Senior Secured Loan Program Closes $1.1 Billion in Commitments During the Second Quarter 2013

Senior Secured Loan Program Closes $1.1 Billion in Commitments During the Second Quarter 2013

Brings Total Year-to-Date Commitments to $1.4 billion

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 seven financing transactions, including refinancings of existing portfolio companies, totaling $1.1 billion during the second quarter of 2013. Since January 1, 2010, the SSLP has committed approximately $10.6 billion to middle market borrowers, including $1.4 billion across 12 transactions year-to-date.


Below is a brief description of select second quarter SSLP transactions.

Argon Medical Devices, Inc./ RoundTable Healthcare Partners

GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a $241 million senior secured term loan provided by SSLP to support the acquisition of Angiotech Pharmaceutical's Interventional Products Business by Argon Medical Devices, Inc., ("Argon") a current portfolio company of RoundTable Healthcare Partners ("RoundTable"). Argon is a leading manufacturer and supplier of specialty single-use medical devices utilized in the interventional medicine, vascular surgery and critical care market segments. Through its GE Antares Capital subsidiary, GE Capital also provided a $15 million senior secured revolving credit facility in support of the transaction.

Restaurant Technologies, Inc./ EQT

GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a $204 million senior secured term loan provided by the SSLP to support the recapitalization of Restaurant Technologies, Inc., a portfolio company of EQT Infrastructure I. RTI is a provider of bulk cooking oil management services, primarily to the restaurant and fast food service industries. Through its GE Antares Capital subsidiary, GE Capital also provided a $25 million senior secured revolving facility in support of the transaction.

Noranco, Inc./ MidOcean Partners

GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a $137 million senior secured term loan provided by SSLP to support the acquisition of Noranco, Inc. by MidOcean Partners. Noranco is a supplier of complex machined and sheet metal components, kits and assemblies for the aerospace industry. Through its GE Antares Capital subsidiary, GE Capital also provided a $30 million senior secured revolving credit facility in support of the transaction.

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 $9 billion of available capital and can hold up to $350 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. Ares Capital 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, a global alternative asset manager and a SEC-registered investment adviser with approximately $66 billion of committed capital under management as of June 30, 2013 and pro forma for the AREA Property Partners acquisition which closed July 1, 2013. 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 (NYS: 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 Argon Medical Devices, Inc.

Founded in 1972, Argon is a global manufacturer of specialty medical products headquartered in Plano, Texas. Argon offers a broad line of medical devices for Interventional Radiology, Vascular Surgery, Interventional Cardiology and Critical Care procedures. Current products include the Option™ Retrievable Inferior Venal Cava Filter, Cleaner Rotational Thrombectomy System and UltraStream™ Chronic Dialysis Catheter. Argon also offers a complete line of PICC and midline catheters, endomycardial biopsy forceps, introducer sheaths, pressure transducers and other vascular products. The company's products are sold globally through a combination of direct sales representatives and premier specialty distributors. For more information, visit www.argonmedical.com.

About RoundTable Healthcare Partners

RoundTable Healthcare Partners, based in Lake Forest, Illinois, is an operating-oriented private equity firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry. RoundTable partners with companies that can benefit from its extensive industry relationships and proven operating and transaction expertise. RoundTable has established a successful track record of working with owner/founders, family companies, management teams, entrepreneurs and corporate partners who share a vision and believe in the value creation potential of its partnership model. RoundTable currently manages $1.9 billion in capital, including three equity funds totaling $1.5 billion and two subordinated debt funds totaling $400 million. For more information, visit www.roundtablehp.com.

About Restaurant Technologies, Inc.

Restaurant Technologies, Inc. (RTI) is the leader in smart, safe, sustainable oil and operations management technology for the food service industry. The company's fully automated oil storage, handling and disposal management system helps increase worker safety, improve restaurant cleanliness and minimize frying oil inconveniences. RTI data management solutions provide restaurant decision-makers with increased visibility into oil usage for better food quality and consistency. Headquartered in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, RTI serves nearly 20,000 customers via 41 oil depots throughout the US. For more information, visit www.rti-inc.com.

About EQT

EQT is the leading private equity group in Northern Europe with approximately EUR 20 billion in raised capital, portfolio companies with total sales of more than EUR 25 billion and over 550,000 employees. The funds' investment philosophy is to help acquired companies grow and develop into great and sustainable companies, both under EQT's ownership and with future owners. EQT's mission since its first investment two decades ago remains the same - create value in medium-sized to large companies in Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and the United States by investing, helping them develop and transform into great, leading companies. EQT Infrastructure I is a EUR 1.2 billion fund, launched in 2008, investing in medium-sized infrastructure businesses in the Nordic region, parts of Continental Europe and North America. Investment targets are regulated infrastructure, concession-based infrastructure, market-based infrastructure and infrastructure-related services. For more information, visit www.eqt.se.

About Noranco, Inc.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Noranco is a world class, integrated manufacturer and solutions provider to the international commercial and military aerospace sectors. Noranco provides complex machined and sheet metal components, assemblies and kits for leading OEMs and Tier I suppliers in the landing gear, aero-structures and aero engines markets. Its products portfolio is comprised of highly complex and difficult-to-manufacture work packages for flight critical applications. The company has operations in both the US and Canada. For more information, visit www.noranco.com.

About MidOcean Partners

MidOcean Partners is a premier private equity firm headquartered in New York focused on the middle market. MidOcean is committed to investing in high quality companies with stable market positions and multiple opportunities for growth. Targeted sectors include consumer, business and media services, and industrial services. MidOcean utilizes a broad foundation of expertise in its focus industries to create value for its investors and partners. For more information, visit www.midoceanpartners.com.



Ares Capital Corporation
Carl Drake, 404-814-5204
cdrake@aresmgmt.com
or
GE Antares Capital
Jennifer Sampson, 312-441-7055
jennifer.sampson1@ge.com
or
GE Capital, Americas
Ned Reynolds, 203-229-5717
ned.reynolds@ge.com

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