FirstCity Financial Corporation Completes Sale of French Investment

WACO, Texas, Dec. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As previously announced, on December 17, 2012 FirstCity Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:FCFC) closed on the sale of its minority ownership interest in UBN, S.A.S., a French portfolio acquisition partnership, for 20 million Euros (or $26.3 million).

Commenting on the transaction, James T. Sartain, President and CEO of FirstCity, said, "We are pleased to have completed this sale transaction, which provided approximately $24.7 million in reduction on our current Lloyds Bank debt."

FirstCity Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company with operations dedicated primarily to distressed asset acquisitions and servicing, and special situations investments. FirstCity has offices in the United States and affiliate organizations in Europe and Latin America. FirstCity common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

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