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Fifth Street Finance Corp. Releases Its Newsletter For October 2012

$1 Billion Market Cap!

Fifth Street's shares recently traded at a 52-week high which brought our market capitalization to over $1 billion. Crossing this important threshold opens up a new investor base for our shares and further demonstrates our importance in the marketplace to our lenders. This should ultimately lead to a lower cost of equity and debt capital in the future. 

Until Next Time

We look forward to meeting with our Midwest-based sponsors at the 2012 Midwest ACG Capital Connection Conference on October 23, 2012. Len Tannenbaum, our CEO, will be a speaker at the conference luncheon and will discuss the success of our Midwest market penetration. The long-term investment in our Chicago office continues to bear fruit and has become a larger part of our originations mix. 

Our investors and analysts can look forward to our September quarter-end and fiscal 2012 year-end results on November 28, 2012. Our results will be released after the market closes on November 28, 2012 with a conference call to be held at 10:00 AM ET on November 29, 2012.  

As a reminder, Fifth Street generally does not release a newsletter in the months it reports earnings.

Sincerely,

The Fifth Street Team

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, SVP 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

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