Why Sunrise Senior Living Shares Skyrocketed

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What: Shareholders of senior and assisted living service provider Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE: SRZ  ) jumped for joy after shares skyrocketed 60% following an agreement to be purchased by Health Care REIT (NYSE: HCN  ) .

So what: Health Care REIT, the third-largest health-focused real estate investment trust in the U.S., agreed to purchase Sunrise for $845 million, or $14.50 per share, a 62% premium to yesterday's close. The move is smart for Health Care REIT because it gives them an additional 58,000 units to take advantage of the expected 79% spike in assisted living patients by 2030, and it gives them a land value of $1.9 billion according to a statement from Health Care REIT.

Now what: Now Sunrise shareholders, go grab a pen and some paper and begin writing Health Care REIT the most heart-felt thank-you note of your lives! Sunrise barely survived the recession and has been dealing with more than $500 million in debt, all while skirting around breakeven financial results. Today's buyout is a godsend for shareholders with the stock hitting four-year highs. I'm fairly confident Health Care REIT will do a better job of capitalizing on Sunrise's potential than Sunrise's management did and would consider those who are intrigued by the prospects of a growing population and assisted living look into the health-care REIT sector for ideas rather than individual companies like Sunrise.

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