PHILADELPHIA, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FS Investment Corporation (FSIC) today listed shares of its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "FSIC."
With $4.5 billion in total assets as of February 28, 2014, FSIC is one of the largest publicly traded business development companies (BDCs) in the market. It primarily originates and invests in the floating rate, senior secured debt of private middle market U.S. companies.
"With today's listing, we have delivered on our goal to provide current shareholders with liquidity," said FSIC Chairman and CEO Michael C. Forman. "Our initial investors have nearly doubled their investment. We now look forward to making FSIC available to a broader investor base."
The company noted the stock traded at a session high of $10.30, a premium to book value, and the stock closed the day at $10.25, with approximately 8.7 million shares traded in heavy volume. Based on today's closing price, all of FSIC's pre-listing investors have experienced a positive return on their investment, with FSIC's earliest investors achieving a cumulative total return, net of all fees, of approximately 95%.
Gerald Stahlecker, President of FSIC, added, "As a publicly traded company, FSIC will continue to execute on its proven strategy, focusing on directly originated senior secured debt and opportunistic investments."
FSIC is managed by Franklin Square Capital Partners and sub-advised by GSO / Blackstone. Franklin Square is the largest manager of BDC assets with over $10 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2013.
About FS Investment Corporation
FSIC is a business development company sponsored by Franklin Square Capital Partners ("Franklin Square"). FSIC primarily originates and invests in senior secured loans and other securities of private U.S. companies, with the investment objective of generating current income and, to a lesser extent, long-term capital appreciation. FSIC is managed by FB Income Advisor, LLC, an affiliate of Franklin Square, and is sub-advised by GSO / Blackstone Debt Funds Management LLC, an affiliate of GSO Capital Partners LP ("GSO"). GSO, with approximately $65 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2013, is the credit platform of Blackstone, one of the world's leading managers of alternative investments. For more information, please visit www.fsinvestmentcorp.com.
About Franklin Square Capital Partners
Franklin Square is a leading manager of alternative investment funds designed to enhance investors' portfolios by providing access to asset classes, strategies and asset managers that typically have been available to only the largest institutional investors. The firm's funds offer "endowment-style" investment strategies that help construct diversified portfolios and manage risk. Franklin Square strives not only to maximize investment returns but also to set the industry standard for best practices by focusing on transparency, investor protection and education for investment professionals and their clients.
Founded in Philadelphia in 2007, Franklin Square quickly established itself as a leader in the world of alternative investments by introducing innovative credit-based income funds, including the industry's first non-traded BDC. The firm currently manages five funds with over $10.3 billion in assets as of December 31, 2013.
For more information, please visit www.franklinsquare.com.
About Blackstone and GSO Capital Partners
Blackstone is one of the world's leading investment and advisory firms. Blackstone seeks to create positive economic impact and long-term value for its investors, the companies it invests in, the companies it advises and the broader global economy. The firm does this through the commitment of its extraordinary people and flexible capital. GSO is the global credit platform of Blackstone. GSO, together with its affiliates, has approximately $65 billion of assets currently under management and is one of the largest credit-focused alternative managers in the world and a major participant in the leveraged finance marketplace. GSO seeks to generate superior risk-adjusted returns in its credit business by investing in a broad array of strategies including mezzanine, distressed investing leveraged loans and other special situation strategies. Blackstone's alternative asset management businesses include investment vehicles focused on private equity, hedge fund solutions, secondary funds, and multi asset class exposures falling outside of other funds' mandates. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com.
Past performance is not indicative of future results. This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to future events or the future performance or operation of FSIC. Words such as "believes," "expects," "projects" and "future" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include changes in the economy, risks associated with possible disruption in FSIC's operations or the economy generally due to terrorism or natural disasters, future changes in laws or regulations and conditions in FSIC's operating area, the price at which shares of FSIC's common stock may trade on the New York Stock Exchange LLC ("NYSE"), and some of these factors are enumerated in the filings FSIC makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission("SEC"). FSIC undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Franklin Square Media Team
SOURCE FS Investment Corporation