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Health Care REIT, Inc. Announces Pricing of ₤550 Million of Sterling Denominated Senior Unsecured Notes

TOLEDO, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2013-- Health Care REIT, Inc. (NYSE:HCN) announced today that the company has priced ₤550 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.8% senior unsecured notes due November 20, 2028. The notes were priced at 98.599% of their face amount to yield 4.875%. Subject to customary closing conditions, this offering is expected to close on November 20, 2013.

The company intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay advances under its primary unsecured credit facility and for general corporate purposes, including investing in health care and seniors housing properties. Pending such use, the net proceeds may be invested in short-term, investment grade, interest-bearing securities, certificates of deposit or indirect or guaranteed obligations of the United States.

Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch, Barclays Bank PLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC are serving as joint book-running managers for this offering.

The offering is being made pursuant to the company’s effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. A copy of the prospectus supplement and accompanying base prospectus may be obtained, when available, by contacting Barclays Bank PLC toll-free at +1-888-603-5847 or Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch at +44 20 7545 8000.

This press release is not an offer to sell, nor a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.

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About Health Care REIT, Inc.

Health Care REIT, Inc., an S&P 500 company with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, is a real estate investment trust that invests across the full spectrum of seniors housing and health care real estate. The company also provides an extensive array of property management and development services. As of September 30, 2013, the company’s broadly diversified portfolio consisted of 1,197 properties in 46 states, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Forward-Looking Statements

This document may contain “forward-looking” statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When the company uses words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “estimate” or similar expressions, it is making forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. The company’s expected results may not be achieved, and actual results may differ materially from expectations. This may be a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, those factors discussed in the prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to this offering and in the company's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Completion of the proposed offering is subject to various factors, including, but not limited to, customary closing conditions. The company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements.

Source: Health Care REIT, Inc.

Health Care REIT, Inc.
Scott Estes, 419-247-2800
Jay Morgan, 419-247-2800