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 Ares Capital Corporation Declares First Quarter 2016 Dividend of $0.38 Per Share and Announces December 31, 2015 Financial Results
   Wednesday, February 24, 2016 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, payable on March 31, 2016 to stockholders of record as of March 15, 2016.

DECEMBER 31, 2015 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Ares Capital also announced financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015.

HIGHLIGHTS

Financial

                                                          Q4-15                                            Q4-14                                           FY-15                                            FY-14
                                                         ---------------------------------------------                       --------------------------------------------                       ---------------------------------------------                         -----------------------------------------
(dollar amounts                                             Total           Per                              Total          Per                              Total           Per                                Total        Per
in millions, except per share data)                        Amount                           Share(1)                           Amount                          Share(1)                           Amount                           Share(1)                             Amount                        Share(1)
-----------------------------------                      ---------                         ---------                         --------                         ---------                         ---------                         ---------                           --------                       --------
Core EPS(2)                                                                                   $  0.40                                                            $  0.42                                                             $  1.54                                                            $ 1.55
Net investment income                                      $  147.1                           $  0.47                          $ 128.2                           $  0.41                          $  507.8                           $  1.61                            $ 437.8                         $ 1.43
Net realized gains                                         $   17.2                           $  0.05                          $  53.7                           $  0.17                          $  117.1                           $  0.37                            $  93.8                         $ 0.31
Net unrealized gains (losses)                              $ (149.6 )                         $ (0.47 )                        $ (28.5 )                         $ (0.09 )                        $ (246.2 )                         $ (0.78 )                          $  59.4                         $ 0.20
GAAP net income                                            $   14.7                           $  0.05                          $ 153.4                           $  0.49                          $  378.7                           $  1.20                            $ 591.0                         $ 1.94
Dividends declared and payable                                                                $  0.38                                                            $  0.38                                                             $  1.57 (3)                                                        $ 1.57 (4)
                                                                   As of December 31,
                                                                         ---------------------------------------------
(dollar amounts in millions, except per share data)                          2015          2014
---------------------------------------------------                      ------------                     ------------
Portfolio investments at fair value                                      $   9,055.5                      $   9,028.4
Total assets                                                             $   9,531.4                      $   9,497.8
Stockholders’ equity                          $   5,173.3                      $   5,283.7
Net assets per share                                                     $     16.46                      $     16.82
_______________
(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 year
                          ended December 31, 2015.
(4)                       Includes an additional dividend of $0.05 per share paid in the year
                          ended December 31, 2014.
                          

Portfolio Activity

(dollar amounts in millions)                                                Q4-15       Q4-14        FY-15        FY-14
-----------------------------------------------------------------------                      ---------                     -----------                     -----------  -----------
Portfolio Activity During the Period:
  Gross commitments                                                                           $ 972.2                       $ 1,389.5                       $ 3,816.6    $ 4,578.6
  Exits of commitments                                                                        $ 569.1                       $ 1,269.1                       $ 3,816.0    $ 3,539.8
                                                                                                                                                                                    
Portfolio as of the End of the Period:
  Number of portfolio company investments                                                                                                                         218          205
  Weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities:
    At amortized cost (5)                                                                                                                                        10.1 %       10.1 %
    At fair value (6)                                                                                                                                            10.3 %       10.1 %
  Weighted average yield on total investments:
    At amortized cost (7)                                                                                                                                         9.1 %        9.3 %
    At fair value (8)                                                                                                                                             9.2 %        9.1 %
_______________
(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 2015 OPERATING RESULTS

For the fourth quarter of 2015, Ares Capital reported GAAP net income of $14.7 million or $0.05 per share (basic and diluted), Core EPS(2) of $0.40 per share (basic and diluted), net investment income of $147.1 million, or $0.47 per share (basic and diluted), and net realized and unrealized losses of $132.4 million or $0.42 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, 2015, total assets were $9.5 billion, stockholders’ equity was $5.2 billion and net asset value per share was $16.46.

In the fourth quarter of 2015, Ares Capital made $972.2 million in new commitments, including commitments to 12 new portfolio companies and 12 existing portfolio companies. Of these new commitments, all were sponsored transactions. As of December 31, 2015, 150 separate private equity sponsors were represented in Ares Capital’s portfolio. Of the $972.2 million in new commitments made during the fourth quarter of 2015, 51% were in first lien senior secured loans, 30% were in second lien senior secured loans, 10% were in senior subordinated debt, 8% were in preferred equity securities and 1% were in other equity securities. Of these commitments, 74% were in floating rate debt securities, of which 100% contained interest rate floors. Ares Capital may seek to sell all or 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 2015, significant new commitments included:

-- $105 million in first lien senior secured revolving, delayed draw and term loans of an operator of urgent care clinics;

-- $100 million in a second lien senior secured term loan of a manufacturer and distributor of slip resistant footwear;

-- $86 million in first lien and second lien senior secured term loans of an industrial container manufacturer, reconditioner and servicer;

-- $75 million in first lien senior secured revolving and term loans of a designer and manufacturer of refrigeration systems;

-- $72 million in a senior subordinated loan of a gas turbine power generation facilities operator;

-- $70 million in preferred equity of a manufacturer and supplier of intelligent transportation systems products for the traffic and rail industries;

-- $67 million in a first lien senior secured term loan of a private school operator;

-- $65 million in a first lien senior secured term loan of manufacturer and producer of milk products;

-- $64 million in first lien senior secured delayed draw and term loans and equity of a food service sales and marketing agency;

-- $60 million in first lien senior secured delayed draw and term loans and equity of a payment services software provider to faith-based institutions; and

-- $47 million in a second lien senior secured term loan of an anesthesia services provider.

Also in the fourth quarter of 2015, Ares Capital exited approximately $569.1 million of investment commitments. Of these investment commitments, 73% were first lien senior secured loans, 17% were investments in subordinated certificates of the Senior Secured Loan Program (the "SSLP"), 6% were senior subordinated debt, 3% were other equity securities and 1% were preferred equity securities. Of the approximately $569.1 million of exited investment commitments, 73% were floating rate, 23% were fixed rate and 4% were non-interest bearing.

The fair value of Ares Capital’s portfolio investments at December 31, 2015 was $9.1 billion, including $8.1 billion in accruing debt and other income producing securities. The total portfolio investments at fair value were comprised of approximately 29% of first lien senior secured loans, 32% of second lien senior secured loans, 21% 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), 7% of senior subordinated debt securities, 4% of preferred equity securities and 7% of other equity and other securities. As of December 31, 2015, the weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities in the portfolio at fair value was 10.3%(3) (10.1% at amortized cost(4)), the weighted average yield on total investments in the portfolio at fair value was 9.2%(5) (9.1% at amortized cost(6)), and 80% of the total investments at fair value were in floating rate securities.

"ARCC had a strong finish to 2015 as core earnings exceeded our regular dividend and we generated record net realized gains from our investment portfolio," said Kipp deVeer, Ares Capital’s Chief Executive Officer. "Despite the volatile market conditions, we believe ARCC is well positioned for 2016."

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, 2015, 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 2.6% of total investments at amortized cost (or 1.7% at fair value).

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

During the quarter ended December 31, 2015, Ares Capital repurchased a total of 121,621 shares of its common stock in the open market for $1.7 million under the stock repurchase program approved by Ares Capital’s Board of Directors in September 2015. The shares were repurchased at an average price of $13.86 per share.

In October 2015, Ares Capital redeemed the entire $200.0 million aggregate principal amount outstanding of its unsecured notes that bore interest at a rate of 7.75% per year and were scheduled to mature on October 15, 2040 (the "2040 Notes") in accordance with the terms of the indenture governing the 2040 Notes. The 2040 Notes were redeemed at par plus accrued and unpaid interest for a total redemption price of approximately $200.6 million, which resulted in a realized loss on the extinguishment of debt of $6.6 million.

As of December 31, 2015, Ares Capital had $257.1 million in cash and cash equivalents and $4.2 billion in aggregate principal amount of debt outstanding ($4.1 billion in carrying value). Subject to leverage, borrowing base and other restrictions, Ares Capital had approximately $1.4 billion available for additional borrowings under its existing credit facilities and Small Business Administration-guaranteed debentures as of December 31, 2015.

FOURTH QUARTER 2015 DIVIDEND

Ares Capital declared on November 4, 2015 a fourth quarter dividend of $0.38 per share for a total of approximately $119.5 million. The record date for this dividend was December 15, 2015 and the dividend was paid on December 31, 2015.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

On February 1, 2016, Ares Capital repaid in full the $575.0 million aggregate principal amount outstanding of the unsecured convertible notes (the "February 2016 Convertible Notes") that had an interest rate of 5.75% per year upon their maturity. Ares Capital used amounts available under its revolving credit facilities to repay the outstanding indebtedness of the February 2016 Convertible Notes.

From January 1, 2016 through February 18, 2016, Ares Capital made new investment commitments of approximately $338 million, of which $307 million were funded. Of these new commitments, 52% were in first lien senior secured loans, 47% were in second lien senior secured loans and 1% were in preferred equity securities. Of the approximately $338 million of new investment commitments, 92% were floating rate, 6% were fixed rate, 1% were non-interest bearing and 1% were on non-accrual status. The weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities funded during the period at amortized cost was 9.9%. Ares Capital may seek to sell all or 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, 2016 through February 18, 2016, Ares Capital exited approximately $339 million of investment commitments. Of these investment commitments, 51% were first lien senior secured loans, 47% were second lien senior secured loans and 2% were other equity securities. Of the approximately $339 million of exited investment commitments, 97% were floating rate, 2% were non-interest bearing and 1% were fixed rate. The weighted average yield of debt and other income producing securities exited or repaid during the period at amortized cost was 9.6%. On the approximately $339 million of investment commitments exited from January 1, 2016 through February 18, 2016, Ares Capital recognized total net realized gains of approximately $9 million.

In addition, as of February 18, 2016, Ares Capital had an investment backlog and pipeline of approximately $255 million and $140 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 sell all or 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 sell all or any portion of these investments.

WEBCAST / CONFERENCE CALL

Ares Capital will host a webcast/conference call on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (ET) to discuss its quarter and year ended December 31, 2015 financial results. 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 8992150 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 9, 2016 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 10078263. 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 ("BDC") and as of September 30, 2015, was the largest BDC by total assets and market capitalization. Ares Capital 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. For more information about Ares Capital Corporation, 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 undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements made herein or on the webcast/conference call.

 
                                                                  ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
                                                                    (in thousands, except per share data)
 
                                                                                                         As of December 31,
                                                                                             --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                      2015                            2014
                                                                                             -----------------------                     ------------------------------------
ASSETS
  Total investments at fair value (amortized cost of $9,147,646 and                                $ 9,055,496                              $ 9,028,379
  $8,875,095, respectively)
  Cash and cash equivalents                                                                            257,056                                  194,555
  Interest receivable                                                                                  137,968                                  160,981
  Receivable for open trades                                                                    --                                      859
  Other assets                                                                                          80,836                                  112,999
                                                                                             ------------------                          ---------------
  Total assets                                                                                     $ 9,531,356                              $ 9,497,773
                                                                                             ======= =========                           ==== =========
LIABILITIES
  Debt                                                                                             $ 4,138,479                              $ 3,924,482
  Base management fees payable                                                                          34,125                                   34,497
  Income based fees payable                                                                             31,234                                   33,070
  Capital gains incentive fees payable                                                                  42,265                                   92,979
  Accounts payable and other liabilities                                                                60,587                                   81,892
  Interest and facility fees payable                                                                    51,007                                   46,974
  Payable for open trades                                                                                  327                                      164
                                                                                             ------------------                          ---------------
  Total liabilities                                                                                  4,358,024                                4,214,058
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
                                                                                                           314                                      314
  Common stock, par value $0.001 per share, 500,000 common shares
  authorized; 314,347 and 314,108 common shares issued and
  outstanding, respectively
  Capital in excess of par value                                                                     5,318,277                                5,328,057
  Accumulated overdistributed net investment income                                                       (894 )                                (32,846 )
  Accumulated net realized loss on investments, foreign currency                                       (53,013 )                               (166,668 )
  transactions, extinguishment of debt and other assets
  Net unrealized gains (losses) on investments, foreign currency and                                   (91,352 )                                154,858
  other transactions
                                                                                             ----------------                            -------------
  Total stockholders’ equity                                              5,173,332                                5,283,715
                                                                                             ------------------                          ---------------
  Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                            $ 9,531,356                              $ 9,497,773
                                                                                             ======= =========                           ==== =========
NET ASSETS PER SHARE                                                                               $     16.46                              $     16.82
                                                                                             ======= =========                           ==== =========
                                                                                                                                                         
 
                                                                                                               ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
                                                                                                                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
                                                                                                                 (in thousands, except per share data)
 
                                                                                                    For the Three Months Ended December 31,                                For the Years Ended December 31,
                                                                                                               ------------------------------------------------                              ------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                     2015               2014                                     2015                        2014
                                                                                                               -----------------                     ----------------                        ------------------                     ----------------------------------
                                                                                                                 (unaudited)                            (unaudited)
INVESTMENT INCOME
  Interest income from investments                                                                                  $ 209,487                              $ 200,952                            $ 817,352                              $ 741,438
  Capital structuring service fees                                                                                     21,523                                 39,220                               94,554                                113,562
  Dividend income                                                                                                      20,038                                 17,134                               73,501                                 84,296
  Management and other fees                                                                                             5,485                                  6,207                               23,906                                 24,596
  Other income                                                                                                          5,143                                  7,404                               16,037                                 25,067
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
    Total investment income                                                                                           261,676                                270,917                            1,025,350                                988,959
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
EXPENSES
  Interest and credit facility fees                                                                                    55,353                                 56,279                              226,967                                216,019
  Base management fees                                                                                                 34,125                                 34,497                              134,346                                127,997
  Income based fees                                                                                                    31,234                                 33,070                              121,390                                118,273
  Capital gains incentive fees                                                                                        (27,555 )                                5,277                              (26,721 )                               29,467
  Administrative fees                                                                                                   3,729                                  4,028                               14,244                                 13,689
  Other general and administrative                                                                                      6,960                                  7,069                               29,612                                 27,383
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
    Total expenses                                                                                                    103,846                                140,220                              499,838                                532,828
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
NET INVESTMENT INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES                                                                             157,830                                130,697                              525,512                                456,131
Income tax expense, including excise tax                                                                               10,727                                  2,512                               17,752                                 18,329
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
NET INVESTMENT INCOME                                                                                                 147,103                                128,185                              507,760                                437,802
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAINS (LOSSES) ON INVESTMENTS, FOREIGN
CURRENCY AND OTHER TRANSACTIONS:
  Net realized gains                                                                                                   23,792                                 53,723                              127,531                                 93,855
  Net unrealized gains (losses)                                                                                      (149,610 )                              (28,521 )                           (246,210 )                               59,364
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
  Net realized and unrealized gains (losses) on investments, foreign                                                 (125,818 )                               25,202                             (118,679 )                              153,219
  currency and other transactions
REALIZED LOSSES ON EXTINGUISHMENT OF DEBT                                                                              (6,572 )                       --                              (10,411 )                                  (72 )
                                                                                                               ---------------                       ----------------                        -------------                          -------------
NET INCREASE IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS                           $  14,713                              $ 153,387                            $ 378,670                              $ 590,949
                                                                                                               ====== =======                        ======= =======                         ==== =======                           ==== =======
BASIC AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE                                                                         $    0.05                              $    0.49                            $    1.20                              $    1.94
                                                                                                               ====== =======                        ======= =======                         ==== =======                           ==== =======
WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OF COMMON STOCK OUTSTANDING - BASIC AND                                                       314,450                                314,108                              314,375                                305,287
DILUTED
                                                                                                               =============                         ==============                          ===========                            ===========
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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, 2015 and 2014 are provided below.

                                                                              For the Three Months Ended                              For the Years Ended
                                                                                                        December 31,                                                           December 31,
                                                                                   ------------------------------------------------                             ------------------------------------
                                                                                         2015               2014                                2015         2014
                                                                                   -----------------                     ----------------                       -----------                     -----------
                                                                                    (unaudited)                             (unaudited)
Basic and diluted Core EPS(1)                                                          $  0.40                                 $    0.42                         $ 1.54                          $ 1.55
Net realized and unrealized gains (losses)                                               (0.42 )                                    0.08                          (0.41 )                          0.51
Capital gains incentive fees attributable to net realized and                             0.09                                     (0.01 )                         0.08                           (0.10 )
unrealized gains and losses
Income tax expense related to realized gains and losses                                  (0.02 )                          --                          (0.01 )                         (0.02 )
                                                                                   ------------                          ----------------                       --------                        --------
Basic and diluted GAAP EPS                                                             $  0.05                                 $    0.49                         $ 1.20                          $ 1.94
                                                                                   ===== =====                           ======= =======                        == ====                         == ====
_______________
(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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