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 Ares Capital Corporation Declares First Quarter 2015 Dividend of $0.38 Per Share and an Additional Dividend of $0.05 Per Share and Announces Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2014 Financial Results
   Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:00:04 AM ET

Ares Capital Corporation ("Ares Capital") (ARCC ) announced that its Board of Directors has declared a first quarter dividend of $0.38 per share and an additional dividend of $0.05 per share, both payable on March 31, 2015 to stockholders of record as of March 13, 2015.

DECEMBER 31, 2014 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Ares Capital also announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.

HIGHLIGHTS

Financial

                                                           Q4-14                                           Q4-13                                           FY-14                                            FY-13
                                                          --------------------------------------------                       --------------------------------------------                         -----------------------------------------                         --------------------------------------------
(in millions, except per share data)                         Total          Per                              Total          Per                                Total        Per                               Total          Per
                                                            Amount                          Share(1)                           Amount                          Share(1)                             Amount                        Share(1)                            Amount                          Share(1)
------------------------------------                      --------                         ---------                         --------                         ---------                           --------                       --------                           --------                         ---------
Core EPS(2)                                                                                   $  0.42                                                            $  0.41                                                            $ 1.55                                                              $  1.66
Net investment income                                       $ 128.2                           $  0.41                          $ 111.5                           $  0.39                            $ 437.8                         $ 1.43                            $ 430.4                           $  1.61
Net realized gains                                          $  53.7                           $  0.17                          $  34.5                           $  0.12                            $  93.8                         $ 0.31                            $  63.7                           $  0.24
Net unrealized gains (losses)                               $ (28.5 )                         $ (0.09 )                        $ (12.1 )                         $ (0.04 )                          $  59.4                         $ 0.20                            $  (5.6 )                         $ (0.02 )
GAAP net income                                             $ 153.4                           $  0.49                          $ 133.9                           $  0.47                            $ 591.0                         $ 1.94                            $ 488.5                           $  1.83
Dividends declared and payable                                                                $  0.38                                                            $  0.43 (3)                                                        $ 1.57 (4)                                                          $  1.57                  (3)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                      As of December 31,
                                                                     ----------------------------------------------------------
(in millions, except per share data)                                     2014                2013
-----------------------------------------------                      ------------                     -------------------------
Portfolio investments at fair value                                    $ 9,028.4                        $              7,632.9
Total assets                                                           $ 9,497.8                        $              8,141.5
Stockholders’ equity                        $ 5,283.7                        $              4,904.4
Net assets per share                                                   $   16.82                        $                16.46
                                                                                                           
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(1) All per share amounts are basic and diluted.

(2) Basic and diluted Core EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure. Core EPS is the net per share increase (decrease) in stockholders’ equity resulting from operations less realized and unrealized gains and losses, any capital gains incentive fees attributable to such net realized and unrealized gains and losses and any income taxes related to such realized gains and losses. Basic and diluted GAAP EPS is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Ares Capital believes that Core EPS provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is one method Ares Capital uses to measure its financial condition and results of operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of basic and diluted Core EPS to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure are set forth in Schedule 1 hereto.

(3) Includes an additional dividend of $0.05 per share paid in the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.

(4) Includes an additional dividend of $0.05 per share paid in the year ended December 31, 2014.

Portfolio Activity

(dollar amounts in millions)                                                 Q4-14        Q4-13        FY-14        FY-13
-----------------------------------------------------------------------                      -----------                     -----------                     -----------  -----------
Portfolio Activity During the Period:
  Gross commitments                                                                           $ 1,389.5                       $ 1,246.6                       $ 4,578.6    $ 4,002.9
  Exits of commitments                                                                        $ 1,269.1                       $   832.7                       $ 3,539.8    $ 1,840.0
                                                                                                                                                                                      
Portfolio as of the End of the Period:
  Number of portfolio company investments                                                                                                                           205          193
  Weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities:
   At amortized cost(5)                                                                                                                                            10.1 %       10.4 %
   At fair value(6)                                                                                                                                                10.1 %       10.4 %
  Weighted average yield on total investments:
   At amortized cost(7)                                                                                                                                             9.3 %        9.4 %
   At fair value(8)                                                                                                                                                 9.1 %        9.3 %
                                                                                                                                                                                      
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(5) Computed as (a) annual stated interest rate or yield earned plus the net annual amortization of original issue discount and market discount or premium earned on accruing debt and other income producing securities, divided by (b) total accruing debt and other income producing securities at amortized cost.

(6) Computed as (a) annual stated interest rate or yield earned plus the net annual amortization of original issue discount and market discount or premium earned on accruing debt and other income producing securities, divided by (b) total accruing debt and other income producing securities at fair value.

(7) Computed as (a) annual stated interest rate or yield earned plus the net annual amortization of original issue discount and market discount or premium earned on accruing debt and other income producing securities, divided by (b) total investments at amortized cost.

(8) Computed as (a) annual stated interest rate or yield earned plus the net annual amortization of original issue discount and market discount or premium earned on accruing debt and other income producing securities, divided by (b) total investments at fair value.

FOURTH QUARTER 2014 OPERATING RESULTS

For the fourth quarter of 2014, Ares Capital reported GAAP net income of $153.4 million or $0.49 per share (basic and diluted), Core EPS(2) of $0.42 per share (basic and diluted), net investment income of $128.2 million, or $0.41 per share (basic and diluted), and net realized and unrealized gains of $25.2 million or $0.08 per share (basic and diluted).

Net income can vary substantially from period to period due to various factors, including the level of new investment commitments, the recognition of realized gains and losses and unrealized appreciation and depreciation. As a result, quarterly comparisons of net income may not be meaningful.

As of December 31, 2014, total assets were $9.5 billion, stockholders’ equity was $5.3 billion and net asset value per share was $16.82.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, Ares Capital made $1,389.5 million in new commitments, including commitments to 18 new portfolio companies, 10 existing portfolio companies and four additional portfolio companies through the Senior Secured Loan Fund LLC, which operates using the name "Senior Secured Loan Program" (the "SSLP") through which Ares Capital co-invests with GE Global Sponsor Finance LLC and General Electric Capital Corporation (together, "GE") to fund first lien senior secured loans. Of these new commitments, 31 were sponsored transactions. As of December 31, 2014, 141 separate private equity sponsors were represented in Ares Capital’s portfolio. Of the $1,389.5 million in new commitments made during the fourth quarter of 2014, 51% were in first lien senior secured debt, 28% were in second lien senior secured loans, 9% were in subordinated certificates of the SSLP to make co-investments with GE in first lien senior secured loans through the SSLP, 9% were in senior subordinated debt and 3% were in other equity securities. Of these commitments, 88% were in floating rate debt securities, of which 89% contained interest rate floors, and the remaining 11% were in the subordinated certificates of the SSLP to make co-investments with GE in floating rate first lien senior secured loans through the SSLP, all of which contained interest rate floors. Ares Capital may seek to syndicate a portion of these new investment commitments, although there can be no assurance that Ares Capital will be able to do so.

In the fourth quarter of 2014, significant new commitments included:

-- $186 million in second lien senior secured delayed draw and term loans and equity of a manufacturer and distributor of textiles, apparel and luxury goods;

-- $183 million in first lien senior secured revolving and term loans, a second lien senior secured term loan and equity of a branded lawn and garden products provider;

-- $128 million in the subordinated certificates of the SSLP to make co-investments with GE in first lien senior secured loans to four portfolio companies in a variety of industries;

-- $125 million in a first lien senior secured delayed draw term loan and senior subordinated loans of a gas turbine power generation facilities operator;

-- $107 million in a first lien senior secured term loan and equity of an on-demand supply chain automation solutions provider;

-- $93 million in first lien senior secured revolving, delayed draw and term loans of a wastewater infrastructure repair, treatment and filtration holding company;

-- $91 million in first lien senior secured revolving and term loans of a payroll and accounting services provider to the entertainment industry;

-- $65 million in second lien senior secured delayed draw and term loans of a hotel operator;

-- $63 million in a first lien senior secured term loan of a quick service restaurant franchisor;

-- $45 million in a second lien senior secured term loan of a patient infection control and preventive care solutions provider; and

-- $41 million in a first lien senior secured term loan of an outpatient rehabilitation services provider.

Also in the fourth quarter of 2014, Ares Capital exited approximately $1,269.1 million of investment commitments.

The fair value of Ares Capital’s portfolio investments at December 31, 2014 was $9.0 billion, including $8.2 billion in accruing debt and other income producing securities. The total portfolio investments at fair value were comprised of approximately 41% of first lien senior secured loans, 21% of second lien senior secured loans, 23% of subordinated certificates of the SSLP (the proceeds of which were applied to co-investments with GE in first lien senior secured loans through the SSLP), 6% of senior subordinated debt securities, 2% of preferred equity securities and 7% of other equity and other securities. As of December 31, 2014, the weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities in the portfolio at fair value was 10.1%(3) (10.1% at amortized cost(4)), the weighted average yield on total investments in the portfolio at fair value was 9.1%(5) (9.3% at amortized cost(6)), and 82% of the total investments at fair value were in floating rate securities.

"Our fourth quarter earnings concluded another strong year for our company in which we paid $1.57 per share in dividends and increased our net asset value by 2.2%," said Kipp deVeer, Chief Executive Officer of Ares Capital. "Since our inception through year end 2014, we have paid $15.60 in cumulative cash dividends, which equates to an average annual dividend of over 10% on our IPO price of $15.00, while growing our net asset value to $16.82 per share. We declared a first quarter regular dividend of $0.38 per share and, given our strong investment performance and the significant undistributed taxable income we have generated, we also declared an additional dividend of $0.05 per share, both to be paid in the first quarter of 2015. Looking forward, given the breadth of our platform, strong balance sheet and diversified portfolio, we believe we are well positioned to build on the successes of 2014."

PORTFOLIO QUALITY

Ares Capital Management LLC, Ares Capital’s investment adviser, employs an investment rating system to categorize Ares Capital’s investments. In addition to various risk management and monitoring tools, Ares Capital’s investment adviser grades the credit risk of all investments on a scale of 1 to 4 no less frequently than quarterly. This system is intended primarily to reflect the underlying risk of a portfolio investment relative to Ares Capital’s initial cost basis in respect of such portfolio investment (i.e., at the time of origination or acquisition), although it may also take into account under certain circumstances the performance of the portfolio company’s business, the collateral coverage of the investment and other relevant factors. Under this system, investments with a grade of 4 involve the least amount of risk to Ares Capital’s initial cost basis. The trends and risk factors for this investment since origination or acquisition are generally favorable, which may include the performance of the portfolio company or a potential exit. Investments graded 3 involve a level of risk to Ares Capital’s initial cost basis that is similar to the risk to Ares Capital’s initial cost basis at the time of origination or acquisition. This portfolio company is generally performing as expected and the risk factors to Ares Capital’s ability to ultimately recoup the cost of Ares Capital’s investment are neutral to favorable. All investments or acquired investments in new portfolio companies are initially assessed a grade of 3. Investments graded 2 indicate that the risk to Ares Capital’s ability to recoup the initial cost basis of such investment has increased materially since origination or acquisition, including as a result of factors such as declining performance and non-compliance with debt covenants; however, payments are generally not more than 120 days past due. An investment grade of 1 indicates that the risk to Ares Capital’s ability to recoup the initial cost basis of such investment has substantially increased since origination or acquisition, and the portfolio company likely has materially declining performance. For debt investments with an investment grade of 1, most or all of the debt covenants are out of compliance and payments are substantially delinquent. For investments graded 1, it is anticipated that Ares Capital will not recoup Ares Capital’s initial cost basis and may realize a substantial loss of Ares Capital’s initial cost basis upon exit. For investments graded 1 or 2, Ares Capital’s investment adviser enhances its level of scrutiny over the monitoring of such portfolio company. The grade of a portfolio investment may be reduced or increased over time.

As of December 31, 2014, the weighted average grade of the investments in Ares Capital’s portfolio at fair value was 3.0 and loans on non-accrual status represented 2.2% of total investments at amortized cost (or 1.7% at fair value).

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

As of December 31, 2014, Ares Capital had $194.6 million in cash and cash equivalents and $4.0 billion in aggregate principal amount of debt outstanding ($3.9 billion in carrying value). Subject to leverage and borrowing base restrictions, Ares Capital had approximately $1.6 billion available for additional borrowings under its existing credit facilities as of December 31, 2014.

In November 2014, Ares Capital issued $400.0 million aggregate principal amount of unsecured notes that mature on January 15, 2020 (the "November 2020 Notes" and, together with the Additional 2020 Notes (defined below), the "2020 Notes"). The 2020 Notes bear interest at a rate of 3.875% per year, payable semi-annually and all principal is due upon maturity. The 2020 Notes may be redeemed in whole or in part at any time at Ares Capital’s option at a redemption price equal to par plus a "make whole" premium, if applicable, as determined pursuant to the indenture governing the 2020 Notes, and any accrued and unpaid interest. Total proceeds from the issuance of the November 2020 Notes, net of the original issue discount, underwriting discounts and offering costs, were approximately $394.3 million.

FOURTH QUARTER 2014 DIVIDEND

In the fourth quarter of 2014, Ares Capital declared on November 4, 2014 a fourth quarter dividend of $0.38 per share for a total of approximately $119.4 million. The record date for the dividend was December 15, 2014 and the dividend was paid on December 31, 2014.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

In January 2015, Ares Capital issued an additional $200.0 million aggregate principal amount of the unsecured notes that mature on January 15, 2020 (the "Additional 2020 Notes") at a premium of 100.2% of their principal amount. Total proceeds from the issuance of the Additional 2020 Notes, net of underwriting discounts and offering costs, were approximately $198.4 million. The proceeds were used to repay outstanding indebtedness under Ares Capital’s debt facilities and for general corporate purposes, including investing in portfolio companies in accordance with Ares Capital’s investment objective.

In February 2015, Ares Capital notified the holders of its unsecured notes that bear interest at a rate of 7.00% per annum and mature on February 15, 2022 (the "February 2022 Notes") that it planned to redeem the entire $143.8 million aggregate principal amount outstanding, in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the February 2022 Notes. Ares Capital expects to complete the redemption on or about March 16, 2015.

From January 1, 2015 through February 20, 2015, Ares Capital made new investment commitments of approximately $171 million, of which approximately $165 million were funded. Of these new commitments, 62% were in second lien senior secured loans, 34% were in first lien senior secured loans and 4% were investments in subordinated certificates of the SSLP to make co-investments with GE in first lien senior secured loans through the SSLP. Of the approximately $171 million of new investment commitments, 88% were floating rate and 12% were fixed rate. The weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities funded during the period at amortized cost was 10.0%. Ares Capital may seek to syndicate a portion of these new investment commitments, although there can be no assurance that Ares Capital will be able to do so.

From January 1, 2015 through February 20, 2015, Ares Capital exited approximately $597 million of investment commitments. Of these investment commitments, 81% were first lien senior secured loans, 14% were investments in subordinated certificates of the SSLP, 4% were second lien senior secured loans and 1% were other equity securities. Of the approximately $597 million of exited investment commitments, 98% were floating rate, 1% were fixed rate and 1% were non-interest bearing. The weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities exited or repaid during the period at amortized cost was 7.8%. On the approximately $597 million of investment commitments exited from January 1, 2015 through February 20, 2015, Ares Capital recognized total net realized gains of approximately $15 million.

In addition, as of February 20, 2015, Ares Capital had an investment backlog and pipeline of approximately $190 million and $510 million, respectively. Investment backlog includes transactions approved by Ares Capital’s investment adviser’s investment committee and/or for which a formal mandate, letter of intent or signed commitment has been issued, and therefore Ares Capital believes are likely to close. Investment pipeline includes transactions where due diligence and analysis are in process, but no formal mandate, letter of intent or signed commitment has been issued. The consummation of any of the investments in this backlog and pipeline depends upon, among other things, one or more of the following: satisfactory completion of Ares Capital’s due diligence investigation of the prospective portfolio company, Ares Capital’s acceptance of the terms and structure of such investment and the execution and delivery of satisfactory transaction documentation. In addition, Ares Capital may syndicate a portion of these investments and certain of these investments may result in the repayment of existing investments. Ares Capital cannot assure you that Ares Capital will make any of these investments or that Ares Capital will syndicate any portion of these investments.

WEBCAST / CONFERENCE CALL

Ares Capital will host a webcast/conference call on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. PLEASE VISIT ARES CAPITAL’S WEBCAST LINK LOCATED ON THE HOME PAGE OF THE INVESTOR RESOURCES SECTION OF ARES CAPITAL’S WEBSITE FOR A SLIDE PRESENTATION THAT COMPLEMENTS THE EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL.

All interested parties are invited to participate via telephone or the live webcast, which will be hosted on a webcast link located on the Home page of the Investor Resources section of Ares Capital’s website at http://www.arescapitalcorp.com . Please visit the website to test your connection before the webcast. Domestic callers can access the conference call by dialing (888) 317-6003. International callers can access the conference call by dialing +1 (412) 317-6061. All callers will need to enter the Participant Elite Entry Number 2852481 followed by the # sign and reference "Ares Capital Corporation" once connected with the operator. All callers are asked to dial in 10-15 minutes prior to the call so that name and company information can be collected. For interested parties, an archived replay of the call will be available approximately one hour after the end of the call through March 11, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) to domestic callers by dialing (877) 344-7529 and to international callers by dialing +1 (412) 317-0088. For all replays, please reference conference number 10058521. An archived replay will also be available on a webcast link located on the Home page of the Investor Resources section of Ares Capital’s website.

ABOUT ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION

Ares Capital is a leading specialty finance company that provides one-stop debt and equity financing solutions to U.S. middle market companies, venture capital backed businesses and power generation projects. 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 subsidiary of Ares Management, L.P. ("Ares Management") (ARES ). Ares Management is a publicly traded, leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $86 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2014 and pro forma for Ares Management’s acquisition of Energy Investors Funds, which closed on January 1, 2015. For more information, visit www.arescapitalcorp.com. However, the contents of such website are not and should not be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements included herein or on the webcast/conference call may constitute "forward-looking statements," which relate to future events or Ares Capital’s future performance or financial condition. These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and conditions may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including those described from time to time in Ares Capital’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ares Capital Corporation undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein or on the webcast/conference call.

AVAILABLE INFORMATION

Ares Capital Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, earnings releases and other financial information are available on its website at http://www.arescapitalcorp.com . The information on Ares Capital’s website is not and should not be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein.

 
ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
 
                                                                                            As of December 31,
                                                                                             -------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   2014                2013
                                                                                             ----------------                       ----------------
ASSETS
  Total investments at fair value (amortized cost of $8,875,095 and                              $ 9,028,379                            $ 7,632,897
  $7,537,403, respectively)
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                          194,555                                149,629
  Interest receivable                                                                                160,981                                123,981
  Receivable for open trades                                                                             859                                128,566
  Other assets                                                                                       112,999                                106,431
                                                                                             ----------------                       ----------------
  Total assets                                                                                   $ 9,497,773                            $ 8,141,504
                                                                                             ===== =========                        ===== =========
LIABILITIES
  Debt                                                                                           $ 3,924,482                            $ 2,986,275
  Base management fees payable                                                                        34,497                                 29,270
  Income based fees payable                                                                           33,070                                 29,001
  Capital gains incentive fees payable                                                                92,979                                 80,937
  Accounts payable and other liabilities                                                              81,892                                 68,649
  Interest and facility fees payable                                                                  46,974                                 42,828
  Payable for open trades                                                                                164                                    100
                                                                                             ----------------                       ----------------
  Total liabilities                                                                                4,214,058                              3,237,060
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
                                                                                                         314                                    298
  Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 500,000 common shares
  authorized; 314,108 and 297,971 common shares issued and
  outstanding, respectively
  Capital in excess of par value                                                                   5,328,057                              4,982,477
  Accumulated overdistributed net investment income                                                  (32,846 )                               (8,785 )
                                                                                                    (166,668 )                             (165,040 )
  Accumulated net realized loss on investments, foreign currency
  transactions, extinguishment of debt and other assets
  Net unrealized gains on investments and foreign currency transactions                              154,858                                 95,494
                                                                                             ----------------                       ----------------
  Total stockholders’ equity                                            5,283,715                              4,904,444
                                                                                             ----------------                       ----------------
  Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                          $ 9,497,773                            $ 8,141,504
                                                                                             ===== =========                        ===== =========
NET ASSETS PER SHARE                                                                             $     16.82                            $     16.46
                                                                                             ===== =========                        ===== =========
                                                                                                                                                     
 
ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
                                                                                                            For the Three Months Ended                                      For the Years Ended
                                                                                                                                      December 31,                                                                   December 31,
                                                                                                               ----------------------------------------------------                              -----------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                     2014                   2013                                  2014                2013
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
                                                                                                                  (unaudited)                               (unaudited)
INVESTMENT INCOME
  Interest income from investments                                                                                   $ 200,952                                 $ 176,164                           $ 741,438                                $ 647,933
  Capital structuring service fees                                                                                      39,220                                    29,986                             113,562                                   91,681
  Dividend income                                                                                                       17,134                                    16,929                              84,296                                   99,644
  Management and other fees                                                                                              6,207                                     5,328                              24,596                                   20,203
  Other income                                                                                                           7,404                                     5,335                              25,067                                   22,260
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
   Total investment income                                                                                             270,917                                   233,742                             988,959                                  881,721
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
EXPENSES
  Interest and credit facility fees                                                                                     56,279                                    47,463                             216,019                                  171,495
  Base management fees                                                                                                  34,497                                    29,270                             127,997                                  104,857
  Income based fees                                                                                                     33,070                                    29,001                             118,273                                  110,511
  Capital gains incentive fees                                                                                           5,277                                     4,492                              29,467                                   11,640
  Administrative fees                                                                                                    4,028                                     3,773                              13,689                                   12,317
  Other general and administrative                                                                                       7,069                                     5,842                              27,383                                   26,390
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
   Total expenses                                                                                                      140,220                                   119,841                             532,828                                  437,210
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
NET INVESTMENT INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES                                                                              130,697                                   113,901                             456,131                                  444,511
Income tax expense, including excise tax                                                                                 2,512                                     2,391                              18,329                                   14,105
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
NET INVESTMENT INCOME                                                                                                  128,185                                   111,510                             437,802                                  430,406
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAINS (LOSSES) ON INVESTMENTS AND
FOREIGN CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS:
  Net realized gains                                                                                                    53,723                                    34,453                              93,855                                   63,725
  Net unrealized gains (losses)                                                                                        (28,521 )                                 (12,079 )                            59,364                                   (5,610 )
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
  Net realized and unrealized gains on investments and foreign                                                          25,202                                    22,374                             153,219                                   58,115
  currency transactions
REALIZED LOSSES ON EXTINGUISHMENT OF DEBT                                                                       --                            --                                 (72 )                         --
                                                                                                               ----------------                          ----------------                        ------------                         ----------------
NET INCREASE IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS                            $ 153,387                                 $ 133,884                           $ 590,949                                $ 488,521
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BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                                                                          $    0.49                                 $    0.47                           $    1.94                                $    1.83
                                                                                                               ======= =======                           ======= =======                         === =======                          ======= =======
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OF COMMON STOCK OUTSTANDING - BASIC AND                                                        314,108                                   284,206                             305,287                                  266,939
DILUTED
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SCHEDULE 1

Reconciliations of basic and diluted Core EPS to basic and diluted GAAP EPS

Reconciliations of basic and diluted Core EPS to basic and diluted GAAP EPS, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the three months and years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013 are provided below.

                                                                              For the Three Months Ended                                    For the Years Ended
                                                                                                        December 31,                                                                 December 31,
                                                                                 ----------------------------------------------------------                       --------------------------------------------------
                                                                                       2014                   2013                               2014               2013
                                                                                 ----------------                          ----------------                       ---------                         ----------------
                                                                                    (unaudited)                               (unaudited)
Basic and diluted Core EPS(1)                                                          $    0.42                                 $    0.41                          $ 1.55                                $    1.66
Net realized and unrealized gains                                                           0.08                                      0.08                            0.51                                     0.22
Capital gains incentive fees attributed to net realized and                                (0.01 )                                   (0.02 )                         (0.10 )                                  (0.05 )
unrealized gains and losses
Income tax expense related to realized gains and losses                           --                            --                           (0.02 )                         --
                                                                                 ----------------                          ----------------                       ---------                         ----------------
Basic and diluted GAAP EPS                                                             $    0.49                                 $    0.47                          $ 1.94                                $    1.83
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(1) Basic and diluted Core EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure. Core EPS is the net per share increase (decrease) in stockholders’ equity resulting from operations less realized and unrealized gains and losses, any capital gains incentive fees attributable to such net realized and unrealized gains and losses and any income taxes related to such realized gains and losses. Basic and diluted GAAP EPS is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Ares Capital believes that Core EPS provides useful information to investors regarding financial performance because it is one method Ares Capital uses to measure its financial condition and results of operations. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

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SOURCE: Ares Capital Corporation

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