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Health Care REIT, Inc. Completes $1.7 Billion Common Stock Offering

Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) today announced it has successfully completed its public offering of 29,900,000 shares of common stock at a price of $56.00 per share for total gross proceeds of approximately $1.7 billion. Total shares sold includes 3,900,000 shares sold pursuant to the underwriters’ exercise in full of their option to purchase additional shares.

The company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay advances under its unsecured lines of credit, to repay other outstanding indebtedness and for general corporate purposes, including investing in health care and seniors housing properties.

BofA Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank Securities, KeyBanc Capital Markets and Wells Fargo Securities acted as joint book-running managers for the offering.

The offering was made pursuant to Health Care REIT’s effective shelf registration statement on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus related to the offering may be obtained by contacting BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, 7 th Floor, New York, NY 10038, Attention: Prospectus Department or email: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; or J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or by calling (866) 803-9204; or Morgan Stanley, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, telephone: (866) 718-1649, or email: prospectus@morganstanley.com.

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, Inc.

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 June 30, 2012, the company’s broadly diversified portfolio consisted of 1,010 properties in 46 states and Canada.

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