Fifth Street Finance Corp. Locks $32 Million of SBIC Debentures at an Interest Rate of 2.351% Per Annum for 10 Years

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (Nasdaq:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced that Fifth Street Mezzanine Partners V, L.P., its second SBIC subsidiary (the "SBIC Subsidiary"), had the pricing fixed on $32 million of its outstanding debentures at a rate of 2.351% per annum for 10 years. As a result, the total debentures outstanding in connection with both of Fifth Street's SBIC licenses increased to $182 million with a blended coupon of 3.355%. The SBIC Subsidiary has $43 million of available debenture capacity remaining out of the $75 million of debentures permitted.

About Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. is a specialty finance company that lends to and invests in small and mid-sized companies, primarily in connection with investments by private equity sponsors. Fifth Street Finance Corp.'s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio's total return by generating current income from its debt investments and capital appreciation from its equity investments.

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CONTACT: Investor Contact: Dean Choksi, Senior VP of Finance & Head of Investor Relations Fifth Street Finance Corp. (914) 286-6855 Media Contact: Steve Bodakowski Prosek Partners (203) 254-1300 ext. 141

Source:Fifth Street Finance Corp.