CALGARY, ALBERTA, February 13, 2008 - Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX/NYSE: BAM) announces that its bridge lending fund (the “Fund”) has subscribed for a convertible debenture of Grande Cache Coal Corporation (the “Corporation”) in the principal amount of $17,500,000 (the “Debenture”) in connection with a financing of the Corporation. Based on the currently issued and outstanding number of common shares of the Corporation, assuming conversion of the entire Debenture, the Fund would have ownership and control over 9,589,041 common shares representing approximately 11.7% of such issued and outstanding number of common shares.
The Fund has acquired the Debenture for investment purposes, and in connection with refinancing of the existing credit facility extended to the Corporation by the Fund.
About Brookfield Bridge Lending Fund
Brookfield Bridge Lending Fund offers tailored solutions to North American companies in need of interim capital. Through co-investment with our institutional investors, we are able to execute individual transactions of up to $1 billion without syndication conditions or market flex. The Fund is managed by Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
For additional information, or for a copy of the early warning report filed in respect of the above transaction, please contact:
Brookfield Bridge Lending Fund Inc.
Suite 1700, 335-8th Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 1C9
Tel: (403) 770-7215
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NOTE: The statements in this press release concerning our future intentions regarding the Fund’s investment in Grande Cache Coal Corporation’s Common Shares may contain forward-looking information and other "forward-looking statements", within the meaning of certain securities laws including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21 E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and in any applicable Canadian securities regulations. We may make such statements in this release, in other filings with Canadian regulators or the SEC or in other communications. The reader should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements and information because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors.
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