Ares Capital is a finance company that is a closed-end management investment company. Co.'s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. Co. invests primarily in United States middle-market companies. Co. invests primarily in first lien senior secured loans (including unitranche loans, which are loans that combine both senior and mezzanine debt, generally in a first lien position), second lien senior secured loans and mezzanine debt, which in some cases includes an equity component. To a lesser extent, Co. also make preferred and/or common equity investments.