts up to twice the amount of the privately-raised funds of the SBIC(s). Debentures guaranteed by the SBA have a maturity of 10 years, require semi-annual payments of interest, do not require any principal payments prior to maturity and, historically, were subject to certain prepayment penalties.  Those prepayment penalties no longer apply as of September 2006.  As of March 31, 2012 and 2011, we had no SBA-guaranteed debentures.

SBICs must invest idle funds that are not being used to make loans in investments permitted under SBIC regulations in the following limited types of securities: (i) direct obligations of, or obligations guaranteed as to principal and interest by, the United States government, which mature within 15 months from the date of the investment; (ii) repurchase agreements with federally insured institutions with a maturity of seven days or less (and the securities underlying the repurchase obligations must be direct obligations of or guaranteed by the federal government); (iii) certificates of deposit with a maturity of one year or less, issued by a federally insured institution; (iv) a deposit account in a federally insured institution that is subject to a withdrawal restriction of one year or less; (v) a checking account in a federally insured institution; or (vi) a reasonable petty cash fund.

SBICs are periodically examined and audited by the SBA’s staff to determine their compliance with SBIC regulations and are periodically required to file forms with the SBA.

Taxation as a Regulated Investment Company

We elected to be treated as a regulated investment company (a "RIC"), taxable under Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), for federal income tax purposes.  In general, a RIC is not taxed on its income or gains to the extent it distributes such income or gains to its shareholders.  In order to qualify as a RIC, we must, in general, (1) annually derive at least 90% of our gross income from dividends, interest and gains from the sale of securities and similar sources (the "Income Source Rule"); (2) quarterly meet certain investment asset diversification requirements; and (3) annually distribute at least 90% of our investment company taxable income as a dividend (the "Income Distribution Rule").  Any taxable investment company income not distributed is subject to corporate level tax.  Any taxable investment company income distributed generally is taxable to shareholders as dividend income.

In addition to the requirement that we must annually distribute at least 90% of our investment company taxable income, we may either distribute or retain our realized net capital gains from investments, but any net capital gains not distributed may be subject to corporate level tax.  It is our current intention not to distribute net capital gains.  Any net capital gains distributed generally will be taxable to shareholders as long-term capital gains.

In lieu of actually distributing our realized net capital gains, we as a RIC may retain all or part of our net capital gains and elect to be deemed to have made a distribution of the retained portion to our shareholders under the "designated undistributed capital gain" rules of the Code.  We currently intend to retain and so designate all of our net capital gains.  In this case, the "deemed distribution" generally is taxable to our shareholders as long-term capital gains.  Although we pay tax at the corporate rate on the amount deemed to have been distributed, our shareholders receive a tax credit equal to their proportionate share of the tax paid and an increase in the tax basis of their shares by the amount per share retained by us.
 
 
To the extent that we retain capital gains and have a "deemed distribution," each shareholder will receive an IRS Form 2439 that will reflect each shareholder's receipt of the deemed distribution income and a tax credit equal to each shareholder's proportionate share of the tax paid by us.  This tax credit, which is paid at the corporate rate, is often credited at a higher rate than the actual tax due by a shareholder on the deemed distribution income.  The "residual" credit can be used by the shareholder to offset other taxes due in that year or to generate a tax refund to the shareholder.  Tax exempt investors may file for a refund.

Although we may retain income and gains subject to the limitations described above (including paying corporate level tax on such amounts), we could be subject to an additional 4% excise tax if we fail to distribute 98% of our aggregate annual taxable income.

The NASDAQ Global Select Market Corporate Governance Regulations

The Nasdaq Global Select Market has adopted corporate governance regulations with which listed companies must comply in order to remain listed.  We believe we are in compliance with such corporate governance listing standards.  We intend to monitor our compliance with all future listing standards and to take all necessary actions to ensure that we stay in compliance.

Securities Act of 1934 and Sarbanes-Oxley Act Compliance

We are subject to the reporting and disclosure requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), including the filing of quarterly, annual and current reports, proxy statements and other required items.  In addition, we are subject to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which imposes a wide variety of regulatory requirements on publicly-held companies and their insiders.  For example:

 
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pursuant to Rule 13a-14 of the Exchange Act, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer are required to certify the accuracy of the financial statements contained in our periodic reports;

 
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pursuant to Item 307 of Regulation S-K, our periodic reports are required to disclose our conclusions about the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures;

 
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pursuant to Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act, our management is required to prepare a report regarding its assessment of our internal control over financial reporting, and our independent registered public accounting firm separately audits our internal control over financial reporting; and

 
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pursuant to Item 308 of Regulation S-K and Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act, our periodic reports must disclose whether there were significant changes in our internal control over financial reporting or in other factors that could significantly affect these controls subsequent to the date of their evaluation, including any corrective actions with regard to significant deficiencies and material weaknesses.
 
 
Corporate information

Our principal executive offices are located at 12900 Preston Road, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75230.  We maintain a Website on the Internet at www.capitalsouthwest.com.  You can review the filings we have made with the SEC, free of charge by linking directly from our website to NASDAQ, a database that links to EDGAR, the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System of the SEC. You may also use the site to access our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The public may read and copy materials that we file with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549.  Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330.  The SEC also maintains a website that contains the reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically with the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.  The charters adopted by the committees of our Board of Directors are also available on our website.  Information contained on our website is not incorporated by reference into this Annual Report on Form 10-K, and you should not consider that information to be part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Employees

As of March 31, 2012, we had fifteen employees, each of whom was employed by our management company, CSMC.  These employees include our corporate officers, investment and portfolio management professionals and administrative staff.  We will hire additional investment professionals and additional administrative personnel, as necessary.  All of our employees are located in our Dallas office.

Item 1A.         Risk Factors

Investing in our common stock involves a number of significant risks.  In addition to other information contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, investors should consider the following information before making an investment in our common stock.  The risks and uncertainties described below decrease the material risks we face;  However, risks and uncertainties not presently known to us, or not presently deemed material by us, may also impair our operations and performance.  If any of the following risks actually occur, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be materially adversely affected.  If that happens, the trading price of our common stock could decline, and you may lose all or part of your investment.

RISKS RELATED TO ECONOMIC CONDITIONS

The current state of the economy and financial markets increases the likelihood of adverse effects on our financial position and results of operations.  Continued economic adversity could impair our portfolio companies’ financial position and operating results and affect the industries in which we invest, which could, in turn, harm our operating results.

The broader economic fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain uncertain.  Unemployment levels remain elevated and consumer fundamentals remain depressed, which has led to significant reductions in spending by both consumers and businesses.  In the event that the U.S. economy remains depressed, it is likely that the financial results of small to mid-size companies, like those in which we invest, could experience deterioration or limited growth from current levels, which could ultimately lead to difficulty in meeting their debt service requirements and increase defaults.  In addition, the end markets for certain of our portfolio companies’ products and services have experienced negative economic trends.   Consequently, we can provide no assurance that the performance of certain of our portfolio companies will not be negatively impacted by these economic and other conditions, which could also have a negative impact on our future results.
 
 
RISKS RELATED TO OUR BUSINESS AND STRUCTURE

Our investment portfolio is and will continue to be recorded at fair value, with our Board of Directors having final responsibility for overseeing, reviewing and approving, in good faith, our estimate of fair value. As a result, there is and will continue to be uncertainty as to the value of our portfolio investments.

 Under the 1940 Act, we are required to carry our portfolio investments at market value or, if there is no readily available market value, at fair value as determined by us, with our Board of Directors having final responsibility for overseeing, reviewing and approving, in good faith, our estimate of fair value.  Typically, there is not a public market for the securities of the privately held companies in which we have invested and generally will continue to invest.  As a result, we value these securities quarterly at fair value based on inputs from management and our investment team, along with the oversight, review and approval of our Board of Directors.

The determination of fair value and consequently, the amount of unrealized gains and losses in our portfolio, are to a certain degree, subjective and dependent on a valuation process approved by our Board of Directors.  Certain factors that may be considered in determining the fair value of our investments include external events, such as private mergers, sales and acquisitions involving comparable companies.  Because of the inherent uncertainty of the valuation of portfolio securities which do not have readily ascertainable market values, our fair value determinations may differ materially from the values a third party would be willing to pay for such securities or the values which would be applicable to unrestricted securities having a public market.  Due to this uncertainty, our fair value determinations may cause our net asset value on a given date to be materially understated or overstate the value that we may ultimately realize on one or more of our investments.  As a result, investors purchasing our common stock based on an overstated net asset value may pay a higher price than the value of our investments might warrant.  Conversely, investors selling shares during a period in which the net asset value understates the value of our investments may receive a lower price for their shares than the value of our investments might warrant.

Our financial condition and results of operations will depend on our ability to effectively manage any future growth and deploy capital.

Our ability to achieve our investment objective of maximizing our portfolio’s total return by generating income from our debt investments and capital appreciation from our equity and equity-related investments depends on our ability to effectively manage and deploy capital, which depends, in turn, on our investment team’s ability to identify, evaluate and monitor, and our ability to finance and invest in, companies that meet our investment criteria.

Accomplishing our investment objective on a cost-effective basis is largely a function of our investment team’s handling of the investment process, its ability to provide competent, attentive and effective services and our access to investments offering acceptable terms.  In addition to monitoring the performance of our existing investments, members of our investment team are called upon, from time to time, to provide managerial assistance to some of our portfolio companies.  These demands on their time may distract them and slow the rate of investment.
 
 
Even if we are able to grow and build upon our investment operations, any failure to manage or sustain our growth effectively could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects.  The results of our operations will depend on many factors, including the availability of opportunities for investment, readily accessible short and long-term funding alternatives in the financial markets and economic conditions.  Furthermore, if we cannot successfully operate our business or implement our investment policies and strategies as described herein, it could negatively impact our ability to pay dividends.

Sustaining growth depends on our ability to identify, evaluate, finance, and invest in companies that meet our investment criteria.  Accomplishing such results on a cost-effective basis is a function of our marketing capabilities and skillful management of the investment process.  Failure to achieve future growth could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.  The results of our operations will depend on many factors, including the availability of opportunities for investment, readily accessible short and long-term funding alternatives in the financial markets and economic conditions.  Furthermore, if we cannot successfully operate our business or implement our investment policies and strategies as described herein, it could negatively impact our ability to pay dividends.

If we fail to invest our capital effectively, our return on equity may be decreased, which could reduce the price of the shares of our common stock.
 
We operate in a highly competitive market for investment opportunities.

We compete for attractive investment opportunities with private equity funds, venture capital partnerships and corporations, venture capital affiliates of industrial and financial companies, SBICs and wealthy individuals.  Some of these competitors are substantially larger and have greater financial, technical and marketing resources, and some are subject to different and frequently less stringent regulations.  As a result of this competition, we may not be able to take advantage of attractive investment opportunities from time to time and there can be no assurance that we will be able to identify and make investments that satisfy our objectives.  A significant increase in the number and/or size of our competitors in our target market could force us to accept less attractive investment terms.  Furthermore, many of our competitors are not subject to the regulatory restrictions that the 1940 Act imposes on us as a BDC.
 
We are dependent upon management for our future success.

Selection, structuring and closing our investments depends upon the diligence and skill of our management, which is responsible for identifying, evaluating, negotiating, monitoring and disposing of our investments.  Our management’s capabilities may significantly impact our results of operations.  If we lose any member of our management team and he/she cannot be promptly replaced with an equally capable team member, we may not be able to operate our business as we expect and our ability to compete could be harmed, which could cause our operating results to suffer.

Our success depends on attracting and retaining qualified personnel in a competitive environment.

Our growth will require that we retain new investment and administrative personnel in a competitive environment.  Our ability to attract and retain personnel with the requisite credentials, experience and skills depends on several factors, including but not limited to, our ability to offer competitive wages, benefits and professional growth opportunities.
 
 
The competitive environment for qualified personnel may require us to take certain measures to ensure that we are able to attract and retain experienced personnel.  Such measures may include increasing the attractiveness of our overall compensation packages, altering the structure of our compensation packages through the use of additional forms of compensation or other steps.  The inability to attract and retain experienced personnel would have a material adverse effect on our business.

Our business model depends to a significant extent upon strong referral relationships, and our inability to maintain or develop these relationships, as well as the failure of these relationships to generate investment opportunities, could adversely affect our business.

We expect that members of our management team will maintain their relationships with intermediaries, financial institutions, investment bankers, commercial bankers, financial advisors, attorneys, accountants, consultants and other individuals within our network, and we will rely to a significant extent upon these relationships to provide us with potential investment opportunities.  If our management team fails to maintain its existing relationships or develop new relationships with sources of investment opportunities, we will not be able to grow our investment portfolio.  In addition, individuals with whom members of our management team have relationships are not obligated to provide us with investment opportunities, and therefore, there is no assurance that such relationships will generate investment opportunities for us.

We will be subject to corporate-level income tax if we are unable to qualify as a RIC under Subchapter M of the Code.

To maintain RIC tax treatment under the Code, we must meet the following annual distribution, income source and asset diversification requirements:

 
·
The annual distribution requirement for a RIC will be satisfied if we distribute to our stockholders on an annual basis at least 90% of our net ordinary income and realized short-term capital gains in excess of realized net long-term capital losses, if any.  Depending on the level of taxable income earned in a tax year, we may choose to carry forward taxable income in excess of current year distributions into the next year and pay a 4% excise tax on such income. Any such carryover taxable income must be distributed through a dividend declared prior to filing the final tax return related to the year which generated such taxable income.

 
·
The source of income requirement will be satisfied if we obtain 90% of our income for each year from distributions, interest, gains from the sale of stock or securities or similar sources.

 
·
The asset diversification requirement will be satisfied if we meet certain asset diversification requirements at the end of each quarter of our taxable year.  To satisfy this requirement, at least 50% of the value of our assets must consist of cash, cash equivalents, U.S Government securities, securities of other RICs, and other acceptable securities; no more that 25% of the value of our assets can be invested in the securities, other than U.S Government securities or securities of other RICs, of two or more issuers that are controlled, as determined under applicable Code rules, by us and that are engaged in the same or similar or related trades or businesses or of certain “qualified publicly traded partnerships.”
 
 
Failure to meet these requirements may result in us having to dispose of certain unqualified investments quickly in order to prevent the loss of RIC status.  If we fail to maintain RIC tax treatment for any reason and are subject to corporate income tax, the resulting corporate taxes could substantially reduce our net assets, the amount of income available for distribution and the amount of our distributions.  In addition, to the extent we had unrealized gains, we would have to establish deferred tax liabilities for taxes, which would reduce our net asset value accordingly.  In addition, our shareholders would lose the tax credit realized when we, as a RIC, decide to retain the net realized capital gain and make deemed distributions of net realized capital gains, and pay taxes on behalf of our shareholders at the end of the tax year.  The loss of this pass-through tax treatment could have a material adverse effect on the total return, if any, obtainable from an investment in our common stock.

We may not be able to pay you dividends, our dividends may not grow over time and a portion of our dividends paid to you may be a return of capital.

We intend to pay semi-annual dividends to our shareholders out of assets legally available for distribution.  We cannot assure you that we will achieve investment results that will allow us to pay a specified level of cash dividends, previously projected dividends for future periods or year-to-year increases in cash dividends.  Our ability to pay dividends might be adversely affected by, among other things, the impact of one or more of the risk factors described herein.  In addition, the inability to satisfy the asset coverage test applicable to us as a BDC could limit our ability to pay dividends.  All dividends will be paid at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will depend upon our earnings, our financial condition, maintenance of our RIC status, compliance with applicable BDC regulations, CSVC’s compliance with applicable SBIC regulations and such other factors as our Board of Directors may deem relevant from time to time.  We cannot assure you that we will pay dividends to our shareholders in the future.
 
Historically, we have retained net realized capital gains, paid the resulting tax at the corporate level and retained the after-tax gains to supplement our equity capital and support continuing additions to our portfolio.  Our shareholders then report such capital gains on their tax returns, receive credit for the tax we paid and are deemed to have reinvested the amount of the retained after-tax gain.  We cannot assure you that we will achieve investment results or maintain a RIC tax status that will allow any specified level of cash distributions or our shareholders’ current tax treatment of realized and retained capital gains.

We may in the future choose to pay dividends in our own stock, in which case you may be required to pay tax in excess of the cash receive.

We may distribute taxable dividends that are payable in part in our stock as well as stock in any of our other public holdings.  Under an IRS revenue procedure, up to 90% of any such taxable dividend declared on or before December 31, 2013 with respect to taxable years ended on or before December 31, 2012 could be payable in our stock.  Where the IRS revenue procedure is not currently applicable, the IRS has also issued private letter rulings on cash and stock dividends paid by RICs and real estate investment trusts using a 20% cash standard (and, more recently, the 10% cash standard of the above-referenced IRS revenue procedure) if certain requirements are satisfied.  Taxable shareholders receiving such dividends will be required to include the full amount of the dividend as ordinary income (or as long-term capital gain to the extent such distributions is properly designated as a capital gain dividend) to the extent of our current and accumulated earnings and profits for United States federal income tax purposes.  As a result, a U.S. shareholder may be required to pay tax with respect to such dividends in excess of any cash received.  If a U.S. shareholder sells the stock it receives as a dividend in order to pay this tax, the sales proceeds may be less than the amount included in income with respect to the dividend, depending on the market price of our stock at the time of the sale.  Furthermore, with respect to non-U.S. shareholders, we may be required to withhold U.S. tax with respect to such dividends, including in respect of all or a portion of such dividend that is payable in stock.  In addition, if a significant number of our shareholders determine to sell shares of our stock in order to pay taxes owed on dividends, it may put downward pressure on the trading price of our stock.
 
 
Because we intend to distribute substantially all of our net ordinary income to our shareholders to maintain our status as a RIC, we may need additional capital to finance our growth.

In order to satisfy the requirements applicable to a RIC and to minimize corporate-level taxes, we intend to distribute to our shareholders substantially all of our net ordinary income.  We may carry forward excess undistributed taxable income into the next year, net of the 4% excise tax.  Any such carryover taxable income must be distributed through a dividend declared prior to filing the final tax return related to the year which generated such taxable income.
 
Accordingly, in the event that we develop a need for additional capital in the future to sustain or grow our operations or for any other reason, we cannot assure you that any sources for such funding will be available to us for potential capital needs in the future. If additional funds are not available to us, we could be forced to curtail or cease new investment activities, and our net asset value could decline.

Changes in laws or regulations governing our operations or our failure to comply with those laws or regulations may adversely affect our business.

We and our portfolio companies are subject to regulation by laws at the local, state and federal level.  These laws and regulations, as well as their interpretation, may be changed from time to time.  Accordingly, any changes in these laws and regulations or failure to comply with them could have a material adverse effect on our business.  Certain of these laws and regulations pertain specifically to BDCs such as us.

Terrorist attacks, act of war or natural disasters may affect any market for our common stock, impact the businesses in which we invest and harm our business, operating results and financial condition.

Terrorist attacks, acts of war or natural disasters may disrupt our operations, as well as the operations of the businesses in which we invest.  Such acts have created, and continue to create, economic and political uncertainties and have contributed to global economic instability.  Future terrorist activities, military or security operations, or natural disasters could further weaken the domestic/global economies and create additional uncertainties, which may negatively impact the businesses in which we invest directly or indirectly and, in turn, could have a material adverse impact on our business, operating results and financial condition.  Losses from terrorist attacks and natural disasters are generally uninsurable.

RISKS RELATED TO OUR INVESTMENTS

Our investments in portfolio companies involve higher levels of risk, and we could lose all or part of our investment.

Investing in our portfolio companies involves a number of significant risks.  Among other things, these companies:

 
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may have limited financial resources and may be unable to meet their obligations under their debt instruments that we hold, which may be accompanied by a deterioration in the value of any collateral and a reduction in the likelihood of us realizing any guarantees from subsidiaries or affiliates of our portfolio companies that we may have obtained in connection with our investment, as well as a corresponding decrease in the value of the equity components of our investments;
 
 
 
·
may have shorter operating histories, narrower product lines, smaller market shares and/or significant customer concentrations than larger businesses, which tend to render them more vulnerable to competitors’ actions and market conditions, as well as general economic downturns;
 
·
are more likely to depend  on the management talents and efforts of a small group of persons; therefore, the death, disability, resignation, termination, or significant under-performance of one or more of these persons could have a material adverse impact on our portfolio company and, in turn, on us;
 
·
may have less predictable operating results, may from time to time be parties to litigation, may be engaged in rapidly changing businesses with products subject to a substantial risk of obsolescence and may require substantial additional capital to support their operations, finance expansion or maintain their competitive position; and
 
·
may have less publicly available information about their businesses, operations and financial condition.  We are required to rely on the ability of our management team and investment professionals to obtain adequate information to evaluate the potential returns from investing in these companies.  If we are unable to uncover all material information about these companies, we may not make a fully informed investment decision and may lose all or part of our investment.

In addition, in the course of providing significant managerial assistance to certain of our portfolio companies, certain of our officers and directors may serve as directors on the boards of such companies. To the extent that litigation arises out of our investments in these companies, our officers and directors may be named as defendants in such litigation, which could result in an expenditure of funds (through our indemnification of such officers and directors) and the diversion of management’s time and resources.

We may not have the funds or ability to make additional investments in our portfolio companies.

We may not have the funds or ability to make additional investments in our portfolio companies.  After our initial investment in a portfolio company, we may be called upon from time to time to provide additional funds to such company or have the opportunity to increase our investment through the exercise of a warrant to purchase common stock.  There is no assurance that we will make, or will have sufficient funds to make, follow-on investments.  Any decisions not to make a follow-on investment or any inability on our part to make such an investment may have a negative impact on a portfolio company in need of such an investment, may result in a missed opportunity for us to increase our participation in a successful operation or may reduce the expected yield on the investment.

Certain of our portfolio companies are highly leveraged.

Some of our portfolio companies have incurred substantial indebtedness in relation to their overall capital base.  Such indebtedness often has terms that will require the balance of the loan to be refinanced when it matures.  If portfolio companies cannot generate adequate cash flow to meet the principal and interest payments on their indebtedness, the value of our investments could be reduced or eliminated through foreclosure on the portfolio company’s assets or by the portfolio company’s reorganization or bankruptcy.
 
 
Defaults by our portfolio companies may harm our operating results.
 
A portfolio company’s failure to satisfy financial or operating covenants imposed by us or other lenders could lead to non-payment of interest and other defaults and, potentially, termination of its loans and foreclosure on its secured assets, which could trigger cross-defaults under other agreements and jeopardize a portfolio company’s ability to meet its obligations under the debt or equity securities that we hold.  We may incur expenses to the extent necessary to seek recovery upon default or to negotiate new terms, which may include the waiver of certain financial covenants, with a defaulting portfolio company.

There is limited publicly available information regarding the companies in which we invest.

Many of the securities in our portfolio are issued by privately held companies.  There is generally little or no publicly available information about such companies, and we must rely on the diligence of our management to obtain the information necessary for our decision to invest.  There can be no assurance that such diligence efforts will uncover all material information necessary to make fully informed investment decisions.

Potential sales of large volume of publicly traded companies’ stocks could have an adverse effect on our ultimate gain.

In March 2012, Form S-3 registration statements of Alamo Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALG), Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ: WIRE) and Heelys Inc. (NASDAQ: HLYS) were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). As a result of these registrations becoming effective with the SEC, restrictions in the sale of the common stock of these companies imposed by Rule 144 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933 were lifted, and valuation discounts previously applied to these holdings were removed. Due to our ownership of a large number of shares of the stocks and fluctuation in the trading prices, sales of these stocks may be traded at a discount to fair market value. Sales may also be limited by unfavorable market conditions.  The size of our investments may preclude or delay the disposition of such securities, Our potential sales of these stocks could have an adverse impact on the price of these stocks and subsequently affect the potential gain we could receive from the sales.

RISKS RELATING TO OUR COMMON STOCK

Investment in shares of our common stock should not be considered a complete investment program.
 
Our stock is intended for investors seeking long-term capital appreciation.  Our investments in portfolio securities generally require many years to reach maturity, and such investments generally are illiquid.  An investment in our shares should not be considered a complete investment program.  Each prospective purchaser should take into account his or her investment objectives as well as his or her other investments when considering the purchase of our shares.

Our common stock often trades at a discount from net asset value.

Our common stock is listed on The NASDAQ Global Market ("NASDAQ").  Shareholders desiring liquidity may sell their shares on NASDAQ at current market value, which has often been below net asset value.  Shares of closed-end investment companies frequently trade at discounts from net asset value, which is a risk separate and distinct from the risk that a fund’s performance will cause its net asset value to decrease.
 
 
The market price of our common stock may fluctuate significantly.

The market price and marketability of shares of our common stock may from time to time be significantly affected by numerous factors, including:

 
·
our investment results;
 
·
market conditions;
 
·
departure of our key personnel;
 
·
changes in regulatory policies, accounting pronouncements or tax guidelines, particularly with respect to RICs, BDCs or SBICs; and
 
·
other influences and events over which we have no control and that may not be directly related to us.

Item 1B.         Unresolved Staff Comments

We have no unresolved comments from the staff of the SEC.

Item 2.            Properties

We maintain our offices at 12900 Preston Road, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75230, where we rent approximately 7,250 square feet of office space pursuant to a lease agreement expiring in September 2014.  We believe that our offices are adequate to meet our current and expected future needs.

Item 3.            Legal Proceedings

We may, from time to time, be involved in litigation arising out of our operations in the normal course of business or otherwise.  Furthermore, third parties may try to seek to impose liability on us in connection with the activities of our portfolio companies.  We have no current pending legal proceedings to which we are a party or to which any of our assets is subject.

Item 4.            Mine Safety Disclosures
 
Not Applicable.
 
PART II

Item 5.
Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

PRICE RANGE OF COMMMON STOCK AND HOLDERS

Our common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “CSWC.”  The following high and low selling prices for shares during each quarter of the last two fiscal years were taken from quotations provided to the Company by NASDAQ:

Quarter Ended
 
High
   
Low
 
March 31, 2012
  $ 96.46     $ 81.42  
December 31, 2011
    92.10       70.07  
September 30, 2011
    101.67       71.79  
June 30, 2011
    98.26       89.90  
                 
March 31, 2011
  $ 104.81     $ 89.14  
December 31, 2010
    111.01       90.47  
September 30, 2010
    93.50       86.25  
June 30, 2010
    96.61       84.26  
 
 
DIVIDENDS

The payment dates and amounts of cash dividends per share since April 1, 2009 are as follows:

Payment Date
 
Cash Dividend
 
May 29, 2009
  $ 0.40  
November 30, 2009
    0.40  
May 28, 2010
    0.40  
November 30, 2010
    0.40  
May 31, 2011
     0.40  
November 30, 2011     0.40  

The amounts and timing of cash dividend payments have generally been dictated by requirements of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”) regarding the distribution of taxable net investment income (ordinary income) of regulated investment companies.  Instead of distributing realized long-term capital gains to shareholders, the Company has ordinarily elected to retain such gains to fund future investments.

Performance Graph

The following graph compares our cumulative total shareholder return during the last five years (based on the market price of our common stock and assuming reinvestment of all dividends and tax credits on retained long-term capital gains) with the Total Return Index for NASDAQ (U.S. companies) and with the Total Return Index for Nasdaq Financial Stocks.  Both indices were provided by NASDAQ.

Comparison of Five Year Cumulative Total Returns
 
Graph
 
 
Item 6.            Selected Financial Data

The following table provides selected financial data relating to our historical financial condition and results of operations as of and for each of the years ended March 31, 2008 through 2012.  This data should be read in conjunction with Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the consolidated financial statements and related notes.

Selected Consolidated Financial Data
(In thousands except per share data)

Financial Position
(as of March 31)
 
2012
   
2011
   
2010
   
2009
   
2008
 
Investments at cost
  $ 88,993     $ 98,355     $ 100,023     $ 89,339     $ 81,027  
Unrealized appreciation
    469,553       390,918       377,920       307,296       466,544  
Investments at market or fair value
    558,546       489,273       477,943       396,635       547,571  
Total assets
    632,989       543,214       491,175       417,543       586,685  
Net assets
    628,706       539,233       486,926       415,263       583,700  
Shares outstanding
    3,755       3,753       3,741       3,741       3,889  
                                         
                                         
Changes in Net Assets
(years ended March 31)
                                       
Net investment income
  $ 2,544     $ 1,804     $ 2,091     $ 10,183     $ 3,715  
Net realized gain  on investments
    10,578       38,885       826       10,756       240  
Net increase (decrease) in unrealized appreciation before distributions*
    78,635       12,999       70,624       (159,246 )     (142,969 )
Increase (decrease) in net assets from operations before distributions
    91,757       53,688       73,541       (138,307 )     (139,014 )
Cash dividends paid
    (3,003 )     (2,994 )     (2,993 )     (12,257 )     (2,333 )
Employee stock options exercised
    99       745                   231  
Stock option expense
    1050       957       675       503       263  
Change in pension plan funded status
    (430 )     (88 )     440       (1,473 )     (1,178 )
Treasury stock
                      (16,903 )      
Increase (decrease) in net assets
  $ 89,473     $ 52,308     $ 71,663     $ (168,437 )   $ (142,031 )
                                         
                                         
 
Per share data
(as of March 31)
                                       
Net assets
  $ 167.45     $ 143.68     $ 130.14     $ 110.98     $ 150.09  
Closing market price
    94.55       91.53       90.88       76.39       123.72  
Cash dividends paid
    .80       .80       .80       3.26       .60  
 
*See Note 3 Investments.
 
 
Item 7.
Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

The following discussion should be read in conjunction with our financial statements and the notes thereto included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Statements we make in the following discussion which express a belief, expectation or intention, as well as those that are not historical fact, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Our actual results, performance or achievements, or industry results, could differ materially from those we express in the following discussion as a result of a variety of factors, including the risks and uncertainties we have referred to under the headings “Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risks Factors” in Part I of this report.
 
Results of Operations

The composite measure of our financial performance in the Consolidated Statements of Operations is captioned “Increase in net assets from operations” and consists of three elements.  The first is “Net investment income,” which is the difference between income from interest, dividends and fees and our combined operating and interest expenses, net of applicable income taxes.  The second element is “Net realized gain (loss) on investments,” which is the difference between the proceeds received from the disposition of portfolio securities and their stated cost, net of applicable income tax expense based on our tax year.  The third element is the “Net increase (decrease) in unrealized appreciation of investments,” which is the net change in the market or fair value of our investment portfolio, compared with stated cost.  It should be noted that the “Net realized gain (loss) on investments” and “Net increase (decrease) in unrealized appreciation of investments” are directly related in that when an appreciated portfolio security is sold to realize a gain, a corresponding decrease in net unrealized appreciation occurs by transferring the gain associated with the transaction from being “unrealized” to being “realized.”  Conversely, when a loss is realized on a depreciated portfolio security, an increase in net unrealized appreciation occurs.

Net Investment Income

For the year ended March 31, 2012, total investment income was $9,334,236, a $1,766,089, or 23.3%, increase over the $7,568,147 of total investment income for the year ended March 31, 2011.  This comparable period increase was primarily attributable to a $1,288,170 or 23.7% increase in dividend income and a $616,042 or 45.1% increase in interest income, partially offset by a $138,122 or 17.9% decrease in management and director fee income. For the year ended March 31, 2011, total investment income was $7,568,147, a $1,458,841, or 23.9%, increase over the $6,109,306 of total investment income for the year ended March 31, 2010.  This comparable period increase was primarily attributable to a $1,643,591 or 43.4% increase in dividend income and a $319,271 or 30.6% increase in interest income, partially offset by a $504,921 or 39.5% decrease in management and director fee income

Our principal objective is to achieve capital appreciation. Therefore, a significant portion of the investment portfolio is structured to maximize the potential return from equity participation and provides minimal current yield in the form of interest or dividends.  We also earn interest income from the short-term investment of cash funds, and the annual amount of such income varies based upon the average level of funds invested during the year and fluctuations in short-term interest rates.  During the three years ended March 31, we also had interest income from temporary cash investments of $52,477 in 2012, $59,642 in 2011 and $19,618 in 2010.
 
 
We also receive management fees primarily from our controlled affiliated investments which aggregated $564,050 in 2012, $695,567 in 2011 and $984,800 in 2010. As compared to the period ended March 31, 2011, management fees for the year ended March 31, 2012 decreased by $131,517 or 18.9%, primarily due to the sale of Lifemark Group, which was offset by increase in management fees from Trax Holdings and Instawares Holding Company, LLC. As compared to March 31, 2010, management fees for the year ended March 31, 2011 decreased by $289,233 or 29.4%, primarily due to the sale of Lifemark Group in June 2010.

During the three years ended March 31 2012, we recorded dividend income from the following sources:

Years Ended March 31
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2010
 
Alamo Group, Inc.
  $ 679,632     $ 679,272     $ 679,272  
Balco, Inc.
          1,817,503        
Dennis Tool Company
                33,333  
Encore Wire Corporation
    326,940       326,940       326,940  
The RectorSeal Corporation
    4,442,512       2,021,829       2,117,870  
TCI Holdings, Inc.
    81,270       81,270       81,270  
The Whitmore Manufacturing Company
    1,110,628       505,457       529,467  
Other
    79,459             20,528  
    $ 6,720,441     $ 5,432,271     $ 3,788,680  

Due to the nature of our business, the majority of our Company’s operating expenses are related to employee and director compensation, office expenses, legal, professional and accounting fees and the net pension benefit.  Total operating expenses, increased by $1,033,836 or 18.3% during the year ended March 31, 2012, while total operating expenses increased by $1,735,100 or 44.4% during the year ended March 31, 2011.  The increase in 2012 is due primarily to salary increases, bonuses paid, stock options granted, rent increase and an increase in legal and other professional fees. The increase in 2011 is due primarily to the creation of two new officer positions, as well as bonuses paid, stock option granted, and an increase in remediation costs related to the Bowie Plant, a prior portfolio holding.

Net Realized Gain (Loss) on Investments

Net realized gain on investments was $10,577,944 (after income tax expense of $1,248,932) during the year ended March 31, 2012, compared with a gain of $38,885,026 (after income tax expense of $24,577,557) during fiscal 2011 and a gain of $1,639,994 (after income tax expense of $814,503) during fiscal 2010.

During the twelve months ended March 31, 2012, we sold Phi Health, Inc. on June 29, 2011 for $38,959 resulting in a realized loss of $5,910,655. On September 9, 2011, All Components was sold for $18,000,000, resulting in a realized gain of $17,850,000. We also sold all of our shares of common stock of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. in November, resulting in a realized gain of $9,866,335. On December 5, 2011, Palm Harbor Homes Inc. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in state of Delaware; therefore, we subsequently wrote off this investment of $10,931,955.
 
 
Net realized gain on investments was $38,885,026 (after income tax expense of $24,577,557) during the year ended March 31, 2011, compared with a gain of $1,639,994 (after income tax expense of $814,503) during fiscal 2010 During the twelve months ended March 31, 2011, we sold all of our shares of common stock of Lifemark Group to NorthStar Memorial Group LLC resulting in net cash proceeds of $70,547,210  and $3,703,619 of real estate and assets, which were directly transferred to CapStar Holdings Corporation, our controlled affiliate created to hold assets transferred from Lifemark Group at time of sale. Transfer taxes in the amount of $1,218,855 related to the transfer of real estate were deducted from the realized gain on the Lifemark transaction

Management does not attempt to maintain a consistent level of realized gains from year to year, but instead attempts to maximize total investment portfolio appreciation.  This strategy often dictates the long-term holding of portfolio securities in pursuit of increased values and increased unrealized appreciation, but may at opportune times dictate realizing gains or losses through the disposition of certain portfolio investments.

Net Increase/(Decrease) in Unrealized Appreciation of Investments

For the three years ended March 31, 2012, we recorded an increase in unrealized appreciation of investments of $78,634,914 in 2012, an increase in unrealized appreciation of investments of $12,998,532 in 2011 and an increase in unrealized appreciation of investments of $70,624,231 in 2010, in each case compared to the prior fiscal year.  This change in unrealized appreciation of investments for the year ended March 31, 2011 includes a $66,489,600 reduction related to the aforementioned sale of Lifemark Group.  Excluding the Lifemark Group, net unrealized appreciation of investments for the year ended March 31, 2011 increased by $79,488,132.  As explained in the first paragraph of “Results of Operations” above, the realization of gains or losses results in a corresponding decrease or increase in unrealized appreciation of investments. Set forth in the following table are the significant increases and decreases in unrealized appreciation excluding the effect of gains or losses realized during the year by the portfolio company for securities held at the end of each year.

 
 
Years Ended March 31
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2010
 
Alamo Group, Inc.
  $ 22,872,338     $ 19,812,100     $ 19,812,100  
Encore Wire Corporation
    39,723,210       14,303,625       2,043,375  
Heelys, Inc.
    1,304,723       (652,211 )     5,869,905  
The Whitmore Manufacturing Company
    11,600,000       8,100,000       11,500,000  
The RectorSeal Corporation
    21,600,000       24,500,000       13,000,000  

As shown in the table for the year ended March 31, 2012, we recognized significant increases in several of our largest investments.  The largest increases in unrealized appreciation are attributable to Encore Wire Corporation, which increased $39,723,210 and Alamo Group, which increased $22,872,338. In March 2012, Form S-3 registration statements of Alamo Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALG), Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ: WIRE), and Heelys Inc. (NASDAQ: HLYS) were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. As a result of these registrations becoming effective, restrictions of the common stock of these companies imposed by Rule 144 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933 were lifted, and discounts on these common stocks were subsequently removed. Due to these recent registrations with the SEC, Encore Wire Corporation, Alamo Group Inc. and Heelys Inc. common stock was transferred from Level 3 to Level 1 under the fair value hierarchy of ASC 820. On March 13, 2012, Encore’s registration statement became effective. As a result, Encore’s fair value is equivalent to the company’s closing bid price of $29.72 per share on March 31, 2012.  Alamo’s registration statement became effective March 28, 2012. As a result, Alamo’s fair value is equivalent to the company’s closing bid price of $30.06 per share on March 31, 2012.
 
 
 In addition, unrealized appreciation in RectorSeal Corporation and Whitmore Manufacturing Company increased $21,600,000 and $11,600,000, respectively, due to improved earnings; Heelys, Inc. increased $1,304,723 due to recent Form S-3 registration statement filed with the SEC. On April 17, 2012, Heelys’ registration statement became effective. As a result, Heelys’ fair value is equivalent to the company’s closing bid price of $2.20 per share (See Note 3 Investments).

A description of the investments listed above and other material components of the investment portfolio are included elsewhere in this report under the caption “Consolidated Schedule of Investments – March 31, 2012 and 2011” in Item 8 “Financial Statements and Supplemental Data.”

Portfolio Investments

During the year ended March 31, 2012, we invested a total of $13,377,408. During the year ended March 31, 2011, we invested $17,136,824 ($10,519,954 in cash and $6,616,870 non-cash, consisting of $3,707,619 in transferred real estate and assets from sale of Lifemark Group, Inc. and $2,913,251 in preferred stock in Phi Health, Inc. resulting from the conversion of CMI Holding Company, Inc. notes as part of its friendly foreclosure transaction). In various portfolio securities listed elsewhere under the caption “Portfolio Changes During the Year Ended March 31, 2012,” which also lists dispositions of portfolio securities.  During the 2010 fiscal year, the Company invested a total of $17,234,456.

Financial Liquidity and Capital Resources

At March 31, 2012, we had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $64.9 million.  Pursuant to the SBA regulations, cash and cash equivalents of $3.2 million held by CSVC may not be transferred or advanced to CSC without the consent of the SBA.

With the exception of a capital gain distribution made in the form of a distribution of the stock of a portfolio company in the fiscal year ended March 31, 1996, we elected to retain all gains realized during its 50 years of operations.  Retention of future gains is viewed as an important source of funds to sustain our investment activity.  Approximately $240 million of our investment portfolio is represented by unrestricted publicly traded securities and represents a source of liquidity as of March 31, 2012.

Funds to be used by us for operating or investment purposes may be transferred in the form of dividends or management fees from The RectorSeal Corporation and The Whitmore Manufacturing Company, controlled affiliates of the Company, to the extent of their available cash reserves and borrowing capacities.

Management believes that our cash and cash equivalents and cash available from other sources described above are adequate to meet our expected requirements. Consistent with our long-term strategy, the disposition of investments from time to time may also be an important source of funds for future investment activities.
 
 
Contractual Obligations

As shown below, we had the following contractual obligations as of March 31, 2012.  For information on our capital commitments, see Note 9 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

   
Payments Due By Period (In thousands)
 
Contractual Obligations
 
Total
   
1 Year
   
2-3 Years
   
More Than
3 Years
 
Operating lease obligations
  $ 333     $ 133     $ 200     $  

Critical Accounting Policies

Valuation of Investments

In accordance with the Investment Company Act of 1940, investments in unrestricted securities (freely marketable securities having readily available market quotations) are valued at market, and investments in restricted securities (securities subject to one or more resale restrictions) are valued at fair value determined in good faith by our Board of Directors.  Under our valuation policy, unrestricted securities are valued at the closing sale price for NYSE listed securities and at the lower of the closing bid price or the last sale price for Nasdaq securities on the valuation date.

Among the factors considered by our Board of Directors in determining the fair value of restricted securities are the financial condition and operating results of the issuer, the long-term potential of the business of the issuer, the market for and recent sales prices of the issuer’s securities, the values of similar securities issued by companies in similar businesses, the proportion of the issuer’s securities owned by us. Valuations as of any particular date, however, are not necessarily indicative of amounts which may ultimately be realized as a result of future sales or other dispositions of securities.

Impact of Inflation

We do not believe that our business is materially affected by inflation, other than the impact which inflation may have on the securities markets, the valuations of business enterprises and the relationship of such valuations to underlying earnings, all of which will influence the value of our investments.

BDC Risks

Pursuant to Section 64(b)(1) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, a BDC is required to describe the risk factors involved in an investment in the securities of such company due to the nature of the company’s investment portfolio.  Accordingly we state that:

Our objective is to achieve capital appreciation through investments in businesses believed to have favorable growth potential. Such businesses are often undercapitalized small companies which lack management depth and have not yet attained profitability.  Our venture investments often include securities which do not yield interest or dividends and are subject to legal or contractual restrictions on resale, which restrictions adversely affect the liquidity and marketability of such securities.
 
 
Because of the speculative nature of our investments and the lack of any market for the securities initially purchased by us, there is a significantly greater risk of loss than is the case with traditional investment securities.  The high-risk, long-term nature of our venture investment activities may prevent shareholders of our Company from achieving price appreciation and dividend distributions.

Portfolio Changes During the Year Ended March 31, 2012

New Investments and Additions to Previous Investments
 
 
 
Amount
 
Ballast Point Ventures II, L.P.
  $ 525,000  
BankCap Partners Fund I, L.P.
    46,200  
Capital South Partners Fund III, L.P.
    500,000  
Cinatra Clean Technologies, Inc.
    3,550,454  
Discovery Alliance, LLC
    280,000  
iMemories, Inc.
    78,479  
Instawares Holding Company, LLC
    5,000,000  
Phi Health, Inc.
    197,275  
Trax Holdings, Inc.
    3,200,000  
 
  $ 13,377,408  

Dispositions

 
 
Cost
   
Amount Received
 
All Components, Inc.
  $ 150,000     $ 18,000,000  
Essex Corporation
    -       1,000,000  
Lifemark Group
    -       (1,562 )*
PalletOne, Inc.
    45,746       459  
Palm Harbor Homes, Inc.
    10,931,955       -  
Phi Health, Inc.
    5,949,614       38,959  
Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc.
    3,550,006       13,416,341  
    $ 20,627,321     $ 32,454,197  
Realized gain before income taxes
          $ 11,826,876  

*
Represents net monies paid to NorthStar Memorial Group LLC resulting from final accounting for the June 2010 sale of Lifemark Group.
 
 
Item 7A.         Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

We are subject to financial market risks, including changes in marketable equity security prices.  We do not use derivative financial instruments to mitigate any of these risks.

Our investment performance is a function of our portfolio companies’ profitability, which may be affected by economic cycles, competitive forces, foreign currency fluctuations and production costs including labor rates, raw material prices and certain basic commodity prices.  Most of the companies in our investment portfolio do not hedge their exposure to raw material and commodity price fluctuations.  However, the portfolio company with the greatest exposure to foreign currency fluctuations generally hedges its exposure.  All of these factors may have an adverse effect on the value of our investments and on our net asset value.

Our investment in portfolio securities includes fixed-rate debt securities which totaled $15,283,582 at March 31, 2012, equivalent to 2.7% of the value of our total investments.  Generally, these debt securities are below investment grade and have relatively high fixed rates of interest; therefore, minor changes in market yields of publicly traded debt securities have little or no effect on the values of debt securities in our portfolio and no effect on interest income.  Our investments in debt securities are generally held to maturity and their fair values are determined on the basis of the terms of the debt security and the financial condition of the issuer.

A portion of our investment portfolio consists of debt and equity securities of private companies.  We anticipate little or no effect on the values of these investments from modest changes in public market equity valuations.  Should significant changes in market valuations of comparable publicly traded companies occur, there may be a corresponding effect on valuations of private companies, which would affect the value and the amount and timing of proceeds eventually realized from these investments. A portion of our investment portfolio also consists of unrestricted, freely marketable common stocks of publicly traded companies.  These freely marketable investments, which are valued at the public market price, are directly exposed to equity price risks; in that a change in an issuer’s public market equity price would result in an identical change in the value of our investment in such security.
 
 
Item 8.            Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

Index to Financial Statements

 
Page
Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
30
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities as of March 31, 2012 and 2011
33
Consolidated Statements of Operations for Years Ended March 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010
34
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Net Assets for Years Ended March 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010
35
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for Years Ended March 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010
36
Consolidated Schedules of Investments as of March 31, 2012 and 2011
37
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
46
 
 
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Board of Directors and Shareholders
Capital Southwest Corporation

We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of assets and liabilities of Capital Southwest Corporation (a Texas Corporation) and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of March 31, 2012 and 2011, including the schedule of investments as of March 31, 2012 and 2011, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in net assets, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 2012, and the selected per share data and ratios for each of the five years in the period ended March 31, 2012. Our audits of the basic financial statements included the Schedule of Investments In and Advances to Affiliates. These financial statements, per share data and ratios and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements, per share data and ratios and financial statement schedule based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements and selected per share data and ratios are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our procedures included verification by confirmation and examination of securities held by the custodian as of March 31, 2012 . An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements and the selected per share data and ratios referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Capital Southwest Corporation and subsidiaries as of March 31, 2012 and 2011, and the results of their operations, changes in their net assets, and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 2012, and the selected per share data and ratios for each of the five years in the period ended March 31, 2012, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, the related financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), Capital Southwest Corporation and subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2012, based on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and our report dated June 1, 2012, expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP
Dallas, Texas
June 1, 2012
 
 
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Board of Directors and Shareholders
Capital Southwest Corporation

We have audited Capital Southwest Corporation (a Texas Corporation) and subsidiaries’ (the “Company”) internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2012, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
 
 
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2012, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by COSO.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated statements of assets and liabilities of the Company as of March 31, 2012 and 2011, including the schedule of investments as of March 31, 2012 and 2011, and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in net assets and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 2012, and the selected per share data and ratios for each of the five years in the period ended March 31, 2012, and our report dated June 1, 2012 expressed an unqualified opinion.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP

Dallas, Texas
June 1, 2012
 
 
CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
(In thousands except per share data)

   
March 31
   
March 31
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
Assets
       
 
 
Investments at market or fair value
           
Companies more than 25% owned (Cost: March 31, 2012 - $14,870, March 31, 2011 - $25,521)
  $ 283,575     $ 310,181  
Companies 5% to 25% owned (Cost: March 31, 2012 - $14,003, March 31, 2011 - $14,049)
    209,222       83,335  
Companies less than 5% owned (Cost: March 31, 2012 - $60,120, March 31, 2011 - $58,784)
    65,749       95,757  
Total investments (Cost: March 31, 2012 - $88,993, March 31, 2011 - $98,354)
    558,546       489,273  
Cash and cash equivalents
    64,895       45,498  
Receivables
               
Dividends and interest
    1,741       523  
Affiliates
    220       340  
Pension assets
    7,349       7,398  
Other assets
    238       182  
Total assets
  $ 632,989     $ 543,214  
Liabilities
               
Other liabilities
  $ 688     $ 574  
Pension liability
    1,568       1,257  
Deferred income taxes
    2,027       2,150  
Total liabilities
    4,283       3,981  
Net Assets
               
Common stock, $1 par value: authorized, 5,000,000 shares; issued, 4,339,416 shares at March 31, 2012 and 4,337,916 shares at March 31, 2011
    4,339       4,338  
Additional capital
    177,841       173,905  
Accumulated net investment income
    412       872  
Accumulated net realized gain (loss)
    498       (6,863 )
Unrealized appreciation of investments
    469,553       390,918  
Treasury stock - at cost on 584,878 shares
    (23,937 )     (23,937 )
Total net assets
    628,706       539,233  
Total liabilities and net assets
  $ 632,989     $ 543,214  
Net asset value per share (on the 3,754,538 shares outstanding at March 31, 2012 and 3,753,038 shares outstanding at March 31, 2011)
  $ 167.45     $ 143.68  

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands)

   
Years Ended March 31
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2010
 
Investment income:
                 
Interest
  $ 1,980     $ 1,364     $ 1,045  
Dividends
    6,720       5,432       3,789  
Management and directors’ fees
    634       772       1,275  
      9,334       7,568       6,109  
Operating expenses:
                       
Salaries
    3,653       3,089       2,164  
Stock option expense
    1,050       957       675  
Net pension benefit
    (300 )     (291 )     (369 )
Professional fees
    990       819       551  
Other operating expenses
    1,279       1,064       882  
      6,672       5,638       3,903  
Income before income taxes
    2,662       1,930       2,206  
Income tax expense
    118       126       115  
                         
Net investment income
  $ 2,544     $ 1,804     $ 2,091  
                         
Proceeds from disposition of investments
    32,454       77,750       5,191  
Cost of investments sold
    20,627       14,287       3,550  
Realized gain on investments before income tax
    11,827       63,463       1,641  
Income tax expense
    1,249       24,578       815  
Net realized gain on investments
    10,578       38,885       826  
                         
Net increase in unrealized appreciation of investments
    78,635       12,999       70,624  
                         
Net realized and unrealized gain on investments
  $ 89,213     $ 51,884     $ 71,450  
                         
Increase in net assets from operations
  $ 91,757     $ 53,688     $ 73,541  

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS
(In thousands)

   
Years Ended March 31
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2010
 
Operations:
                 
Net investment income
  $ 2,544     $ 1,804     $ 2,091  
Net realized gain on investments
    10,578       38,885       826  
Net increase  in unrealized appreciation of investments
    78,635       12,999       70,624  
Increase in net assets from operations
    91,757       53,688       73,541  
Distributions from:
                       
Undistributed net investment income
    (3,003 )     (2,994 )     (2,993 )
Net realized gains deemed distributed to shareholders
    (3,216 )     (45,748 )     (868 )
Capital share transactions:
                       
Allocated increase in share value for deemed distribution
    3,216       45,748       868  
Change in pension plan funded status
    (430 )     (89 )     440  
Exercise of employee stock options
    99       745        
Stock option expense
    1,050       957       675  
Increase in net assets
    89,473       52,307       71,663  
Net assets, beginning of period
    539,233       486,926       415,263  
Net assets, end of period
  $ 628,706     $ 539,233     $ 486,926  

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)

   
Years Ended March 31
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2010
 
Cash flows from operating activities
                 
Increase in net assets from operations
  $ 91,757     $ 53,688     $ 73,541  
Adjustments to reconcile increase in net assets from operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
                       
Net proceeds from disposition of investments
    32,454       71,133       5,191  
Proceeds from repayment of loans
    2,111       4,519       3,000  
Purchases of securities
    (13,377 )     (10,520 )     (17,234 )
Depreciation and amortization
    25       27       33  
Net pension benefit
    (300 )     (291 )     (369 )
Realized gain on investments before income tax
    (11,827 )     (63,463 )     (1,640 )
Taxes payable on behalf of shareholders on deemed distribution
    1,249       24,577       815  
Net increase in unrealized appreciation of investments
    (78,635 )     (12,999 )     (70,624 )
Stock option expense
    1,050       957       675  
(Increase) decrease  in dividend and interest receivable
    (1,218 )     490       (514 )
Decrease (increase) in receivables from affiliates
    120       525       (617 )
Increase in other assets
    (81 )     (18 )     (26 )
Increase (decrease) in other liabilities
    344       (496 )     819  
(Decrease) increase in deferred income taxes
    (123 )     102       130  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
    23,549       68,231       (6,820 )
Cash flows from financing activities
                       
Distributions from undistributed net investment income
    (3,003 )     (2,994 )     (2,993 )
Proceeds from exercise of employee stock options
    99       745        
Payment of federal income tax for deemed capital gains distribution
    (1,249 )     (24,577 )     (815 )
Net cash used in financing activities
    (4,153 )     (26,826 )     (3,808 )
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    19,396       41,405       (10,628 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
    45,498       4,094       14,722  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
  $ 64,895     $ 45,499     $ 4,094  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:                  
Income taxes   $     $     $  
 
Non-cash transactions:
a.
In June 2010, we transferred $3,703,619 in certain tracts of Real Estate from Lifemark Group to their newly formed CapStar Holdings Corporation, wholly-owned by the Company.
b.
In January 2011, CMI Holding Company completed a friendly foreclosure that allowed the conversion of CMI Holding Company notes in the amount $2,913,521 to preferred stock to their newly formed Phi Health, Inc.
These transactions had the following non-cash effect on our Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities:
 
Total Investments   $ -     $ 6,617     $  
 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

March 31, 2012
 
Company
 
Equity (a)
   
Investment (b)
 
Cost
   
Value (c)
 
*†ALAMO GROUP INC.
Seguin, Texas
Tractor-mounted mowing and
mobile excavation equipment
for governmental, industrial
and agricultural markets;
street-sweeping equipment for
municipalities.
    22.0 %  
‡2,832,300 shares common
stock (acquired 4-1-73 thru
5-09-11)
  $ 2,190,937     $ 85,138,938  
ATLANTIC CAPITAL
BANCSHARES, INC
Atlanta, Georgia
Holding company of Atlantic
Capital Bank, a full service
commercial bank.
    1.9 %  
300,000 shares common
stock (acquired 4-10-07)
    3,000,000       2,299,000  
¥BALCO, INC.
Wichita, Kansas
Specialty architectural
products used in the
construction and remodeling of
commercial and institutional
buildings.
    95.7 %  
445,000 shares common
stock and 60,920 shares
Class B non-voting
common stock (acquired 10-25-83
and 5-30-02)
    624,920       4,100,000  
*BOXX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Austin, Texas
Workstations for computer
graphic imaging and design.
    14.9 %  
3,125,354 shares Series B
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 3,125,354
shares of common stock at
$0.50 per share (acquired 8-20-99
thru 8-8-01)
    1,500,000       600,000  
CINATRA CLEAN
TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Houston, Texas
Cleans above ground oil
storage tanks with a patented,
automated system.
    73.4 %  
12% subordinated secured
promissory note, due 2016
(acquired 5-19-10 thru
10-20-10)
    779,278       444,189  
           
12% subordinated secured
promissory note, due 2017
(acquired 5-9-11 thru
10-26-11)
    2,285,700       1,302,849  
           
12% subordinated secured
promissory note, due 2016
(acquired 9-9-11 and
10-26-11)
    1,264,754       720,910  
           
10% subordinated secured
promissory note, due 2017
(acquired 7-14-08 thru
4-28-10)
    6,200,700       3,534,399  
           
3,033,410 shares Series A
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 3,033,410
shares common stock
at $1.00 per share
(acquired 7-14-08 thru 11-18-10)
    3,033,410       1  
           
Warrants to purchase
1,269,833 shares of common stock at $1.00
per share, expiring 2021
(acquired 5-9-11 thru
8-31-11)
           
                  13,563,842       6,002,348  
*†ENCORE WIRE
   CORPORATION
McKinney, Texas
Electric wire and cable for
residential, commercial and
industrial construction use.
    16.9 %  
‡4,086,750 shares common
stock (acquired 7-16-92 thru
10-7-98)
    5,800,000       121,458,210  
 
Publicly-owned company   ¥ Control investment   * Affiliated investment Unrestricted securities as defined in Note (b)
 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

March 31, 2012
 
Company
 
Equity (a)
   
Investment (b)
 
Cost
   
Value (c)
 
EXTREME INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Sugar Land, Texas
Owns Bill Young Productions,
Texas Video and Post, and
Extreme and television
commercials and corporate
communications videos.
    53.6 %  
13,035 shares Series A
Common Stock (acquired
9-26-08 and 12-18-08)
 
    325,875       714,000  
           
39,359.18 shares Series C
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 157,437.72
shares of common stock at
$25.00 per share
(acquired 9-30-03)
    2,625,000       8,626,000  
           
3,750 shares 8% Series A
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 15,000
shares of common stock at
$25.00 per share
(acquired 9-30-03)
    375,000       822,000  
                  3,325,875       10,162,000  
¥†HEELYS, INC.
Carrollton, Texas
Heelys stealth skate shoes,
equipment and apparel sold
through sporting goods chains,
department stores and
footwear retailers.
    31.1 %  
‡9,317,310  shares common
stock (acquired 5-26-00)
    102,490       20,498,082  
HOLOGIC, INC.
Bedford, Massachusetts
Medical instruments including
bone densitometers,
mammography devices and
digital radiography systems.
 
< 1
%  
‡632,820 shares common
stock (acquired 8-27-99)
    220,000       13,637,271  
iMEMORIES, INC.
Scottsdale, Arizona
Enables online video and
photo sharing and DVD
creation for home movies
recorded in analog and new
digital format.
    25.3 %  
17,391,304 shares Series B
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 19,891,304
shares of common stock at $0.23
per share (acquired
7-10-09)
    4,000,000       4,000,000  
           
4,684,967 shares Series C
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 4,684,967
shares of common stock at
$0.23 per share (acquired
7-20-11)
    1,078,479       1,078,479  
           
Warrants to purchase
2,500,000  shares of
common stock at $0.12
per share, expiring 2020
(acquired 9-13-10 thru
1-21-11)
           
                  5,078,479       5,078,479  
INSTAWARES HOLDING COMPANY, LLC
Atlanta, Georgia
Provides services to the 
restaurant industry via its five
subsidiary companies.
    4.5 %  
3,846,154 Class D shares
(acquired 5-20-11)
    5,000,000       5,000,000  
KBI BIOPHARMA, INC.
Durham, North Carolina
Provides fully-integrated,
outsourced drug development
and bio-manufacturing
services.
    17.1 %  
7,142,857 shares Series B-2
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 10,204,082
shares of common stock at
$0.49 per share (acquired
9-08-09)
    5,000,000       3,200,000  
 
Publicly-owned company   ¥ Control investment   * Affiliated investment Unrestricted securities as defined in Note (b)
 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

March 31, 2012
 
Company  
Equity (a)
    Investment (b)   Cost     Value (c)  
¥MEDIA RECOVERY, INC.
Dallas, Texas
Computer datacenter and
office automation supplies and
accessories; impact, tilt
monitoring and temperature
sensing devices to detect
mishandling shipments;
dunnage for protecting
shipments.
    97.9 %  
800,000 shares Series A
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 800,000 shares of
common stock at $1.00 per share
(acquired 11-4-97)
 
    800,000       3,100,000  
           
4,000,002 shares common stock (acquired 11-4-97)
    4,615,000       15,600,000  
                  5,415,000       18,700,000  
*PALLETONE, INC.
Bartow, Florida
Manufacturer of wooden
pallets and pressure-treated
lumber.
    7.7 %  
12.3% senior subordinated
notes, $2,000,000 principal
due 2015 (acquired  
9-25-06)
    1,553,150       2,000,000  
           
150,000 shares common
stock (acquired 10-18-01)
    150,000       2  
                  1,703,150       2,000,002  
¥THE RECTORSEAL CORPORATION
Houston, Texas
Specialty chemicals for
plumbing, HVAC, electrical,
construction, industrial, oil field
and automotive applications;
smoke containment systems
for building fires; also owns
20% of The Whitmore
Manufacturing Company.
    100.0 %  
27,907 shares common
stock (acquired 1-5-73 and
3-31-73)
    52,600       166,300,000  
TCI HOLDINGS, INC.
Denver, Colorado
Cable television systems and
microwave relay systems.
       
21 shares 12% Series C
Cumulative Compounding
Preferred Stock (acquired
1-30-90)
          802,000  
TRAX HOLDINGS, INC.
Scottsdale, Arizona
Provides a comprehensive set
of solutions to improve the
transportation validation,
accounting, payment and
information management
process.
    29.4 %  
18% convertible  promissory
note, $3,200,000 principal  
due 2012 (acquired 4-6-11
thru 11-10-11)
    3,200,000       3,200,000  
           
1,061,279 shares Series A
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 1,061,279
common stock at $4.64 per
share (acquired 12-8-08 and
2-17-09)
    5,000,000       6,600,000  
                  8,200,000       9,800,000  
VIA HOLDINGS, INC.
Sparks, Nevada
Designer, manufacturer and
distributor of high-quality office
seating.
    3.2 %  
12,686 shares common
stock (acquired 3-4-11 and
3-25-11)
 
    4,926,290       2  
*WELLOGIX, INC.
Houston, Texas
Developer and supporter of
software used by the oil and
gas industry.
    19.1 %  
4,788,371 shares Series A-1
Convertible Participating
Preferred Stock, convertible
into 4,788,371 shares of
common stock at $1.0441
per share (acquired 8-19-05
thru 6-15-08)
 
    5,000,000       25,000  
                             
¥THE WHITMORE MANUFACTURING COMPANY
Rockwall, Texas
Specialized surface mining,
railroad and industrial
lubricants; coatings for
automobiles and primary
metals; fluid contamination
control devices.
    80.0 %  
80 shares common stock
(acquired 8-31-79)
    1,600,000       67,200,000  
 
Publicly-owned company   ¥ Control investment   * Affiliated investment Unrestricted securities as defined in Note (b)
 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

March 31, 2012
 
Company   Equity (a)     Invesment (b)   Cost       Value (c)    
MISCELLANEOUS
       
Ballast Point Ventures II, L.P.
2.2% limited partnership
interest (acquired 8-4-08
thru 6-18-10)
    1,725,000       1,551,000  
         
BankCap Partners Fund I, L.P.
5.5% limited partnership
interest (acquired 7-14-06
thru 11-30-11)
    5,808,470       5,012,000  
         
CapitalSouth Partners Fund III, L.P.
1.9% limited partnership
interest (acquired 1-22-08
and 11-16-11)
    1,331,256       1,438,000  
      100.0 %  
¥CapStar Holdings Corporation
500 shares common stock
(acquired 6-10-10)
    3,703,619       5,338,000  
         
Diamond State Ventures, L.P.
1.4% limited partnership
interest (acquired 10-12-99
thru 8-26-05)
    76,000       184,000  
         
¥Discovery Alliance, LLC
90.0% limited liability
company (acquired  9-12-08
thru 10-20-11)
    1,180,000       1,280,000  
         
First Capital Group of Texas III, L.P.
3.0% limited partnership
interest (acquired 12-26-00
thru 8-12-05)
    778,895       662,000  
      100 %  
¥Humac Company
1,041,000 shares common
stock (acquired 1-31-75
and 12-31-75)
          159,000  
         
STARTech Seed Fund I
12.1% limited partnership
interest (acquired 4-17-98
thru 1-5-00)
    178,066       39,000  
                             
Miscellaneous (continued)
       
STARTech Seed Fund II
3.2% limited partnership
interest (acquired 4-28-00
thru 2-23-05)
    843,891       371,000  
         
Sterling Group Partners I, L.P.
1.7% limited partnership
interest (acquired 4-20-01
thru 1-24-05)
    1,064,042       511,000  
TOTAL INVESTMENTS
              $ 88,992,822     $ 558,546,332  
 
Publicly-owned company   ¥ Control investment   * Affiliated investment Unrestricted securities as defined in Note (b)
 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

March 31, 2011
 
Company
 
Equity (a)
   
Investment (b)
 
Cost
   
Value (c)
 
*†ALAMO GROUP INC.
Seguin, Texas
Tractor-mounted mowing
and mobile excavation equipment
for governmental, industrial
and agricultural markets;
street-sweeping equipment
for municipalities.
    22.0 %  
2,830,300 shares common
stock (acquired 4-1-73
thru 5-25-07)
  $ 2,190,937     $ 62,266,600  
                             
ALL COMPONENTS, INC.
Pflugerville, Texas
Electronics contract
manufacturing; distribution and
production of memory and
other components for
computer manufacturers,
retailers and value-added
resellers
    80.4 %  
8.25% subordinate note,
$2,000,000 principal due
2012 (acquired 6-27-07)
    2,000,000       2,000,000  
           
150,000 shares Series A
Convertible Preferred
Stock; convertible into
600,000 shares of common
stock at $0.25 per share
(acquired 9-16-94)
    150,000       8,431,388  
           
Warrant to purchase
350,000 shares of common
stock at $11.00 per share,
expiring 2017 (acquired
6-27-07)
          3,068,552  
                  2,150,000       13,499,940  
                             
ATLANTIC CAPITAL BANCSHARES, INC
Atlanta, Georgia
Holding company of Atlantic
Capital Bank, a full service
commercial bank.
    1.9 %  
300,000 shares common
stock (acquired 4-10-07)
    3,000,000       2,257,000  
                             
¥BALCO, INC.
Wichita, Kansas
Specialty architectural
products used in the
construction and remodeling of
commercial and institutional
buildings.
    90.9 %  
445,000 shares common
stock and 60,920 shares
Class B non-voting common
stock (acquired 10-25-83
and 5-30-02)
    624,920       5,200,000  
                             
*BOXX TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Austin, Texas
Workstations for computer
graphic imaging and design.
    14.9 %  
3,125,354 shares Series B
Convertible Preferred Stock, convertible into
3,125,354 shares of
common stock at $0.50
per share (acquired 8-20-99
thru 8-8-01)
    1,500,000       2  
                             
CINATRA CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
Houston, Texas
Cleans above ground oil
storage tanks with a patented,
automated system.
    68.8 %  
12% subordinated secured
promissory note, due 2012
(acquired 5-19-10 thru 10-20-10)
    890,604       890,604  
           
10% subordinated secured
promissory note, due 2013
(acquired 7-14-08 thru 4-28-10)
    6,200,700       6,200,700  
           
3,033,410 shares Series A
Convertible Preferred
Stock, convertible into
3,033,410 shares common
stock at $1.00 per
share (acquired 7-14-08
thru 11-18-10)
    3,033,410       3,033,410  
                  10,124,714       10,124,714  
 
Publicly-owned company   ¥ Control investment   * Affiliated investment Unrestricted securities as defined in Note (b)
 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

March 31, 2011
 
Company
  Equity (a)    
Investment (b)
  Cost     Value (c)  
                             
*†ENCORE WIRE CORPORATION
McKinney, Texas
Electric wire and cable for
residential, commercial and
industrial construction use.
    16.9 %  
4,086,750 shares common
stock (acquired 7-16-92
thru 10-7-98)
    5,800,000       81,735,000  
                             
EXTREME INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Sugar Land, Texas
Owns Bill Young Productions,
Texas Video and Post, and
Extreme and television
commercials and corporate
communications videos.
    53.6 %  
13,035 shares Series A
Common Stock (acquired
9-26-08 and 12-18-08)
    325,875       815,000  
           
39,359.18 shares Series C
Convertible Preferred
Stock, convertible into
157,437.72 shares of
common stock at
$25.00 per share
(acquired 9-30-03)
    2,625,000       9,850,000  
           
3,750 shares 8% Series A
Convertible Preferred
Stock, convertible into
15,000 shares of common
stock at $25.00 per share
(acquired 9-30-03)
    375,000       938,000  
                  3,325,875       11,603,000  
                             
¥†HEELYS, INC.
Carrollton, Texas
Heelys stealth skate shoes,
equipment and apparel sold
through sporting goods chains,
department stores and
footwear retailers.
    31.6 %  
9,317,310  shares common
stock (acquired 5-26-00)
    102,490       19,193,659  
                             
HOLOGIC, INC.
Bedford, Massachusetts
Medical instruments including
bone densitometers,
mammography devices
and digital radiography systems.
 
< 1
%  
‡632,820 shares common
stock (acquired 8-27-99)
    220,000       14,042,276  
                             
iMEMORIES, INC.
Scottsdale, Arizona
Enables online video and
photo sharing and DVD
creation for home movies
recorded in analog and new
digital format.
    27.2 %  
10% convertible
promissory note, due 2012
(acquired 9-13-10)
    1,000,000       1,000,000  
           
17,391,304 shares Series
B Convertible Preferred
Stock, convertible into
17,391,304 shares of common stock at $0.23
per share (acquired 7-10-09)
    4,000,000       4,000,000  
                             
           
Warrant to purchase
968,750 shares of common
stock at $0.12 per share,
expiring 2020 (acquired
9-13-10)
           
                  5,000,000       5,000,000  
 
Publicly-owned company   ¥ Control investment   * Affiliated investment Unrestricted securities as defined in Note (b)
 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements
 
 
CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS

March 31, 2011
 
Company
  Equity (a)    
Investment (b)
  Cost     Value (c)  
                             
KBI BIOPHARMA, INC.
Durham, North Carolina
Provides fully-integrated,
outsourced drug development
and bio-manufacturing
services.
    17.1 %  
7,142,857 shares Series B-2
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 10,204,082 shares of
common stock at $0.49 per share
(acquired 9-08-09)
    5,000,000       4,200,000  
                             
¥MEDIA RECOVERY, INC.
Dallas, Texas
Computer datacenter and
office automation supplies and
accessories; impact, tilt
monitoring and temperature
sensing devices to detect
mishandling shipments;
dunnage for protecting
shipments.
    97.5 %  
800,000 shares Series A
Convertible Preferred Stock,
convertible into 800,000 shares of
common stock at $1.00 per share
(acquired 11-4-97)
    800,000       3,000,000