June 15, 2015
Board of Directors
MCG Capital Corporation
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1001 19th Street North, 10th Floor
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Attention: Richard W. Neu, Chairman of the Board
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Reference is made to the offer letter sent to you on behalf of HC2 Holdings, Inc. (“HC2”) on May 19, 2015 regarding a proposal (as subsequently modified in our June 2nd letter and June 3rd letter) (the “Proposal”) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of MCG Capital Corporation (“MCG”).
We feel compelled to address certain statements MCG made in its most recent investor presentation, so that there can be no doubt that the HC2 transaction is superior to the PennantPark transaction and does not expose MCG stockholders to unnecessary risks to realize that value. Specifically,
·Loss in Value to MCG if HC2 Transaction Does Not Close. Throughout your presentation, you generally note that MCG stockholders will bear the full cost of the loss in value if the HC2 transaction does not close, including the lost value that would have been received in the PennantPark transaction. However, this is a broad overstatement that fails to recognize that this same cost of loss is born by MCG stockholders if the PennantPark transaction does not close. And, given our belief that several significant MCG stockholders have indicated to us and to you that they support the Proposal, we believe failure to get approval for the PennantPark deal is a real risk that MCG faces.
·Failure to Close Due to Regulatory Issues. You state that the transaction may not close due to a prohibition by the SEC and that HC2 may be an investment company and thereby regulated by the Investment Advisors Act of 1940 (the “40 Act”). This is not the case: HC2 is not an investment company. Rather, it, like a number of its immediate peers listed on the various exchanges, is a diversified holding company engaged in various businesses primarily through the ownership and operation of majority owned subsidiaries (currently with six reportable