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Fifth Street Finance Corp. Raises $91.2 Million In Gross Proceeds In Connection With Public Offering Of Common Stock

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (Nasdaq:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced that it has closed its public offering of 8,451,486 shares of common stock at a price of $10.79 per share, raising approximately $91.2 million in gross proceeds. The 8,451,486 shares of common stock include a portion of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters. All shares were offered by Fifth Street. UBS Investment Bank, Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo Securities acted as lead book-running managers for the offering. Deutsche Bank Securities, RBC Capital Markets and Stifel Nicolaus Weisel acted as joint book-running managers and Raymond James, Maxim Group LLC and SMBC Nikko acted as co-managers for the offering.

Fifth Street intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay debt outstanding under 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 and for general corporate purposes.

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.

The Fifth Street Finance Corp. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5525

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the future performance of Fifth Street Finance Corp. Words such as "believes," "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. 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 Fifth Street Finance Corp.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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
         Prosek-fifthstreet@Prosek.com

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