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WSJ: Brookfield among bidders for Weyerhaeuser's homebuilding unit

  • Weyerhaeuser's (WY) homebuilding division is attracting interest from Brookfield Residential Properties (BRP), the land developer and home builder controlled by Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), WSJ reports.
  • Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Co. executives reportedly have met with bidders to answer questions about its operations; while some bidders are interested in only a portion of the unit, BRP is said to be interested in buying the entire group.
  • BAM's size - $180B in assets - might prove an advantage vs. other interested parties since WY wants to sell the homebuilding division in a reverse Morris trust, a tax-free method of spinning off a division to be merged with an acquirer.
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