KKR Financial Holdings LLC Announces Closing of KKR Financial CLO 2012-1, Ltd.

Dec 21, 2012, 16:33 ET from KKR Financial Holdings LLC

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN) (the "Company") today announced the closing of KKR Financial CLO 2012-1, Ltd. ("CLO 2012-1" or the "CLO"), a $412 million collateralized loan obligation.  This transaction represents the Company's reentry into the broadly syndicated securitization market for the first time since 2007.  Citigroup Global Markets Inc. acted as arranger, while KKR Capital Markets LLC acted as a placement agent.

Proceeds will be used to finance a portfolio of primarily senior secured leveraged loans.  The CLO has a four-year reinvestment period and a two-year non-call period, with a final maturity of December 16, 2024.  KKR Financial Advisors II, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KKR Asset Management LLC, will serve as collateral manager.  KKR Asset Management LLC oversaw approximately $17 billion of predominantly credit investments as of September 30, 2012.

The Company will hold approximately 52% of the CLO's approximately $45 million of subordinated notes, with the remainder being held by unaffiliated third parties.  Apart from the subordinated notes held by the Company, the notes issued by CLO 2012-1 are non-recourse to the Company.

"We are pleased to announce the closing of our first syndicated CLO transaction in over five years," said William C. Sonneborn, CEO of KFN and KKR Asset Management LLC.  "This transaction reflects our view that CLOs are an increasingly attractive strategy for KFN in the current environment."


KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN) is a specialty finance company with expertise in a range of asset classes. KFN's core business strategy is to leverage the proprietary resources of its manager with the objective of generating both current income and capital appreciation. KFN executes its core business strategy through its majority-owned subsidiaries. KFN is externally managed by KKR Financial Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KKR Asset Management LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. Additional information regarding KKR Financial Holdings LLC is available at http://www.kkr.com.

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