04/22/2015 11:40 EDT | Updated 07/16/2015 06:59 EDT

Brookfield affiliate to acquire U.S.-based real estate trust for US$2.5 billion

CLEVELAND - Brookfield Asset Management (TSX:BAM.A) plans to acquire U.S.-based real estate investment trust Associated Estates Realty Corp. for US$2.5 billion.

The deal will see Brookfield pay, through one of its real estate funds, $28.75 per share in cash for the Richmond Heights, Ohio,-based company.

Associated Estates owns 56 apartment buildings in the Midwestern, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S.

Brookfield has been a significant investor in multi-family units for some time.

Its affiliate, Brookfield Property Partners, controls around 22,000 multi-family units throughout North America under the brand Fairfield Residential.

Jeffrey Friedman, chairman and chief executive of Associated Estates Realty, said the deal follows a business review undertaken by the company last December.

"After analyzing the company's strategy, assets and other opportunities, including running a process involving a number of qualified potential buyers, the board unanimously determined that this transaction is the best course of action to maximize shareholder value," Friedman said in a statement.