NetworkNewsBreaks – Fifth Street Asset Management, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSAM) to Sell Middle Market CLO Business to NewStar Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEWS)

Fifth Street Asset Management (NASDAQ: FSAM) has agreed to sell Fifth Street CLO Management LLC (FSCM), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fifth Street Holdings L.P., to NewStar Financial (NASDAQ: NEWS). The estimated purchase price is approximately $16 million, net of $13 million of assumed indebtedness, and will be subject to adjustment based on certain working capital items upon closing. The company said it intends to use the proceeds from the transaction toward paying down its credit facility and general corporate purposes. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter. “We believe that exiting this business line is in the best interest of our shareholders and is an important step as we continue to enhance our liquidity position and streamline operations,” Fifth Street Asset Management CEO Leonard M. Tannenbaum stated in the news release.

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About NewStar Financial, Inc.:

NewStar Financial, Inc. is an internally-managed commercial finance company with $6.6 billion of assets managed across two complementary business lines — middle market direct lending and asset management. The company’s direct lending activities are focused on meeting the complex financing needs of companies and private investors in the middle markets through specialized lending groups that offer a range of flexible debt financing options to fund working capital, growth strategies, acquisitions and recapitalizations. Through its asset management platforms, NewStar also offers a range of investment products employing credit-oriented strategies focused on middle market loans and liquid, tradeable credit. NewStar is headquartered in Boston MA and has regional offices in Chicago IL, Darien CT, and New York NY. For more information, please visit www.newstarfin.com.

About Fifth Street Asset Management Inc.

Fifth Street Asset Management Inc. is a credit-focused asset manager. The firm has over $4 billion of assets under management across two publicly-traded business development companies, Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ: FSC) and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ: FSFR), as well as multiple private investment vehicles. The Fifth Street platform provides innovative and customized financing solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the capital structure through complementary investment vehicles and co-investment capabilities. With a nearly 20-year track record focused on disciplined credit investing across multiple economic cycles, Fifth Street is led by a seasoned management team that has issued billions of dollars in public equity, private capital and public debt securities. Fifth Street’s national origination strategy, track record and established platform have allowed the firm to surpass $10 billion of loan commitments since inception.  For more information, please visit fsam.fifthstreetfinance.com.

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