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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 FORM 10-K
 
 
(Mark One)
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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017
OR
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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Commission file number 001-34950
 
 SABRA HEALTH CARE REIT, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
 
 
Maryland
 
27-2560479
(State of Incorporation)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
18500 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 550
Irvine, CA 92612
(888) 393-8248
(Address, zip code and telephone number of Registrant)
 
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock
 
The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq Global Select Market)
7.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock
 
The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq Global Select Market)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
 
 
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SABRA HEALTH CARE REIT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Index
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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References throughout this document to “Sabra,” “we,” “our,” “ours” and “us” refer to Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. and its direct and indirect consolidated subsidiaries and not any other person.
STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “10-K”) contain “forward-looking” information as that term is defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that do not relate to historical or current facts or matters are forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include all statements regarding our expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, liquidity, financing plans, business strategy, tenants, the expected amounts and timing of dividends and other distributions, projected expenses and capital expenditures, competitive position, growth opportunities, potential investments, plans and objectives for future operations, and compliance with and changes in governmental regulations. You can identify some of the forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “should,” “may” and other similar expressions, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.
Our actual results may differ materially from those projected or contemplated by our forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including, among others, the following:
our dependence on the operating success of our tenants;
operational risks with respect to our Senior Housing - Managed communities (as defined below);
the effect of our tenants declaring bankruptcy or becoming insolvent;
our ability to find replacement tenants and the impact of unforeseen costs in acquiring new properties;
the impact of litigation and rising insurance costs on the business of our tenants;
the anticipated benefits of our merger with Care Capital Properties, Inc. (“CCP”) may not be realized;
the anticipated and unanticipated costs, fees, expenses and liabilities related to our merger with CCP;
our ability to implement the previously announced rent repositioning program for certain of our tenants who were legacy tenants of CCP on the timing or terms we have previously disclosed;
our ability to dispose of facilities currently leased to Genesis Healthcare, Inc. (“Genesis”) on the timing or terms we have previously disclosed;
the possibility that Sabra may not acquire the remaining majority interest in the Enlivant Joint Venture (as defined below);
risks associated with our investments in joint ventures;
changes in healthcare regulation and political or economic conditions;
the impact of required regulatory approvals of transfers of healthcare properties;
competitive conditions in our industry;
our concentration in the healthcare property sector, particularly in skilled nursing/transitional care facilities and senior housing communities, which makes our profitability more vulnerable to a downturn in a specific sector than if we were investing in multiple industries;
the significant amount of and our ability to service our indebtedness;
covenants in our debt agreements that may restrict our ability to pay dividends, make investments, incur additional indebtedness and refinance indebtedness on favorable terms;
increases in market interest rates;
our ability to raise capital through equity and debt financings;
changes in foreign currency exchange rates;
the relatively illiquid nature of real estate investments;
the loss of key management personnel or other employees;
uninsured or underinsured losses affecting our properties and the possibility of environmental compliance costs and liabilities;
the impact of a failure or security breach of information technology in our operations;
our ability to maintain our status as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”);
changes in tax laws and regulations affecting REITs (including the potential effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act);
compliance with REIT requirements and certain tax and tax regulatory matters related to our status as a REIT; and
the ownership limits and anti-takeover defenses in our governing documents and under Maryland law, which may restrict change of control or business combination opportunities.
We urge you to carefully consider these risks and review the additional disclosures we make concerning risks and other factors that may materially affect the outcome of our forward-looking statements and our future business and operating results, including those made in Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in this 10-K, as such risk factors may be amended, supplemented or superseded from time to time by other reports we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including

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subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We caution you that any forward-looking statements made in this 10-K are not guarantees of future performance, events or results, and you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. We do not intend, and we undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking information to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this 10-K or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless required by law to do so.
TENANT AND BORROWER INFORMATION

This 10-K includes information regarding certain of our tenants that lease properties from us and our borrowers, most of which are not subject to SEC reporting requirements. Genesis is subject to the reporting requirements of the SEC and is required to file with the SEC annual reports containing audited financial information and quarterly reports containing unaudited financial information. The information related to our tenants and borrowers that is provided in this 10-K has been provided by, or derived from information provided by, such tenants and borrowers. We have not independently verified this information. We have no reason to believe that such information is inaccurate in any material respect. We are providing this data for informational purposes only. Genesis’ filings with the SEC can be found at www.sec.gov.

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PART I
 
ITEM 1. BUSINESS
Overview
We operate as a self-administered, self-managed REIT that, through our subsidiaries, owns and invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry. Our primary business consists of acquiring, financing and owning real estate property to be leased to third party tenants in the healthcare sector. We primarily generate revenues by leasing properties to tenants and owning properties operated by third-party property managers throughout the United States (“U.S.”) and Canada.
On August 17, 2017, we completed our merger with CCP as a result of which we acquired 330 properties (consisting of 296 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, 13 senior housing communities and 21 specialty hospitals and other facilities), one skilled nursing/transitional care facility leased to an operator under a direct financing lease, 18 investments in loans receivable and one specialty valuation firm. We also assumed certain outstanding equity awards and other debt and liabilities of CCP. See Note 3, “CCP Merger and Recent Real Estate Acquisitions” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information.
As of December 31, 2017, our investment portfolio consisted of 507 real estate properties held for investment (consisting of (i) 384 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, (ii) 88 senior housing communities (“Senior Housing - Leased”), (iii) 13 senior housing communities operated by third-party property managers pursuant to property management agreements (“Senior Housing - Managed”) and (iv) 22 specialty hospitals and other facilities), one investment in a direct financing lease, 22 investments in loans receivable (consisting of (i) two mortgage loans, (ii) two construction loans, (iii) two mezzanine loans, (iv) one pre-development loan and (v) 15 other loans), 12 preferred equity investments and one investment in a specialty valuation firm. As of December 31, 2017, our real estate properties held for investment included 53,558 beds/units, spread across the U.S. and Canada. As of December 31, 2017, the substantial majority of our real estate properties (excluding 13 Senior Housing - Managed communities) were leased under triple-net operating leases with expirations ranging from less than one year to 15 years.
On January 2, 2018, we completed our transaction with affiliates of Enlivant and TPG Real Estate, the real estate platform of TPG, to acquire a 49% equity interest in an entity that collectively owns 172 senior housing communities managed by Enlivant (the “Enlivant Joint Venture”). The joint venture agreement includes an option for us to acquire the remaining majority interest in the Enlivant Joint Venture which terminates on January 2, 2021. Our partner in the Enlivant Joint Venture has the option to transfer its interest commencing on January 2, 2020 subject to our right of first offer. Additionally on January 2, 2018, we acquired 11 senior housing communities under the Senior Housing - Managed structure that are operated by Enlivant pursuant to property management agreements. See “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Overview—Enlivant Joint Venture” in Part I, Item 7 for additional information.
We expect to continue to grow our investment portfolio while diversifying our portfolio by tenant, asset class and geography within the healthcare sector. We plan to achieve these objectives primarily through making investments directly or indirectly in healthcare real estate, including the development of purpose built healthcare facilities with select developers. We also intend to achieve our objective of diversifying our portfolio by tenant and asset class through select asset sales and other arrangements with Genesis and with other tenants. We have entered into memoranda of understanding with Genesis to market for sale up to all of our remaining Genesis facilities and to restructure our lease agreements with Genesis to increase the marketability of these facilities to potential buyers. We expect to complete the sales of 46 of our remaining 54 Genesis facilities in 2018 and to retain eight facilities, although we cannot provide assurance that the sales will be completed in that timeframe, if at all.
We employ a disciplined, opportunistic approach in our healthcare real estate investment strategy by investing in assets that provide attractive opportunities for dividend growth and appreciation of asset values, while maintaining balance sheet strength and liquidity, thereby creating long-term stockholder value.
We were incorporated on May 10, 2010 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sun Healthcare Group, Inc. (“Sun”) and commenced operations on November 15, 2010 following our separation from Sun (the “Separation Date”). We elected to be treated as a REIT with the filing of our U.S. federal income tax return for the taxable year beginning January 1, 2011. We believe that we have been organized and have operated, and we intend to continue to operate, in a manner to qualify as a REIT.
Our principal executive offices are located at 18500 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 550, Irvine, CA 92612, and our telephone number is (888) 393-8248. We maintain a website at www.sabrahealth.com. Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. files reports with the SEC, including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to

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those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). We will make such filings available free of charge on our website as soon as reasonably practicable after such information has been filed or furnished with the SEC.
Our Industry
We operate as a REIT that holds investments in income-producing healthcare facilities located in the U.S. and Canada. We invest primarily in the U.S. nursing home industry, including skilled nursing and transitional care facilities, the U.S. and Canadian senior housing industry, which includes independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities and select behavioral, acute care and other hospitals. The primary growth drivers of these industries – an aging population and longer life expectancies – present attractive investment opportunities for us. According to the 2014 National Population Projections published by the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans over the age of 75 is projected to be the fastest growing segment of the population, growing at a compounded annual growth rate of 2.9% between 2015 and 2020 and 3.6% between 2015 and 2025. According to the same publication, life expectancy is expected to increase to 81.7 years in 2030 from 79.4 years in 2015. Furthermore, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care, a leading industry data provider, estimates that as of the fourth quarter of 2015, only 14.2% of nursing home and senior housing properties were owned by publicly traded REITs. The highly-fragmented nature of the nursing home and senior housing industries presents additional investment opportunities.
Demand for senior housing is expected to increase as a result of an aging population and an increase in acuity across the post-acute landscape. Cost containment measures adopted by the federal government have encouraged patient treatment in more cost-effective settings, such as skilled nursing facilities. As a result, high acuity patients that previously would have been treated in long-term acute care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities are increasingly being treated in skilled nursing facilities. According to the National Health Expenditure Projections for 2016-2025 published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), nursing home expenditures are projected to grow from approximately $162 billion in 2016 to approximately $260 billion in 2025, representing a compounded annual growth rate of 5.4%. This focus on high acuity patients in skilled nursing facilities has resulted in the typical senior housing resident requiring more assistance with activities for daily living, such as assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, and medication management; however, many older senior housing communities were not built to accommodate a resident who has more needs as well as increased mobility and cognitive issues than in the past. We believe that these trends will create an emphasis on operators who can effectively adapt their operating model to accommodate the changing nursing home patient and senior housing resident and will result in increased demand for purpose-built properties that are complementary to this new system of healthcare delivery.
The hospital industry is broadly defined to include acute care, long-term acute care, rehabilitation and behavioral hospitals. Hospital services comprise one of the largest categories of healthcare expenditures. According to CMS National Health Expenditure Projections for 2016-2025, hospital care expenditures are projected to grow from approximately $1.1 trillion in 2016 to approximately $1.8 trillion in 2025, representing a compounded annual growth rate of 5.6%. Hospitals offer a wide range of services, both inpatient and outpatient, in a variety of settings. We believe that demand will increase for innovative means of delivering those services and present additional investment opportunities.
Portfolio of Healthcare Investments
We have a geographically diverse portfolio of healthcare investments across the U.S. and Canada that offer a range of services including skilled nursing/transitional care, assisted and independent living, mental health and acute care. As of December 31, 2017, our investment portfolio consisted of 507 real estate properties held for investment, one investment in a direct financing lease, 22 investments in loans receivable, 12 preferred equity investments and one investment in a specialty valuation firm. Of our 507 properties held for investment as of December 31, 2017, we owned fee title to 494 properties and title under ground leases for 13 properties.
Our portfolio consisted of the following types of healthcare facilities as of December 31, 2017:
Skilled Nursing/Transitional Care Facilities
Skilled nursing facilities. Skilled nursing facilities provide services that include daily nursing, therapeutic rehabilitation, social services, activities, housekeeping, nutrition and administrative services for individuals requiring certain assistance for activities in daily living. A typical skilled nursing facility includes mostly one and two bed units, each equipped with a private or shared bathroom and community dining facilities.
Mental health facilities. Mental health facilities provide a range of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for adults and children through specialized treatment programs.

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Transitional care facilities/units. Transitional care facilities/units are licensed nursing facilities or distinct units within a licensed nursing facility that provide short term, intensive, high acuity nursing and medical services. These facilities tend to focus on delivering specialized treatment to patients with cardiac, neurological, pulmonary, orthopedic, and renal conditions. Length of service is typically 30 days or less with the majority of patients returning to prior living arrangements and functional abilities. Generally, transitional care facilities/units provide services to Medicare, managed care and commercial insurance patients.
Senior Housing Communities
 
Independent living communities. Independent living communities are age-restricted multi-family properties with central dining facilities that provide services that include security, housekeeping, activities, nutrition and limited laundry services. Our independent living communities are designed specifically for independent seniors who are able to live on their own, but desire the security and conveniences of community living. Independent living communities typically offer several services covered under a regular monthly fee.
Assisted living communities. Assisted living communities provide services that include assistance for activities in daily living and permit residents to maintain some of their privacy and independence as they do not require constant supervision and assistance. Services bundled within one regular monthly fee usually include three meals per day in a central dining room, daily housekeeping, laundry, medical reminders and 24-hour availability of assistance with the activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing and bathing. Professional nursing and healthcare services are usually available at the community on call or at regularly scheduled times. Assisted living communities typically are comprised of one and two bedroom suites equipped with private bathrooms and efficiency kitchens.
Memory care communities. Memory care communities offer specialized options, services and clinical programs for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Purpose built, free-standing memory care communities offer a more residential environment than offered in a secured unit of a nursing facility. These communities offer dedicated care and specialized programming from specially trained staff for various conditions relating to memory loss in a secured environment that is typically smaller in scale and more residential in nature than traditional assisted living communities. Residents require a higher level of care, a secure environment, customized therapeutic recreation programs and more assistance with activities of daily living than in assisted living communities. Therefore, these communities have staff available 24 hours a day to respond to the unique needs of their residents.
Continuing care retirement communities. Continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs, provide, as a continuum of care, the services described above for independent living communities, assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities in an integrated campus.
Specialty Hospitals and Other Facilities
Acute care hospitals. Acute care hospitals provide emergency room, inpatient and outpatient medical care and other related services for surgery, acute medical conditions or injuries (usually for a short-term illness or condition).
Long-term acute care hospitals. Long-term acute care hospitals provide care for patients with complex medical conditions that require longer stays and more intensive care, monitoring or emergency back-up than that available in most skilled nursing facilities.
Rehabilitation hospitals. Rehabilitation hospitals provide inpatient and outpatient care for patients who have sustained traumatic injuries or illnesses, such as spinal cord injuries, strokes, head injuries, orthopedic problems, work-related disabilities and neurological diseases.
Behavioral hospitals. Behavioral hospitals provide inpatient and outpatient care for patients with mental health conditions, chemical dependence or substance addictions.
Residential services facilities. Residential services facilities provide services in home and community-based settings, which may include assistance with activities of daily living.
Other facilities. Other facilities include facilities other than those described above that are not classified as skilled nursing/transitional care or senior housing.

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Geographic and Property Type Diversification
The following tables display the geographic concentration by property type and by investment and the distribution of beds/units for our real estate held for investment as of December 31, 2017 (dollars in thousands):
Geographic Concentration — Property Type
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Location
 
Skilled Nursing / Transitional Care
  
Senior Housing - Leased
  
Senior Housing - Managed
 
Specialty Hospitals and Other
 
Total
 
% of Total
Texas
 
60

 
15

 

 
14

 
89

 
17.5
%
California
 
26

 
1

 

 
4

 
31

 
6.1

Indiana
 
22

 
6

 

 

 
28

 
5.5

Kentucky
 
27

 

 

 
1

 
28

 
5.5

Massachusetts
 
22

 

 

 

 
22

 
4.3

Oregon
 
16

 
4

 

 

 
20

 
3.9

New Hampshire
 
11

 
6

 

 

 
17

 
3.4

Washington
 
14

 
3

 

 

 
17

 
3.4

North Carolina
 
15

 
2

 

 

 
17

 
3.4

Connecticut
 
14

 
2

 

 

 
16

 
3.2

Other (33 states & Canada)
 
157

 
49

 
13

 
3

 
222

 
43.8

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
384

 
88

 
13

 
22

 
507

 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
% of Total properties
 
75.7
%
 
17.4
%
 
2.6
%
 
4.3
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
Distribution of Beds/Units
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property Type
 
 
 
 
Location
 
Total Number of Properties
 
Skilled Nursing / Transitional Care
 
Senior Housing - Leased
 
Senior Housing - Managed
 
Specialty Hospitals and Other
 
Total
 
% of Total
Texas
 
89

 
7,391

 
1,502

 

 
366

 
9,259

 
17.3
%
Kentucky
 
28

 
2,819

 

 

 
40

 
2,859

 
5.3

Indiana
 
28

 
2,325

 
449

 

 

 
2,774

 
5.2

California
 
31

 
2,210

 
102

 

 
340

 
2,652

 
5.0

Massachusetts
 
22

 
2,621

 

 

 

 
2,621

 
4.9

Oregon
 
20

 
1,561

 
509

 

 

 
2,070

 
3.9

Connecticut
 
16

 
1,824

 
140

 

 

 
1,964

 
3.7

North Carolina
 
17

 
1,672

 
237

 

 

 
1,909

 
3.6

New Hampshire
 
17

 
1,016

 
838

 

 

 
1,854

 
3.5

Washington
 
17

 
1,584

 
206

 

 

 
1,790

 
3.2

Other (33 states & Canada)
 
222

 
18,200

 
4,154

 
1,113

 
339

 
23,806

 
44.4

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
507

 
43,223

 
8,137

 
1,113

 
1,085

 
53,558

 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
% of Total beds/units
 
 
 
80.7
%
 
15.2
%
 
2.1
%
 
2.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
 


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Geographic Concentration — Investment (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property Type
 
 
 
 
Location
 
Total Number of Properties
 
Skilled Nursing / Transitional Care
 
Senior Housing - Leased
 
Senior Housing - Managed
 
Specialty Hospitals and Other
 
Total
 
% of Total
Texas
 
89

 
$
589,110

 
$
234,838

 
$

 
$
195,929

 
$
1,019,877

 
16.1
%
California
 
31

 
417,387

 
35,901

 

 
217,763

 
671,051

 
10.6

Oregon
 
20

 
264,892

 
86,250

 

 

 
351,142

 
5.5

Maryland
 
9

 
320,124

 
6,566

 

 

 
326,690

 
5.2

New York
 
10

 
297,066

 
19,235

 

 

 
316,301

 
5.0

Indiana
 
28

 
213,438

 
59,888

 

 

 
273,326

 
4.3

Kentucky
 
28

 
239,941

 

 

 
30,313

 
270,254

 
4.3

North Carolina
 
17

 
138,902

 
67,272

 

 

 
206,174

 
3.3

Washington
 
17

 
168,194

 
36,900

 

 

 
205,094

 
3.2

Arizona
 
8

 
31,976

 
47,246

 

 
121,757

 
200,979

 
3.2

Other (33 states & Canada) (1)
 
250

 
1,683,357

 
572,591

 
189,120

 
48,306

 
2,493,374

 
39.3

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
507

 
$
4,364,387

 
$
1,166,687

 
$
189,120

 
$
614,068

 
$
6,334,262

 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
% of Total investment
 
 
 
68.9
%
 
18.4
%
 
3.0
%
 
9.7
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
(1) 
Represents the undepreciated book value of our real estate held for investment as of December 31, 2017.
(2) 
Investment balance in Canada is based on the exchange rate as of December 31, 2017 of $0.7967 per CAD $1.00.

Loans Receivable and Other Investments
As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, our loans receivable and other investments consisted of the following (dollars in thousands):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 31, 2017
 
 
Investment
 
Quantity
as of
December 31, 2017
 
Property Type
 
Principal Balance as of December 31, 2017 (1)
 
Book Value
as of
December 31, 2017
 
Book Value
as of
December 31, 2016
 
Weighted Average Contractual Interest Rate / Rate of Return
 
Weighted Average Annualized Effective Interest Rate / Rate of Return
 
Maturity Date
as of
December 31, 2017
Loans Receivable:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mortgage
 
2

 
Skilled Nursing / Senior Housing
 
$
13,366

 
$
12,351

 
$
38,262

 
9.9
%
 
11.3
%
 
12/31/18- 01/31/27
Construction
 
2

 
Senior Housing
 
2,667

 
2,733

 
842

 
8.0
%
 
7.7
%
 
03/31/21- 05/31/22
Mezzanine
 
2

 
Senior Housing
 
32,468

 
10,239

 
9,656

 
10.2
%
 
19.2
%
 
02/28/18- 05/25/20
Pre-development
 
1

 
Senior Housing
 
2,357

 
2,357

 
4,023

 
9.0
%
 
8.4
%
 
04/01/20
Other
 
15

 
Multiple
 
40,422

 
38,324

 

 
8.8
%
 
10.1
%
 
2/28/18- 04/30/27
Debtor-in-possession
 

 
Acute Care Hospital
 

 

 
813

 
N/A

 
N/A

 
N/A
 
 
22

 
 
 
91,280

 
66,004

 
53,596

 
9.4
%
 
11.6
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loan loss reserve
 
 
 
 
 

 
(97
)
 
(2,750
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
91,280

 
65,907

 
50,846

 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Investments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Preferred Equity
 
12

 
Skilled Nursing / Senior Housing
 
48,035

 
48,483

 
45,190

 
12.6
%
 
12.6
%
 
N/A
Total
 
34

 
 
 
$
139,315

 
$
114,390

 
$
96,036

 
10.5
%
 
12.0
%
 
 
(1) 
Principal balance includes amounts funded and accrued unpaid interest/preferred return and excludes capitalizable fees.

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Significant Credit Concentrations
The following table provides information regarding significant tenant relationships representing 10% or more of our total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2017:
 
 
As of December 31, 2017
 
For the year ended December 31, 2017
 
 
Number of Investments
 
% of Total Assets
 
% of Total Investments (1)
 
% of Total Revenues
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
 
54

 
3.5
%
 
5.9
%
 
19.8
%
(1) 
Total investments consists of gross real estate investment balance, preferred equity investments, loans receivable investments plus capitalized origination fees net of loan loss reserves.
See “Risk Factors—Risks Related to Tenant Concentration” in Part I, Item 1A of this 10-K and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Concentration of Credit Risk” in Part I, Item 7 for additional information, including risks and uncertainties, regarding our significant tenant concentration.
Investment Financing Strategy
We intend to invest in additional healthcare properties as suitable opportunities arise and adequate sources of financing are available. We expect that future investments in properties, including any improvements or renovations of current or newly-acquired properties, will depend on and will be financed, in whole or in part, by our existing cash, borrowings available to us under our Revolving Credit Facility (as defined below), future borrowings or the proceeds from issuances of common stock, preferred stock, debt or other securities. In addition, we may seek financing from U.S. government agencies, including through Fannie Mae and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), in appropriate circumstances in connection with acquisitions. We also use derivative instruments in the normal course of business to mitigate interest rate and foreign currency risk.
Competitive Strengths
We believe the following competitive strengths contribute significantly to our success:
Geographically Diverse and Stable Property Portfolio
Our portfolio of 507 properties held for investment as of December 31, 2017 is broadly diversified by location across the U.S. and Canada. Our properties in any one state or province did not account for more than 18% of our total beds/units as of December 31, 2017. Our geographic diversification will limit the effect of a decline in any one regional market on our overall performance. The annual occupancy percentages of our stabilized properties remained stable over the last three fiscal years at between 84.0% and 87.0% for our skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, between 87.8% and 90.3% for our Senior Housing - Leased communities, between 75.5% and 90.6% for our Senior Housing - Managed communities and between 69.7% and 79.2% for our specialty hospitals and other facilities. We have also been able to diversify, through acquisitions and dispositions, the extent to which our revenues are dependent on our tenants’, borrowers’ and equity investees’ revenues from federal, state and local government reimbursement programs. Based on the information provided to us by our tenants and borrowers, which information is provided quarterly in arrears, on an annualized basis as of December 31, 2017, 66.2% of our tenants’, borrowers’ and equity investees’ revenue was from federal, state and local government reimbursement programs.
Long-Term, Triple-Net Lease Structure
As of December 31, 2017, the substantial majority of our real estate properties held for investment (excluding 13 Senior Housing - Managed communities) are leased under triple-net operating leases with expirations ranging from less than one year to 15 years, pursuant to which the tenants are responsible for all facility maintenance, insurance required in connection with the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties, taxes levied on or with respect to the leased properties and all utilities and other services necessary or appropriate for the leased properties and the business conducted on the leased properties. As of December 31, 2017, the leases had a weighted-average remaining term of 9 years. The leases include provisions to extend the lease terms and other negotiated terms and conditions. We retain substantially all of the risks and benefits of ownership of the real estate assets leased to tenants. In addition, we may receive additional security under these operating leases in the form of letters of credit and security deposits from the lessee or guarantees from the parent of the lessee or other parties related to the lessee.
Strong Relationships with Operators
The members of our management team have developed an extensive network of relationships with qualified local, regional and national operators of skilled nursing/transitional care facilities and senior housing communities across the U.S.

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and Canada. This extensive network has been built by our management team through more than 100 years of combined operating experience, involvement in industry trade organizations and the development of banking relationships and investor relations within the skilled nursing and senior housing industries. We work collaboratively with our operators to help them achieve their growth and business objectives. We believe these strong relationships with operators help us to source investment opportunities.
Our relationships with operators include pipeline agreements that we have entered into with certain operators that provide for the acquisition of, and interim capital commitments for, various healthcare facilities. These pipeline agreements, together with repeat transactions with other operators, help support our future growth potential by providing additional investment opportunities with lower merger and acquisition costs than would be required for investments with new operators.
Ability to Identify Talented Operators
As a result of our management team’s operating experience, network of relationships and industry insight, we have been able and expect to continue to be able to identify qualified local, regional and national operators. We seek operators who possess local market knowledge, demonstrate hands-on management, have proven track records and emphasize patient care. These operators are often located in secondary markets, which generally have lower costs to build and favorable demographics as demonstrated by the fact that the percentage of the population over the age of 65 is greater in the markets where we have invested than in the U.S. as a whole. We believe our management team’s experience gives us a key competitive advantage in objectively evaluating an operator’s financial position, emphasis on care and operating efficiency.
Significant Experience in Proactive Asset Management
The members of our management team have significant experience developing systems to collect and evaluate data relating to the underlying operational and financial success of healthcare companies and healthcare-related real estate assets. We are able to utilize this experience and expertise to provide our operators, when requested, with significant assistance in the areas of marketing, development, facility expansion and strategic planning. We have also developed a proprietary information technology system that allows us to efficiently and effectively collect tenant, financial, asset management and acquisitions information. Leveraging this system allows us to be lean in our operations and proactive in sharing information with our tenants and operators where we can be helpful to them. We actively monitor the operating results of our tenants and, when requested, will work closely with our operators to identify and capitalize on opportunities to improve the operations of our facilities and the overall financial and operating strength of our operators.
Experienced Management Team
Our management team has extensive healthcare and real estate experience. Richard K. Matros, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sabra, has more than 30 years of experience in the acquisition, development and disposition of healthcare assets, including nine years at Sun Healthcare Group, Inc. Harold W. Andrews, Jr., Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Sabra, is a finance professional with more than 20 years of experience in both the provision of healthcare services and healthcare real estate. Talya Nevo-Hacohen, Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer of Sabra, is a real estate finance executive with more than 25 years of experience in real estate finance, acquisition and development, including three years of experience managing and implementing the capital markets strategy of an S&P 500 healthcare REIT. Through years of public company experience, our management team also has extensive experience accessing both debt and equity capital markets to fund growth and maintain a flexible capital structure.
Business Strategies
We pursue business strategies focused on opportunistic acquisitions and property diversification where such acquisitions meet our investing and financing strategy. We also intend to further develop our relationships with tenants and healthcare providers with a goal to progressively expand the mixture of tenants managing and operating our properties.
The key components of our business strategies include:
Diversify Asset Portfolio
We expect to continue to grow our portfolio primarily through the acquisition of assisted living, independent living and memory care communities in the U.S. and Canada and through the acquisition of skilled nursing/transitional care and behavioral health facilities in the U.S. We have and expect to continue to opportunistically acquire other types of healthcare real estate, originate financing secured directly or indirectly by healthcare facilities and invest in the development of senior housing communities and skilled nursing/transitional care facilities. We also expect to expand our portfolio through the development of purpose-built healthcare facilities through pipeline agreements and other arrangements with select developers. We further expect to work with existing operators to identify strategic development opportunities. These opportunities may involve

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replacing, renovating or expanding facilities in our portfolio that may have become less competitive and new development opportunities that present attractive risk-adjusted returns. In addition to pursuing acquisitions with triple-net leases, we expect to continue to pursue other forms of investment, including investments in Senior Housing - Managed communities, mezzanine and secured debt investments, and joint ventures for senior housing communities and skilled nursing/transitional care facilities. We also expect to continue to enhance the strength of our investment portfolio by selectively disposing of underperforming facilities or working with new or existing operators to transfer underperforming but promising properties to new operators.
With respect to our debt and preferred equity investments, in general, we originate loans and make preferred equity investments when an attractive investment opportunity is presented and (a) the property is in or near the development phase, (b) the development of the property is completed but the operations of the facility are not yet stabilized or (c) the loan investment will provide capital to existing relationships. A key component of our development strategy related to loan originations and preferred equity investments is having the option to purchase the underlying real estate that is owned by our borrowers (and that directly or indirectly secures our loan investments) or by the entity in which we have an investment. These options become exercisable upon the occurrence of various criteria, such as the passage of time or the achievement of certain operating goals, and the method to determine the purchase price upon exercise of the option is set in advance based on the same valuation methods we use to value our investments in healthcare real estate. This proprietary development pipeline strategy allows us to diversify our revenue streams and build relationships with operators and developers, and provides us with the option to add new properties to our existing real estate portfolio if we determine that those properties enhance our investment portfolio and stockholder value at the time the options are exercisable.
Maintain Balance Sheet Strength and Liquidity
We seek to maintain a capital structure that provides the resources and flexibility to support the growth of our business. As of December 31, 2017, we had approximately $877.4 million in liquidity, consisting of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $518.4 million (excluding joint venture cash and cash equivalents), and available borrowings under our Revolving Credit Facility of $359.0 million. The Credit Facility (as defined below) also contains an accordion feature that can increase the total available borrowings to $2.5 billion (up from U.S. $2.1 billion plus CAD $125.0 million), subject to terms and conditions. Subsequent to December 31, 2017, we closed on our investment in the Enlivant Joint Venture and on our acquisitions of 11 senior housing communities under the Senior Housing - Managed structure that are operated by Enlivant pursuant to property management agreements and two additional skilled nursing/transitional care facilities. These closings were funded using $515.8 million of cash and $18.0 million of proceeds from our Revolving Credit Facility.
We have filed a shelf registration statement with the SEC that expires in January 2020, which allows us to offer and sell shares of common stock, preferred stock, warrants, rights, units, and certain of our subsidiaries to offer and sell debt securities, through underwriters, dealers or agents or directly to purchasers, on a continuous or delayed basis, in amounts, at prices and on terms we determine at the time of the offering, subject to market conditions.
We intend to maintain a mix of Credit Facility debt, term loan debt, secured debt and unsecured term debt, which, together with our anticipated ability to complete future equity financings, we expect will fund the growth of our operations. Further, we may opportunistically seek access to U.S. government agency financing, including through Fannie Mae and HUD, in appropriate circumstances in connection with acquisitions.
Develop New Investment Relationships
We seek to cultivate our relationships with tenants and healthcare providers in order to expand the mix of tenants operating our properties and, in doing so, to reduce our dependence on any single tenant or operator. We have grown our investment relationships from one in 2010 to 72 as of December 31, 2017. We expect to continue to develop new investment relationships as part of our overall strategy to acquire new properties and further diversify our overall portfolio of healthcare properties.
Capital Source to Underserved Operators
We believe that there is a significant opportunity to be a capital source to healthcare operators through the acquisition of healthcare properties that are consistent with our investment and financing strategy, but that, due to size and other considerations, are not a focus for other healthcare REITs. We utilize our management team’s operating experience, network of relationships and industry insight to identify financially strong and growing operators in need of capital funding for future growth. In appropriate circumstances, we may negotiate with operators to acquire individual healthcare properties from those operators and then lease those properties back to the operators pursuant to long-term triple-net leases or refinance new projects.

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Strategic Capital Improvements
We intend to continue to support operators by providing capital to them for a variety of purposes, including for capital expenditures and facility modernization. We expect to structure these investments as either lease amendments that produce additional rents or as loans that are repaid by operators during the applicable lease term.
Pursue Strategic Development Opportunities
We expect to work with existing operators to identify strategic development opportunities. These opportunities may involve replacing, renovating or expanding facilities in our portfolio that may have become less competitive and new development opportunities that present attractive risk-adjusted returns. In addition to pursuing acquisitions with triple-net leases, we expect to continue to pursue other forms of investment, including investments in Senior Housing - Managed communities, mezzanine and secured debt investments, and joint ventures for senior housing and skilled nursing/transitional care facilities.
 Our Employees
As of December 31, 2017, we employed 61 full-time employees, including our executive officers and 31 employees associated with the specialty valuation firm we acquired in the CCP Merger (as defined below), none of whom is subject to a collective bargaining agreement.
Competition
We compete for real property investments with other REITs, investment companies, private equity and hedge fund investors, sovereign funds, healthcare operators, lenders and other investors. Some of our competitors are significantly larger and have greater financial resources and lower costs of capital than we do. Increased competition makes it more challenging to identify and successfully capitalize on acquisition opportunities that meet our investment objectives. Our ability to compete is also impacted by national and local economic trends, availability of investment alternatives, availability and cost of capital, construction and renovation costs, existing laws and regulations, new legislation and population trends.
In addition, revenues from our properties are dependent on the ability of our tenants and operators to compete with other healthcare operators. These operators compete on a local and regional basis for residents and patients, and the operators’ ability to successfully attract and retain residents and patients depends on key factors such as the number of facilities in the local market, the types of services available, the quality of care, reputation, age and appearance of each facility, and the cost of care in each locality. Private, federal and state payment programs and the effect of other laws and regulations may also have a significant impact on the ability of our tenants and operators to compete successfully for residents and patients at the properties.
Government Regulation
Our tenants are subject to extensive and complex federal, state and local healthcare laws and regulations, including anti-kickback, anti-fraud and abuse provisions codified under the Social Security Act. These provisions prohibit certain business practices and relationships that might affect the provision and cost of healthcare services reimbursable under Medicare and Medicaid. Sanctions for violating these anti-kickback, anti-fraud and abuse provisions include criminal penalties, civil sanctions, fines and possible exclusion from government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. If a facility is decertified as a Medicare or Medicaid provider by CMS or a state, the facility will not thereafter be reimbursed for caring for residents that are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and the facility would be forced to care for such residents without being reimbursed or to transfer such residents.
Most of our tenants’ skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, assisted living and mental health facilities are licensed under applicable state law. Most of our skilled nursing/transitional care facilities and mental health facilities are certified or approved as providers under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Some of our assisted living facilities are certified or approved as providers under various state Medicaid and/or Medicaid waiver programs. Similarly, the operators of our specialty hospitals must meet the applicable conditions of participation established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and comply with state and local laws and regulations in order to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. State and local agencies survey all skilled nursing facilities and some assisted living facilities on a regular basis to determine whether such facilities are in compliance with governmental operating and health standards and conditions for participation in government sponsored third party payor programs. Under certain circumstances, the federal and state agencies have the authority to take adverse actions against a center or service provider, including the imposition of a monitor, the imposition of monetary penalties and the decertification of a facility or provider from participation in the Medicare and/or Medicaid/Medicaid waiver programs or licensure revocation. Challenging and appealing notices or allegations of noncompliance can require significant legal expenses and management attention.

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Various states in which our tenants operate our facilities have established minimum staffing requirements or may establish minimum staffing requirements in the future. Failure to comply with such minimum staffing requirements may result in the imposition of fines or other sanctions. Most states in which our tenants operate have statutes requiring that prior to the addition or construction of new nursing home beds, to the addition of new services or to certain capital expenditures in excess of defined levels, the tenant first must obtain a certificate of need, which certifies that the state has made a determination that a need exists for such new or additional beds, new services or capital expenditures. The certification process is intended to promote quality healthcare at the lowest possible cost and to avoid the unnecessary duplication of services, equipment and centers. This certification process can restrict or prohibit the undertaking of a project or lengthen the period of time required to enlarge or renovate a facility or replace a tenant.
In addition to the above, those of our tenants who provide services that are paid for by Medicare and Medicaid are subject to federal and state budgetary cuts and constraints that limit the reimbursement levels available from these government programs. Changes to reimbursement or methods of payment from Medicare and Medicaid could result in a substantial reduction in our tenants’ revenues. On January 20, 2017, the President issued an executive order aimed at seeking the prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the “Affordable Care Act”), and on December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which amends certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  Amendments to or repeal of the Affordable Care Act and regulatory changes could impose further limitations on government payments to our tenants. On February 9, 2018, the President signed a two-year budget deal that includes a 10-year, $2 billion cut to skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursement. Instead of providers receiving their regular annual Medicare market basket update from CMS in 2019, the new spending package freezes the reimbursement increases at 2.4%. The exact rate level will not be known until CMS releases proposed rules on May 1, 2018.
As of December 31, 2017, our subsidiaries owned 17 healthcare facilities (11 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities and six senior housing communities) with mortgage loans that are guaranteed by HUD. Those facilities are subject to the rules and regulations of HUD, including periodic inspections by HUD, although the tenants of those facilities have the primary responsibility for maintaining the facilities in compliance with HUD’s rules and regulations. The regulatory agreements entered into by each owner and each operator of the property restrict, among other things, any sale or other transfer of the property, modification of the lease between the owner and the operator, use of surplus cash from the property except upon certain conditions and renovations of the property, all without prior HUD approval.
In addition, as an owner of real property, we are subject to various federal, state and local environmental and health and safety laws and regulations. These laws and regulations address various matters, including asbestos, fuel oil management, wastewater discharges, air emissions, medical wastes and hazardous wastes. The costs of complying with these laws and regulations and the penalties for non-compliance can be substantial. For example, although we do not generally operate or actively manage our properties, we may be held primarily or jointly and severally liable for costs relating to the investigation and clean up of any property from which there has been a release or threatened release of a regulated material as well as other affected properties, regardless of whether we knew of or caused the release. In addition to these costs, which are typically not limited by law or regulation and could exceed the property’s value, we could be liable for certain other costs, including governmental fines and injuries to persons, property or natural resources. See “Risk Factors—Risks Relating to Our Business—Environmental compliance costs and liabilities associated with real estate properties owned by us may materially impair the value of those investments.”

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
The following describes the risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those presented in our forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones we face but do represent those risks and uncertainties that we believe are material to us. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also harm our business.
Risks Related to Tenant Concentration
We are dependent on Genesis until we further diversify our portfolio, and an event that has a material adverse effect on Genesis’s business, financial position or results of operations would have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position or results of operations.
For the year ended December 31, 2017, leases to subsidiaries of Genesis represented 19.8% of our total revenues, with Genesis guaranteeing the obligations under the lease agreements. There can be no assurance that Genesis and its subsidiaries will have sufficient assets, income and access to financing to enable them to satisfy their payment obligations under their lease agreements. The inability of Genesis and its subsidiaries to meet their rent obligations would materially adversely affect our business, financial position or results of operations including our ability to pay dividends to our stockholders as required to

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maintain our status as a REIT. The inability of Genesis and its subsidiaries to satisfy their other obligations under their lease agreements such as the payment of taxes, insurance and utilities could have a material adverse effect on the condition of the leased properties as well as on our business, financial position and results of operations. For these reasons, if Genesis were to experience a material adverse effect on its business, financial position or results of operations, our business, financial position or results of operations would also be materially adversely affected.
Due to our dependence on rental payments from Genesis and its subsidiaries as a significant source of revenues, we may be limited in our ability to enforce our rights under these lease agreements or to terminate a lease thereunder. Failure by Genesis and its subsidiaries to comply with the terms of their lease agreements or to comply with the healthcare regulations to which the leased properties and Genesis’s operations are subject could require us to find other lessees for any affected leased properties and there could be a decrease or cessation of rental payments by Genesis and its subsidiaries. In such event, we may be unable to locate suitable replacement lessees willing to pay similar rental rates or at all, which would have the effect of reducing our rental revenues.
Risks Relating to Our Business
We are dependent on the operating success of our tenants.
Our tenants’ revenues are primarily driven by occupancy, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement and private pay rates. Revenues from government reimbursement have been, and may continue to be, subject to rate cuts and further pressure from federal and state budgetary cuts and constraints. Overall weak economic conditions in the U.S. may adversely affect occupancy rates of healthcare facilities that rely on private pay residents. Our tenants’ expenses are driven by the costs of labor, food, utilities, taxes, insurance and rent or debt service. In addition, any failure by a tenant to effectively conduct its operations or to maintain and improve our properties could adversely affect its business reputation and its ability to attract and retain residents in our properties. To the extent any decrease in revenues and/or any increase in operating expenses results in our tenants’ not generating enough cash to make scheduled lease payments to us, our business, financial position or results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
We are exposed to operational risks with respect to our Senior Housing - Managed communities.
We are exposed to various operational risks with respect to our Senior Housing - Managed communities that may increase our costs or adversely affect our ability to generate revenues. These risks are similar to the ones described above with respect to our tenants and include fluctuations in occupancy and private pay rates; economic conditions; competition; federal, state, local, and industry-regulated licensure, certification and inspection laws, regulations, and standards; the availability and increases in cost of general and professional liability insurance coverage; state regulation and rights of residents related to entrance fees; and the availability and increases in the cost of labor (as a result of unionization or otherwise). Any one or a combination of these factors may adversely affect our business, financial position or results of operations.
Our tenants and operators may be adversely affected by increasing healthcare regulation and enforcement.
Over the last several years, the regulatory environment of the long-term healthcare industry has intensified both in the amount and type of regulations and in the efforts to enforce those regulations. This is particularly true for large for-profit, multi-facility providers. The extensive federal, state and local laws and regulations affecting the healthcare industry include those relating to, among other things, licensure, conduct of operations, ownership of facilities, addition of facilities and equipment, allowable costs, services, prices for services, qualified beneficiaries, quality of care, patient rights, fraudulent or abusive behavior, and financial and other arrangements that may be entered into by healthcare providers. Changes in enforcement policies by federal and state governments have resulted in a significant increase in the number of inspections, citations of regulatory deficiencies and other regulatory sanctions, including terminations from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, bars on Medicare and Medicaid payments for new admissions, civil monetary penalties and even criminal penalties.
If our tenants or operators fail to comply with the extensive laws, regulations and other requirements applicable to their businesses and the operation of our properties, they could become ineligible to receive reimbursement from governmental and private third-party payor programs, face bans on admissions of new patients or residents, suffer civil or criminal penalties or be required to make significant changes to their operations. Our tenants and operators also could be forced to expend considerable resources responding to an investigation, lawsuit or other enforcement action under applicable laws or regulations. In such event, the results of operations and financial condition of our tenants and operators and the results of operations of our properties operated by those entities could be adversely affected, which, in turn, could have a material adverse effect on us. We are unable to predict future federal, state and local regulations and legislation, including the Medicare and Medicaid statutes and regulations, or the intensity of enforcement efforts with respect to such regulations and legislation, and any changes in the

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regulatory framework could have a material adverse effect on our tenants, which, in turn, could have a material adverse effect on us.
Our tenants and operators depend on reimbursement from governmental and other third-party payor programs, and reimbursement rates from such payors may be reduced.
Many of our tenants and operators depend on third-party payors, including Medicare, Medicaid or private third-party payors, for the majority of their revenue. The reduction in reimbursement rates from third-party payors, including insurance companies and the Medicare and Medicaid programs, or other measures reducing reimbursements for services provided by our tenants and operators, may result in a reduction in our tenants’ and operators’ revenues and operating margins. In addition, reimbursement from private third-party payors may be reduced as a result of retroactive adjustment during claims settlement processes or as a result of post-payment audits. Furthermore, new laws and regulations could impose additional limitations on government and private payments to healthcare providers. For example, our tenants and operators may be affected by health reform initiatives that modify certain payment systems to encourage more cost-effective care and a reduction of inefficiencies and waste (e.g. the implementation of a voluntary bundled payment program and the creation of accountable care organizations). We cannot assure you that adequate reimbursement levels will continue to be available for the services provided by our tenants and operators. Although moderate reimbursement rate reductions may not affect our tenants’ ability to meet their financial obligations to us, significant limits on reimbursement rates or on the services reimbursed could have a material adverse effect on their business, financial position or results of operations, which could materially adversely affect their ability to meet their financial obligations to us.
While reimbursement rates have generally increased over the past few years, President Trump and members of the U.S. Congress may approve or propose various spending cuts and tax reform initiatives that could result in changes (including substantial reductions in funding) to Medicare, Medicaid or Medicare Advantage Plans. In addition, a number of states are currently managing budget deficits, which may put pressure on states to decrease reimbursement rates for our tenants and operators with a goal of decreasing state expenditures under their state Medicaid programs. Any such existing or future federal or state legislation relating to deficit reduction that reduces reimbursement payments to healthcare providers could have a material adverse effect on our tenants’ and operators’ business, financial position or results of operations, which could materially adversely affect their ability to meet their financial obligations to us and could have a material adverse effect on us.
We face potential adverse consequences of bankruptcy or insolvency by our tenants, operators, borrowers, managers and other obligors.
We are exposed to the risk that our tenants could become bankrupt or insolvent. Although our lease agreements provide us with the right to exercise certain remedies in the event of default on the obligations owing to us or upon the occurrence of certain insolvency events, the bankruptcy and insolvency laws afford certain rights to a party that has filed for bankruptcy or reorganization. For example, a lessee may reject its lease with us in a bankruptcy proceeding. In such a case, our claim against the lessee for unpaid and future rents would be limited by the statutory cap of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This statutory cap could be substantially less than the remaining rent actually owed under the lease, and any claim we have for unpaid rent might not be paid in full. In addition, a lessee may assert in a bankruptcy proceeding that its lease should be re-characterized as a financing agreement. If such a claim is successful, our rights and remedies as a lender, compared to a landlord, are generally more limited.
We may be unable to find a replacement tenant for one or more of our leased properties.
We may need to find a replacement tenant for one or more of our leased properties for a variety of reasons, including upon the expiration of the lease term or the occurrence of a tenant default. During any period in which we are attempting to locate one or more replacement tenants, there could be a decrease or cessation of rental payments on the applicable property or properties. We cannot be sure that any of our current or future tenants will elect to renew their respective leases upon expiration of the terms thereof. Similarly, we cannot be sure that we will be able to locate a suitable replacement tenant or, if we are successful in locating a replacement tenant, that the rental payments from the new tenant would not be significantly less than the existing rental payments. Our ability to locate a suitable replacement tenant may be significantly delayed or limited by various state licensing, receivership, certificate of need or other laws, as well as by Medicare and Medicaid change-of-ownership rules. We also may incur substantial additional expenses in connection with any such licensing, receivership or change-of-ownership proceedings. Any such delays, limitations and expenses could delay or impact our ability to collect rent, obtain possession of leased properties or otherwise exercise remedies for default, which could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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Potential litigation and rising insurance costs may affect our tenants’ and operators' ability to obtain and maintain adequate liability and other insurance and their ability to make lease payments and fulfill their insurance and indemnification obligations to us.
Our tenants and operators may be subject to lawsuits filed by advocacy groups that monitor the quality of care at healthcare facilities or by patients, facility residents or their families. Significant damage awards are possible in cases where neglect has been found. This litigation has increased our tenants’ and operators’ costs of monitoring and reporting quality of care and has resulted in increases in the cost of liability and medical malpractice insurance. These increased costs may materially adversely affect our tenants’ and operators’ ability to obtain and maintain adequate liability and other insurance; manage related risk exposures; fulfill their insurance, indemnification and other obligations to us under their leases or property management agreements, as applicable; or make lease payments to us, as applicable. In addition, from time to time, we may be subject to claims brought against us in lawsuits and other legal proceedings arising out of our alleged actions or the alleged actions of our tenants and operators for which such tenants or operators may have agreed to indemnify, defend and hold us harmless. An unfavorable resolution of any such pending or future litigation could materially adversely affect our liquidity, financial condition and results of operations and have a material adverse effect on us in the event that we are not ultimately indemnified by our tenants or operators.
We face various risks in connection with our merger with CCP.
Following the closing of our merger with CCP, the combined company faces various risks, including, among others, the following:
The combined company may be unable to integrate the businesses of legacy Sabra and CCP successfully and realize the anticipated synergies and other benefits of the merger or do so within the anticipated timeframe;
The combined company may be unable to implement its future plans;
The combined company may be unable to retain key employees; and
The future results of the combined company will suffer if the combined company does not effectively manage its expanded operations following the merger.
We are subject to risks and liabilities in connection with our investments in joint ventures.
As of December 31, 2017, we owned one property through a consolidated joint venture, and on January 2, 2018, we acquired an additional 172 properties through an unconsolidated joint venture. These joint ventures involve risks not present with respect to our wholly owned properties, including the following:
We may be unable to take specific major actions, or such actions may be delayed, if our joint venture partners disagree with such action, due to arrangements that require us to share decision-making authority over major decisions affecting the ownership or operation of the joint venture and any property owned by the joint venture, such as the sale or financing of the property or the making of additional capital contributions for the benefit of the property;
For joint ventures in which we have a noncontrolling interest, our joint venture partners may take actions with which we disagree;
Our ability to sell or transfer our interest in a joint venture on advantageous terms when we so desire may be limited or restricted under the terms of our agreements with our partners;
We may be required to contribute additional capital if our joint venture partners fail to fund their share of required capital contributions;
Upon bankruptcy of a joint venture entity, we may become liable for the liabilities of the joint venture;
Our joint venture partners might have economic or other business interests or goals that are inconsistent with our business interests or goals, including with respect to the timing, terms and strategies for investment, which could increase the likelihood of disputes regarding the ownership, management or disposition of the property;
Disagreements with our joint venture partners could result in litigation or arbitration that increases our expenses, distracts our officers and directors, and disrupts the day-to-day operations of the property, including by delaying important decisions until the dispute is resolved; and
We may suffer losses as a result of actions taken by our joint venture partners with respect to our joint venture investments.

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Required regulatory approvals can delay or prohibit transfers of our healthcare properties, which could result in periods in which we are unable to receive rent for such properties.
Our tenants are operators of skilled nursing and other healthcare facilities, which operators must be licensed under applicable state law and, depending upon the type of facility, certified or approved as providers under the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs. Prior to the transfer of the operations of such healthcare properties to successor operators, the new operator generally must become licensed under state law and, in certain states, receive change-of-ownership approvals under certificate of need laws (which laws provide for a certification that the state has made a determination that a need exists for the beds located on the applicable property). If applicable, Medicare and Medicaid provider approvals may be needed as well. In the event that an existing lease is terminated or expires and a new tenant is found, then any delays in the new tenant receiving regulatory approvals from the applicable federal, state or local government agencies, or the inability of such tenant to receive such approvals, may prolong the period during which we are unable to collect the applicable rent. We could also incur substantial additional expenses in connection with any licensing, receivership or change-of-ownership proceedings.
Real estate is a competitive business and this competition may make it difficult for us to identify and purchase suitable healthcare properties, to finance acquisitions on favorable terms, or to retain or attract tenants.
We operate in a highly competitive industry and face competition from other REITs, investment companies, private equity and hedge fund investors, sovereign funds, healthcare operators, lenders and other investors, some of whom are significantly larger than us and have greater resources and lower costs of capital than we do. This competition makes it more challenging to identify and successfully capitalize on acquisition opportunities that meet our investment objectives. Similarly, our properties face competition for patients and residents from other properties in the same market, which may affect our ability attract and retain tenants or may reduce the rents we are able to charge. If we cannot identify and purchase a sufficient quantity of healthcare properties at favorable prices, finance acquisitions on commercially favorable terms, or attract and retain profitable tenants, our business, financial position or results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
We depend on investments in the healthcare property sector, making our profitability more vulnerable to a downturn or slowdown in that specific sector than if we were investing in multiple industries.
We concentrate our investments in the healthcare property sector. As a result, we are subject to risks inherent to investments in a single industry, in real estate, and specifically in healthcare properties. A downturn or slowdown in the healthcare property sector would have a greater adverse impact on our business than if we had investments in multiple industries. Specifically, a downturn in the healthcare property sector could negatively impact the ability of our tenants, operators and borrowers to meet their obligations to us, as well as the ability to maintain rental and occupancy rates. This could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, a downturn in the healthcare property sector could adversely affect the value of our properties and our ability to sell properties at prices or on terms acceptable to us.
We have substantial indebtedness and the ability to incur significant additional indebtedness.
As of December 31, 2017, we had outstanding indebtedness of $3.4 billion, which consisted of $1.3 billion of Senior Notes (as defined below), $1.2 billion in Term Loans (as defined below), $641.0 million outstanding under our Revolving Credit Facility and aggregate secured indebtedness to third parties of $259.2 million on certain of our properties, and we had $359.0 million available for borrowing under our Revolving Credit Facility. Our high level of indebtedness may have the following important consequences to us:
It may increase our cost of borrowing;
It may limit our ability to obtain additional financing to fund future acquisitions, working capital, capital expenditures or other general corporate requirements;
It may expose us to the risk of increased interest rates under debt instruments subject to variable rates of interest, such as our Revolving Credit Facility;
It may limit our ability to adjust rapidly to changing market conditions and we may be vulnerable in the event of a downturn in general economic conditions or in the real estate and/or healthcare sectors;
It may place us at a competitive disadvantage against less leveraged competitors;
It may restrict the way in which we conduct our business because of financial and operating covenants in the agreements governing our existing and future indebtedness;
It may become more difficult for us to satisfy our obligations (including ongoing interest payments and, where applicable, scheduled amortization payments) with respect to the Senior Notes and our other debt; and
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In addition, the Senior Notes Indentures (as defined below) permit us to incur substantial additional debt, including secured debt (to which the Senior Notes will be effectively subordinated). If we incur additional debt, the related risks described above could intensify. Furthermore, the Senior Notes Indentures do not impose any limitation on our ability to incur liabilities that are not considered indebtedness under the Senior Notes Indentures.
The impact of any of these potential adverse consequences could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition, and liquidity.
We may be unable to service our indebtedness.
Our ability to make scheduled payments on and to refinance our indebtedness depends on and is subject to our financial and operating performance, which in turn is affected by general and regional economic, financial, competitive, business and other factors beyond our control, including the availability of financing in the international banking and capital markets. Our business may fail to generate sufficient cash flow from operations or future borrowings may be unavailable to us under our Revolving Credit Facility or from other sources in an amount sufficient to enable us to service our debt, to refinance our debt or to fund our other liquidity needs. If we are unable to meet our debt obligations or to fund our other liquidity needs, we will need to restructure or refinance all or a portion of our debt. We may be unable to refinance any of our debt, including our Term Loans and any amounts outstanding under our Credit Facility, on commercially reasonable terms or at all. In particular, our Term Loans and our Revolving Credit Facility will mature prior to the maturity of the Senior Notes. If we were unable to make payments or refinance our debt or obtain new financing under these circumstances, we would have to consider other options, such as asset sales, equity issuances and/or negotiations with our lenders to restructure the applicable debt. Our Credit Facility and the Senior Notes Indentures restrict, and market or business conditions may limit, our ability to take some or all of these actions. Any restructuring or refinancing of our indebtedness could be at higher interest rates and may require us to comply with more onerous covenants that could further restrict our business operations.
Covenants in our debt agreements restrict our and our restricted subsidiaries activities and could adversely affect our business.
Our debt agreements, including the Senior Notes Indentures and the credit agreement governing our Credit Facility, contain various covenants that limit our ability and the ability of our restricted subsidiaries to engage in various transactions including:
Incurring additional secured and unsecured debt;
Paying dividends or making other distributions on, redeeming or repurchasing capital stock;
Making investments or other restricted payments;
Entering into transactions with affiliates;
Issuing stock of or interests in restricted subsidiaries;
Engaging in non-healthcare related business activities;
Creating restrictions on the ability of our restricted subsidiaries to pay dividends or other amounts to us;
Selling assets; or
Effecting a consolidation or merger or selling all or substantially all of our assets.
These covenants limit our operational flexibility and could prevent us from taking advantage of business opportunities as they arise, growing our business or competing effectively. In addition, our Revolving Credit Facility requires us to maintain specified financial covenants, which include a maximum leverage ratio, a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio and a minimum tangible net worth ratio, as well as satisfy other financial condition tests. The indentures governing the 2021 Notes, 2023 Notes and 2026 Notes (each as defined below) require us to maintain total unencumbered assets of at least 150% of our unsecured indebtedness. The agreement governing our 2027 Notes (as defined below) requires us to maintain specified financial covenants, which include a maximum leverage ratio, a maximum secured debt leverage ratio, a maximum unsecured debt leverage ratio, a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio, a minimum net worth, a minimum unsecured interest coverage ratio and a minimum unencumbered debt yield ratio. Our ability to meet these requirements may be affected by events beyond our control, and we may not meet these requirements.
A breach of any of the covenants or other provisions in our debt agreements could result in an event of default, which if not cured or waived, could result in such debt becoming immediately due and payable. Further, certain change in control events could result in an event of default under the agreement governing our 2027 Notes. Any of these events of default, in turn, could cause our other debt to become due and payable as a result of cross-acceleration provisions contained in the agreements governing such other debt. We may be unable to maintain compliance with these covenants and, if we fail to do so, we may be

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unable to obtain waivers from the lenders and/or amend the covenants. In the event that some or all of our debt is accelerated and becomes immediately due and payable, we may not have the funds to repay, or the ability to refinance, such debt.
 An increase in market interest rates could increase our interest costs on borrowings on our Revolving Credit Facility and future debt and could adversely affect our stock price.
If interest rates increase, so could our interest costs for borrowings on our Revolving Credit Facility and any new debt. This increased cost could make the financing of any acquisition more costly. Rising interest rates could limit our ability to refinance existing debt when it matures or cause us to pay higher interest rates upon refinancing. In addition, an increase in interest rates could decrease the access third parties have to credit, thereby decreasing the amount they are willing to pay for our assets, and consequently limit our ability to reposition our portfolio promptly in response to changes in economic or other conditions.
Our ability to raise capital through equity financings is dependent, in part, on the market price of our common stock, which depends on market conditions and other factors affecting REITs generally.
Our ability to raise capital through equity financings depends, in part, on the market price of our common stock, which in turn depends on fluctuating market conditions and other factors including the following:
The reputation of REITs and attractiveness of their equity securities in comparison with other equity securities, including securities issued by other real estate companies;
Our financial performance and that of our tenants;
Concentrations in our investment portfolio by tenant and property type;
Concerns about our tenants’ financial condition due to uncertainty regarding reimbursement from governmental and other third-party payor programs;
Our ability to meet or exceed investor expectations of prospective investment and earnings targets;
The contents of analyst reports about us and the REIT industry;
Changes in interest rates on fixed-income securities, which may lead prospective investors to demand a higher annual yield from investments in our common stock;
Maintaining or increasing our dividend, which is determined by our board of directors and depends on our financial position, results of operations, cash flows, capital requirements, debt covenants (which include limits on distributions by us), applicable law, and other factors as our board of directors deems relevant; and
Regulatory action and changes in REIT tax laws.
The market value of a REIT’s equity securities is generally based upon the market’s perception of the REIT’s growth potential and its current and potential future earnings and cash distributions. If we fail to meet the market’s expectation with regard to future earnings and cash distributions, the market price of our common stock could decline, and our ability to raise capital through equity financings could be materially adversely affected.
We may be adversely affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
Our ownership of properties in Canada currently subjects us to fluctuations in the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Canadian dollars. Although we have pursued hedging alternatives, by borrowing in Canadian dollar denominated debt and entering into cross currency swaps, to protect against foreign currency fluctuations, no amount of hedging activity can fully insulate us from the risks associated with changes in foreign currency exchange rates, and the failure to hedge effectively against foreign currency exchange rate risk could materially adversely affect our business, financial position or results of operations. In addition, any income derived from such hedging transactions may not qualify under the 75% gross income test or the 95% gross income test that we must satisfy annually in order to qualify and maintain our status as a REIT.
We may not be able to sell properties when we desire because real estate investments are relatively illiquid, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position or results of operations.
Real estate investments generally cannot be sold quickly. In addition, some and potentially substantially all of our properties serve as collateral for our current and future secured debt obligations and cannot readily be sold unless the underlying secured indebtedness is concurrently repaid. We may not be able to vary our portfolio promptly in response to changes in the real estate market. A downturn in the real estate market could materially adversely affect the value of our properties and our ability to sell such properties for acceptable prices or on other acceptable terms. We also cannot predict the length of time needed to find a willing purchaser and to close the sale of a property or portfolio of properties. These factors and any others that would impede our ability to respond to adverse changes in the performance of our properties could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position or results of operations.

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If we lose our key management personnel, we may not be able to successfully manage our business and achieve our objectives.
Our success depends in large part upon the leadership and performance of our executive management team, particularly Mr. Matros, our President and Chief Executive Officer. If we lose the services of Mr. Matros, we may not be able to successfully manage our business or achieve our business objectives.
We have a limited number of employees and, accordingly, the loss of any one of our employees could harm our operations.
As of December 31, 2017, we employed 61 full-time employees, including our executive officers and 31 employees associated with the specialty valuation firm we acquired in the CCP Merger. Accordingly, the impact we may feel from the loss of one of our employees may be greater than the impact such a loss would have on a larger organization. While it is anticipated that we could find replacements for our personnel, the loss of their services could harm our operations, at least in the short term.
We may experience uninsured or underinsured losses, which could result in a significant loss of the capital we have invested in a property, decrease anticipated future revenues or cause us to incur unanticipated expenses.
While our lease agreements and property management agreements require that comprehensive insurance and hazard insurance be maintained by the tenants or operators, as applicable, there are certain types of losses, generally of a catastrophic nature, such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, that may be uninsurable or not economically insurable. Insurance coverage may not be sufficient to pay the full current market value or current replacement cost of a loss. Inflation, changes in building codes and ordinances, environmental considerations, and other factors also might make it infeasible to use insurance proceeds to replace properties after they have been damaged or destroyed. Under such circumstances, the insurance proceeds received might not be adequate to restore the economic position with respect to a damaged property.
Environmental compliance costs and liabilities associated with real estate properties owned by us may materially impair the value of those investments.
As an owner of real property, we or our subsidiaries are subject to various federal, state and local environmental and health and safety laws and regulations. Although we do not currently operate or manage our properties, we or our subsidiaries may be held primarily or jointly and severally liable for costs relating to the investigation and clean-up of any property where there has been a release or threatened release of a hazardous regulated material as well as other affected properties, regardless of whether we knew of or caused the release. In addition to these costs, which are typically not limited by law or regulation and could exceed an affected property’s value, we could be liable for certain other costs, including governmental fines and injuries to persons, property or natural resources. Further, some environmental laws provide for the creation of a lien on a contaminated site in favor of the government as security for damages and any costs the government incurs in connection with such contamination and associated clean-up.
Although we require our operators and tenants to undertake to indemnify us for environmental liabilities they cause, the amount of such liabilities could exceed the financial ability of the tenant or operator to indemnify us. The presence of contamination or the failure to remediate contamination may adversely affect our ability to sell or lease the real estate or to borrow using the real estate as collateral.
We rely on information technology in our operations, and any material failure, inadequacy, interruption or security failure of that technology could harm our business.
We rely on information technology networks and systems, including the Internet, to process, transmit and store electronic information, and to manage or support a variety of business processes, including financial transactions and records, personal identifying information, tenant and lease data. We purchase some of our information technology from vendors, on whom our systems depend. We rely on commercially available systems, software, tools and monitoring to provide security for processing, transmission and storage of confidential tenant and other customer information, such as individually identifiable information, including information relating to financial accounts. Although we have taken steps to protect the security of our information systems and the data maintained in those systems, it is possible that our safety and security measures will not be able to prevent the systems’ improper functioning or damage, or the improper access or disclosure of personally identifiable information such as in the event of cyber-attacks. Security breaches, including physical or electronic break-ins, computer viruses, attacks by hackers and similar breaches, can create system disruptions, shutdowns or unauthorized disclosure of confidential information. Any failure to maintain proper function, security and availability of our information systems could interrupt our operations, damage our reputation, subject us to liability claims or regulatory penalties and could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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The tax imposed on REITs engaging in “prohibited transactions” may limit our ability to engage in transactions which would be treated as sales for federal income tax purposes.
A REIT’s net income from prohibited transactions is subject to a 100% penalty tax. In general, prohibited transactions are sales or other dispositions of property, other than foreclosure property, held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of business. Although we do not intend to hold any properties that would be characterized as held for sale to customers in the ordinary course of our business, unless a sale or disposition qualifies under certain statutory safe harbors, such characterization is a factual determination and no guarantee can be given that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) would agree with our characterization of our properties or that we will always be able to make use of the available safe harbors.
An ownership limit and certain anti-takeover defenses could inhibit a change of control of Sabra or reduce the value of our stock.
Certain provisions of Maryland law and of our charter and bylaws may have an anti-takeover effect. The following provisions of Maryland law and these governing documents could have the effect of making it more difficult for a third party to acquire control of Sabra, including certain acquisitions that our stockholders may deem to be in their best interests:
Our charter contains transfer and ownership restrictions on the percentage by number and value of outstanding shares of our stock that may be owned or acquired by any stockholder;
Our charter permits the issuance of one or more classes or series of preferred stock with rights and preferences to be determined by the board of directors and permits our board of directors, without stockholder action, to amend the charter to increase or decrease the aggregate number of authorized shares or the number of shares of any class or series that we have authority to issue;
“Business combination” provisions of Maryland law, subject to certain limitations, impose a moratorium on business combinations with “interested stockholders” or affiliates thereof for five years and thereafter impose additional requirements on such business combinations; and
Our bylaws require advance notice of stockholder proposals and director nominations.
Risks Associated with Our Status as a REIT
Our failure to maintain our qualification as a REIT would subject us to U.S. federal income tax, which could adversely affect the value of the shares of our common stock and would substantially reduce the cash available for distribution to our stockholders.
Our qualification and taxation as a REIT will depend upon our ability to meet on a continuing basis, through actual annual operating results, certain qualification tests set forth in the U.S. federal tax laws. Accordingly, given the complex nature of the rules governing REITs, the ongoing importance of factual determinations, including the potential tax treatment of investments we make, and the possibility of future changes in our circumstances, no assurance can be given that our actual results of operations for any particular taxable year will satisfy such requirements.
If we fail to qualify as a REIT in any calendar year, we would be required to pay U.S. federal income tax (and any applicable state and local tax) on our taxable income at regular corporate rates, and dividends paid to our stockholders would not be deductible by us in computing our taxable income (although such dividends received by certain non-corporate U.S. taxpayers generally would currently be subject to a preferential rate of taxation). Further, if we fail to qualify as a REIT, we might need to borrow money or sell assets in order to pay any resulting tax. Our payment of income tax would decrease the amount of our income available for distribution to our stockholders. Furthermore, if we fail to maintain our qualification as a REIT, we no longer would be required under U.S. federal tax laws to distribute substantially all of our REIT taxable income to our stockholders. Unless our failure to qualify as a REIT was subject to relief under U.S. federal tax laws, we could not re-elect to qualify as a REIT until the fifth calendar year following the year in which we failed to qualify.
The 90% distribution requirement will decrease our liquidity and may limit our ability to engage in otherwise beneficial transactions.
To comply with the 90% taxable income distribution requirement applicable to REITs and to avoid the nondeductible excise tax, we must make distributions to our stockholders. The Senior Notes Indentures permit us to declare or pay any dividend or make any distribution that is necessary to maintain our REIT status if the aggregate principal amount of all outstanding Indebtedness of the Parent and its Restricted Subsidiaries on a consolidated basis at such time is less than 60% of Adjusted Total Assets (as each term is defined in the Senior Notes Indentures) and to make additional distributions if we pass certain other financial tests.

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We are required under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) to distribute at least 90% of our taxable income, determined without regard to the dividends-paid deduction and excluding any net capital gain, and the Operating Partnership (as defined below) is required to make distributions to us to allow us to satisfy these REIT distribution requirements. However, distributions may limit our ability to rely upon rental payments from our properties or subsequently acquired properties to finance investments, acquisitions or new developments.
Although we anticipate that we generally will have sufficient cash or liquid assets to enable us to satisfy the REIT distribution requirement, it is possible that, from time to time, we may not have sufficient cash or other liquid assets to meet the 90% distribution requirement. This may be due to the timing differences between the actual receipt of income and actual payment of deductible expenses, on the one hand, and the inclusion of that income and deduction of those expenses in arriving at our taxable income, on the other hand. Moreover, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “2017 Tax Act”) amends the Code such that income must be accrued for U.S. federal income tax purposes no later than when such income is taken into account as revenue in our financial statements, subject to certain exceptions, which could also create timing differences between net taxable income and the receipt of cash attributable to such income. In addition, non-deductible expenses such as principal amortization or repayments or capital expenditures in excess of non-cash deductions also may cause us to fail to have sufficient cash or liquid assets to enable us to satisfy the 90% distribution requirement.
In the event that such an insufficiency occurs, in order to meet the 90% distribution requirement and maintain our status as a REIT, we may have to sell assets at unfavorable prices, borrow at unfavorable terms, make taxable stock dividends, or pursue other strategies. This may require us to raise additional capital to meet our obligations. The terms of our Credit Facility and the terms of the Senior Notes Indentures may restrict our ability to engage in some of these transactions.
We could fail to qualify as a REIT if income we receive is not treated as qualifying income, including as a result of one or more of the lease agreements we have entered into or assumed not being characterized as true leases for U.S. federal income tax purposes, which would subject us to U.S. federal income tax at corporate tax rates.
Under applicable provisions of the Code, we will not be treated as a REIT unless we satisfy various requirements, including requirements relating to the sources of our gross income. Rents received or accrued by us will not be treated as qualifying rent for purposes of these requirements if the lease agreements we have entered into or assumed (as well as any other leases we enter into or assume) are not respected as true leases for U.S. federal income tax purposes and are instead treated as service contracts, joint ventures, loans or some other type of arrangement. In the event that the lease agreements entered into with lessees are not characterized as true leases for U.S. federal income tax purposes, we may fail to qualify as a REIT. In addition, rents received by us from a lessee will not be treated as qualifying rent for purposes of these requirements if we are treated, either directly or under the applicable attribution rules, as owning 10% or more of the lessee’s stock, capital or profits. We will be treated as owning, under the applicable attribution rules, 10% or more of a lessee’s stock, capital or profits at any time that a stockholder owns, directly or under the applicable attribution rules, (a) 10% or more of our common stock and (b) 10% or more of the lessee’s stock, capital or profits. The provisions of our charter restrict the transfer and ownership of our common stock that would cause the rents received or accrued by us from a tenant of ours to be treated as non-qualifying rent for purposes of the REIT gross income requirements. Nevertheless, there can be no assurance that such restrictions will be effective in ensuring that we will not be treated as related to a tenant of ours. If we fail to qualify as a REIT, we would be subject to U.S. federal income tax (including any applicable minimum tax) on our taxable income at corporate tax rates, which would decrease the amount of cash available for distribution to holders of our common stock.
Complying with REIT requirements may cause us to forego otherwise attractive acquisition opportunities or liquidate otherwise attractive investments, which could materially hinder our performance.
To qualify as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes, we must continually satisfy certain tests, including tests concerning the sources of our income, the nature and diversification of our assets, the amounts we distribute to our stockholders and the ownership of our stock. In order to meet these tests, we may be required to forego investments or acquisitions we might otherwise make. Thus, compliance with the REIT requirements may materially hinder our performance.
If we have significant amounts of non-cash taxable income, we may have to declare taxable stock dividends or make other non-cash distributions, which could cause our stockholders to incur tax liabilities in excess of cash received.
We currently intend to pay dividends in cash only, and not in-kind. However, if for any taxable year, we have significant amounts of taxable income in excess of available cash flow, we may have to declare dividends in-kind in order to satisfy the REIT annual distribution requirements. We may distribute a portion of our dividends in the form of our stock or our debt instruments. In either event, a holder of our common stock will be required to report dividend income as a result of such distributions even though we distributed no cash or only nominal amounts of cash to such stockholder.

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The IRS has issued private letter rulings to other REITs treating certain distributions that are paid partly in cash and partly in shares as dividends that would satisfy the REIT annual distribution requirement and qualify for the dividends paid deduction for U.S. federal income tax purposes. Those rulings may be relied upon only by taxpayers to whom they were issued. Accordingly, it is unclear whether and to what extent we will be able to make taxable dividends payable in cash and shares. We have no current intention to make a taxable dividend payable in cash and our shares. However, if we make such a distribution, U.S. holders would be required to include the full amount of the dividend (i.e., the cash and stock portion) as ordinary income to the extent of our current and accumulated earnings and profits for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a result, a U.S. holder may be required to pay income taxes with respect to such dividends in excess of the cash received. If a U.S. holder sells our stock that it receives as a dividend in order to pay this tax, the sales proceeds may be less than the amount included in income with respect to the dividend, depending on the market price of the stock at the time of the sale. Furthermore, with respect to non-U.S. holders, we may be required to withhold U.S. tax with respect to such dividends, including in respect of all or a portion of such dividend that is payable in stock. In addition, if a significant number of our stockholders determine to sell shares of our stock in order to pay taxes owed on dividends, these sales may put downward pressure on the trading price of our stock. Moreover, various tax aspects of a taxable dividend payable in cash and/or stock are uncertain and have not yet been addressed by the IRS. No assurance can be given that the IRS will not impose additional requirements in the future with respect to taxable dividends payable in cash and/or stock, including on a retroactive basis, or assert that the requirements for such taxable dividends have not been met.
Our charter restricts the transfer and ownership of our stock, which may restrict change of control or business combination opportunities in which our stockholders might receive a premium for their shares.
In order for us to maintain our qualification as a REIT, no more than 50% of the value of our outstanding stock may be owned, directly or constructively, by five or fewer individuals, as defined in the Code. For the purpose of preserving our REIT qualification, our charter prohibits, subject to certain exceptions, beneficial and constructive ownership of more than 9.9% in value or in number of shares, whichever is more restrictive, of our outstanding common stock or more than 9.9% in value of all classes or series of our outstanding stock. The constructive ownership rules are complex and may cause shares of stock owned directly or constructively by a group of related individuals to be constructively owned by one individual or entity. The ownership limits may have the effect of discouraging an acquisition of control of us without the approval of our board of directors.
We may be subject to adverse legislative or regulatory tax changes that could reduce the market price of our common stock.
The rules dealing with U.S. federal income taxation are constantly under review by persons involved in the legislative process and by the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Changes to the tax law could materially adversely affect our stockholders. In particular, the 2017 Tax Act, which generally takes effect for taxable years after December 31, 2017, significantly reforms the Code with respect to the taxation of both individuals and corporate entities (although certain changes will expire at the end of 2025) and the tax consequences of such changes as they apply to us and our stockholders may differ, in some cases materially, from the consequences under the laws in effect prior to January 1, 2018. We cannot predict with certainty whether, when, in what forms, or with what effective dates, the tax laws applicable to us or our stockholders may be changed.
Dividends payable by REITs do not qualify for the reduced tax rates available for some dividends.
The maximum income tax rate applicable to “qualified dividends” payable by non-REIT corporations to domestic stockholders taxed at individual rates is currently 20%. Dividends payable by REITs, however, generally are not eligible for the reduced rates. For taxable years after December 31, 2017 and continuing through 2025, the 2017 Tax Act temporarily reduces the maximum individual federal income tax rate from 39.6% to 37% and the effective tax rate on ordinary REIT dividends (i.e., dividends other than capital gain dividends and dividends attributable to certain qualified dividend income received by us) for U.S. holders of our common shares that are individuals, estates or trusts by permitting such holders to claim a deduction in determining their taxable income equal to 20% of any such dividends they receive. Although not adversely affecting the taxation of REITs or dividends payable by REITs, the more favorable rates applicable to regular corporate qualified dividends could cause investors who are taxed at individual rates to perceive investments in REITs to be relatively less attractive than investments in the stocks of non-REIT corporations that pay dividends treated as qualified dividend income, which could adversely affect the value of the stock of REITs, including our common stock.
Our ownership of and relationship with any taxable REIT subsidiaries that we have formed or will form will be limited and a failure to comply with the limits would jeopardize our REIT status and may result in the application of a 100% excise tax.
A REIT may own up to 100% of the stock of one or more taxable REIT subsidiaries (“TRSs”). A TRS may earn income that would not be qualifying income if earned directly by the parent REIT. Both the subsidiary and the REIT must jointly elect to treat the subsidiary as a TRS. A corporation (other than a REIT) of which a TRS directly or indirectly owns securities

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possessing more than 35% of the total voting power or total value of the outstanding securities of such corporation will automatically be treated as a TRS. Overall, no more than 25% of the value of a REIT’s total assets may consist of stock or securities of one or more TRSs. Effective January 1, 2018, such overall limitation on the value of a REIT’s total assets consisting of stock or securities of one or more TRSs will be reduced to 20%. A domestic TRS will pay U.S. federal, state and local income tax at regular corporate rates on any income that it earns, but as a result of the enactment of the 2017 Tax Act, effective for taxable years after December 31, 2017, net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforwards of TRS losses arising in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017 may be deducted only to the extent of 80% of TRS taxable income in the carryforward year (computed without regard to the NOL deduction). In contrast to prior law, which permitted unused NOL carryforwards to be carried back two years and forward 20 years, the 2017 Tax Act provides that losses arising in taxable years ending after December 31, 2017 can no longer be carried back but can be carried forward indefinitely. In addition, the TRS rules limit the deductibility of interest paid or accrued by a TRS to its parent REIT to assure that the TRS is subject to an appropriate level of corporate taxation. The rules also impose a 100% excise tax on certain transactions between a TRS and its parent REIT that are not conducted on an arm’s length basis. Any domestic TRS that we have formed or may form will pay U.S. federal, state and local income tax on its taxable income, and its after-tax net income will be available for distribution to us but is not required to be distributed to us unless necessary to maintain our REIT qualification.

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS
Not applicable.

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES    
As of December 31, 2017, our investment portfolio consisted of 507 real estate properties held for investment (consisting of (i) 384 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, (ii) 88 Senior Housing - Leased communities, (iii) 13 Senior Housing - Managed communities and (iv) 22 specialty hospitals and other facilities), one investment in a direct financing lease, 22 investments in loans receivable (consisting of (i) two mortgage loans, (ii) two construction loans, (iii) two mezzanine loans, (iv) one pre-development loan and (v) 15 other loans), 12 preferred equity investments and one investment in a specialty valuation firm. As of December 31, 2017, our real estate properties held for investment included 53,558 beds/units, spread across the U.S. and Canada. As of December 31, 2017, the substantial majority of our real estate properties (excluding 13 Senior Housing - Managed communities) were leased under triple-net operating leases with expirations ranging from less than one year to 15 years.

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The following table displays the expiration of annualized straight-line rental revenues under our lease agreements as of December 31, 2017 by year and property type (dollars in thousands) and, in each case, without giving effect to any renewal options:
 
2018
 
2019
 
2020
 
2021
 
2022
 
2023
 
2024
 
2025
 
2026
 
2027
 
Thereafter
 
Total
Skilled Nursing/Transitional Care (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Properties
8

 

 
37

 
9

 
23

 
54

 
27

 
20

 
20

 
68

 
117

 
383

Beds/Units
884

 

 
4,674

 
1,175

 
2,482

 
6,675

 
2,766

 
2,174

 
2,248

 
6,825

 
13,320

 
43,223

Annualized Revenues
$
4,658

 
$

 
$
34,632

 
$
7,956

 
$
39,228

 
$
70,258

 
$
26,088

 
$
14,458

 
$
22,990

 
$
54,831

 
$
196,912

 
$
472,011

Senior Housing - Leased (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Properties

 

 

 
2

 
15

 
3

 
9

 
13

 
1

 
13

 
32

 
88

Beds/Units

 

 

 
163

 
1,027

 
393

 
667

 
920

 
100

 
692

 
4,175

 
8,137

Annualized Revenues
$

 

 
$

 
$
1,070

 
$
9,825

 
$
3,254

 
$
7,087

 
$
10,452

 
$
633

 
$
9,596

 
$
57,239

 
$
99,156

Specialty Hospitals and Other
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Properties

 

 
12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
6

 
4

 
22

Beds/Units

 

 
258

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
652

 
175

 
1,085

Annualized Revenues
$

 

 
$
4,949

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$

 
$
32,847

 
$
12,975

 
$
50,771

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Properties
8

 

 
49

 
11

 
38

 
57

 
36

 
33

 
21

 
87

 
153

 
493

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Beds/Units
884

 

 
4,932

 
1,338

 
3,509

 
7,068

 
3,433

 
3,094

 
2,348

 
8,169

 
17,670

 
52,445

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total Annualized Revenues
$
4,658

 
$

 
$
39,581

 
$
9,026

 
$
49,053

 
$
73,512

 
$
33,175

 
$
24,910

 
$
23,623

 
$
97,274

 
$
267,126

 
$
621,938

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
% of Revenue
0.7
%
 
%
 
6.4
%
 
1.5
%
 
7.9
%
 
11.8
%
 
5.3
%
 
4.0
%
 
3.8
%
 
15.6
%
 
43.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(1) 
Excludes Senior Housing - Managed communities and one non-operational skilled nursing/transitional care facility.
Occupancy Trends
The following table sets forth the occupancy percentages for our properties for the periods indicated.
 
 
Occupancy Percentage (1)
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
Skilled Nursing/Transitional Care
 
84.0
%
 
86.5
%
 
87.0
%
Senior Housing - Leased
 
87.8
%
 
89.5
%
 
90.3
%
Senior Housing - Managed
 
90.6
%
 
75.5
%
 
82.5
%
Specialty Hospitals and Other
 
79.2
%
 
69.7
%
 
75.1
%
(1) 
Occupancy percentages represent average operating occupancy for the periods indicated and are calculated by dividing the actual census from the period presented by the available beds/units for the same period. Occupancy for independent living facilities can be greater than 100% for a given period as multiple residents could occupy a single unit. Occupancy percentages presented include only stabilized facilities owned by Sabra as of the end of the respective period (i.e. facilities previously owned by CCP are not included for time periods prior to the closing of the CCP Merger). Occupancy is only included in periods subsequent to our acquisition and is presented one quarter in arrears, except for Senior Housing - Managed communities. All facility financial performance information was provided by, or derived solely from information provided by operators/tenants without independent verification by us.
You should not rely upon occupancy percentages, either individually or in the aggregate, to determine the performance of a facility. Other factors that may impact the performance of a facility include the sources of payment, terms of reimbursement and the acuity level of the patients (i.e., the condition of patients that determines the level of skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy services required).
See also the discussion above under the heading “Business—Portfolio of Healthcare Properties” for further discussion regarding the ownership of our properties and the types of healthcare facilities that comprise our properties.

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Secured Indebtedness
Of our 507 properties held for investment, 30 are subject to secured indebtedness to third parties that, as of December 31, 2017, totaled approximately $259.2 million. See the discussion under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Secured Indebtedness” for further discussion regarding our secured indebtedness. As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, our secured debt consisted of the following (dollars in thousands):
 
Principal Balance as of December 31, (1)
 
Weighted Average Effective Interest Rate at December 31, (2)
 
 
Interest Rate Type
2017
 
2016
 
2017
 
2016
 
Maturity Date
Fixed Rate
$
160,702

 
$
163,638

 
3.87
%
 
3.87
%
 
December 2021 - 
August 2051
Variable Rate
98,500

 

 
3.36
%
 

 
July 2019
 
$
259,202

 
$
163,638

 
3.68
%
 
3.87
%
 
 
(1) 
Principal balance does not include deferred financing costs, net of $2.8 million and $2.9 million as of December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively.
(2) 
Weighted average effective rate includes private mortgage insurance.
Corporate Office
We are headquartered and have our corporate office in Irvine, California. We lease our corporate office from an unaffiliated third party.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
For a description of our legal proceedings, see “Legal Matters” in Note 17, “Commitments and Contingencies,” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, which is incorporated by reference in response to this item.

ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.


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PART II

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES
Stockholder Information
Our common stock is listed on The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC and trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “SBRA.” Set forth below for the fiscal quarters indicated are the reported high and low sales prices per share of our common stock on the Nasdaq Stock Market and the dividends paid per share of common stock.
 
 
Sales Price
 
Dividends
Paid
 
 
High
 
Low
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
$
21.71

 
$
14.92

 
$
0.41

Second Quarter
 
$
23.55

 
$
18.80

 
$
0.42

Third Quarter
 
$
26.40

 
$
20.25

 
$
0.42

Fourth Quarter
 
$
25.17

 
$
19.30

 
$
0.42

2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
First Quarter
 
$
28.01

 
$
24.37

 
$
0.42

Second Quarter
 
$
29.10

 
$
22.44

 
$
0.43

Third Quarter
 
$
24.60

 
$
20.66

 
$
0.3598913

Fourth Quarter
 
$
22.10

 
$
18.48

 
$
0.5201087

At February 19, 2018, we had approximately 5,563 stockholders of record.
We did not repurchase any shares of our common stock during the quarter ended December 31, 2017.
On February 5, 2018, our board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.45 per share of common stock. The dividend will be paid on February 28, 2018 to stockholders of record as of February 15, 2018.
To maintain REIT status, we are required each year to distribute to stockholders at least 90% of our annual REIT taxable income after certain adjustments. All distributions will be made by us at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend on our financial position, results of operations, cash flows, capital requirements, debt covenants (which include limits on distributions by us), applicable law, and other factors as our board of directors deems relevant. For example, while the Senior Notes Indentures and the credit agreement governing our Credit Facility permit us to declare and pay any dividend or make any distribution that is necessary to maintain our REIT status, those distributions are subject to certain financial tests under the Senior Notes Indentures, and therefore, the amount of cash distributions we can make to our stockholders may be limited.
Distributions with respect to our common stock and preferred stock can be characterized for federal income tax purposes as taxable ordinary dividends, which may be non-qualified, long-term capital gain, or qualified, non-dividend distributions (return of capital) or a combination thereof. Following is the characterization of our annual cash dividends on common stock and preferred stock per share:
 
 
Year Ended December 31,
Common Stock
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
Non-qualified ordinary dividends
 
$
1.2288

 
$
0.7027

 
$
0.9446

Long-term capital gains
 

 

 
0.0171

Non-dividend distributions
 
0.5012

 
0.9673

 
0.6383

 
 
$
1.7300

 
$
1.6700

 
$
1.6000

 
 
Year Ended December 31,
Preferred Stock
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
Non-qualified ordinary dividends
 
$
1.7813

 
$
1.7813

 
$
1.7496

Long-term capital gains
 

 

 
0.0317

 
 
$
1.7813

 
$
1.7813

 
$
1.7813


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Stock Price Performance Graph
The following graph compares the cumulative total stockholder return of our common stock for the five-year period ending December 31, 2017. The graph assumes that $100 was invested at the close of market on December 31, 2012 in (i) our common stock, (ii) the Nasdaq Composite Index and (iii) the SNL US Healthcare REIT Index and assumes the reinvestment of all dividends. Stock price performances shown in the graph are not necessarily indicative of future price performances.
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The above performance graph shall not be deemed to be soliciting material or to be filed with the SEC under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or incorporated by reference in any document as filed.


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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA
The following table sets forth our selected financial data and other data for our company on a historical basis. The following data should be read in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included elsewhere herein. Our historical operating results may not be comparable to our future operating results. The comparability of our selected financial data is significantly affected by our merger with CCP and our other acquisitions and new investments from 2013 through 2017. See Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”:
 
 
As of December 31,
 
 
2017
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
 
(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)
Balance sheet data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total real estate investments, net
 
$
5,994,432

 
$
2,009,939

 
$
2,039,616

 
$
1,645,805

 
$
915,418

Loans receivable and other investments, net
 
$
114,390

 
$
96,036

 
$
300,177

 
$
251,583

 
$
185,293

Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
518,632

 
$
25,663

 
$
7,434

 
$
61,793

 
$
4,308

Total assets
 
$
7,032,277

 
$
2,265,919

 
$
2,468,837

 
$
2,046,165

 
$
1,162,298

Secured debt, net
 
$
256,430

 
$
160,752

 
$
174,846

 
$
121,401

 
$
139,103

Revolving credit facility
 
$
641,000

 
$
26,000

 
$
255,000

 
$
68,000

 
$
135,500

Term loans, net
 
$
1,190,774

 
$
335,673

 
$
264,229

 
$
200,000

 
$

Senior unsecured notes, net
 
$
1,306,286

 
$
688,246

 
$
685,704

 
$
683,167

 
$
405,302

Total liabilities
 
$
3,595,028

 
$
1,250,310

 
$
1,414,961

 
$
1,104,342

 
$
702,134

Total Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. stockholders’ equity
 
$
3,432,807

 
$
1,015,574

 
$
1,053,770

 
$
941,866

 
$
460,164

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total revenues
 
$
405,647

 
$
260,526

 
$
238,864

 
$
183,518

 
$
134,780

Net income attributable to common stockholders
 
$
148,141

 
$
60,034

 
$
69,171

 
$
36,710

 
$
25,749

Net income attributable to common stockholders per share, basic
 
$
1.40

 
$
0.92

 
$
1.11

 
$
0.79

 
$
0.69

Net income attributable to common stockholders per share, diluted
 
$
1.40

 
$
0.92

 
$
1.11

 
$
0.78

 
$
0.68

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows provided by operations
 
$
133,486

 
$
176,739

 
$
121,101

 
$
85,337

 
$
62,099

Cash flows (used in) provided by investing activities
 
$
(240,072
)
 
$
142,363

 
$
(489,226
)
 
$
(826,472
)
 
$
(297,509
)
Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities
 
$
598,817

 
$
(300,898
)
 
$
314,078

 
$
798,620

 
$
222,617

Dividends declared and paid per common share
 
$
1.73

 
$
1.67

 
$
1.60

 
$
1.51

 
$
1.36

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding, basic
 
105,621,242

 
65,284,251

 
62,235,014

 
46,351,544

 
37,514,637

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding, diluted—net income and FFO attributable to common stockholders
 
105,842,434

 
65,520,672

 
62,460,239

 
46,889,531

 
38,071,926

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding, diluted—AFFO attributable to common stockholders
 
106,074,862

 
65,904,435

 
62,659,935

 
47,147,722

 
38,364,727

FFO attributable to common stockholders (1)
 
$
211,267

 
$
164,439

 
$
132,411

 
$
76,128

 
$
59,030

Diluted FFO attributable to common stockholders per common share (1)
 
$
2.00

 
$
2.51

 
$
2.12

 
$
1.62

 
$
1.55

AFFO attributable to common stockholders (1)
 
$
242,278

 
$
161,465

 
$
133,913

 
$
77,223

 
$
57,942

Diluted AFFO attributable to common stockholders per common share (1)
 
$
2.28

 
$
2.45

 
$
2.14

 
$
1.64

 
$
1.51

(1) 
We believe that net income attributable to common stockholders as defined by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) is the most appropriate earnings measure. We also believe that funds from operations attributable to common stockholders (“FFO”), as defined in accordance with the definition used by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), and adjusted funds from operations attributable to common stockholders (“AFFO”) (and related per share amounts) are important non-GAAP supplemental measures of our operating performance for a REIT. We consider FFO and AFFO to be useful measures for reviewing comparative operating and financial performance because, by excluding gains or losses from real estate dispositions, real estate depreciation and amortization, net of amounts related to noncontrolling interests, real estate impairment charges, and for AFFO, by excluding merger and acquisition costs, stock-based compensation expense, straight-line rental income adjustments, amortization of above and below market lease intangibles, net, non-cash interest income adjustments, non-cash interest expense, as well as other non-cash revenue and expense items (including non-cash portion of loss on extinguishment of debt, change in fair value of contingent consideration, provision for doubtful straight-line rental

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income, loan losses and other reserves, ineffectiveness gain/loss on derivative instruments, and non-cash revenue and expense amounts related to noncontrolling interests), FFO and AFFO can help investors compare our operating performance between periods or as compared to other companies. See further discussion of FFO and AFFO in Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Results of Operations—Funds from Operations and Adjusted Funds from Operations.”


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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.
The discussion below contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including those which are discussed in the section titled “Risk Factors.” Also see “Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” preceding Part I.
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the “Selected Financial Data” above and our accompanying consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto.
Our Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations is organized as follows:
Overview
Critical Accounting Policies
Recently Issued Accounting Standards Update
Results of Operations
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Concentration of Credit Risk
Skilled Nursing Facility Reimbursement Rates
Obligations and Commitments
Impact of Inflation
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
Quarterly Financial Data
Overview
We operate as a self-administered, self-managed REIT that, through our subsidiaries, owns and invests in real estate serving the healthcare industry.
Our primary business consists of acquiring, financing and owning real estate property to be leased to third party tenants in the healthcare sector using triple-net operating leases. We primarily generate revenues by leasing properties to tenants and owning properties operated by third-party property managers throughout the United States (“U.S.”) and Canada.
Our investment portfolio is primarily comprised of skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, senior housing communities and specialty hospitals and other facilities, in each case leased to third-party operators; Senior Housing - Managed communities operated by third-party property managers pursuant to property management agreements; investments in loans receivable; and preferred equity investments.
In 2017 and early 2018, we completed a series of transactions—the CCP Merger, sales of facilities leased to Genesis, entry into our new Credit Facility, investment in the Enlivant Joint Venture, and acquisition of a portfolio of skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, each of which are detailed below—that have significantly enhanced our scale and increased our diversification. Following these transactions, we expect to continue to grow our investment portfolio while diversifying our portfolio by tenant, asset class and geography within the healthcare sector. We plan to achieve these objectives primarily through making investments directly or indirectly in healthcare real estate, including the development of purpose built healthcare facilities with select developers. We also intend to achieve our objective of diversifying our portfolio by tenant and asset class through select asset sales and other arrangements with Genesis and with other tenants. We have entered into memoranda of understanding with Genesis to market for sale up to all of our remaining Genesis facilities and to restructure our lease agreements with Genesis to increase the marketability of these facilities to potential buyers. We expect to complete the sales of 46 of our remaining 54 Genesis facilities in 2018 and to retain eight facilities, although we cannot provide assurance that the sales will be completed in that timeframe, if at all.
We expect to continue to grow our portfolio primarily through the acquisition of assisted living, independent living and memory care communities in the U.S. and Canada and through the acquisition of skilled nursing/transitional care and behavioral health facilities in the U.S. We have and expect to continue to opportunistically acquire other types of healthcare real estate, originate financing secured directly or indirectly by healthcare facilities and invest in the development of senior housing communities and skilled nursing/transitional care facilities. We also expect to expand our portfolio through the development of purpose-built healthcare facilities through pipeline agreements and other arrangements with select developers. We further expect to work with existing operators to identify strategic development opportunities. These opportunities may involve

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replacing, renovating or expanding facilities in our portfolio that may have become less competitive and new development opportunities that present attractive risk-adjusted returns. In addition to pursuing acquisitions with triple-net leases, we expect to continue to pursue other forms of investment, including investments in Senior Housing - Managed communities, mezzanine and secured debt investments, and joint ventures for senior housing communities and skilled nursing/transitional care facilities. We also expect to continue to enhance the strength of our investment portfolio by selectively disposing of underperforming facilities or working with new or existing operators to transfer underperforming but promising properties to new operators.
With respect to our debt and preferred equity investments, in general, we originate loans and make preferred equity investments when an attractive investment opportunity is presented and (a) the property is in or near the development phase, (b) the development of the property is completed but the operations of the facility are not yet stabilized or (c) the loan investment will provide capital to existing relationships. A key component of our development strategy related to loan originations and preferred equity investments is having the option to purchase the underlying real estate that is owned by our borrowers (and that directly or indirectly secures our loan investments) or by the entity in which we have an investment. These options become exercisable upon the occurrence of various criteria, such as the passage of time or the achievement of certain operating goals, and the method to determine the purchase price upon exercise of the option is set in advance based on the same valuation methods we use to value our investments in healthcare real estate. This proprietary development pipeline strategy allows us to diversify our revenue streams and build relationships with operators and developers, and provides us with the option to add new properties to our existing real estate portfolio if we determine that those properties enhance our investment portfolio and stockholder value at the time the options are exercisable.
We employ a disciplined, opportunistic approach in our healthcare real estate investment strategy by investing in assets that provide attractive opportunities for dividend growth and appreciation of asset values, while maintaining balance sheet strength and liquidity, thereby creating long-term stockholder value.
We elected to be treated as a REIT with the filing of our U.S. federal income tax return for the taxable year beginning January 1, 2011. We believe that we have been organized and have operated, and we intend to continue to operate, in a manner to qualify as a REIT. We operate through an umbrella partnership, commonly referred to as an UPREIT structure, in which substantially all of our properties and assets are held by Sabra Health Care Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), of which we are the sole general partner and our wholly owned subsidiaries are currently the only limited partners, or by subsidiaries of the Operating Partnership.
Care Capital Properties, Inc. Merger
On May 7, 2017, Sabra, the Operating Partnership, PR Sub, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly owned subsidiary of Sabra (“Merger Sub”), CCP, and Care Capital Properties, L.P. (“CCPLP”), a Delaware limited partnership and wholly owned subsidiary of CCP, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which, on August 17, 2017, CCP merged with and into Merger Sub, with Merger Sub continuing as the surviving corporation (the “CCP Merger”), following which Merger Sub merged with and into Sabra, with Sabra continuing as the surviving entity (the “Subsequent Merger”), and, simultaneous with the Subsequent Merger, CCPLP merged with and into the Operating Partnership, with the Operating Partnership continuing as the surviving entity.
Pursuant to the Merger Agreement, as of the effective time of the CCP Merger, each share of CCP common stock, par value $0.01 per share, issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the CCP Merger (other than shares of CCP common stock owned directly by CCP, Sabra or their respective subsidiaries, in each case not held on behalf of third parties) was converted into the right to receive 1.123 newly issued shares of Company common stock, par value $0.01 per share, plus cash in lieu of any fractional shares.
The acquisition of CCP has been reflected in our consolidated financial statements since the effective date of the CCP
Merger.
On September 7, 2017, Sabra announced its strategy to reposition the CCP portfolio, which includes a combination of lease modifications (including between $28.2 million and $31.2 million of reduction in rents), working capital advances, transitioning facilities to other Sabra tenants and strategic sales or closures of underperforming facilities.
As a result of the CCP Merger, we have increased our tenant diversification by operator and geography, including decreasing concentration from our top five relationships. In addition, shortly following the closing of the CCP Merger, we received investment grade ratings from Standard & Poor’s and Fitch and a two notch upgrade from Moody’s, which provided an immediate improvement in our cost of debt under our Revolving Credit Facility.
See Note 3, “CCP Merger and Recent Real Estate Acquisitions,” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding the CCP Merger.

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Acquisitions
During the year ended December 31, 2017, we invested $426.8 million for the acquisition of 22 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities located in three states and two senior housing communities located in two states. See Note 3, “CCP Merger and Recent Real Estate Acquisitions,” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding these acquisitions.
In connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of 21 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, we entered into a definitive agreement to acquire two additional skilled nursing/transitional care facilities from the seller for a purchase price of $42.8 million; the acquisition of the two additional facilities closed in January 2018.
Dispositions
During the year ended December 31, 2017, we completed the sale of 31 skilled nursing/transitional care facilities, including 24 facilities previously leased to Genesis, and one senior housing community for aggregate consideration of $150.2 million, net of closing costs. The net carrying value of the assets and liabilities of these facilities was $98.2 million, which resulted in an aggregate $52.0 million net gain on sale.
Senior Housing - Managed Properties
During the year ended December 31, 2017, we terminated the lease of nine senior housing real estate investments in Canada and concurrently entered into a management agreement with Sienna Senior Living (“Sienna”), whereby we own the operations, through a wholly owned foreign taxable REIT subsidiary, of the communities and the communities are operated by Sienna.
Enlivant Joint Venture
On January 2, 2018, we completed our transaction with affiliates of Enlivant and TPG Real Estate, the real estate platform of TPG, to acquire a 49% equity interest in an entity that collectively owns 172 senior housing communities managed by Enlivant (the “Enlivant Joint Venture”). We contributed $352.7 million for the 49% noncontrolling interest, which implies an aggregate portfolio value for the Enlivant Joint Venture of $1.49 billion. The Enlivant Joint Venture has outstanding indebtedness of $791.3 million for the portfolio and net working capital of $22.9 million. We financed this investment with proceeds from our Revolving Credit Facility. The joint venture agreement includes an option for us to acquire the remaining majority interest in the Enlivant Joint Venture which terminates on January 2, 2021. Our partner in the Enlivant Joint Venture has the option to transfer its interest commencing on January 2, 2020 subject to our right of first offer. In addition, Sabra has the right to designate three directors on the seven member boards of directors of the Enlivant Joint Venture and has other customary minority rights.
Additionally on January 2, 2018, we acquired 11 senior housing communities under the Senior Housing - Managed structure that are operated by Enlivant pursuant to property management agreements for $138.3 million, which includes net working capital of $14.1 million, financed with proceeds from our Revolving Credit Facility.
Credit Facility
Effective on August 17, 2017, we and certain of our subsidiaries entered into the Credit Facility. See “—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Loan Agreements—Credit Facility.”
Common Stock Issuance
During September and October 2017, we issued 18.4 million newly issued shares of our common stock through an underwritten public offering. See “—Liquidity and Capital Resources.”
Critical Accounting Policies
Below is a discussion of the accounting policies that management considers critical in that they involve significant management judgments and assumptions, require estimates about matters that are inherently uncertain and because they are important for understanding and evaluating our reported financial results. These judgments affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and our disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the dates of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting periods. With different estimates or assumptions, materially different amounts could be reported in our financial statements. Additionally, other companies may utilize different estimates that may impact the comparability of our results of operations to those of companies in similar businesses.

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Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation
The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Sabra and our wholly owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP.
GAAP requires us to identify entities for which control is achieved through voting rights or other means and to determine which business enterprise is the primary beneficiary of variable interest entities (“VIEs”). A VIE is broadly defined as an entity with one or more of the following characteristics: (a) the total equity investment at risk is insufficient to finance the entity’s activities without additional subordinated financial support; (b) as a group, the holders of the equity investment at risk lack (i) the ability to make decisions about the entity’s activities through voting or similar rights, (ii) the obligation to absorb the expected losses of the entity, or (iii) the right to receive the expected residual returns of the entity; or (c) the equity investors have voting rights that are not proportional to their economic interests, and substantially all of the entity’s activities either involve, or are conducted on behalf of, an investor that has disproportionately few voting rights. If we were determined to be the primary beneficiary of the VIE, we would consolidate investments in the VIE. We may change our original assessment of a VIE due to events such as modifications of contractual arrangements that affect the characteristics or adequacy of the entity’s equity investments at risk and the disposal of all or a portion of an interest held by the primary beneficiary.
We identify the primary beneficiary of a VIE as the enterprise that has both: (i) the power to direct the activities of the VIE that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance; and (ii) the obligation to absorb losses or the right to receive benefits of the VIE that could be significant to the entity. We perform this analysis on an ongoing basis.
As of December 31, 2017, we determined that we were the primary beneficiary of 19 VIEs—18 exchange accommodation titleholder variable interest entities and a joint venture variable interest entity owning one skilled nursing/transitional care facility—and we have consolidated the operations of these entities in the accompanying consolidated financial statements. As of December 31, 2017, we determined that the operations of these entities were not material to our results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.
As it relates to investments in loans, in addition to our assessment of VIEs and whether we are the primary beneficiary of those VIEs, we evaluate the loan terms and other pertinent facts to determine if the loan investment should be accounted for as a loan or as a real estate joint venture. If an investment has the characteristics of a real estate joint venture, including if we participate in the majority of the borrower’s expected residual profit, we would account for the investment as an investment in a real estate joint venture and not as a loan investment. Expected residual profit is defined as the amount of profit, whether called interest or another name, such as an equity kicker, above a reasonable amount of interest and fees expected to be earned by a lender. At December 31, 2017, none of our investments in loans are accounted for as real estate joint ventures.
As it relates to investments in joint ventures, we assess any limited partners’ rights and their impact on the presumption of control of the limited partnership by any single partner. We also apply this guidance to managing member interests in limited liability companies. We reassess our determination of which entity controls the joint venture if: there is a change to the terms or in the exercisability of the rights of any partners or members, the sole general partner or managing member increases or decreases its ownership interests, or there is an increase or decrease in the number of outstanding ownership interests. As of December 31, 2017, our determination of which entity controls our investments in joint ventures has not changed as a result of any reassessment.
Real Estate Investments and Rental Revenue Recognition
Real Estate Acquisition Valuation
All assets acquired and liabilities assumed in an acquisition of real estate accounted for as a business combination are measured at their acquisition date fair values. For acquisitions of real estate accounted for as an asset acquisition, the fair value of consideration transferred by us (including transaction costs) is allocated to all assets acquired and liabilities assumed on a relative fair value basis. The acquisition value of land, building and improvements are included in real estate investments on the consolidated balance sheets. The acquisition value of above market lease, tenant origination and absorption costs and tenant relationship intangible assets is included in lease intangible assets, net on the consolidated balance sheets. The acquisition value of below market lease intangible liabilities is included in lease intangible liabilities, net on the consolidated balance sheets. Acquisition costs associated with real estate acquisitions deemed asset acquisitions are capitalized, and costs associated with real estate acquisitions deemed business combinations are expensed as incurred. We capitalized $1.0 million and $0.3 million of acquisition costs during the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, respectively. Restructuring costs that do not meet the definition of a liability at the acquisition date are expensed in periods subsequent to the acquisition date. During the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, we expensed $30.3 million, $1.2 million and $7.0 million, respectively, of merger and acquisition costs.

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Estimates of the fair values of the tangible assets, identifiable intangibles and assumed liabilities require us to make significant assumptions to estimate market lease rates, property operating expenses, carrying costs during lease-up periods, discount rates, market absorption periods, and the number of years the property will be held for investment. We make our best estimate based on our evaluation of the specific characteristics of each tenant’s lease. The use of inappropriate assumptions would result in an incorrect valuation of our acquired tangible assets, identifiable intangibles and assumed liabilities, which would impact the amount of our net income.
Impairment of Real Estate Investments
We continually monitor events and changes in circumstances that could indicate that the carrying amounts of our real estate investments may not be recoverable or realized. When indicators of potential impairment suggest that the carrying value of real estate investments may not be recoverable, we assess the recoverability by estimating whether we will recover the carrying value of our real estate investments through the undiscounted future cash flows and the eventual disposition of the investment. In some instances, there may be various potential outcomes for an investment and its potential future cash flows. In these instances, the undiscounted future cash flows used to assess recoverability are probability-weighted based on our best estimates as of the date of evaluation. If, based on this analysis, we do not believe that we will be able to recover the carrying value of our real estate investments, we would record an impairment loss to the extent that the carrying value exceeds the estimated fair value of our real estate investments. During the year ended December 31, 2017, we recorded an impairment loss of $1.3 million related to one skilled nursing/transitional care facility. During the year ended December 31, 2016, we recorded an impairment loss of $29.8 million related to our Forest Park - Frisco real estate investment. This facility was subsequently disposed of during the year ended December 31, 2016. We did not record any impairment losses on our real estate investments during the year ended December 31, 2015.
Revenue Recognition
We recognize rental revenue from tenants, including rental abatements, lease incentives and contractual fixed increases attributable to operating leases, on a straight-line basis over the term of the related leases when collectability is reasonably assured. Certain of our leases provide for contingent rents equal to a percentage of the facility’s revenue in excess of specified base amounts or other thresholds. Such revenue is recognized when actual results reported by the tenant, or estimates of tenant results, exceed the applicable base amount or other threshold.
We make estimates of the collectability of our tenant receivables related to base rents, straight-line rent and other revenues. When we analyze accounts receivable and evaluate the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts, we consider such things as historical bad debts, tenant creditworthiness, current economic trends, facility operating performance, lease structure, credit enhancements (including guarantees), current developments relevant to a tenant’s business specifically and to its business category generally, and changes in tenants’ payment patterns. Specifically for straight-line rent receivables, our assessment includes an estimation of a tenant’s ability to fulfill its rental obligations over the remaining lease term. In addition, with respect to tenants in bankruptcy, management makes estimates of the expected recovery of pre-petition and post-petition claims in assessing the estimated collectability of the related receivable. When a tenant is in bankruptcy, we record a provision for doubtful accounts for management’s estimate of the tenant’s receivable balance that is uncollectible and generally will not recognize subsequent rental revenue until cash is received or until the tenant is no longer in bankruptcy and has the ability to make rental payments. Our collectability estimates for straight-line rent receivables include an assessment at the individual or master lease level as well as at an overall portfolio level.
Revenue from resident fees and services is recorded monthly as services are provided and includes resident room and care charges and other resident charges.
Loans Receivable and Interest Income
Loans Receivable
Loans receivable are reflected at amortized cost on our consolidated balance sheets. The amortized cost of a loan receivable is the outstanding unpaid principal balance, net of unamortized discounts, costs and fees directly associated with the origination of the loan.
Loans acquired in connection with a business combination are recorded at their acquisition date fair value. We determine the fair value of loans receivable based on estimates of expected discounted cash flows, collateral, credit risk and other factors. A valuation allowance is not established at the acquisition date, as the amount of estimated future cash flows reflects our judgment regarding their uncertainty. The difference between the acquisition date fair value and the total expected cash flows is recognized as interest income using the effective interest method over the life of the applicable loan. Any unamortized balances are immediately recognized in income if the loan is repaid before its contractual maturity.

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On a quarterly basis, we evaluate the collectability of our loan portfolio, including related interest income receivable, and establish a reserve for loan losses. Our evaluation includes reviewing credit quality indicators such as payment status, changes affecting the underlying real estate collateral (for collateral dependent loans), changes affecting the operations of the facilities securing the loans, and national and regional economic factors. The reserve for loan losses is a valuation allowance that reflects management’s estimate of loan losses inherent in the loan portfolio as of the balance sheet date. The reserve is adjusted through provision for doubtful accounts and loan losses on our consolidated statements of income and is decreased by charge-offs to specific loans when losses are confirmed. The reserve for loan losses includes an asset-specific component and a portfolio-based component.
An asset-specific reserve relates to reserves for losses on loans considered impaired and interest income receivable that is deemed uncollectible. We consider a loan to be impaired when, based upon current information and events, we believe that it is probable that we will be unable to collect all amounts due under the contractual terms of the loan agreement resulting from the borrower’s failure to repay contractual amounts due, the granting of a concession by us or our expectation that we will receive assets with fair values less than the carrying value of the loan in satisfaction of the loan. If a loan is considered to be impaired, a reserve is established when the carrying value of that loan is greater than the present value of payments expected to be received, the observable market prices for similar instruments, the estimated fair value of the collateral (for loans that are dependent on the collateral for repayment) or other amounts expected to be received in satisfaction of the loan. As of December 31, 2017, we did not consider any loans receivable investments to be impaired. We recorded a provision for loan losses of $4.8 million related to two loans receivable investments during the year ended December 31, 2017, both of which were repaid as of December 31, 2017. As of December 31, 2016, we considered three loans receivable investments with an aggregate principal balance of $17.4 million to be impaired and recorded a provision for loan losses of $3.1 million related to four loans receivable investments, one of which was partially repaid prior to December 31, 2016 through the foreclosure of the related real estate asset. During the year ended December 31, 2015, we recorded a $2.6 million specific loan loss reserve and a $1.8 million portfolio-based loan loss reserve.
A portfolio-based reserve covers the pool of loans that do not have asset-specific reserves. A provision for loan losses is recorded when available information as of each balance sheet date indicates that it is probable that a loss occurred in the pool of loans and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated, but we do not know which specific loans within the pool will ultimately result in losses. The required reserve balances for this pool of loans is derived based on estimated probabilities of default and estimated loss severities assuming a default occurs. As of December 31, 2017 and 2016, our portfolio-based loan loss reserve totaled $0.1 million and $0.4 million, respectively.
Interest Income
Interest income on our loans receivable is recognized on an accrual basis over the life of the investment using the interest method. Direct loan origination costs are amortized over the term of the loan as an adjustment to interest income. When concerns exist as to the ultimate collection of principal or interest due under a loan, the loan is placed on nonaccrual status, and we will not recognize interest income until the cash is received, or the loan returns to accrual status. If we determine that the collection of interest according to the contractual terms of the loan or through the receipts of assets in satisfaction of contractual amounts due is probable, we will resume the accrual of interest. In instances where borrowers are in default under the terms of their loans, we may continue recognizing interest income provided that all amounts owed under the contractual terms of the loan, including accrued and unpaid interest, do not exceed the estimated fair value of the collateral, less costs to sell. As of December 31, 2017, one loan receivable with a book value of $0 was on nonaccrual status.
Preferred Equity Investments and Preferred Return
Preferred equity investments are accounted for at unreturned capital contributions, plus accrued and unpaid preferred returns. We recognize preferred return income on a monthly basis based on the outstanding investment including any previously accrued and unpaid return. As a preferred member of the preferred equity joint ventures in which we participate, we are not entitled to share in the joint venture’s earnings or losses. Rather, we are entitled to receive a preferred return, which is deferred if the cash flow of the joint venture is insufficient to currently pay the accrued preferred return.
Income Taxes
We elected to be treated as a REIT with the filing of our U.S. federal income tax return for the taxable year beginning January 1, 2011. We believe that we have been organized and have operated, and we intend to continue to operate, in a manner to qualify as a REIT. To qualify as a REIT, we must meet certain organizational and operational requirements, including a requirement to distribute at least 90% of our annual REIT taxable income to stockholders (which is computed without regard to the dividends-paid deduction or net capital gains and which does not necessarily equal net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP). As a REIT, we generally will not be subject to federal income tax on income that we distribute as dividends to our stockholders. If we fail to qualify as a REIT in any taxable year, we will be subject to U.S. federal income tax on our taxable

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income at regular corporate income tax rates and generally will not be permitted to qualify for treatment as a REIT for federal income tax purposes for the four taxable years following the year during which qualification is lost, unless the IRS grants us relief under certain statutory provisions. Such an event could materially and adversely affect our net income and net cash available for distribution to stockholders. However, we believe that we are organized and operate in such a manner as to qualify for treatment as a REIT.
As a result of certain investments, we now record income tax expense or benefit with respect to certain of our entities that are taxed as taxable REIT subsidiaries under provisions similar to those applicable to regular corporations and not under the REIT provisions.
     We account for deferred income taxes using the asset and liability method and recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in our financial statements or tax returns. Under this method, we determine deferred tax assets and liabilities based on the differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. Any increase or decrease in the deferred tax liability that results from a change in circumstances, and that causes a change in our judgment about expected future tax consequences of events, is included in the tax provision when such changes occur. Deferred income taxes also reflect the impact of operating loss and tax credit carryforwards. A valuation allowance is provided if we believe it is more likely than not that all or some portion of the deferred tax asset will not be realized. Any increase or decrease in the valuation allowance that results from a change in circumstances, and that causes a change in our judgment about the realizability of the related deferred tax asset, is included in the tax provision when such changes occur.
We evaluate our tax positions using a two-step approach: step one (recognition) occurs when we conclude that a tax position, based solely on its technical merits, is more likely than not to be sustained upon examination and step two (measurement) is only addressed if step one has been satisfied (i.e., the position is more likely than not to be sustained). Under step two, the tax benefit is measured as the largest amount of benefit (determined on a cumulative probability basis) that is more likely than not to be realized upon ultimate settlement. We will recognize tax penalties relating to unrecognized tax benefits as additional tax expense.
Fair Value Measurements
Under GAAP, we are required to measure certain financial instruments at fair value on a recurring basis. In addition, we are required to measure other financial instruments and balances at fair value on a non-recurring basis (e.g., carrying value of impaired loans receivable and long-lived assets). Fair value is defined as the price that would be received upon the sale of an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The GAAP fair value framework uses a three-tiered approach. Fair value measurements are classified and disclosed in one of the following three categories:
Level 1: unadjusted quoted prices in active markets that are accessible at the measurement date for identical assets or liabilities;
Level 2: quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar instruments in markets that are not active, and model-derived valuations in which significant inputs and significant value drivers are observable in active markets; and
Level 3: prices or valuation techniques where little or no market data is available that requires inputs that are both significant to the fair value measurement and unobservable.
When available, we utilize quoted market prices from an independent third-party source to determine fair value and classify such items in Level 1 or Level 2. In instances where the market for a financial instrument is not active, regardless of the availability of a nonbinding quoted market price, observable inputs might not be relevant and could require us to make a significant adjustment to derive a fair value measurement. Additionally, in an inactive market, a market price quoted from an independent third party may rely more on models with inputs based on information available only to that independent third party. When we determine the market for a financial instrument owned by us to be illiquid or when market transactions for similar instruments do not appear orderly, we may use several valuation sources (including internal valuations, discounted cash flow analysis and quoted market prices) to establish a fair value. If more than one valuation source is used, we will assign weights to the various valuation sources. Additionally, when determining the fair value of liabilities in circumstances in which a quoted price in an active market for an identical liability is not available, we measure fair value using (i) a valuation technique that uses the quoted price of the identical liability when traded as an asset or quoted prices for similar liabilities or similar liabilities when traded as assets or (ii) another valuation technique that is consistent with the principles of fair value measurement, such as the income approach or the market approach.

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Changes in assumptions or estimation methodologies can have a material effect on these estimated fair values. In this regard, the derived fair value estimates cannot be substantiated by comparison to independent markets and, in many cases, may not be realized in an immediate settlement of the instrument.
We consider the following factors to be indicators of an inactive market: (i) there are few recent transactions, (ii) price quotations are not based on current information, (iii) price quotations vary substantially either over time or among market makers (for example, some brokered markets), (iv) indexes that previously were highly correlated with the fair values of the asset or liability are demonstrably uncorrelated with recent indications of fair value for that asset or liability, (v) there is a significant increase in implied liquidity risk premiums, yields, or performance indicators (such as delinquency rates or loss severities) for observed transactions or quoted prices when compared with our estimate of expected cash flows, considering all available market data about credit and other nonperformance risk for the asset or liability, (vi) there is a wide bid-ask spread or significant increase in the bid-ask spread, (vii) there is a significant decline or absence of a market for new issuances (that is, a primary market) for the asset or liability or similar assets or liabilities, and (viii) little information is released publicly (for example, a principal-to-principal market).
We consider the following factors to be indicators of non-orderly transactions: (i) there was not adequate exposure to the market for a period before the measurement date to allow for marketing activities that are usual and customary for transactions involving such assets or liabilities under current market conditions, (ii) there was a usual and customary marketing period, but the seller marketed the asset or liability to a single market participant, (iii) the seller is in or near bankruptcy or receivership (that is, distressed), or the seller was required to sell to meet regulatory or legal requirements (that is, forced), and (iv) the transaction price is an outlier when compared with other recent transactions for the same or similar assets or liabilities.
Recently Issued Accounting Standards Update
See Note 2, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for information concerning recently issued accounting standards updates.
Results of Operations
As of December 31, 2017, our investment portfolio consisted of 507 real estate properties held for investment, one investment in a direct financing lease, 22 investments in loans receivable, 12 preferred equity investments and one investment in a specialty valuation firm. As of December 31, 2016, our investment portfolio consisted of 183 real estate properties held for investment, 10 investments in loans receivable and 12 preferred equity investments. As of December 31, 2015, our investment portfolio consisted of 180 real estate properties held for investment, 17 investments in loans receivable and 10 preferred equity investments. In general, we expect that our income and expenses related to our portfolio will increase in future periods in comparison to the corresponding prior periods as a result of owning acquired investments for an entire period, the anticipated future acquisition of additional investments and completion of the CCP Merger. The results of operations presented are not directly comparable due to ongoing acquisition activity.

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Comparison of results of operations for the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016 (dollars in thousands):
 
For the Year Ended December 31,
 
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