updated 10/11/2010 8:45:51 AM ET 2010-10-11T12:45:51

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 11, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NYSE:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fifth Street Mezzanine Partners IV, L.P. (the "SBIC Subsidiary"), has received a $75 million leverage commitment from the United States Small Business Administration ("SBA"), which brings the SBIC Subsidiary's maximum leverage to $150 million. In addition, the interest rate on the SBIC Subsidiary's $73 million of outstanding debentures was recently fixed at 3.215% per annum for 10 years, which Fifth Street believes is the lowest rate in the 52 year history of the SBIC program.

About Fifth Street Finance Corp.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. is a specialty finance company that lends to and invests in small and mid-sized companies in connection with investments by private equity sponsors. Fifth Street Finance Corp.'s investment objective is to maximize its portfolio's total return by generating current income from its debt investments and capital appreciation from its equity investments.

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