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Fifth Street Finance Corp. Agrees To Acquisition Of Healthcare Finance Group, LLC

Stocks in this article: FSC

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Healthcare Finance Group, LLC ("HFG") as a portfolio company. HFG is a specialty lender providing asset-based lending and term loan products to the healthcare industry. Since its founding, HFG has financed in excess of $21 billion in receivables.

To effect the acquisition, Fifth Street anticipates investing approximately $110 million and intends to finance the purchase with available liquidity, including operating cash and borrowings under Fifth Street's existing credit facilities. HFG's senior management team has an average of 24 years of healthcare finance or related industry experience and will provide continuing leadership to HFG going forward. Fifth Street expects that the HFG acquisition will be accretive to net investment income.

HFG's total outstanding loan portfolio, as of May 6, 2013, consisted of 57 loans with a value of approximately $270 million. Fifth Street believes that HFG's niche focus in the healthcare industry offers the potential for strong asset quality and attractive yields, even during challenging economic or debt capital market conditions. HFG has a quality track record of managing credit risk since inception in 2000.

"Healthcare Finance Group is the oldest, continuously operating stand-alone healthcare asset-based lender in the U.S. We believe that a strategic investment in HFG will provide exceptional opportunities to grow the company's platform," stated Leonard M. Tannenbaum, Fifth Street's Chief Executive Officer, adding, "This investment fits well within Fifth Street's successful track record for investments in the healthcare sector."

"Fifth Street is the ideal partner to take what we have built at HFG to the next level," said Isaac Soleimani, Chairman and CEO of HFG, adding, "The combination of Fifth Street's access to capital, entrepreneurial culture and savvy professionals, as well as HFG's expertise, reputation and track record in the healthcare industry, will create a potent force in the marketplace that will accelerate HFG's growth going forward. We are very excited about Fifth Street's acquisition of HFG."

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