SOURCE: Signature Group Holdings, Inc.

Signature Group Holdings, Inc.

October 07, 2011 12:42 ET

Signature Group Holdings, Inc. Announces Debt Financing for NABCO Subsidiary

Attractive Financing Transaction Returns Capital to Signature

Provides NABCO With Liquidity and Capital for Continued Growth

SHERMAN OAKS, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 7, 2011) - Signature Group Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "Signature") (PINKSHEETS: SGGH) today announced that on September 30, 2011 its North American Breaker Co., Inc., ("NABCO") subsidiary has obtained $16.0 million in debt financing (the "Financing") from Pacific Western Bank. Under the terms of the Financing, NABCO borrowed $8.0 million in term debt at a variable interest rate equivalent to 5.00% today and $4.6 million under an $8.0 million revolving, asset-based loan, at a variable interest rate equivalent to 4.00% today. Proceeds of the Financing were used to repay Signature $12.5 million associated with the acquisition of NABCO on July 29, 2011 and pay fees and expenses.

"At the time Signature acquired NABCO, we rejected available financing alternatives due to their high cost. Over the past two months, in conjunction with NABCO management, Signature engaged in a process to find a financial institution that could provide a long term debt facility at rates more reflective of today's low interest rate environment. The highly attractive financing package we announced today is mutually beneficial to NABCO and Signature," said Craig Noell, Chief Executive Officer of Signature. "By waiting to find the right partner, management estimates a savings of well over $1.0 million in annual interest and fees compared to other alternatives. This Financing enhances NABCO's liquidity and ensures continued funding for future growth. At the same time, the transaction returns capital to Signature to deploy in future initiatives."

Jared Wolff, President of the Los Angeles Region of Pacific Western Bank, said, "NABCO is a stable and growing company with strong fundamentals and a robust business model. We are pleased to support this business and partner with Signature on this transaction."

Additional details of the Financing can be found on disclosures filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 8-K today.

ABOUT SIGNATURE GROUP HOLDINGS
Signature is a financial services company focused primarily on lending to and acquiring middle market companies. Signature's lending business provides secured debt financing. The Company also makes strategic acquisitions of businesses and specialty assets. For more information about Signature, visit its corporate website at www.signaturegroupholdings.com.

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