American Capital

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American Capital, Ltd.
Type Public Business Development Company
Traded as NASDAQACAS
Industry Financial, Private equity
Founded 1986
Headquarters Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Key people Malon Wilkus, CEO & Chairman
Products closed-end fund, Leveraged buyouts, Mezzanine capital
Employees 392
Website AmericanCapital.com

American Capital, Ltd. is a publicly traded private equity firm and global asset manager. American Capital, both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy & infrastructure and structured products. American Capital manages $19 billion of assets, including assets on its balance sheet and fee earning assets under management by affiliated managers, with $84 billion of total assets under management (including levered assets). Founded in 1986 and publicly traded since 1997, American Capital has eight offices in the U.S. and Europe.

Through its private equity and leveraged finance business, American Capital participates in management and employee buyouts either by providing mezzanine and senior debt financing for buyouts led by private equity firms or by providing capital directly to companies through a One Stop Buyout® in which it funds senior debt, mezzanine and equity and is the controlling shareholder. American Capital and its affiliates invest from $10 million to $750 million per company in North America and €10 million to €400 million per company in Europe.

American Capital owns and manages European Capital, Ltd., a fund with €0.9 billion of assets. European Capital invests in management and employee buyouts either by providing mezzanine and senior debt financing for buyouts led by private equity firms or by providing capital directly to companies through a One Stop Buyout® in which it funds senior debt, mezzanine and equity and is the controlling shareholder.

Since its 1997 IPO through March 2014, American Capital has invested $22 billion in over 385 companies, including well-known companies such as AAMCO, Bumble Bee Seafoods, Bushnell Outdoor Products, Evenflo Company, Piper Aircraft, Riddell, Gibson Guitars, Camelbak, Euro-Pro and Rug Doctor.

Through its asset management business, American Capital manages seven private funds and three public funds that invests in buyouts, real estate and other leveraged finance products. Its three publicly traded funds include American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQAGNC), American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. (NASDAQMTGE) and American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd. (NASDAQACSF).

American Capital has eight offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Annapolis, London and Paris, with its home office in Bethesda, MD.


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