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Brookfield Asset Management profit doubles

Brookfield Asset Management CEO Bruce Flatt looks on at their annual general meeting for shareholders on May 7, 2014. Brookfield’s second-quarter profit doubled over the year-ago period.

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Brookfield Asset Management Inc. says it doubled its profits to $1.6-billion (U.S.) in the latest quarter, partly due to increases in management fees.

The Toronto-based company said the profit amounted to $1.19 per diluted share for the three-month period ended June 30.

This compared to net income of $802-million, or 31 cents, in the second quarter a year ago.

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Revenues totalled $4.83-billion, down from $5.16-billion year over year.

Funds from operations came in at $569-million or 84 cents per share, up from $464-million or 68 cents per share a year ago, on realized disposition gains and capital that had been deployed over the year.

"We are continuing to see clients allocate an increasing portion of their capital to Brookfield's real asset investment strategies, due to the superior risk adjusted returns generated by these assets," said CEO Bruce Flatt in a statement.

"Our flagship listed partnerships and private funds are well positioned to deliver long-term performance for clients and shareholders."

The company said it is continuing to invest in emerging markets and Europe, and have announced plans to acquire office properties in India, a port and rail network in Brazil and wind farms in Ireland.

Brookfield, which focuses on real estate, renewable energy, infrastructure and private equity, had more than $192-billion in assets under management at the end of the quarter.

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