“This transaction is a perfect example of how KKR is delivering tailored solutions to clients through our capital markets and asset management platforms,” said Craig Farr, CEO of KFN and Global Head of KKR Capital Markets. “In this case, we are backing an investment team with a track record of strong performance to lend to an industry that is experiencing severe dislocation.”Farr added, “KFN was able to deploy $150 million to Maritime Finance as a result of its flexible capital and access to the KKR platform, including MCS. With assistance from Stone Point in identifying and diligencing the Helios team, MCS delivered what we believe is a creative way to fill the void resulting from the ongoing deleveraging of European banks.” About KKR Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with $83.5 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and strengthens interactions with fund investors through its client relationships and capital markets platform. KKR & Co L.P. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:KKR), and “KKR,” as used in this release, includes its subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate. About KKR Financial Holdings LLC KKR Financial Holdings LLC is a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. KFN's core business strategy is to leverage the proprietary resources of its manager with the objective of generating both current income and capital appreciation. KFN executes its core business strategy through its majority-owned subsidiaries. KFN is externally managed by KKR Financial Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KKR Asset Management LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Additional information regarding KFN is available at http://www.kkr.com. About MCS MerchCap Solutions (“MCS”) is a merchant banking enterprise that provides a full range of principal and agency-based capital markets services to mid-market and sponsor-backed companies. The company offers debt and equity underwriting, syndication and advisory solutions to its clients across the capital structure. The company also makes certain principal investments to support client capital raising needs. MCS is a venture between the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Stone Point Capital (through its Trident V fund) and KKR Capital Markets Holdings. It conducts securities activities through MCS Capital Markets LLC, its broker-dealer subsidiary.