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Your Vote Counts! ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORP. 245 PARK AVENUE, 42ND FLOOR NEW YORK, NY 10167 ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORP. 2022 Annual Meeting Vote by May 24, 2022 11:59 PM ET You invested in ARES COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CORP. and it’s time to vote! You have the right to vote on proposals being presented at the Annual Meeting. This is an important notice regarding the availability of proxy materials for the stockholder meeting to be held on May 25, 2022. Vote Virtually at the Meeting* May 25, 2022 12:00 PM EDT Virtually at: www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/ACRE2022 *Please check the meeting materials for any special requirements for meeting attendance. Smartphone users Point your camera here and vote without entering a control number V1.1 For complete information and to vote, visit www.ProxyVote.com Control # D70108-P68467 Get informed before you vote View the Notice and Proxy Statement and 2021 Annual Report online OR you can receive a free paper or email copy of the material(s) by requesting prior to May 11, 2022. If you would like to request a copy of the material(s) for this and/or future stockholder meetings, you may (1) visit www.ProxyVote.com, (2) call 1-800-579-1639 or (3) send an email to sendmaterial@proxyvote.com. If sending an email, please include your control number (indicated below) in the subject line. Unless requested, you will not otherwise receive a paper or email copy.

THIS IS NOT A VOTABLE BALLOT This is an overview of the proposals being presented at the upcoming stockholder meeting. Please follow the instructions on the reverse side to vote these important matters. Vote at www.ProxyVote.com Prefer to receive an email instead? While voting on www.ProxyVote.com, be sure to click “Sign up for E-delivery”. Voting Items Board Recommends D70109-P68467 01) William L. Browning* 02) Edmond N. Moriarty, III* 03) Rebecca J. Parekh* 1. Election of Directors Nominees: *Persons to serve as Class I Directors until the Company’s 2025 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until their successors are duly elected and qualify. 2. To ratify the selection of Ernst & Young LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2022. 3. To approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation of the Company’s named executive officers as described in the 2022 Proxy Statement. 4. To approve the First Amendment to the Company’s Amended and Restated 2012 Equity Incentive Plan as described in the 2022 Proxy Statement. NOTE: Such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof. For For For For


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