About Ares Management Ares Management LLC is a global alternative asset manager and SEC registered investment adviser with approximately $54 billion of committed capital under management and over 540 employees. The firm is headquartered in Los Angeles with professionals also located across the United States, Europe and Asia and has the ability to invest in all levels of a company's capital structure - from senior debt to common equity. The firm's investment activities are managed by dedicated teams in its Private Equity, Private Debt, Capital Markets and Commercial Real Estate investment platforms. Ares Management was built upon the fundamental principle that each platform benefits from being part of the greater whole. The synergies from this multi-asset class strategy provides investment professionals with insights into industry trends across the globe, access to significant deal flow and the ability to assess relative value. The Ares Private Equity Group pursues majority or shared control investments, principally in middle market companies with strong business franchises and world class management teams. For more information, visit www.aresmgmt.com. About Apollo Global Management Apollo is a leading global alternative investment manager with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, London, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Singapore, Mumbai and Hong Kong. Apollo had assets under management of approximately $105 billion as of June 30, 2012, in private equity, credit-oriented capital markets and real estate funds invested across a core group of nine industries where Apollo has considerable knowledge and resources. Funds managed by Apollo Global Management currently have or have had investments in retail and consumer-oriented businesses including investments in Sprouts Farmers Markets, Smart & Final, Claire's Stores, CKE Restaurants, General Nutrition Centers, AMC Entertainment, Rent-A-Center, Ralphs Grocery Company, Dominick's Supermarkets, Zale Corporation and Proffitt's Department Stores. For more information about Apollo, please visit www.agm.com.