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.
We seek 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
September 30, 2015, our portfolio had a fair value of approximately $8.7 billion and consisted of 216 portfolio companies backed by 148 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 ("BDC") under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder and as of September 30, 2015, is the largest BDC by total assets and market Capitalization with total assets of $9.2 billion. 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. We leverage off of the Ares platform, benefiting from its relationships, infrastructure, industry research, reputation and significant multi-asset class management expertise.