Yet Another Deal for NHI - Analyst Blog

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National Health Investors, Inc. ( NHI ) recently struck a deal with Bickford Senior Living and its affiliates Bickford to build up to 8 assisted living and memory care facilities over the next three years. The facilities will be leased to Bickford for 15 years at an initial annual lease rate of 9%.

National Health has agreed to immediately provide a $3 million revolving credit facility to Bickford to fund the market feasibility and pre-construction costs associated with the new development projects.

The construction of the first facility is scheduled for the second half of 2012. Each facility is estimated to have 60 beds at a total average cost of approximately $9 million.

With this agreement, National Health has strengthened its relationship with Bickford Senior Living. This further enables National Health to increase its portfolio revenue from senior housing assets and thereby reduce its dependence on government payors. Bickford has been excellent in identifying good markets and constructing assisted living and memory care facilities as per the demand of private residents.

National Health is a healthcare real estate investment trust that specializes in the financing of healthcare real estate by purchase and leaseback transactions and by mortgage loans. NHI's investments involve skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, independent livingfacilities, medical office buildings and hospitals.

National Health currentlyretains a Zacks #3 Rank, which translates into a short-term Hold rating. We are also maintaining our long-term Neutral recommendation on the stock. One of its competitors, HCP Inc ( HCP ) also holds a Zacks #3 Rank.

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