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Form 10-Q for VENTAS INC


Quarterly Report

Cautionary Statements
Unless otherwise indicated or except where the context otherwise requires, the terms "we," "us" and "our" and other similar terms in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q refer to Ventas, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. Forward-Looking Statements
This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"). All statements regarding our or our tenants', operators', borrowers' or managers' expected future financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, funds from operations, dividends and dividend plans, financing opportunities and plans, capital markets transactions, business strategy, budgets, projected costs, operating metrics, capital expenditures, competitive positions, acquisitions, investment opportunities, dispositions, merger integration, growth opportunities, expected lease income, continued qualification as a real estate investment trust ("REIT"), plans and objectives of management for future operations, and statements that include words such as "anticipate," "if," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "could," "should," "will," and other similar expressions are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain, and actual results may differ from our expectations. We do not undertake a duty to update these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.
Our actual future results and trends may differ materially from expectations depending on a variety of factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). These factors include without limitation:
The ability and willingness of our tenants, operators, borrowers, managers and other third parties to satisfy their obligations under their respective contractual arrangements with us, including, in some cases, their obligations to indemnify, defend and hold us harmless from and against various claims, litigation and liabilities;

The ability of our tenants, operators, borrowers and managers to maintain the financial strength and liquidity necessary to satisfy their respective obligations and liabilities to third parties, including without limitation obligations under their existing credit facilities and other indebtedness;

Our success in implementing our business strategy and our ability to identify, underwrite, finance, consummate and integrate diversifying acquisitions and investments, including investments in different asset types and outside the United States;

Macroeconomic conditions such as a disruption of or lack of access to the capital markets, changes in the debt rating on U.S. government securities, default or delay in payment by the United States of its obligations, and changes in the federal or state budgets resulting in the reduction or nonpayment of Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement rates;

The nature and extent of future competition, including new construction in the markets in which our seniors housing communities and medical office buildings ("MOBs") are located;

The extent of future or pending healthcare reform and regulation, including cost containment measures and changes in reimbursement policies, procedures and rates;

Increases in our borrowing costs as a result of changes in interest rates and other factors;

The ability of our operators and managers, as applicable, to comply with laws, rules and regulations in the operation of our properties, to deliver high-quality services, to attract and retain qualified personnel and to attract residents and patients;

Changes in general economic conditions or economic conditions in the markets in which we may, from time to time, compete, and the effect of those changes on our revenues, earnings and funding sources;

Our ability to pay down, refinance, restructure or extend our indebtedness as it becomes due;

Our ability and willingness to maintain our qualification as a REIT in light of economic, market, legal, tax and other considerations;

Final determination of our taxable net income for the year ended December 31, 2013 and for the year ending December 31, 2014;

The ability and willingness of our tenants to renew their leases with us upon expiration of the leases, our ability to reposition our properties on the same or better terms in the event of nonrenewal or in the event we exercise our right to replace an existing tenant or manager, and obligations, including indemnification obligations, we may incur in connection with the replacement of an existing tenant or manager;

Risks associated with our senior living operating portfolio, such as factors that can cause volatility in our operating income and earnings generated by those properties, including without limitation national and regional economic conditions, costs of food, materials, energy, labor and services, employee benefit costs, insurance costs and professional and general liability claims, and the timely delivery of accurate property-level financial results for those properties;

Changes in exchange rates for any foreign currency in which we may, from time to time, conduct business;

Year-over-year changes in the Consumer Price Index or the UK Retail Price Index and the effect of those changes on the rent escalators contained in our leases and our earnings;

Our ability and the ability of our tenants, operators, borrowers and managers to obtain and maintain adequate property, liability and other insurance from reputable, financially stable providers;

The impact of increased operating costs and uninsured professional liability claims on our liquidity, financial condition and results of operations or that of our tenants, operators, borrowers and managers and our ability and the ability of our tenants, operators, borrowers and managers to accurately estimate the magnitude of those claims;

Risks associated with our MOB portfolio and operations, including our ability to successfully design, develop and manage MOBs, to accurately estimate our costs in fixed fee-for-service projects and to retain key personnel;

The ability of the hospitals on or near whose campuses our MOBs are located and their affiliated health systems to remain competitive and financially viable and to attract physicians and physician groups;

Our ability to build, maintain and expand our relationships with existing and prospective hospital and health system clients;

Risks associated with our investments in joint ventures and unconsolidated entities, including our lack of sole decision-making authority and our reliance on our joint venture partners' financial condition;

The impact of market or issuer events on the liquidity or value of our investments in marketable securities;

Merger and acquisition activity in the seniors housing and healthcare industries resulting in a change of control of, or a competitor's investment in, one or more of our tenants, operators, borrowers or managers or significant changes in the senior management of our tenants, operators, borrowers or managers; and

The impact of litigation or any financial, accounting, legal or regulatory issues that may affect us or our tenants, operators, borrowers or managers.

Many of these factors are beyond our control and the control of our management. Brookdale Senior Living, Kindred, Atria and Sunrise Information Each of Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, "Brookdale Senior Living") and Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, "Kindred") is subject to the reporting requirements of the SEC and is required to file with the SEC annual reports containing audited financial information and quarterly reports containing unaudited financial information. The information related to Brookdale Senior Living and Kindred contained or referred to in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q has been derived from SEC filings made by Brookdale Senior Living or Kindred, as the case may be, or other publicly available information or was provided to us by Brookdale Senior Living or Kindred, and we have not verified this information through an independent investigation or otherwise. We have no reason to believe that this information is inaccurate in any material respect, but we cannot assure you of its accuracy. We are providing this data for informational purposes only, and you are encouraged to obtain Brookdale Senior Living's and Kindred's publicly available filings, which can be found on the SEC's website at Neither Atria Senior Living, Inc. ("Atria") nor Sunrise Senior Living, LLC (together with its subsidiaries, "Sunrise") is currently subject to the reporting requirements of the SEC. The information related to Atria and Sunrise contained or referred to in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q has been derived from publicly available information or was provided to us by Atria or

Sunrise, as the case may be, and we have not verified this information through an independent investigation or otherwise. We have no reason to believe that this information is inaccurate in any material respect, but we cannot assure you of its accuracy.
Company Overview
We are a REIT with a highly diversified portfolio of seniors housing and healthcare properties located throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. As of March 31, 2014, we owned nearly 1,500 properties, including seniors housing communities, MOBs, skilled nursing and other facilities, and hospitals, and we had two new properties under development. We are an S&P 500 company and currently headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. We primarily acquire and own seniors housing and healthcare properties and lease them to unaffiliated tenants or operate them through independent third-party managers. As of March 31, 2014, we leased a total of 912 properties (excluding MOBs and properties classified as held for sale) to various healthcare operating companies under "triple-net" or "absolute-net" leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses, including maintenance, utilities, repairs, taxes, insurance and capital expenditures, and we engaged independent operators, such as Atria and Sunrise, to manage 239 of our seniors housing communities for us pursuant to long-term management agreements. Our two largest tenants, Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, "Brookdale Senior Living") and Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, "Kindred") leased from us 145 properties (excluding six properties included in investments in unconsolidated entities) and 136 properties, respectively, as of March 31, 2014.
Through our Lillibridge Healthcare Services, Inc. ("Lillibridge") subsidiary and our ownership interest in PMB Real Estate Services LLC ("PMBRES"), we also provide MOB management, leasing, marketing, facility development and advisory services to highly rated hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. In addition, from time to time, we make secured and unsecured loans and other investments relating to seniors housing and healthcare operators or properties.
We aim to enhance shareholder value by delivering consistent, superior total returns through a strategy of: (1) generating reliable and growing cash flows;
(2) maintaining a balanced, diversified portfolio of high-quality assets; and
(3) preserving our financial strength, flexibility and liquidity. Our ability to access capital in a timely and cost effective manner is critical to the success of our business strategy because it affects our ability to satisfy existing obligations, including the repayment of maturing indebtedness, and to make future investments. Our access to and cost of external capital depend on factors such as general market conditions, interest rates, credit ratings on our securities, expectations of our potential future earnings and cash distributions, and the trading price of our common stock that are beyond our control and fluctuate over time. Generally, we attempt to match the long-term duration of our investments in real property with long-term financing through the issuance of shares of our common stock or the incurrence of long-term fixed rate debt. At March 31, 2014, 20.4% of our consolidated debt was variable rate debt. Immediately following our April 2014 issuance of $700.0 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes and repayment of substantially all borrowings outstanding under our unsecured revolving credit facility, approximately 14% of our consolidated debt was variable rate debt. Operating Highlights and Key Performance Trends 2014 Highlights to Date
We paid the first quarterly installment of our 2014 dividend in the amount of $0.725 per share, which represents an 8% increase over the same period in the prior year.

During the first quarter of 2014, we invested approximately $208 million in healthcare assets, including the acquisition of three high-quality private hospitals located in the United Kingdom. The hospitals are leased to the second largest private hospital operator in the United Kingdom under long-term triple-net leases, with annual rent escalators equaling or exceeding 3%.

In April, we issued and sold $700 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes with a weighted average interest rate of 2.75% and a weighted average maturity of seven years.

Concentration Risk
We use concentration ratios to identify, understand and evaluate the potential impact of economic downturns and other adverse events that may affect our asset types, geographic locations, business models, and tenants, operators and managers. We evaluate concentration risk in terms of investment mix and operations mix. Investment mix measures the percentage of our investments that is concentrated in a specific asset type or that is operated or managed by a particular tenant, operator or manager. Operations mix measures the percentage of our operating results that is attributed to a particular tenant, operator or manager, geographic location or business model. The following tables reflect our concentration risk as of the dates and for the periods presented:

                                              As of March 31, 2014     As of December 31, 2013
Investment mix by asset type (1):
Seniors housing communities                               63.7 %                     64.2 %
MOBs                                                      18.0                       18.2
Skilled nursing and other facilities                      13.5                       13.6
Hospitals                                                  3.1                        2.3
Secured loans receivable and investments, net              1.7                        1.7
Investment mix by tenant, operator and
manager (1):
Atria                                                     19.8 %                     19.9 %
Sunrise                                                   13.7                       13.9
Brookdale Senior Living                                    9.6                        9.7
Kindred                                                    3.0                        3.2
All other                                                 53.9                       53.3

(1) Ratios are based on the gross book value of real estate investments (excluding assets classified as held for sale) as of each reporting date.

                                                            For the Three Months Ended March 31,
                                                                 2014                    2013
Operations mix by tenant and operator and business model:
Revenues (1):
Senior living operations                                            50.4 %                   50.1 %
Kindred                                                              7.4                      9.3
Brookdale Senior Living                                              5.5                      5.7
All others                                                          36.7                     34.9
Adjusted EBITDA (2):
Senior living operations                                            28.5 %                   27.1 %
Kindred                                                             12.1                     15.1
Brookdale Senior Living                                              9.2                      9.5
All others                                                          50.2                     48.3
NOI (3):
Senior living operations                                            27.3 %                   26.2 %
Kindred                                                             12.2                     15.4
Brookdale Senior Living                                              9.0                      9.5
All others                                                          51.5                     48.9
Operations mix by geographic location (4):
California                                                          15.3 %                   14.0 %
New York                                                             9.9                     10.2
Texas                                                                7.1                      6.5
Illinois                                                             4.7                      4.7
Florida                                                              4.2                      4.2
All others                                                          58.8                     60.4

(1) Total revenues include medical office building and other services revenue, revenue from loans and investments and interest and other income (excluding amounts in discontinued operations).

(2) "Adjusted EBITDA" is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (including non-cash stock-based compensation expense), excluding gains or losses on extinguishment of debt, merger-related expenses and deal costs, net gains on real estate activity and changes in the fair value of financial instruments (including amounts in discontinued operations).

(3) "NOI" represents net operating income, which is defined as total revenues, less interest and other income, property-level operating expenses and medical office building services costs (excluding amounts in discontinued operations).

(4) Ratios are based on total revenues (excluding amounts in discontinued operations) for each period presented.

See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for additional disclosure and reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA and NOI to our net income as computed in accordance with GAAP. Triple-Net Lease Expirations
As our triple-net leases expire, we face the risk that our tenants may elect not to renew those leases and, in the event of non-renewal, we may be unable to reposition the applicable properties on a timely basis or on the same or better economic terms, if at all. Although our lease terms are staggered, the non-renewal of some or all of our triple-net leases in any given year could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations and liquidity, our ability to service our indebtedness and other obligations and our ability to make distributions to our stockholders, as required for us to continue to qualify as a REIT (a "Material Adverse Effect"). During the three months ended March 31, 2014, none of our triple-net leases were renewed or expired without renewal that had a material impact on our financial condition or results of operations for that period.

In September 2013, we entered into favorable agreements with Kindred to extend the leases with respect to 48 of the 108 licensed healthcare assets whose lease terms were originally scheduled to expire on April 30, 2015 (the "2015 Renewal Assets"). At the time of our agreements, aggregate annual rent for the 2015 Renewal Assets was $138 million. The 48 re-leased properties consist of 26 skilled nursing facilities and 22 long-term acute care hospitals. New annual rent, commencing October 1, 2014, for the 48 re-leased properties will be $95.9 million, an increase of $15 million over then current annual base rent. On October 1, 2013, Kindred also paid us $20 million, which is being amortized over the new lease terms. As part of our agreements, we and Kindred agreed to accelerate the expiration of the lease terms for the 60 non-renewed assets to September 30, 2014.
We currently have signed leases for 55 of the 60 skilled nursing facilities that were not re-leased by Kindred, six of which have already been transitioned to the replacement tenant. We intend to sell the remaining five skilled nursing facilities, four of which are under contract for sale. Although we expect to successfully complete all of these transactions by the fourth quarter of 2014, they remain subject to regulatory approval and other conditions, and we cannot assure you that we will be able to do so on a timely basis, if at all. Kindred is required to continue to perform all of its obligations, including without limitation, payment of all rental amounts, under the applicable master lease for the non-renewed assets until expiration of the current lease term. Subject to the terms of our agreements, we have the flexibility to transition the non-renewed assets either before or after the September 30, 2014 lease expiration date. Moreover, we own or have the rights to all licenses and certificates of need ("CONs") at the properties, and Kindred has extensive and detailed obligations to cooperate and ensure an orderly transition of the properties to another operator.
We do not expect that the re-leasing or repositioning of the non-renewed assets will materially impact our results of operations in 2014 or 2015. However, we cannot provide any assurances of the actual impact these transactions will have on our future operations, nor can we assure you as to whether, when or on what terms we will be able to re-lease or reposition any or all of the non-renewed assets to qualified healthcare operators. Our ability to re-lease or reposition the non-renewed assets could be significantly delayed or limited by state licensing, CON or other laws, as well as by the Medicare and Medicaid change-of-ownership rules, and we could incur substantial additional expenses in connection with any licensing or change-of-ownership proceedings. In addition, we may be required to fund certain expenses and incur obligations to preserve the value of, and avoid the imposition of liens on, the non-renewed assets while they are being re-leased or repositioned. Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates Our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q have been prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") for interim financial information set forth in the Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC"), as published by the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB"). GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions regarding future events that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. We base these estimates on our experience and assumptions we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances. However, if our judgment or interpretation of the facts and circumstances relating to various transactions or other matters had been different, we may have applied a different accounting treatment, resulting in a different presentation of our financial statements. We periodically reevaluate our estimates and assumptions, and in the event they prove to be different from actual results, we make adjustments in subsequent periods to reflect more current estimates and assumptions about matters that are inherently uncertain. Please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the SEC on February 18, 2014, for further information regarding the critical accounting policies that affect our more significant estimates and judgments used in the preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part I, Item 1 of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Recently Issued or Adopted Accounting Standards In 2014, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update 2014-08, Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity ("ASU 2014-08"), which raises the threshold for disposals to qualify as discontinued operations. A discontinued operation is defined as: (1) a component of an entity or group of components that has been disposed of or classified as held for sale and represents a strategic shift that has or will have a major effect on an entity's operations and financial results; or (2) an acquired business that is classified as held for sale on the acquisition date. ASU 2014-08 also requires additional disclosures regarding discontinued operations, as well as material disposals that do not meet the definition of discontinued operations. The application of this guidance is prospective from the date of adoption. We adopted ASU 2014-08 for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Results of Operations
As of March 31, 2014, we operated through three reportable business segments:
triple-net leased properties, senior living operations and MOB operations. In our triple-net leased properties segment, we acquire and own seniors housing and healthcare properties throughout the United States and the United Kingdom and lease those properties to healthcare operating companies under "triple-net" or "absolute-net" leases that obligate the tenants to pay all property-related expenses. In our senior living operations segment, we invest in seniors housing communities throughout the United States and Canada and engage independent operators, such as Atria and Sunrise, to manage those communities. In our MOB operations segment, we primarily acquire, own, develop, lease and manage MOBs. Information provided for "all other" includes income from loans and investments and other miscellaneous income and various corporate-level expenses not directly attributable to any of our three reportable business segments. Assets included in "all other" consist primarily of corporate assets, including cash, restricted cash, deferred financing costs, loans receivable and investments, and miscellaneous accounts receivable.
Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 The table below shows our results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 and the effect of changes in those results from period to period on our net income attributable to common stockholders.

                                        For the Three Months Ended          Increase (Decrease)
                                                 March 31,                       to Income
                                           2014             2013             $              %
                                                         (Dollars in thousands)
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