SOURCE: Prospect Capital Corporation

Prospect Capital Corporation

December 07, 2012 08:11 ET

Prospect Capital Raises Its Monthly Dividends by 8.2%, Increasing Its Dividend Yield to 12.8%

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 7, 2012) - Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC) ("Prospect") announced today that Prospect has declared revised monthly cash distributions to shareholders in the following amounts and with the following record and payment dates, representing an 8.2% increase from the previous announcement in early November and representing a dividend yield of 12.8% based on the closing stock price as of December 6, 2012:

11.0000 cents per share for December 2012 (record date of December 31, 2012 and payment date of January 23, 2013); and

11.0025 cents per share for January 2013 (record date of January 31, 2013 and payment date of February 20, 2013).

These dividends mark Prospect's 53rd and 54th consecutive cash distributions to shareholders and replace the dividends for December 2012 and January 2013 that were previously announced on November 7, 2012.

"Through September 30, 2012 in calendar year 2012, and not including expected excess income in the current December 2012 quarter, Prospect generated net investment income in excess of dividends declared of more than $70 million, or more than $0.33 per outstanding share, representing a significant storehouse of potential future additional dividend value for shareholders," said John F. Barry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prospect.

Because of its 2012 record date, Prospect's 11.0000 cents per share December 2012 dividend should enjoy current 2012 tax rates for shareholders and should not be subject to higher 2013 tax rates envisioned by currently passed United States legislation.

Based on past distributions and assuming its current share count for upcoming dividends, Prospect since inception through its January 2013 dividend will have distributed more than $10.72 per share to original shareholders and approximately $600 million in cumulative distributions to all shareholders.

Prospect expects to declare its February 2013, March 2013, and April 2013 distributions in February 2013.

ABOUT PROSPECT CAPITAL CORPORATION

Prospect Capital Corporation (www.prospectstreet.com) is a closed-end investment company that lends to and invests in private and microcap public businesses. Our investment objective is to generate both current income and long-term capital appreciation through debt and equity investments.

We have elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 ("1940 Act"). We are required to comply with a series of regulatory requirements under the 1940 Act as well as applicable NASDAQ, federal and state rules and regulations. We have elected to be treated as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Failure to comply with any of the laws and regulations that apply to us could have an adverse effect on us and our shareholders.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, whose safe harbor for forward-looking statements does not apply to business development companies. Any such statements, other than statements of historical fact, are highly likely to be affected by other unknowable future events and conditions, including elements of the future that are or are not under our control, and that we may or may not have considered; accordingly, such statements cannot be guarantees or assurances of any aspect of future performance. Actual developments and results are highly likely to vary materially from any forward-looking statements. Such statements speak only as of the time when made, and we undertake no obligation to update any such statement now or in the future.