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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
______________________________________________________
 
FORM 8-K
 CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported) March 31, 2022
 
ARES MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
 
Delaware   001-36429   80-0962035
(State or Other Jurisdiction
of Incorporation)
 
(Commission
File Number)
 
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

2000 Avenue of the Stars, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067
(Address of principal executive office) (Zip Code)
(310) 201-4100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
N/A
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
 
Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A common stock, par value $0.01 per share ARES New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o


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Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

On March 31, 2022, Ares Holdings L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (“Ares Holdings”), (the “Borrower”) and certain subsidiaries of Ares Management Corporation (the “Company”) entered into Amendment No. 11 (the “Credit Facility Amendment”) to the Sixth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of April 21, 2014 (as amended through and including the Credit Facility Amendment, the “Credit Agreement”), by and among the Borrower, the guarantors party thereto, the lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as agent.

The Credit Facility Amendment, among other things, (i) extends the maturity of the credit facility under the Credit Agreement to March 31, 2027, (ii) increases the revolver commitments under the Credit Agreement to $1,275,000,000 and the accordion feature to $375,000,000, for an aggregate amount not to exceed $1,650,000,000, (iii) updates certain currency references rates, including replacing the LIBOR rate with Term SOFR plus an applicable credit spread adjustment, (iv) modifies certain covenant restrictions and (v) makes certain other technical amendments to the provisions of the Credit Agreement.

The Credit Facility Amendment reduces the applicable margin under certain circumstances as follows, and pursuant to sustainability-linked provisions therein, the unused commitment fee and applicable margin may be adjusted further upon meeting certain environmental, social, and governance-related targets, including in respect of measurements of greenhouse gas emissions, and diversity with respect to employees and third-party supplier spend:

Senior Long-Term Unsecured Debt Ratings
Prior
Commitment Fee Rate

Amended Commitment Fee Rate (2)

Prior Applicable Margin for LIBOR Rate Loans and Letters of Credit
Amended Applicable Margin for Term Benchmark Loans, RFR Loans and Letters of Credit (3)

Prior Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans

Amended Applicable Margin for Base Rate Loans (3)
≥ A+/A1
0.060%
0.060%
0.875%
0.750%
0.00%
0.00%
≥ A/A2
0.080%
0.080%
1.000%
0.875%
0.00%
0.00%
≥ A-/A3(1)
0.100%
0.100%
1.125%
1.000%
0.125%
0.00%
≥ BBB+/Baa1
0.125%
0.125%
1.250%
1.125%
0.250%
0.125%
≤ BBB/Baa2
0.150%
0.150%
1.375%
1.250%
0.375%
0.250%

(1) Represents the Senior Long-Term Unsecured Debt Ratings of the Company as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
(2) Subject to Sustainability Fee Adjustment of plus or minus 0.01% based on applicable environmental, social, and governance-related targets.
(3) Subject to Sustainability Margin Adjustment of plus or minus 0.05% based on applicable environmental, social, and governance-related targets.

A copy of the Credit Facility Amendment is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 10.1 and is incorporated by reference into this Item 1.01 as though fully set forth herein. The foregoing summary description of the Credit Facility Amendment is not intended to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by the complete text of the Credit Facility Amendment.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
 
(d)                               Exhibits:
 
Exhibit Number   Description
     
 
Amendment No. 11, dated as of March 31, 2022, to the Sixth Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of April 21, 2014, by and among Ares Holdings L.P., the Guarantors party thereto, the Lenders party thereto and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
      ARES MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
     
Dated: April 6, 2022      
       
    By: /s/ Naseem Sagati Aghili
    Name: Naseem Sagati Aghili
    Title: General Counsel and Secretary



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