updated 12/6/2010 3:15:18 AM ET 2010-12-06T08:15:18

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NYSE:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced that its Board of Directors has declared monthly dividends for the second fiscal quarter of 2011 ending March 31, 2011.  

The following table reflects the dividends which the Board of Directors declared on November 30, 2010:

Record Date Payment Date Amount
January 4, 2011 January 31, 2011 $0.1066
February 1, 2011 February 28, 2011 $0.1066
March 1, 2011 March 31, 2011 $0.1066

Dividends are paid from taxable income. Fifth Street's Board of Directors determines dividends based on estimates of taxable income, which differ from book income due to changes in unrealized appreciation and depreciation of investments and due to temporary and permanent differences in income and expense recognition.

Fifth Street's amended dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") provides for reinvestment of dividends, unless a shareholder elects to receive cash. As a result, if Fifth Street's Board of Directors declares a cash dividend, Fifth Street's shareholders who have not "opted out" of Fifth Street's DRIP will have their cash dividends automatically reinvested in additional shares of Fifth Street common stock, rather than receiving cash dividends. If you are a Fifth Street shareholder and your shares of Fifth Street common stock are held through a brokerage firm or other financial intermediary and you wish to participate in the DRIP, please contact your broker or other financial intermediary.

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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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the future performance of Fifth Street Finance Corp. Words such as "believes," "expects," "projects," "anticipates," and "future" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, and these factors are identified from time to time in Fifth Street Finance Corp.'s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Fifth Street Finance Corp. undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

CONTACT:  Fifth Street Finance Corp.
          Stacey Thorne, Executive Director, Investor Relations
          (914) 286-6811

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