Exhibit 99.1

 

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Two Bethesda Metro Center

14th Floor

Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 951-6122

(301) 654-6714 Fax

Info@AmericanCapital.com

www.AmericanCapital.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 13, 2007

CONTACT:

John Erickson, Chief Financial Officer - (301) 951-6122

Tom McHale, Senior Vice President, Finance - (301) 951-6122

AMERICAN CAPITAL REPORTS $4.43 IN 2006 REALIZED EARNINGS

AMERICAN CAPITAL DECLARES $0.89 Q1 2007 DIVIDEND

ANNOUNCES 2007 DIVIDEND GUIDANCE OF $3.68 PER SHARE

Bethesda, MD – February 13, 2007 – American Capital Strategies Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) announced today its first quarter 2007 dividend declaration, 2007 dividend and other guidance and its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2006.

FIRST QUARTER 2007 DIVIDEND DECLARATION

American Capital’s Board of Directors has declared a first quarter 2007 regular dividend of $0.89 per share to record holders as of March 2, 2007, payable on April 2, 2007. This is an 11% increase over the first quarter 2006 regular dividend of $0.80 per share. American Capital has paid a total of $1.4 billion in dividends and paid or declared dividends of $23.33 per share since its August 1997 IPO at $15.00 per share. American Capital paid $3.33 in dividends per share for 2006 from ordinary taxable income, a 75% dividend payout ratio of 2006 Realized Earnings.

2007 DIVIDEND GUIDANCE

American Capital is forecasting total 2007 dividends of $3.68 per share to be paid from ordinary taxable income earned in 2007. This would represent an 11% growth over the total 2006 dividends of $3.33 per share. American Capital anticipates that its 2007 ordinary taxable income will exceed its dividends paid and it will elect to pay a 4% excise tax and retain its excess ordinary taxable income. The 2007 dividends per share are estimated to be in the following quarterly amounts: $0.91 for Q2, $0.92 for Q3 and $0.96 for Q4.

2007 OTHER GUIDANCE

The following guidance assumes the economic and capital market environment throughout 2007 remains substantially the same as in 2006.

American Capital is forecasting 15% to 25% growth in net asset value per share (“NAV”), $4.38 to $7.38 growth, to a value in the range of $33.80 to $36.80 per share by December 31, 2007. In addition, American Capital is forecasting that it will have between $17 billion and $23 billion of alternative assets under management by year end, of which $6 billion to $8 billion will be in funds managed by American Capital; the balance will be on American Capital’s balance sheet.

 

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The following information was filed by American Capital, Ltd (ACAS) on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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