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Fortress Reports Year End & Fourth Quarter 2010 Financial Results

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NEW YORK, Mar 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) today reported its year end and fourth quarter 2010 results.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Assets under managementof $44.6 billion as of December 31, 2010, up 42% from $31.5 billion as of December 31, 2009.
  • Pre-tax distributable earnings (DE) of $372 million in 2010, up from $126 million in 2009; pre-tax DE of $0.72 per dividend paying share in 2010, up 177% from $0.26 per dividend paying share in 2009. Pre-tax DE of $125 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from $1 million in the fourth quarter of 2009; pre-tax DE of $0.24 per dividend paying share in the fourth quarter of 2010.
  • Fund management DE of $358 million in 2010, up 72% from $208 million in 2009. Fund management DE of $122 million in the fourth quarter of 2010, up 103% from $60 million in the fourth quarter of 2009.
  • 2010 GAAP net income, excluding principals agreement compensation, increased to $170 million in 2010, compared to $43 million in 2009; GAAP net loss attributable to Class A Shareholders in 2010 was $285 million, compared to $255 million in 2009.
  • Raised $5.3 billion of new third-party capital during 2010, $2.6 billion of which was included in assets under management as of December 31, 2010. The remaining $2.7 billion is capital committed to our funds by investors that will become assets under management when called. Of the $5.3 billion raised, $3.1 billion was in Credit Private Equity Funds, $447 million was in Credit Hedge Funds and $1.7 billion was in Liquid Hedge Funds.
  • During 2010, we significantly expanded our presence in Asia, closing the Fortress Japan Opportunities Fund at its cap of $800 million, launching the Global Opportunities Fund, and opening an office in Singapore to serve as a hub for our activities in Asia outside of Japan.

"Our fourth quarter and full year results were very solid, and reflect broad momentum that has carried into 2011," said Daniel Mudd, Chief Executive Officer. "Our funds continued to deliver strong returns, capital raising increased apace, and we have attracted a significant number of new investors to Fortress. We are also taking important steps to answer demand for our investment capabilities on an increasingly global basis. As we work through the continued shallow, choppy economic recovery and periodic event-driven volatility, we believe our businesses are very well-positioned to deliver strong results for our investors."

Please see the exhibits to this press release for a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures referred to in this press release to the related GAAP measures.

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS - SEGMENTS

As of December 31, 2010, assets under management totaled $44.6 billion, up 42% from $31.5 billion as of December 31, 2009. The net increase was principally from the acquisition of Logan Circle Partners in April 2010. Logan Circle Partners, which had $11.7 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2010, will not be reported as a separate segment until such time as its operations become material to our overall performance. Currently, it is included under "Unallocated Revenues" and "Unallocated Expenses" in the tables contained in this press release.

Pre-tax DE was $372 million in 2010, up from $126 million in 2009. On a dividend paying share basis, pre-tax DE was $0.72 per share in 2010, up 177% from $0.26 per share in 2009. Pre-tax DE increased primarily as a result of higher incentive income across the Credit Private Equity Funds, Credit Hedge Funds and Liquid Hedge Funds. Certain capital in the Credit Hedge Funds started earning incentive income in the second quarter, which increased significantly in the third and fourth quarters, while substantially all of the Liquid Hedge Funds started earning significant incentive income in the second half of the year. As of December 31, 2010, substantially all of the assets under management eligible to earn incentive income in the main Credit and Liquid Hedge Funds were above their high water marks.

In 2010, fund management distributable earnings were $358 million, up 72% from $208 million in 2009. This increase was driven by a $341 million increase in total segment revenues, offset by a $191 million increase in total segment expenses.

Total segment revenues were $840 million in 2010, up 68% from $499 million in 2009. The increase was primarily a result of (i) $170 million of incentive income recognized from our Credit Hedge Funds and Liquid Hedge Funds, compared to $16 million in 2009, (ii) $158 million of incentive income recognized from our Credit Private Equity Funds, compared to $23 million in 2009 and (iii) $41 million of incentive income recognized from our Private Equity Funds in 2010, compared to $36 million in 2009.

Total segment expenses were $482 million in 2010, up 66% from $291 million in 2009, largely driven by higher profit sharing compensation expenses. In 2010, profit sharing compensation expenses were $168 million, compared to $47 million in 2009. The increase is primarily a result of higher incentive income distributions from our funds. The remaining $70 million increase in segment expenses was made up of $28 million from Logan Circle Partners, which was not part of Fortress in prior years, and a $42 million increase in other operating expenses.

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

CONSOLIDATED RESULTS - GAAP

Fortress had a GAAP net loss of $782 million in 2010, compared to a loss of $909 million in 2009. This included revenues of $950 million in 2010 and $584 million in 2009. Excluding principals agreement compensation, Fortress had net income of $170 million in 2010, compared to net income of $43 million in 2009.

In 2010, our GAAP net loss attributable to Class A Shareholders was $1.83 per diluted share, compared to $2.08 per diluted share in 2009.

SUMMARY FINANCIAL RESULTS

The table below details Fortress's Distributable Earnings and GAAP Net Income (Loss) for the full year and fourth quarter of 2010 and 2009:

Full Year $ Fourth Quarter $
2010 2009 Change 2010 2009 Change
(in millions, except per share amount)
Distributable Earnings
Fund management DE $ 358 $ 208 $ 150 $ 122 $ 60 $ 62
Pre-tax DE $ 372 $ 126 $ 246 $ 125 $ 1 $ 124
Per dividend paying share/unit $ 0.72 $ 0.26 $ 0.46 $ 0.24 $ 0.00 $ 0.24
Weighted Average Dividend Paying Shares and Units Outstanding 518 492 522 511
GAAP
Net income (loss) $ (782 ) $ (909 ) $ 127 $ 3 $ (261 ) $ 264
Net income (loss) attributable to Class A Shareholders $ (285 ) $ (255 ) $ (30 ) $ (13 ) $ (84 ) $ 71
Per diluted share $ (1.83 ) $ (2.08 ) $ 0.25 $ (0.09 ) $ (0.58 ) $ 0.49

Net income (loss) excluding principals agreement compensation

$

170

$

43

$

127

$

243

$

(21

)

$

264

The following discussion of our results is based on segment reporting as presented in our Annual Report on Form 10-K. Our GAAP statement of operations and balance sheet are presented following this discussion. The following table is a summary presentation of our segment performance with supplemental data provided for informational purposes.

Supplemental Data for the Full Year Ended 2010 and 2009:

Full Year 2010
Private Equity

Liquid Hedge

Credit Funds Principal
(in millions) Total Funds Castles

Funds

Hedge Funds PE Funds Investments
Assets Under Management
AUM - January 1, 2010 $ 31,476 $ 11,344 $ 3,232 $ 4,297 $ 9,256 $ 3,347 $ -
Capital raised 2,597 - - 1,698 447 452 -
Equity raised 2 - 2 - - - -
Increase in invested capital 2,693 56 - 10 2 2,625 -

Capital acquisitions 1

11,448 - - - - - -
Redemptions (935 ) - - (872 ) (63 ) - -

SPV distribution 2

(814 ) - - (814 ) - - -

RCA distributions 3

(1,523 ) - - - (1,523 ) - -
Return of capital distributions (2,322 ) (199 ) - - (403 ) (1,720 ) -
Crystallized Incentive Income (10 ) - - (10 ) - - -
Equity buyback (62 ) - (62 ) - - - -
Net Client Flows (345 ) - - - - - -
Income (loss) and foreign exchange 2,408 722 (135 ) 375 728 113 -
AUM - Ending Balance $ 44,613 $ 11,923 $ 3,037 $ 4,684 $ 8,444 $ 4,817 $ -
Third-Party Capital Raised $ 5,291 $ - $ - $ 1,698 $ 447 $ 3,146 $ -
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 458 $ 139 $ 48 $ 79 $ 144 $ 48 $ -
Incentive income 369 41 - 65 105 158 -
Unallocated Revenues 13
Total 840 180 48 144 249 206 -
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (282 ) (35 ) (30 ) (70 ) (120 ) (27 ) -
Profit sharing compensation expenses (168 ) (18 ) - (19 ) (48 ) (83 ) -
Unallocated Expenses (32 )
Total (482 ) (53 ) (30 ) (89 ) (168 ) (110 ) -
Fund Management DE 358 127 18 55 81 96 -
Investment Income 34 34
Interest Expense (20 ) (20 )
Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 372 $ 127 $ 18 $ 55 $ 81 $ 96 $ 14
Full Year 2009
Private Equity

Liquid Hedge

Credit Funds Principal
(in millions) Total Funds Castles

Funds

Hedge Funds PE Funds Investments
Assets Under Management
AUM - January 1, 2009 $ 29,229 $ 10,307 $ 3,182 $ 7,169 $ 6,269 $ 2,302 $ -
Capital raised 1,318 - - 704 - 614 -
Equity raised - - - - - - -

Capital acquisitions 4

3,310 - - - 3,310 - -
Increase in invested capital 1,348 79 - 1 2 1,266 -
Redemptions (3,776 ) - - (3,776 ) - - -
SPV distributions (705 ) - - (705 ) - - -

RCA distributions 3

(726 ) - - - (726 ) - -
Return of capital distributions (1,682 ) (170 ) - - (36 ) (1,476 ) -
Crystallized Incentive Income (7 ) - - (7 ) - - -
Equity buyback - - - - - - -
Income (loss) and foreign exchange 3,167 1,128 50 911 437 641 -
AUM - Ending Balance $ 31,476 $ 11,344 $ 3,232 $ 4,297 $ 9,256 $ 3,347 $ -
Third-Party Capital Raised $ 1,379 $ - $ - $ 704 $ - $ 675 $ -
Segment Revenues
Management fee $ 424 $ 131 $ 50 $ 80 $ 123 $ 40 $ -
Incentive income 75 36 - 14 2 23 -
Total 499 167 50 94 125 63 -
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (243 ) (38 ) (29 ) (57 ) (97 ) (22 ) -
Profit sharing compensation expenses (47 ) (13 ) - (16 ) (6 ) (12 ) -
Unallocated Expenses (1 )

Total (291 ) (51 ) (29 ) (73 ) (103 ) (34 ) -
Fund Management DE 208 116 21 21 22 29 -
Investment Income (58 ) (58 )
Interest Expense (24 ) (24 )
Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 126 $ 116 $ 21 $ 21 $ 22 $ 29 $ (82 )

1 Represents $11.4 billion of capital under management due to Fortress's acquisition of Logan Circle Partners.
2 Includes $142 million of SPV capital that ceased paying management fees in the third quarter.
3 Represents distributions from (i) assets held by redeeming capital accounts in our Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds, and (ii) the Value Recovery Funds.
4 Represents $3.3 billion of capital under management due to Fortress's take over of management of the D.B. Zwirn funds and related investment vehicles.

Supplemental Data for Fourth Quarter 2010 and 2009:

Fourth Quarter 2010
Private Equity

Liquid Hedge

Credit Funds Principal
(in millions) Total Funds Castles

Funds

Hedge Funds PE Funds Investments
Assets Under Management
AUM - October 1, 2010 $ 43,993 $ 11,621 $ 3,073 $ 4,293 $ 8,589 $ 4,128 $ -
Capital raised 656 - - 321 242 93 -
Equity raised - - - - - - -
Increase in invested capital 702 7 - 5 - 690 -
Capital acquisitions - - - - - - -
Redemptions (157 ) - - (157 ) - - -
SPV distributions - - - - - - -
RCA distributions 5 (339 ) - - - (339 ) - -
Return of capital distributions (553 ) (32 ) - - (400 ) (121 ) -
Crystallized Incentive Income (2 ) - - (2 ) - - -
Equity buyback - - - - - - -
Net Client Flows (462 ) - - - - - -
Income (loss) and foreign exchange 775 327 (36 ) 224 352 27 -
AUM - Ending Balance $ 44,613 $ 11,923 $ 3,037 $ 4,684 $ 8,444 $ 4,817 $ -
Third-Party Capital Raised $ 1,641 $ - $ - $ 321 $ 242 $ 1,078 $ -
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 120 $ 36 $ 12 $ 21 $ 35 $ 16 $ -
Incentive income 145 36 - 41 51 17 -
Unallocated Revenues 4
Total 269 72 12 62 86 33 -
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (79 ) (9 ) (7 ) (22 ) (33 ) (8 ) -
Profit sharing compensation expenses (56 ) (16 ) - (10 ) (19 ) (11 ) -
Unallocated Expenses (12 )
Total (147 ) (25 ) (7 ) (32 ) (52 ) (19 ) -
Fund Management DE 122 47 5 30 34 14 -
Investment Income 12 12
Interest Expense (9 ) (9 )
Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 125 $ 47 $ 5 $ 30 $ 34 $ 14 $ 3
Fourth Quarter 2009
Private Equity

Liquid Hedge

Credit Funds Principal
(in millions) Total Funds Castles

Funds

Hedge Funds PE Funds Investments
Assets Under Management
AUM - October 1, 2009 $ 31,730 $ 11,057 $ 3,279 $ 4,483 $ 9,560 $ 3,351 $ -
Capital raised 616 - - 409 - 207 -
Equity raised - - - - - - -
Capital acquisitions - - - - - - -
Increase in invested capital 503 9 - - - 494 -
Redemptions (423 ) - - (423 ) - - -
SPV distributions (342 ) - - (342 ) - - -

RCA distributions 5

(294 ) - - - (294 ) - -
Return of capital distributions (789 ) (53 ) - - (20 ) (716 ) -
Crystallized Incentive Income (7 ) - - (7 ) - - -
Equity buyback - - - - - - -
Income (loss) and foreign exchange 482 331 (47 ) 177 10 11 -
AUM - Ending Balance $ 31,476 $ 11,344 $ 3,232 $ 4,297 $ 9,256 $ 3,347 $ -
Third-Party Capital Raised $ 677 $ - $ - $ 409 $ - $ 268 $ -
Segment Revenues
Management fee $ 100 $ 22 $ 13 $ 19 $ 33 $ 13 $ -
Incentive income 57 36 - 5 1 15 -
Total 157 58 13 24 34 28 -
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (70 ) (11 ) (8 ) (18 ) (27 ) (6 ) -
Profit sharing compensation expenses (26 ) (13 ) - (4 ) (1 ) (8 ) -
Unallocated Expenses (1 )
Total (97 ) (24 ) (8 ) (22 ) (28 ) (14 ) -
Fund Management DE 60 34 5 2 6 14 -
Investment Income (55 ) (55 )
Interest Expense (4 ) (4 )
Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 1 $ 34 $ 5 $ 2 $ 6 $ 14 $ (59 )

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

BUSINESS SEGMENT RESULTS

Private Equity - Funds

Assets under management for the Private Equity Funds was $11.9 billion as of December 31, 2010, compared to $11.6 billion as of September 30, 2010 and $11.3 billion as of December 31, 2009.

With respect to investments held at the beginning of each period, the Fortress Private Equity investments appreciated 17.0% in value during the full year 2010 and 10.5% during the fourth quarter of 2010.

The Private Equity Funds generated pre-tax DE of $127 million in 2010, up 9% from $116 million in 2009, as a result of an increase in segment revenues of $13 million, partially offset by an increase in segment expenses of $2 million.

Segment revenues were $180 million in 2010, up 8% from $167 million in 2009. The year-over-year increase in segment revenue was driven by an $8 million increase in fund management fees and a $5 million increase in incentive income. The Private Equity Funds had realization events in 2010 that contributed to $41 million of incentive income generated from Fund I and Fund II.

Private Equity - Castles

Assets under management for the Castles, which are comprised of two managed publicly traded companies (Newcastle Investment Corp. and Eurocastle Investment Limited), was $3.0 billion as of December 31, 2010, compared to $3.1 billion as of September 30, 2010 and $3.2 billion as of December 31, 2009.

The Castles generated pre-tax DE of $18 million in 2010, down 14% from $21 million in 2009, as a result of a decrease in segment revenues of $2 million and an increase in segment expenses of $1 million.

Segment revenues were $48 million in 2010, down 4% from $50 million in 2009. The year-over-year decrease in segment revenues was primarily attributable to changes in foreign currency exchange rates and, to a lesser extent, a reduction in assets under management.

Liquid Hedge Funds

Assets under management for the Liquid Hedge Funds was $4.7 billion as of December 31, 2010, compared to $4.3 billion as of September 30, 2010 and $4.3 billion as of December 31, 2009. The Liquid Hedge Funds had redemption payouts of approximately $150 million in January 2011 related to 2010 redemption notices, which will reduce assets under management for the first quarter of 2011.

The following table shows our Assets Under Management by fund:

(dollars in billions) December 31, 2010 September 30, 2010 December 31, 2009

Macro Funds 6

$3.6 $3.2 $3.4

Fortress Commodities Funds 7

$1.1 $1.1 $0.9

6 Combined AUM for Fortress Macro Onshore Fund L.P., Fortress Macro Offshore Fund L.P., Fortress Macro Fund Ltd., Fortress Macro managed accounts, Drawbridge Global Macro Fund L.P., Drawbridge Global Macro Intermediate Fund L.P., Drawbridge Global Macro Alpha Intermediate Fund L.P., DBGM Offshore Ltd., DBGM Onshore L.P. and DBGM Alpha V Ltd.
7 Combined AUM for Fortress Commodities Fund L.P., Fortress Commodities MA1 L.P. and Fortress Commodities managed accounts.

The following table shows our gross and net returns by fund:8

Gross Returns Fourth Quarter

2010

Full Year

2010

Estimated

One Month Ended

January 31, 2011

Fortress Macro Offshore Fund L.P. 6.4% 15.7% -0.1%
Drawbridge Global Macro Fund Ltd. 5.7% 13.5% -0.2%
Fortress Commodities Fund L.P. 6.0% 4.3% 1.0%
Net Returns
Fortress Macro Offshore Fund L.P. 4.7% 10.7% -0.2%
Drawbridge Global Macro Fund Ltd. 4.2% 9.8% -0.3%
Fortress Commodities Fund L.P. 5.0% 1.8% 0.7%

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8 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. Gross returns reflect performance data prior to management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations while net returns reflect performance data after taking into account management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations.

The Liquid Hedge Funds generated pre-tax DE of $55 million in 2010, up 162% from $21 million in 2009, as a result of an increase in segment revenues of $50 million partially offset by an increase in segment expenses of $16 million.

Segment revenues were $144 million in 2010, up 53% from $94 million in 2009. The year-over-year increase in segment revenues was a result of a $51 million increase in incentive income, offset by a $1 million decrease in management fees. The main Macro Funds exceeded virtually all their high water marks in the second half of 2010, generating significant incentive income in that period.

Credit - Hedge Funds

Assets under management for the Credit Hedge Funds was $8.4 billion as of December 31, 2010, compared to $8.6 billion as of September 30, 2010 and $9.3 billion as of December 31, 2009. Effective December 31, 2010 the Credit Hedge Funds, which have an annual notice date for redemptions, received redemption notices for fee-paying capital of approximately $1.0 billion, using December 31, 2010 values. This amount is subject to change based on performance. For the majority of these notices, redemptions will be paid out over time as the underlying investments are liquidated, in accordance with the governing documents of the applicable funds. During this period, such amounts continue to be subject to management fees and, as applicable, incentive income.

The following table shows our Assets Under Management by fund:

(dollars in billions) December 31, 2010 September 30, 2010 December 31, 2009

Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds 9

$5.5 $5.2 $5.2

Fortress Partners Funds 10

$1.7 $1.6 $1.6

Fortress Value Recovery Funds 11

$1.3 $1.8 $2.5

9 Combined AUM for Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund Ltd., Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund L.P., Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund managed accounts, Worden Fund L.P. and Worden Fund II L.P.
10 Combined AUM for Fortress Partners Offshore Fund L.P. and Fortress Partners Fund L.P.
11 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.

The following table shows our gross and net returns by fund:12

Gross Returns Fourth Quarter

2010

Full Year

2010

Drawbridge Special Opportunities L.P. 13

7.7% 31.3%

Drawbridge Special Opportunities Ltd. 13

9.8% 36.7%
Fortress Partners Fund L.P. 6.2% 13.5%
Fortress Partners Offshore Fund L.P. 6.1% 14.1%
Net Returns

Drawbridge Special Opportunities L.P. 13

5.8% 25.5%

Drawbridge Special Opportunities Ltd. 13

7.5% 29.0%
Fortress Partners Fund L.P. 5.9% 12.3%

Fortress Partners Offshore Fund L.P.

5.8%

12.8%

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12 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. Gross returns reflect performance data prior to management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations while 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.
13 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 and December 31, 2009 redemptions.

The Credit Hedge Funds generated pre-tax DE of $81 million in 2010, up 268% from $22 million in 2009, as a result of an increase in segment revenues of $124 million, partially offset by an increase in segment expenses of $65 million.

Segment revenues were $249 million in 2010, up nearly 100% from $125 million in 2009. The year-over-year increase in segment revenues resulted from a $103 million increase in incentive income and a $21 million increase in management fees. Incentive income increased as certain capital within the Credit Hedge Funds passed its high water marks by June 30, 2010 and generated significant incentive income during the second half of the year.

Credit- Private Equity Funds

Assets under management for the Credit Private Equity Funds was $4.8 billion as of December 31, 2010, compared to $4.1 billion as of September 30, 2010 and $3.3 billion as of December 31, 2009. As of December 31, 2010, the Credit Private Equity Funds had approximately $3.2 billion of uncalled or recallable committed capital that will become assets under management when invested.

The Credit Private Equity Funds generated pre-tax DE of $96 million in 2010, up 231% from $29 million in 2009, as a result of an increase in segment revenues of $143 million, partially offset by an increase in segment expenses of $76 million.

Segment revenues were $206 million in 2010, up 227% from $63 million in 2009. The year-over-year increase in segment revenues was largely driven by a $135 million increase in incentive income as well as an $8 million increase in management fees. The Credit Private Equity Funds had incentive income of $158 million during 2010, which was generated by certain realization events during the year, primarily from the Credit Opportunities Funds.

Principal Investments

As of December 31, 2010, Principal Investments had segment assets (excluding cash and cash equivalents) totaling $780 million, up from $727 million as of December 31, 2009. As of December 31, 2010, Fortress's share of the net asset value of its direct and indirect investments exceeded its segment cost basis by $244 million, representing unrealized gains.

Principal Investments, which is comprised of investments in Fortress's underlying funds, generated pre-tax DE of $14 million in 2010, up from a loss of $82 million in 2009, as a result of an increase in investment income of $92 million and a decrease in interest expense of $4 million.

Investment income was $34 million in 2010, up from a loss of $58 million in 2009. The increase in investment income was largely a result of a decrease in impairments related to our private equity investments as well as increased earnings from our investments during 2010.

As of December 31, 2010, we had a total of $102 million of outstanding commitments to our funds as detailed in the table below.

(dollars in thousands) Outstanding Commitments
December 31, 2010
Private equity funds $ 28,348
Credit PE funds 73,536
$ 101,884

LIQUIDITY & CAPITAL

As of December 31, 2010, Fortress had cash on hand of $211 million and debt obligations of $278 million. As of December 31, 2010, Fortress had availability for further borrowing under its revolving credit facility of $52 million.

In October 2010, Fortress entered into a new credit agreement and repaid its existing credit agreement in full. The credit agreement includes a $280 million term loan facility and a $60 million revolving credit facility (of which approximately $8 million was outstanding under a letter of credit subfacility as of December 31, 2010). The term loan is subject to future mandatory repayments of $2.5 million at each quarter end through September 30, 2011 and $8.75 million at each quarter end from December 31, 2011 through September 30, 2015, and matures in October 2015 (revolving credity facility matures in October 2013). For further detail on the credit agreement, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K.

DIVIDEND POLICY

Each quarter, we evaluate whether to pay quarterly dividends on our Class A shares. The amount of any dividends will be determined by our board of directors. However, no assurance can be given that any dividends, whether quarterly or otherwise, will or can be paid. In determining the amount of any dividends, our board will take into account various factors, including our financial performance, on both an actual and projected basis, earnings, liquidity and the operating performance of our segments as assessed by management.

NON-GAAP INFORMATION

Fortress discloses certain non-GAAP financial information, which management believes provides a meaningful basis for comparison among present and future periods. The following are non-GAAP measures used in the accompanying financial information:

  • Pre-tax DE and pre-tax DE per dividend paying share
  • Fund management DE
  • Segment revenues
  • Segment expenses
  • GAAP net income excluding principals agreement compensation
  • Weighted Average Dividend Paying Shares and Units Outstanding (Used for DEPS)

We urge you to read the reconciliation of such data to the related GAAP measures appearing in the exhibits to this release.

CONFERENCE CALL

Management will host a conference call today, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 8:30 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 1-877-252-8576 (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 Fourth 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 Monday, March 14, 2011 by dialing 1-800-642-1687 (from within the U.S.) or 1-706-645-9291 (from outside of the U.S.); please reference access code "43426668."

ABOUT FORTRESS

Fortress is a leading global investment manager with approximately $44.6 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2010. Fortress offers alternative and traditional investment products and was founded in 1998. For more information regarding Fortress Investment Group LLC or to be added to our 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 our sources of management fees, incentive income and investment income (loss), estimated fund performance, the amount and source of expected capital commitments and amount of redemptions. 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 our 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K, 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.

Fortress Investment Group LLC
Consolidated Statements of Operations

(dollars in thousands, except share data)

Quarter Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
2010 2009 2010 2009
Revenues
Management fees: affiliates $ 113,963 $ 112,498 $ 441,145 $ 433,501
Management fees: non-affiliates 10,281 1,202 27,794 4,724
Incentive income: affiliates 248,369 36,304 302,261 50,900
Incentive income: non-affiliates 17,168 (265 ) 25,847 999
Expense reimbursements from affiliates 45,521 26,526 146,127 85,186
Other revenues 1,200 2,764 7,071 8,785
436,502 179,029 950,245 584,095
Expenses
Interest expense 8,730 4,029 19,773 24,271
Compensation and benefits 197,683 149,920 720,712 504,645
Principals agreement compensation 239,976 239,976 952,077 952,077
General, administrative and other 40,769 35,379 112,739 92,059
Depreciation and amortization 3,356 2,663 12,693 10,784
490,514 431,967 1,817,994 1,583,836
Other Income (Loss)
Gains (losses) 13,357 (11,784 ) 2,997 25,373
Tax receivable agreement liability adjustment 20,719 - 22,036 (55 )
Earnings (losses) from equity method investees 72,982 3,728 115,954 60,281
107,058 (8,056 ) 140,987 85,599
Income (Loss) Before Income Taxes 53,046 (260,994 ) (726,762 ) (914,142 )
Income tax benefit (expense) (50,290 ) 169 (54,931 ) 5,000
Net Income (Loss) $ 2,756 $ (260,825 ) $ (781,693 ) $ (909,142 )
Principals' and Others' Interests in Income (Loss) of Consolidated Subsidiaries $ 16,177 $ (176,563 ) $ (497,082 ) $ (654,527 )
Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Class A Shareholders $ (13,421 ) $ (84,262 ) $ (284,611 ) $ (254,615 )
Dividends Declared Per Class A Share $ - $ - $ - $ -

Earnings (Loss) Per Class A Share

Net income (loss) per Class A share, basic $ (0.09 ) $ (0.58 ) $ (1.79 ) $ (2.08 )
Net income (loss) per Class A share, diluted $ (0.09 ) $ (0.58 ) $ (1.83 ) $ (2.08 )
Weighted average number of Class A shares outstanding, basic 169,975,804 146,733,426 165,446,404 125,740,897
Weighted average number of Class A shares outstanding, diluted 169,975,804 146,733,426 467,569,571 125,740,897
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands)

December 31,
2010 2009
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 210,632 $ 197,099
Due from affiliates 303,043 64,511
Investments 1,012,883 867,215
Deferred tax asset 415,990 440,639
Other assets 134,147 90,803
$ 2,076,695 $ 1,660,267
Liabilities and Equity
Liabilities
Accrued compensation and benefits $ 260,790 $ 131,134
Due to affiliates 342,397 345,976
Deferred incentive income 198,363 160,097
Debt obligations payable 277,500 397,825
Other liabilities 68,230 25,921
1,147,280 1,060,953
Commitments and Contingencies
Equity
Class A shares, no par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 169,536,968
and 145,701,622 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2010 and
2009, respectively - -
Class B shares, no par value, 750,000,000 shares authorized, 300,273,852
and 307,773,852 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2010 and
2009, respectively - -
Paid-in capital 1,465,358 1,029,536
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (1,052,605 ) (767,994 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (1,289 ) (325 )
Total Fortress shareholders' equity 411,464 261,217
Principals' and others' interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries 517,951 338,097
Total Equity 929,415 599,314
$ 2,076,695 $ 1,660,267
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Exhibit 1
Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

(dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

March 31,

2009

June 30,

2009

September 30,

2009

December 31,

2009

Full Year

2009

March 31,

2010

June 30,

2010

September 30,

2010

December 31,

2010

Full Year

2010

Fortress
Assets Under Management
Private Equity & Castles $ 13,239 $ 13,795 $ 14,336 $ 14,576 $ 14,576 $ 14,610 $ 14,382 $ 14,694 $ 14,960 $ 14,960
Liquid Hedge Funds 4,809 4,571 4,483 4,297 4,297 4,273 4,167 4,293 4,684 4,684
Credit Hedge Funds 6,215 9,673 9,560 9,256 9,256 9,117 8,744 8,590 8,444 8,444
Credit Private Equity Funds 2,039 2,757 3,351 3,347 3,347 2,197 2,896 4,128 4,817 4,817
Traditional Asset Management - - - - - - 11,471 12,289 11,708 11,708
AUM - Ending Balance $ 26,302 $ 30,796 $ 31,730 $ 31,476 $ 31,476 $ 30,197 $ 41,660 $ 43,994 $ 44,613 $ 44,613
Third-Party Capital Raised $ 9 $ 233 $ 460 $ 677 $ 1,379 $ 890 $ 1,531 $ 1,229 $ 1,641 $ 5,291
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 106 $ 110 $ 108 $ 100 $ 424 $ 108 $ 119 $ 111 $ 120 $ 458
Incentive income 1 7 10 57 75 99 50 75 145 369
Unallocated revenues - - - - - - 4 5 4 13
Total 107 117 118 157 499 207 173 191 269 840
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (59 ) (56 ) (58 ) (70 ) (243 ) (64 ) (61 ) (78 ) (79 ) (282 )
Profit sharing compensation expenses (4 ) (8 ) (9 ) (26 ) (47 ) (50 ) (30 ) (32 ) (56 ) (168 )
Unallocated expenses - - - (1 ) (1 ) (1 ) (9 ) (10 ) (12 ) (32 )
Total (63 ) (64 ) (67 ) (97 ) (291 ) (115 ) (100 ) (120 ) (147 ) (482 )
Fund Management DE $ 44 $ 53 $ 51 $ 60 $ 208 $ 92 $ 73 $ 71 $ 122 $ 358
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Exhibit 1
Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

(dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

March 31,

2009

June 30,

2009

September 30,

2009

December 31,

2009

Full Year

2009

March 31,

2010

June 30,

2010

September 30,

2010

December 31,

2010

Full Year

2010

Private Equity Funds & Castles
Assets Under Management
Private Equity Funds $ 10,161 $ 10,602 $ 11,057 $ 11,344 $ 11,344 $ 11,555 $ 11,511 $ 11,621 $ 11,923 $ 11,923
Castles 3,078 3,193 3,279 3,232 3,232

3,055

2,871 3,073 3,037 3,037
AUM - Ending Balance $ 13,239 $ 13,795 $ 14,336 $ 14,576 $ 14,576 $ 14,610 $ 14,382 $ 14,694 $ 14,960 $ 14,960
Third-Party Capital Raised $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ -
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 49 $ 52 $ 45 $ 35 $ 181 $ 45 $ 45 $ 49 $ 48 $ 187
Incentive income - - - 36 36 - - 5 36 41
Total 49 52 45 71 217 45 45 54 84 228
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (16 ) (17 ) (15 ) (19 ) (67 ) (17 ) (15 ) $ (17 ) (16 ) (65 )
Profit sharing compensation expenses - - - (13 ) (13 ) - - (2 ) (16 ) (18 )
Total (16 ) (17 ) (15 ) (32 ) (80 ) (17 ) (15 ) (19 ) (32 ) (83 )
Fund Management DE $ 33 $ 35 $ 30 $ 39 $ 137 $ 28 $ 30 $ 35 $ 52 $ 145
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Exhibit 1
Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

(dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

March 31,

2009

June 30,

2009

September 30,

2009

December 31,

2009

Full Year

2009

March 31,

2010

June 30,

2010

September 30,

2010

December 31,

2010

Full Year

2010

Liquid Hedge Funds
Assets Under Management

Fortress Macro Funds 14

$ - $ 1,174 $ 1,544 $ 1,986 $ 1,986 $ 2,482 $ 2,427 $ 2,810 $ 3,170 $ 3,170

Drawbridge Global Macro Funds 15

3,781 2,484 2,074 1,429 1,429 771 657 408 419 419

Fortress Commodities Funds 16

1,028 913 865 882 882 1,020 1,083 1,075 1,095 1,095
AUM - Ending Balance $ 4,809 $ 4,571 $ 4,483 $ 4,297 $ 4,297 $ 4,273 $ 4,167 $ 4,293 $ 4,684 $ 4,684
Third-Party Capital Raised $ 9 $ 99 $ 187 $ 409 $ 704 $ 634 $ 317 $ 426 $ 321 $ 1,698
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 23 $ 20 $ 18 $ 19 $ 80 $ 19 $ 20 $ 19 $ 21 $ 79
Incentive income - - 9 5 14 6 (2 ) 20 41 65
Total 23 20 27 24 94 25 18 39 62 144
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (14 ) (11 ) (14 ) (18 ) (57 ) (14 ) (16 ) (18 ) (22 ) (70 )
Profit sharing compensation expenses (3 ) (2 ) (7 ) (4 ) (16 ) (3 ) (1 ) (5 ) (10 ) (19 )
Total (17 ) (13 ) (21 ) (22 ) (73 ) (17 ) (17 ) (23 ) (32 ) (89 )
Fund Management DE $ 6 $ 7 $ 6 $ 2 $ 21 $ 8 $ 1 $ 16 $ 30 $ 55
Returns

Gross Returns17

Fortress Macro Offshore Fund L.P. N/A 4.3 % 4.9 % 3.9 % 13.7 % 4.3 % -0.3 % 4.7 % 6.4 % 15.7 %
Drawbridge Global Macro Fund Ltd. 5.7 % 6.2 % 7.9 % 4.4 % 26.5 % 4.2 % -1.0 % 4.1 % 5.7 % 13.5 %
Fortress Commodities Fund L.P. 0.0 % 2.3 % 5.2 % 3.2 % 11.0 % -3.0 % 2.7 % -1.2 % 6.0 % 4.3 %

Net Returns17

Fortress Macro Offshore Fund L.P. N/A 3.2 % 3.6 % 2.7 % 9.8 % 3.0 % -0.7 % 3.3 % 4.7 % 10.7 %
Drawbridge Global Macro Fund Ltd. 5.2 % 5.8 % 7.4 % 3.9 % 24.2 % 3.7 % -1.5 % 3.2 % 4.2 % 9.8 %
Fortress Commodities Fund L.P. -0.5 % 1.8 % 3.9 % 2.0 % 7.3 % -3.5 % 2.2 % -1.7 % 5.0 % 1.8 %
14 Combined AUM for Fortress Macro Onshore Fund L.P., Fortress Macro Offshore Fund L.P., Fortress Macro Fund Ltd. and Fortress Macro managed accounts.
15 Combined AUM for Drawbridge Global Macro Fund L.P., Drawbridge Global Macro Intermediate Fund L.P., Drawbridge Global Macro Alpha Intermediate Fund L.P., DBGM Offshore Ltd., DBGM Onshore L.P., DBGM Alpha V Ltd. and Drawbridge Global Macro managed accounts.
16 Combined AUM for Fortress Commodities Fund L.P., Fortress Commodities MA1 L.P. and Fortress Commodities managed accounts.
17 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. Gross returns reflect performance data prior to management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations while net returns reflect performance data after taking into account management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations.
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Exhibit 1
Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

(dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

March 31,

2009

June 30,

2009

September 30,

2009

December 31,

2009

Full Year

2009

March 31,

2010

June 30,

2010

September 30,

2010

December 31,

2010

Full Year

2010

Credit Hedge Funds
Assets Under Management

Drawbridge Special Opportunities Funds 18

$ 4,915 $ 5,097 $ 5,296 $ 5,209 $ 5,209 $ 5,227 $ 5,176 $ 5,200 $ 5,474 $ 5,474

Fortress Partners Funds 19

1,300 1,436 1,513 1,584 1,584 1,564 1,539 1,604 1,671 1,671

Value Recovery Funds 20

- 3,140 2,751 2,463 2,463 2,326 2,029 1,786 1,299 1,299
AUM - Ending Balance $ 6,215 $ 9,673 $ 9,560 $ 9,256 $ 9,256 $ 9,117 $ 8,744 $ 8,590 $ 8,444 $ 8,444
Third-Party Capital Raised $ - $ - $ - $ - $ - $ 81 $ 49 $ 75 $ 242 $ 447
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 28 $ 30 $ 32 $ 33 $ 123 $ 34 $ 43 $ 32 $ 35 $ 144
Incentive income 1 - - 1 2 8 5 41 51 105
Total 29 30 32 34 125 42 48 73 86 249
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (25 ) (21 ) (24 ) (27 ) (97 ) (27 ) (25 ) (35 ) (33 ) (120 )
Profit sharing compensation expenses (1 ) (2 ) (2 ) (1 ) (6 ) (4 ) (5 ) (20 ) (19 ) (48 )
Total (26 ) (23 ) (26 ) (28 ) (103 ) (31 ) (30 ) (55 ) (52 ) (168 )
Fund Management DE $ 3 $ 7 $ 6 $ 6 $ 22 $ 11 $ 18 $ 18 $ 34 $ 81
Returns

Gross Returns21

Drawbridge Special Opportunities L.P. 22

3.6 % 7.8 % 7.4 % 6.3 % 27.5 % 7.5 % 4.6 % 8.5 % 7.7 % 31.3 %

Drawbridge Special Opportunities Ltd. 22

4.0 % 6.5 % 10.8 % 7.9 % 32.6 % 7.6 % 4.1 % 11.2 % 9.8 % 36.7 %
Fortress Partners Funds L.P. -1.7 % 8.8 % 5.0 % 5.1 % 18.0 % 3.3 % -0.1 % 3.6 % 6.2 % 13.5 %
Fortress Partners Funds Ltd. -1.1 % 9.5 % 4.7 % 6.0 % 20.2 % 2.9 % 0.7 % 3.7 % 6.1 % 14.1 %

Net Returns21

Drawbridge Special Opportunities L.P. 22

3.1 % 7.3 % 6.8 % 5.8 % 25.0 % 6.9 % 4.0 % 6.7 % 5.8 % 25.5 %

Drawbridge Special Opportunities Ltd. 22

3.5 % 6.0 % 10.3 % 7.4 % 30.0 % 7.0 % 3.4 % 8.4 % 7.5 % 29.0 %
Fortress Partners Funds L.P. -2.0 % 8.5 % 4.7 % 4.8 % 16.7 % 3.0 % -0.3 % 3.3 % 5.9 % 12.3 %
Fortress Partners Funds Ltd. -1.4 % 9.2 % 4.4 % 5.7 % 18.9 % 2.6 % 0.5 % 3.5 % 5.8 % 12.8 %
18 Combined AUM for Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund Ltd., Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund L.P., Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund managed accounts, Worden Fund L.P. and Worden Fund II L.P.
19 Combined AUM for Fortress Partners Offshore Fund L.P. and Fortress Partners Fund L.P.

20 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.

21 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. Gross returns reflect performance data prior to management fees borne by the Fund and incentive allocations while 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.
22 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 and December 31, 2009 redemptions.
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Exhibit 1
Assets Under Management and Fund Management DE

(dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

March 31,

2009

June 30,

2009

September 30,

2009

December 31,

2009

Full Year

2009

March 31,

2010

June 30,

2010

September 30,

2010

December 31,

2010

Full Year

2010

Credit Private Equity Funds
Assets Under Management
Long Dated Value Funds $ 537 $ 537 $ 569 $ 623 $ 623 $ 665 $ 660 $ 662 $ 618 $ 618
Real Assets Funds 207 207 178 164 164 167 167 200 193

193

Fortress Credit Opportunities Funds 23

1,295 1,876 2,224 2,074 2,074 859 1,236 2,333 2,951

2,951

Asia Funds (including FJOF) 24

- 137 380 486 486 506 833 933 1,055 1,055
AUM - Ending Balance $ 2,039 $ 2,757 $ 3,351 $ 3,347 $ 3,347 $ 2,197 $ 2,896 $ 4,128 $ 4,817 $ 4,817
Third-Party Capital Raised $ - $ 134 $ 273 $ 268 $ 675 $ 175 $ 1,165 $ 728 $ 1,078 $ 3,146
Segment Revenues
Management fees $ 6 $ 8 $ 13 $ 13 $ 40 $ 10 $ 11 $ 11 $ 16 $ 48
Incentive income - 7 1 15 23 85 47 9 17 158
Total 6 15 14 28 63 95 58 20 33 206
Segment Expenses
Operating expenses (4 ) (7 ) (5 ) (6 ) (22 ) (6 ) (5 ) (8 ) (8 ) (27 )
Profit sharing compensation expenses - (4 ) - (8 ) (12 ) (43 ) (24 ) (5 ) (11 ) (83 )
Total (4 ) (11 ) (5 ) (14 ) (34 ) (49 ) (29 ) (13 ) (19 ) (110 )
Fund Management DE $ 2 $ 4 $ 9 $ 14 $ 29 $ 46 $ 29 $ 7 $ 14 $ 96
23 Combined AUM for Credit Opportunities Fund, Credit Opportunities Fund II, FTS SIP L.P., FCO MA LSS, FCO MA II, FCO MA Mapleleaf, Net Lease Fund I, Life Settlement Fund and Life Settlement Fund MA.
24 Combined AUM for Japan Opportunities Fund and Global Opportunities Fund.
Fortress Investment Group LLC
Exhibit 2
Reconciliation of Fund Management DE to Pre-tax Distributable Earnings and GAAP Net Income (Loss) and
Reconciliation of Segment Revenues to GAAP Revenues

(dollars in millions)

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended

March 31,

2009

June 30,

2009

September 30,

2009

December 31,

2009

Full Year

2009

March 31,

2010

June 30,

2010

September 30,

2010

December 31,

2010

Full Year

2010

Fund Management DE $ 44 $ 53 $ 51 $ 60 $ 208 $ 92 $ 73 $ 71 $ 122 $ 358
Investment Income (Loss) (27 ) 14 10 (55 ) (58 ) 8 4 10 12 34
Interest Expense (8 ) (8 ) (4 ) (4 ) (24 ) (4 ) (4 ) (3 ) (9 ) (20 )
Pre-tax Distributable Earnings $ 9 $ 59 $ 57 $ 1 $ 126 $ 96 $ 73 $ 78 $ 125 $ 372
Private Equity incentive income - - - 3 3 (67 ) (18 ) (8 ) 55 (38 )
Hedge Fund incentive income - - (2 ) 2 - (6 ) (4 ) (59 ) 66 (3 )
Reserve for clawback - - - (27 ) (27 ) - - - - -
Distributions of earnings from equity method investees - - - (1 ) (1 ) (6 ) (3 ) (2 ) (4 ) (15 )
Earnings (losses) from equity method investees (39 ) 37 29 (7 ) 20 13 4 7 63 87
Gains (losses) on options - - 1 - 1 1 (1 ) - 2 2
Gains (losses) on other Investments (2 ) 20 19 (13 ) 24 - (12 ) 2 11 1
Incentive income guarantee recorded as a loss - - - 3 3 - - - - -
Impairment of investments 32 - 2 67 101 4 1 - - 5
Mark-to-market of contingent consideration in business combination - - - - - - - - 1 1
Amortization of intangible assets and impairment of goodwill - - - - - - - (1 ) - (1 )
Employee equity-based compensation (53 ) (53 ) (61 ) (61 ) (228 ) (64 ) (49 ) (56 ) (49 ) (218 )
Principal compensation (235 ) (237 ) (240 ) (240 ) (952 ) (235 ) (237 ) (240 ) (240 ) (952 )
Employee portion of incentive income - - - 10 10 - - - - -
Principals' and Others' Interests in Income (Losses) of Consolidated Subsidiaries 220 128 133 179 660 180 161 180 (14 ) 507
Tax receivable agreement liability reduction - - - - - 1 - - 21 22
Taxes 1 1 3 - 5 (1 ) (8 ) 5 (51 ) (55 )
GAAP Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Class A Shareholders $ (67 ) $ (45 ) $ (59 ) $ (84 ) $ (255 ) $ (84 ) $ (93 ) $ (94 ) $ (14 ) $ (285 )
Principals' and Others' Interests in Income (Losses) of Consolidated Subsidiaries (220 ) (126 ) (131 ) (177 ) (654 ) (177 ) (159 ) (177 ) 16 (497 )
GAAP Net Income (Loss) $ (287 ) $ (171 ) $ (190 ) $ (261 ) $ (909 ) $ (261 ) $ (252 ) $ (271 ) $ 2 $ (782 )
Segment Revenues $ 107 $ 117 $ 118 $ 157 $ 499 $ 207 $ 173 $ 191 $ 269 $ 840
Adjust management fees - - - 14 14 1 (3 ) - - (2 )
Adjust incentive income - - (2 ) (21 ) (23 ) (74 ) (21 ) (67 ) 121 (41 )
Other revenues 15 22 28 29 94 26 43 38 46 153
GAAP Revenues $ 122 $ 139 $ 144 $ 179 $ 584 $ 160 $ 192 $ 162 $ 436 $ 950

''Distributable earnings'' is our 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 our 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 11 to our financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010.

Our management uses distributable earnings:

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

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

Fortress Investment Group LLC
Exhibit 3
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income (Loss) Excluding Principals Agreement
Compensation to GAAP Net Income (Loss)

(dollars in thousands)

Fourth Quarter Full Year
2010 2009 2010 2009
GAAP net income (loss) $ 2,756 $ (260,825 ) $ (781,693 ) $ (909,142 )
Principals agreement compensation 239,976 239,976 952,077 952,077
GAAP net income (loss) excluding principals agreement compensation $ 242,732 $ (20,849 ) $ 170,384 $ 42,935
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 December 31,

2010

2009

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

169,975,804 146,733,426
Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A share units with dividend equivalent rights (941,952) (1,245,658)
Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A shares (224,744) (99,520)

Weighted Average Class A Shares Outstanding

168,809,108 145,388,248

Weighted average restricted Class A shares 25

426,669 216,367
Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A share units which are entitled to dividend equivalent payments 941,952 1,245,658
Weighted average nonvested restricted Class A share units which are entitled to dividend equivalent payments 20,352,868 25,218,073
Weighted average Fortress Operating Group units 300,273,852 307,773,852
Weighted average Fortress Operating Group RPUs 31,000,000 31,000,000

Weighted Average Dividend Paying Shares and Units Outstanding (Used for DEPS)

521,804,449 510,842,198
Weighted average vested and nonvested restricted Class A share units which are not entitled to dividend equivalent payments 25,907,574 25,440,460
Weighted Average Fully Diluted Shares and Units Outstanding (Used for Diluted DEPS) 547,712,023 536,282,658

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2010

2009

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

165,446,404 125,740,897
Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A share units with dividend equivalent rights (4,450,465) (1,185,375)
Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A shares (174,203) (94,561)

Weighted Average Class A Shares Outstanding

160,821,736 124,460,961

Weighted average restricted Class A shares 25

339,533 158,500
Weighted average fully vested restricted Class A share units which are entitled to dividend equivalent payments 4,450,465 1,185,375
Weighted average nonvested restricted Class A share units which are entitled to dividend equivalent payments 19,695,924 24,153,521
Weighted average Fortress Operating Group units 302,123,167 310,576,187
Weighted average Fortress Operating Group RPUs 31,000,000 31,000,000

Weighted Average Dividend Paying Shares and Units Outstanding (Used for DEPS)

518,430,825 491,534,544
Weighted average vested and nonvested restricted Class A share units which are not entitled to dividend equivalent payments 26,436,872 25,069,721
Weighted Average Fully Diluted Shares and Units Outstanding (Used for Diluted DEPS) 544,867,697 516,604,265

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25 Includes both fully vested and nonvested weighted average restricted class A shares.

SOURCE: Fortress Investment Group LLC

Fortress Investment Group LLC
Gordon E. Runté, 212-798-6082

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