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CEO David Finkelstein said the sale of Annaly's middle market lednig portfolio marked the latest in a series of strategic actions

Annaly Offloads Middle Market Portfolio to Ares 

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its middle market lending portfolio to Ares Capital Management LLC. Valued at approximately $2.4 billion, the sale represents substantially all of Annaly’s middle market Lending assets held on balance sheet along with assets managed for third parties.  

The company’s middle market lending portfolio is comprised of predominantly first- and second-lien loans focused on defensive, counter-cyclical industries. 

“The sale of our middle market lending portfolio represents a successful outcome for Annaly’s shareholders and marks the latest in a series of strategic actions – including the disposition of our commercial real estate business and investments into our mortgage servicing rights and residential credit businesses – that have enhanced our focus and capabilities across our core housing finance strategy,” said David Finkelstein, Annaly’s CEO & president. 

The sale is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter. 

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