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Fifth Street Finance Closes Two Transactions Each in Excess of $100 Million

April 05, 2013, 07:24 AM
Filed Under: Industry News

Fifth Street Finance has provided two separate one-stop financing facilities during the quarter ended March 31, 2013 – each over $100 million.

Both large transactions supported private equity sponsors with whom Fifth Street has built long-standing relationships.  One sponsor refinanced the existing credit facilities of a top healthcare technology firm.  The other completed a dividend recapitalization for a provider of enrollment management and marketing services to the higher education industry.

“By enhancing our origination platform and cultivating diverse sources of funding – including bank-led credit facilities, equity raises and baby bond offerings – we have continued to increase our target hold size,” stated Leonard M. Tannenbaum, Fifth Street’s Chief Executive Officer, adding, “We look forward to supporting our sponsors with meaningful commitments and comprehensive financing.”

As a result of its underwriting expertise and larger balance sheet, Fifth Street can now hold up to $150 million and has the ability to underwrite and syndicate up to $250 million – one of a limited number of middle market lenders able to do so.

Jason Rosenberg, a principal at Sterling Partners, commented, “Fifth Street made sense for our transaction because they offered the complete package:  a simplified capital structure, flexible financing and certainty of close.”

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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