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MVC Capital Reaches Agreement To Sell Its Investment In U.S. Gas & Electric

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PURCHASE, N.Y., Oct. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MVC Capital, Inc. (NYSE:MVC) (the "Fund"), a publicly traded business development company that makes private debt and equity investments, announced today that an agreement has been reached to sell U.S. Gas & Electric, Inc. ("USG&E" or the "Company"), MVC's largest portfolio holding, to United States Gas & Electric Holdings, Inc. ("US Holdings"), a holding company primarily owned by Mr. Louis Beck, Mr. Lance T. Shaner and members of the management of USG&E.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and various other closing conditions, including US Holdings successfully obtaining significant third-party financing, is expected to close by October 31, 2013. Upon satisfaction of the closing conditions, including establishment of an escrow, MVC expects to receive gross proceeds of approximately $97.2 million for its equity investment, resulting in a realized gain of approximately $96.7 million 1 based upon a $500,000 equity investment made in August 2007. As of July 31, 2013, MVC's equity investment in the Company was valued at $92.7 million. In addition to the equity proceeds and upon closing, USG&E will also retire an approximate $10.2 million second lien loan previously provided by MVC. Since October 2012, MVC has received distributions from USG&E of approximately $10 million.

Upon completion of the transaction, equity proceeds are expected to be paid to MVC in three installments over a 13-month period, secured by a standby letter of credit. The first installment payment is anticipated to be made by October 31, 2013. Assuming the transaction closes, MVC anticipates that its quarterly dividends, subject to Board approval, could materially increase.

"We are pleased to announce this agreement which potentially represents a significant step in the implementation of our yield-focused strategy and will work diligently to close the transaction on the given timetable," said Michael Tokarz, Chairman and Portfolio Manager of MVC Capital.

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