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KKR Financial Holdings LLC Prices 7.375% Series A LLC Preferred Shares

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN) (the "Company") today announced pricing of a public offering of 13 million 7.375% Series A LLC Preferred Shares (the "Shares") at a public offering price of $25 per Share.  Distributions on the Shares will be paid quarterly, when, as and if declared by the Company's board of directors on January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15 of each year, beginning April 15, 2013. The Shares are being offered in an underwritten registered public offering. The offering is expected to close on January 17, 2013, subject to customary closing conditions.  The Company intends to apply to list the Shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "KFP." If the application is approved, the Company expects trading in the Shares on the New York Stock Exchange to begin within 30 days after the Shares are first issued.

Total aggregate gross proceeds from the offering are $325 million, exclusive of any proceeds attributable to the underwriters' possible exercise of their over-allotment option. In connection with this offering, the Company has granted the underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 1.95 million Shares for additional aggregate gross proceeds of $48.75 million.

The net proceeds to the Company from the offering of the Shares after deducting the underwriting discount will be approximately $314.76 million, excluding offering expenses payable by the Company, and exclusive of any proceeds attributable to the underwriters' possible exercise of their over-allotment option. The Company intends to use the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, including payments made in connection with the repurchase, redemption or conversion of the Company's outstanding senior indebtedness.

Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, UBS Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering.  RBC Capital Markets, LLC is acting as lead manager for the offering and KKR Capital Markets LLC is acting as co-manager for the offering.

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