Health Care REIT to Float New Stock Issue

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Health Care REIT is preparing to expand its capital base. The company announced it will issue 20 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten public flotation. The price has been pegged at $73.50 per share. Additionally, the underwriters will be granted a 30-day purchase option for up to an additional 3 million shares.

Health Care REIT estimates it could reap gross proceeds of roughly $1.5 billion from the issue, or $1.7 billion, if the underwriters' option is fully exercised. The firm said it plans to use the monies for debt retirement, investments, and "general corporate purposes."

UBS, Barclays, JPMorgan Chase's near-eponymous J.P. Morgan, Royal Bank of Canada's Capital Markets arm, and the Securities wings of Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank are the joint book-running managers of the issue.

The article Health Care REIT to Float New Stock Issue originally appeared on Fool.com.

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