Stellus Capital Investment Corporation Declares Dividend of $0.1812 Per Share

HOUSTON--()--Stellus Capital Investment Corporation (the “Company”) (NYSE: SCM) announced today that on December 7, 2012, its Board of Directors declared a dividend for the partial 2012 fourth quarter of $0.1812 per share payable on December 27, 2012 to common shareholders of record on December 21, 2012.

The Company’s dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") provides for reinvestment of dividends, unless stockholders elect to receive cash. As a result, if the Company’s Board of Directors declares a cash dividend, the Company’s stockholders who have not "opted out" of the Company’s DRIP will have their cash dividends automatically reinvested in additional shares of the Company’s common stock, rather than receiving cash dividends.

The Company expects to use primarily newly issued shares to implement the plan, whether its shares are trading at a premium or at a discount to net asset value. Under such circumstances, the number of shares to be issued to a stockholder is determined by dividing the total dollar amount of the distribution payable to such stockholder by 95% of the market price per share of our common stock at the close of trading on the payment date fixed by the Company’s board of directors. Market price per share on that date will be the closing price for such shares on the NYSE or, if no sale is reported for such day, at the average of their reported bid and asked prices. The Company reserves the right to purchase shares in the open market in connection with our implementation of the plan. Shares purchased in open market transactions by the plan administrator will be allocated to a stockholder based on the average purchase price, excluding any brokerage charges or other charges, of all shares of common stock purchased in the open market.

About Stellus Capital Investment Corporation

The Company is an externally-managed, closed-end, non-diversified management investment company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. The Company’s investment objective is to maximize the total return to its stockholders in the form of current income and capital appreciation by investing primarily in private middle-market companies (typically those with $5.0 million to $50.0 million of EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization)) through first lien, second lien, unitranche and mezzanine debt financing, often with a corresponding equity investment. The Company’s investment activities are managed by its investment adviser, Stellus Capital Management. To learn more about Stellus Capital Investment Corporation, visit www.stelluscapital.com/scic.

About Stellus Capital Management

Stellus Capital Management is an investment advisory firm led by the former head and certain senior investment professionals of the D. E. Shaw group’s direct capital business, which was spun out of the D. E. Shaw group in January 2012. The Stellus Capital Management investment team was responsible for helping the D. E. Shaw group build its middle market direct investment business until it was spun out, and continues to provide sub-advisory services to the D. E. Shaw group with respect to two investment portfolios comprising debt and equity positions in middle-market companies. The senior investment professionals of Stellus Capital Management have an average of over 22 years of investing, corporate finance, restructuring, consulting and accounting experience and have worked together at several companies. The Stellus Capital Management investment team has a wide range of experience in middle-market investing, including originating, structuring and managing loans and debt securities through market cycles. Stellus Capital Management is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and also maintains offices in the New York City area, San Francisco, California, and the Washington, D.C. area. To learn more about Stellus Capital Management, LLC, please visit www.stelluscapital.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements included herein may contain “forward-looking statements” which relate to future performance or financial condition. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which change over time. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the final prospectus that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

Contacts

Stellus Capital Investment Corporation
W. Todd Huskinson, 713-292-5414
Chief Financial Officer
thuskinson@stelluscapital.com
or
BackBay Communications
Jen Dowd, 212-209-3844
jen.dowd@backbaycommunications.com

Release Summary

Stellus Capital Investment Corporation (NYSE: SCM) announced today that on December 7, 2012, its Board of Directors declared a dividend for the partial 2012 fourth quarter of $0.1812 per share.

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Contacts

Stellus Capital Investment Corporation
W. Todd Huskinson, 713-292-5414
Chief Financial Officer
thuskinson@stelluscapital.com
or
BackBay Communications
Jen Dowd, 212-209-3844
jen.dowd@backbaycommunications.com