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NHI Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results

August 7, 2018

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2018--National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE:NHI) announced today its net income, its Funds From Operations (“FFO”), its Normalized Funds From Operations and its Normalized Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018.

Q2 2018 Highlights

Announced or completed $159.0 million in real estate acquisitions and loans year-to-date Maintained low leverage balance sheet at 4.3x net debt-to-annualized adjusted EBITDA Portfolio lease coverage remains strong at 1.68x GAAP net income of $.91 per diluted common share for the second quarter Normalized FFO up 4.5% over second quarter 2017; up 5.8% year-to-date Normalized AFFO up 6.8% over second quarter 2017; up 6.9% year-to-date

2018 Guidance

The Company currently expects Normalized FFO for 2018 to be in the range of $5.47 to $5.51 per diluted common share and Normalized AFFO to be in the range of $5.01 to $5.03 per diluted common share. The Company’s guidance range for the full year 2018, with underlying assumptions and timing of certain transactions, is set forth and reconciled below:

The Company’s guidance range reflects the existence of volatile economic conditions, but does not assume any material deterioration in tenant credit quality and/or performance of its portfolio. The Company has announced or completed $159.0 million of new investments since January 1, 2018. The guidance is based on a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company’s control and all of which are subject to change. The Company’s guidance range allows for the uncertainty inherent in the structure and timing of the financing required to fund previously announced investments and any pending new investments. The Company’s guidance may change if actual results vary from these assumptions.

Financial Results

Net income per diluted common share for the three months ended June 30, 2018, was $.91, a decrease of 2.2% from the same period in the prior year. Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2018 includes a write-down of $1,436,000 on a single-property lease and a $412,000 write-down on a potentially uncollectible note receivable. Net income per diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2018, was $1.83, a decrease of 9.9% from the same period in the prior year. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 includes gains on sales of marketable securities of $10.0 million. Normalized FFO per diluted common share for the three months ended June 30, 2018, was $1.38, an increase of 4.5% over the same period in the prior year. Normalized FFO per diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2018, was $2.72, an increase of 5.8% over the same period in the prior year. Normalized AFFO per diluted common share for the three months ended June 30, 2018 was $1.26, an increase of 6.8% over the same period in the prior year. Normalized AFFO per diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $2.48, an increase of 6.9% over the same period in the prior year. NAREIT FFO per diluted common share for the three months ended June 30, 2018, was $1.33, a decrease of .7% from the same period in the prior year. FFO for the three months ended June 30, 2018 includes the write-downs mentioned above. FFO per diluted common share for the six months ended June 30, 2018, was $2.67, a decrease of 6.0% from the same period in the prior year. FFO for the six months ended June 30, 2017 includes gains on sales of marketable securities of $10.0 million.

FFO, as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) and applied by us, is net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of real estate property, plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, if any. The Company defines Normalized FFO as FFO adjusted for certain items which may create some difficulty in comparing FFO for the current period to similar prior periods. We define Normalized AFFO as Normalized FFO excluding the effects of straight-line lease revenue, amortization of debt issuance costs and the non-cash amortization of the original issue discount of our unsecured convertible notes. These supplemental non-GAAP performance measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other REITs.

The reconciliation of net income to our FFO, Normalized FFO, Normalized AFFO and Normalized Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”) is included as a table to this press release and filed in the Company’s Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

NHI will host a conference call on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at 12 p.m. ET, to discuss second quarter results. The number to call for this interactive teleconference is (800) 732-6870, with the confirmation number 21892983. The live broadcast of NHI’s second quarter conference call will be available online at www.nhireit.com. The online replay will follow shortly after the call and continue for approximately 90 days.

About National Health Investors

Incorporated in 1991, National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE: NHI) is a real estate investment trust specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments. NHI’s portfolio consists of independent, assisted and memory care communities, entrance-fee retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, medical office buildings and specialty hospitals. Visit www.nhireit.com for more information.

Notes to Reconciliation of FFO, Normalized FFO, Normalized AFFO and Normalized FAD

These supplemental operating performance measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other REITs. Consequently, our Funds From Operations (“FFO”), Normalized FFO, Normalized Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) and Normalized Funds Available for Distribution (“FAD”) may not provide a meaningful measure of our performance as compared to that of other REITs. Since other REITs may not use our definition of these operating performance measures, caution should be exercised when comparing our Company’s FFO, Normalized FFO, Normalized AFFO and Normalized FAD to that of other REITs. These financial performance measures do not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) (these measures do not include changes in operating assets and liabilities) and therefore should not be considered an alternative to net earnings as an indication of operating performance, or to net cash flow from operating activities as determined by GAAP as a measure of liquidity, and are not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs.

Funds From Operations - FFO

FFO, as defined by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) and applied by us, is net income (computed in accordance with GAAP), excluding gains (or losses) from sales of real estate property, plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, if any. The Company’s computation of FFO may not be comparable to FFO reported by other REITs that do not define the term in accordance with the current NAREIT definition or have a different interpretation of the current NAREIT definition from that of the Company; therefore, caution should be exercised when comparing our Company’s FFO to that of other REITs. Diluted FFO assumes the exercise of stock options and other potentially dilutive securities. Normalized FFO excludes from FFO certain items which, due to their infrequent or unpredictable nature, may create some difficulty in comparing FFO for the current period to similar prior periods, and may include, but are not limited to, impairment of non-real estate assets, gains and losses attributable to the acquisition and disposition of assets and liabilities, and recoveries of previous write-downs.

We believe that FFO and normalized FFO are important supplemental measures of operating performance for a REIT. Because the historical cost accounting convention used for real estate assets requires depreciation (except on land), such accounting presentation implies that the value of real estate assets diminishes predictably over time. Since real estate values instead have historically risen and fallen with market conditions, presentations of operating results for a REIT that uses historical cost accounting for depreciation could be less informative, and should be supplemented with a measure such as FFO. The term FFO was designed by the REIT industry to address this issue.

Adjusted Funds From Operations - AFFO

In addition to the adjustments included in the calculation of normalized FFO, normalized AFFO excludes the impact of any straight-line lease revenue, amortization of the original issue discount on our convertible senior notes and amortization of debt issuance costs.

We believe that normalized AFFO is an important supplemental measure of operating performance for a REIT. GAAP requires a lessor to recognize contractual lease payments into income on a straight-line basis over the expected term of the lease. This straight-line adjustment has the effect of reporting lease income that is significantly more or less than the contractual cash flows received pursuant to the terms of the lease agreement. GAAP also requires the original issue discount of our convertible senior notes and debt issuance costs to be amortized as non-cash adjustments to earnings. Normalized AFFO is useful to our investors as it reflects the growth inherent in the contractual lease payments of our real estate portfolio.

Funds Available for Distribution - FAD

In addition to the adjustments included in the calculation of normalized AFFO, normalized FAD excludes the impact of non-cash stock based compensation.

We believe that normalized FAD is an important supplemental measure of operating performance for a REIT as a useful indicator of the ability to distribute dividends to shareholders. Additionally, normalized FAD improves the understanding of our operating results among investors and makes comparisons with: (i) expected results, (ii) results of previous periods and (iii) results among REITs, more meaningful. Because FAD may function as a liquidity measure, we do not present FAD on a per-share basis.

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