Sabra Provides Update on Previously Disclosed Disposition Activity and North American Transition
IRVINE, Calif., February 02, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. ("Sabra", "the Company") (Nasdaq: SBRA) announced today that since September 30, 2022, the Company has received roughly $185 million of gross proceeds related to previously disclosed disposition activity. In addition, the 24 properties formerly leased to North American ("North American") have been successfully transitioned to Ensign ("Ensign") (Nasdaq: ENSG) and the Avamere Family of Companies ("Avamere").
The disposition activity was almost entirely comprised of skilled nursing investments, including a sizable portfolio which sold for over $200,000 per bed and a cash yield in the mid-single digit range for the twelve-month period ending September 30, 2022. In aggregate, the cash yield on this disposition activity was approximately 7% for the twelve-month period ending September 30, 2022. The net proceeds from the disposition activity were used to repay borrowings under the Company’s revolving credit facility.
"We are pleased to announce the proceeds from this disposition activity as part of our previously communicated capital recycling strategy. We remain committed to thoughtfully allocating capital and prudently managing our balance sheet in this uncertain macro environment. We are also pleased to expand our relationship with Ensign and Avamere through the successful transition of the 24 properties formerly leased to North American," said Rick Matros, Sabra’s CEO and Chair.
Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc., a Maryland corporation, operates as a self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust (a "REIT") that, through its subsidiaries, owns and invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry throughout the United States and Canada.
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This release contains "forward-looking" statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that do not relate to historical or current facts or matters are forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified, without limitation, by the use of "expects," "believes," "intends," "should" or comparable terms or the negative thereof. Examples of forward-looking statements include all statements regarding our expectations regarding our capital allocation strategy and balance sheet management, and regarding the transition of the 24 properties formerly leased to North American.
Our actual results may differ materially from those projected or contemplated by our forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, among others, the following: epidemic diseases, pandemics or other contagious diseases, including the ongoing impact of COVID-19, and measures intended to prevent their spread, and the related impact on our tenants, operators and Senior Housing - Managed communities; operational risks with respect to our Senior Housing - Managed communities; competitive conditions in our industry; the loss of key management personnel; uninsured or underinsured losses affecting our properties and the possibility of environmental compliance costs and liabilities; potential impairment charges and adjustments related to the accounting of our assets; the potential variability of our reported rental and related revenues as a result of Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2016-02, Leases, as amended by subsequent ASUs; risks associated with our investment in our unconsolidated joint ventures; catastrophic weather and other natural or man-made disasters, the effects of climate change on our properties and a failure to implement sustainable and energy-efficient measures; increased operating costs for our tenants and operators, due to labor market challenges and macroeconomic factors such as inflation; increased healthcare regulation and enforcement; our tenants’ dependency on reimbursement from governmental and other third-party payor programs; the effect of our tenants declaring bankruptcy or becoming insolvent; our ability to find replacement tenants and the impact of unforeseen costs in acquiring new properties; the impact of litigation and rising insurance costs on the business of our tenants; the impact of required regulatory approvals of transfers of healthcare properties; environmental compliance costs and liabilities associated with real estate properties we own; our tenants’ or operators’ failure to adhere to applicable privacy and data security laws, or a material breach of our or our tenants’ or operators’ information technology; our concentration in the healthcare property sector, particularly in skilled nursing/transitional care facilities and senior housing communities, which makes our profitability more vulnerable to a downturn in a specific sector than if we were investing in multiple industries; the significant amount of and our ability to service our indebtedness; covenants in our debt agreements that may restrict our ability to pay dividends, make investments, incur additional indebtedness and refinance indebtedness on favorable terms; increases in market interest rates; adverse changes in our credit ratings; our ability to make dividend distributions at expected levels; our ability to raise capital through equity and debt financings; changes in foreign currency exchange rates and other risks associated with our ownership of property outside the U.S.; the relatively illiquid nature of real estate investments; our ability to maintain our status as a real estate investment trust ("REIT") under the federal tax laws; compliance with REIT requirements and certain tax and tax regulatory matters related to our status as a REIT; changes in tax laws and regulations affecting REITs; the ownership limits and takeover defenses in our governing documents and under Maryland law, which may restrict change of control or business combination opportunities; and the exclusive forum provisions in our bylaws.
Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties that could affect our business can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021. We do not intend, and we undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking information to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless required by law to do so.
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