Brascan Corporation
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Brascan Corporation

August 16, 2005 17:49 ET

Brascan Closes IPO for Brascan Adjustable Rate Trust I at C$75 Million

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 16, 2005) - Brascan Corporation (TSX:BNN)(NYSE:BNN), today announced that Brascan Adjustable Rate Trust I completed an initial public offering for 3 million units at a price of $25.00 per trust unit, for gross proceeds of C$75 million.

The Fund's trust units commenced trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BAO.UN. Standard and Poor's has assigned the Units a rating of "AAf " on its global credit quality scale and "P-1(High) f" on its Canadian credit quality scale.

The Fund is intended to provide investors with a tax-efficient stream of monthly cash distributions and to preserve the net asset value of the Fund. The Fund will obtain exposure, through a forward agreement with a Canadian chartered bank, to the performance of an actively managed portfolio (the "Portfolio") comprised of at least 80% adjustable rate and hybrid mortgage backed securities (MBS) with an implied AAA rating issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government sponsored enterprises commonly known as Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and AAA-rated MBS issued by other entities. Up to 20% of the Portfolio may be invested in investment grade residential and commercial MBS, as well as other investment grade ABS.

Distributions are variable, but are targeted over the term of the Fund to approximate the average 10-year U.S. Treasury Note yield plus approximately 2.75%. The 10-year U.S. Treasury Note yield was 4.27% as of July 27, 2005, which would result in a current target yield for the Fund of approximately 7.02% per annum.

Hyperion Capital Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Brascan, will be responsible for making all investment decisions relating to the Portfolio.

The underwriting syndicate was co-led by RBC Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets Inc. and includes a syndicate of investment dealers comprised of BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Scotia Capital Inc., TD Securities Inc., HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., Desjardin Securities Inc., Raymond James Ltd., Canaccord Capital Corporation, Dundee Securities Corporation, First Associates Investments Inc., Trilon Securities Corporation, Wellington West Capital Inc.

Hyperion is a specialized U.S. manager in real estate fixed income securities and relative value driven fixed income investment strategies to institutional investors, including insurance companies, pension funds, financial institutions, mutual funds and foundations as well as three closed-end NYSE-listed investment funds listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Brascan Adjustable Rate Management Ltd., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Brascan Corporation, will be responsible for the management of the Fund.

Brascan Corporation is a global specialist asset manager. Focused on property, power and infrastructure assets, the Company has approximately $40 billion of assets under management, including 70 premier office properties and 130 power generating plants. The company is inter-listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. For more information, please visit our web site at www.brascancorp.com.

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