PHILADELPHIA, PA – Franklin Square Capital Partners (Franklin Square), the largest manager of business development companies (BDCs), announced a $50 million upsizing of its senior secured unitranche loan to A.P. Plasman, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of exterior trim products for a variety of industries, to support its acquisition of Plastal Industri, a supplier of exterior painted trim products for the automotive industry. A.P. Plasman is a portfolio company of Insight Equity, a New York-based middle market private equity investment firm.
The financing was provided by FS Investment Corporation (NYSE: FSIC), a BDC managed by an affiliate of Franklin Square and sub-advised by an affiliate of GSO Capital Partners LP (GSO). The upsized deal represents FSIC’s sixth round of funding for A.P. Plasman.
The Plastal Industri acquisition establishes a European presence for A.P. Plasman, diversifies the company’s product mix and expands its customer base.
About Franklin Square
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. As of March 31, 2016, the firm managed approximately $17 billion in total assets, including $15.4 billion in BDC assets, making it the largest manager of BDCs. For more information, please visit www.franklinsquare.com.
About Blackstone and GSO
Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, and the communities in which we work. We do this by using extraordinary people and flexible capital to help companies solve problems. Our asset management businesses, with approximately $344 billion in assets under management, includes investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, public debt and equity, non-investment grade credit, real assets and secondary funds, all on a global basis. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com. Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.
GSO is the global credit investment platform of Blackstone. With approximately $79 billion of assets under management, GSO is one of the largest alternative managers in the world focused on the leveraged-finance, or non-investment grade related, marketplace. GSO seeks to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns in its business by investing in a broad array of strategies including mezzanine debt, distressed investing, leveraged loans and other special-situation strategies. Its funds are major providers of credit for small and middle-market companies and they also advance rescue financing to help distressed companies.
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