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Fortress Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results and Announces Dividend of $0.05 per Share

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) today reported its third quarter 2012 financial results.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY

  • Fortress declares a distribution of $0.05 per dividend paying share for the third quarter of 2012
  • Assets under management (“AUM”) increased to $51.5 billion as of September 30, 2012, an increase of 8% from the second quarter of 2012 and 18% from the third quarter of 2011; AUM does not include uncalled capital, or “dry powder,” of $7.2 billion
  • GAAP net income of $7 million in the third quarter of 2012; GAAP book value per share of $2.22 as of September 30, 2012
  • Pre-tax distributable earnings of $64 million, or $0.12 per dividend paying share, in the third quarter of 2012; pre-tax distributable earnings of $171 million, or $0.32 per dividend paying share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2012
  • Net cash and investments of $2.37 per dividend paying share as of September 30, 2012, up from $2.12 per dividend paying share as of June 30, 2012
  • $651 million of embedded incentive income across the funds as of September 30, 2012, of which $543 million has not been recognized in DE
  • Subsequent to quarter end, paid in full $181 million of outstanding corporate debt

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Raised $1.2 billion of capital across alternatives businesses in the third quarter, bringing total capital raised year-to-date through September 30, 2012 to $5.2 billion
  • Recorded $2.0 billion of net client flows for Logan Circle during the quarter, bringing total net client flows year-to-date through September 30, 2012 to $5.9 billion
  • Delivered strong investment performance across all businesses:

    • Net third quarter 2012 returns of 5.1% in the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund, 2.9% in the Fortress Macro Funds and 3.6% in the Fortress Asia Macro Funds; net year-to-date 2012 returns of 13.1% in the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund, 11.1% in the Fortress Macro Funds and 10.7% in the Fortress Asia Macro Funds
    • Private Equity fund valuations increased 9.4% during the quarter, and 20.8% year-to-date through September 30, 2012
    • Net annualized inception-to-date IRRs through quarter end for the Credit Opportunities Fund and Credit Opportunities Fund II of 26.9% and 17.8%, respectively
    • All 15 Logan Circle strategies outperformed respective benchmarks in the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 14 of 15 strategies outperformed respective benchmarks in the nine months ended September 30, 2012
  • Subsequent to quarter end, completed the sale of our private equity portfolio company, RailAmerica, for $1.4 billion
  • “We had a strong third quarter, with very solid momentum carrying forward in every one of our businesses,” said Randal Nardone, interim Chief Executive Officer. “We are solidly optimistic in our outlook. With no corporate debt, and substantial balance sheet value, we have never operated from a position of greater financial strength. New commitments of over $5 billion through the third quarter helped drive our assets under management to a record $51.5 billion. Most important, we continued to deliver strong performance for our investors in all Fortress businesses, and large-scale opportunities remain aligned with our greatest investment strengths.”

    SUMMARY FINANCIAL RESULTS

    Fortress’s business model is highly diversified, and management believes that this positions the company to capitalize on opportunities for investing, capital formation and harvesting profits that can occur at different points in any cycle for our individual businesses. Fortress’s business model generates stable and predictable management fees, which is a function of the majority of alternative assets under management residing in long-term investment structures. Fortress’s alternatives businesses also generate variable incentive income based on performance, and this incentive income can contribute meaningfully to financial results. Balance sheet investments represent a third component of Fortress’s business model, and the company has built substantial value in these investments, which are made in Fortress funds alongside the funds’ limited partners.

    The table below summarizes Fortress’s operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012. The consolidated GAAP statement of operations and balance sheet are presented at the end of this press release.

    3Q 2Q 3Q % Change YTD September % Change
    2012 2012 2011 QoQ YoY 2012 2011 YoY
    (in millions, except per share amount)
    GAAP
    Net income (loss) $ 7 $ 14 $ (382 ) -53 % N/M $ (3 ) $ (883 ) N/M
    Net income (loss) attributable to Class A Shareholders $ 1 $ 5 $ (142 ) -86 % N/M $ (24 ) $ (340 ) N/M
    Per diluted share $ (0.04 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.83 ) N/M N/M $ (0.13 ) $ (1.88 ) N/M
    Weighted average Class A shares outstanding, diluted 520 516 496 517 492

    Distributable Earnings (non-GAAP)
    Fund management DE $ 63 $ 53 $ 51 19 % 24 % $ 172 $ 200 -14 %
    Pre-tax DE $ 64 $ 50 $ 43 28 % 49 % $ 171 $ 192 -11 %
    Per dividend paying share/unit $ 0.12 $ 0.09 $ 0.08 27 % 47 % $ 0.32 $ 0.36 -12 %
    Weighted average dividend paying shares and units outstanding 537 533 530 534 527
    Assets Under Management
    Private Equity $ 14,718 $ 13,826 $ 12,708 6 % 16 % $ 14,718 $ 12,708 16 %
    Credit 11,753 11,452 11,833 3 % -1 % 11,753 11,833 -1 %
    Liquid Markets 4,378 4,398 6,165 0 % -29 % 4,378 6,165 -29 %
    Logan Circle 20,626 18,112 12,913 14 % 60 % 20,626 12,913 60 %
    Total Assets Under Management $ 51,475 $ 47,788 $ 43,619 8 % 18 % $ 51,475 $ 43,619 18 %

    CONSOLIDATED GAAP RESULTS

    Fortress recorded GAAP net income of $7 million, or a $0.04 loss per diluted share in the third quarter of 2012, compared with a GAAP net loss of $382 million, or $0.83 loss per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2011. Our diluted loss per share for all periods presented includes the income tax effects to net income (loss) attributable to Class A Shareholders from the assumed conversion of Fortress Operating Group Units and fully vested Restricted Partnership Units to Class A shares.

    The primary driver of the year-over-year improvement in Fortress’s GAAP results was the expiration of the Principals Agreement and related compensation expense, a non-economic amortization expense that had accounted for approximately $4.8 billion in compensation expenses between the first quarter of 2007 and the fourth quarter of 2011. No amounts were ever paid, or equity issued, in connection with this agreement. This agreement expired at the end of 2011 and will no longer impact Fortress’s financial results.

    CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT RESULTS (NON-GAAP)

    This section provides information about each of Fortress’s businesses: (i) Credit, (ii) Private Equity, (iii) Liquid Hedge Funds, and (iv) Logan Circle.

    Fortress uses “distributable earnings,” or DE, as a primary metric to manage its businesses and gauge the company’s performance, and it uses DE exclusively to report segment results. Consolidated segment results are non-GAAP information and are not presented as a substitute for Fortress’s GAAP results. Fortress urges you to read “Non-GAAP Information” below.

    As of September 30, 2012
    Private Equity

    Liquid Hedge

    Credit Funds

    Logan Circle

    (in millions) Total Funds Castles

    Funds

    Hedge Funds PE Funds

    Partners

    Assets Under Management1 $ 51,475 $ 11,113 $ 3,605 $ 4,378 $ 5,663 $ 6,090 $ 20,626
    Dry Powder $ 7,242 $ 740 N/A N/A N/A $ 6,502 N/A
    Average Management Fee Rate2 1.2 % 1.5 % 1.7 % 1.9 % 1.4 % 0.1 %
    Incentive Eligible NAV Above Incentive Income Threshold3 $ 14,367 $ 220 $ - $ 2,418 $ 4,603 $ 7,126 N/A
    Undistributed Incentive Income: Unrecognized $ 543 $ 16 $ - $ 5 $ 92 $ 430 N/A
    Undistributed Incentive Income: Recognized 108 - - 20 88 - N/A
    Undistributed Incentive Income4 $ 651 $ 16 $ - $ 25 $ 180 $ 430 N/A
    Three Months Ended September 30, 2012
    Private Equity

    Liquid Hedge

    Credit Funds

    Logan Circle

    (in millions) Total Funds Castles

    Funds

    Hedge Funds PE Funds

    Partners

    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 1,183 $ 591 $ 177 $ 167 $ 100 $ 148 N/A
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 116 $ 30 $ 15 $ 19 $ 24 $ 21 $ 7
    Incentive income 65 1 - 11 36 17 -
    Total 181 31 15 30 60 38 7
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses (82 ) (9 ) (8 ) (17 ) (15 ) (24 ) (9 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (31 ) - - (4 ) (19 ) (8 ) -
    Total (113 ) (9 ) (8 ) (21 ) (34 ) (32 ) (9 )
    Principal Performance Payments
    (5 ) - (1 ) (1 ) (3 ) - -
    Fund Management DE $ 63 $ 22 $ 6 $ 8 $ 23 $ 6 $ (2 )
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 64 $ 22 $ 6 $ 8 $ 23 $ 6 $ (2 )

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    1 The Assets Under Management presented for the Credit Hedge Funds includes $511 million related to the third-party originated Value Recovery Funds. Fortress earns fees from the Value Recovery Funds based only on collections.
    2 The Average Management Fee Rate presented for the Credit Hedge Funds excludes the third-party originated Value Recovery Funds. See footnote (1) above.

    3 The Incentive Eligible NAV Above Threshold presented for hedge funds excludes sidepocket investments. The Incentive Eligible NAV Above Threshold presented for Private Equity Funds and Credit Private Equity Funds represents total fund NAV.

    4 The Undistributed Incentive Income presented includes the impact of sidepocket investments on hedge funds. Undistributed Incentive Income for Private Equity Funds, Credit Private Equity Funds and hedge fund sidepocket and redeeming capital account (RCA) investments has not been recognized in Distributable Earnings and will be recognized when realized; Undistributed Incentive Income for other hedge fund investments was recognized in Distributable Earnings when earned.

    Pre-tax DE was $64 million in the third quarter of 2012, up from $43 million in the third quarter of 2011. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher incentive income earned from our funds, partially offset by lower management fees.

    Management fees were $116 million in the third quarter of 2012, down from $131 million for the third quarter of 2011, primarily due to lower management fees from the Liquid Hedge Funds and Credit Hedge Funds, partially offset by higher management fees from the Credit Private Equity Funds and Logan Circle. Notably, 86% of the alternative assets under management at quarter end were in funds with long-term, locked-up structures, which provides for a stable, predictable base of management fees.

    Incentive income recorded in the third quarter of 2012 totaled $65 million, compared to $14 million recorded in the third quarter of 2011. This year-over-year increase was driven by higher incentive income generated by the Liquid Hedge Funds, Credit Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds, partially offset by lower incentive income recognized from the Credit Private Equity Funds. Additionally, Fortress had $651 million in undistributed, unrealized incentive income embedded across the funds based on investment valuations at September 30, 2012. Of that $651 million, $543 million has not been recognized in DE during the first nine months of 2012.

    The Company’s segment revenues and distributable earnings will fluctuate materially depending upon the performance of its funds and the realization events within its private equity businesses, as well as other factors. Accordingly, the revenues and profits in any particular period should not be expected to be indicative of future results.

    ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

    As of September 30, 2012, assets under management (“AUM”) totaled $51.5 billion, up 8% from $47.8 billion as of June 30, 2012 and up 18% from $43.6 billion as of September 30, 2011. During the third quarter of 2012, Fortress recorded $2.0 billion of net client inflows for Logan Circle, had a $1.8 billion increase in its fund valuations, invested $0.8 billion of capital and raised $0.6 billion of capital and equity that was directly added to AUM. These increases to AUM were partially offset by (i) $0.7 billion of capital distributions to investors, (ii) $0.4 billion of Hedge Fund redemptions and (iii) $0.4 billion of RCA payments to Credit Hedge Fund investors. As of September 30, 2012 Fortress had $7.2 billion of dry powder, primarily in Credit Private Equity funds.

    BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS

    Below is a discussion of third quarter 2012 segment results and business highlights.

    Credit:

    • Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund had a net return of 5.1% for the third quarter of 2012 and 13.1% year-to-date through September 30, 2012
    • Raised nearly $250 million of third party capital in the third quarter, bringing total capital raised year-to-date to $3.7 billion through September 30, 2012
    • Deployed over $720 million of capital during the quarter and distributed over $950 million of capital back to limited partners
    • Completed the sale of CWCapital LLC for $234 million. CWCapital is an operating subsidiary of CW Financial Services LLC, which Fortress’s Credit and Private Equity funds acquired in September 2010

    (See supplemental data on pages 18-19 for more detail on Credit results)

    The Credit business, which includes our Credit Hedge Funds and Credit Private Equity Funds, generated pre-tax DE of $29 million in the third quarter of 2012, which is up $4 million from the second quarter. During the third quarter, the business recorded $53 million of incentive income, including $36 million from hedge funds and $17 million from private-equity style funds.

    On a year-to-date basis, pre-tax DE of $80 million is down from $109 million for the comparable period in 2011. This is largely attributable to fewer realizations in our private-equity style funds, partially offset by additional incentive income from the hedge funds.

    In our Credit Hedge funds, the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund continued its track record of positive investment performance in the third quarter. The fund had a net return of 5.1% in the quarter, bringing net returns year-to-date through September 30, 2012 to 13.1%. Net annualized inception-to-date returns in this fund increased to 10.9%. The Credit Hedge Fund segment had a total of $4.6 billion of incentive eligible NAV above performance thresholds as of September 30, 2012.

    Fortress’s Credit Private Equity Funds continued to generate strong investment performance during the third quarter as well, which contributed to a further increase in unrealized, undistributed incentive income. The Credit Opportunities Fund and Credit Opportunities Fund II had net annualized inception-to-date IRRs through September 30, 2012 of 26.9% and 17.8%, respectively. Unrealized, undistributed incentive income increased $84 million, or 24%, to $430 million in the third quarter and has increased $186 million, or 76%, during the first nine months of 2012.

    Also during the quarter, we completed the sale of CWCapital, CW Financial’s commercial real estate lending and primary servicing businesses, to Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) for $80 million in cash and $154 million of Walker & Dunlop common stock. Following the transaction’s close, Fortress’s Credit and Private Equity funds became Walker & Dunlop’s largest shareholder.

    Additionally, the Credit team called over $720 million of dry powder for investments and returned over $950 million of capital to our investors in the quarter. Total Credit Private Equity dry powder – capital committed to the funds but not yet generating management fees – was $6.5 billion at the end of the quarter.

    Total capital raised during the third quarter was nearly $250 million. This included $100 million raised in the Credit Hedge Funds and nearly $130 million raised in our second Japan real estate credit fund, which we anticipate will close with total commitments in excess of $1 billion prior to year-end. We also held a final close for a set of dedicated real estate opportunities funds with over $280 million in total third-party commitments.

    “Our belief remains that the long-term investment opportunities in the Credit and broader distressed space are still substantial, primarily from the financial deleveraging that must occur in the next few years,” said Peter Briger, Fortress co-chairman and Credit co-CIO. “We are pleased to have substantial capital to invest as this broad opportunity set takes shape, but we do not believe that pricing dynamics today represent the most compelling opportunities that we will see in the current cycle. Our overriding objective is always to deliver outstanding returns for our investors, and we will remain patient and opportunistic in making investments on behalf of our limited partners.”

    Private Equity:

    • Fund portfolio investment valuations increased 9.4% in the third quarter of 2012, bringing year-to-date appreciation to 20.8%
    • Raised $591 million of capital for a new Private Equity fund focused on investments in mortgage servicing rights
    • Raised $168 million of permanent equity capital for Newcastle Investment Corp. in the third quarter, bringing total equity capital raised year-to-date to $435 million
    • Sold remaining interest in Aircastle Limited (NYSE: AYR) for $134 million
    • Subsequent to quarter end, completed the sale of RailAmerica, Inc. for $27.50 per share, representing a total equity value of $1.4 billion

    (See supplemental data on page 17 for more detail on Private Equity results)

    The Private Equity business, which includes Private Equity Funds and Castles, had pre-tax DE of $28 million for the third quarter, up slightly from $27 million in the second quarter. Year-to-date pre-tax DE for the segment is $84 million, down $5 million from the same time period in 2011, largely due to lower Private Equity Fund management fees that resulted from changes in the basis on which these fees are calculated in three funds, partially offset by increased Private Equity Fund incentive income. The majority of this incentive income was attributable to a $6 million reversal of previously recognized claw-back reserves recorded for Fund II.

    Private Equity Fund investment performance in the third quarter was strong, with valuations in underlying investments increasing by 9.4%. This brings appreciation of these fund investments to 20.8% through September 30, 2012. Our public company investments, which represent 36% of Private Equity fund NAV, increased 24% in the third quarter.

    In addition to the CWCapital transaction described above, we sold our remaining interest of 11.8 million common shares in Aircastle, for total proceeds of $134 million. Fortress formed Aircastle in 2004 and completed an IPO in 2006 at a price of $23 per share. In aggregate, the initial investment of $351 million generated a return of 2.1 times invested capital and a gross IRR of approximately 23%.

    Subsequent to quarter end, we completed the sale of RailAmerica to Genesee & Wyoming Inc. for $27.50 per share, representing a total equity value of $1.4 billion. Fortress acquired RailAmerica in a take-private transaction in 2007 and completed an IPO in 2009 at $15 per share. This investment had a return on investment of 2.2 times invested capital and a gross IRR of 17%.

    During the quarter, fundraising activity was highlighted by nearly $770 million in additional capital raised for investments in mortgage servicing rights opportunities. This includes the nearly $600 million successful launch of a dedicated mortgage servicing rights fund, as well as the continuation of equity raises at Newcastle Investment Corp. (NYSE: NCT). Total capital and equity raised in the Private Equity segment was nearly $1.1 billion in the first nine months of 2012.

    “The first three quarters of 2012 have been very strong for our Private Equity business,” said Wes Edens, Fortress co-Chairman and Private Equity CIO. “Valuation gains in our fund investments accelerated in the third quarter, and now stand at over 20 percent for the year, with strong operating performance at most of our large portfolio companies pointing to potential for further gains. We are very optimistic about prospects for both our existing investments, and with substantial new capital commitments, for new investments in our key areas of focus today—mortgage servicing rights, senior living, and transportation and infrastructure.”

    Liquid Hedge Funds:

    • Fortress Macro Fund had a net return of 11.1% for the first nine months of 2012 and an estimated year-to-date net return of 13.2% through October 26, 2012
    • Fortress Asia Macro Fund had a net return of 10.7% for the first nine months of 2012 and an estimated year-to-date net return of 12.2% through October 26, 2012
    • Raised approximately $167 million in new third-party capital during the quarter

    (See supplemental data on page 20 for more detail on Liquid Hedge Funds results)

    The Liquid Hedge Funds generated pre-tax DE of $8 million in the third quarter of 2012, bringing year-to-date pre-tax DE to $15 million. Pre-tax DE was up $5 million for the quarter, largely a result of increased incentive income from both our Macro Funds and Asia Macro Funds as more capital eclipsed respective high water marks during the quarter.

    Net returns for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 for the Fortress Macro Funds, Fortress Asia Macro Funds and Fortress Partners Funds were 11.1%, 10.7% and 6.9%, respectively. Positive year-to-date performance has brought nearly all main Fortress Macro Fund and Fortress Asia Macro Fund capital above respective high water marks and thus eligible to generate incentive income. As of September 30, 2012, approximately 96% of capital in the main Fortress Macro Funds exceeded respective high water marks and 100% of Fortress Asia Macro Fund capital exceeded its respective high water marks. In aggregate, approximately $2.4 billion of capital is now above respective high water marks, a $1.3 billion increase from the end of the second quarter.

    Liquid Hedge Fund AUM finished the third quarter flat at $4.4 billion. In the third quarter, we raised a total of $167 million of capital, directly adding to AUM, and paid out $379 million of redemptions. NAV appreciation of $193 million also added to AUM during the period.

    Subsequent to quarter end, the Liquid Hedge Funds have raised over $400 million of additional capital, which will be added to AUM in the fourth quarter of 2012. As of September 30, 2012, there were $0.3 billion of Liquid Hedge Fund redemption notices outstanding, of which $0.1 billion will be paid primarily within one quarter and $0.2 billion will be paid primarily in the first quarter of 2013.

    “Double digit year-to-date returns in our Fortress Macro Funds and Fortress Asia Macro Funds have brought nearly all of our capital above respective incentive thresholds,” said Mike Novogratz, Fortress Principal and co-CIO of Macro Funds. “With over $2 billion of capital now eligible for incentive income, we are positioned very well for a strong financial close to 2012 and for next year. Our trading philosophy continues to align well with market opportunities and we remain optimistic that we can continue to deliver positive returns for our investors.”

    Logan Circle:

    • All 15 Logan Circle investment strategies outperformed their respective benchmarks in the third quarter of 2012, and 14 of 15 strategies outperformed respective benchmarks in the first nine months of 2012
    • Total traditional fixed income AUM rose to $20.6 billion as of quarter end, an increase of 60% from the third quarter of 2011
    • Net client flows were $2.0 billion in the third quarter of 2012, bringing year-to-date net client flows to $5.9 billion through September 30, 2012

    (See supplemental data on page 21 for more detail on Logan Circle results)

    Our traditional asset management business, Logan Circle, generated a pre-tax DE loss of $2 million in the third quarter of 2012, flat compared to the second quarter of 2012. Compared to the third quarter of 2011, pre-tax DE loss improved by $2 million primarily due to an increase in management fees driven by a $7.7 billion increase in assets under management.

    Logan Circle’s strategies continued to deliver strong investment performance, with all of Logan Circle’s 15 strategies outperforming their respective benchmarks in the third quarter of 2012 and 14 of 15 strategies outperforming respective benchmarks in the nine months ended September 30, 2012. Notably, 14 of 15 Logan Circle strategies have also outperformed their respective benchmarks since inception and seven are ranked in the top quartile of performance for their competitor universe.

    Logan Circle had $20.6 billion in AUM at the end of the quarter, an increase of 14% compared to the previous quarter and a 60% increase compared to the third quarter of 2011. The $2.5 billion quarterly increase in AUM was primarily driven by net client inflows of $2.0 billion. Logan Circle’s AUM has grown over 75% since Fortress completed the acquisition and launched the traditional asset management business in April 2010.

    “We continue to deliver positive investment performance across all of our strategies which has enabled us to capture significant market share in recent quarters,” said Jude Driscoll, CEO and CIO of Logan Circle. “Strong institutional investor demand for our long-only fixed income strategies has led to record AUM of nearly $21 billion and a significant pipeline of new mandates. We are optimistic about the prospects for Logan Circle going forward as our performance track record and recent asset flow momentum has positioned the business well for long-term organic asset growth.”

    Principal Investments:

    The Principal Investments segment, which is comprised of Fortress’s investments in its own funds, generated pre-tax DE of $1 million for the third quarter of 2012 as compared to a pre-tax DE loss of $8 million in the third quarter of 2011. This year-over-year improvement is largely a result of the positive performance of our investments in our funds.

    As of September 30 2012, Principal Investments had segment assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents) totaling $1.2 billion, up 6% from June 30, 2012. As of September 30, 2012, Fortress had a total of $154 million of outstanding commitments to its funds.

    In addition, as of September 30, 2012, the net asset value of Fortress’s Principal Investments exceeded its segment cost basis by $416 million, representing net unrealized gains that have not yet been recognized for segment reporting purposes. This is up 13%, or $49 million, from June 30, 2012.

    LIQUIDITY & CAPITAL

    As of September 30, 2012, Fortress had cash and cash equivalents of $254 million, up from $184 million as of June 30, 2012.

    In October 2012, the completed sale of private equity portfolio company RailAmerica resulted in Fortress receiving aggregate proceeds of $182 million, comprised of the payment of deferred management fees and expenses of $150 million, the repayment of advances of $16 million, and $17 million of distributions related to our principal investments in related funds. Fortress used these proceeds to pay down the remaining balance of the company’s only outstanding debt obligation – a corporate term loan that had a balance of $181 million as of September 30, 2012. Fortress currently has no outstanding term loans or revolving debt balances.

    DIVIDEND

    Fortress’s Board of Directors declared a third quarter 2012 dividend of $0.05 per share. The dividend is payable on November 19, 2012 to Class A shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 14, 2012.

    The declaration and payment of any distributions are at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors, which may decide to change its distribution policy at any time. Please see below for information on the U.S. federal income tax implications of the dividend.

    NON-GAAP INFORMATION

    Distributable earnings, or DE, is a primary metric used by management to measure Fortress’s operating performance. Consistent with GAAP, DE is the sole measure that management uses to manage, and thus report on, Fortress’s segments, namely: Private Equity, Castles, Credit Hedge Funds, Credit Private Equity Funds, Liquid Hedge Funds, Logan Circle and Principal Investments. DE differs from GAAP net income in a number of material ways. For a detailed description of the calculation of DE, see note 11 in the financial statements included in the Company’s most recent annual report, or note 10 to the financial statements included in the Company’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

    Fortress aggregates its segment results to report consolidated segment results, as shown in the table under “Summary Financial Results” and in the “total” column of the table under “Consolidated Segment Results (Non-GAAP).” The consolidated segment results are non-GAAP financial information. Management believes that consolidated segment results provide a meaningful basis for comparison among present and future periods. However, consolidated segment results should not be considered a substitute for Fortress’s consolidated GAAP results. The exhibits to this release contain reconciliations of the components of Fortress’s consolidated segment results to the comparable GAAP measures, and Fortress urges you to review these exhibits.

    CONFERENCE CALL

    Management will host a conference call today, Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time. A copy of the earnings release is posted to the Investor Relations section of Fortress’s website, www.fortress.com.

    All interested parties are welcome to participate on the live call. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-717-3044 (from within the U.S.) or 1-706-679-1521 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference “Fortress Third Quarter Earnings Call.”

    A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at www.fortress.com. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the necessary software required to listen to the internet broadcast.

    A telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available until 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on November 9, 2012 by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (from within the U.S.) or 1-404-537-3406 (from outside of the U.S.); please reference access code “27979789.”

    ABOUT FORTRESS

    Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) is a leading, highly diversified global investment management firm with $51.5 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2012. Fortress applies its deep experience and specialized expertise across a range of investment strategies - private equity, credit, liquid hedge funds and traditional fixed income - on behalf of over 1,400 institutional clients and private investors worldwide. For more information regarding Fortress Investment Group LLC or to be added to its e-mail distribution list, please visit www.fortress.com.

    CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Fortress’s sources of management fees, incentive income and investment income (loss), estimated fund performance and the amount and source of expected capital commitments. These statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only the Company’s beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company’s control. It is possible that the sources and amounts of management fees, incentive income and investment income, the amount and source of expected capital commitments for any new fund or redemption amounts may differ, possibly materially, from these forward-looking statements, and any such differences could cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a discussion of some of the risks and important factors that could affect such forward-looking statements, see the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which is, or will be, available on the Company’s website (www.fortress.com). In addition, new risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict or assess the impact of every factor that may cause its actual results to differ from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. The Company can give no assurance that the expectations of any forward-looking statement will be obtained. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

    U.S. FEDERAL INCOME TAX IMPLICATIONS OF DIVIDEND

    For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the dividend declared in November 2012 will be treated as a partnership distribution. Based on the best information currently available, when calculating withholding taxes, 2.60 cents of the per share distribution will be treated as U.S. source interest income. Accordingly, for non-U.S. holders of Class A shares, unless an exception to withholding tax applies, the distribution will be subject to a U.S. federal withholding tax of 0.78 cents per share. Non-U.S. holders of Class A shares are generally subject to U.S. federal withholding tax at a rate of 30% (subject to reduction by applicable treaty or other exception) on certain types of U.S. source income realized by the Company. With respect to interest, however, no withholding is generally required if proper certification (on an IRS Form W-8) of a beneficial owner's foreign status has been filed with the withholding agent. In addition, non-U.S. holders must generally provide the withholding agent with a properly completed IRS Form W-8 to obtain any reduction in withholding.

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

    (dollars in thousands, except share data)

    Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
    2012 2011 2012 2011
    Revenues
    Management fees: affiliates $ 112,806 $ 118,353 $ 336,935 $ 353,269
    Management fees: non-affiliates 10,762 18,865 32,534 47,641
    Incentive income: affiliates 5,976 14,754 38,994 44,361
    Incentive income: non-affiliates 788 266 1,564 1,251
    Expense reimbursements from affiliates 49,636 42,350 138,317 130,337
    Other revenues 1,555 1,071 3,885 5,433
    181,523 195,659 552,229 582,292
    Expenses
    Interest expense 3,375 4,583 11,877 13,883
    Compensation and benefits 181,421 158,426 537,267 535,259
    Principals agreement compensation (expired in 2011) - 279,623 - 751,749
    General, administrative and other 31,004 34,165 93,365 109,545
    Depreciation and amortization (including impairment) 4,982 23,767 11,718 30,114
    220,782 500,564 654,227 1,440,550
    Other Income (Loss)
    Gains (losses) (2,228 ) (15,229 ) 29,542 (26,751 )
    Tax receivable agreement liability adjustment - - (6,935 ) (116 )
    Earnings (losses) from equity method investees 52,034 (64,483 ) 110,417 26,417
    49,806 (79,712 ) 133,024 (450 )
    Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes 10,547 (384,617 ) 31,026 (858,708 )
    Income tax benefit (expense) (3,881 ) 2,712 (34,251 ) (24,493 )
    Net Income (Loss) $ 6,666 $ (381,905 ) $ (3,225 ) $ (883,201 )

    Principals' and Others' Interests in Income (Loss) of Consolidated Subsidiaries

    $ 5,958 $ (239,847 ) $ 20,698 $ (543,175 )
    Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Class A Shareholders $ 708 $ (142,058 ) $ (23,923 ) $ (340,026 )
    Dividends Declared Per Class A Share $ 0.05 $ - $ 0.15 $ -

    Earnings (Loss) Per Class A Share

    Net income (loss) per Class A share, basic $ 0.00 $ (0.76 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (1.85 )
    Net income (loss) per Class A share, diluted $ (0.04 ) $ (0.83 ) $ (0.13 ) $ (1.88 )
    Weighted average number of Class A shares outstanding, basic 220,641,776 190,006,987 212,297,285 185,373,605
    Weighted average number of Class A shares outstanding, diluted 520,039,541 495,864,738 517,431,334 492,396,969

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Consolidated Balance Sheets

    (dollars in thousands)

    September 30, 2012

    (Unaudited)

    December 31, 2011
    Assets
    Cash and cash equivalents $ 253,731 $ 333,166
    Due from affiliates 289,889 298,689
    Investments 1,199,622 1,079,777
    Deferred tax asset 379,372 400,196
    Other assets 102,787 108,858
    $ 2,225,401 $ 2,220,686
    Liabilities and Equity
    Liabilities
    Accrued compensation and benefits $ 222,719 $ 247,024
    Due to affiliates 345,009 354,158
    Deferred incentive income 245,957 238,658
    Debt obligations payable 180,528 261,250
    Other liabilities 81,193 57,204
    1,075,406 1,158,294
    Commitments and Contingencies
    Equity
    Class A shares, no par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 220,188,973
    and 189,824,053 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012 and
    December 31, 2011, respectively - -
    Class B shares, no par value, 750,000,000 shares authorized, 298,723,852
    and 305,857,751 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012 and
    December 31, 2011, respectively - -
    Paid-in capital 2,048,874 1,972,711
    Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (1,508,043 ) (1,484,120 )
    Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (2,175 ) (1,160 )
    Total Fortress shareholders' equity 538,656 487,431
    Principals' and others' interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries 611,339 574,961
    Total Equity 1,149,995 1,062,392
    $ 2,225,401 $ 2,220,686

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 1-a

    Supplemental Data for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2012 and 2011

    Three Months Ended September 30, 2012
    Private Equity

    Liquid Hedge

    Credit Funds

    Principal
    (in millions) Total Funds Castles

    Funds

    Hedge Funds PE Funds

    Logan Circle

    Investments
    Assets Under Management
    AUM - July 1, 2012 $ 47,788 $ 10,436 $ 3,390 $ 4,398 $ 5,859 $ 5,593 $ 18,112 $ -
    Capital raised 395 - - 167 100 128 - -
    Equity raised (Permanent capital vehicles) 177 - 177 - - - - -
    Increase in invested capital 754 31 - - - 723 - -
    Redemptions (379 ) - - (379 ) - - - -
    SPV distribution - - - - - - - -

    RCA distributions 5

    (387 ) - - - (387 ) - - -
    Return of capital distributions (689 ) (122 ) - - (155 ) (412 ) - -
    Adjustment for reset date (8 ) - - - - (8 ) - -
    Crystallized Incentive Income (1 ) - - (1 ) - - - -
    Equity buyback - - - - - - - -
    Net Client Flows 1,980 - - - - - 1,980 -
    Income (loss) and foreign exchange 1,845 768 38 193 246 66 534 -
    AUM - Ending Balance 51,475 11,113 3,605 4,378 5,663 6,090 20,626 -
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 1,183 $ 591 $ 177 $ 167 $ 100 $ 148 $ - $ -
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 116 $ 30 $ 15 $ 19 $ 24 $ 21 $ 7 $ -
    Incentive income 65 1 - 11 36 17 - -
    Total 181 31 15 30 60 38 7 -
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses $ (82 ) $ (9 ) $ (8 ) $ (17 ) $ (15 ) $ (24 ) $ (9 ) $ -
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (31 ) - - (4 ) (19 ) (8 ) - -
    Total (113 ) (9 ) (8 ) (21 ) (34 ) (32 ) (9 ) -
    Fund Management DE (before Principal Performance Payments) 68 22 7 9 26 6 (2 ) -
    Principal Performance Payments (5 ) - (1 ) (1 ) (3 ) - - -
    Fund Management DE 63 22 6 8 23 6 (2 ) -
    Investment Income 4 4
    Interest Expense (3 ) (3 )
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 64 $ 22 $ 6 $ 8 $ 23 $ 6 $ (2 ) $ 1
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings per Dividend Paying Share $ 0.12
    Three Months Ended September 30, 2011
    Private Equity

    Liquid Hedge

    Credit Funds
    (in millions) Total Funds Castles

    Funds

    Hedge Funds PE Funds Logan Circle
    Assets Under Management
    AUM - July 1, 2011 $ 43,823 $ 9,979 $ 3,277 $ 6,321 $ 6,374 $ 4,941 $ 12,931
    Capital raised 461 - - 292 60 109 -
    Equity raised 122 - 122 - - - -
    Increase in invested capital 1,034 9 - 5 57 963 -
    Redemptions (335 ) - - (335 ) - - -
    SPV distribution - - - - - - -
    RCA distributions 5 (158 ) - - - (158 ) - -
    Return of capital distributions (484 ) - - - (59 ) (425 ) -
    Adjustment for reset date - - - - - - -
    Crystallized Incentive Income - - - - - - -
    Net Client Flows (231 ) - - - - - (231 )
    Income (loss) and foreign exchange (613 ) (517 ) (162 ) (118 ) (60 ) 31 213
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 43,619 $ 9,471 $ 3,237 $ 6,165 $ 6,214 $ 5,619 $ 12,913
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 899 $ - $ 122 $ 292 $ 60 $ 425 $ -
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 131 $ 31 $ 13 $ 28 $ 35 $ 19 $ 5
    Incentive income 14 (3 ) - 1 (4 ) 20 -
    Total 145 28 13 29 31 39 5
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses $ (83 ) $ (9 ) $ (6 ) $ (19 ) $ (33 ) $ (7 ) $ (9 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (11 ) 1 - (5 ) 1 (8 ) -
    Total (94 ) (8 ) (6 ) (24 ) (32 ) (15 ) (9 )
    Fund Management DE 51 20 7 5 (1 ) 24 (4 )
    Investment Income (3 ) - - - - - -
    Interest Expense (5 ) - - - - - -

    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 43 $ 20 $ 7 $ 5 $ (1 ) $ 24 $ (4 )
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings per Dividend Paying Share $ 0.08

    ___________________________

    5 Represents distributions from (i) assets held by redeeming capital accounts in the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds, and (ii) the Value Recovery Funds.

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 1-b

    Supplemental Data for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012 and 2011

    Nine Months Ended September 30, 2012
    Private Equity

    Liquid Hedge

    Credit Funds

    Principal
    (in millions) Total Funds Castles

    Funds

    Hedge Funds PE Funds

    Logan Circle

    Investments
    Assets Under Management
    AUM - January 1, 2012 $ 43,713 $ 9,285 $ 3,181 $ 5,515 $ 5,976 $ 6,232 $ 13,524 $ -
    Capital raised 890 - - 447 216 227 - -
    Equity raised 444 - 444 - - - - -
    Increase in invested capital 1,582 98 - - 20 1,464 - -
    Redemptions (2,012 ) - - (2,001 ) (11 ) - - -
    SPV distributions - - - - - - - -

    RCA distributions 6

    (903 ) - - - (903 ) - - -
    Return of capital distributions (1,939 ) (142 ) - - (233 ) (1,564 ) - -
    Adjustment for reset date (331 ) - - - - (331 ) - -
    Crystallized incentive income (72 ) - - (2 ) (70 ) - - -
    Equity buyback - - - - - - - -
    Net Client Flows 5,935 - - - - - 5,935 -
    Income (loss) and foreign exchange 4,168 1,872 (20 ) 419 668 62 1,167 -
    AUM - Ending Balance 51,475 11,113 3,605 4,378 5,663 6,090 20,626 -
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 5,198 $ 620 $ 444 $ 447 $ 216 $ 3,471 $ - $ -
    Segment Revenues
    Management fee $ 348 $ 89 $ 42 $ 58 $ 76 $ 64 $ 19 $ -
    Incentive income 164 9 - 21 92 42 - -
    Total 512 98 42 79 168 106 19 -
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses $ (245 ) $ (30 ) $ (22 ) $ (51 ) $ (47 ) $ (69 ) $ (26 ) $ -
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (83 ) (3 ) - (11 ) (45 ) (24 ) - -
    Total (328 ) (33 ) (22 ) (62 ) (92 ) (93 ) (26 ) -
    Fund Management DE (before Principal Performance Payments) 184 65 20 17 76 13 (7 ) -
    Principal Performance Payments (12 ) - (1 ) (2 ) (9 ) - - -
    Fund Management DE 172 65 19 15 67 13 (7 ) -
    Investment Income 10 10
    Interest Expense (11 ) (11 )
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 171 $ 65 $ 19 $ 15 $ 67 $ 13 $ (7 ) $ (1 )
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings per Dividend Paying Share $ 0.32
    Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011
    Private Equity

    Liquid Hedge

    Credit Funds Principal
    (in millions) Total Funds Castles

    Funds

    Hedge Funds PE Funds Logan Circle Investments
    Assets Under Management
    AUM - January 1, 2011 $ 44,613 $ 11,923 $ 3,037 $ 6,355 $ 6,773 $ 4,817 $ 11,708 $ -
    Capital raised 1,619 - - 1,141 288 190 - -
    Equity raised 220 - 220 - - - - -
    Increase in invested capital 2,432 224 - 11 107 2,090 - -
    Redemptions (1,131 ) - - (986 ) (145 ) - - -
    SPV distribution - - - - - - - -
    RCA distributions 6 (968 ) - - - (968 ) - - -
    Return of capital distributions (1,927 ) (313 ) - - (119 ) (1,495 ) - -
    Adjustment for reset date (1,997 ) (1,997 ) - - - - - -
    Crystallized Incentive Income (160 ) - - (69 ) (91 ) - - -
    Equity buyback (19 ) - (19 ) - - - - -
    Net Client Flows 476 - - - - - 476 -
    Income (loss) and foreign exchange transfers 461 (366 ) (1 ) (287 ) 369 17 729 -
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 43,619 $ 9,471 $ 3,237 $ 6,165 $ 6,214 $ 5,619 $ 12,913 $ -
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 2,359 $ 51 $ 220 $ 1,141 $ 413 $ 534 $ - $ -
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 388 $ 102 $ 39 $ 84 $ 96 $ 52 $ 15 $ -
    Incentive income 152 (2 ) - 4 50 100 - -
    Total 540 100 39 88 146 152 15 -
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses $ (254 ) $ (31 ) $ (20 ) $ (58 ) $ (95 ) $ (23 ) $ (27 ) $ -
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (86 ) 1 - (16 ) (23 ) (48 ) - -
    Total (340 ) (30 ) (20 ) (74 ) (118 ) (71 ) (27 ) -
    Fund Management DE 200 70 19 14 28 81 (12 ) -
    Investment Income 6 - - - - - - 6
    Interest Expense (14 ) - - - - - - (14 )
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 192 $ 70 $ 19 $ 14 $ 28 $ 81 $ (12 ) $ (8 )
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings per Dividend Paying Share $ 0.36

    _________________________

    6 Represents distributions from (i) assets held by redeeming capital accounts in the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds, and (ii) the Value Recovery Funds.

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 2-a

    Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

    (dollars in millions)

    Nine Months

    Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

    Ended

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    December 31,

    Full Year

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    September 30,

    Fortress

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2012

    2012

    2012

    2012

    Assets Under Management
    Private Equity & Castles $ 13,244 $ 13,256 $ 12,708 $ 12,466 $ 12,466 $ 13,239 $ 13,826 $ 14,718 $ 14,718
    Liquid Hedge Funds 6,303 6,321 6,165 5,515 5,515 4,840 4,398 4,378 4,378
    Credit Hedge Funds 6,545 6,374 6,214 5,976 5,976 6,011 5,859 5,663 5,663
    Credit Private Equity Funds 4,531 4,941 5,619 6,232 6,232 6,258 5,593 6,090 6,090
    Logan Circle 12,484 12,931 12,913 13,524 13,524 16,084 18,112 20,626 20,626
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 43,107 $ 43,823 $ 43,619 $ 43,713 $ 43,713 $ 46,432 $ 47,788 $ 51,475 $ 51,475
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 649 $ 811 $ 899 $ 1,818 $ 4,177 $ 2,912 $ 1,103 $ 1,183 $ 5,198
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 126 $ 131 $ 131 $ 121 $ 509 $ 118 $ 114 $ 116 $ 348
    Incentive income 118 20 14 46 198 52 47 65 164
    Total 244 151 145 167 707 170 161 181 512
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses (93 ) (79 ) (83 ) (89 ) (344 ) (82 ) (81 ) (82 ) (245 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (58 ) (17 ) (11 ) (25 ) (111 ) (28 ) (24 ) (31 ) (83 )
    Unallocated expenses 2 (1 ) - - 1 - - 0 0
    Total (149 ) (97 ) (94 ) (114 ) (454 ) (110 ) (105 ) (113 ) (328 )
    Fund Management DE (before Principal Performance Payments) 95 54 51 53 253 60 56 68 184
    Principal Performance Payments - - - - - (4 ) (3 ) (5 ) (12 )
    Fund Management DE $ 95 $ 54 $ 51 $ 53 $ 253 $ 56 $ 53 $ 63 $ 172

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 2-b

    Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

    (dollars in millions)

    Nine Months

    Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

    Ended

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    December 31,

    Full Year

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    September 30,

    Private Equity Funds & Castles

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2012

    2012

    2012

    2012

    Assets Under Management
    Private Equity Funds $ 10,016 $ 9,979 $ 9,471 $ 9,285 $ 9,285 $ 10,029 $ 10,436 $ 11,113 $ 11,113
    Castles 3,228 3,277 3,237 3,181 3,181 3,210 3,390 3,605 3,605
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 13,244 $ 13,256 $ 12,708 $ 12,466 $ 12,466 $ 13,239 $ 13,826 $ 14,718 $ 14,718
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 98 $ 51 $ 122 $ - $ 271 $ 29 $ 267 $ 768 $ 1,064
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 47 $ 50 $ 44 $ 44 $ 185 $ 44 $ 42 $ 45 $ 131
    Incentive income 1 - (3 ) - (2 ) 5 3 1 9
    Total 48 50 41 44 183 49 45 46 140
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses (21 ) (15 ) (15 ) (15 ) (66 ) (18 ) (17 ) (17 ) (52 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses - - 1 - 1 (2 ) (1 ) - (3 )
    Total (21 ) (15 ) (14 ) (15 ) (65 ) (20 ) (18 ) (17 ) (55 )
    Fund Management DE (before Principal Performance Payments) 27 35 27 29 118 29 27 29 85
    Principal Performance Payments - - - - - - - (1 ) (1 )
    Fund Management DE $ 27 $ 35 $ 27 $ 29 $ 118 $ 29 $ 27 $ 28 $ 84

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 2-c

    Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

    (dollars in millions)

    Nine Months

    Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

    Ended

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    December 31,

    Full Year

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    September 30,

    Credit Hedge Funds

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2012

    2012

    2012

    2012

    Assets Under Management
    Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds 7 $ 5,341 $ 5,272 $ 5,227 $ 5,165 $ 5,165 $ 5,209 $ 5,168 $ 5,152 $ 5,152
    Value Recovery Funds 8 1,204 1,102 987 811 811 802 691 511 511
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 6,545 $ 6,374 $ 6,214 $ 5,976 $ 5,976 $ 6,011 $ 5,859 $ 5,663 $ 5,663
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 149 $ 204 $ 60 $ 21 $ 434 $ 67 $ 49 $ 100 $ 216
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 31 $ 30 $ 35 $ 26 $ 122 $ 26 $ 26 $ 24 $ 76
    Incentive income 38 16 (4 ) 28 78 30 26 36 92
    Total 69 46 31 54 200 56 52 60 168
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses (34 ) (28 ) (33 ) (33 ) (128 ) (16 ) (16 ) (15 ) (47 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (17 ) (7 ) 1 (12 ) (35 ) (14 ) (12 ) (19 ) (45 )
    Total (51 ) (35 ) (32 ) (45 ) (163 ) (30 ) (28 ) (34 ) (92 )
    Fund Management DE (before Principal Performance Payments) 18 11 (1 ) 9 37 26 24 26 76
    Principal Performance Payments - - - - - (3 ) (3 ) (3 ) (9 )
    Fund Management DE $ 18 $ 11 $ (1 ) $ 9 $ 37 $ 23 $ 21 $ 23 $ 67

    Net Returns9

    Drawbridge Special Opportunities LP 4.9 % 2.2 % -0.8 % 4.3 % 10.9 % 4.2 % 3.3 % 5.1 % 13.1 %
    Drawbridge Special Opportunities Ltd. 5.8 % 2.9 % 0.2 % 2.2 % 11.5 % 4.8 % 3.0 % 4.0 % 12.2 %

    ____________________________

    7 Combined AUM for Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund Ltd., Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund LP, Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund managed accounts, Worden Fund LP and Worden Fund II LP.

    8 Fortress will receive management fees from these funds equal to 1% of cash receipts and up to 1% per annum on certain managed assets, subject to collectability, and may receive limited incentive income if aggregate realizations exceed an agreed threshold.

    9 The performance data contained herein reflects returns for a "new issue eligible," single investor class as of the close of business on the last day of the relevant period. Net returns reflect performance data after taking into account management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations. Specific performance may vary based on, among other things, whether fund investors are invested in one or more special investments. The returns for the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds reflect the performance of each fund excluding the performance of the redeeming capital accounts which relate to December 31, 2008, December 31, 2009, December 31, 2010, and December 31, 2011 redemptions.

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 2-d

    Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

    (dollars in millions)

    Nine Months

    Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

    Ended

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    December 31,

    Full Year

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    September 30,

    Credit Private Equity Funds

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2012

    2012

    2012

    2012

    Assets Under Management
    Long Dated Value Funds 10 $ 619 $ 575 $ 574 $ 563 $ 563 $ 564 $ 555 $ 555 $ 555
    Real Assets Funds 141 123 118 112 112 102 92 97 97
    Fortress Credit Opportunities Funds 11 2,885 3,329 3,971 4,599 4,599 4,610 4,246 4,611 4,611

    Japan Opportunity Funds 12

    886 914 956 958 958 982 700 827 827
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 4,531 $ 4,941 $ 5,619 $ 6,232 $ 6,232 $ 6,258 $ 5,593 $ 6,090 $ 6,090
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 72 $ 37 $ 425 $ 1,620 $ 2,154 $ 2,717 $ 606 $ 148 $ 3,471
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 16 $ 17 $ 19 $ 21 $ 73 $ 22 $ 21 $ 21 $ 64
    Incentive income 57 23 20 18 118 11 14 17 42
    Total 73 40 39 39 191 33 35 38 106
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses (7 ) (9 ) (7 ) (11 ) (34 ) (22 ) (23 ) (24 ) (69 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (28 ) (12 ) (8 ) (8 ) (56 ) (8 ) (8 ) (8 ) (24 )
    Total (35 ) (21 ) (15 ) (19 ) (90 ) (30 ) (31 ) (32 ) (93 )
    Fund Management DE (before Principal Performance Payments) 38 19 24 20 101 3 4 6 13
    Principal Performance Payments - - - - - - - - -
    Fund Management DE $ 38 $ 19 $ 24 $ 20 $ 101 $ 3 $ 4 $ 6 $ 13

    _________________________________

    10 Combined AUM for Long Dated Value Fund I, Long Dated Value Fund II, Long Dated Value Fund III and LDVF Patent Fund.

    11 Combined AUM for Credit Opportunities Fund, Credit Opportunities Fund II, Credit Opportunities Fund III, FCO Managed Accounts, Net Lease Fund I, Global Opportunities Fund, Life Settlement Fund, Life Settlement Fund MA, SIP managed account, Real Estate Opportunities Fund and Real Estate Opportunities REOC Fund.

    12 Combined AUM for Japan Opportunity Fund, Japan Opportunity Fund II (Dollar) and Japan Opportunity Fund II (Yen).

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 2-e

    Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

    (dollars in millions)

    Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    December 31,

    Full Year

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    Nine Months Ended

    Liquid Hedge Funds

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2012

    2012

    2012

    September 30, 2012

    Assets Under Management
    Fortress Macro Funds 13 $ 3,258 $ 3,143 $ 3,086 $ 2,584 $ 2,584 $ 2,429 $ 2,417 $ 2,250 $ 2,250
    Fortress Convex Asia Funds 14 - - - - - - 26 25 25
    Drawbridge Global Macro Funds 15 422 406 386 392 392 398 410 417 417
    Fortress Commodities Funds 16 1,111 1,189 1,064 875 875 473 - - -
    Fortress Asia Macro Funds 17 23 108 189 208 208 211 235 316 316
    Fortress Partners Funds 18 1,489 1,475 1,440 1,456 1,456 1,329 1,310 1,370 1,370
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 6,303 $ 6,321 $ 6,165 $ 5,515 $ 5,515 $ 4,840 $ 4,398 $ 4,378 $ 4,378
    Third-Party Capital Raised $ 330 $ 519 $ 292 $ 177 $ 1,318 $ 99 $ 181 $ 167 $ 447
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 27 $ 29 $ 28 $ 25 $ 109 $ 20 $ 19 $ 19 $ 58
    Incentive income 22 (19 ) 1 - 4 6 4 11 21
    Total 49 10 29 25 113 26 23 30 79
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses (21 ) (18 ) (19 ) (20 ) (78 ) (17 ) (17 ) (17 ) (51 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses (13 ) 2 (5 ) (5 ) (21 ) (4 ) (3 ) (4 ) (11 )
    Total (34 ) (16 ) (24 ) (25 ) (99 ) (21 ) (20 ) (21 ) (62 )
    Fund Management DE (before Principal Performance Payments) 15 (6 ) 5 - 14 5 3 9 17
    Principal Performance Payments - - - - - (1 ) - (1 ) (2 )
    Fund Management DE $ 15 $ (6 ) $ 5 $ - $ 14 $ 4 $ 3 $ 8 $ 15

    Net Returns19

    Fortress Macro Fund Ltd 1.9 % -5.4 % -3.9 % -2.2 % -9.3 % 6.2 % 1.7 % 2.9 % 11.1 %
    Drawbridge Global Macro Fund Ltd 1.7 % -6.0 % -4.0 % -2.4 % -10.5 % 5.8 % 1.4 % 2.8 % 10.2 %
    Fortress Commodities Fund L.P. 3.0 % -6.4 % 4.7 % -8.9 % -8.0 % -8.7 % -4.1 % N/A -12.5 %
    Fortress Asia Macro Fund Ltd 20 3.5 % -1.0 % -3.6 % 5.0 % 3.6 % 5.8 % 0.9 % 3.6 % 10.7 %
    Fortress Convex Asia Fund Ltd 21 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A -0.7 % -2.5 % -3.1 %
    Fortress Partners Fund LP 22 3.3 % -0.1 % -3.0 % 0.4 % 0.5 % 3.1 % -1.3 % 5.1 % 6.9 %
    Fortress Partners Offshore Fund L.P. 22 3.2 % -0.1 % -4.6 % -0.5 % -2.1 % 2.4 % -0.3 % 5.7 % 7.9 %

    ______________________________

    13 Combined AUM for Fortress Macro Onshore Fund LP, Fortress Macro Fund Ltd, Fortress Macro MA1 and Fortress Macro managed accounts.

    14 Combined AUM for Fortress Convex Asia Fund L.P. and Fortress Convex Asia Fund Ltd.

    15 Combined AUM for Drawbridge Global Macro Fund LP and Drawbridge Global Macro Intermediate Fund L.P.

    16 Combined AUM for Fortress Commodities Fund L.P., Fortress Commodities Fund Ltd, Fortress Commodities MA1 L.P. and Fortress Commodities managed accounts. The Fortress Commodities Funds were closed in May 2012.

    17 Combined AUM for Fortress Asia Macro Fund Ltd, Fortress Asia Macro Fund LP and Fortress Asia Macro managed accounts.

    18 Combined AUM for Fortress Partners Fund LP and Fortress Partners Offshore Fund L.P.

    19 The performance data contained herein reflects returns for a "new issue eligible," single investor class as of the close of business on the last day of the relevant period. Net returns reflect performance data after taking into account management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations.

    20 The 2011 returns represent returns for Class B investors; Class B is now closed to new investors. The 2012 returns represent returns for Class A investors. Certain fees payable by investors in Class B differ from the fees payable by the investors in Class A that remains open, and the returns for the different classes will vary.

    21 The Fortress Convex Asia Funds were launched on May 1, 2012. Accordingly, the three months ended June 30, 2012 returns represent the two month period from May 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012 and the nine months ended September 30, 2012 returns represent the five month period from May 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012.

    22 The returns for the Fortress Partners Funds include gains and losses from Special Investments. Investors' specific performance may vary dependent upon their ownership in one or more Special Investments.

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 2-f

    Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

    (dollars in millions)

    Nine Months

    Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

    Ended

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    December 31,

    Full Year

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    September 30,

    Logan Circle

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2012

    2012

    2012

    2012

    Assets Under Management
    AUM - Ending Balance $ 12,484 $ 12,931 $ 12,913 $ 13,524 $ 13,524 $ 16,084 $ 18,112 $ 20,626 $ 20,626
    Net Client Flows $ 545 $ 162 $ (231 ) $ 365 $ 841 $ 2,256 $ 1,699 $ 1,980 $ 5,935
    Segment Revenues
    Management fees $ 5 $ 5 $ 5 $ 5 $ 20 $ 6 $ 6 $ 7 $ 19
    Incentive income - - - - - - - - -
    Total 5 5 5 5 20 6 6 7 19
    Segment Expenses
    Operating expenses (10 ) (9 ) (9 ) (10 ) (38 ) (9 ) (8 ) (9 ) (26 )
    Profit sharing compensation expenses - - - - - - - - -
    Total (10 ) (9 ) (9 ) (10 ) (38 ) (9 ) (8 ) (9 ) (26 )
    Fund Management DE $ (5 ) $ (4 ) $ (4 ) $ (5 ) $ (18 ) $ (3 ) $ (2 ) $ (2 ) $ (7 )

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 3

    Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) to Pre-tax Distributable Earnings and Fund Management DE,

    Reconciliation of GAAP Revenues to Segment Revenues and Reconciliation of GAAP Expenses to Segment Expenses

    (dollars in millions)

    Nine Months

    Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

    Ended

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    December 31,

    Full Year

    March 31,

    June 30,

    September 30,

    September 30,

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2011

    2012

    2012

    2012

    2012

    GAAP Net Income (Loss) $ (255 ) $ (246 ) $ (382 ) $ (234 ) $ (1,117 ) $ (24 ) $ 14 $ 7 $ (3 )
    Principals' and Others' Interests in Income (Losses) of Consolidated Subsidiaries 152 151 240 142 685 (6 ) (9 ) (6 ) (21 )
    GAAP Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Class A Shareholders $ (103 ) $ (95 ) $ (142 ) $ (92 ) $ (432 ) $ (30 ) $ 5 $ 1 $ (24 )
    Private Equity incentive income 47 9 7 (19 ) 44 3 (7 ) 14 10
    Hedge Fund incentive income 53 (3 ) (4 ) (46 ) - 36 26 46 108
    Reserve for clawback - - (5 ) - (5 ) 4 2 - 6
    Distributions of earnings from equity method investees 7 1 2 1 11 2 - 2 4
    Losses (earnings) from equity method investees (66 ) (17 ) 62 (13 ) (34 ) (31 ) (21 ) (48 ) (100 )
    Losses (gains) on options 1 1 6 (3 ) 5 (4 ) - 6 2
    Losses (gains) on other Investments 5 4 9 5 23 (20 ) (7 ) (4 ) (31 )
    Impairment of investments - (1 ) (2 ) (1 ) (4 ) - - (1 ) (1 )
    Adjust income from the receipt of options (7 ) - (6 ) - (13 ) - (13 ) (9 ) (22 )
    Mark-to-market of contingent consideration in business combination (1 ) (2 ) - - (3 ) - - - -
    Amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill 1 - 21 - 22 - - - -
    Employee, Principal and director compensation 64 59 58 54 235 58 55 49 162
    Principals' forfeiture agreement expense (expired in 2011) 235 237 280 299 1,051 - - - -
    Adjust non-controlling interests related to Fortress Operating Group units (154 ) (153 ) (240 ) (144 ) (691 ) 4 7 4 15
    Tax receivable agreement liability reduction - - - (3 ) (3 ) 7 - - 7
    Taxes 21 6 (3 ) 12 36 28 3 4 35
    Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 103 $ 46 $ 43 $ 50 $ 242 $ 57 $ 50 $ 64 $ 171
    Investment Loss (income) (12 ) 3 3 (2 ) (8 ) (5 ) (1 ) (4 ) (10 )
    Interest Expense 4 5 5 5 19 4 4 3 11
    Fund Management DE $ 95 $ 54 $ 51 $ 53 $ 253 $ 56 $ 53 $ 63 $ 172
    GAAP Revenues $ 197 $ 190 $ 195 $ 277 $ 859 $ 172 $ 199 $ 181 $ 552
    Adjust management fees - - - (1 ) (1 ) - - - -
    Adjust incentive income 102 6 (1 ) (66 ) 41 43 21 60 124
    Adjust income from the receipt of options (7 ) - (6 ) - (13 ) - (13 ) (9 ) (22 )
    Other revenues (48 ) (45 ) (43 ) (43 ) (179 ) (45 ) (46 ) (51 ) (142 )
    Segment Revenues $ 244 $ 151 $ 145 $ 167 $ 707 $ 170 $ 161 $ 181 $ 512
    GAAP Expenses $ 498 $ 442 $ 501 $ 514 $ 1,955 $ 221 $ 212 $ 221 $ 654
    Adjust interest expense (4 ) (5 ) (5 ) (5 ) (19 ) (4 ) (4 ) (3 ) (11 )
    Adjust employee, Principal and director compensation (64 ) (59 ) (58 ) (54 ) (235 ) (58 ) (55 ) (49 ) (162 )
    Adjust Principals' forfeiture agreement expense (expired in 2011) (235 ) (237 ) (280 ) (299 ) (1,051 ) - - - -
    Adjust amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill (1 ) - (21 ) - (22 ) - - - -
    Adjust expense reimbursements from affiliates (44 ) (44 ) (42 ) (42 ) (172 ) (44 ) (45 ) (49 ) (138 )
    Adjust Principal Performance Payments - - - - - (4 ) (3 ) (5 ) (12 )
    Other (1 ) - (1 ) - (2 ) (1 ) - (2 ) (3 )
    Segment Expenses $ 149 $ 97 $ 94 $ 114 $ 454 $ 110 $ 105 $ 113 $ 328

    "Distributable earnings" is Fortress’s supplemental measure of operating performance. It reflects the value created which management considers available for distribution during any period. As compared to generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") net income, distributable earnings excludes the effects of unrealized gains (or losses) on illiquid investments, reflects contingent revenue which has been received as income to the extent it is not expected to be reversed, and disregards expenses which do not require an outlay of assets, whether currently or on an accrued basis. Distributable earnings is reflected on an unconsolidated and pre-tax basis, and, therefore, the interests in consolidated subsidiaries related to Fortress Operating Group units (held by the principals) and income tax expense are added back in its calculation. Distributable earnings is not a measure of cash generated by operations which is available for distribution nor should it be considered in isolation or as an alternative to cash flow or net income and it is not necessarily indicative of liquidity or cash available to fund the Company’s operations. For a complete discussion of distributable earnings and its reconciliation to GAAP, as well as an explanation of the calculation of distributable earnings impairment, see note 10 to the financial statements included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

    Fortress’s management uses distributable earnings:

    • in its determination of periodic distributions to equity holders;
    • in making operating decisions and assessing the performance of each of the Company’s core businesses;
    • for planning purposes, including the preparation of annual operating budgets; and
    • as a valuation measure in strategic analyses in connection with the performance of its funds and the performance of its employees.

    Growing distributable earnings is a key component to the Company’s business strategy and distributable earnings is the supplemental measure used by management to evaluate the economic profitability of each of the Company’s businesses and total operations. Therefore, Fortress believes that it provides useful information to investors in evaluating its operating performance. Fortress’s definition of distributable earnings is not based on any definition contained in its amended and restated operating agreement.

    “Fund Management DE” is equal to pre-tax distributable earnings excluding our direct investment-related results. It is comprised of “Segment Revenues” net of “Segment Expenses” and “Principal Performance Payments.” Fund management DE and its components are used by the Company to analyze and measure the performance of our management business on a stand-alone basis. We define our segment operating margin to be equal to fund management DE divided by segment revenues. We believe that it is useful to provide investors with the opportunity to review our management business using the same metrics. Fund management DE and its components are subject to the same limitations as pre-tax distributable earnings, as described above.

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 4

    Reconciliation of Weighted Average Class A Shares Outstanding (Used for Basic EPS) to Weighted Average Dividend Paying Shares and Units Outstanding (Used for DEPS)

    Three Months Ended September 30,

    Nine Months Ended September 30,

    2012

    2011

    2012

    2011

    Weighted Average Class A Shares Outstanding (Used for Basic EPS)

    220,641,776 190,006,987 212,297,285 185,373,605
    Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A share units with dividend equivalent rights (2,519,869 ) (2,791,277 ) (4,068,945 ) (5,208,431 )
    Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A shares (828,211 ) (540,353 ) (706,787 ) (460,700 )

    Weighted Average Class A Shares Outstanding

    217,293,696 186,675,357 207,521,553 179,704,474
    Weighted average restricted Class A shares23 828,211 570,293 722,413 506,213
    Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A share units which are entitled to dividend equivalent payments 2,519,869 2,791,277 4,068,945 5,208,431
    Weighted average nonvested restricted Class A share units which are entitled to dividend equivalent payments 6,434,147 13,820,478 6,667,917 14,104,896
    Weighted average Fortress Operating Group units 299,397,765 305,857,751 301,815,314 304,487,344
    Weighted average Fortress Operating Group RPUs24 10,333,334 20,666,667 13,652,069 23,202,687

    Weighted Average Class A Shares Outstanding (Used for DEPS)

    536,807,022 530,381,823 534,448,211 527,214,045
    Weighted average vested and nonvested restricted Class A share units which are not entitled to dividend equivalent payments 16,426,317 21,556,226 19,212,189 24,233,838

    Weighted Average Fully Diluted Shares and Units Outstanding (Used for Diluted DEPS)

    553,233,339 551,938,049 553,660,400 551,447,883

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    23 Includes both fully vested and nonvested restricted Class A shares.
    24 Includes both fully vested and nonvested Fortress Operating Group RPUs.

    “Dividend Paying Shares and Units” represents the number of shares and units outstanding at the end of the period which were entitled to receive dividends or related distributions. It is useful in computing the aggregate amount of cash required to make a current per share distribution of a given amount per share. It excludes certain potentially dilutive equity instruments, primarily non-dividend paying restricted Class A share units, and, therefore, is limited in its usefulness in computing per share amounts. Accordingly, Dividend Paying Shares and Units should be considered only as a supplement to GAAP basic and diluted shares outstanding. The Company’s calculation of Dividend Paying Shares and Units may be different from the calculation used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.

    Fortress Investment Group LLC

    Exhibit 5

    Reconciliation of GAAP Book Value Per Share to Net Cash and Investments Per Share

    (dollars and shares in thousands)

    As of

    As of

    September 30, 2012

    December 31, 2011

    GAAP

    Net Cash and

    GAAP

    Net Cash and

    Book Value

    Investments

    Book Value

    Investments

    Cash and Cash equivalents $ 253,731 $ 253,731 $ 333,166 $ 333,166
    Investments 1,199,622 1,199,622 1,079,777 1,079,777

    Due from Affiliates

    289,889 - 298,689 -
    Deferred Tax Asset 379,372 - 400,196 -
    Other Assets 102,787 - 108,858 -
    Assets 2,225,401 1,453,353 2,220,686 1,412,943
    Debt Obligations Payable $ 180,528 $ 180,528 $ 261,250 $ 261,250
    Accrued Compensation and Benefits 222,719 - 247,024 -
    Due to Affiliates 345,009 - 354,158 -
    Deferred Incentive Income 245,957 - 238,658 -
    Other Liabilities 81,193 - 57,204 -
    Liabilities 1,075,406 180,528 1,158,294 261,250
    Net $ 1,149,995 $ 1,272,825 $ 1,062,392 $ 1,151,693

    Dividend Paying

    Dividend Paying

    GAAP

    Shares and

    GAAP

    Shares and

    Basic Shares

    Units

    Basic Shares

    Units

    Class A Shares 219,361 219,361 189,254 189,254
    Restricted Class A Shares 828 828 570 570
    Fortress Operating Group Units 298,724 298,724 305,858 305,858
    Fully Vested Class A Shares - Dividend Paying - 637 - 692
    Nonvested Class A Shares - Dividend Paying - 6,434 - 13,668
    Fortress Operating Group RPUs - 10,333 - 20,666
    Shares Outstanding 518,913 536,317 495,682 530,708
    Per Share $ 2.22 $ 2.37 $ 2.14 $ 2.17

    Fortress believes that Net Cash and Investments is a useful supplemental measure because it provides investors with information regarding Fortress’s net investment assets. Net Cash and Investments excludes certain assets (due from affiliates, deferred tax asset, other assets) and liabilities (due to affiliates, accrued compensation and benefits, deferred incentive income and other liabilities), its utility as a measure of financial position is limited. Accordingly, Net Cash and Investments should be considered only as a supplement to GAAP Book Value as a measure of the Company’s financial position. The Company’s calculation of Net Cash and Investments may be different from the calculation used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.

    Fortress Investment Group
    Gordon E. Runté, +1-212-798-6082
    grunte@fortress.com

    Source: Fortress Investment Group LLC