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Nets Sports & Entertainment makes capital-call payment

CLEVELAND, Sept. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Forest City Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB) announced today that its subsidiary, Nets Sports & Entertainment (NS&E), made a $26.8 million payment for capital calls and fees related to its ownership interest in the Brooklyn Nets. The payment covers NS&E's share of team losses plus fees for the period of July 13, 2013, through September 8, 2015.  The company had previously announced that a forbearance agreement related to the payment had been extended through September 8.

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Commenting on the payment, Forest City President and CEO David J. LaRue noted, "We have chosen to make this payment to preserve NS&E's 20 percent ownership interest in the team, rather than suffer dilution which would reduce that interest to approximately 8 percent." 

The funding of the forbearance payment does not impact the company's previously disclosed intention to seek a sale of its interest in the Nets, and it remains in active discussions with interested parties for a potential sale.  There can be no assurance that the company will close on the sale of a portion or all of its ownership interest on terms favorable to it or at all.

NS&E is the consolidated subsidiary through which Forest City holds its ownership interests in the Nets and the Barclays Center arena.  NS&E owns 20 percent of the Nets and 55 percent of Barclays Center.  Forest City, in turn, owns approximately 62 percent of NS&E with the balance owned by minority partners.

About Forest City
Forest City Enterprises, Inc. is an NYSE-listed national real estate company with $10.3 billion in consolidated assets. The company is principally engaged in the ownership, development, management and acquisition of commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.forestcity.net.

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SOURCE Forest City Enterprises, Inc.

Jeff Frericks, Vice President - Capital Markets, 216-621-6060, or Jeff Linton, Senior Vice President - Corporate Communication, 216-621-6060, or www.forestcity.net