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.”