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Chartwell Completes Purchase of 50% Interest in U.S. Property Portfolio

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Chartwell Completes Purchase of 50% Interest in U.S. Property Portfolio08:05 EDT Wednesday, November 02, 2011MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2011) - Chartwell Seniors Housing Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:CSH.UN) ("Chartwell") announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of a 50% interest in a portfolio of primarily independent supportive living seniors communities in the United States from ING Real Estate Community Living Group ("ING"). The portfolio consists of 15 communities (2,947 suites) located across nine U.S. states. With the completion of this transaction, Chartwell now owns 100% of these communities. The purchase price for the 50% interest was approximately USD $169.0 million, net of a debt mark-to-market adjustment of USD $2.5 million, satisfied by the assumption of debt with an outstanding balance of approximately USD $135.8 million, bearing a weighted average interest rate of 6.27% and a weighted average term to maturity of 4.5 years, and the balance paid in cash utilizing Chartwell's credit facility. Chartwell is a real estate investment trust which indirectly owns and operates a complete range of seniors housing communities from independent supportive living through assisted living to long term care. It is one of the largest participants in the seniors housing business in North America. Chartwell's aim is to capitalize on the strong demographic trends present in its markets to maximize the value of its existing portfolio of seniors housing communities, and prudently avail itself of opportunities to grow internally and through accretive acquisitions.Forward Looking InformationThis press release contains forward-looking information that reflects the current expectations, estimates and projections of management about the future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities for Chartwell and the seniors housing industry. The words "plans", "expects", "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "intends", "anticipates", "does not anticipate", "projects", "believes" or variations of such words and phrases or statements to the effect that certain actions, events or results "may", "will", "could", "would", "might", "occur", "be achieved" or "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon a number of assumptions and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and that could cause actual results to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. While we anticipate that subsequent events and developments may cause our views to change, we do not intend to update this forward-looking information, except as required by applicable securities laws. This forward-looking information represents our views as of the date of this press release and such information should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this document. We have attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those current expectations or estimated expressed or implied by the forward-looking information. However, there may be other factors that cause results, performance or achievements not to be as expected or estimated and that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from current expectations. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those expected or estimated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. These factors are not intended to represent a complete list of the factors that could affect us. See "Risks and Uncertainties" in our 2010 MD&A and risk factors highlighted in materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada from time to time, including but not limited to our most recent annual information form. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Vlad VolodarskiChartwell Seniors Housing Real Estate Investment TrustChief Financial Officer(905) 501-4709(905) 501-4710 (FAX)vvolodarski@chartwellreit.cawww.chartwellreit.ca