GE Antares Ends 2012 as Middle Market Lending Leader in Private Equity-Backed Transactions

  GE Antares Ends 2012 as Middle Market Lending Leader in Private
  Equity-Backed Transactions

  *Provided more than $15 billion in financings across 220+ deals
  *Demonstrated ability to increase deal size to meet customer needs

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- February 26, 2013

GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, announced today it closed more than 220
senior loan transactions, totaling $15.3 billion in financing, during 2012.

“Helping build and strengthen the middle market is central to our business,”
said John Martin, president and CEO of GE Antares Capital. “In 2012, we
provided many middle market companies with the financial capital they needed
to grow their businesses and prepare for the future. We expect this level of
lending to continue into 2013.”

During 2012, GE Antares also closed $2.9 billion in commitments through the
Senior Secured Loan Program (SSLP), through which it co-invests with Ares
Capital Corporation in first lien senior secured loans. Since January 2010,
the SSLP has committed approximately $9.1 billion to middle market borrowers.

“While 2012 saw the effects of events in Europe and the fiscal cliff,
investors were still active and there was a normal, steady stream of activity
in the market,” continued Martin. “We saw many of our long-term customers
remaining active and turning to GE to support their growth.”

In May, GE Antares led a $555 million senior facility for TricorBraun, Inc., a
portfolio company of CHS Capital. GE has been a lender to TricorBraun, a
leading full-service provider of outsourced rigid packaging solutions in North
America, for nearly 15 years. GE Antares has been able to increase deal sizes
over this time period to meet the customer’s needs.

GE led a $405 million senior facility for Tank Holdings in July 2012 to
support the acquisition of the business by Leonard Green & Partners. GE’s
relationship with Tank goes back to the late 1980s. Tank Holdings is North
America’s leading manufacturer of proprietary rotational molded polyethylene
and steel storage tanks and containers used in above-ground, below-ground and
portable applications.

GE Antares also delivers more than financial resources. Through a unique
program called Access GE, customers can tap into GE’s unique insights, tools
and best practices to address needs that go beyond financing. The Access GE
team provides insights and resources from across GE, including the industrial
and manufacturing disciplines, that can help customers tackle their biggest
challenges.

“In 2012, we held 326 one-on-one engagements with 166 customers,” said Martin.
“We help these companies build stronger businesses by, for example,
implementing Lean initiatives, exploring new technologies through connections
with GE’s Global Research Center, or sharing best practices regarding
workforce planning.”

About GE Antares Capital

GE Antares is a unit of GE Capital. We are builders, not bankers. With offices
in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, GE Antares is a
leading middle market lender, offering a “one-stop” source for GE’s lending
and other services offered to middle market private equity sponsors. For more
information, visit the GE Antares website at geantares.com.

About GE Capital

GE Capital offers consumers and businesses around the globe an array of
financial products and services. For more information, visit www.gecapital.com
or follow company news via Twitter (https://twitter.com/GECapital).

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Contact:

GE Capital, Americas
Ned Reynolds, 203-229-5717
ned.reynolds@ge.com
 
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