BRENTWOOD, Tenn., March 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advocat Inc. (Nasdaq:AVCA), a premier provider of long term care services primarily in the Southeast and Southwest, today announced a definitive agreement to purchase five skilled nursing centers in Kansas for $15.5 million. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013. The nursing centers have annual revenues of approximately $24 million and are expected to be accretive to earnings early in the Company's tenure as operator. The acquisition will be financed in conjunction with a renewal and expansion of the Company's credit facility with a syndicate led by The PrivateBank.
Commenting on the transaction, Kelly J. Gill, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "I am very pleased to continue our portfolio expansion activity with the significant transaction announced today. The acquisition of the Kansas facilities will increase our center count by more than 10 percent. Moreover, these five buildings will be the beginning of a new region for us in a state where we are excited to enter into operation. The opportunity for us to expand our footprint, grow operating income and continue to execute on our growth strategy sets a strong tone for this year. We are also pleased to be deepening our relationship with our primary lender, The PrivateBank, through a transaction that will increase our owned-facility portfolio. Finally, and most important, the Kansas centers are staffed with a wonderful work force who we look forward to welcoming into the Advocat family."
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Advocat provides long-term care services to patients in 48 skilled nursing centers containing 5,538 licensed nursing beds, primarily in the Southeast and Southwest. For additional information about the Company, visit Advocat's web site: www.advocatinc.com.
CONTACT: Company Contact: Kelly J. Gill Chief Executive Officer 615-771-7575 Investor Relations: Charles Lynch Westwicke Partners 443-213-0504Source:Advocat Inc.