We are an externally managed non-diversified closed-end management investment company incorporated in Maryland that has elected to be regulated as a business development company ("BDC") under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"). We commenced operations on May 24, 2013 and completed our initial public offering ("IPO") on September 30, 2013. We are managed by Capitala Investment Advisors, LLC (the "Investment Advisor"), an investment adviser that is registered as an investment adviser under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the "Advisers Act"), and Capitala Advisors Corp. (the "Administrator") provides the administrative services necessary for us to operate. For United States ("U.S."). federal income tax purposes, we have elected to be treated, and intend to comply with the requirements to continue to qualify annually, as a regulated investment company ("RIC") under subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code").
Our investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. Both directly and through our subsidiaries that are licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration ("SBA") under the Small Business Investment Company ("SBIC") Act, we offer customized financing to business owners, management teams and financial sponsors for change of ownership transactions, recapitalizations, strategic acquisitions, business expansion and other growth initiatives. We invest in first lien loans, second lien loans and subordinated loans, and, to a lesser extent, equity securities issued by lower middle-market companies and traditional middle-market companies.
We were formed for the purpose of: (i) acquiring, through a series of transactions, an investment portfolio from the following entities: CapitalSouth Partners Fund I Limited Partnership ("Fund I"); CapitalSouth Partners Fund II Limited Partnership ("Fund II"); CapitalSouth Partners Fund III, L.P. ("Fund III Parent"); CapitalSouth Partners SBIC Fund III, L.P. ("Fund III") and CapitalSouth Partners Florida Sidecar Fund I, L.P. ("Florida Sidecar" and, collectively with Fund I, Fund II, Fund III and Fund III Parent, the "Legacy Funds"); (ii) raising capital in the IPO and (iii) continuing and expanding the business of the Legacy Funds by making additional debt and equity investments in lower middle-market and traditional middle-market companies.