Daily News: September 2, 2014

Natixis Agents Fifth Street Management $305MM Facility

Fifth Street Management announced the closing of Fifth Street Senior Loan Fund II (SLF II), a $305 million multi-tranche financing facility that will invest in middle market senior secured loans. SLF II raised capital in partnership with a number of institutional investors utilizing the advisory services of Natixis.

The credit facility is comprised of three tranches with DBRS ratings ranging from AAA(sf) through BBB(sf).

SLF II’s portfolio of assets will be sourced and underwritten through Fifth Street’s leading middle market origination platform, which provides differentiated access to deal flow and allows investors to selectively participate in investment opportunities that generate favorable risk-adjusted returns.

SLF II is designed to continue the strategy initiated by Fifth Street Senior Loan Fund I, a $210 million pool of capital that successfully closed in February 2014. Together, the funds represent another step towards supporting clients through an expanded suite of investment vehicles focused on senior secured middle market loans. Another senior-focused Fifth Street affiliated vehicle recently launched is Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate (NASDAQFSFR), which just celebrated its one-year anniversary as a public company and has a high-quality portfolio of 100% senior secured floating rate loans.

“We are excited to announce our newest offering, which gives us even greater flexibility to meet the needs of private equity sponsors and portfolio companies,” stated Ivelin M. Dimitrov, Fifth Street’s chief investment officer. “SLF II extends our senior focus, which is gaining widespread recognition, as evidenced by our being named Senior Lender Firm of the Year at the 4th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards held earlier this year.”