TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2015) - Brookfield Asset Management Inc. ("Brookfield") (NYSE:BAM)(TSX:BAM.A)(EURONEXT:BAMA) announced today that it intends to spin off approximately 35% of Brookfield Business Partners L.P. ("BBP") by distributing to shareholders a special dividend estimated to be worth US$0.50 per share, or approximately US$500 million, in the form of units of BBP. BBP will be the primary vehicle through which Brookfield will own and operate the business services and industrial operations of its private equity platform.

BBP's initial businesses will include substantially all of Brookfield's business services and industrial operations. BBP will be focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses that are low-cost producers and/or benefit from high barriers to entry. In aggregate, based on Brookfield's proportionate ownership interest, these businesses generated approximately $200 million of funds from operations for Brookfield last year and had an equity value of approximately $2 billion as at June 30, 2015.

Bruce Flatt, CEO of Brookfield said, "In a continuation of our strategy of creating flagship, specialized public affiliates, we think it is the right time for us to create BBP and give our shareholders an opportunity to participate directly in its operations and growth. We have seen substantial growth in our private equity platform over the last five years and continue to see significant opportunities globally for this business."

The creation of BBP will benefit Brookfield's business by providing access to permanent capital to fund its operations outside of property, renewable energy and infrastructure, thereby broadening the spectrum of opportunities available to Brookfield. In particular, BBP will offer a long-term ownership structure to companies whose management teams are seeking additional sources of capital but prefer not to be public as a stand-alone business.

"Brookfield Business Partners will accomplish for our business services and industrial operations what our other flagship public issuers have successfully accomplished for our property, renewable energy and infrastructure operations - providing a focused listed owner to support the expansion of these businesses," said Cyrus Madon, a Senior Managing Partner of Brookfield, Head of Brookfield's Private Equity Group and Chief Executive Officer of BBP.

BBP, a Bermuda-based limited partnership, intends to file a preliminary registration statement with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the spin-off shortly. Pursuant to the spin-off, a portion of BBP's units will be distributed to holders of Brookfield's Class A and B limited voting shares through a special dividend, with Brookfield expected to hold an approximate 65% equity interest, along with the general partner interest, in BBP. BBP intends to apply to list its units in Canada and the United States. Subject to the receipt of normal course regulatory approvals, Brookfield anticipates completing the spin-off of BBP in Q1 2016.

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