CareTrust REIT, Inc. Announces Completion of Special Dividend Payment

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Dec. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareTrust REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTRE) today announced that it has completed the payment of its previously-announced special dividend of $132.0 million, or approximately $5.88 per issued and outstanding pre-dividend share. CareTrust paid the special dividend through the issuance of an aggregate of 8,974,324 shares of its common stock, and the payment of an aggregate of $33.0 million in cash.

As previously announced, the amount of the special dividend represents accumulated earnings and profits allocated to CareTrust in connection with its spin-off from The Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ENSG) earlier in the year. The special dividend was paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 31, 2014, and traded with "due bills" during the period from October 29, 2014 through and including December 10, 2014. CareTrust common stock will begin trading on an ex-distribution basis, i.e. without due bills attached, from the opening of trading on December 11, 2014.

Stockholders of record had the opportunity to elect to receive the special dividend in the form of cash or additional shares of common stock, subject to the requirement that the aggregate amount of cash distributed to all stockholders equal $33.0 million (plus any cash paid in lieu of issuing fractional shares). Stockholders of record who elected to receive payment in cash received approximately $2.07 per share in cash and the remainder in shares of common stock. All other stockholders received the special dividend entirely in shares of common stock.

About CareTrustTM

CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a real estate investment company that is engaged in the ownership, acquisition and leasing of seniors housing and healthcare-related properties. CareTrust is organized and conducts its operations to qualify as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes. With 97 net-leased healthcare properties and three operated seniors housing properties in ten states, CareTrust is pursuing opportunities nationwide to acquire additional properties that will be leased to a diverse group of local, regional and national seniors housing operators, healthcare services providers, and other healthcare-related businesses. More information about CareTrust is available at

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CONTACT: CareTrust REIT, Inc. (949) 542-3130,

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