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Sabra Expands Relationship With Meridian Through Two Preferred Equity Investments

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IRVINE, Calif., March 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. ("Sabra," the "Company" or "we") (Nasdaq:SBRA) announced the completion of two preferred equity investments on March 5, 2013. The Company will provide up to $7.2 million of preferred equity funding to an affiliate of Meridian Realty Advisors, L.P. ("Meridian") for the construction of a 141-bed skilled nursing facility and a 52-unit memory care facility in Austin, Texas (collectively, the "Bee Cave Preferred Equity Investments"). The Company funded $4.3 million at closing. In addition, the Company received an option to purchase the skilled nursing facility on or after the earlier to occur of the facility achieving and maintaining 90% occupancy for three consecutive months, or 36 months after receiving the certificate of occupancy for the facility. The Company also received an option to purchase the memory care facility that is not expected to be exercised as it is subordinate to a purchase option given to the manager of the memory care facility. Upon exercise of the purchase option on the skilled nursing facility, the Company would expect to lease the facility to Meridian under a long-term, triple net lease. The Company's preferred equity investment with respect to the skilled nursing facility provides for an annual 15% preferred rate of return, which will accrue on a quarterly compounding basis with payment of the preferred return deferred until the earlier of the closing under the purchase option, or 18 months after receiving a certificate of occupancy for the facility. The Company's preferred equity investment with respect to the memory care facility provides for an annual 15% preferred rate of return, which will accrue on a quarterly compounding basis with payment of the preferred return deferred until the earlier of the closing under the purchase option (whether by the manager of the facility or by the Company), or 30 months after receiving a certificate of occupancy for the facility.

Commenting on the Bee Cave Preferred Equity Investments, Rick Matros, CEO and Chairman, said, "We're pleased to do yet another deal with the Meridian team and are currently working on a longer term pipeline agreement with them. Although we do not expect to be able to exercise our purchase option on the memory care facility, the preferred return on this facility investment made it compelling to provide capital for that development while benefitting the long term relationship we have developed with the Meridian team."

ABOUT SABRA

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 March 11, 2013, and after giving effect to the Bee Cave Preferred Equity Investments, Sabra's portfolio included 119 real estate properties held for investment and 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), three mortgage loan investments and two preferred equity investments. As of March 11, 2013, Sabra's real estate properties held for investment had a total of 12,382 licensed beds, or units, spread across 27 states.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS SAFE HARBOR

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 the Bee Cave Preferred Equity Investments, including the future performance of these investments, as well as our expectations concerning our future relationship with Meridian.

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 ("Genesis"), the parent company of Sun Healthcare Group, Inc., 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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