Health Care REIT, Inc. Declares First Quarter Dividend

Health Care REIT, Inc. Declares First Quarter Dividend

<0> Health Care REIT, Inc.Scott Estes, 419-247-2800Jay Morgan, 419-247-2800 </0>

announced today that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 of $0.765 per share. The dividend will be the company's 168 consecutive quarterly payment, payable May 20, 2013, to stockholders of record on May 7, 2013.

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 seniors housing and health care real estate. The company also provides an extensive array of property management and development services. As of December 31, 2012, the company’s broadly diversified portfolio consisted of 1,025 properties in 46 states, the United Kingdom, and Canada. More information is available on the company’s website at .

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