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Skilled Healthcare Group Announces $67 Million Financing

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. (NYSE: SKH) today announced that it has closed a financing with MidCap Financial consisting of a $62.0 million non-recourse (subject to customary carve outs) mortgage-backed term loan and a $5.0 million asset based revolving credit facility with an initial balance of $5.0 million.  The loans are secured by 10 skilled nursing facilities and have a term of three years and an interest rate based on LIBOR which is currently approximately 6.7%.  The net loan proceeds of approximately $65.0 million have been used to pay down outstanding term debt in the Company's senior secured credit facility, which has a maturity date of April 2016 and an interest rate based on LIBOR which is currently approximately 6.8%.  "These  loans, along with the disposition of two skilled nursing facilities earlier this month, further strengthen our balance sheet and provide additional cushion under our leverage ratio, which is a metric under our senior secured credit facility comparing earnings to debt that we must maintain below an agreed level," said Bob Fish, Chief Executive Officer of Skilled Healthcare Group.  "We closed $87.0 million in HUD-insured loans earlier this year, and we continue to believe that the HUD program offers attractive opportunities for longer-term financing at favorable interest rates.  We anticipate that these new loans, and the ten skilled nursing facilities securing them, will transition well into HUD-insured loans in the future," continued Mr. Fish.

About Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc.
Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, California, is a holding company with subsidiary healthcare services companies, which in the aggregate had trailing twelve month revenue of approximately $864 million and approximately 15,000 employees as of September 30, 2013. Skilled Healthcare Group and its wholly-owned companies, collectively referred to as the "Company," operate long-term care facilities and provide a wide range of post-acute care services, with a strategic emphasis on sub-acute specialty health care. The Company operates long-term care facilities in California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, including 72 skilled nursing facilities that offer sub-acute care and rehabilitative and specialty health skilled nursing care, and 22 assisted living facilities that provide room and board and social services. In addition, the Company provides physical, occupational and speech therapy in Company-operated facilities and unaffiliated facilities. Furthermore, the Company provides hospice and home health care in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Nevada. The Company leases 5 skilled nursing facilities in California to an unaffiliated third party operator. More information about Skilled Healthcare is available at www.skilledhealthcaregroup.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This release includes "forward-looking statements." You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements contain words such as "may," "will," "project," "might," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "would," "estimate," "continue" or "pursue," or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. They include statements about potential HUD-insured financing opportunities. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events, including the assumptions stated in this release. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that cannot be predicted or quantified and, consequently, the actual performance of Skilled Healthcare may differ materially from that expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  There can be no assurance that any future HUD-insured financing opportunities would be available to us, on favorable terms or otherwise.  Additionally, the Company faces a number of other risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the factors described in Skilled Healthcare's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (including the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" contained therein) and in our subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K.  Any forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release. Skilled Healthcare disclaims any obligation to update the forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

Investor Contact:
Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc.
Chris Felfe
(949) 282-5800

SOURCE Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc.

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