Capital Southwest Corporation Names New President and CEO; Gary L. Martin Announces Retirement

DALLAS, May 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gary L. Martin, president, chief executive officer and chairman, today announced his planned retirement as president and chief executive officer of Capital Southwest Corporation (Nasdaq:CSWC) effective June 17, 2013. Founded in 1961, Capital Southwest is a publicly-owned Dallas-based venture capital/business development investment company with assets of $660 million.

On May 13, 2013, Joseph B. Armes was named by the board of directors to succeed Mr. Martin as president and chief executive officer, reporting to the board, effective June 17, 2013. The board also appointed Mr. Armes a director of the corporation commencing June 17, 2013.

"I'm honored to join Capital Southwest and look forward to continuing its legacy of creating value for its shareholders," commented Mr. Armes.

Mr. Armes, 51, has served as president and chief executive officer of JBA Investment Partners, a family investment vehicle, since 2010. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Armes served as chief operating officer of Hicks Holdings LLC. Prior to 2005, Mr. Armes served as executive vice president and CFO of Hicks Sports Group LLC and executive vice president and general counsel of Hicks Sports Group LLC. Previously, Mr. Armes served as executive vice president and general counsel of Suiza Foods Corporation (now Dean Foods Company) and vice president and general counsel of The Morningstar Group Inc. Mr. Armes earned a BBA in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Baylor University, and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.

"Joe has built an impressive career in strategic investing and we welcome his experience and leadership to Capital Southwest," said Gary Martin.

Mr. Martin joined Capital Southwest in 1972 as chief financial officer, subsequently serving as vice president and secretary-treasurer before becoming president in 1979 of The Whitmore Manufacturing Company of Rockwall, Texas, a 100% owned portfolio company of Capital Southwest. Mr. Martin has been a director of Capital Southwest since 1988. He earned a BBA degree in finance and accounting from the University of Oklahoma, and is a Certified Public Accountant (retired status).

After the management transition in June, Mr. Martin will serve as executive chairman of the board through December 31, 2013. Mr. Martin will continue to serve as non-executive chairman of the board through the remainder of his term. It is anticipated that Mr. Martin will continue to serve as a director, thereafter.

About Capital Southwest Corporation

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 accelerate your company's growth.

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CONTACT: Gary L. Martin or Tracy L. Morris 972-233-8242Source:Capital Southwest Corporation