WOODSIDE, Calif., Sept. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GSV Capital Corp., "GSV", (Nasdaq:GSVC) today announced that it has closed a private placement of 5-year 5.25% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2018 (the "Notes"). A total of $69 million in aggregate principal amount of the Notes, including $9 million in aggregate principal amount of the Notes purchased pursuant to the full exercise of the initial purchasers' overallotment option, were issued at the closing. The Notes are convertible into shares of GSV's common stock based on an initial conversion rate of 61.5091 shares of GSV's common stock per $1,000 principal amount of Notes, which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $16.26 per share of common stock, representing an approximately 32.5% conversion premium over the last reported sale price of GSV's common stock on September 11, 2013, which was $12.27 per share. The conversion price for the Notes will be reduced or adjusted for, among other things, annual cash dividends paid to common shares. The Notes will bear interest at an annual rate of 5.25%, payable semiannually in arrears on March 15 and September 15 of each year, beginning March 15, 2014. The Notes will mature on September 15, 2018, unless previously converted in accordance with their terms. GSV expects to use approximately $10.8 million of the net proceeds of this offering to acquire government securities to be pledged for the exclusive benefit of the holders of the Notes, and intends to use the remainder of the net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which include investing in portfolio companies in accordance with its investment objective and strategies, and to pay operating and other expenses. The Notes and the shares of common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any applicable state securities laws. The Notes were offered only to qualified institutional buyers, as defined in Rule 144A under the Securities Act, pursuant to Rule 144A promulgated under the Securities Act.