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Forest City Confirms Exploring Potential Recapitalization Of 8 Spruce Street Apartment Tower

CLEVELAND, May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Forest City Enterprises, Inc., (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) today confirmed that Forest City and National Real Estate Advisors (NREA), partners in the ownership of 8 Spruce Street in Lower Manhattan, have retained CBRE to explore the possibility of bringing a minority partner into the ownership of this iconic Frank Gehry-designed, 899-unit apartment tower.

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Both Forest City and NREA remain fully committed to the property and expect to retain substantial ownership positions. 

"Given the high level of interest in apartments as an asset class, the strength of the New York market, and the acclaim for this extraordinary property, we and our partner believe it is prudent to explore interest from potential minority partners," said David J. LaRue, Forest City president and chief executive officer. 

The retention of CBRE to market a potential minority ownership stake is exploratory; no transaction can be guaranteed.

About Forest CityForest City Enterprises, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $10.5 billion in total assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate and land throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.

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Statements made in this news release that state the company's or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. The company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements due to various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Risks and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact of current lending and capital market conditions on its liquidity, ability to finance or refinance projects and repay its debt, the impact of the current economic environment on its ownership, development and management of its real estate portfolio, general real estate investment and development risks, vacancies in its properties, further downturns in the housing market, competition, illiquidity of real estate investments, bankruptcy or defaults of tenants, anchor store consolidations or closings, international activities, the impact of terrorist acts, risks associated with an investment in a professional sports team, its substantial debt leverage and the ability to obtain and service debt, the impact of restrictions imposed by its credit facility and senior debt, exposure to hedging agreements, the level and volatility of interest rates, the continued availability of tax-exempt government financing, the impact of credit rating downgrades, effects of uninsured or underinsured losses, effects of a downgrade or failure of our insurance carriers, environmental liabilities, conflicts of interest, risks associated with the sale of tax credits, risks associated with developing and managing properties in partnership with others, the ability to maintain effective internal controls, compliance with governmental regulations, increased legislative and regulatory scrutiny of the financial services industry, volatility in the market price of its publicly traded securities, inflation risks, litigation risks, as well as other risks listed from time to time in the company's SEC filings, including but not limited to, the company's annual and quarterly reports.

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