Health Care REIT, Inc. Completes $2.1 Billion in Concurrent Offerings of Common Stock and Cumulative Convertible Perpetual

TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) today announced it has successfully completed its public offerings of 28.75 million shares of common stock at a price of $49.25 per share for total gross proceeds of $1.4 billion and $718.8 million (14.375 million shares) of 6.50% cumulative convertible perpetual preferred stock. Total shares sold for both offerings include the full 3.75 million shares of common stock and 1.875 million shares of preferred stock that were exercised by the underwriters to cover over-allotments.

The company intends to use the net proceeds from these offerings to finance a portion of the purchase of its previously announced acquisition of substantially all of the real estate assets of privately-owned Genesis HealthCare Corporation for a price of $2.4 billion. If that acquisition is not consummated, the company intends to use the net proceeds from these offerings for general corporate purposes, including investing in health care and senior housing properties and repaying borrowings under the company's unsecured line of credit and other outstanding indebtedness.

UBS Investment Bank, BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank Securities, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers for each of the offerings and KeyBanc Capital Markets acted as co-lead manager.

The offerings of common stock and preferred stock were made pursuant to Health Care REIT’s shelf registration statement on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus supplements and accompanying base prospectus related to the offerings may be obtained from: UBS Investment Bank, Attn: Prospectus Dept., 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171, Telephone: 888-827-7275.

This press release is not an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

About Health Care REIT

Health Care REIT, Inc., an S&P 500 company with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, is a real estate investment trust that invests across the full spectrum of senior housing and health care real estate. The company also provides an extensive array of property management and development services. As of December 31, 2010, the company's broadly diversified portfolio consisted of 683 properties in 41 states. More information is available on the company's website at

Forward-Looking Statements

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Health Care REIT, Inc.
Scott Estes, 419-247-2800
Mike Crabtree, 419-247-2800

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