SOURCE: Brookfield Office Properties Inc.

Brookfield Office Properties Inc.

October 15, 2013 16:15 ET

Brookfield Office Properties Completes Acquisition of MPG Office Trust Inc.

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 15, 2013) - Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (NYSE: BPO) (TSX: BPO), through its newly formed fund ("DTLA Holdings"), today completed the acquisition of MPG Office Trust, Inc. (NYSE: MPG). The transaction was contingent upon several conditions, including the approval of MPG's common stockholders, the receipt of certain consents from MPG's lenders, and certain regulatory approvals, all of which have been met. MPG common shares will be delisted from the NYSE on October 15, 2013. Pursuant to the terms of the transaction, each share of MPG Series A Preferred Stock that was not tendered and accepted for payment by Brookfield Office Properties in the tender offer has been converted into, and canceled in exchange for, one share of Brookfield DTLA Fund Office Trust Investor Inc. Series A Preferred Stock, which will be listed on the NYSE under the symbol DTLA PR.

"We are pleased to be able to complete this transaction and look forward to the opportunity to combine and operate a sizeable portfolio of the highest quality assets in a major U.S. gateway city," said Dennis Friedrich, chief executive officer of Brookfield Office Properties. "Downtown Los Angeles is a dynamic urban market and the addition of the MPG portfolio allows a new phase of growth to both expand our reach in this city and create new long-term value in these assets for our investors."

Brookfield Office Properties announced the acquisition in April, pursuant to which DTLA Holdings was formed. DTLA Holdings is sponsored and managed by Brookfield Office Properties, which owns approximately 47% of the fund and includes institutional partners who hold the remaining approximately 53% interest.

DTLA Holdings now owns both Brookfield Office Properties' existing downtown Los Angeles office assets and all of the assets of MPG. DTLA Holdings will own principally seven Class A office properties totaling 8.3 million square feet.

  • Bank of America Plaza
  • 601 S. Figueroa
  • Ernst & Young Tower
  • Wells Fargo Center - North & South Towers*
  • The Gas Company Tower*
  • 777 Tower*

* Denotes former MPG asset

"Brookfield Office Properties is dedicated to excellence in property management and committed to bringing the highest levels of environmental responsibility to its buildings," said Bert Dezzutti, senior vice president of Brookfield Office Properties' Western Region. "We also look forward to bringing our world-renowned Arts Brookfield program to these properties to enliven the public spaces and add another fantastic amenity to our tenants."

The fund will also acquire two additional assets in Downtown Los Angeles: FIGat7th, Brookfield Office Properties' newly redeveloped retail complex, as well as a strategically located development site. 

About Brookfield Office Properties
Brookfield Office Properties owns, develops and manages premier office properties in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Its portfolio is comprised of interests in 114 properties totaling 85 million leasable square feet in the downtown cores of New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle, Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, making it the global leader in the ownership and management of office assets. Landmark properties include Brookfield Places in New York City, Toronto and Perth, Bank of America Plaza in Los Angeles, Bankers Hall in Calgary, and Darling Park in Sydney. The company's common shares trade on the NYSE and TSX under the symbol BPO. For more information, visit www.brookfieldofficeproperties.com.

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