SOURCE: Rothman Research

Rothman Research

March 12, 2010 09:05 ET

Health Care Real Estate Seen to Curtail Economic Downturn

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2010) -

The traditionally defensive components of the health care sector, supported by an aging population with high demands for medical services, may have helped it counter the uncertainty of the market but a recent report by analyst Jack Benassi of suggests the many issues confronting the sector with high potential to weigh on profitability. High on the list is the possibility of substantial government intervention in the private market and tightly squeezed federal reimbursements, as the U.S. government looks for ways to reduce the massive deficit, leading to potential erosion in profitability for this sector.

Using the battered economy coupled with the softening property fundamentals and weakening liquidity profiles within the sector as a research background, Rothman Research analyst, Jack Benassi, explores two companies, Health Care REIT Inc. (NYSE: HCN) and Health Care Property Investors Inc. (NYSE: HCP), that could potentially curb the downtrend and even help the burgeoning sector. Register now at to view the full reports on these companies.   

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Health Care REIT Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment, development, and management of properties. It primarily invests in health care properties. The firm invests across the full spectrum of senior housing and health care real estate, including independent living/continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and medical office buildings.

Health Care Property Investors Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust in the United States. The company, through its subsidiaries and joint ventures, invests in health care-related properties and provides mortgage financing on health care facilities. It acquires health care facilities and leases them to health care providers. As of December 31, 2005, the company's real estate portfolio, including properties held through joint ventures and mortgage loans, consisted of interests in 527 facilities located in 42 states. Its properties include senior housing facilities, medical office buildings, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and other healthcare facilities, including laboratory and office buildings. Health Care Property Investors has elected to be treated as a REIT for federal income tax purposes and would not be subject to income tax, if it distributes approximately 90% of its taxable income to its share holders.

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