“We are delighted to welcome Ernest Health to the MPT family of premier healthcare facilities,” said Edward K Aldag, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Medical Properties Trust, Inc. “We have known the Ernest management team for a long time and we have watched the company grow from its inception during the same year MPT was founded. We have been very impressed with Ernest’s growth and with the management team’s dedication to the delivery of high quality healthcare.” Aldag continued, “With transformative, highly accretive transactions like these, we continue to demonstrate our unique ability to create high quality long term sources of cash flow from hospital real estate. Completing these transactions will give MPT upside potential to the long term growth of Ernest, and adds another premiere post acute hospital operator to our relationships with others such as Vibra, Kindred, Healthsouth, LifeCare, Cornerstone and Post Acute.”
Among other benchmarks of quality, Aldag noted that Ernest Health’s inpatient rehabilitation facilities have been ranked among the top five percent of more than 800 IRFs in the United States – and that has held true of each Ernest rehabilitation hospital during each year of its operations. “This commitment to outstanding patient outcomes is only one of the many factors that make the acquisition of Ernest Health so attractive,” Aldag said.
MPT will acquire the real estate assets of 12 Ernest facilities for an aggregate purchase price of $200 million, and lease the properties back to Ernest under a master lease structure with an initial term of 20 years and three five-year extension options. The real estate of four other Ernest facilities will serve as first lien collateral under a $100 million master mortgage loan with economic terms substantially similar to the master lease. The master lease, the master mortgage loan and the development agreements are all cross-defaulted and cross-collateralized.