company based in Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1986 and publicly traded since 1997, American Capital is the largest U.S. publicly traded private equity fund and one of the largest publicly traded alternative asset managers. American Capital operates as a Business Development Company, a form of publicly traded private equity company.
The Company provides capital to middle market companies with sales between $10 million and $750 million. American Capital, both directly and through its global asset management business, is an investor in management and employee buyouts, private equity buyouts and early stage and mature private and public companies. Historically, a majority of its financings have been to assist in the funding of change of control management buyouts.