Medallion Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: TAXI), a specialty finance company with a leading position servicing the taxicab industry and other niche markets (the “Company”), today announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of 3,500,000 shares of its common stock. The Company intends to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 525,000 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the offering to make loans and other investments in portfolio companies and for general corporate purposes, including repaying borrowings under our revolving credit facilities in the ordinary course of business. Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. are acting as joint bookrunning managers. The offering is being made pursuant to the Company's existing effective shelf registration statement on Form N-2 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). A preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus, which is subject to change, will be filed with the SEC in connection with the offering, copies of which, when available, may be obtained from: (i) Morgan Stanley by calling 1-866-718-1649, by mail at Morgan Stanley Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Prospectus Dept., or by email at email@example.com ; (ii) Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated by calling 1-443-224-1988, by mail at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, One South Street, 15th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201, Attention: Prospectus Department, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org ; and (iii) Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. by calling 1-866-805-4128, or by email at email@example.com . Investors are advised to carefully consider the investment objectives, risks and charges and expenses of the Company before investing. The prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus contain a description of these matters and other important information about the Company and should be read carefully before investing. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of the shares referred to in this press release in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.