SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., March 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareTrust REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRE) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $150 million of its outstanding shares of common stock from time to time prior to March 31, 2023.
Repurchases will be made in accordance with Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), may be made through open market purchases, privately negotiated transactions, structured or derivative transactions, including accelerated stock repurchase transactions, or other methods of acquiring shares. Repurchases of common stock under the program may also be made pursuant to Rule 10b5-1 plans adopted under the Exchange Act. The timing and amount of any repurchases under the repurchase program will be determined based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to the trading volume and price of CareTrust’s common stock, potential other uses for CareTrust’s capital, legal requirements, market conditions and other relevant factors.
The Company intends to finance any stock repurchases using available cash, and may also use short-term borrowings under its $600 million revolving credit line. The repurchase program may be modified, discontinued or suspended at any time.
CareTrust REIT, Inc. is a self-administered, publicly-traded real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, acquisition, development and leasing of skilled nursing, seniors housing and other healthcare-related properties. With a nationwide portfolio of long-term net-leased properties, and a growing portfolio of quality operators leasing them, CareTrust REIT is pursuing both external and organic growth opportunities across the United States. More information about CareTrust REIT is available at www.caretrustreit.com.
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As used in this press release or the related conference call, unless the context requires otherwise, references to “CTRE,” "CareTrust," “CareTrust REIT” or the “Company” refer to CareTrust REIT, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries. GAAP refers to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America.
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