Ventas Inc. said Friday it is buying the real estate assets of Atria Senior Living Group for $1.5 billion in cash and stock, giving it a portfolio of 118 homes located in wealthy coastal regions.
The healthcare real estate investment trust is also assuming $1.6 billion in debt.
Ventas said the deal will make the company the largest owner of senior housing communities in the country. The Chicago company owns nearly 600 assets in 44 states.
Under terms of the transaction, Ventas will pay 24.96 million shares, worth about $1.35 billion, and $150 million in cash. It expects the assets to generate about $640 million in revenue next year and to add to its profit in 2012, after transaction costs.
Atria, based in Louisville, Ky., is the country's fourth largest operator of assisted living properties, with homes located in the New York metropolitan area, New England, and California. It is owned by private equity funds managed by Lazard Real Estate Partners.
Before the transaction closes, scheduled sometime in the first half of 2011, Atria will spin off its management company, which will continue to operate the assets under a management contract with Ventas.
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