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Oaktree to Assume Management of Fifth Street Finance Corp. and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. Business Development Companies

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oaktree Capital Group, LLC (NYSE: OAK) (“OCG”) today announced that Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”) has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement under which Oaktree will become the new investment adviser to two business development companies (“BDCs”): Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ: FSC) (“FSC”) and Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. (NASDAQ: FSFR) (“FSFR”). Oaktree will pay $320 million in cash to Fifth Street Management LLC (“FSM”) upon the close of the transaction. The parties expect the transaction to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

“We are excited about the opportunity to serve as the investment adviser for FSC and FSFR,” said Jay Wintrob, Chief Executive Officer of Oaktree. “These BDCs are a clear strategic fit with Oaktree’s direct lending expertise, and the completion of this transaction will create a BDC platform with scale that leverages our deep credit expertise, loan origination capabilities and underwriting skills. Importantly, Oaktree has the investment experience and acumen to manage these portfolios effectively and to pursue new investment opportunities to maximize value for BDC investors over time.”

Oaktree portfolio manager Edgar Lee is expected to serve as CEO of both BDCs, which together have approximately $2.5 billion of assets under management across first lien, second lien, uni-tranche and mezzanine credits. Following the transaction, FSC will change its name to Oaktree Specialty Lending Corporation, and will trade under the ticker symbol OCSL; FSFR will change its name to Oaktree Strategic Income Corporation, and will trade under the ticker symbol OCSI.

“Oaktree has a foundation built on deep expertise in credit and we have significant experience investing across market cycles. We will seek to apply our rigorous credit underwriting process for the benefit of the shareholders of the BDCs by helping stabilize and improve the performance of both BDC portfolios as well as leverage our broad, global credit platform to source quality investments,” said Edgar Lee.

Following the closing of the transaction, Oaktree will replace FSM as the investment adviser to the BDCs, and an Oaktree affiliate will become their administrator. Oaktree’s proposed investment advisory agreements are more aligned with BDC shareholders as the management fee rate for...