HCP Hands Over Management of 24 Senior Housing to Atria

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Twenty-four senior living communities owned by HCP Inc.HCP are shifting their operator from Brookdale Senior Living to Atria Senior Living. The transition, which awaits a few regulatory approvals, will start from this month and is likely to be accomplished by September 2018.

HCP has been continually trying to reduce its exposure to Brookdale. This is because, Brookdale, which is one of the largest senior living providers in the nation, has been facing operational and financial challenges for the past few years.

Once it is completed, the dealings will benefit the company in a number of ways. It will considerably decrease Brookdale's concentration, increase lease coverage of their remaining triple-net assets leased to Brookdale, improve the diversification of tenants in the portfolio and enhance credit profile and balance sheet.

Louisville, Kentucky-based Atria has been operating over 200 communities. HCP already has an on-going relationship with Atria, as it currently manages six properties owned by them.

Per Tom Herzog, President and Chief Executive Officer at HCP, feels that they are meaningfully growing their existing relationship with Atria. He further added, "Atria has a proven track record of providing outstanding care for residents and strong property operating performance for owners. We have been discussing ways to grow together and this agreement is a win-win for both organizations."

Shares of HCP have underperformed its industry in the past three months. During this time, the stock has declined 16.9% compared with industry 's decline of 11.5%

HCP currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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