European Capital

European Capital Refinances Euro 40 Million in Senior Bonds of DEVGLASS

    St. Peter Port, Guernsey (ots/PRNewswire) -

    European Capital Limited ("European Capital") (LSE: ECAS) announced today that on 9 October a wholly-owned subsidiary of European Capital completed the refinancing of euro 40 million in senior bonds of portfolio company DEVGLASS. Banque Populaire Atlantique and Natixis each provided euro 20 million of senior term loan facilities. Following the refinancing, European Capital continues to hold senior and junior mezzanine bonds, convertible bonds and common equity in DEVGLASS. European Capital completed its original One Stop Buyout(TM) of DEVGLASS on July 13, 2007 alongside Olivier Rambeau, DEVGLASS' CEO and Chairman, who continues to hold a majority stake. Since June 2007, European Capital has refinanced euro 292 million of senior commitments in three One Stop Buyouts(TM).

    "We are very pleased to have worked with Banque Populaire Atlantique and Natixis on this transaction. They have proven to be very reliable partners," said Stephane Legrand, European Capital Financial Services Director.

    "Throughout their long term relationship with DEVGLASS, Banque Populaire Atlantique and Natixis developed a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Company. This enabled them to quickly respond to this financing opportunity and move rapidly towards completing the refinancing", said Olivia Reveilliez, European Capital Financial Services Manager.

    Founded in 1998, DEVGLASS is a leading manufacturer of insulated glass for windows. DEVGLASS has four main product groups: standard double-glass; superior double-glass with improved heating and/or sound insulation; laminated safety and security double-glass panes; and newly-introduced triple-glass. Headquartered in Vendee, France, DEVGLASS has manufacturing plants in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, Vendee and in Alencon, Orne. DEVGLASS has nearly 350 employees and is expected to achieve more than euro 60 million of sales in 2007, equating to a 20% compound average growth rate over the past five years.

    For more information about European Capital's investment in DEVGLASS, go to http://www.ECAS.com/news/newsreleases/2007/pr20071002.html.

    ABOUT EUROPEAN CAPITAL

    European Capital is a publicly traded investment company for pan-European equity, mezzanine and senior debt investments with capital resources of approximately euro 2.3 billion (US$3.2 billion). It is managed by European Capital Financial Services (Guernsey) Limited ("ECFSG" or "the Investment Manager"), a wholly-owned affiliate of American Capital Strategies, Ltd ("American Capital").

    European Capital invests in and sponsors management and employee buyouts, invests in private equity buyouts and provides capital directly to private and public companies headquartered predominantly in Europe. European Capital generally invests between euro 5 million and euro 500 million per transaction in equity, mezzanine debt and senior debt to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations.

    The investment objective of European Capital is to provide investors with dividend income and the potential for share value appreciation by investing in debt and equity investments in private and public companies headquartered primarily in Europe. European Capital seeks to achieve this through pursuing the following types of investments:

    European Capital One Stop Buyouts(TM)

    Through our One Stop Buyouts(TM), European Capital provides equity, mezzanine debt and senior debt as the lead investor in the buyout of private and public companies.

    Mezzanine Direct with Sponsors

    European Capital provides debt and equity financing for buyouts sponsored by private equity firms where European Capital is either the sole or lead mezzanine debt investor.

    Syndicated Mezzanine and Senior Debt

    European Capital provides mezzanine and senior financing for buyouts sponsored by private equity firms where European Capital is neither the sole nor lead mezzanine or senior debt investor.

    Direct Investments

    European Capital provides debt and equity financing directly to private and public companies, which is used for growth, acquisitions or recapitalizations, and investing in structured finance vehicles.

    Companies interested in learning more about European Capital's flexible financing should contact Jean Eichenlaub at +33-(0)-1-40-68-06-66 in Paris, Simon Henderson or Nathalie Faure Beaulieu at +44-(0)-20-7539-7000 in London, Robert von Finckenstein at +49-(0)-69-71-71-297-0 in Frankfurt, or Luis Felipe Castellanos at +(34)-91-745-99-63 in Madrid, or visit the website at www.EuropeanCapital.com

    ABOUT AMERICAN CAPITAL

    American Capital Strategies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS), with US$16 billion in assets under management(1), is an affiliate of European Capital and a member of the S&P 500. It is the largest U.S. publicly traded private equity firm and one of the largest publicly traded alternative asset managers. American Capital, both directly and through its global asset management business, is an investor in management and employee buyouts, private equity buyouts, and early stage and mature private and public companies. American Capital provides senior debt, mezzanine debt and equity to fund growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and securitizations. American Capital and its affiliates invest from US$5 million to US$800 million per company in North America and euro 5 million to euro 500 million per company in Europe.

    (1) Assets Under Management is an estimate of internally and externally managed assets as of September 30, 2007 and does not include any fair value adjustments subsequent to June 30, 2007.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements regarding expected results of European Capital and/or American Capital are subject to various factors and uncertainties, including the uncertainties associated with the timing of transaction closings, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, changes in regional, national or international economic conditions, or changes in the conditions of the industries in which European Capital and/or American Capital has made investments.

      Web site: http://www.EuropeanCapital.com
                      http://www.americancapital.com

ots Originaltext: European Capital
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Contact:
Stephane Legrand, European Capital Financial Services Director,
Olivia Reveilliez, European Capital Financial Services Manager, Marie
Bal, European Capital Financial Services Communications Manager, all
of European Capital Limited, +33-(0)-1-40-68-68-66



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