Brookfield Properties Corporation

Brookfield Properties Corporation
BPO Properties Ltd.

BPO Properties Ltd.

July 07, 2005 14:25 ET

Brookfield Consortium Unable to Complete Acquisition of O&Y Portfolio

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 7, 2005) - Brookfield Properties Corporation (NYSE:BPO)(TSX:BPO), and its Canadian based subsidiary, BPO Properties Ltd. ("BPO Properties") (TSX:BPP) today announced that its bidding consortium, which includes BPO Properties, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPP Investment Board) and a third Canadian institutional investor, received approval from the shareholders of O&Y Properties Corporation ("O&Y Properties") (TSX:OYP) for its acquisition of the shares of O&Y Properties, but did not receive the required level of approval by O&Y Real Estate Investment Trust ("O&Y REIT") (TSX:OYR.UN) minority unitholders to complete the acquisition of 100% of its assets under the terms of the definitive agreements announced on June 1, 2005.

"We, along with our partners, are pleased with the outcome of the vote by O&Y Properties shareholders, but of course are disappointed in the outcome of the vote by O&Y REIT minority unitholders. An extensive two-stage bidding process was conducted by experts in this field to ensure that the best possible price was achieved for O&Y's shareholders and unitholders. More than fifty groups participated in the process; the Brookfield consortium emerged as the top bidder and was selected as the winning bidder by the independent committee of O&Y REIT," commented Ric Clark, President and CEO of Brookfield Properties Corporation.

"Because the O&Y REIT and O&Y Properties transactions are interconditional, we will be assessing our options and will decide in the near future how best to proceed in the circumstances," added Clark.

Brookfield Properties Corporation owns, develops and manages premier North American office properties. The Brookfield portfolio comprises 46 commercial properties and development sites totaling 46 million square feet, including landmark properties such as the World Financial Center in New York City and BCE Place in Toronto. Brookfield is inter-listed on the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit

BPO Properties Ltd., 89% owned by Brookfield Properties, is a Canadian company that invests in real estate, focusing on the ownership and value enhancement of premier office properties. The current property portfolio is comprised of interests in 17 commercial properties and development sites totaling 14 million square feet, including landmark properties such as the Exchange Tower, home of the Toronto Stock Exchange and Bankers Hall in Calgary. BPO Properties' common shares trade on the TSX under the symbol BPP. For more information, visit

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