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Health Care REIT (HCN -1.7%) slips on a downgrade to Neutral at UBS on the back of its...

Health Care REIT (HCN -1.7%) slips on a downgrade to Neutral at UBS on the back of its acquisition of Sunrise Senior Living yesterday. The firm cites the near-term mechanics of the deal and the pressure it will put on operating leverage, plus the potential overhang from a possible equity offering. The deal was an expensive one for HCN, who paid a 62% premium to Sunrise's closing price on Tuesday - marking a level it hasn't traded at in nearly four years.
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  • gauker
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    why would anyone pay a 62% premium for any stock acquisition? It doesn't make sense in any way. I liked HCN and it's fundamentals before the SRZ acquisition. Not sure why they percieved SRZ to be such a vital addition to what they were doing.
    23 Aug 2012, 01:59 PM Reply Like
  • ricklcullen
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    Would not be surprised if HCN spins off management arm of SRZ and keeps, of course, the real estate.
    23 Aug 2012, 02:10 PM Reply Like
  • aschroed
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    It may have not be a bad price to pay as the previous owner paid 27M for the three healthcare facilities in 2007, HCN paid 26.2M.
    28 Aug 2012, 10:45 AM Reply Like
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