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Medical Properties Trust In $400 Million Transaction With Ernest Health, Inc. To Add 16 Hospitals To Portfolio

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“This is just the beginning of 2012 and there is still plenty of time left for making other investments this year,” Aldag concluded. “There are many other opportunities to invest with other strong hospital operators like Ernest Health, and we are enthused about the additional growth possibilities in 2012 and beyond.”


In connection with announcement of the Ernest transactions, on January 31, 2012, the Company received a commitment letter and term sheet for an $80.0 million senior unsecured term loan facility from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC. The term sheet provides for customary financial and operating covenants, substantially consistent with the Company’s existing revolving credit facility, including covenants relating to total leverage ratio, fixed charge coverage ratio, mortgage secured leverage ratio, recourse mortgage secured indebtedness, consolidated adjusted net worth, unsecured leverage ratio and interest coverage ratio, and covenants restricting the incurrence of debt, imposition of liens, the payment of dividends and entering into affiliate transactions. The term sheet also provides for customary events of default, including among others, nonpayment of principal or interest, material inaccuracy of representations and failure to comply with our covenants.

The Company expects to close and fund the new term loan facility concurrently with the closing of the Ernest transactions. Effectiveness of the new term loan facility is subject to, among other things, definitive documentation and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The Company cannot guarantee that it will be able to successfully close the new term loan facility on the terms described herein or at all.

The Company’s existing revolving credit facility includes an accordion feature pursuant to which borrowings thereunder can be increased up to $400.0 million from $330.0 million. The Company requested a $70 million increase in its revolving credit facility contemporaneously with the closing of the new term loan facility. The Company expects that the administrative agent under the revolving credit facility will arrange a syndicate of lenders willing to hold the requested incremental revolving commitments but the Company cannot guarantee that commitments will be obtained for this incremental facility. The Company currently has $1.3 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility.

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