Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company. The Company is focused on directly originating, managing and servicing a portfolio of commercial real estate (CRE) debt-related investments for its own account. It operates in two segments: principal lending and mortgage banking. Its target investments include senior loans, bridge loans, subordinated debt, preferred equity and other CRE investments. The Company is also engaged in the mortgage banking business through its subsidiary, ACRE Capital LLC (ACRE Capital). Its Principal Lending Business includes all business activities of the Company, which represents investments in real estate related loans and securities that are held for investment. In mortgage banking business, the Company directly originates long-term senior loans collateralized by multifamily and senior-living properties, and sells them to third parties pursuant to programs overseen by government agencies and government-sponsored enterprises.