Fifth Street Finance Corp. Announces Quarter Ended March 31, 2014 Financial Results

Fifth Street Finance Corp. Announces Quarter Ended March 31, 2014 Financial
Results

WHITE PLAINS, NY, May 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp.
(NASDAQ:FSC) ("Fifth Street" or "we") announces its financial results for the
second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Second Fiscal Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights

  *Net investment income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was $34.2
    million or $0.25 per share, as compared to $36.2 million or $0.26 per
    share for the quarter ended December 31, 2013;
  *Net asset value per share was $9.81 as of March 31, 2014, as compared to
    $9.85 as December 31, 2013;
  *Net funded originations for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 were $233.6
    million;
  *Our average leverage ratio for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was 0.66x,
    excluding SBA debentures;
  *No investments were on non-accrual status as of March 31, 2014; and
  *We continued to strengthen our capital structure by accessing the
    institutional high-grade bond market to issue $250 million of five-year
    unsecured notes at a fixed coupon of 4.875%.

Calendar Year 2014 Dividend Declarations

To date, our Board of Directors has declared monthly dividends, which reflect
a $1.00 per share annual run rate, for calendar year 2014 as follows:

  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on January 31, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on January 15, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on February 28, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on February 14, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on March 31, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on March 14, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on April 30, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on April 15, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on May 30, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    May 15, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on June 30, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    June 16, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on July 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    July 15, 2014; and
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on August 29, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    August 15, 2014.

Portfolio and Investment Activity

Our Board of Directors determined the fair value of our portfolio at March 31,
2014 to be $2.7 billion, as compared to $1.9 billion at September 30, 2013.
Total assets at March 31, 2014 were $2.8 billion, as compared to $2.1 billion
at September 30, 2013.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2014, we closed $466.6 million of
investments in 19 new and six existing portfolio companies, and funded $458.2
million across new and existing portfolio companies. This compares to closing
$362.8 million in 15 new and four existing portfolio companies and funding
$334.8 million during the quarter ended March 31, 2013. During the quarter
ended March 31, 2014, we received $63.6 million in connection with the full
repayments of four of our debt investments, all of which were exited at or
above par. We also received an additional $122.4 million in connection with
syndications of debt investments to other investors and sales of debt
investments in the open market.

At March 31, 2014, our portfolio consisted of investments in 124 companies,
108 of which were completed in connection with investments by private equity
sponsors and 16 of which were in private equity funds.At fair value, 95.1% of
our portfolio consisted of debt investments (83.2% were senior secured
loans).Our average portfolio company debt investment size at fair value was
$25.0 million at March31, 2014, versus $22.1 million at September 30, 2013.

"Our strong March quarterly results demonstrate the value of our affiliation
with a leading middle market credit origination platform," stated our Chief
Executive Officer, Leonard M. Tannenbaum, adding "The results of our continued
focus on senior secured investments and the multiple steps taken to create a
low-cost and flexible liability structure with a significant amount of
longer-term unsecured debt enable us to generate attractive risk-adjusted
returns for our shareholders.These attributes were recognized by Standard &
Poor's Rating Services, who recently revised our outlook to 'positive', as
well as by fixed income investors who we met with prior to closing our $250
million unsecured institutional debt offering in February."

Our weighted average yield on debt investments at March31, 2014 was 10.8%,
and included a cash component of 9.9%.At March31, 2014 and September30,
2013, $1.9 billion and $1.2 billion, respectively, of our debt investments at
fair value were at floating interest rates, which represented 74.0% and 67.4%,
respectively, of our total portfolio of debt investments at fair value.

Results of Operations

Total investment income for the quarters ended March31, 2014 and March31,
2013 was $72.1 million and $54.7 million, respectively.For the quarter ended
March31, 2014, this amount primarily consisted of $59.5 million of interest
income from portfolio investments (which included $5.5 million of PIK
interest).For the quarter March31, 2013, this amount primarily consisted of
$41.7 million of interest income from portfolio investments (which included
$4.0 million of PIK interest).For the quarter ended March31, 2014, PIK
interest income net of PIK collected in cash represented only 5.5% of total
investment income.

The increase in our total investment income for the quarter ended March31,
2014 as compared to the quarter ended March31, 2013 was primarily
attributable to a higher average level of outstanding debt investments, which
was principally due to a net increase of 22 debt investments in our portfolio
and fee income related to investment activity, partially offset by
amortization repayments received and a decrease in the weighted average yield
on our debt investments from 11.4% to 10.8% during the year-over-year period.

Expenses for the quarters ended March31, 2014 and March31, 2013 were $37.9
million and $25.4 million, respectively. Expenses increased for the quarter
ended March31, 2014 as compared to the quarter ended March31, 2013 primarily
due to increases in the base management fee, the incentive fee and interest
expense.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

As of March31, 2014, we had $45.4 million in cash and cash equivalents,
portfolio investments (at fair value) of $2.7 billion, $19.0 million of
interest and fees receivable, $225.0 million of SBA debentures payable, $576.7
million of borrowings outstanding under our credit facilities, $115.0 million
of unsecured convertible notes payable, $409.9 million of unsecured notes
payable, $47.8 million of secured borrowings and unfunded commitments of
$221.4 million.

As of September 30, 2013, we had $147.4 million in cash and cash equivalents,
portfolio investments (at fair value) of $1.9 billion, $10.4 million of
interest and fees receivable, $181.8 million of SBA debentures payable, $188.0
million of borrowings outstanding under our credit facilities, $115.0 million
of unsecured convertible notes payable, $161.3 million of unsecured notes
payable and unfunded commitments of $149.5 million.

Calendar Year 2014 Dividends

As noted above, our Board of Directors has declared monthly dividends for
calendar year 2014 to date as follows:

  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on January 31, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on January 15, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on February 28, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on February 14, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on March 31, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on March 14, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, which was paid on April 30, 2014 to stockholders of
    record on April 15, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on May 30, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    May 15, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on June 30, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    June 16, 2014;
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on July 31, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    July 15, 2014; and
  *$0.0833 per share, payable on August 29, 2014 to stockholders of record on
    August 15, 2014.

Dividends are paid primarily from distributable (taxable) income.Our Board of
Directors determines dividends based on estimates of distributable (taxable)
income, which differ from book income due to temporary and permanent
differences in income and expense recognition and changes in unrealized
appreciation and depreciation on investments.

Our amended dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") provides for reinvestment of
dividends, unless a stockholder elects to receive cash.As a result, if our
Board of Directors declares a cash dividend, our stockholders whose shares are
registered in their name and who have not "opted out" of our DRIP will have
their cash dividends automatically reinvested in additional shares of our
common stock, rather than receiving cash dividends.We provide up to a 5%
discount on newly-issued shares purchased through the DRIP (provided that
shares will not be issued at less than net asset value per share).If you are
a stockholder and your shares of our common stock are held through a brokerage
firm or other financial intermediary and you wish to participate in the DRIP,
please contact your broker or other financial intermediary.

Portfolio Asset Quality

We utilize the following investment ranking system for our investment
portfolio:

  *Investment Ranking 1 is used for investments that are performing above
    expectations and/or capital gains are expected.
  *Investment Ranking 2 is used for investments that are performing
    substantially within our expectations, and whose risks remain materially
    consistent with the potential risks at the time of the original or
    restructured investment.All new investments are initially ranked 2.
  *Investment Ranking 3 is used for investments that are performing below our
    expectations and for which risk has materially increased since the
    original or restructured investment.The portfolio company may be out of
    compliance with debt covenants and may require closer monitoring.To the
    extent that the underlying agreement has a PIK interest provision,
    investments with a ranking of 3 are generally those on which we are not
    accruing PIK interest.
  *Investment Ranking 4 is used for investments that are performing
    substantially below our expectations and for which risk has increased
    substantially since the original or restructured investment.Investments
    with a ranking of 4 are those for which some loss of principal is expected
    and are generally those on which we are not accruing cash interest.

At March31, 2014 and September 30, 2013, the distribution of our investments
on the 1 to 4 investment ranking scale at fair value was as follows:

                  March 31, 2014                             September 30, 2013
InvestmentRanking Fair Value   %ofPortfolio LeverageRatio Fair Value   %ofPortfolio LeverageRatio
1                  $112,521   4.20%          2.67           $122,769   6.49%          2.67
2                  2,557,461    95.27          4.79           1,770,277    93.51          4.7
3                  14,316       0.53           NM (1)         —            —              —
4                  —            —              —              —            —              —
Total              $2,684,298 100.00%        4.69           $1,893,046 100.00%        4.57
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(1) Due to operating performance this ratio is not measurable and, as a result, is excluded from the
total portfolio calculation.

We may from time to time modify the payment terms of our investments, either
in response to current economic conditions and their impact on certain of our
portfolio companies or in accordance with tier pricing provisions in certain
loan agreements.As of March31, 2014, we had modified the payment terms of
our investments in 17 portfolio companies.Such modified terms may include
increased PIK interest provisions and reduced cash interest rates.These
modifications, and any future modifications to our loan agreements, may limit
the amount of interest income that we recognize from the modified investments,
which may, in turn, limit our ability to make distributions to our
stockholders.

As of March31, 2014, there were no investments on which we had stopped
accruing cash interest, PIK interest or OID income. As of March31, 2013, we
had stopped accruing cash and/or PIK interest on three investments, including
two that had not paid all of their scheduled cash interest payments for the
period ended March 31, 2013.

Recent Developments

On May 2, 2014, one new lender joined our ING-led credit facility and one
existing lender increased its commitment, increasing our borrowing capacity to
$670 million from $650 million.

On May 2, 2014, we and Trinity Universal Insurance Company ("Trinity"), a
subsidiary of Kemper Corporation, entered into a limited liability company
agreement to co-manage Senior Loan Fund JV I, LLC ("SLF JV I").We and Trinity
have committed to provide $100 million of subordinated notes and equity to the
joint venture, with us providing $87.5 million and Trinity providing $12.5
million.In addition, SLF JV I intends to seek up to $200 million in third
party financing.SLF JV I is expected to invest in middle market and other
corporate debt securities.

Fifth Street Finance Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Assets and Liabilities
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
                                                               
                                                   March 31,    September 30,
                                                   2014         2013
ASSETS                                                          
Investments at fair value:                                      
Control investments (cost March31, 2014: $273,078; $283,614   $215,502
cost September30, 2013: $207,518)
Affiliate investments (cost March31, 2014:         41,715       31,932
$38,624; cost September30, 2013: $29,807)
Non-control/Non-affiliate investments (cost March
31, 2014: $2,347,502; cost September30, 2013:      2,358,969    1,645,612
$1,622,326)
Total investments at fair value (cost March 31,
2014: $2,659,204; cost September30, 2013:          2,684,298    1,893,046
$1,859,651)
Cash and cash equivalents                           45,396       147,359
Interest and fees receivable                        18,950       10,379
Due from portfolio company                          6,095        1,814
Receivables from unsettled transactions             14,788       —
Deferred financing costs                            22,244       19,548
Other assets                                        544          187
Total assets                                        $2,792,315 $2,072,333
                                                               
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS                                      
Liabilities:                                                    
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other        $4,089     $1,166
liabilities
Base management fee payable                         13,501       9,625
Incentive fee payable                               8,500        7,175
Due to FSC CT, Inc.                                 2,008        840
Interest payable                                    4,907        2,939
Payables from unsettled transactions                3,937        35,716
Amounts payable to syndication partners             8,028        —
Advances received from portfolio companies          7,729        —
Credit facilities payable                           576,681      188,000
SBA debentures payable                              225,000      181,750
Unsecured convertible notes payable                 115,000      115,000
Unsecured notes payable                             409,878      161,250
Secured borrowings at fair value (proceeds of
$47,750 and $0 at March 31, 2014 and September 30,  47,760       —
2013, respectively)
Total liabilities                                   1,427,018    703,461
Commitments and contingencies                                   
Net assets:                                                     
Common stock, $0.01par value, 250,000 shares
authorized; 139,138 and 139,041 shares issued and   1,391        1,390
outstanding at March 31, 2014 and September30,
2013, respectively
Additional paid-in-capital                          1,510,547    1,509,546
Net unrealized appreciation on investments and      25,084       33,395
secured borrowings
Net realized loss on investments and interest rate  (152,925)    (154,591)
swap
Accumulated overdistributed net investment income   (18,800)     (20,868)
Total net assets (equivalent to $9.81 and $9.85 per
common share at March 31, 2014 and September30,    1,365,297    1,368,872
2013, respectively)
Total liabilities and net assets                    $2,792,315 $2,072,333

                                                               
Fifth Street Finance Corp.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
(unaudited)
                                                               
                            Threemonths Threemonths Six months  Sixmonths
                            ended March  endedMarch  endedMarch endedMarch
                             31, 2014     31, 2013     31, 2014    31, 2013
Interest income:                                                
Control investments          $3,194     $876       $5,613    $1,758
Affiliate investments        1,098        725          1,864       1,309
Non-control/Non-affiliate    49,699       36,019       94,995      69,473
investments
Interest on cash and cash    3            5            6           8
equivalents
Total interest income        53,994       37,625       102,478     72,548
PIK interest income:                                            
Control investments          2,542        108          4,950       216
Affiliate investments        207          308          542         765
Non-control/Non-affiliate    2,721        3,631        5,592       6,786
investments
Total PIK interest income    5,470        4,047        11,084      7,767
Fee income:                                                     
Control investments          1,967        114          2,534       213
Affiliate investments        12           12           181         24
Non-control/Non-affiliate    10,508       11,800       26,909      24,483
investments
Total fee income             12,487       11,926       29,624      24,720
Dividend and other income:                                      
Non-control/Non-affiliate    181          1,089        276         1,435
investments
Total dividend and other     181          1,089        276         1,435
income
Total investment income      72,132       54,687       143,462     106,470
Expenses:                                                       
Base management fee          13,735       8,891        25,794      16,937
Incentive fee                8,500        7,001        17,554      13,640
Professional fees            887          784          1,912       1,972
Board of Directors fees      141          122          296         251
Interest expense             12,833       7,761        23,046      14,917
Administrator expense        538          670          1,391       1,600
General and administrative   1,499        1,455        3,252       2,594
expenses
Total expenses               38,133       26,684       73,245      51,911
Base management fee waived   (234)        (1,300)      (234)       (1,300)
Net expenses                 37,899       25,384       73,011      50,611
Net investment income        34,233       29,303       70,451      55,859
Unrealized appreciation
(depreciation)on                                               
investments:
Control investments          2,132        4,693        2,552       3,471
Affiliate investments        182          93           965         (63)
Non-control/Non-affiliate    (4,897)      (2,106)      (11,818)    (10,067)
investments
Net unrealized appreciation
(depreciation) on            (2,583)      2,680        (8,301)     (6,659)
investments
Net unrealized appreciation  (10)         —            (10)        —
on secured borrowings
Realized gain (loss)on                                         
investments:
Non-control/Non-affiliate    (1,540)      (149)        1,666       478
investments
Net realized gain (loss) on  (1,540)      (149)        1,666       478
investments
Net increase in net assets   $30,100    $31,834    $63,806   $49,678
resulting from operations
Net investment income per    $0.25      $0.28      $0.51     $0.56
common share — basic
Earnings per common share —  $0.22      $0.30      $0.46     $0.49
basic
Weighted average common      139,138      106,022      139,132     100,394
shares outstanding — basic
Net investment income per    $0.24      $0.27      $0.50     $0.54
common share — diluted
Earnings per common share —  $0.21      $0.29      $0.45     $0.48
diluted
Weighted average common      146,928      113,812      146,922     108,266
shares outstanding — diluted
Distributions per common     $0.25      $0.29      $0.49     $0.58
share

About Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. is a leading specialty finance company that
provides custom-tailored financing solutions to small and mid-sized companies,
primarily in connection with investments by private equity sponsors. The
company originates and invests in one-stop financings, first lien, second
lien, mezzanine debt and equity co-investments. The company'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. The company has elected to be regulated as a business
development company and is externally managed by Fifth Street Management LLC.
Named both 2013 "Lender Firm of the Year" by The M&A Advisor and "Lender of
the Year" by Mergers & Acquisitions, Fifth Street Management is an
SEC-registered investment adviser and leading alternative asset manager with
over $4 billion in assets under management. With a track record of more than
15 years, Fifth Street's nationally recognized platform has the ability to
hold loans up to $150 million, commit up to $250 million and structure and
syndicate transactions up to $500 million.FSC's website can be found at
fsc.fifthstreetfinance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including
statements with regard to the future performance of the company. Words such as
"believes," "expects," "estimates," "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.Certain factors could cause actual
results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking
statements, and these factors are identified from time to time in the
company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company
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, Executive Director of Finance
         & Head of Investor Relations
         (914) 286-6855
         dchoksi@fifthstreetfinance.com
        
         Media Contact:
         Nick Rust
         Prosek Partners
         (212) 279-3115 ext. 252
         pro-fifthstreet@prosek.com

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