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Kindred Healthcare Announces Ventas Lease Renewals

Stocks in this article: KND

Consistent with its announcement in February, Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (“Kindred” or the “Company”) (NYSE:KND) today announced it has provided Ventas, Inc. (“Ventas”) (NYSE:VTR) with notices to renew the master lease agreements for 19 nursing and rehabilitation centers and six long-term acute care (“LTAC”) hospitals (collectively, the “Renewal Facilities”) for an additional five years. The current lease term for the Renewal Facilities is scheduled to expire in April 2013.

Under its master lease agreements with Ventas, the Company had 73 nursing and rehabilitation centers and 16 LTAC hospitals within ten separate renewal bundles subject to lease renewals. Each renewal bundle contains both nursing and rehabilitation centers and LTAC hospitals. The master lease agreements require that the Company renew all or none of the facilities within a renewal bundle.

The Company has renewed three renewal bundles containing the Renewal Facilities. The Renewal Facilities contain 2,178 licensed nursing and rehabilitation center beds and 616 licensed hospital beds and generated revenues of approximately $434 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The current annual rent for the Renewal Facilities approximates $46 million.

The Company also announced that it did not renew seven renewal bundles containing 54 nursing and rehabilitation centers and ten LTAC hospitals (collectively, the “Expiring Facilities”). The Expiring Facilities contain 6,140 licensed nursing and rehabilitation center beds and 1,066 licensed hospital beds and generated revenues of approximately $790 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The current annual rent for the Expiring Facilities approximates $77 million. The Company will continue to operate the Expiring Facilities and include the Expiring Facilities in its results from continuing operations through the expiration of the lease term in April 2013.

Management believes that the divestiture of the Expiring Facilities could reduce the Company’s consolidated earnings per diluted share by $0.05 to $0.10 in 2013, but will not otherwise materially impact the Company’s cash flows or financial position. This estimate is based upon a number of assumptions, including the Company’s estimated impact of the recent and impending Medicare reimbursement reductions for nursing centers and LTAC hospitals and its ability to achieve overhead savings in connection with these divestitures.

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