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Ares Capital Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

November 05, 2009 | About:
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Ares Capital Corp. (ARCC) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-09-30.

ARES CAPITAL CORPORATION is a specialty finance company that is a closed-end non-diversified management investment company. Ares Capital Corporation has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. Its investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. Ares Capital Corporation invests primarily in first and second lien senior loans and mezzanine debt which in some cases includes an equity component and to a lesser extent in equity investments in private U.S. middle market companies. Ares Capital Corp. has a market cap of $1.02 billion; its shares were traded at around $10.46 with a P/E ratio of 8 and P/S ratio of 4.2. The dividend yield of Ares Capital Corp. stocks is 13.4%.

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months ended September 30, 2008. For the three months ended September 30, 2009, total investment income consisted of $56.9 million in interest income from investments, $2.2 million in dividend income and $1.6 million in other income. There were no capital structuring service fees for the three months ended September 30, 2009 compared to $3.3 million for the same period in 2008. The decrease in capital structuring service fees was primarily due to the significant decrease in new investment commitments for the three months ended September 30, 2009 as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2008. Dividend income increased $1.4 million or 186% to $2.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 from $0.8 million for the comparable period in 2008 primarily due to the dividend from Ivy Hill Asset Management, L.P (IHAM) as a result of treating IHAM as a portfolio company (see Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements). Additionally, other income increased $0.9 million or 120% to $1.6 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 from $0.7 million for the comparable period in 2008 primarily due to miscellaneous amendment fees received during the period.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, total investment income decreased $1.7 million, or 1%, over the nine months ended September 30, 2008. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, total investment income consisted of $163.2 million in interest income from investments, $1.8 million in capital structuring service fees, $3.4 million in dividend income, $4.4 million in other income and $2.7 million in management fees. Capital structuring service fees decreased $16.7 million, or 90%, to $1.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from $18.6 million for the comparable period in 2008. The decrease in capital structuring service fees was primarily due to the decrease in new investment commitments for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2008. Interest income from investments increased $11.3 million, or 7%, to $163.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from $151.9 million for the comparable period in 2008. The increase in interest income from investments was primarily due to the increase in the size of the portfolio. The average investments, at amortized cost, for the period increased from $2.2 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 to $2.3 billion for the comparable period in 2009. Other income increased $2.0 million or 82% to $4.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from $2.4 million for the comparable period in 2008, primarily due to miscellaneous amendment fees received during the period. Dividend income increased $1.5 million or 77% to $3.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from $1.9 million for the comparable period in 2008, primarily due to the dividend from IHAM.

For the three months ended September 30, 2009, total expenses decreased $1.8 million, or 6%, over the three months ended September 30, 2008. Interest expense and credit facility fees decreased $3.8 million, or 40%, to $5.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 from $9.5 million for the comparable period in 2008, primarily due to the lower average cost of debt. The average cost of debt for the three months ended September 30, 2009 was 2.16% compared to the average cost of debt of 3.74% for the comparable period in 2008 due to the significant decrease in LIBOR over the period. There were $831 million in average outstanding borrowings during the three months ended September 30, 2009 compared to average outstanding borrowings of $883 million in the comparable period in 2008. For the three months ended September 30, 2009, the Company incurred $2.0 million in professional fees related to the Allied Acquisition that were not incurred in the comparable period in 2008.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, total expenses decreased $2.8 million, or 3%, over the nine months ended September 30, 2008. Interest expense and credit facility fees decreased $8.0 million, or 30%, to $18.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from $26.6 million for the comparable period in 2008, primarily due to the lower average cost of debt. The average cost of debt for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 was 2.21% compared to the average cost of debt of 3.71% for the comparable period in 2008 due to the significant decrease in LIBOR over the period offset by a higher spread for the CP Funding Facility. There were $865 million in average outstanding borrowings during the nine months ended September 30, 2009 compared to average outstanding borrowings of $794 million in the comparable period in 2008. The decrease in total expenses was partially offset by the increase in administrative expense, which increased $1.2 million, or 71%, to $2.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from $1.7 million for the comparable period in 2008. This increase was primarily due to the expenses incurred by IHAM pursuant to the separate services agreement with Ares Capital Management LLC. There was no such agreement in place in the comparable period in 2008. Additionally, professional fees increased $1.4 million, or 32%, to $5.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2009 from $4.4 million for the comparable period in 2008. This increase was primarily due to a rise in legal and valuation costs. For the three months ended September 30, 2009, the Company incurred $2.0 million in professional fees related to the Allied Acquisition that were not incurred in the comparable period in 2008.

Depending on the level of taxable income earned in a tax year, we may choose to carry forward taxable income in excess of current year dividend distributions into the next tax year and pay a 4% excise tax on such income, as required. To the extent that the Company determines that its estimated current year annual taxable income will be in excess of estimated current year dividend distributions, the Company accrues excise tax, if any, on estimated excess taxable income as taxable income is earned. For the three months ended September 30, 2009, the Company recorded no amounts for U.S. Federal excise tax. For the nine months ended September 30, 2009, the Company recognized $0.1 million of benefits for U.S. Federal excise tax. For the three months ended September 30, 2008, the Company recorded a $0.1 million provision for U.S. Federal

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