February 1, 2024
New Mountain Finance Corporation
New York, New York 10019
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have acted as counsel to New Mountain Finance Corporation, a Delaware corporation (the “Company”), in connection with the Company’s Registration Statement on Form N-2 (File No. 333-272060) filed under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), which Registration Statement was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on May 18, 2023 and became effective automatically pursuant to Rule 462(e) under the Securities Act (such Registration Statement, including the exhibits and schedules thereto, all documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement, any information contained in a prospectus supplement relating to the Notes (as defined below) subsequently filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act and deemed to be a part of the Registration Statement at the time of effectiveness pursuant to Rule 430B under the Securities Act, and any registration statement filed pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, is hereinafter referred to as the “Registration Statement”).
The Registration Statement relates to the public offering of securities of the Company that may be offered by the Company from time to time as set forth in the base prospectus included in the Registration Statement, dated as of May 18, 2023, together with the information incorporated or deemed to be incorporated therein by reference (the “Base Prospectus”), and as may be set forth from time to time in one or more supplements to the Base Prospectus. This opinion letter is rendered in connection with the issuance and sale under the Securities Act of $300,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of the Company’s 6.875% Notes due 2029 (the “Notes”), as described in (i) the Base Prospectus and (ii) the prospectus supplement, dated January 25, 2024, relating to the Notes (together with the Base Prospectus and together with the information and documents incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference therein, the “Prospectus Supplement”). All of the Notes are to be sold by the Company as described in the Registration Statement, the Base Prospectus and the Prospectus Supplement.
The Notes will be issued pursuant to the indenture, dated as of August 20, 2018 (the “Base Indenture”), entered into between the Company and U.S. Bank Trust Company National Association (as successor in interest to U.S. Bank National Association), as trustee (the “Trustee”), as supplemented by a fifth supplemental indenture, dated as of February 1, 2024 (the “Fifth Supplemental Indenture,” and together with the Base Indenture, the “Indenture”).
As counsel to the Company, we have participated in the preparation of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, and the Prospectus Supplement and have examined the originals or copies of the following:
(i)the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, as amended by the (a) Certificate of Change of Registered Agent and/or Registered Office thereto and (b) Certificate of Amendment to the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company, certified as of a recent date by the Delaware Secretary of State (the “Certificate of Incorporation”);
(ii)the Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company;
(iii)a Certificate of Good Standing with respect to the Company issued by the Secretary of State of the State of Delaware on February 1, 2024;
(iv)resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) relating to, among other things, (a) the authorization and approval of the preparation and filing of the Registration Statement, (b) the authorization, execution and delivery of the Indenture, and (c) the authorization, issuance and sale of the Notes;
(vi)the Underwriting Agreement, dated as of January 25, 2024, by and among the Company, New Mountain Finance Administration, L.L.C., and New Mountain Finance Advisers BDC, L.L.C. on the one hand, and BofA Securities, Inc., Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as the representatives of the several underwriters named in Schedule I to the Underwriting Agreement, on the other hand; and
(vii)a specimen copy of the form of the Notes to be issued pursuant to the Indenture in the form attached to the Indenture.
With respect to such examination and our opinion expressed herein, we have assumed, without any independent investigation or verification, (i) the genuineness of all signatures on all documents submitted to us for examination, (ii) the legal capacity of all natural persons, (iii) the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, (iv) the conformity to original documents of all documents submitted to us as conformed or reproduced copies and the authenticity of the originals of such copied documents, (v) that all certificates issued by public officials have been properly issued, (vi) the accuracy and completeness of all corporate records made available to us by the Company, (vii) that the Indenture will be a valid and legally binding obligation of the parties thereto (other than the Company), and (viii) that at the time of issuance of the Notes, after giving effect to such issuance, the Company will be in compliance with Section 18(a)(1)(A) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “1940 Act”), giving effect to Section 61(a) of the 1940 Act.
As to certain matters of fact relevant to the opinion in this opinion letter, we have relied upon certificates and/or representations of officers of the Company. We have also relied on certificates of public officials and confirmations. We have not independently established the facts or, in the case of certificates or confirmations of public officials, the other statements, so relied upon.
The opinion set forth below is limited to the contract laws of the State of New York, in each case, as in effect on the date hereof, and we express no opinion with respect to any other laws of the State of New York or the laws of any other jurisdiction. Without limiting the preceding sentence, we express no opinion as to any state securities or broker-dealer laws or regulations thereunder relating to the offer, issuance or sale of the Notes. This opinion letter has been prepared, and should be interpreted, in accordance with customary practice followed in the preparation of opinion letters by lawyers who regularly give, and such customary practice followed by lawyers who on behalf of their clients regularly advise opinion recipients regarding, opinion letters of this kind.
Based upon and subject to the limitations, exceptions, qualifications and assumptions set forth in this opinion letter, we are of the opinion that, when the Notes are duly executed and delivered by duly authorized officers of the Company and duly authenticated by the Trustee, all in accordance with the provisions of the Indenture, and delivered to the purchasers thereof against payment of the agreed consideration therefor, the Notes will constitute valid and legally binding obligations of the Company, enforceable against the Company in accordance with their terms, except as such enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, moratorium, fraudulent conveyance, and other similar laws affecting the rights and remedies of creditors generally and to general principles of equity (including without limitation the availability of specific performance or injunctive relief and the application of concepts of materiality, reasonableness, good faith and fair dealing), regardless of whether considered in a proceeding at law or in equity.
The opinion expressed in this opinion letter is: (i) strictly limited to the matters stated in this opinion letter, and without limiting the foregoing, no other opinions are to be inferred; and (ii) only as of the date of this opinion letter, and we are under no obligation, and do not undertake, to advise the Company or any other person or entity
either of any change of law or fact that occurs, or of any fact that comes to our attention, after the date of this opinion letter, even though such change or such fact may affect the legal analysis or a legal conclusion in this opinion letter.
We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion letter as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, to be filed with the Commission on the date hereof for incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement and to the reference to our firm in the “Legal Matters” section in the Registration Statement, the Base Prospectus and Prospectus Supplement. We do not admit by giving this consent that we are in the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act.
/s/ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP