MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - April 21, 2016) - Chartwell Retirement Residences ("Chartwell") (TSX: CSH.UN) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the 127-suite Lord Lansdowne Retirement Residence ("Lord Lansdowne") in Ottawa, Ontario.

Located at 920 Bank Street and built in 2007, Lord Lansdowne is a premier residence in the Ottawa market and is located in the highly desirable Glebe neighbourhood, directly across from the revitalized Lansdowne Park and its popular entertainment district. The site provides easy access to shopping, restaurants and the nearby Rideau Canal walking paths. The residence includes a dedicated assisted living floor with 24 suites and features a penthouse lounge offering unobstructed views of the Rideau Canal, a theatre, exercise room, library, hair salon and piano lounge. The property is currently 88% occupied.

The aggregate purchase price of $68.4 million will be settled by the assumption of a $22.1 million mortgage bearing interest at 4.56% and maturing March 1, 2020, with the balance to be paid in cash. The closing of this transaction is expected to take place on June 1, 2016, and Chartwell expects to generate a first year unlevered yield of 6.6%.

"We are pleased to add this excellent residence to our portfolio. The Lord Lansdowne strengthens our presence in the Ottawa market, where we already own 10 residences representing over 1,100 suites, allowing for improved operating and marketing synergies," commented Vlad Volodarski, Chartwell's Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer. "We are looking forward to welcoming the Lord Lansdowne residents and staff to the Chartwell family."

Lord Lansdowne joins Chartwell's existing family of over 185 retirement and long term care locations across Canada. Known for its commitment to customer service and operational excellence, Chartwell is home to over 25,000 residents across Canada and employs approximately 14,000 staff dedicated to Chartwell's vision of Making People's Lives Better. 

About Chartwell

Chartwell is an unincorporated, open-ended trust which indirectly owns and operates a complete range of seniors housing communities from independent supportive living through assisted living to long term care. It is the largest owner and operator of seniors residences in Canada. Chartwell's aim is to capitalize on the strong demographic trends present in its markets to maximize the value of its existing portfolio of seniors housing communities, and prudently avail itself of opportunities to grow internally and through accretive acquisitions. More information can be obtained at www.chartwell.com.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking information that reflects the current expectations, estimates and projections of management about the future results, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities for Chartwell and the seniors housing industry. Forward-looking statements are based upon a number of assumptions and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, and that could cause actual results to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those expected or estimated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. These factors are more fully described in the "Risks and Uncertainties" section in Chartwell's 2015 MD&A and in materials filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada from time to time, including but not limited to our most recent Annual Information Form.

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact:
Chartwell Retirement Residences
Vlad Volodarski
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer
Tel: (905) 501-4709
Fax: (905) 501-4710