SunLink Health Systems, Inc. ((NYSE Amex Equities: SSY) today announced that it has reached a preliminary agreement and executed a letter of intent with Foundation HealthCare Affiliates, LLC (“Foundation”) and New Age Fuel, Inc. (“New Age”), and Foundation Investment Affiliates I, LLC (“FIA”) for the non-cash merger of certain Foundation and New Age, FIA, subsidiaries and affiliates with and into newly formed acquisition subsidiaries of SunLink. The contemplated transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including completion of due diligence by each of the parties, negotiation and execution of a definitive merger agreement and consent of lenders. The subsidiaries and affiliates of Foundation to be merged into the SunLink acquisition subsidiaries own minority equity interests in and manage 14 ambulatory surgery centers in seven states (Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas), own a majority interest in and manage one general acute care hospital and manage a second acute care hospital, both of which are located in Texas. Three medical real properties, which are occupied by Foundation entities as well as other tenants in Oklahoma, are majority owned by New Age and FIA and are also to be merged into the SunLink acquisition subsidiaries. The merger consideration to be issued by SunLink to the owners and affiliates of Foundation and New Age will consist of approximately 1,560,000 SunLink common shares, approximately 133,000 shares of SunLink’s non-voting cumulative 5% Series A Preferred Stock, liquidation value $100.00 per share; approximately 277,000 shares of SunLink’s non-voting non-cumulative 4% Series B Preferred Stock, liquidation value $100.00 per share; and 3,000,000 Series A Warrants each of which will entitle the holder for three years to buy one SunLink common share at an exercise price of $6.00. In connection with the mergers, it is contemplated that SunLink will declare a stock dividend, issuing to its existing holders of common shares (as of a record date to be established), approximately 133,600 shares of its Series A Preferred Stock, approximately 79,900 shares of its Series B Preferred Stock, and 3,000,000 Series B Warrants each of which will entitle the holder for three years to buy one SunLink common share at an exercise price of $6.50.