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Section 1: 10-Q (FORM 10-Q)

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

[X]  QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2007
or

[ ]  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                 to

Commission File Number: 001-33294

Fortress Investment Group LLC
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 20-5837959
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10105
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

  (212) 798-6100  
  ________________________________________   
  (Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)  
  ________________________________________   
  (Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.     Yes    [X]     No    [ ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of ‘‘accelerated filer and large accelerated filer’’ in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer    [ ]     Accelerated filer    [ ]     Non-accelerated filer    [X]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes    [ ]     No    [X]

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the last practicable date.

Class A Shares: 94,597,646 outstanding as of May 11, 2007.

Class B Shares: 312,071,550 outstanding as of May 11, 2007.




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DEFINED TERMS

As used in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, unless the context otherwise requires:

‘‘Assets Under Management,’’ or ‘‘AUM,’’ refers to the assets we manage, including capital we have the right to call from our investors pursuant to their capital commitments to various funds. Our AUM equals the sum of:

(i)  the net asset value, or ‘‘NAV,’’ of our private equity funds and hedge funds plus the capital that we are entitled to call from investors pursuant to the terms of their capital commitments to those funds;
(ii)  the NAV of managed accounts; and
(iii)  the market capitalization of the common stock of each of our publicly traded alternative investment vehicles, which we refer to as our ‘‘Castles’’.

We earn management fees pursuant to management agreements on a basis which varies from Fortress Fund to Fortress Fund (e.g., any of ‘‘net asset value’’, ‘‘capital commitments’’, ‘‘invested equity’’ or ‘‘gross equity,’’ each as defined in the applicable management agreement, may form the basis for a management fee calculation). Our calculation of AUM may differ from the calculations of other asset managers and, as a result, this measure may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other asset managers. Our AUM measure includes, for instance, assets under management for which we charge either no or nominal fees, generally related to our principal investments in funds as well as investments in funds by our principals, directors and employees. Our definition of AUM is not based on any definition of assets under management contained in our operating agreement or in any of our Fortress Fund management agreements.

‘‘Fortress,’’ ‘‘we,’’ ‘‘us,’’ ‘‘our,’’ and the ‘‘company’’ refer, (i) following the consummation of the reorganization and the Nomura transaction, collectively, to Fortress Investment Group LLC and its subsidiaries, including the Fortress Operating Group and all of its subsidiaries, and, (ii) prior to the consummation of the reorganization and the Nomura transaction on January 17, 2007, to the Fortress Operating Group and all of its subsidiaries, in each case not including funds that, prior to March 31, 2007, were consolidated funds, except with respect to our historical financial statements and discussion thereof unless otherwise specified. Effective March 31, 2007, all of our previously consolidated funds were deconsolidated. The financial statements contained herein represent consolidated financial statements of Fortress Investment Group LLC subsequent to the reorganization and combined financial statements of Fortress Operating Group, considered the predecessor, prior to the reorganization. See Part I, Item 1, ‘‘Financial Statements.’’

‘‘Fortress Funds’’ and ‘‘our funds’’ refers to the private investment funds and alternative asset companies that are managed by the Fortress Operating Group.

‘‘Fortress Operating Group’’ refers to the combined entities, which were wholly-owned by the Principals prior to the Nomura transaction and in each of which Fortress Investment Group LLC acquired an indirect controlling interest upon completion of the Nomura transaction (described below).

‘‘principals’’ refers to Peter Briger, Wesley Edens, Robert Kauffman, Randal Nardone and Michael Novogratz, collectively, who prior to the completion of our initial public offering and the Nomura transaction directly owned 100% of the Fortress Operating Group units and following completion of our initial public offering and the Nomura transaction own approximately 76.7% of the Fortress Operating Group units and all of the Class B shares, representing approximately 76.7% of the total combined voting power of all of our outstanding Class A and Class B shares.




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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Some of the statements under Part I, Item 2, ‘‘Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,’’ Part I, Item 3, ‘‘Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk,’’ Part II, Item 1A, ‘‘Risk Factors,’’ and elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q may contain forward-looking statements which reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, future events and financial performance. Readers can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as ‘‘outlook,’’ ‘‘believes,’’ ‘‘expects,’’ ‘‘potential,’’ ‘‘continues,’’ ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘will,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘seeks,’’ ‘‘approximately,’’ ‘‘predicts,’’ ‘‘intends,’’ ‘‘plans,’’ ‘‘estimates,’’ ‘‘anticipates’’ or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this report are based upon the historical performance of us and our subsidiaries and on our current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us or any other person that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, financial results, financial condition, business prospects, growth strategy and liquidity. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this report. We do not undertake any obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.




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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1.    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)

CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED BALANCE SHEETS
(dollars in thousands, except share data)


  March 31,
2007
December 31,
2006
  (Unaudited)  
Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 352,509 $ 61,120
Cash held at consolidated subsidiaries and restricted cash 564,085
Due from affiliates 137,833 635,748
Receivables from brokers and counterparties 109,463
Investment company holdings, at fair value    
Loans and securities 6,874,748
Investments in affiliates 14,985,578
Derivatives 84,270
Other investments    
Loans and securities 317
Equity method investees 620,434 37,250
Options in affiliates 136,915 139,266
Deferred tax asset 477,568 2,808
Other assets 54,123 187,920
  $ 1,779,382 $ 23,682,573
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity Liabilities    
Due to affiliates $ 404,132 $ 15,112
Due to brokers and counterparties 187,495
Accrued compensation and benefits 96,884 159,931
Other liabilities 97,848 152,604
Deferred incentive income 225,797 1,648,782
Securities sold not yet purchased, at fair value 97,717
Derivative liabilities, at fair value 2,125 123,907
Investment company debt obligations payable 2,619,456
Other debt obligations payable 352,153 687,153
  1,178,939 5,692,157
Commitments and Contingencies    
Principals’ and Others’ Interests in Equity of Consolidated Subsidiaries 419,324 17,868,895
Shareholders’ Equity    
Class A shares, no par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 94,597,646 shares issued and outstanding
Class B shares, no par value, 750,000,000 shares authorized, 312,071,550 shares issued and outstanding
Paid-in capital 252,323
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit) (71,254 ) 
Fortress Operating Group members’ equity 119,561
Accumulated other comprehensive income 50 1,960
  181,119 121,521
  $ 1,779,382 $ 23,682,573

See notes to consolidated financial statements

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)

CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED INCOME STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
(dollars in thousands, except share data)


  Three Months Ended March 31,
          2007         2006
Revenues    
Management fees from affiliates $ 43,287 $ 44,976
Incentive income from affiliates 44,229 59,982
Other revenues 19,784 16,398
Interest and dividend income – investment company holdings    
Interest income 243,713 168,009
Interest income from controlled affiliate investments 4,707 14,157
Dividend income 7,436 3,256
Dividend income from controlled affiliate investments 53,174 63,253
  416,330 370,031
Expenses    
Interest expense    
Investment company holdings 132,620 118,248
Other 12,019 6,857
Compensation and benefits 355,791 83,445
General, administrative and other 39,305 23,271
Depreciation and amortization 2,009 1,566
  541,744 233,387
Other Income    
Gains (losses) from investments    
Investment company holdings    
Net realized gains 86,264 50,637
Net realized gains from controlled affiliate investments 715,024 20,757
Net unrealized gains (losses) (19,928 )  (49,702 ) 
Net unrealized gains (losses) from controlled affiliate investments (1,428,837 )  870,393
Other investments    
Net realized gains 1,789 1,040
Net realized gains from affiliate investments 136,041
Net unrealized gains (losses) (280 )  (549 ) 
Net unrealized gains (losses) from affiliate investments (130,828 )  81,386
Earnings from equity method investees 195 1,896
  (640,560 )  975,858
Income (Loss) Before Deferred Incentive Income, Principals’ and Others’
Interests in Income of Consolidated Subsidiaries and Income Taxes
(765,974 )  1,112,502
Deferred incentive income 307,034 (151,706 ) 
Principals’ and others’ interests in loss (income) of consolidated subsidiaries 535,530 (825,372 ) 
Income Before Income Taxes 76,590 135,424
Income tax expense (14,447 )  (5,144 ) 
Net Income (Loss) $ 62,143 $ 130,280
Dividends declared per Class A share $ 0.1674  
Earnings Per Unit – Fortress Operating Group January 1 through
January 16
 
Net income per Fortress Operating Group unit $ 0.36 $ 0.35
Weighted average number of Fortress Operating Group units outstanding 367,143,000 367,143,000
Earnings Per Class A share – Fortress Investment Group January 17 through
March 31
 
Net income (loss) per Class A share, basic $ (0.87 )   
Net income (loss) per Class A share, diluted $ (0.87 )   
Weighted average number of Class A shares outstanding, basic 82,256,078  
Weighted average number of Class A shares outstanding, diluted 82,256,078  

See notes to consolidated financial statements

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)

CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENT OF MEMBERS’ AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY (Unaudited)
FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in thousands)


  Class A
Shares
Class B
Shares
Paid-In
Capital
Retained
Earnings
(Accumulated
Deficit)
(Subsequent to
January 16,
2007)
Fortress
Operating
Group
Members’
Equity
(Prior to
January 17,
2007)
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
Total
Shareholders’/
Members’
Equity
Fortress Operating Group Members’ equity –
December 31, 2006
$ $ $ 119,561 $ 1,960 $ 121,521
Distributions declared by Fortress Operating Group prior to January 17, 2007 (415,876 )  (415,876 ) 
Reorganization and issuance of shares to Nomura 55,071,450 312,071,550 888,000 888,000
Dilution impact of Nomura transaction (912,437 )  162,918 (749,519 ) 
Dividends declared after January 16, 2007 but prior to initial public offering (2,474 )  (2,474 ) 
Initial public offering of Class A shares 39,428,900 652,669 652,669
Dilution impact of initial public offering (490,648 )  (490,648 ) 
Deferred tax effects resulting from acquisition of Fortress
Operating Group units
89,026 89,026
Director restricted share grant 97,296 84 84
Dividends declared subsequent to initial public offering (11,589 )  (11,589 ) 
Capital increase related to equity-based compensation 40,270 40,270
Dividend equivalents accrued in connection with
equity-based compensation
(578 )  (578 ) 
Comprehensive income              
Net income (loss) (71,254 )  133,397 62,143
Foreign currency translation   (20 )  (20 ) 
Net unrealized (loss) on derivatives designated as cash flow hedges (4 )  (4 ) 
Comprehensive income (loss) from equity method investees (1,720 )  (1,720 ) 
Allocation to Principals’ and others’ interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries (166 )  (166 ) 
Total comprehensive income             60,233
Shareholders’ equity – March 31, 2007 94,597,646 312,071,550 $ 252,323 $ (71,254 )  $ $ 50 $ 181,119

See notes to consolidated financial statements

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)

CONSOLIDATED AND COMBINED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)


  Three Months Ended March 31,  
  2007 2006  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities      
Net income $ 62,143 $ 130,280  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities      
Depreciation and amortization 2,009 1,566  
Other amortization and accretion 797 81  
Earnings from equity method investees (195 )  (1,896 )   
Distributions of earnings from equity method investees 753 4,765  
(Gains) losses from investments 640,755 (973,962 )   
Deferred incentive income (307,034 )  151,706  
Principals’ and others’ interests in income of consolidated subsidiaries (535,530 )  825,372  
Deferred tax expense 3,116 3,054  
Options received from affiliates (811 )  (18,757 )   
Assignments of options to employees 2,751  
Equity-based compensation 173,479  
Cash flows due to changes in      
Cash held at consolidated subsidiaries and restricted cash (166,199 )  (896,547 )   
Due from affiliates 462,899 (90,543 )   
Receivables from brokers and counterparties and other assets (9,976 )  (71,214 )   
Due to affiliates (8,713 )  (45,601 )   
Accrued compensation and benefits (47,239 )  (36,570 )   
Due to brokers and counterparties and other liabilities 113,887 198,759  
Investment company holdings      
Purchases of investments (5,105,865 )  (2,882,162 )   
Proceeds from sale of investments 3,398,739 1,585,631  
Net cash used in operating activities (1,320,234 )  (2,116,038 )   
Cash Flows From Investing Activities      
Purchase of other loan and security investments (114,603 )   
Proceeds from sale of other loan and security investments 317 88,445  
Contributions to equity method investees (9,378 )  (182 )   
Distributions of capital from equity method investees 2,326  
Cash received on settlement of derivatives 132  
Purchase of fixed assets (4,173 )  (3,332 )   
Net cash used in investing activities (10,776 )  (29,672 )   
Cash Flows From Financing Activities      
Borrowings under debt obligations 1,574,070 1,171,709  
Repayments of debt obligations (1,657,872 )  (1,077,177 )   
Payment of deferred financing costs (706 )  (600 )   
Issuance of Class A shares to Nomura 888,000  
Issuance of Class A shares in initial public offering 729,435  
Costs related to initial public offering (76,766 )   
Dividends paid (2,474 )   
Fortress Operating Group capital distributions to Principals (415,876 )  (37,162 )   
Purchase of Fortress Operating Group units from Principals (888,000 )   
Principals’ and others’ interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries – contributions 3,205,481 2,266,401  
Principals’ and others’ interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries – distributions (1,732,893 )  (187,133 )   
Net cash provided by financing activities 1,622,399 2,136,038  
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents 291,389 (9,672 )   
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Period 61,120 36,229  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Period $ 352,509 $ 26,557  
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information      
Cash paid during the period for interest (excluding interest paid by master funds while such funds were consolidated of $85.1 million and $84.9 million, respectively) $ 60,905 $ 30,594  
Cash paid during the period for income taxes $ 10,199 $ 1,093  
Supplemental Schedule of Non-cash Investing and Financing Activities      
Investment of amounts payable to employees into Fortress Funds $ 12,930 $ 15,874  
Dividends, dividend equivalents and Fortress Operating Group unit distributions declared but not yet paid $ 27,484 $  

See notes to consolidated financial statements

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

1.  ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Fortress Investment Group LLC (the ‘‘Registrant,’’ or, together with its subsidiaries, ‘‘Fortress’’) is a global alternative asset management firm whose predecessor was founded in 1998. Its primary business is to sponsor the formation of, and provide investment management services for, various investment funds and companies (the ‘‘Fortress Funds’’). Fortress generally makes principal investments in these funds, which typically range from less than 1% to approximately 5% of the equity of the entities.

Fortress has three principal sources of income from the Fortress Funds: management fees, related incentive returns or income, and investment income on its principal investments in the funds. The Fortress Funds fall into four primary business segments in which Fortress operates:

1)  Private equity funds, which invest in debt and equity securities of public or privately held entities.
2)  Liquid hedge funds, which invest in the global fixed income, commodities, currency and equity markets, and their related derivatives.
3)  Hybrid hedge funds, which invest in undervalued, distressed and other less liquid investments.
4)  Publicly traded alternative investment vehicles that Fortress refers to as the ‘‘Castles,’’ which are companies that invest in operating real estate and real estate related loans and securities (debt and equity).

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the following:

  subsequent to Fortress’s reorganization and the inception of operations of Fortress Investment Group LLC on January 17, 2007, the accounts of Fortress Investment Group LLC and its consolidated subsidiaries, and
  prior to such reorganization and the inception of operations of Fortress Investment Group LLC, the accounts of eight affiliated entities under common control and management (‘‘Fortress Operating Group’’ or the ‘‘predecessor’’) and their respective consolidated subsidiaries. Each of the eight entities was owned either directly or indirectly by its members, Peter Briger, Wesley Edens, Robert Kauffman, Randal Nardone, and Michael Novogratz (the ‘‘Principals’’).

Reorganization of Fortress Operating Group

Fortress Investment Group LLC was formed on November 6, 2006 for the purpose of becoming the general partner of Fortress Operating Group, completing the Nomura Transaction (described below), and effecting a public offering of shares and related transactions (the ‘‘Transactions’’) in order to carry on the business of its predecessor, Fortress Operating Group, as a publicly traded entity. The Registrant completed the Nomura Transaction and commenced its operations on January 17, 2007 and completed its initial public offering on February 8, 2007. As a result of the Transactions, the Registrant acquired control of Fortress Operating Group and holds, through two intermediate holding companies (FIG Corp. and FIG Asset Co. LLC), approximately 23.3% of the Fortress Operating Group limited partnership units and all of the general partner interests. The Principals retained the remaining 76.7% of the Fortress Operating Group limited partnership units and a 76.7% voting interest in the Registrant. All of the businesses engaged in by the Registrant continue to be conducted by Fortress Operating Group. FIG Corp. is a corporation for tax purposes. As a result, the Registrant is subject to income taxes on that portion of its income which flows through FIG Corp.

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

In January 2007, in connection with the Nomura transaction and the initial public offering, Fortress Operating Group was reorganized from eight limited liability companies, each having individual capital accounts for each of the Principals, into four limited partnerships, each having a unitized capital structure. The Principals were issued 367,143,000 non-voting limited partner interests in each of the four limited partnerships and the Registrant, through two intermediate holding companies, was issued the non-economic general partner interest in each of them. The Principals were also issued 367,143,000 non-economic Class B shares of the Registrant, of which 55,071,450 were cancelled in the Nomura transaction (see below). The term ‘‘Fortress Operating Group unit’’ is used to represent one limited partner interest in each limited partnership. A Fortress Operating Group unit is not a legal interest but is the term used to refer to the aggregate of one limited partnership interest in each reorganized Fortress Operating Group entity.

As the Registrant is a newly formed company, Fortress Operating Group is considered its predecessor for accounting purposes, and its combined financial statements have become the Registrant’s historical financial statements. Also, because the Principals controlled Fortress Operating Group before the Transactions and control the Registrant after the Transactions, the Transactions have been accounted for as a reorganization of entities under common control. Accordingly, the Registrant has carried forward unchanged the value of assets and liabilities recognized in Fortress Operating Group’s combined financial statements into its consolidated financial statements. When the Registrant purchased Fortress Operating Group units, from the Principals and directly from the Fortress Operating Group partnerships, it recorded the proportion of Fortress Operating Group net assets acquired at their historical carrying value and proportionately reduced the Principals’ and others’ interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries. The excess of the amounts paid for the purchase of Fortress Operating Group units over the historical carrying value of the proportion of net assets acquired was charged to paid-in capital and is identified in the statement of members’ and shareholders’ equity as dilution.

Following completion of the Transactions, substantially all of Fortress’s expenses (other than (i) income tax expenses of the Registrant, FIG Corp. and FIG Asset Co. LLC (Note 5), (ii) obligations incurred under the tax receivable agreement (Note 5) and (iii) payments on indebtedness incurred by the Registrant, FIG Corp. and FIG Asset Co. LLC), including substantially all expenses incurred by or attributable solely to the Registrant, such as expenses incurred in connection with the Transactions, are accounted for as expenses of Fortress Operating Group.

The unaudited pro forma share data presented on the income statement is based on the number of Fortress Operating Group units issued to the Principals upon the reorganization of Fortress in January 2007, as if the units had been outstanding from January 1, 2006.

Nomura Transaction

On December 18, 2006, the Principals entered into a securities purchase agreement with Nomura Investment Managers U.S.A., Inc., a Delaware corporation, or Nomura (whose ultimate parent is Nomura Holdings, Inc., a Japanese corporation), pursuant to which Nomura acquired a then 15% indirect stake in Fortress Operating Group for $888 million, all of the proceeds of which were paid to the Principals. On January 17, 2007, Nomura completed the transaction by purchasing 55,071,450 Class A shares of the Registrant for $888 million and the Registrant, in turn, purchased 55,071,450 Fortress Operating Group units, which then represented 15% of Fortress Operating Group’s economic interests, and the sole general partner interest, from the Principals for $888 million.

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

Initial Public Offering (‘‘IPO’’)

On February 8, 2007, the Registrant completed an initial public offering of 39,428,900 of its Class A shares, including the underwriters’ over allotment option, for net proceeds of approximately $652.7 million. The Registrant contributed the net proceeds from the offering to Fortress Operating Group in exchange for 39,428,900 Fortress Operating Group units. Fortress Operating Group applied those proceeds as follows: (a) to pay $250 million outstanding under its term loan facility, as required by the credit agreement (Note 4), and (b) to pay $85 million then outstanding under its revolving credit facility (Note 4), and intended to use the remaining proceeds (a) to fund $169 million of commitments to existing private equity funds, and (b) to use $149 million for general business purposes. As of March 31, 2007, $206.2 million of IPO proceeds remain unused, of which $67.7 million is intended for private equity capital commitments and $138.5 million is intended for general business purposes.

Following the IPO, the Principals held, collectively, an approximately 76.7% economic interest in Fortress Operating Group as well as voting control of the Registrant, which has an approximately 23.3% economic interest in, and general partner control of, Fortress Operating Group.

Following the IPO, Fortress adopted accounting policies with respect to new transactions as described in Notes 5, 7 and 8.

Consolidation and Deconsolidation of Fortress Funds

Certain of the Fortress Funds were consolidated into Fortress prior to the Transactions, notwithstanding the fact that Fortress has only a minority economic interest in these funds. Consequently, Fortress’s financial statements reflected the assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and cash flows of the consolidated Fortress Funds on a gross basis through the date of their deconsolidation, as described below. The majority ownership interests in these funds, which are not owned by Fortress, were reflected as Principals’ and others’ interests in equity of consolidated subsidiaries in the accompanying financial statements during periods in which such funds were consolidated. The management fees and incentive income earned by Fortress from the consolidated Fortress Funds were eliminated in consolidation; however, Fortress’s allocated share of the net income from these funds was increased by the amount of these eliminated fees. Accordingly, the consolidation of these Fortress Funds had no net effect on Fortress’s earnings from the Fortress Funds. For a reconciliation between the financial statements and the segment-based financial data that management uses for making operating decisions and assessing performance, see Note 10.

Following the IPO, each Fortress subsidiary that acts as a general partner of a consolidated Fortress Fund has granted rights, effective March 31, 2007, to the investors in the fund to provide that a simple majority of the fund’s unrelated investors are able to liquidate the fund, without cause, in accordance with certain procedures, or to otherwise have the ability to exert control over the fund. The granting of these rights has led to the deconsolidation of the Fortress Funds from Fortress’s financial statements as of March 31, 2007. The deconsolidation of the Fortress Funds has had significant effects on many of the items within these financial statements but has had no material net effect on net income or equity. Since the deconsolidation did not occur until March 31, 2007, the income statement and the statement of cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2007 are presented with these funds on a consolidated basis. The unaudited pro forma effects of the deconsolidation on these financial statements are described in Note 12.

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

The accompanying consolidated financial statements and related notes of Fortress have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for interim financial reporting and the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted. In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation of Fortress’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows have been included and are of a normal and recurring nature. The operating results presented for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for any other interim period or for the entire year. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with Fortress’s combined financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2006 and notes thereto included in Fortress’s annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Capitalized terms used herein, and not otherwise defined, are defined in Fortress’s combined financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2006.

2.  MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS AND FORTRESS FUNDS

Management Fees, Incentive Income and Related Profit Sharing Expense

On a pro forma basis (Note 12), as adjusted for the deconsolidation of the consolidated Fortress Funds as if it had occurred on January 1, 2007, Fortress recognized management fees and incentive income as follows:


  Three Months Ended
March 31, 2007
Private Equity Funds  
Management fees $ 26,664
Incentive income 206,440
Liquid Hedge Funds  
Management fees 29,858
Incentive income 45,688
Hybrid Hedge Funds  
Management fees 27,997
Incentive income 95
Castles  
Management fees 11,029
Management fees – options 811
Incentive income 3,688
Total  
Management fees $ 96,359
Incentive income $ 255,911

Incentive Income Subject to Annual Performance Criteria

Incentive income from certain Fortress Funds is earned based on achieving annual performance criteria. Accordingly, this incentive income is recorded as revenue at year end (in the fourth quarter of each year) and has not been recognized for these funds during the three months ended March 31, 2007 and 2006. If the amount of incentive income contingent on achieving annual performance criteria was not contingent on the results of the subsequent quarters, $45.6 million

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

and $28.6 million of additional incentive income from affiliates would have been recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.

Deferred incentive income from the Fortress Funds, subject to contingent repayment, was comprised of the following:


  March 31,
2007
December 31,
2006
Distributed – gross $ 391,595 $ 252,774
Less: Recognized (A) (165,798 )  (9,473 ) 
Distributed – unrecognized $ 225,797 243,301
Undistributed (B) 1,119,170 1,405,481
Total $ 1,344,967 $ 1,648,782
(A) All related contingencies have been resolved.
(B) On a consolidated basis, undistributed incentive income from the Fortress Funds is recognized on the balance sheet as deferred incentive income; on a deconsolidated basis as of March 31, 2007, undistributed incentive income is no longer recorded and has been removed from the balance sheet.

As of March 31, 2007, Fortress has recognized and paid compensation expense under its employee profit sharing arrangements in connection with the $225.8 million of distributed incentive income. If the $1,119.2 million of undistributed incentive income were realized, Fortress would recognize and pay an additional $400.4 million of compensation expense.

The change in deferred incentive income is summarized as follows:


  Distributed Undistributed Total
Deferred incentive income as of December 31, 2006 $ 243,301 $ 1,405,481 $ 1,648,782
Share of income (loss) of Fortress Funds 190,298 (289,530 )  (99,232 ) 
Recognition of previously deferred
incentive income
(206,440 )  (206,440 ) 
Other income components (1,362 )  (1,362 ) 
Total income components (17,504 )  (289,530 )  (307,034 ) 
Other 3,219 3,219
Deferred incentive income as of March 31, 2007 $ 225,797 $ 1,119,170 $ 1,344,967

Recognized profit sharing compensation expense is summarized as follows:


  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2007 2006
Private equity funds $ 71,753 $ 9,414
Liquid hedge funds 28,947 27,205
Hybrid hedge funds 19,518 13,902
Castles 2,356 2,461
Total $ 122,574 $ 52,982

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

Principals’ and Others’ Interests in Consolidated Subsidiaries

This balance sheet caption was comprised of the following at March 31, 2007:


Employee interests in majority owned
and controlled fund advisor and
general partner entities
$ 75,061
Principals’ Fortress Operating Group units 342,137
Other 2,126
Total $ 419,324

This income statement caption was comprised of shares of consolidated net income related to the following, on a pre-tax basis, for the three months ended March 31, 2007:


  Actual Pro Forma (A)
Employee interests in majority owned
and controlled fund advisor and
general partner entities
$ 2,842 $ 2,842
Third party investors in Fortress Funds (460,615 ) 
Principals’ Fortress Operating Group units (77,642 )  (77,642 ) 
Other (115 )  (115 ) 
Total $ (535,530 )  $ (74,915 ) 
(A) On a pro forma basis (Note 12), as adjusted for the deconsolidation of the consolidated Fortress Funds as if it had occurred on January 1, 2007.

Private Equity Funds

In January 2007, Fortress increased its capital commitment to one of its private equity funds by $80 million.

In February 2007, Fortress had its first closing of a new private equity Fortress Fund, Long Dated Value Fund III (‘‘LDVF III’’), with $201.4 million in capital commitments. A second closing was held in March 2007 resulting in total commitments of $275.3 million. Fortress, its affiliates and employees represent $23.0 million of the total commitments. Fortress will manage LDVF III under similar terms to the other private equity Fortress Funds.

In March 2007, $11.6 million of Fortress’s remaining capital commitment to one of its private equity funds was extinguished.

Liquid Hedge Funds and Hybrid Hedge Funds

Approximately $378.2 million of distributions were made to the Principals during the period from January 1, 2007 through the date of the IPO from the net proceeds from collection of deferred fee receivables, earned in prior periods, related to the liquid and hybrid hedge funds. Following this distribution, all of the deferred fee arrangements were terminated. Subsequent to March 31, 2007, $27.4 million of net proceeds from all of the remaining deferred fee receivables were collected.

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

In February 2007, one of the consolidated hybrid hedge funds raised $1.2 billion of capital commitments from existing and new limited partners, of which 18% was called in March 2007 and 8% was called in April 2007. During the capital commitment period, which expires on the earlier of when it is fully drawn or December 31, 2008, no other new third party investors will be permitted in this fund.

In February 2007, one of the consolidated hybrid hedge funds originated a $1.2 billion loan in connection with a transaction between two third parties. As part of the syndication of this loan, Fortress formed four managed account relationships totaling $425 million, whereby Fortress manages investments on behalf of third parties in exchange for fees, syndicated $300 million to a third party participant and retained the remainder in certain Fortress Funds. Fortress will earn incentive fees from the managed account relationships based upon the performance of the underlying investment.

3.   INVESTMENTS IN EQUITY METHOD INVESTEES

Investments in Equity Method Investees

Fortress holds investments in certain unconsolidated Fortress Funds which are accounted for under the equity method. Upon the deconsolidation of the consolidated Fortress Funds on March 31, 2007 (Note 1), these funds also became equity method investees. Fortress’s maximum exposure to loss with respect to these entities is generally equal to its investment plus its basis in any options received from such entities as described below. In addition, unconsolidated affiliates also hold an ownership interest in certain of these entities. Summary financial information related to these investments is as follows:


  Equity Held by Fortress Fortress’s Equity in Net Income (Loss)
         March 31,            December 31, Three Months Ended March 31,
  2007 2006 2007 2006
Private equity funds,
excluding NIH
$ 270,542 $ (A )  $ (A )  $ (A ) 
NIH 8,028 8,213 (181 )  945
Total private equity funds 278,570 8,213 (181 )  945
Liquid hedge funds 32,480 (A )  (A )  (A ) 
Hybrid hedge funds 275,753 (A )  (A )  (A ) 
Newcastle 11,906 13,756 729 668
Eurocastle 11,548 11,844 (398 )  242
Other 10,177 3,437 45 41
  $ 620,434 $ 37,250 $ 195 $ 1,896
(A) These entities were consolidated prior to March 31, 2007.

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FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC
(PRIOR TO JANUARY 17, 2007, FORTRESS OPERATING GROUP – NOTE 1)
    
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)
MARCH 31, 2007
(dollars in tables in thousands, except share data)

A summary of the changes in Fortress’s investments in equity method investees is as follows:


  Three Months Ended March 31, 2007
  Private Equity Funds Liquid
Hedge Funds
Hybrid
Hedge Funds
Castles Other Total
  NIH Other Newcastle Eurocastle
Investment, beginning $ 8,213 $ $ $ $ 13,756 $ 11,844 $ 3,437 $ 37,250
Earnings from equity method investees (181 )  729 (398 )  45 195
Other comprehensive income from equity method investees (4 )  (1,871 )  155 (1,720 ) 
Contributions to equity
method investees