NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2019 – — Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) today announced that it has successfully closed its first green bond offering of $500 million of senior notes due February 2027. The proceeds will be used to fund renewable energy, water conservation, energy efficiency, and green building projects in compliance with the Company’s Green Bond Framework, which was reviewed and verified by Sustainalytics, a leading global independent provider of Environment, Social and Governance (“ESG”) research and ratings. Pending such use, the proceeds will be used to repay advances under the Company’s unsecured credit facility. Welltower is the first U.S. health care real estate investment trust to complete a public green bond offering.
Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank and Credit Agricole served as joint book-running managers for the offering.
2019 has been a capstone year for Welltower’s ESG initiatives. In the past twelve months the Company has made the following significant ESG announcements:
- Named to top quintile of Newsweek’s inaugural America’s Most Responsible Companies list
- Achieved ISS ESG Prime status
- Named to 2019 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for second consecutive year
- Named Energy Star Partner of the Year
- Received GRESB Green Star for sustainability performance for fifth consecutive year
“Welltower recognizes the importance of environmental challenges and our responsibility to our partners, residents and shareholders to be a strong corporate advocate for best ESG practices,” said Thomas J. DeRosa, Welltower’s Chairman and CEO. “We believe this inaugural green bond offering rounds out what has been a year of very significant ESG achievements at Welltower and is an indication of the strength of our commitment going forward.”
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Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL), an S&P 500 company headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is driving the transformation of health care infrastructure. The Company invests with leading seniors housing operators, post-acute providers and health systems to fund the real estate infrastructure needed to scale innovative care delivery models and improve people’s wellness and overall health care experience. Welltower™, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns interests in properties concentrated in major, high growth markets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, consisting of seniors housing, post-acute communities and outpatient medical properties. For more information, visit www.welltower.com.
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