Healthcare Realty, Healthcare Trust of America to combine for $18bn MOB REIT

Healthcare Realty, Healthcare Trust of America to combine for $18bn MOB REIT

Healthcare Realty Trust and Healthcare Trust of America have agreed to enter into a strategic business combination.

Healthcare Trust of America’s shareholders will receive a total implied value of $35.08 per share comprised of a special cash dividend of $4.82 per share and a transaction exchange ratio of 1:1 based on HR’s unaffected price of $30.26 on February 24, 2022, said the companies.

This transaction brings together two of the largest owners of medical office buildings, creating one of the largest pure-play medical office building REITs in the market.

The combined company will have a pro forma equity market capitalization of approximately $11.6 billion and a total enterprise value of $17.6 billion based on the implied values at market close on February 24, 2022.

The company will be led by the Healthcare Realty management team, with Todd Meredith as President and Chief Executive Officer and Kris Douglas as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Upon completion of the transaction, the new Company will continue to operate with the Healthcare Realty name and trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol HR.

With 727 properties totaling 44 million square feet, the company will be the largest pure-play MOB REIT, with nearly double the square footage of the next largest MOB portfolio. The company will own the largest portfolio of on or adjacent to hospital campus properties comprising 28.2 million square feet. 94% of the portfolio’s square feet will be in top 100 MSAs.

“We are pleased to announce this strategic transaction, which unites two highly complementary medical office portfolios and represents a rare opportunity to create a sector-leading REIT in terms of both size and quality. We believe all shareholders will benefit from the Company’s expanded national footprint from HR’s Seattle portfolio to HTA’s Boston portfolio. The Company will have unmatched market scale in concentrated clusters, meaningful corporate and operational synergies, and a larger development pipeline. We believe this transaction will be accretive through near term synergies with additional value from operational upside. It will also strengthen the combined balance sheet, enhance liquidity and improve access to capital. This combination provides a significant value creation opportunity for shareholders,” stated Todd Meredith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Realty. 

“This transformative transaction joins two premier real estate companies with a combined value that we believe is much greater than the sum of its parts, with the operational and financial scale necessary to compete and drive sustainable value creation. HTA shareholders will realize an attractive premium via a special cash dividend while being able to fully participate in the future growth prospects of a powerful, sector leading MOB REIT, led by a seasoned, well-respected management team. This transaction is the culmination of a thorough strategic review process and we are pleased with the result for our shareholders, employees and tenants. We are confident this is the best path forward for HTA,” stated Brad Blair, Chairman of the Board, Healthcare Trust of America.