BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Medical Properties Trust, Inc. (the “Company” or “MPT”) (NYSE: MPW) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to lease substantially all of its Utah hospitals to HCA Healthcare (“HCA Healthcare”) (NYSE: HCA), following an agreement entered into by HCA Healthcare to purchase the operations of five Utah facilities from Steward Health Care System (“Steward”), for which the financial terms of the sale will remain confidential. MPT’s $ 1.2 billion purchase price for Utah hospitals represents approximately 5.0% of the Company’s total pro forma gross assets, which will place HCA Healthcare among the top five tenants in the world. MPT portfolio. Following this agreement with HCA Healthcare and the closing of other recently announced transactions, the percentage of MPT’s portfolio represented by Steward’s assets is expected to decline to approximately 17%.
Since acquiring the Utah hospitals in 2017, MPT has recorded more than $ 300 million in real estate rents and interest on these properties. Upon completion of the transaction between HCA Healthcare and Steward, MPT and HCA Healthcare will enter into a new 15-year head lease for the five Utah hospitals, with no change to the cash rent payable to MPT under the existing Steward head lease. The lease will include five extension options of five years each, and rents will increase annually at the CPI, subject to a floor of 2.0% and a ceiling of 5.0%. HCA Healthcare will have certain options to purchase the facilities from 2028, while MPT will have certain options to sell the facilities to HCA Healthcare. The purchase price in either option scenario will not be less than fair value.
“We are delighted to welcome HCA Healthcare to our family of world-class hospital operators, ”said Edward K. Aldag, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of MPT. “HCA is a well-known industry leader with a proven track record in improving patient care by leveraging its capabilities as a learning healthcare system model. With this new head lease agreement, we are pleased to continue to play an important role in supporting best-in-class care for communities in Utah, while continuing to expand and diversify our portfolio of carrier relationships. . ”
Aldag continued: “These transactions confirm MPT’s underwriting expertise, which identifies critical community facilities, and supports healthcare operators in their efforts to improve healthcare delivery. Our $ 1.2 billion investment in Utah facilities was based in part on our confidence in Steward’s track record and ability to create sustainable cash flow to cover lease payments by at least 200%. . In the four years since the initial transactions, Steward has reported a steady increase in revenue and EBITDAR and has maintained attractive hedging levels. The resulting new 15-year lease with HCA Healthcare strongly validates our initial underwriting and the $ 1.2 billion purchase price for these properties.
The closing of the sale by Steward to HCA Healthcare and the completion of the main lease of HCA Healthcare is expected in the first half of 2022, subject to obtaining certain regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. There can be no assurance that such approvals will be obtained or that other conditions will be met.
About Medical Properties Trust, Inc.
Medical Properties Trust, Inc. is a self-advising real estate investment trust established in 2003 to acquire and develop net lease hospital facilities. Since its inception in Birmingham, Alabama, the company has grown to become one of the largest hospital owners in the world with approximately 440 facilities and 46,000 licensed beds (on a pro forma basis) in nine countries and on four continents. MPT’s funding model facilitates acquisitions and recapitalizations and allows hospital operators to unlock the value of their real estate assets to fund facility improvements, technology upgrades and other investments in operations. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.medicalpropertiestrust.com.
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