IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. ("Sabra," the "Company" or "we") (Nasdaq:SBRA) announced today the origination of a $14.7 million interim mortgage loan and a $17.1 million construction mortgage loan commitment. Stoney River – Weston Interim Mortgage Loan On November 7, 2013, we originated a $14.7 million mortgage loan with an affiliate of the First Phoenix Group (the "Weston Loan") secured by a 50-unit assisted living facility with a 35-bed skilled nursing rehabilitation unit built in 2013 and located in Weston, Wisconsin (the" Weston Facility"), of which $14.4 million was funded at closing. The Weston Loan is our fourth project under the Stoney River pipeline agreement entered into in August 2012. The Weston Facility is operated by the First Phoenix Group under the Stoney River brand. We have an option to acquire the Weston Facility from the borrower ("Sabra Purchase Option") and the borrower has the option to require us to purchase the Weston Facility ("Borrower's Put Option"). Both the Sabra Purchase Option and the Borrower's Put Option become exercisable upon stabilization of the facility through May 6, 2015. The Weston Loan bears interest at a rate of 9.0% per annum and matures upon the earlier to occur of (i) the exercise of the Sabra Purchase Option, (ii) the exercise of the Borrower's Put Option, (iii) in the event the Sabra Purchase Option and the Borrower's Put Option are not exercised, six months after the facility is stabilized, or (iv) November 7, 2016. The purchase price under the Sabra Purchase Option and Borrower's Put Option is formula-based and is expected to approximate market value at the time of exercise. Should we acquire ownership of the facility, we expect to enter into a long-term triple net lease with the First Phoenix Group with an expected initial cash yield of 8.23%, which is dependent on the performance of the Weston Facility. If acquired, this facility will not be part of a RIDEA-compliant joint venture.