Extendicare REIT
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Extendicare REIT

November 04, 2009 17:00 ET

Extendicare REIT Announces 2009 Third Quarter Results

Increased Profitability Through Higher Rates and Cost Controls

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 4, 2009) - Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust ("Extendicare REIT" or the "REIT") (TSX:EXE.UN) today reported results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009.

Highlights:

- Revenue of $532.1 million in Q3 2009, an increase of 8.5% (4.6% exclusive of the impact of foreign exchange) compared to $490.2 million in Q3 2008, due largely to achieving higher per diem rates in Medicare and Managed Care.

- EBITDA of $71.1 million in Q3 2009, an increase of 39.2% (33.7% exclusive of the impact of foreign exchange) compared to $51.1 million in Q3 2008, mainly due to cost controls.

- EBITDA margins improved to 13.4% in Q3 2009 from 10.4% in Q3 2008 and 13.1% during Q2 2009.

- AFFO from continuing operations improved 57.3% to $30.2 million ($0.414 per basic unit) in Q3 2009 from $19.2 million ($0.260 per basic unit) in Q3 2008.

- Declared cash distribution of $0.07 per unit for the month of November. Distributions declared for the first nine months of 2009 of $45.9 million, represented 55.8% of AFFO from continuing operations of $82.2 million for the same period.

- Cash on hand of $130.9 million with no significant debt maturities until 2011 and beyond.

"Given the current economic environment, the REIT's solid results this quarter are particularly significant," said Tim Lukenda, President and CEO of Extendicare REIT. "Despite the economy's impact on our skilled mix and total occupancy, our results improved on a quarter-over-quarter basis through a combination of increased U.S. per diem rates and diligent cost controls across our business segments. Notwithstanding the success of this quarter, we are taking steps to mitigate the anticipated impact of near-term reimbursement changes that will reduce our Medicare and Medicaid funding in the fourth quarter. We are also monitoring the proposed implementation of the various health care reform proposals currently being considered by the U.S. Senate and Congress. While the ultimate impact of any such changes is currently unknown, we have a proven track record of adapting and conforming our strategy to changes in the reimbursement regime."

Mr. Lukenda continued, "Going forward, we remain committed to providing the highest quality of services possible in spite of the changing industry dynamics. As evidence of our commitment to quality, 33 of our U.S. skilled nursing centers were awarded the 2009 Step I Quality Award, which is one of the most prestigious honours given in the long-term care profession."

2009 THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL REVIEW

2009 Third Quarter Comparison to 2008 Third Quarter

Revenue for the 2009 third quarter grew $41.9 million, or 8.5%, to $532.1 million from $490.2 million in the 2008 third quarter. However, exclusive of the impact of the weaker Canadian dollar, revenue grew $22.4 million, or 4.6%, of which approximately $17.6 million was due to growth in same-facility operations of 3.6% quarter over quarter as a result of funding improvements, partially offset by lower U.S. occupancy levels.

EBITDA for the 2009 third quarter grew $20.0 million, or 39.2%, to $71.1 million compared to $51.1 million for the 2008 third quarter, and as a percent of revenue improved to 13.4% from 10.4%. Exclusive of the impact of the weaker Canadian dollar, EBITDA grew $17.2 million, or 33.7%, of which $16.7 million was due to growth from same-facility operations in both the U.S. and Canadian operations.



TABLE 1 Q3 Q3 Q2
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2009 2008 2009
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(millions of dollars unless otherwise noted)
Revenue
U.S. operations (US$) 336.5 327.5 334.6
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U.S. operations (C$) 369.5 340.8 390.4
Canadian operations 162.6 149.4 160.1
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Total Revenue 532.1 490.2 550.5
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EBITDA (1)
U.S. operations (US$) 46.9 34.0 48.5
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U.S. operations (C$) 51.6 35.4 56.9
Canadian operations 19.5 15.7 15.5
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Total EBITDA 71.1 51.1 72.4
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EBITDA margin 13.4% 10.4% 13.1%
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Average US/Canadian dollar
exchange rate 1.0991 1.0406 1.1672
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(1) Refer to discussion of non-GAAP measures.


EBITDA from U.S. operations improved US$12.9 million, or 37.9%, to US$46.9 million in the 2009 third quarter from US$34.0 million in the 2008 third quarter, and as a percent of revenue grew to 13.9% from 10.4%. This improvement was due primarily to funding increases, improved collection of accounts receivable that reduced bad debt provisions, improved performance of previously challenged skilled nursing centers, and cost controls, partially offset by lower census.

EBITDA from Canadian operations improved $3.8 million to $19.5 million this quarter from $15.7 million in the 2008 third quarter, of which $0.7 million was from acquisitions. EBITDA from remaining operations increased $3.1 million primarily due to: funding enhancements, of which $1.5 million was retroactive to prior periods; higher home health care volumes, and lower administrative costs of $0.6 million, primarily due to cost controls leading to favourable accrual adjustments; partially offset by increased labour costs of the home health care operations due to elect-to-work holiday pay of $0.6 million.

2009 Third Quarter Comparison to 2009 Second Quarter

In comparison to the 2009 second quarter, revenue this quarter declined $18.4 million, or 3.3%. However, exclusive of a negative impact of a stronger Canadian dollar this quarter of $23.0 million, revenue increased $4.6 million from the 2009 second quarter, primarily due to the additional day this quarter and funding enhancements, partially offset by lower U.S. census mix. A significant component of Medicaid funding increases in the U.S. operations were offset by higher state provider taxes.

EBITDA for the 2009 third quarter declined $1.3 million to $71.1 million from $72.4 million in the 2009 second quarter. However, excluding a negative impact of a stronger Canadian dollar, EBITDA increased $2.1 million, or 2.9%, with an improvement in the Canadian operations, partially offset by a decline in the U.S. operations.

EBITDA from U.S. operations this quarter was lower by US$1.6 million, or 3.3%, and as a percent of revenue was 13.9% compared to 14.5% in the 2009 second quarter. Revenue increased US$1.9 million, despite a reduction in skilled mix census. The increase in revenue was due primarily to Medicaid rate increases contributing US$2.7 million; however, these were partially offset by higher state provider taxes. The increase of US$3.5 million in operating, administrative and lease costs was primarily due to: an increase in reserves for self-insured general and professional liabilities of US$3.2 million; and an increase in state provider taxes of US$2.0 million due to July 1, 2009 rate changes; partially offset by a reduction in bad debt provisions of US$1.1 million, and lower workers' compensation and health benefits of US$1.1 million. The adjustment in our reserves for self-insured general and professional liabilities follows our usual practice of completing an interim independent actuarial review during the 2009 third quarter.

EBITDA from Canadian operations increased $4.0 million to $19.5 million in the 2009 third quarter from $15.5 million in the 2009 second quarter, primarily due to: funding enhancements, of which approximately $1.5 million was retroactive to prior periods; lower administrative costs of $0.8 million, primarily due to cost controls leading to favourable accrual adjustments this quarter; a seasonal decline in utility costs; and the additional day this quarter.

2009 Third Quarter Earnings from Continuing Operations

Earnings from continuing operations in the 2009 third quarter improved to $29.0 million ($0.36 per diluted unit) from $3.6 million ($0.05 per diluted unit) in the 2008 third quarter. The 2009 third quarter reflected an after-tax gain on our derivative financial instruments and foreign exchange of $10.8 million (pre-tax $10.4 million) compared to a loss of $3.2 million (pre-tax $3.0 million) in the same 2008 period.



TABLE 2 Three months ended September 30
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2009 2008
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Per Per
Components of Earnings After diluted After diluted
from Continuing Operations (1) -tax unit -tax unit
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(thousands of dollars except per unit amounts)
Continuing Operations before Undernoted (1)
U.S. operations (US$) 11,450 4,836
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U.S. operations (C$) 12,626 5,057
Canadian operations 5,494 3,265
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18,120 $0.24 8,322 $0.12
Gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments
and foreign exchange 10,836 0.12 (3,197) (0.05)
Gain (loss) from asset impairment,
disposals and other items 8 (1,491) (0.02)
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Earnings from continuing
operations 28,964 $0.36 3,634 $0.05
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(1) Refer to discussion of non-GAAP measures.


Earnings from continuing operations prior to separately reported items, as outlined in Table 2 above, improved by $9.8 million ($0.12 per diluted unit) to $18.1 million ($0.24 per diluted unit) in the 2009 third quarter from $8.3 million ($0.12 per diluted unit) in the 2008 third quarter. This improvement in earnings was due to the previously discussed improvement in EBITDA, partially offset by higher depreciation expense and income taxes.

2009 NINE MONTH FINANCIAL REVIEW

Revenue improved 15.3% to $1,652.3 million in the first nine months of 2009 from $1,432.5 million in the same 2008 period. However, exclusive of the positive impact of the weaker Canadian dollar, revenue grew $67.2 million, or 4.7%, of which approximately $50.5 million was due to growth in same-facility operations of 3.5%. This increase was primarily due to funding improvements, partially offset by lower U.S. occupancy levels.

EBITDA for the first nine months of 2009 grew $66.5 million, or 47.2%, to $207.4 million from $140.9 million in the same 2008 period, and as a percent of revenue improved to 12.6% from 9.8%. Exclusive of the positive impact of the weaker Canadian dollar of $20.7 million, EBITDA improved $45.8 million, or 32.5%, of which $43.3 million was due to growth from same-facility operations in both the U.S. and Canadian operations.



Nine months ended
Table 3 September 30
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2009 2008
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(millions of dollars unless otherwise noted)
Revenue
U.S. operations (US$) 1,005.7 971.4
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U.S. operations (C$) 1,176.7 989.3
Canadian operations 475.6 443.2
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Total Revenue 1,652.3 1,432.5
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EBITDA (1)
U.S. operations (US$) 136.6 101.3
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U.S. operations (C$) 159.8 103.1
Canadian operations 47.6 37.8
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Total EBITDA 207.4 140.9
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EBITDA margin 12.6% 9.8%
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Average US/Canadian dollar exchange rate 1.1701 1.0184
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(1) Refer to discussion of non-GAAP measures.


EBITDA from U.S. operations improved US$35.3 million, or 34.8%, in the first nine months of 2009, of which US$34.6 million, or 34.0%, was derived from same-facility operations due primarily to funding increases, improved performance of previously challenged skilled nursing centers, reduced bad debt provisions and workers' compensation costs, and other cost controls, partially offset by lower census.

EBITDA from Canadian operations improved $9.8 million to $47.6 million from $37.8 million in the first nine months of 2008, of which $2.4 million related to an executive compensation charge recorded in 2008, $1.7 million was from acquisitions, and the remaining $5.7 million improvement was primarily due to funding enhancements and lower utility costs.

We reported improved earnings from continuing operations in the first nine months of 2009 of $62.7 million ($0.82 per diluted unit) compared to $15.9 million ($0.22 per diluted unit) in the same 2008 period. The 2009 results reflected an after-tax gain on our derivative financial instruments and foreign exchange of $17.3 million (pre-tax $17.8 million) due to a stronger Canadian dollar at the end of September 2009 from the end of 2008. The 2008 results reflected an after-tax loss of $4.8 million (pre-tax $5.2 million) due to a weaker Canadian dollar at the end of September 2008 from the beginning of that year.

Earnings from continuing operations prior to separately reported items, as outlined in Table 4, improved by $23.4 million ($0.31 per diluted unit) to $45.6 million ($0.62 per diluted unit) in the first nine months of 2009 from $22.2 million ($0.31 per diluted unit) in the same 2008 period. This improvement in earnings was due to the previously discussed improvement in EBITDA, partially offset by higher financing costs and depreciation expense due primarily to the June 2008 convertible debt offering, acquisitions and capital expenditures, and higher income taxes.



TABLE 4 Nine months ended September 30
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2009 2008
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Per Per
Components of Earnings from After diluted After diluted
Continuing Operations (1) -tax unit -tax unit
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(thousands of dollars except per unit amounts)
Continuing Operations before Undernoted (1)
U.S. operations (US$) 32,871 16,270
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U.S. operations (C$) 38,463 16,575
Canadian operations 7,177 5,596
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45,640 $0.62 22,171 $0.31
Gain (loss) on derivative financial instruments
and foreign exchange 17,279 0.20 (4,799) (0.07)
Loss from asset impairment,
disposals and other items (201) (1,491) (0.02)
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Earnings from continuing
operations 62,718 $0.82 15,881 $0.22
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(1) Refer to discussion of non-GAAP measures.


ADJUSTED FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS (AFFO)

Improvements in EBITDA in 2009 contributed to the improvements in AFFO from continuing operations, partially offset by higher income taxes and financing costs, and fluctuations in facility maintenance capital expenditures between periods.

AFFO from continuing operations improved $11.0 million, or 57.3%, to $30.2 million ($0.414 per basic unit) in the 2009 third quarter from $19.2 million ($0.260 per basic unit) in the 2008 third quarter.

In comparison to the 2009 second quarter, AFFO from continuing operations improved $1.7 million this quarter from $28.5 million ($0.391 per basic unit), and exclusive of the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar, it increased by $3.0 million, or 10.5%.

AFFO from continuing operations improved $30.7 million to $82.2 million ($1.127 per basic unit) in the first nine months of 2009 from $51.5 million ($0.716 per basic unit) in the same 2008 period, and exclusive of the favourable impact of the weaker Canadian dollar, it improved by $21.9 million, or 42.5%.

Facility maintenance capital expenditures of $8.4 million in the 2009 third quarter were 1.6% of revenue, compared to $6.6 million, or 1.3% of revenue, in the 2008 third quarter. For the first nine months of 2009, facility maintenance capital expenditures were $23.7 million, or 1.4% of revenue, compared to $18.8 million, or 1.3% of revenue, in the same period last year. These costs fluctuate on a quarterly basis with the timing of projects and seasonality. Certain 2008 planned projects that commenced last year were carried over to 2009. It is our intention to expend between 1.5% and 2.0% of revenue annually, which is consistent with our objective to maintain and upgrade our centers. We are expecting to spend approximately $37.0 million in facility maintenance capital expenditures and approximately $50.0 million in growth capital expenditures in 2009.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

At September 30, 2009, we had cash and cash equivalents of $130.9 million compared with $123.1 million at December 31, 2008, representing an increase of $7.8 million. A cash pledge of $29.5 million in the 2009 second quarter as collateral against a letter of credit is excluded from our available cash balance as at September 30, 2009. Cash provided by operating activities grew to $133.3 million in the first nine months of 2009 compared to $58.8 million in the same 2008 period. This increase reflected the improvement in earnings and a favourable change of $31.0 million in operating assets and liabilities between periods, primarily due to a reduction in accounts receivable of $18.3 million in the first nine months of 2009 compared to an increase of $9.1 million in the same 2008 period. This reduction in accounts receivable was primarily due to improved collections and the receipt in January 2009 of the $8.7 million (US$7.0 million) return premium, which was associated with the 2008 exercising of our option to commute our reinsurance coverage for the three-year period covering 2005 to 2007.

Long-term debt, including current portion, was $1,240.3 million at September 30, 2009, with no significant debt maturities until 2011, compared to $1,332.8 million at December 31, 2008. The $92.5 million decrease in long-term debt was mainly due to the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar of $102.5 million. At September 30, 2009, long-term debt (at face value and including current portion) represented 44.8% of adjusted gross book value (37.5% excluding the convertible debentures). Our consolidated leverage ratio, or debt to trailing twelve months EBITDA, has improved to 4.7 times, from 6.7 times at the end of 2008.

U.S. OPERATIONS KEY METRICS

Skilled Nursing Facility Revenue Rates

The average daily Medicare Part A rate for our wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Extendicare Health Services, Inc. (EHSI), grew 8.5% to US$456.70 in the 2009 third quarter from US$420.78 in the 2008 third quarter, over half of which was due primarily to higher average acuity levels among Medicare patients served.

Our percentage of Medicare residents in the nine highest Resource Utilization Groupings (RUGs) classifications increased to 42.6% this quarter from 37.5% in the 2008 third quarter, as well as increasing from 41.5% in the 2009 second quarter. In addition, we experienced an increase in the percentage of Medicare residents receiving therapy services to 89.4% this quarter from 88.2% in the 2008 third quarter, and from 89.1% in the 2009 second quarter.

The average revenue rate for Managed Care clients increased 4.6% to US$378.22 this quarter from US$361.65 in the 2008 third quarter, and decreased 0.8% from the 2009 second quarter. While these rates will vary depending on the type of resident admitted and their diagnosis, we believe we will continue to see improvements in this average rate over time, reflecting improved negotiation of contracts and tracking of services provided.

Our average daily Medicaid rate, excluding prior period settlement adjustments, increased 3.4% in the 2009 third quarter to US$175.12 compared to US$169.30 in the 2008 third quarter. In comparison to the 2009 second quarter Medicaid rate of US$172.23, we experienced a 1.7% increase due primarily to July 1, 2009, rate increases, which were partially offset by increased state provider taxes.

Total and Skilled Census

Our 2009 same-facility ADC of 14,285 for the first nine months of 2009 was 191 below the 2008 comparable level of 14,476, with a decline of 229 in Medicare ADC, partially offset by increases in Managed Care and Medicaid ADC. In comparison to the 2009 second quarter ADC of 14,214, our same-facility ADC improved by 44 to 14,258 in the 2009 third quarter as a result of improvements in Medicaid and private ADC of 88 and 60, respectively, partially offset by a decline in Medicare ADC.

2009 STEP I QUALITY AWARD

Thirty-three of Extendicare REIT's U.S. skilled nursing centers were awarded the 2009 Step I Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. The Step I Quality Award is the first stage of a three-step quality award progression. This Step I Quality Award recognizes each facility's dedicated frontline caregivers, administrators, nurses and physicians, who demonstrate their commitment to quality care. As a Step I recipient, each center has demonstrated its organization-wide commitment to a customer-focused facility mission, defined its principal customers and their expectations, and indicated ways that it is striving to meet their needs. This quality award program is an independently judged, criteria-based award program, and this year only 435 long-term care facilities nationwide have received this noteworthy award.

U.S. HEALTH CARE SECTOR DEVELOPMENTS

Extendicare is closely monitoring developments in the health care sector that may have near and long-term effects on the REIT:

Medicare and Medicaid Funding Discussion - Timing: Q4 2009

On July 31, 2009, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule for payments to Medicare skilled nursing centers, resulting in a net reduction in Medicare Part A rates of 1.1% effective October 1, 2009. CMS has implemented a forecasting error adjustment that reduces rates by 3.3%, which is partially offset by a market basket increase of 2.2%. Our preliminary estimates indicate that this net rate reduction of 1.1% will reduce our Medicare revenue by approximately US$1.1 million in the 2009 fourth quarter and US$4.5 million per annum.

With respect to Medicaid funding, the decline in state tax revenue and increased demand for unemployment and Medicaid services as a result of the recession, has put the state Medicaid budgets under considerable strain. Many states are implementing or expanding their provider tax programs (a tax imposed on providers of long-term care) as a means to increase the levels of funding contributed by the federal government to their Medicaid programs. However, these additional funds are only partially mitigating the proposed funding cuts of some of the states. Even though the Medicaid rates in a number of states in which we operate are still under discussion or administrative review (Idaho, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin), our 2009 third quarter results reflect the known and best estimated impact of Medicaid rate changes effective July 1, 2009. For these July 1, 2009 funding changes, we have estimated a net decrease of approximately US$1.0 million annualized (US$9.5 million increase in revenue, less a US$10.5 million increase in state provider taxes). In addition, we are awaiting confirmation of funding changes effective October 1, 2009, for Michigan, Minnesota and West Virginia. We anticipate funding cuts to negatively impact our 2009 fourth quarter by approximately US$9.0 million annualized (US$8.0 million reduction in revenue and a US$1.0 million increase in state provider taxes). Our respective state health care associations are lobbying vigorously for continuation of consistent funding in the sector.

STRIVE Initiative - Timing: Q4 2010

CMS' final rule also introduces other modifications to our payment system that would become effective October 1, 2010, and which would impact resident assessments and, potentially, the rates paid for certain services. Specifically, the final rule establishes a revised case-mix classification methodology (RUG-IV) and implementation schedule for fiscal year 2011, reflecting updated staff time measurement data derived from the recently completed Staff Time and Resource Intensity Verification (STRIVE) project, as well as information on the transition to the redesigned nursing home resident assessment instrument MDS 3.0, and a possible new rate component to account for the use of non-therapy ancillaries. CMS has stated that these initiatives are intended to be neutral to its total Medicare funding. The potential impact of these changes to us are being analyzed, and could lead to an adverse change in our Medicare per diem rates, which may be partially mitigated by the type of resident admitted and the care delivery protocol followed. We, along with other post-acute providers, continue to discuss the merits and potential impact of these changes with CMS and elected government officials.

Health Care Reform - Timing: To be determined

Various health care reform proposals are currently being considered by the U.S. Senate and Congress. While the final outcome and timing of these initiatives are uncertain at this time, we are closely monitoring any new developments and will update investors when appropriate. With over 40 years of experience as a senior-care provider, Extendicare REIT has a proven ability to adapt to different health care regimes. Our intention is to proactively respond to the changes that may occur to either capitalize on new opportunities or mitigate any risks of the potential reform proposals.

CANADIAN HEALTH CARE SECTOR DEVELOPMENTS

Ontario and Alberta Funding

In July 2009, the Ontario government announced an accommodation funding enhancement of $1.55 per resident per day for the 2009/2010 fiscal year, retroactive to April 1, 2009, representing annual revenue to ECI of approximately $2.8 million. As a result, ECI's revenue benefited by approximately $1.4 million in the 2009 third quarter from this added funding, of which approximately $0.7 million related to the 2009 second quarter. At this time there is no indication that this additional funding will continue to be provided in the 2010/2011 fiscal year.

In August 2009, the Alberta government announced its fiscal 2009/2010 annual inflationary funding increase, retroactive to April 1, 2009, representing an average 6.4% rate increase to ECI, or annual revenue of approximately $3.5 million. However, at the same time, the government announced plans to implement a 3% cutback in their funding effective December 1, 2009, as part of a deficit elimination plan. As a result of the above announcements, the net impact to ECI represents additional annual revenue of approximately $1.9 million. We had already accrued for the majority of the anticipated April 1st increase in our 2009 second quarter results, therefore only approximately $0.3 million of the funding recognized in the 2009 third quarter related to the previous second quarter.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

In July 2009, we completed our state of the art 100-bed skilled nursing center in Okemos, Michigan and in October 2009, we completed our 100-bed skilled nursing center and 60-unit assisted living center in Summit, Wisconsin. Our pipeline includes a further three construction projects underway (completion dates as indicated in parentheses):



- 280-bed continuing care center in Red Deer, Alberta (summer 2010);
- 140-bed designated assisted living center in Lethbridge, Alberta
(spring 2011); and
- 180-bed nursing center in Edmonton, Alberta (fall 2011).


DISTRIBUTION DECLARED

The Board of Trustees of the REIT today declared a cash distribution of $0.07 per unit for the month of November 2009, which is payable to unitholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2009, and will be paid on December 15, 2009.

Extendicare Limited Partnership (the "Partnership") also announced that it has declared a cash distribution of $0.07 per Class B limited partnership unit for the month of November 2009, which is payable to unitholders of record at the close of business on November 30, 2009, and will be paid on December 15, 2009.

Management estimates that approximately 70% of the 2009 distributions of the REIT and Partnership will be characterized as tax deferred returns of capital for Canadian residents. To the extent that the remaining 30% of distributions of the REIT and Extendicare LP to be made in 2009 are taxed as dividends, those paid to Canadian residents are eligible dividends as per the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the "Act"). The REIT is not required to, and does not, calculate its "earnings and profits" pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), and therefore no portion of its distributions represent qualified dividend income for U.S. tax purposes.

As previously announced, a portion of the November distribution will be treated as U.S. source interest income in the hands of the unitholders of the REIT and Partnership. The Canadian dollar amount of the U.S. source interest income in the November 2009 distribution is estimated to be $0.01828 per unit. This U.S. source interest income is subject to U.S. withholding tax for non-U.S. residents, and U.S. backup withholding tax for U.S. unitholders. Unitholders may be eligible for the portfolio interest exemption under Sections 871 and 881 of the Code by submitting a valid Form W-8BEN or Form W-9, as applicable to their broker or administrator.

ABOUT US

Extendicare REIT is a leading North American provider of long-term and short-term senior care services through its network of owned and operated health care centers. We employ 37,900 qualified and experienced individuals dedicated to helping people live better through a commitment to quality service that includes post-acute care, rehabilitative therapies and home health care services. Our 258 senior care centers in North America have capacity for approximately 28,700 residents.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

On November 5, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. (ET), we will hold a conference call to discuss our results for the 2009 third quarter. The call will be webcast live and archived in the investors/presentations & webcasts section of our website at www.extendicare.com. Alternatively, the call-in number is 1-888-789-9572 or 416-695-7806, conference ID number 7104812#. A replay of the call will be available until midnight on November 20, 2009. To access the rebroadcast, dial 1-800-408-3053 or 416-695-5800, followed by the passcode 2855813#. Slides accompanying remarks during the call will be posted to our website as part of the live webcast. Also, a supplemental information package containing historical quarterly financial results and operating statistics can be found on the website under the investors/financial reports section.

Certain figures have been revised to conform to the presentation in 2009, mainly for discontinued operations.

Non-GAAP Measures

Extendicare REIT assesses and measures operating results and financial position based on performance measures referred to as "EBITDA", "continuing health care operations before undernoted", "continuing operations before undernoted", "Distributable Income", "Funds from Operations", "Adjusted Funds from Operations" and "Adjusted Gross Book Value". These are not measures recognized under GAAP and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP. These non-GAAP measures are presented in this document because either: (i) management believes that they are a relevant measure of the ability of the REIT to make cash distributions; or (ii) certain ongoing rights and obligations of the REIT may be calculated using these measures. Such non-GAAP measures may differ from similar computations as reported by other issuers and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures as reported by such issuers. They are not intended to replace earnings (loss) from operations, net earnings (loss) for the period, cash flow, or other measures of financial performance and liquidity reported in accordance with Canadian GAAP. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures from net earnings and/or from cash provided by operations, where applicable, are provided in this press release. Detailed descriptions of these terms can be found in the disclosure documents filed by Extendicare REIT with the securities regulatory authorities, available at www.sedar.com and on the REIT's website at www.extendicare.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Information provided by Extendicare REIT from time to time, including this release, contains or may contain forward-looking statements concerning anticipated financial events, results, circumstances, economic performance or expectations with respect to the REIT and its subsidiaries, including its business operations, business strategy, and financial condition. Forward-looking statements can be identified because they generally contain the words "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "project", "plan" or "objective" or other similar expressions or the negative thereof. Forward-looking statements reflect management's beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available, and the REIT assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except as required by applicable securities laws. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements of the REIT to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the REIT's forward-looking statements. Further information can be found in the disclosure documents filed by Extendicare REIT with the securities regulatory authorities, available at www.sedar.com and on the REIT's website at www.extendicare.com.



EXTENDICARE REIT
Condensed Consolidated Earnings


(thousands of Canadian dollars Three months ended Nine months ended
except per unit amounts) September 30 September 30
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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Revenue (revised) (revised)
Nursing and assisted living centers
United States 357,093 328,640 1,134,188 953,960
Canada 121,440 110,488 354,684 324,825
Home health - Canada 39,729 36,382 114,552 110,196
Outpatient therapy - United States 3,312 3,286 10,548 9,412
Other 10,558 11,379 38,396 34,113
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532,132 490,175 1,652,368 1,432,506
Operating expenses 440,998 420,194 1,379,877 1,231,354
Administrative costs 17,040 16,146 55,876 52,109
Lease costs 2,997 2,773 9,189 8,121
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EBITDA(1) 71,097 51,062 207,426 140,922
Depreciation and amortization 16,227 14,412 50,045 41,581
Accretion expense 333 364 1,191 1,074
Interest expense 23,525 23,552 73,841 66,128
Interest income (1,279) (1,878) (3,130) (4,752)
Loss (gain) on derivative
financial instruments
and foreign exchange (10,373) 3,046 (17,847) 5,213
Loss (gain) from asset
impairment, disposals
and other items (8) 2,315 329 2,315
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Earnings from continuing
operations before income taxes 42,672 9,251 102,997 29,363
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Income tax expense (recovery)
Current 13,023 6,452 39,197 17,313
Future 685 (835) 1,082 (3,831)
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13,708 5,617 40,279 13,482
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Earnings from continuing operations 28,964 3,634 62,718 15,881
Discontinued operations (885) (31) (738) 1,977
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Net earnings 28,079 3,603 61,980 17,858
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Basic Earnings per Unit ($)
Earnings from continuing operations 0.40 0.05 0.86 0.22
Net earnings 0.39 0.05 0.85 0.25
Diluted Earnings per Unit ($)
Earnings from continuing operations 0.36 0.05 0.82 0.22
Net earnings 0.35 0.05 0.81 0.25
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Condensed Consolidated Cash Flows

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(thousands of Canadian dollars) September 30 September 30
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2009 2008 2009 2008
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Operating Activities
Net earnings 28,079 3,603 61,980 17,858
Adjustments for:
Depreciation and amortization 16,581 15,078 51,246 43,734
Provision for self-insured
liabilities 8,438 9,067 18,751 16,181
Payments for self-insured
liabilities (5,071) (6,945) (12,634) (21,267)
Future income taxes (92) (853) 299 (2,014)
Loss (gain) on derivative
financial instruments
and foreign exchange (10,373) 3,046 (17,847) 5,213
Loss (gain) from asset impairment,
disposals and other items (8) 2,315 329 2,315
Loss (gain) from asset disposals,
impairment and other items
from discontinued operations 1,770 - 344 (474)
Other 2,739 2,626 8,944 6,346
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42,063 27,937 111,412 67,892
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Net change in operating assets and
liabilities
Accounts receivable (6,616) 1,117 18,287 (9,107)
Other current assets 3,528 3,221 (2,474) (4,264)
Accounts payable and accrued
liabilities 19,273 2,177 7,209 7,784
Income taxes 3,694 5,684 (1,149) (3,502)
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19,879 12,199 21,873 (9,089)
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61,942 40,136 133,285 58,803
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Investing Activities
Growth capital expenditures (12,488) (14,637) (38,277) (32,836)
Maintenance capital expenditures (8,409) (6,602) (23,650) (18,745)
Net proceeds from dispositions - - 9,995 2,569
Other assets (25) 3,104 (1,735) 4,883
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(20,922) (18,135) (53,667) (44,129)
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Financing Activities
Issue of long-term debt 5,234 10,378 17,283 154,707
Issue on line of credit 6,611 1,018 6,611 1,018
Repayment of long-term debt (3,706) (5,418) (17,841) (67,796)
Increase in restricted cash - - (29,482) -
Decrease in investments held for
self-insured liabilities 6,018 782 13,109 8,631
Purchase of securities for
cancellation - - (6,189) (117)
Distributions paid (14,650) (19,982) (45,516) (57,828)
Issue of units - - - 32,875
Financing costs - (1,075) (2,832) (8,780)
Other 412 1,973 (1,448) 4,011
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(81) (12,324) (66,305) 66,721
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Foreign exchange gain (loss) on
cash held in foreign currency (4,683) 219 (5,534) 558
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Increase in cash and cash
equivalents 36,256 9,896 7,779 81,953
Cash and cash equivalents at
beginning of period 94,607 116,291 123,084 44,234
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Cash and cash equivalents at end of
period 130,863 126,187 130,863 126,187
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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(thousands of Canadian dollars, unless September 30 December 31
otherwise noted) 2009 2008
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Assets (revised)
Current assets
Cash and short-term investments 130,863 123,084
Restricted cash 29,482 -
Accounts receivable, less allowances 224,618 274,044
Future income tax assets 35,424 40,888
Other current assets 20,858 20,084
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441,245 458,100
Property and equipment 862,907 970,612
Goodwill and other intangible assets 199,775 225,629
Other assets 151,262 151,641
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1,655,189 1,805,982
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Liabilities and Unitholders' Deficiency
Current liabilities
Accounts payable 33,756 51,434
Accrued liabilities 243,146 252,098
Accrual for self-insured liabilities 12,008 12,533
Current portion of long-term debt 23,176 42,217
Income taxes payable 2,895 4,594
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314,981 362,876
Accrual for self-insured liabilities 35,726 37,838
Long-term debt 1,217,075 1,290,596
Other long-term liabilities 69,023 79,198
Future income tax liabilities 56,178 65,006
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1,692,983 1,835,514
Unitholders' deficiency (37,794) (29,532)
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1,655,189 1,805,982
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Closing US/Cdn. dollar exchange rate 1.0707 1.2180
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Financial and Operating Statistics


Three months ended Nine months ended
September 30 September 30
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(amounts in Canadian dollars, unless
otherwise noted) 2009 2008 2009 2008
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Earnings from Continuing Operations (millions)
United States (US$) $17.3 ($0.1) $43.5 $8.0
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United States $19.2 ($0.2) $50.7 $8.0
Canada 9.8 3.8 12.0 7.9
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$29.0 $3.6 $62.7 $15.9
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Net Earnings (millions)
United States (US$) $16.5 ($0.2) $42.8 $9.9
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United States $18.3 ($0.2) $50.0 $10.0
Canada 9.8 3.8 12.0 7.9
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$28.1 $3.6 $62.0 $17.9
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U.S. Skilled Nursing Center Statistics
Percent of Revenue by Payor Source (same-facility basis, excluding prior
period settlement adjustments)
Medicare (Part A and B) 32.8% 33.1% 33.9% 34.9%
Managed Care 10.2 9.7 10.2 9.2
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Skilled mix 43.0 42.8 44.1 44.1
Private/other 9.6 10.1 9.3 9.6
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Quality mix 52.6 52.9 53.4 53.7
Medicaid 47.4 47.1 46.6 46.3
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Average Daily Census by Payor Source (same-facility basis)
Medicare 2,267 2,433 2,376 2,605
Managed Care 946 911 944 890
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Skilled mix 3,213 3,344 3,320 3,495
Private/other 1,571 1,655 1,528 1,586
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Quality mix 4,784 4,999 4,848 5,081
Medicaid 9,474 9,455 9,437 9,395
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14,258 14,454 14,285 14,476
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Average Revenue per Resident Day by Payor Source (excluding prior period
settlement adjustments) (US$)
Medicare Part A only $456.70 $420.78 $452.60 $417.02
Medicare (Part A and B) 506.77 462.33 499.25 454.46
Managed Care 378.22 361.65 380.01 352.09
Private/other 212.84 206.99 213.33 205.83
Medicaid 175.12 169.30 173.24 167.04
Weighted average 245.75 235.43 245.70 234.54
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Average Occupancy (excluding managed centers) (same-facility basis)
U.S. skilled nursing centers 88.8% 88.5% 88.8% 88.6%
U.S. assisted living centers 81.2 84.4 82.1 84.7
Canadian centers 98.2 98.2 97.9 97.9
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Average US/Cdn. dollar exchange rate 1.0991 1.0406 1.1701 1.0184
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(1) Amounts may not add due to rounding.
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Supplemental Information - FFO and AFFO

The following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA to Funds from
Operations (FFO), Distributable Income (DI) and Adjusted Funds from
Operations (AFFO) for the periods ended September 30, 2009 and 2008.(1)

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September 30 September 30
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(thousands of Canadian dollars
unless otherwise noted) 2009 2008 2009 2008
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(revised) (revised)

EBITDA from continuing operations 71,097 51,062 207,426 140,922
Depreciation for furniture,
fixtures, equipment and computers (5,767) (4,842) (17,816) (13,575)
Interest expense, net (22,246) (21,674) (70,711) (61,376)
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43,084 24,546 118,899 65,971
Current income tax expense(2) (12,963) (6,190) (40,137) (16,192)
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FFO (continuing operations) 30,121 18,356 78,762 49,779
Amortization of financing costs 2,165 2,104 7,530 5,288
Principal portion of government
capital funding payments 576 539 1,726 1,620
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DI (continuing operations) 32,862 20,999 88,018 56,687
Additional maintenance capital
expenditures(3) (2,642) (1,760) (5,834) (5,170)
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AFFO (continuing operations) 30,220 19,239 82,184 51,517
AFFO (discontinued operations)(4) 478 747 2,328 3,623
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AFFO 30,698 19,986 84,512 55,140
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Per Basic Unit ($)
FFO (continuing operations) 0.413 0.248 1.080 0.692
AFFO (continuing operations) 0.414 0.260 1.127 0.716
AFFO 0.420 0.270 1.158 0.767
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Per Diluted Unit ($)
FFO (continuing operations) 0.378 0.245 1.002 0.689
AFFO (continuing operations) 0.371 0.243 1.016 0.690
AFFO 0.377 0.251 1.043 0.735
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Distributions declared 15,342 20,582 45,944 60,042
Distributions declared per unit ($) 0.2100 0.2775 0.6300 0.8325
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Basic weighted average number of
units (thousands) 73,039 74,156 72,955 71,920
Diluted weighted average number of
units (thousands) 86,852 88,041 86,772 80,746
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(1) "EBITDA", "funds from operations", "distributable income" and "adjusted
funds from operations" are not recognized measures under GAAP and do not
have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP. Refer to the discussion
of non-GAAP measures.

(2) Excludes current tax with respect to the loss (gain) from derivative
financial instruments, foreign exchange, asset impairment, disposals
and other items that are excluded from the computation of AFFO.

(3) Represents total facility maintenance capital expenditures less
depreciation for furniture, fixtures, equipment and computers already
deducted in determining DI.

(4) The impact of discontinued operations reduces FFO, DI and AFFO by the
same amount.
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Reconciliation of Cash Provided by Three months ended Nine months ended
Operating Activities to DI & AFFO September 30 September 30
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(thousands of Canadian dollars) 2009 2008 2009 2008
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Cash provided by operating
activities 61,942 40,136 133,285 58,803
Add (Deduct):
Net change in operating assets and
liabilities (19,879) (12,199) (21,873) 9,089
Current tax expense on gain or loss
from derivative financial
instruments, foreign exchange, asset
impairment, disposals and other items 60 370 1,310 (798)
Net provisions and payments for
self-insured liabilities (3,367) (2,122) (6,117) 5,086
Depreciation for furniture,
fixtures, equipment and computers (5,767) (4,842) (17,816) (13,575)
Principal portion of government
capital funding payments 576 539 1,726 1,620
Other (225) (136) (169) 85
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DI 33,340 21,746 90,346 60,310
Additional maintenance capital
expenditures (2,642) (1,760) (5,834) (5,170)
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AFFO 30,698 19,986 84,512 55,140
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Contact Information

  • Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust
    Douglas J. Harris
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (414) 908-8855
    (905) 470-4003 (FAX)
    djharris@extendicare.com
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