NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 10, 2011) - Prospect Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: PSEC) ("Prospect") announced today that Prospect has provided a $15 million term loan to support the acquisition of Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. ("Nobel Learning") by Leeds Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm focused on investments in the education, training, information and business services industries.

Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Nobel Learning is a leading national operator of private schools. Nobel Learning operates a network of more than 180 private schools, including preschools, K-8 schools, and high schools, with a commitment to deliver outstanding education at all levels. Nobel Learning's proprietary, standards-based curriculum enables teachers to build the right skills at each developmental stage in a manner appropriate for each child's individual learning style.

"Prospect demonstrated a high level of responsiveness to facilitate this financing for Leeds Equity," said Carter Harned, a Managing Director of Leeds Equity Partners. "We are excited to have Prospect as a lender to another Leeds Equity portfolio company."

"Nobel Learning delivers a best-in-class curriculum to students and parents with strong operational expertise," said David Moszer, a Managing Director with Prospect Capital Management. "Prospect welcomes the opportunity to support the company and Leeds Equity with our financing."

Prospect has closed more than $750 million of new originations during calendar year 2011, including nearly $100 million in the current quarter, and has an advanced investment pipeline of nearly $300 million.

Prospect Capital Corporation ( 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.

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