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FTAI Reports First Quarter 2019 Results, Dividend of $0.33 per Common Share

May 2, 2019

NEW YORK, May 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC (NYSE:FTAI) (the “Company”) today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The Company’s consolidated comparative financial statements and key performance measures are attached as an exhibit to this press release.

Financial Overview

(in thousands, except per share data) Selected Financial Results Q1’19 ---------- Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 20,270 Net Loss Attributable to Shareholders $ (6,380 ) Basic and Diluted Loss per Share $ (0.07 ) Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”)(1) $ 70,183 Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 66,290

________________________________(1) For definitions and reconciliations of Non-GAAP measures, please refer to the exhibit to this press release.

For the first quarter of 2019, our total FAD was $70.2 million. This amount includes $101.1 million from aviation leasing activities, offset by $(4.1) million and $(26.8) million from infrastructure and corporate and other activities, respectively.

First Quarter 2019 Dividend

On May 2, 2019, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend on its common shares of $0.33 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, payable on May 28, 2019 to the holders of record on May 17, 2019.

“Considering our net loss attributable to shareholders, we achieved our best adjusted EBITDA quarter ever with infrastructure again being a positive EBITDA contributor. In addition, this was also our best quarter from a value creation perspective. We increased our products and relationships in our value add engine leasing business, including a new partnership with United Airlines, grew contractual relationships at Jefferson Terminal, signed long-term offtakes at Long Ridge energy terminal and we are seeing strong customer demand for terminal services at Repauno,” said Joe Adams, the Company’s CEO.

Additional Information

For additional information that management believes to be useful for investors, please refer to the presentation posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website, www.ftandi.com, and the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, when available on the Company’s website. Nothing on the Company’s website is included or incorporated by reference herein.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time. The conference call may be accessed by dialing 1-877-447-5636 (from within the U.S.) or 1-615-247-0080 (from outside of the U.S.) ten minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call; please reference “FTAI First Quarter Earnings Call.” A simultaneous webcast of the conference call will be available to the public on a listen-only basis at www.ftandi.com.

Following the call, a replay of the conference call will be available after 12:00 P.M. on Friday, May 3, 2019 through midnight Friday, May 10, 2019 at 1-855-859-2056 (from within the U.S.) or 1-404-537-3406 (from outside of the U.S.), Passcode: 5076638.

About Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC owns and acquires high quality infrastructure and equipment that is essential for the transportation of goods and people globally. FTAI targets assets that, on a combined basis, generate strong and stable cash flows with the potential for earnings growth and asset appreciation. FTAI is externally managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a leading, diversified global investment firm.

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, but not limited to, statements regarding future value creation. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of trends and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond the Company’s control. The Company can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained and such differences may be material. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this press release. 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 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which are available on the Company’s website (www.ftandi.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. 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 change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based. This release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.

For further information, please contact:

Alan AndreiniInvestor RelationsFortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors LLC(212) 798-6128 aandreini@fortress.com

Withholding Information for Withholding Agents

This announcement is intended to be a qualified notice as provided in the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) and the Regulations thereunder. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, the dividend declared in May 2019 will be treated as a partnership distribution. For tax withholding purposes, the per share distribution components are as follows:

Distribution Components --------------------------------- -------- Non-U.S. Long Term Capital Gain $ — U.S. Portfolio Interest Income(1) $ 0.1100 U.S. Dividend Income(2) $ — Income Not from U.S. Sources(3) $ 0.2200 Distribution Per Share $ 0.3300

(1) Eligible for the U.S. portfolio interest exemption for any holder not considered a 10-percent shareholder under §871(h)(3)(B) of the Code.

(2) This income is subject to withholding under §1441 of the Code.

(3) This income is not subject to withholding under §1441 or §1446 of the Code.

For U.S. shareholders: In computing your U.S. federal taxable income, you should not rely on this qualified notice, but should generally take into account your allocable share of the Company’s taxable income as reported to you on your Schedule K-1.

Exhibit - Financial Statements FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, (Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data) 2019 2018 ---------- ---------- Revenues Equipment leasing revenues $ 72,452 $ 55,784 Infrastructure revenues 52,175 13,060 Total revenues 124,627 68,844 -------- - -------- - Expenses Operating expenses 61,918 27,579 General and administrative 4,732 3,586 Acquisition and transaction expenses 1,474 1,766 Management fees and incentive allocation to affiliate 3,838 3,739 Depreciation and amortization 39,533 29,587 Interest expense 21,303 11,871 Total expenses 132,798 78,128 -------- - -------- - Other income (expense) Equity in (losses) earnings of unconsolidated entities (384 ) 95 Gain (loss) on sale of equipment, net 1,725 (5 ) Interest income 91 176 Other (expense) income (2,604 ) 180 -------- - -------- - Total other (expense) income (1,172 ) 446 -------- - -------- - Loss before income taxes (9,343 ) (8,838 ) Provision for income taxes 453 495 Net loss (9,796 ) (9,333 ) -------- - -------- - Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests in consolidated subsidiaries (3,416 ) (8,761 ) -------- - -------- - Net loss attributable to shareholders $ (6,380 ) $ (572 ) - ------ - - ------ - Loss per share Basic $ (0.07 ) $ (0.01 ) Diluted $ (0.07 ) $ (0.01 ) Weighted Average Shares Outstanding: Basic 85,986,45 81,534,45 3 4 Diluted 85,986,45 81,534,45 3 4

FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data) March 31, December 31, 2019 2018 ------------- ------------- Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 120,515 $ 99,601 Restricted cash 108,058 21,236 Accounts receivable, net 50,586 53,789 Leasing equipment, net 1,471,794 1,432,210 Operating lease right-of-use assets, net 44,241 — Finance leases, net 21,158 18,623 Property, plant, and equipment, net 788,668 708,853 Investments 39,778 40,560 Intangible assets, net 35,604 38,513 Goodwill 116,584 116,584 Other assets 150,714 108,809 Total assets $ 2,947,700 $ 2,638,778 - --------- - - --------- - Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 97,415 $ 112,188 Debt, net 1,540,017 1,237,347 Maintenance deposits 166,749 158,163 Security deposits 38,638 38,539 Operating lease liabilities 44,719 — Other liabilities 87,108 38,759 Total liabilities $ 1,974,646 $ 1,584,996 - --------- - - --------- - Commitments and contingencies Equity Common shares ($0.01 par value per share; 2,000,000,000 shares authorized; 84,477,791 and 84,050,889 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and 845 840 December 31, 2018, respectively) Additional paid in capital 1,001,223 1,029,376 Accumulated deficit (39,197 ) (32,817 ) Accumulated other comprehensive loss (43,012 ) — ----------- - ----------- - Shareholders’ equity 919,859 997,399 Non-controlling interest in equity of consolidated subsidiaries 53,195 56,383 Total equity 973,054 1,053,782 ----------- - ----------- - Total liabilities and equity $ 2,947,700 $ 2,638,778 - --------- - - --------- -

FORTRESS TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS LLC CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited) (Dollar amounts in thousands, unless otherwise noted) Three Months Ended March 31, 2019 2018 ------------ ------------ Cash flows from operating activities: Net loss $ (9,796 ) $ (9,333 ) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities: Equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated entities 384 (95 ) (Gain) loss on sale of equipment, net (1,725 ) 5 Security deposits and maintenance claims included in earnings (2,953 ) (383 ) Equity-based compensation 228 208 Depreciation and amortization 39,533 29,587 Change in current and deferred income taxes 338 504 Change in fair value of non-hedge derivative 3,220 (624 ) Amortization of lease intangibles and incentives 8,334 7,226 Amortization of deferred financing costs 2,025 1,151 Bad debt expense 2,950 1,441 Other 221 9 Change in: Accounts receivable (1,127 ) (7,387 ) Other assets (5,295 ) 1,176 Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (14,348 ) (9,768 ) Management fees payable to affiliate (1,158 ) (1,300 ) Other liabilities (561 ) (947 ) ---------- - ---------- - Net cash provided by operating activities 20,270 11,470 ---------- - ---------- - Cash flows from investing activities: Investment in notes receivable — (912 ) Investment in unconsolidated entities and available for sale securities — (1,115 ) Principal collections on finance leases 1,289 129 Acquisition of leasing equipment (108,919 ) (86,043 ) Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (81,241 ) (23,641 ) Acquisition of lease intangibles (589 ) (1,029 ) Purchase deposits for acquisitions (4,625 ) (6,886 ) Proceeds from sale of leasing equipment 27,292 6,136 Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 7 38 Return of capital distributions from unconsolidated entities 398 — Return of purchase deposit for aircraft and aircraft engines — 240 Return of deposit on sale of engine — (400 ) Net cash used in investing activities (166,388 ) (113,483 ) - -------- - - -------- - Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from debt 352,680 18,600 Repayment of debt (47,222 ) (12,612 ) Payment of deferred financing costs (28,611 ) (71 ) Receipt of security deposits 1,935 1,864 Return of security deposits (233 ) (700 ) Receipt of maintenance deposits 13,495 9,720 Release of maintenance deposits (9,807 ) (1,840 ) Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net of underwriter’s discount — 128,450 Common shares issuance costs — (132 ) Cash dividends (28,383 ) (27,333 ) ---------- - ---------- - Net cash provided by financing activities 253,854 115,946 - -------- - - -------- - Net increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash 107,736 13,933 Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period 120,837 92,806 ---------- - ---------- - Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $ 228,573 $ 106,739 - -------- - - -------- -

Key Performance Measures

The Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”) utilizes Adjusted EBITDA as our key performance measure.

Adjusted EBITDA provides the CODM with the information necessary to assess operational performance, as well as make resource and allocation decisions. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) attributable to shareholders, adjusted (a) to exclude the impact of provision for income taxes, equity-based compensation expense, acquisition and transaction expenses, losses on the modification or extinguishment of debt and capital lease obligations, changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments, asset impairment charges, incentive allocations, depreciation and amortization expense, and interest expense, (b) to include the impact of our pro-rata share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated entities, and (c) to exclude the impact of equity in earnings (losses) of unconsolidated entities and the non-controlling share of Adjusted EBITDA.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net loss attributable to shareholders to Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018:

Three Months Ended March 31, (in thousands) 2019 2018 ---------- ---------- Net loss attributable to shareholders $ (6,380 ) $ (572 ) Add: Provision for income taxes 453 495 Add: Equity-based compensation expense 228 208 Add: Acquisition and transaction expenses 1,474 1,766 Add: Losses on the modification or extinguishment of debt and capital lease obligations — — Add: Changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments 3,220 624 Add: Asset impairment charges — — Add: Incentive allocations 162 — Add: Depreciation and amortization expense (1) 47,867 36,814 Add: Interest expense 21,303 11,871 Add: Pro-rata share of Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated entities (2) (118 ) 175 Less: Equity in losses (earnings) of unconsolidated entities 384 (95 ) Less: Non-controlling share of Adjusted EBITDA (3) (2,303 ) (3,165 ) Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP) $ 66,290 $ 48,121 - ------ - - ------ -

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(1) Includes the following items for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018: (i) $39,533 and $29,587 of depreciation and amortization expense, (ii) $2,462 and $1,992 of lease intangible amortization and (iii) $5,872 and $5,235 of amortization for lease incentives, respectively.

(2) Includes the following items for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018: (i) net (loss) income of $(420) and $48, (ii) interest expense of $36 and $112 and (iii) depreciation and amortization expense of $266 and $15, respectively.

(3) Includes the following items for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018: (i) equity based compensation of $25 and $37, (ii) provision for income taxes of $36 and $4, (iii) interest expense of $899 and $1,292, (iv) depreciation and amortization expense of $1,164 and $2,076 and (v) changes in fair value of non-hedge derivative instruments of $179 and $(244), respectively.

We use Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”) in evaluating our ability to meet our stated dividend policy. FAD is not a financial measure in accordance with GAAP. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to FAD is net cash provided by operating activities. We believe FAD is a useful metric for investors and analysts for similar purposes.

We define FAD as: net cash provided by operating activities plus principal collections on finance leases, proceeds from sale of assets, and return of capital distributions from unconsolidated entities, less required payments on debt obligations and capital distributions to non-controlling interest, and excludes changes in working capital.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of Net Cash provided by Operating Activities to FAD for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018:

Three Months Ended March 31, (in thousands) 2019 2018 ---------- ---------- Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 20,270 $ 11,470 Add: Principal Collections on Finance Leases 1,289 129 Add: Proceeds from Sale of Assets 27,299 6,174 Add: Return of Capital Distributions from Unconsolidated Entities 398 — Less: Required Payments on Debt Obligations (1) (1,562 ) (1,562 ) Less: Capital Distributions to Non-Controlling Interest — — Exclude: Changes in Working Capital 22,489 18,226 -------- - -------- - Funds Available for Distribution (FAD) $ 70,183 $ 34,437 - ------ - - ------ -

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(1) Required payments on debt obligations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 exclude repayments of $40,000 for the Revolving Credit Facility and $5,660 for the CMQR Credit Agreement, and for the three months ended March 31, 2018 exclude repayment of $11,050 for the CMQR Credit Agreement, all of which were voluntary refinancings as repayments of these amounts were not required at such time.

The following tables set forth a reconciliation of FAD to Net Cash provided by Operating Activities for the three months ended March 31, 2019:

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019 Aviation Infrastruct Corporate (in thousands) Leasing ure and Total Other Funds Available for Distribution (FAD) $ 101,141 $ (4,185 ) $ (26,773 ) $ 70,183 - ------- - ------ - - ------- - - ------ - Less: Principal Collections on Finance Leases (1,289 ) Less: Proceeds from Sale of Assets (27,299 ) Less: Return of Capital Distributions from Unconsolidated (398 ) Entities Add: Required Payments on Debt Obligations (1) 1,562 Add: Capital Distributions to Non-Controlling Interest — Include: Changes in Working Capital (22,489 ) -------- - Net Cash provided by Operating Activities $ 20,270 - ------ -

(1) Required payments on debt obligations for the three months ended March 31, 2019 exclude repayments of $40,000 for the Revolving Credit Facility and $5,660 for the CMQR Credit Agreement, both of which were voluntary refinancings as repayments of these amounts were not required at such time.

FAD is subject to a number of limitations and assumptions and there can be no assurance that the Company will generate FAD sufficient to meet its intended dividends. FAD has material limitations as a liquidity measure of the Company because such measure excludes items that are required elements of the Company’s net cash provided by operating activities as described below. FAD should not be considered in isolation nor as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results of operations under GAAP, and it is not the only metric that should be considered in evaluating the Company’s ability to meet its stated dividend policy. Specifically:

-- FAD does not include equity capital called from the Company’s existing limited partners, proceeds from any debt issuance or future equity offering, historical cash and cash equivalents and expected investments in the Company’s operations. -- FAD does not give pro forma effect to prior acquisitions, certain of which cannot be quantified. -- While FAD reflects the cash inflows from sale of certain assets, FAD does not reflect the cash outflows to acquire assets as the Company relies on alternative sources of liquidity to fund such purchases. -- FAD does not reflect expenditures related to capital expenditures, acquisitions and other investments as the Company has multiple sources of liquidity and intends to fund these expenditures with future incurrences of indebtedness, additional capital contributions and/or future issuances of equity. -- FAD does not reflect any maintenance capital expenditures necessary to maintain the same level of cash generation from our capital investments. -- FAD does not reflect changes in working capital balances as management believes that changes in working capital are primarily driven by short term timing differences, which are not meaningful to the Company’s distribution decisions. -- Management has significant discretion to make distributions, and the Company is not bound by any contractual provision that requires it to use cash for distributions.

If such factors were included in FAD, there can be no assurance that the results would be consistent with the Company’s presentation of FAD.