With a recent acquisition, Ventas—a leading healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT) with a portfolio of nearly 600 health care properties and senior citzen housing assets in the U.S. and Canada—will own about $14 billion in real estate.
"Healthcare is a huge market. It's going to be 19 percent of the GDP (gross domestic product)by the end of this decade," Debra Cafaro, chairman, president and CEO of Ventas told CNBC's "The Strategy Session" on Tuesday.
The company currently yields at 4 percent and is the best-performing publicly traded financial in the past decade (ending December 31, 2009), with the total shareholder return exceeding 2,000 percent for the period. In addition, Ventas is one of the ten largest REITs in the United States.
The over-85 population will be the fastest growing, with many residing in assisted-living communities, and there is very limited supply (of that kind of housing), Cafraro said.