The Senior Secured Loan Program (SSLP), jointly managed by an affiliate of Ares Capital Corporation and an affiliate of GE Capital, announced today that it closed five financing commitments totaling $625 million, including two refinancing transactions of existing portfolio companies, during the third quarter of 2012. Since January 1, 2010, the SSLP has committed approximately $7.9 billion to middle-market borrowers.
Below is a brief description of two of these recent SSLP transactions.
Selig Sealing Products, Inc. / Behrman Capital
GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a $180 million senior secured term loan provided by SSLP to support the refinancing of Selig Sealing Products, Inc., a portfolio company of Behrman Capital. Selig is the leading global manufacturer of container sealing products engineered to maintain freshness, protect against leakage and provide tamper evidence for rigid containers.
Drayer Physical Therapy Institute LLC
/ GS Capital Partners
GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital served as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a $125 million senior secured term loan provided by SSLP to support the acquisition of Drayer Physical Therapy Institute LLC by GS Capital Partners, a private equity fund managed by Goldman Sachs. GE Capital Markets and Ares Capital also structured a $15 million delayed draw term loan provided by the SSLP in support of the transaction. Drayer Physical Therapy Institute is a leading owner and operator of outpatient physical therapy clinics in the United States.
About Senior Secured Loan Program
The Senior Secured Loan Program was formed in December 2007 to invest in the senior secured debt of middle-market companies. Its members are comprised of Ares Capital Corporation and GE Global Sponsor Finance LLC. The program is co-managed by GE Commercial Finance Investment Advisory Services LLC and Ares Capital Management LLC and transactions require approval by the individuals appointed by the members of the SSLP. The SSLP has $7.7 billion of available capital and can hold up to $300 million in a single transaction for borrowers across a wide range of industry sectors. The SSLP benefits borrowers by virtue of greater speed, simplicity and certainty, with proven partners. The total aggregate principal amount of loans outstanding issued by the SSLP was $5.9 billion as of September 30, 2012.