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.
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.
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,
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.”