KKR Financial Holdings LLC Prices $150 Million Convertible Senior Notes Offering

Jan 12, 2010, 09:20 ET from KKR Financial Holdings LLC

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- KKR Financial Holdings LLC (NYSE: KFN) (the "Company") today announced pricing of its public offering of Convertible Senior Notes due 2017 (the "Notes").  The offering is expected to close on January 15, 2010, subject to customary closing conditions.  The Notes are being offered in an underwritten registered public offering.

Total aggregate gross proceeds from the offering are approximately $150.0 million, exclusive of any proceeds attributable to the underwriters' possible exercise of their over-allotment option. In connection with this offering, the Company has granted the underwriters an over-allotment option to purchase up to $22.5 million aggregate principal amount of additional Notes.

Interest on the Notes will be paid semi-annually at a rate of 7.50 percent per year and the Notes will mature on January 15, 2017 unless earlier repurchased, redeemed or converted.  The Notes will be convertible into cash, the Company's common shares (the "Common Shares") or a combination thereof at the Company's election. The Notes will be convertible at an initial conversion rate of 122.2046 Common Shares per $1,000 principal amount of Notes, which is equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $8.18 per Common Share, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances.

Citi, BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan are acting as joint book-runners for the offering. KKR Capital Markets LLC is acting as a co-manager of the offering.

The total net proceeds to the Company from the offering of the Notes will be approximately $145.5 million, exclusive of any proceeds attributable to the underwriters' possible exercise of their over-allotment option.  The Company intends to use substantially all of the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes to repurchase or repay a portion of its existing senior indebtedness, with the remaining proceeds to be used for general corporate purposes.

The Company has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) and a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") for the offering of the Notes described in this press release. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus and prospectus supplement included in that registration statement and other documents the Company has filed with the SEC for more complete information about the Company and the Notes. You may obtain these documents for free by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, the prospectus supplement (including the prospectus) may be obtained by contacting Citi, Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11220 or call (877) 858-5407, BofA Merrill Lynch, 4 World Financial Center, New York, NY 10080, Attn: Prospectus Department or email Prospectus.Requests@ml.com or J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., 4 Chase Metrotech Center, CS Level, Brooklyn, NY 11245, Attention: Prospectus Library.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these Notes in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The offering of these Notes will be made only by means of the prospectus supplement and the related prospectus. The Notes being offered have not been approved or disapproved by any regulatory authority, nor has any such authority passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of the registration statement, the prospectus contained therein or the prospectus supplement.

About KKR Financial Holdings LLC

KKR Financial Holdings LLC is a publicly traded specialty finance company that invests in multiple asset classes. KKR Financial Holdings LLC is externally managed by KKR Financial Advisors LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (Fixed Income) LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

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Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

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"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the proposed offering of Notes and the anticipated use of proceeds therefrom. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of them to reflect actual results, any changes in expectations or any change in events. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, and risks to the Company's business in general, please refer to the Company's SEC filings, including (i) its prospectus supplement, dated the date hereof, (ii) its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, filed with the SEC on March 2, 2009 and (iii) its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2009, filed with the SEC on November 5, 2009.

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