Extendicare Inc.

Extendicare Inc.

October 25, 2006 08:00 ET

Extendicare Announces Final Court Approval of Plan of Arrangement to Distribute Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. and to Convert Extendicare Inc. to a REIT

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 25, 2006) - Extendicare Inc. (TSX:EXE)(TSX:EXE.A)(NYSE:EXE.A) announced today that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted the final order approving the plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") to distribute to Extendicare's shareholders Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. (ALC) and convert the remaining business of Extendicare into a Canadian real estate investment trust (Extendicare REIT).

As previously announced, the effective date of the Arrangement is expected to be on November 1, 2006. The shares of ALC will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ALC and the units of Extendicare REIT (REIT Units) will be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol EXE.UN.

It is anticipated that following completion of the Arrangement, approximately 59.0 million REIT Units and 11.2 million exchangeable limited partnership units (Exchangeable LP Units) of Extendicare Limited Partnership will be issued and outstanding. No pro ration of the Exchangeable LP Units will be required as shareholders have elected to receive less than the maximum number of available Exchangeable LP Units.

About Us

Extendicare is a major provider of long-term care and related services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, Extendicare operates 441 nursing and assisted living facilities in North America, with capacity for over 35,100 residents. As well, through its operations in the United States, Extendicare offers medical specialty services such as subacute care and rehabilitative therapy services, while home health care services are provided in Canada. The Company employs 38,500 people in North America.

Forward-looking Statements

Statements contained in this release other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding anticipated financial performance, business strategy and management's plans and objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements can be identified as such because the statements generally include words such as "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "plan" or "objective" or other similar expressions. These forward- looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. In addition to the risks and uncertainties related to these statements, other risks and uncertainties are identified in Extendicare Inc.'s or Extendicare Health Services, Inc.'s filings with Canadian and United States securities regulators and include, but are not limited to, the following: changes in the Company's structure from a reorganization of all or part of Extendicare from the recently announced initiative by the Board of Directors; changes in the health care industry in general and the long-term care industry in particular because of political and economic influences; changes in regulations governing the industry and the Company's compliance with such regulations; changes in government funding levels for health care services; resident care litigation, including exposure for punitive damage claims and increased insurance costs, and other claims asserted against the Company; the Company's ability to maintain and increase census levels; changes in foreign currency translation; the Company's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the availability and terms of capital to fund the Company's capital expenditures; changes in competition; and demographic changes. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements contained in this report are necessarily estimates reflecting the best judgement of the party making such statements based upon current information, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement.

Contact Information