updated 12/16/2010 8:16:27 AM ET 2010-12-16T13:16:27

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NYSE:FSC) ("Fifth Street") today announced that Fifth Street and its wholly-owned SBIC subsidiary, Fifth Street Mezzanine Partners IV, L.P. ("SBIC Subsidiary"), received an exemptive order from the Securities and Exchange Commission allowing Fifth Street to exclude senior debt securities issued by its SBIC Subsidiary from the asset coverage requirements of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as applicable to Fifth Street. This exemptive order provides Fifth Street with expanded capacity and flexibility in obtaining future sources of capital for its investment and operational objectives.

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
          stacey@fifthstreetcap.com

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