Capital Southwest Corporation Appoints Bowen S. Diehl Chief Investment Officer

DALLAS, Feb. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC) today announced the appointment of Bowen S. Diehl as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, effective March 17, 2014. Mr. Diehl brings almost 20 years of experience in sourcing, structuring, and managing investments in a variety of industries. Mr. Diehl comes to CSWC from American Capital, Ltd. where he has been a Managing Director since 2007. Mr. Diehl originally joined American Capital as a Vice President in 2001 and was promoted to Principal in 2004. During his tenure at American Capital, he has closed investments in 15 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions, representing over $1.1 billion of invested capital. Mr. Diehl's investments have been in a variety of industries including industrial manufacturing, healthcare, business services, and consumer finance. Prior to joining American Capital, Mr. Diehl was a Vice President in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch where he gained experience working with companies in the exploration and production, oilfield services, natural gas pipeline, natural gas gathering and processing, homebuilding and semiconductor sectors. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Diehl was a Vice President in the Global Oil and Gas Group at Chase Securities Inc., in New York, NY and then in Houston, TX, completing numerous transactions in the upstream and midstream oil and gas sectors.

Joseph B. Armes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Southwest, commented, "We are absolutely delighted to have Bowen join the Capital Southwest leadership team. He brings a long and successful track record of middle market investing and will provide valuable leadership in pursuing our objectives of building great companies and creating shareholder value."

Mr. Diehl stated, "I am pleased to join Capital Southwest and its talented leadership team. Capital Southwest is a unique investment platform that provides a compelling opportunity to create long-term shareholder value. I look forward to working with Joe and his team as we seek to deliver attractive risk adjusted returns for our shareholders."

Mr. Diehl earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree, with majors in Environmental/Geotechnical Engineering and Economics, from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Diehl is replacing Glenn Neblett, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. "I want to personally thank Glenn for the contributions he has made to the success of Capital Southwest over the past few years. We wish Glenn all the best," said Mr. Armes.

About Capital Southwest Corporation

Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC) is a Dallas, Texas-based publicly traded investment company that makes private equity investments. Since Capital Southwest was formed in 1961, we have always sought to invest in companies with strong management teams and sound financial performance. As a public company, we are fortunate to have the flexibility to hold investments indefinitely. It is our dedication to this patient investment strategy that enables our portfolio companies to achieve their full potential. Visit our website to learn about our investment criteria and how our capital can enhance your company's growth.

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