Combination creates preeminent, pure-play medical office building REIT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. and SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE: HR) (“Healthcare Realty” or the “Company”) and Healthcare Trust of America, Inc. (NYSE: HTA) (“Healthcare Trust of America” or “HTA”) today announced the closing of their previously announced merger. The combined company will continue to operate with the Healthcare Realty name and trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol HR.
The combination brings together two of the largest owners of medical office buildings to create the preeminent, pure-play medical office building REIT. The combined company will have unmatched market scale in concentrated clusters, increased diversification, and a strengthened balance sheet with enhanced liquidity and improved access to capital. The combination is expected to be accretive through meaningful near-term synergies, with additional value from operational upside, expanded health system relationships, and a larger development pipeline.
Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is serving as lead financial advisor, Scotiabank is serving as financial advisor, and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP and Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP are acting as legal advisors to Healthcare Realty. In addition, BlackBirch Capital is acting as financial advisor to Healthcare Realty on the previously announced asset sales and joint venture transactions. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor and McDermott Will & Emery LLP is acting as legal advisor to Healthcare Trust of America.
About Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated
Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE: HR) is a real estate investment trust that integrates owning, managing, financing and developing income-producing real estate properties associated primarily with the delivery of outpatient healthcare services throughout the United States. As of the closing of the merger on July 20, 2022, the Company was invested in over 700 real estate properties totaling approximately 44 million square feet and provided leasing and property management services to more than 30 million square feet nationwide.
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