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November 04, 2009


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Triangle Capital Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov 4, 2009 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Triangle Capital Corporation (Nasdaq:TCAP) ("Triangle" or the "Company"), a leading specialty finance company that provides customized financing solutions to lower middle market companies located throughout the United States, today announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2009.

Commenting on the quarter, Garland S. Tucker, III, President and CEO, stated, "After a relatively slow start to the year in terms of investment opportunities, we closed three new transactions totaling over $18 million in the third quarter. While we have been very pleased with the cost saving measures implemented by our portfolio companies, the current operating environment continues to be challenging. As we move into 2010, revenue growth will become a primary focus for most companies."

Third Quarter 2009 Results

Total investment income during the third quarter of 2009 was $7.1 million, compared to total investment income of $5.9 million for the third quarter of 2008, representing an increase of 20.9%. The Company's increase in investment income is primarily attributable to new portfolio investments made during 2008 and 2009 which resulted in an increase in total loan interest, fee, dividend and paid-in-kind interest income of approximately $1.1 million.

Net investment income during the third quarter of 2009 was $3.7 million, compared to net investment income of $3.2 million for the third quarter of 2008, representing an increase of 15.8%. Net investment income per share during the third quarter of 2009 was $0.41 compared to $0.46 during the third quarter of 2008.

The Company's net decrease in net assets resulting from operations was $0.8 million during the third quarter of 2009, as compared to a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $2.5 million during the third quarter of 2008. The Company's net decrease in net assets resulting from operations was $0.09 per share during the third quarter of 2009 as compared to a net increase in net assets resulting from operations of $0.36 per share during the third quarter of 2008.

The Company's net asset value per share at September 30, 2009, was $10.60 as compared to $11.31 per share at June 30, 2009, and $11.07 per share on August 12, 2009, after the completion of the Company's public offering of 1,495,000 shares of its common stock. As of September 30, 2009, the Company's weighted average yield on all of its outstanding debt investments was approximately 14.4%.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

At September 30, 2009, the Company had cash and cash equivalents totaling $33.4 million.

"With over $33 million in cash on hand and approximately $35 million in available SBA leverage as of September 30, 2009, Triangle is fortunate to be in a very healthy liquidity position. This financial strength provides us significant flexibility as we continue to navigate the current operating environment," commented Steven C. Lilly, Chief Financial Officer.

As of September 30, 2009, the Company had non-callable, 10-year, fixed rate Small Business Administration ("SBA") guaranteed debentures totaling $115.1 million. The Company has the ability to issue additional SBA-guaranteed debentures of $34.9 million under its existing SBIC license. In addition, the Company has applied for a second SBIC license, which would allow the Company to issue up to an additional $75.0 million in SBA-guaranteed debentures.

On August 7, 2009, Triangle filed a prospectus supplement pursuant to which 1,300,000 shares of common stock were offered for sale at a price to the public of $10.42 per share. In addition, the underwriters involved were granted an overallotment option to purchase an additional 195,000 shares of common stock at the same public offering price. Pursuant to this offering, all shares (including the overallotment option shares) were sold and delivered on August 12, 2009 resulting in net proceeds to Triangle, after underwriting discounts and offering expenses, of approximately $14.6 million.

Dividend Information

On September 23, 2009, Triangle announced that its board of directors had declared a cash dividend of $0.41 per share. This was the Company's eleventh consecutive quarterly dividend since its initial public offering in February, 2007, and reflected a 2.5% increase over the second quarter of 2009 and a 7.9% increase over the third quarter of 2008. The dividend was payable as follows:



  Record Date:  October 8, 2009
  Payment Date: October 22, 2009

Triangle has adopted a dividend reinvestment plan ("DRIP") that provides for reinvestment of dividends on behalf of its stockholders, unless a stockholder elects to receive cash. As a result, when the Company declares a cash dividend, stockholders who have not opted out of the DRIP will have their cash dividends automatically reinvested in additional shares of the Company's common stock, rather than receiving cash dividends.

When the Company declares and pays dividends, it determines the allocation of the distribution between current income, accumulated income and return of capital on the basis of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). At each year end, the Company is required for tax purposes to determine the dividend allocation based on tax accounting principles. Due to differences between GAAP and tax accounting principles, the portion of each dividend distribution that is ordinary income, capital gain or return of capital may differ for GAAP and tax purposes.

Recent Portfolio Activity

During the third quarter of 2009, Triangle made three new investments totaling $18.8 million. The Company also received partial principal repayments from three portfolio companies totaling approximately $2.4 million and received payment in kind interest repayments totaling approximately $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2009. New investments since June 30, 2009, are summarized as follows:

On July 30, 2009, Triangle made a $7.5 million subordinated debt investment in Frozen Specialties, Inc. ("FSI"). FSI is a leading manufacturer of private label frozen pizzas and pizza bites, sold primarily through the retail grocery channel.

On September 17, 2009, the Company closed a $5.8 million subordinated debt investment in Grindmaster-Cecilware Corporation ("Grindmaster-Cecilware"). Grindmaster-Cecilware is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of a broad line of beverage dispensing, cooking, and other equipment for the foodservice market.

On September 22, 2009, Triangle made a $5.5 million subordinated debt and equity investment in Technology Crops International ("TCI"). TCI works with customers to develop and maintain supply chains for high value, plant derived oils and oil seeds used as manufacturing ingredients in the food, chemical, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.

About Triangle Capital Corporation

Triangle Capital Corporation (www.TCAP.com) is a specialty finance company organized to provide customized financing solutions to lower middle market companies located throughout the United States. Triangle's investment objective is to seek attractive returns by generating current income from debt investments and capital appreciation from equity related investments. Triangle's investment philosophy is to partner with business owners, management teams and financial sponsors to provide flexible financing solutions to fund growth, changes of control, or other corporate events. Triangle typically invests $5.0 - $15.0 million per transaction in companies with annual revenues between $20.0 and $75.0 million and EBITDA between $2.0 and $20.0 million.

Triangle has elected to be treated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 ("1940 Act"). Triangle is required to comply with a series of regulatory requirements under the 1940 Act as well as applicable NASDAQ, federal and state laws and regulations. Triangle has elected to be treated as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Failure to comply with any of the laws and regulations that apply to Triangle could have a material adverse effect on Triangle and its stockholders.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such statements, other than statements of historical fact, are likely to be affected by other unknowable future events and conditions, including elements of the future that are or are not under the Company's control, and that the Company may or may not have considered; accordingly, such statements cannot be guarantees or assurances of any aspect of future performance. Actual developments and results are highly likely to vary materially from these estimates and projections of the future. Such statements speak only as of the time when made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any such statement now or in the future.



                       TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORPORATION
                       Consolidated Balance Sheets

                                        September 30,     December 31,
                                            2009              2008
                                        -------------    -------------
                                         (Unaudited)
  Assets
  Investments at fair value:
  Non-Control / Non-Affiliate
   investments (cost of $135,212,872
   and $138,413,589 at September
   30, 2009 and December 31, 2008,
   respectively)                        $ 127,517,222    $ 135,712,877
 Affiliate investments (cost of
  $55,100,201 and $30,484,491
  at September 30, 2009 and
  December 31, 2008, respectively)         49,780,689       33,894,556
 Control investments (cost of
  $11,558,825 and $11,253,458
  at September 30, 2009 and
  December 31, 2008, respectively)         11,093,125       12,497,858
                                        -------------    -------------
 Total investments at fair value          188,391,036      182,105,291
 Cash and cash equivalents                 33,414,295       27,193,287
 Interest and fees receivable                 365,532          679,828
 Prepaid expenses and other current
  assets                                      276,297           95,325
 Deferred financing fees                    3,470,600        3,545,410
 Property and equipment, net                   34,503           48,020
                                        -------------    -------------
 Total assets                           $ 225,952,263    $ 213,667,161
                                        =============    =============

 Liabilities
 Accounts payable and accrued
  liabilities                           $   1,450,875    $   1,608,909
 Interest payable                             570,519        1,881,761
 Deferred revenue                             112,500               --
 Dividends payable                          4,029,456        2,766,945
 Taxes payable                                 24,899           30,436
 Deferred income taxes                        437,827          843,947
 SBA guaranteed debentures payable        115,110,000      115,110,000
                                        -------------    -------------
 Total liabilities                        121,736,076      122,241,998


 Net Assets
 Common stock, $0.001 par value per
  share (150,000,000 shares
  authorized, 9,827,942 and 6,917,363
  shares issued and outstanding as
  of September 30, 2009 and December
  31, 2008, respectively)                       9,828            6,917
 Additional paid-in capital               115,370,671       87,836,786
 Investment income in excess of
  distributions                             1,902,083        2,115,157
 Accumulated realized gains on
  investments                                 852,293          356,495
 Net unrealized appreciation
  (depreciation) of investments           (13,918,688)       1,109,808
                                        -------------    -------------
 Total net assets                         104,216,187       91,425,163
                                        -------------    -------------

 Total liabilities and net assets       $ 225,952,263    $ 213,667,161
                                        =============    =============

 Net asset value per share              $       10.60    $       13.22
                                        =============    =============



                        TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORPORATION
              Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations

                Three Months  Three Months  Nine Months    Nine Months
                   Ended          Ended        Ended          Ended
                 Sept. 30,      Sept. 30,    Sept. 30,      Sept. 30,
                    2009          2008         2009            2008
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

 Investment
  income:
 Loan interest,
  fee and
  dividend
  income:
   Non-Control
    / Non-
    Affiliate
    investments $  3,850,305  $  3,447,176  $ 12,252,053  $  8,166,903
   Affiliate
    invest-
     ments         1,374,819       936,965     3,215,690     2,572,546
   Control
    invest-
    ments            232,575       315,408       713,553     1,194,603
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Total loan
  interest,
   fee and
   dividend
   income          5,457,699     4,699,549    16,181,296    11,934,052

 Paid-in-kind
  interest
  income:
   Non-Control
   / Non-
   Affiliate
   investments       711,882       840,543     2,322,402     1,709,348
   Affiliate
    investments      600,532       175,491       978,568       489,005
   Control
    investments      122,738        96,393       286,816       356,700
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Total paid-in-
  kind interest
  income           1,435,152     1,112,427     3,587,786     2,555,053

 Interest
  income from
  cash and cash
  equivalent
  investments        203,792        57,661       408,464       264,607
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Total
  investment
  income           7,096,643     5,869,637    20,177,546    14,753,712
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------

 Expenses:
   Interest
    expense        1,749,593     1,125,469     5,137,159     2,586,279
   Amortization
    of deferred
    financing
    fees              90,500        64,596       268,810       160,765
   General and
    admini-
    strative
    expenses       1,538,693     1,467,866     4,766,841     4,338,825
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Total expenses    3,378,786     2,657,931    10,172,810     7,085,869
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Net investment
  income           3,717,857     3,211,706    10,004,736     7,667,843

 Net realized
  gains on
  investments -
  Non-Control/
  Non-Affiliate
                          --        51,089       848,164        51,089
 Net unrealized
  appreciation
  (depreciation)
  of investments  (4,504,933)     (736,636)  (15,028,496)   (1,376,704)
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Total net
  gain (loss)
  on investments
  before income
  taxes           (4,504,933)     (685,547)  (14,180,332)   (1,325,615)
 Income tax
  benefit
  (expense)            8,417       (49,813)      (38,277)     (251,984)
                ------------  ------------  ------------  ------------
 Net increase
  (decrease) in
  net assets
  resulting from
  operations    $   (778,659) $  2,476,346  $ (4,213,873) $  6,090,244
                ============  ============  ============  ============

 Net investment
  income per
  share - basic
  and diluted   $       0.41  $       0.46  $       1.25  $       1.12
                ============  ============  ============  ============
 Net increase
  (decrease) in
  net assets
  resulting from
  operations per
  share - basic
  and diluted   $      (0.09) $       0.36  $      (0.53) $       0.89
                ============  ============  ============  ============
 Dividends
  declared per
  common share  $       0.41  $       0.35  $       1.21  $       0.66
                ============  ============  ============  ============
 Distributions
  of capital
  gains
  declared per
  common share  $         --  $         --  $       0.05  $         --
                ============  ============  ============  ============
 Weighted
  average
  number of
  shares
  outstanding -
  basic and
  diluted          9,129,192     6,917,363     8,024,933     6,864,341
                ============  ============  ============  ============



                      TRIANGLE CAPITAL CORPORATION
             Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

                                           Nine Months     Nine Months
                                              Ended           Ended
                                          September 30,   September 30,
                                              2009            2008
                                          ------------    ------------

 Cash flows from operating activities:
   Net increase (decrease) in net assets
    resulting from operations             $ (4,213,873)   $  6,090,244
   Adjustments to reconcile net increase
     (decrease) in net assets resulting
     from operations to net cash
     provided by (used in) operating
     activities:
      Purchases of portfolio investments   (27,943,735)    (73,645,254)
      Repayments received/sales of
       portfolio investments                 9,289,106       9,060,478
      Loan origination and other fees
       received                                540,000       1,401,996
      Net realized gain on investments        (848,164)        (51,089)
      Net unrealized depreciation of
       investments                          15,434,615         718,784
      Deferred income taxes                   (406,120)        657,919
      Paid-in-kind interest accrued, net
       of payments received                 (2,008,357)     (1,788,984)
      Amortization of deferred financing
       fees                                    268,810         160,765
      Recognition of loan origination and
       other fees                             (443,135)       (309,140)
      Accretion of loan discounts             (306,075)        (95,132)
      Depreciation expense                      16,711          11,110
      Stock-based compensation                 512,448         172,189
      Changes in operating assets and
       liabilities:
        Interest and fees receivable           314,296          36,671
        Prepaid expenses and other
         current assets                       (180,972)        (65,890)
        Accounts payable and accrued
         liabilities                          (158,034)        (27,296)
        Interest payable                    (1,311,242)       (431,762)
        Deferred revenue                       112,500              --
        Taxes payable                           (5,537)        (52,598)
                                          ------------    ------------
  Net cash provided by (used in)
   operating activities                    (11,336,758)    (58,156,989)
                                          ------------    ------------

  Cash flows from investing activities:
   Purchases of property and equipment          (3,194)        (25,030)
                                          ------------    ------------
  Net cash used in investing activities         (3,194)        (25,030)
                                          ------------    ------------

  Cash flows from financing activities:
   Borrowings under SBA guaranteed
    debentures payable                              --      56,100,000
   Short-term borrowings                            --       5,100,000
   Financing fees paid                        (194,000)     (2,268,025)
   Proceeds from common stock offerings,
    net of expenses                         27,091,248              --
   Common stock withheld for payroll
    taxes upon vesting of restricted
     stock                                     (66,900)             --
   Cash dividends paid                      (8,917,022)     (6,606,618)
   Cash distributions paid                    (352,366)             --
                                          ------------    ------------
  Net cash provided by financing
   activities                               17,560,960      52,325,357
                                          ------------    ------------
  Net increase (decrease) in cash
   and cash equivalents                      6,221,008      (5,856,662)
  Cash and cash equivalents, beginning
   of period                                27,193,287      21,787,750
                                          ------------    ------------
  Cash and cash equivalents, end of
   period                                 $ 33,414,295    $ 15,931,088
                                          ============    ============

  Supplemental disclosure of cash flow
   information:
     Cash paid for interest               $  6,448,401    $  3,018,042
                                          ============    ============

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SOURCE: Triangle Capital Corporation

CONTACT:  Triangle Capital Corporation
Sheri B. Colquitt, Vice President, Investor Relations
919-719-4784
scolquitt@tcap.com
Steven C. Lilly, Chief Financial Officer
919-719-4789
slilly@tcap.com

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