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Fifth Street Finance Corp. Announces Partial Exercise Of Option To Purchase Additional Shares Of Common Stock

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (Nasdaq:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced the partial exercise of the option granted to the underwriters to purchase additional shares of Fifth Street's common stock in connection with its previously announced public offering of 13,500,000 shares, which closed on April 15, 2013. In connection with the exercise of this option, Fifth Street issued 935,253 additional shares of its common stock at a public offering price of $10.85 per share for gross proceeds of $10,147,495. Fifth Street now has 120,644,378 shares of common stock outstanding.

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.

Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Deutsche Bank Securities, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Wells Fargo Securities acted as lead book-running managers for the offering, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Raymond James, RBC Capital Markets and UBS Investment Bank acted as joint book-running managers for the offering and JMP Securities, SMBC Nikko, Sterne Agee, Maxim Group LLC and Wunderlich Securities acted as co-managers for the offering.

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.

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," "intends," "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
         pro-fifthstreet@prosek.com

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