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Brookfield and Johnson Controls to Merge Australian and New Zealand
Property and Facility Services Operations to Create Brookfield
Johnson Controls 
Global companies create new entity targeting A$18 billion outsourced
property services market in Australia and New Zealand 
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/21/12 -- Brookfield Asset
Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A)(NYSE:BAM)(EURONEXT:BAMA), and global
diversified technology and industrial leader Johnson Controls have
agreed to merge their Australian and New Zealand property and
facility services operations to create Brookfield Johnson Controls. 
The merged entity will combine the local operations of Brookfield
Multiplex Services, which provides real estate, facilities and
project management services to a range of large corporate and
government occupiers, with the Australian and New Zealand business of
Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS), a leading provider
of facilities, corporate real estate and energy management services. 
Key highlights 


 
--  Brookfield Johnson Controls will combine Johnson Controls GWS's global
    operating model, industry expertise and technology expertise with
    Brookfield Multiplex Services' regional infrastructure, local knowledge
    and established real estate, facilities and project management
    capabilities. 
--  The merged entity will manage more than 3.9 million square metres of
    property in more than 9,200 locations around Australia and New Zealand.
    Its revenue will be approximately $250 million, with a goal to double
    the size of the business over the next five years. 
--  The company's client base includes major global corporations such as
    Agilent Technologies, GlaxoSmithKline and Cisco, along with a number of
    federal, state and local government agencies. 

 
Jon McCormick, managing director, Brookfield Johnson Controls, said:
"This merger creates a new fully integrated real estate, facilities
and project management provider, one of only a handful of companies
in Australia and New Zealand able to offer such a broad range of
services. 
"There is a clear opportunity to achieve accelerated growth in a
growing market. Internal research values the outsourced property
services market in Australia and New Zealand a
t A$18 billion, which
is expected to grow by approximately 5 per cent annually. Both
government agencies and corporates are increasingly looking to
outsource property management functions to get innovative and
professional services which can increase efficiency and deliver
bottom-line value. As a result, we see a real opportunity to draw on
the expertise of our two global parent companies to provide a
market-leading alternative." 
Extension of successful global partnership 
Brookfield Johnson Controls is the second partnership between
Brookfield and Johnson Controls globally. The first, which was formed
in Canada in 1992, is an established industry leader providing
services to more than 12.5 million square metres (134 million square
feet) in 11,500 locations across Canada. 
Concurrent with the formation of Brookfield Johnson Controls in
Australia, interests in the Canadian company will also be realigned.
The Canadian entity will be renamed Brookfield Johnson Controls.  
The companies' Canadian partnership has built a strong reputation in
the financial services sector, counting many of Canada's largest
banks and financial institutions as clients. This expertise will be
used by Brookfield Johnson Controls to serve Australian and New
Zealand financial services clients, among others. 
"We expect the combined regional strength of Brookfield Multiplex
Services, the Johnson Controls GWS international platform and the
global expertise of our parent companies will be particularly
compelling for banks, insurance companies and other financial
institutions in the region," said Mr McCormick.  
"Our target sectors also include the life sciences, technology,
industrial and oil and gas markets while our global reach will appeal
to larger companies with operations in Australia and New Zealand
looking to grow into international markets." 
Iain Campbell, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls
Global Energy and WorkPlace Solutions, said: "This merger represents
an extension of the global Brookfield and Johnson Controls
partnership. Based on a relationship now spanning three decades, and
drawing together the highly-complementary skill sets of our
respective businesses, we are confident our new Australian and New
Zealand business will have an immediate impact in this important
market." 
Brian Kingston, CEO of Brookfield Australia, said: "Brookfield and
Johnson Controls have enjoyed great success in Canada using a similar
model to the one that will be employed in Australia. The formation of
this partnership was the next logical step in accelerating our growth
in Australia and New Zealand, a market on which we place great
importance and view with ongoing confidence." 
The merger agreement between Brookfield Multiplex Services and
Johnson Controls GWS in Australia and New Zealand is subject to
customary conditions precedent and is expected to close before the
end of the calendar year. Brookfield Johnson Controls intends to
begin operations from early 2013. 
About Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions  
Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions is a leading provider of
facilities, corporate real estate and energy management for many of
the world's largest companies. We create business advantage for our
customers through tailored solutions that optimize their real estate
performance and employee productivity while reducing total occupancy
costs. Our 21,000 employees have delivered over $3 billion in savings
for our customers over the last 10 years and ensure the business
continuity of the 1.8 billion square feet of real estate that we
manage in more than 75 countries.  
About Johnson Controls  
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial
leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 162,000 employees
create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy
and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive
batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles;
and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to
sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of
the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and
by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to
shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2012, Corporate
Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #5 company
in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list.  
For additional information, please visit
http://www.johnsoncontrols.com. 
About Brookfield Multiplex Services  
Brookfield Multiplex Services provides real estate, facilities and
project management services to a range of large corporate and
government occupiers in Australia and New Zealand. With more than 3
million square meters and 8,900 properties under management,
Brookfield Multiplex Services has significant regional infrastructure
and service capabilities that will add to our client service
offering. 
About Brookfield   
Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is a global alternative asset
manager with over $150 billion in assets under management. The
company has over a 100-year history of owning and operating assets
with a focus on property, renewable power, infrastructure and private
equity. It has a rang
e of public and private investment products and
services. Brookfield is co-listed on the New York and Toronto Stock
Exchanges under the symbols BAM and BAMA, respectively, and on NYSE
Euronext under the symbol BAMA. 
For additional information, please visit www.brookfield.com.  
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Contacts:
MAGNUS Investor Relations + Corporate Communication
Ian Pope
+61 2 8999 1008 / +61 416 826 037
ipope@magnus.net.au 
Garry Nickson
+61 2 8999 1004 / +61 414 930 082
gnickson@magnus.net.au
 
 
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