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Senior Secured Loan Program Closes $590 Million in Commitments During the Second Quarter of 2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Senior Secured Loan Program Closes $590 Million in Commitments During the Second Quarter of 201208:00 EDT Wednesday, August 08, 2012 NEW YORK & NORWALK, Conn. (Business Wire) -- The Senior Secured Loan Program (SSLP), jointly managed by an affiliate of Ares Capital Corporation and an affiliate of GE Capital, announced today that it closed three financing commitments totaling $590 million, including refinancing transactions, during the second quarter of 2012. Since January 1, 2010, the SSLP has committed approximately $7.3 billion to middle-market borrowers. “The transaction activity during the second quarter illustrates the importance of closing certainty and financing flexibility which SSLP provides to private equity sponsors,” said Michael Arougheti, President of Ares Capital. Stuart Aronson, president and CEO of GE Capital's Sponsor Finance business said, “Helping build and strengthen the middle market is central to our business. The SSLP provides a flexible and reliable capital solution to middle-market companies through all market conditions, and we look forward to working with these companies as they continue to grow their businesses.” Below is a brief description of three recent transactions. Augusta Sportswear Holdings, Inc. / Kelso & Company GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a $367 million senior secured term loan, of which $300 million was provided by the SSLP and $67 million was directly provided by Ares Capital, to support the acquisition of Augusta Sportswear Holdings, Inc. by Kelso & Company. Augusta is a leading producer and distributor of team uniforms, athletic apparel, outerwear, and school-inspired products to team uniform suppliers and custom decorators. SVP Worldwide / Kohlberg & Company GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a $200 million senior secured term loan provided by the SSLP to support the refinancing of SVP Worldwide by Kohlberg & Company. SVP is the world's leading consumer sewing machine company. Cambridge International, Inc. / Industrial Growth Partners GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a senior secured term loan provided by SSLP to support the acquisition of Cambridge International, Inc. by Industrial Growth Partners. Cambridge International, Inc. is a pioneer and the world's leading provider of mission-critical, consumable, custom-built and highly engineered woven metal products used for process conveying as well as architectural and environmental applications. About Senior Secured Loan Program The Senior Secured Loan Program was formed in December 2007 to invest in the senior secured debt of middle-market companies. Its members are comprised of Ares Capital Corporation and GE Global Sponsor Finance LLC. The program is co-managed by GE Commercial Finance Investment Advisory Services LLC and Ares Capital Management LLC and transactions require approval by the individuals appointed by the members of the SSLP. The SSLP has $7.7 billion of available capital and can hold up to $300 million in a single transaction for borrowers across a wide range of industry sectors. The SSLP benefits borrowers by virtue of greater speed, simplicity and certainty, with proven partners. About Ares Capital Corporation Ares Capital is a leading specialty finance company that provides one-stop financing solutions to U.S. middle market companies and private equity sponsors. The Company originates and invests in senior secured loans, mezzanine debt and, to a lesser extent, equity investments through its national direct origination platform. Ares Capital's investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments primarily in private companies. Ares Capital has elected to be regulated as a business development company, and is externally managed by a wholly owned subsidiary of Ares Management LLC. Ares Management is a global alternative asset manager and a SEC-registered investment adviser with approximately $54 billion of committed capital under management as of June 30, 2012. For more information, visit www.arescapitalcorp.com. About GE Capital GE Capital offers consumers and businesses around the globe an array of financial products and services. For more information, visit www.gecapital.com or follow company news via Twitter (@GECapital). GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. For more information, visit ge.com About GE Antares Capital GE Antares Capital is a unit of GE Capital, Sponsor Finance. With offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, GE Antares is a leading lender to middle market private equity sponsors. GE Capital Markets has ranked #1 in the U.S. Sponsored Middle Market Bookrunner League Tables for three of the past four years. For more information, visit www.geantares.com. About Augusta Sportswear Holdings, Inc. Founded in 1977, Augusta primarily sells team uniforms, athletic apparel, outerwear and school-inspired products to team uniform suppliers, custom decorators and promotional product distributors. For more information, visit www.augustasportswear.com. About Kelso & Company Kelso & Company is one of the oldest and most established firms specializing in private equity investing. Since 1980, Kelso has made investments in over 115 companies with aggregate initial capitalization at close of over $39 billion. The firm is currently investing its eighth investment partnership, Kelso Investment Associates VIII, L.P., with $5.1 billion of committed capital. For more information, visit www.kelso.com. About SVP Worldwide SVP Worldwide is the world's largest consumer sewing machine company and source of the SINGER®, HUSQVARNA VIKING®, and PFAFF® sewing machine collections. As a global leader doing business through its affiliated companies in over 190 countries, SVP Worldwide specializes in the design, manufacture and distribution of high quality consumer and artisan sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, accessories and notions. For more information, visit www.svpworldwide.com. About Kohlberg & Company Kohlberg & Company, LLC (“Kohlberg”) is a leading U.S. private equity firm headquartered in Mount Kisco, New York. Since its inception in 1987, Kohlberg has completed 58 platform investments and more than 100 add-on acquisitions, with aggregate transaction value in excess of $9 billion. Kohlberg has invested over $3 billion over its history and is currently investing its seventh private equity fund, Kohlberg Investors VII. For more information, visit www.kohlberg.com. About Cambridge International, Inc. Cambridge International, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of metal belting and wire cloth, is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. With a heritage that dates back to 1911, Cambridge International is a global industry leader, expanding to include three distinct divisions – Cambridge Engineered Solutions, Cambridge Architectural, and Cambridge Environmental Technologies. Based on Maryland's Eastern Shore, with five manufacturing locations around the world, the company is recognized as a pioneer in engineering and manufacturing, supporting a diverse array of industries. Employing over 400 team members, Cambridge is actively growing and expanding as it continues to develop innovative product solutions to help its customers, and are thusly poised to evolve and grow into the next century. For more information, visit www.cambridge-intl.com. About Industrial Growth Partners IGP, founded in 1997, is a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm with $1.3 billion of capital under management. The firm invests exclusively in middle-market companies in the manufacturing sector in partnership with management. For more information, visit www.igpequity.com. Ares Capital CorporationCarl Drake, 404-814-5204cdrake@aresmgmt.comorGE Antares CapitalJennifer Sampson, 312-441-7055jennifer.sampson1@ge.comorGE Capital, AmericasNed Reynolds, 203-229-5717ned.reynolds@ge.com