Brookfield's Private Equity Group Acquires Canadian Cold Storage Business

Toronto, Ontario, June 3, 2013 – Brookfield Capital Partners III, the flagship private equity fund of Brookfield Asset Management Inc., announced today that it has completed the acquisition of the Canadian logistics operations of Millard Refrigerated Services, launching a leading national cold storage company, Brookfield Cold Storage.

Through this acquisition, Brookfield Capital Partners is acquiring more than 16 million cubic feet of combined storage capacity in two state-of-the-art facilities in Toronto and Calgary that includes rapid freezing capability. It intends to grow the company utilizing its existing national scale through acquisitions, organic growth as well as expanded service offerings. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have completed the Millard acquisition and announce the creation of Brookfield Cold Storage. This acquisition is consistent with our objective of investing in high quality, competitive businesses with positive growth fundamentals. These are premiere assets with a national footprint and we are actively seeking additional opportunities to build out the Brookfield Cold Storage platform,” said David Nowak, Managing Partner of Brookfield.

“These assets are situated in key markets and have a valued customer base which will serve us well as a platform in which we can grow the business. We look forward to working with and supporting the experienced management team and employees of the business. Our focus will be on customer service and operating efficiencies in order to build out our competitive position in a growing market,” said Pierre McNeil, Chief Operations Officer of Brookfield’s private equity group.

Brookfield Capital Partners III is a North American based multi-strategy private equity fund focused on acquiring and building high quality businesses where operational improvement is the primary driver of value creation. The fund seeks investments that include: buyouts and corporate carve-outs; convertible, senior and mezzanine financings; and restructurings and recapitalizations.

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset manager with over $175 billion in assets under management. The company has over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private equity. It has a range of public and private investment products and services, which leverage its expertise and experience and provide Brookfield with a competitive advantage in the markets where it operates. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the symbol BAM and BAM.A, respectively, and on NYSE Euronext under the symbol BAMA. For more information, please visit our website at www.brookfield.com.

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