Depending upon the timing of the closing of the proposed loans in the Company's pipeline, the closing of the acquisition of Alliant Capital and the receipt of funds from other financings, the Company may utilize a portion of the net proceeds of this offering to fund a portion of the purchase price of Alliant Capital. Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Wells Fargo Securities, BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan are acting as joint book-running managers for this offering. JMP Securities, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company, and RBC Capital Markets are acting as co-managers in the offering. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state. The offering may be made only by means of a preliminary prospectus supplement and an accompanying prospectus, copies of which may be obtained from Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Credit Suisse Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010 (Tel: 800-221-1037) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Citigroup, c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717 (Tel: 800-831-9146); and Wells Fargo Securities,LLC, Attn: Equity Syndicate Department, 375 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10152 (Tel: 800-326-5897) or email: email@example.com . About Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation is a specialty finance company that originates, invests in and manages middle-market commercial real estate loans and other commercial real estate investments. Through its national direct origination platform, Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation provides flexible financing solutions for middle-market borrowers. Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation intends to elect to be taxed as a real estate investment trust and is externally managed by an affiliate of Ares Management LLC, a global alternative asset manager with approximately $59 billion in committed capital under management as of March 31, 2013. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS Statements included herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which relate to future events or the Company's future performance or financial condition.