Sabra Expands Relationship With New Dawn With Mortgage Loan Origination

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IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. ("Sabra," the "Company" or "we") (Nasdaq:SBRA) announced today its entry into a $12.8 million mortgage loan agreement with an affiliate of New Dawn Holding Company ("New Dawn") secured by a first trust deed on a 48-unit memory care facility located in Sun City West, Arizona ("Sun City West Mortgage Loan"). The Sun City West Mortgage Loan has a five-year term, bears interest at a fixed rate of 9.0% per annum and cannot be prepaid during the first three years of the loan term. In addition, beginning April 2014, we have an option to purchase the facility securing the Sun City West Mortgage Loan for a price equal to the greater of (a) the annualized earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent of the facility for the trailing three months prior to option exercise, divided by an EBITDAR coverage ratio of 1.30 and further divided by an implied lease rate of 8.25% (subject to adjustment up to 9.00%), and (b) $16.0 million. In the event we exercise the purchase option, we would expect to enter into a long-term lease with affiliates of New Dawn with an initial cash yield consistent with the lease rate used to determine the option exercise price. The facility was built in 2012 and is operated by affiliates of New Dawn. The Sun City West Mortgage Loan was funded with available cash.

Commenting on this investment, Rick Matros, Sabra CEO and Chairman, said, "We are very pleased to enter into a second transaction with the New Dawn team. Their memory care services are high quality and as with the first transaction, the Sun City West facility is beautiful and resident-centric. We look forward to continuing this relationship with the New Dawn team on future projects."


Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq:SBRA), 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. Sabra leases properties to tenants and operators throughout the United States. As of February 5, 2013, and after giving effect to the Sun City West Mortgage Loan, Sabra's investment portfolio included 119 properties leased to operators/tenants under triple-net lease agreements (consisting of (i) 96 skilled nursing/post-acute facilities, (ii) 22 senior housing facilities, and (iii) one acute care hospital) and three mortgage loan investments. As of February 5, 2013, Sabra's properties were located in 27 states and included 12,382 licensed beds/units.

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This release contains "forward-looking" statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements may be identified, without limitation, by the use of "expects," "believes," "intends," "should" or comparable terms or the negative thereof. Forward-looking statements in this release include all statements regarding our expectations concerning our origination of the Sun City West Mortgage Loan and the future performance of this investment.

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: our dependence on Genesis HealthCare LLC until we are able to further diversify our portfolio; our dependence on the operating success of our tenants; changes in general economic conditions and volatility in financial and credit markets; the dependence of our tenants on reimbursement from governmental and other third-party payors; the significant amount of and our ability to service our indebtedness; covenants in our debt agreements that may restrict our ability to make acquisitions, incur additional indebtedness and refinance indebtedness on favorable terms; increases in market interest rates; our ability to raise capital through equity financings; the relatively illiquid nature of real estate investments; competitive conditions in our industry; the loss of key management personnel or other employees; the impact of litigation and rising insurance costs on the business of our tenants; uninsured or underinsured losses affecting our properties and the possibility of environmental compliance costs and liabilities; our ability to maintain our status as a REIT; compliance with REIT requirements and certain tax matters related to our status as a REIT; and other factors discussed from time to time in our news releases, public statements and/or filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), especially the "Risk Factors" sections of our Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. We assume no, and hereby disclaim any, obligation to update any of the foregoing or any other forward-looking statements as a result of new information or new or future developments, except as otherwise required by law.

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