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Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation Adds New Borrowing Capacity to Support Further Growth

Amends Secured Term Loan to Increase Capacity, Reduce All-in Pricing and Extend Maturity

Increases Size of CNB Facility by $25.0 Million to $75.0 Million

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (the "Company") (NYSE: ACRE) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to increase its existing Term Loan from $60.0 million to $150.0 million, reduce the all-in pricing from LIBOR plus 5.75% to an initial fixed rate of 4.50% and extend the initial maturity to November 2026.

In addition, the Company announced that it increased the size of its secured revolving facility with City National Bank (“CNB Facility”) from $50.0 million to $75.0 million. Collectively, the Term Loan and the CNB Facility will be used to fund new loan originations, increase the investment portfolio, and for other working capital and general corporate purposes.

“The increases in the Term Loan and the CNB Facility provide us with strategically important and attractive financing to support the growth in our investment activity and help us to achieve our target leverage levels and enhance our earnings,” said Bryan Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of ACRE. “Utilizing the internal resources of our manager, we were able to execute both financing transactions directly, resulting in significant cost savings to ACRE.”

About Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company primarily engaged in originating and investing in commercial real estate loans and related investments. Through its national direct origination platform, the Company provides a broad offering of flexible and reliable financing solutions for commercial real estate owners and operators. The Company originates senior mortgage loans, as well as subordinate financings, mezzanine debt and preferred equity, with an emphasis on providing value added financing on a variety of properties located in liquid markets across the United States. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation elected and qualified to be taxed as a real estate investment trust and is externally managed by a subsidiary of Ares Management Corporation. For more information, please visit The contents of such website are not, and should not be deemed to be, incorporated by reference herein.

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Investor Relations Contact:

Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation

Carl Drake or Veronica Mendiola Mayer

(888) 818-5298

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