Consistent with its previously announced strategy, Macy's, Inc. (NYSE:M) today announced it is forming a strategic alliance with Brookfield Asset Management, a leading global alternative asset manager, to create increased value in its real estate portfolio. Brookfield's investments in real estate span all major sectors - retail, office, multi-family, industrial and hospitality. Brookfield is one of the few firms with both the capital and the operating capability required for this type of partnership. Together, the companies believe they will be able to realize the development potential of Macy's portfolio. (Editor's Note: Macy's, Inc. today also issued a separate news release announcing third quarter 2016 earnings, reaffirming full-year 2016 EPS guidance and raising full-year sales guidance.) Under the alliance, Brookfield will have an exclusive right for up to 24 months to create a "pre-development plan" for each of approximately 50 Macy's real estate assets, with an option for Macy's to continue to identify and add assets into the alliance. These assets primarily include owned and ground- leased stores and associated land, most of which are located in malls not owned by major mall owners. The breadth of opportunity within the portfolio ranges from the additional development on a portion of an asset (such as a Macy's-controlled land parcel adjacent to a store) to the complete redevelopment of an existing store. "We have real estate assets with significant value creation opportunities, and we believe that partnering with a leading global real estate investor like Brookfield is the best way to unlock the potential of those assets," said Terry J. Lundgren, Macy's, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. "The Brookfield alliance strengthens our ability to improve the customer shopping experience by giving us greater flexibility to invest in our most productive and highest-potential locations, and to make the most of our real estate assets, or portions of them."