Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ: ARCC) is a specialty finance company that provides one-stop solutions to meet the distinct and underserved financing needs of private middle-market companies across diverse industries. We invest primarily in first and second lien loans (including unitranche loans) and mezzanine debt, which in some cases includes an equity component like warrants. To a lesser extent, we also make equity investments. We seek current income and capital appreciation through our debt and equity investments. We seek to originate investments in market-leading companies with a history of stable cash flows, proven competitive advantages and experienced management teams. Ares Capital seeks to serve as a lead agent or investor in order to optimize due diligence and capital structure as well as enable active monitoring of the investment. Our strategy is to maximize risk-adjusted returns throughout economic cycles. As of
December 31, 2014, our portfolio had a fair value of approximately $9.0 billion and consisted of 205 portfolio companies backed by 141 different private equity sponsors.
ARCC is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.
ARCC is externally managed by Ares Capital Management LLC, a subsidiary of
Ares Management, L.P. (NYSE:ARES) ("Ares"),
a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset manager with
approximately $86 billion of assets under management
("AUM")(1) as of
December 31, 2014. We leverage off of the Ares platform, benefiting from its relationships, infrastructure, industry research, reputation and significant multi-asset class management expertise.
(1) Ares Management is the parent to several registered investment advisers, including Ares Capital
Management. AUM refers to the assets of the funds, alternative asset companies and other entities and
accounts that are managed or co-managed by Ares, including funds managed by IHAM. For Ares funds
other than CLOs, AUM represents the sum of the net asset value of such funds, the drawn and undrawn
debt (at the fund-level including amounts subject to restrictions) and uncalled committed capital
(including commitments to funds that have yet to commence their investment periods). For Ares funds
that are CLOs, AUM represents subordinated notes (equity) plus all drawn and undrawn debt tranches.
AUM amounts are as of December 31, 2014 and pro forma for Ares' acquisition of EIF, which closed on
January 1, 2015.