Extendicare Inc.

Extendicare Inc.

October 16, 2006 13:19 ET

Extendicare U.S. Subsidiary EHSI Completes US$500 Million Mortgage Loan and US$120 Million Senior Secured Revolving Credit Facility

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 16, 2006) - Extendicare Inc. (TSX:EXE.A)(TSX:EXE)(NYSE:EXE.A) announced today that its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary, Extendicare Health Services, Inc. (EHSI), has completed an initial US$500.0 million mortgage loan financing and entered into a new US$120.0 million senior secured revolving credit facility.

The US$500.0 million financing is a 5-year fixed rate loan at 6.6525%, with interest only payments for the first three years, and a 25-year amortization for the last two years. It is currently expected that another mortgage financing will follow in March 2007. The new US$120.0 million revolving credit facility has a three-year term with floating-rate interest based on a pricing grid.

Proceeds will be used primarily to repay EHSI's US$150.0 million 9 1/2% Senior Notes Due 2010 and its US$125.0 million 6 7/8% Senior Subordinated Notes Due 2014, of which 100% and 99.98%, respectively, have been accepted for payment pursuant to EHSI's September 22, 2006 tender offers for the two classes of notes. In addition, proceeds will be used to repay the balance outstanding on EHSI's existing term loan and line of credit, to unwind its existing interest rate swap and cap arrangements, to pay for transaction costs related to the debt refinancing and planned distribution of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. to shareholders of Extendicare Inc. and for general working capital purposes.

The mortgage loan is being originated by Lehman Brothers Bank, FSB and Lehman Brothers is sole arranger of the revolving credit facility.

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Extendicare is a major provider of long-term care and related services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, Extendicare operates 438 nursing and assisted living facilities in North America, with capacity for over 34,700 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 38,100 people in North America.

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As a conversion by the Company into a Canadian real estate investment trust and the distribution of Assisted Living Concepts, Inc. will be subject to and conditional upon, among other things, shareholder and court approvals, some or all of which conditions are beyond the control of the Company, there can be no assurance that such a conversion will occur or will occur within a particular time frame.

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