Exhibit 99.1

 

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Two Bethesda Metro Center

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Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 951-6122

(301) 654-6714 Fax

Info@AmericanCapital.com

www.AmericanCapital.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 13, 2008

CONTACT:

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

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

Justin Cressall, Vice President, Equity Capital Markets – (301) 951-6122

AMERICAN CAPITAL DECLARES $1.01 Q1 2008 DIVIDEND

REPORTS $3.42 NOI AND $4.65 REALIZED EARNINGS IN 2007

FORECAST 13% DIVIDEND INCREASE IN 2008 TO $4.19

Bethesda, MD – February 13, 2008 – American Capital Strategies Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS) announced today its first quarter 2008 dividend, second through fourth quarter 2008 dividend forecast and other forecasts and its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2007.

FIRST QUARTER 2008 DIVIDEND DECLARATION

American Capital’s Board of Directors has declared a first quarter 2008 regular dividend of $1.01 per share to record holders as of March 7, 2008, payable on April 1, 2008. This is a 13% increase over the first quarter 2007 dividend of $0.89 per share. American Capital has paid a total of $2.1 billion in dividends and paid or declared dividends of $27.17 per share since its August 1997 IPO at $15.00 per share.

2008 DIVIDEND FORECAST

American Capital reiterates its 2008 dividend forecast of $4.19 per share, a 13% growth over total 2007 dividends of $3.72 per share. The remaining 2008 dividends per share are forecast to be in the following quarterly amounts.

$1.03 for Q2 2008, 13% increase over Q2 2007;

$1.05 for Q3 2008, 14% increase over Q3 2007; and

$1.10 for Q4 2008, 10% increase over Q4 2007.

TAXABLE INCOME ROLL OVER ANNOUNCEMENT

American Capital announces that $361 million of excess taxable income, composed of $219 million of ordinary taxable income and $142 million of net long term capital gains, has been rolled over from 2007 into 2008 to pay 2008 dividends. This represents almost two quarters of forecasted 2008 dividends. (As a regulated investment company, American

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The following information was filed by American Capital, Ltd (ACAS) on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 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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