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Brookfield Weighs $3 Billion Life Sciences Real Estate Portfolio Sale

The company is working with advisers to sell roughly 2.3 million sq. ft. of real estate it acquired as part of Forest City in 2018.

(Bloomberg)—Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is exploring a sale of its life-sciences real estate portfolio, and seeking about $3 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The Toronto-based alternative asset manager is working with advisers to sell roughly 2.3 million square feet of life-sciences real estate it acquired as part of its 2018 purchase of Forest City Realty Trust Inc., said the people, who requested anonymity because the information isn’t public.

A Brookfield representative declined to comment.

Blackstone Group Inc. agreed last week to recapitalize a portfolio of BioMed Realty life-sciences buildings for $14.6 billion, a deal that will generate $6.5 billion of cumulative profits four years after investing in the properties.

Life sciences, which includes pharmaceutical, biotech and other medical research fields, is a sector where most staff can’t work remotely. That has stabilized the value of such properties.

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc., one of the largest real estate investment trusts that owns on life sciences properties, has fallen 2% this year compared to a 14.6% decline of the Bloomberg U.S. REITs Index.

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