Fifth Street Finance (NASDAQ:FSC) is about to expand its capital base. The company has launched a fresh issue of 13.5 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. It also intends to grant its underwriters a purchase option for an additional 2.025 million shares.

Fifth Street said it plans to use the proceeds of the issue to retire debt drawn from its credit facilities and, through reborrowing under those facilities, to make investments in small and mid-sized businesses.

The lead book-running managers for the issue are Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Goldman Sachs, and the Securities units of Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank.

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