|American Capital Completes $72 Million Stock Offering|
Bethesda, MD - March 3, 2004 - American Capital Strategies Ltd. (Nasdaq:ACAS)announced today that it has closed on its previously announced common stock offering and the underwriters exercised their over-allotment option in full. As a result, American Capital sold in the offering a total of approximately 2.2 million shares of its common stock at $33.04 per share. The total gross proceeds from the offering, including the over-allotment, were approximately $72 million.
UBS Securities LLC was the sole book-running manager for the offering. Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc. and RBC Capital Markets Corporation acted as co-managers of the offering.
As of February 29, 2004, American Capital shareholders have enjoyed a total return of 287% since the Company's IPO -- an annualized return of 23%, assuming reinvestment of dividends. American Capital has declared a total of $13.82 per share in dividends since its August 1997 IPO.
American Capital is a publicly traded buyout and mezzanine fund with capital resources in excess of $2.5 billion. American Capital is an investor in and sponsor of management and employee buyouts; invests in private equity sponsored buyouts, and provides capital directly to private and small public companies. American Capital provides senior debt, mezzanine debt and equity to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations.
Companies interested in learning more about American Capital's flexible financing should contact Mark Opel, Principal, at (800) 248-9340, or visit our website.
This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy shares of common stock. The offering of these securities will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the prospectus may be obtained from UBS Securities LLC, ECMG Syndicate, 299 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10171. This press release contains forward-looking statements. The statements regarding expected results of American Capital Strategies are subject to various factors and uncertainties, including the uncertainties associated with the timing of transaction closings, changes in interest rates, availability of transactions, changes in regional or national economic conditions, and changes in the conditions of the industries in which American Capital has made investments.
SOURCE: American Capital Ltd.www.americancapital.com