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Capital Link Webinar on BDC Industry Featuring FSC CEO Todd Owens and CMO Jim Velgot


Click below to listen to the recorded webinar, held on September 9, 2015.

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Webinar Overview

Are your clients tired of searching for yield in today’s low interest rate environment? The answer may lie in Business Development Companies, or BDCs – an income producing alternative asset class that has generally flown under investors’ radars – until now.

BDCs were created by Congress in 1980 to help stimulate lending in the U.S. and enable public investors to invest in private, growing businesses. Today, this growing industry is a powerful force in middle market lending with a market capitalization of ~$33 billion.1

Governed by the Investment Company Act of 1940, BDCs are pass-through entities, similar to REITs, that can bypass corporate income taxes as long as they distribute at least 90% of taxable annual net income as dividends to shareholders. BDCs are known for their dividend yields that can reach double-digits – a rare commodity these days well-suited for retirees and other income-seeking investors. In fact, the industry is currently trading at a discount, below net asset value (NAV),1 allowing for an attractive buying opportunity.

However, not all BDCs are the same or offer the same quality of investments. In fact, BDCs can adopt very different approaches, depending on each management’s philosophy. Listen to our fireside chat webinar to learn more about this emerging asset class and what to look for when evaluating these alternatives. Selectivity counts – and certain BDCs can allow clients to receive:

• Attractive, recurring dividends
• Access to risk-averse portfolios of private, middle market credits
• Liquidity
• Diversification across many industries
• Floating rate exposure (helping to position for rising interest rates)

Fifth Street Finance Corp. (NASDAQ: FSC), one of the largest publicly-traded BDCs in the country by market capitalization,1 provides custom-tailored financing solutions to small and mid-sized companies, primarily in connection with investments with private equity sponsors. As of June 30, 2015, FSC’s $2.3 billion portfolio had 132 portfolio companies across 36 industries and 78% of the portfolio consisted of senior secured loans. FSC has a current dividend yield of 11.8%.1,2

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1) As of 7/31/15.
2) Based on the annualized monthly dividend of $0.06 per share declared by FSC’s Board of Directors through November 2015.