June 30, 2015

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Robert Udall Glazier, Deputy Executive Officer
Brad Pacheco, Chief, Office of Public Affairs
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Park Hill Group will assist System in finding buyer in secondary market

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) today announced that it is planning to sell up to $3 billion of its real estate investment portfolio. Park Hill Group has been selected to assist CalPERS with the sale.

"The sale of these assets represents the continued effort to reduce costs, risk and complexity across the CalPERS fund," said Paul Mouchakkaa, CalPERS Senior Investment Officer for Real Assets. "For the Real Estate Program it will enable us to invest in assets and managers that are more aligned with our current strategy."

The portfolio being offered holds assets that no longer align with the strategic goals of the real estate program, and is balanced between international and domestic investments. The total amount for sale could vary based on market conditions and what the real estate market can absorb.

The sale of these assets marks the first move under a new plan that would reduce the number of external investment managers in the total fund from the current approximately 200 to approximately 100 by 2020, and will result in larger and more strategic relationships.

Park Hill Group will immediately begin seeking offers from interested parties on the secondary market, and plan to have a deal completed by the end of 2015.

The CalPERS Real Estate Program currently holds approximately $25.5 billion in commercial, industrial and residential assets.

For more than eight decades, CalPERS has built retirement and health security for state, school, and public agency members who invest their lifework in public service. Our pension fund serves more than 1.7 million members in the CalPERS retirement system and administers benefits for 1.4 million members and their families in our health program. CalPERS' total fund market value currently stands at approximately $300 billion. For more information, visit www.calpers.ca.gov.