Daily News: April 5, 2013

Fifth Street Finances Two Transactions Totaling More Than $100MM

Fifth Street Finance announced that it provided two separate one-stop financing facilities during the quarter ended March 31, 2013 — each more than $100 million.

Both transactions supported private equity sponsors with whom Fifth Street has built long-standing relationships. One sponsor refinanced the existing credit facilities of a top healthcare technology firm. The other completed a dividend recapitalization for a provider of enrollment management and marketing services to the higher education industry.

“By enhancing our origination platform and cultivating diverse sources of funding — including bank-led credit facilities, equity raises and baby bond offerings — we have continued to increase our target hold size,” stated Leonard M. Tannenbaum, Fifth Street’s chief executive officer, adding, “We look forward to supporting our sponsors with meaningful commitments and comprehensive financing.”

As a result of its underwriting expertise and larger balance sheet, Fifth Street can now hold up to $150 million and has the ability to underwrite and syndicate up to $250 million — one of a limited number of middle market lenders able to do so.

Fifth Street Finance is a specialty finance company that lends to and invests in small and mid-sized companies, primarily in connection with investments by private equity sponsors.