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Ares to acquire Annaly’s mid-market lending portfolio for $2.4bn

Ares Management Corporation has agreed to acquire Annaly Capital Management's middle-market lending portfolio for about $2.4 billion.

Ares Management Corporation has agreed to acquire Annaly Capital Management’s middle-market lending portfolio for about $2.4 billion. The transaction is expected to be close by the end of the second quarter of 2022.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK – April 25, 2022 – Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES) (“Ares”), a leading global alternative investment manager, announced today that its subsidiary, Ares Capital Management LLC, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire, on behalf of funds managed by the Ares Credit Group, the Middle Market Lending portfolio (the “Portfolio”) from Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE: NLY) (“Annaly”) for approximately $2.4 billion.

Ares’ Credit Group believes that it is familiar with a significant number of the investments in the Portfolio either through overlapping portfolio companies or through the historical review of these companies. In addition, there is substantial overlap with the financial sponsors backing the Portfolio as well as opportunities to strengthen ties with sponsors new to Ares. Overall, the addition of the Portfolio is expected to provide significant incumbency benefits through incremental investment opportunities as well as relationship benefits with these new and existing sponsors.

“We are pleased to enter into this transaction, which further reinforces Ares’ position as a global leader in direct lending by adding an attractive portfolio of diversified borrowers of upper middle market companies,” said Mitchell Goldstein and Michael Smith, Partners and Co-Heads of Ares’ Credit Group. “This acquisition provides significant incumbency and deal sourcing advantages and relationship benefits, which we believe will lead to enhanced returns for our investors.”

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Ares Management Corporation
Ares Management Corporation (NYSE: ARES) is a leading global alternative investment manager offering clients complementary primary and secondary investment solutions across the credit, private equity, real estate and infrastructure asset classes. We seek to provide flexible capital to support businesses and create value for our stakeholders and within our communities. By collaborating across our investment groups, we aim to generate consistent and attractive investment returns throughout market cycles. As of December 31, 2021, Ares Management Corporation’s global platform had approximately 2,100 employees operating across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and approximately $314 billion of assets under management, including Ares Management’s acquisition of AMP Capital’s Infrastructure Debt platform which closed February 10, 2022. For more information, please visit www.aresmgmt.com.