Pamela Schreiber
Investor Relations
Resource America, Inc.
1521 Locust Street - 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 546-5005
(215) 546-5388 (facsimile)

Resource America, Inc. Retains Keefe, Bruyette and Woods to Explore Strategic Options for Fidelity Leasing Subsidiary

Philadelphia, PA, 1/26/2000 - Resource America, Inc.(NASDAQ:REXI) announces that it has retained Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, Inc., a New York based investment banking firm specializing in banking and finance companies, to explore strategic options for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fidelity Leasing Inc. ("FLI") with a view to enhancing shareholder value. FLI is a small-ticket equipment leasing company which leases technology equipment to the small business market through a sophisticated e-commerce technology platform using computer and telecommunications systems and the Internet.

Statements made in this release include forward-looking statements, which involve substantial risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual results, performance or achievements could differ materially from those expressed or implied in this release.
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