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Fifth Street Finance Corp. Prices Public Offering of $75 Million 6.125% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2028

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (Nasdaq:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced that it priced a public offering of $75 million in aggregate principal amount of its 6.125% senior unsecured notes due 2028 (the "Notes"). The Notes will mature on April 30, 2028, and may be redeemed in whole or in part at any time or from time to time at Fifth Street's option on or after April 30, 2018. The Notes will bear interest at a rate of 6.125% per year payable quarterly on January 30, April 30, July 30 and October 30, of each year, beginning April 30, 2013. Fifth Street has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $11.25 million in aggregate principal amount of Notes to cover over-allotments, if any.

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and the Notes are expected to be delivered on or about April 4, 2013. Fifth Street intends to apply to list the Notes on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol "FSCFL," and if the application is approved, expects trading in the Notes to begin within 30 days from the original issue date.

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. Barclays Capital Inc. is acting as lead manager for the offering. JMP Securities LLC, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc. and Wunderlich Securities, Inc. are acting as co-managers for the offering.

Fifth Street intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay debt outstanding under one or more of its credit facilities. However, through re-borrowing under its credit facilities, it intends to make investments in small and mid-sized companies in accordance with its investment objective and strategies described in the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus.

The offering is being made pursuant to Fifth Street's existing effective shelf registration statement on Form N-2 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus, copies of which, when available, may be obtained from: Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., 787 Seventh Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019 (Attn: Capital Markets or tel: (800) 966-1559); Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., 60 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 (Attn: Prospectus Group, tel: (800) 503-4611 or email: prospectus.cpdg@db.com); Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716; and RBC Capital Markets, LLC, 200 Vesey Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10281 (tel: (866) 375-6829 or email: RBCNYFixedIncomeProspectus@rbccm.com). Investors are advised to carefully consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of Fifth Street before investing. The prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus contain a description of these matters and other important information about Fifth Street and should be read carefully before investing.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of the securities referred to in this press release in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to Fifth Street Finance Corp.'s securities offering and the anticipated use of the net proceeds of the offering. Words such as "believes," "intends," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," and "future" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions and no assurance can be given that the securities offering discussed above will be consummated on the terms described or at all. Completion of the securities offering and the terms thereof are subject to numerous factors, many of which are beyond the control of Fifth Street Finance Corp., including, without limitation, market conditions, changes in interest rates, failure of customary closing conditions and other matters set forth in Fifth Street Finance Corp.'s prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus. Fifth Street Finance Corp. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT: Investor Contact: Dean Choksi, Senior Vice President of Finance & Head of Investor Relations Fifth Street Finance Corp. (914) 286-6855 dchoksi@fifthstreetfinance.com Media Contact: Steve Bodakowski Prosek Partners (203) 254-1300 ext. 141 Pro-fifthstreet@prosek.com

Source:Fifth Street Finance Corp.