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Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation Leads Closing of Two Loan Commitments Totaling $132.6 Million

  Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation Leads Closing of Two Loan
  Commitments Totaling $132.6 Million

Business Wire

CHICAGO -- April 01, 2013

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE) announced earlier today
that it led the closing of two new loan commitments totaling $132.6 million,
including a $107.1 million first mortgage loan commitment collateralized by
multi-family properties in Atlanta, Georgia and a $25.5 million first mortgage
loan commitment collateralized by office properties in Kansas City, Missouri.
ACRE’s initial funding on the two loans was approximately $51.1 million. Shown
below are further details on the two loan commitments.

Atlanta Transaction

ACRE co-originated a $107.1 million first mortgage loan commitment, which was
used to finance the acquisition of three multi-family properties in diverse
Atlanta sub-markets by a sponsor group including Cortland Partners of Atlanta.
They include a 406-unit garden property just north of the Buckhead sub-market,
a 268-unit garden property in the Emory University area, and a 352-unit garden
property in the suburb of Alpharetta. The loan will also be used to fund
certain property-level improvements and new amenities in support of the
sponsor group’s business plan. At the closing of the transaction on March 28,
2013, ACRE funded a $26.7 million B-Note, while a $68.1 million A-Note was
funded by a commercial bank. ACRE’s maximum funding obligation is
approximately $39 million.

“ACRE is a reliable and knowledgeable financing source that was instrumental
in allowing us to win the competitive bidding on the properties and close a
complex transaction,” said Steven DeFrancis, Chief Executive Officer of
Cortland Partners. “The team at ACRE delivered a compelling financial solution
that has provided us the additional flexibility we require to execute our plan
for creating value for these communities.”

Kansas City Transaction

ACRE originated a $25.5 million first mortgage loan commitment collateralized
by two Class A office buildings in the Overland Park sub-market of Kansas
City. The transaction closed on March 29, 2013 with an initial funding of
$24.4 million. The loan will be used to refinance existing indebtedness and
for tenant improvements.

“We are thrilled to originate these two high-quality transactions that provide
additional diversification to our growing investment portfolio,” said Bruce
Cohen, President of ACRE. “We look forward to working with these new and
existing clients as they execute their business strategies for these
properties.”

For the first quarter of 2013, ACRE led the closing of three transactions
totaling $179.6 million in commitments. Of this total, a $47 million new loan
commitment replaced an existing loan commitment in the same amount. With these
transactions, ACRE’s loan portfolio totaled approximately $407.7 million in
outstanding principal as of March 29, 2013.

About Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company that
originates, invests in and manages middle-market commercial real estate loans
and other commercial real estate investments. Through its national direct
origination platform, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation provides
flexible financing solutions for middle market borrowers. Ares Commercial Real
Estate Corporation intends to elect to be taxed as a real estate investment
trust and is externally managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a
global alternative asset manager with approximately $59 billion in committed
capital under management as of December 31, 2012. For more information, please
visit ACRE’s website at arescre.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which
relate to future events or our future performance or financial condition.
These statements are not guarantees of future performance, condition or
results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results may
differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of
a number of factors, including those described from time to time in our
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ares Commercial Real
Estate Corporation undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements
made herein.

Contact:

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation
Carl Drake, 404-814-5204
cdrake@aresmgmt.com