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Fortress Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results And Announces Dividend Of $0.05 Per Share

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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 GAAP losses between the first quarter of 2007 and 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.

Also contributing to the quarter’s improved year-over-year GAAP results was a $10 million increase in total incentive income, primarily due to incentive distributions within the Credit Private Equity Funds for which related contigencies were resolved. These items more than offset a slight year-over-year decline in management fees, and a year-over-year increase in compensation and benefits.

CONSOLIDATED SEGMENT RESULTS (NON-GAAP)

This section provides information about each of Fortress’s businesses: (i) Private Equity, (ii) Credit, (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 June 30, 2012
  Private Equity

Liquid Hedge

Credit Funds

Logan Circle

(in millions) Total Funds Castles

Funds

Hedge Funds PE Funds

Partners

 
Assets Under Management 1 $ 47,788 $ 10,436 $ 3,390 $ 4,398 $ 5,859 $ 5,593 $ 18,112
Dry Powder $ 7,380 $ 179 N/A N/A N/A $ 7,201 N/A
Average Management Fee Rate 2 1.2 % 1.5 % 1.7 % 1.9 % 1.4 % 0.1 %
 

Incentive Eligible NAV Above Threshold  3

$ 12,384 $ 216 $ - $ 1,088 $ 4,627 $ 6,453 N/A
Undistributed Incentive Income 4 $ 507 $ 17 $ - $ 14 $ 130 $ 346 N/A
 
Three Months Ended June 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 $ 1,103 $ - $ 267 $ 181 $ 49 $ 606 N/A
 
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 114 $ 29 $ 13 $ 19 $ 26 $ 21 $ 6
Incentive income   47     3     -     4     26     14     -  
Total 161 32 13 23 52 35 6
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (81 ) (10 ) (7 ) (17 ) (16 ) (23 ) (8 )
Profit sharing compensation expenses   (24 )   (1 )   -     (3 )   (12 )   (8 )   -  
Total   (105 )   (11 )   (7 )   (20 )   (28 )   (31 )   (8 )
 
 
Principal Performance Payments (3 ) - - - (3 ) - N/A
             
Fund Management DE $ 53   $ 21   $ 6   $ 3   $ 21   $ 4   $ (2 )
 
Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 50   $ 21   $ 6   $ 3   $ 21   $ 4   $ (2 )
 

Pre-tax DE was $50 million in the second quarter of 2012, up from $46 million in the second 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.

1 The Assets Under Management presented for the Credit Hedge Funds includes $536 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.
 

Management fees were $114 million in the second quarter of 2012, down from $131 million for the second quarter of 2011, primarily due to lower management fees from the Private Equity Funds, Liquid Hedge Funds and Credit Hedge Funds, partially offset by higher management fees from the Credit Private Equity Funds and Logan Circle. Notably, 85% 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.

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