American Capital, Ltd. is a global asset manager and private equity firm. The Firm both directly and through its asset management business, originates, underwrites and manages investments in middle market private equity, leveraged finance, real estate, energy and structured products. It invests in senior and mezzanine debt and equity in buyouts of private companies sponsored by the Company or sponsored by other private equity funds and provides capital to early stage and mature private and small public companies. It also invests in first and second lien floating rate loans to large-market United States based companies and structured finance investments, including loan securities, debt obligation securities and commercial mortgages and commercial mortgage backed securities. Its business objectives are to increase its net earnings and net asset value by making investments with yields and/or potential for equity and gains and by growing its fee earning assets under management.