Senior Housing Properties Trust Announces Quarterly Dividend

  Senior Housing Properties Trust Announces Quarterly Dividend

Business Wire

NEWTON, Mass. -- April 02, 2013

Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH) today announced it has declared a
regular quarterly common share dividend of $0.39 per common share ($1.56 per
share per year). The next quarterly dividend will be paid to common
shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 17, 2013 and
distributed on or about May 21, 2013.

Senior Housing Properties Trust is a real estate investment trust, or REIT,
which owns independent and assisted living communities, medical office
buildings, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals and wellness centers
throughout the United States. SNH is headquartered in Newton, MA.

                 WARNING REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

THIS PRESS RELEASE CONTAINS FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF
THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995 AND OTHER SECURITIES
LAWS. THESE FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE BASED UPON SNH’S PRESENT BELIEFS
AND EXPECTATIONS, BUT THESE STATEMENTS AND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE
STATEMENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO OCCUR AND MAY NOT OCCUR FOR VARIOUS REASONS,
SOME OF WHICH ARE BEYOND SNH’S CONTROL. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS PRESS RELEASE STATES
THAT SNH’S DIVIDEND RATE WILL BE $0.39/SHARE PER QUARTER OR $1.56/SHARE PER
YEAR. A POSSIBLE IMPLICATION OF THIS STATEMENT IS THAT SNH WILL CONTINUOUSLY
PAY QUARTERLY DIVIDENDS OF $0.39/SHARE PER QUARTER OR $1.56/SHARE PER YEAR IN
THE FUTURE. SNH’S DIVIDEND RATES ARE SET AND RESET FROM TIME TO TIME BY SNH’S
BOARD OF TRUSTEES. THE SNH BOARD CONSIDERS MANY FACTORS WHEN SETTING DIVIDEND
RATES INCLUDING SNH’S HISTORICAL AND PROJECTED INCOME, NORMALIZED FUNDS FROM
OPERATIONS, THE THEN CURRENT AND EXPECTED NEEDS AND AVAILABILITY OF CASH TO
PAY SNH’S OBLIGATIONS, DISTRIBUTIONS WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED TO BE PAID TO
MAINTAIN SNH’S TAX STATUS AS A REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST AND OTHER FACTORS
DEEMED RELEVANT BY SNH’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES IN THEIR DISCRETION. ACCORDINGLY,
FUTURE DIVIDEND RATES MAY BE INCREASED OR DECREASED AND THERE IS NO ASSURANCE
AS TO THE RATE AT WHICH FUTURE DIVIDENDS WILL BE PAID. FOR THESE REASONS,
AMONG OTHERS, INVESTORS ARE CAUTIONED NOT TO PLACE UNDUE RELIANCE UPON ANY
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS IN THIS PRESS RELEASE.

A Maryland Real Estate Investment Trust with transferable shares of beneficial
interest listed on the New York Stock Exchange. No shareholder, Trustee or
officer is personally liable for any act or obligation of the Trust.

Contact:

Senior Housing Properties Trust
Timothy A. Bonang, 617-796-8234
Vice President, Investor Relations
or
Elisabeth A. Heiss, 617-796-8234
Manager, Investor Relations
www.snhreit.com