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Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation Reports 2014 First Quarter Financial Results

MARKHAM, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/13/14 -- Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation (TSX:LW) ("Leisureworld" or "the Company") today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Interim Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis are available on the Company's website at www.leisureworld.ca and www.sedar.com.

First Quarter Highlights

--  Operating Funds from Operations (1) per share diluted were up 16%.  
--  Executed debt strategy with a bond refinancing, extending weighted
    average term of debt from 3.1 years to 5.5 years and reducing weighted
    average interest rate from 4.53% to 3.86%. 
--  Improvement in same property NOI of 5%. 

Lois Cormack, President and CEO of Leisureworld said, "We are very pleased with our performance during the first quarter of 2014. Despite the severe winter weather conditions impacting our operating costs and our occupancy, our operating results are showing strong improvements over the previous year."

Financial and Operating Highlights for March 31:

                                                       Quarter      Quarter 
                                                         ended        ended 
                                                     March 31,    March 31, 
$000s except occupancy, per share and ratio data          2014         2013 
Average total occupancy (LTC)                             98.5%        98.7%
Average private occupancy (LTC)                           98.7%        98.7%
Average occupancy (retirement)                            82.7%        75.1%
Income before other expenses and the provision for                          
 (recovery) of income taxes                         $   15,304   $   10,801 
Net Loss                                            $  (18,064)  $   (1,362)
Net Operating Income (NOI) 2                        $   19,528   $   13,970 
Operating Funds from Operations (OFFO) 1, 2         $    9,364   $    6,226 
OFFO per share diluted                              $    0.248   $    0.213 
Adjusted Funds from Operations (AFFO) 2             $   11,704   $    8,180 
AFFO per share diluted                              $    0.308   $    0.279 
AFFO per share basic                                $    0.323   $    0.279 
Dividends declared per share                        $    0.225   $    0.225 
Payout Ratio 3                                            69.7%        80.6%

1. As a result of adopting the REALpac FFO definition for presentation purposes in the first quarter of 2014, the Company has introduced the new measure of operating funds from operations ("OFFO"), which is equivalent to its historical presentation of funds from operations ("FFO").

2. Net operating income (loss) ("NOI"), funds from operations ("FFO"), operating funds from operations ("OFFO") and adjusted funds from operations ("AFFO") are not measures recognized under IFRS and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS. NOI, FFO. OFFO and AFFO are supplemental measures of a company's performance and Leisureworld believes that NOI, FFO, OFFO and AFFO are relevant measures of its earnings performance and its' ability to pay dividends on the Company's common shares. The IFRS measurement most directly comparable to FFO, OFFO and AFFO is net income (loss).

3. Payout Ratio is calculated using the basic AFFO per share divided by the dividends declared per share for the respective periods.

First Quarter 2014

For the three months ended March 31, 2014, NOI was $19.5 million, up $5.6 million over the $14.0 million earned in the first quarter of 2013. On a same-asset basis, NOI improved 3% in the long term care business, 13% in the retirement home business and remained stable in home care.

During the quarter, the Company completed a bond refinancing. Leisureworld Senior Care LP, a subsidiary of the Company, issued $322 million of aggregate principal amount of 3.474% Series B Senior Secured Debentures with a maturity date of February 3, 2021 ("Series B Debentures"). The proceeds from the issuance of Series B Debentures were used to repay all of the outstanding 4.814% Series A Senior Secured Debentures due November 24, 2015 ("Series A Debentures"), and all associated fees and expenses. This refinancing extended the weighted average term to maturity of Leisureworld's long-term debt (including its outstanding convertible debentures) from 3.1 to 5.5 years, and reduced its weighted average interest rate from 4.53% to 3.86%.

This bond refinancing impacted the first quarter 2014 results due to the redemption premium paid to redeem the Series A Debentures being categorized as an expense for accounting purposes (no impact on OFFO or AFFO), and the fact that the Series A Debentures and Series B Debentures were both outstanding for a 21-day period in February, 2014 resulting in additional interest expense (impacts all measures).

Looking Ahead

"We operate four business lines, spanning the spectrum of seniors' living," said Ms. Cormack. "With the rapidly growing seniors' population, strong demand for seniors' services outside of hospitals and high barriers to entry in all of our businesses, Leisureworld is well-positioned for organic and external growth."

Conference Call

Lois Cormack, President and CEO, and Tim McSorley, CFO (Interim), will host a conference call for the investment community on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. (ET). The call-in numbers for participants are 416-340-8527 or 800-565-0813. A webcast of the call will be accessible via Leisureworld's website at: www.leisureworld.ca/Investors/Events-Presentations.aspx.

A replay of the call will be available until May 28, 2014. To access the replay, dial 905-694-9451 or 800-408-3053 (pass code: 3110744). The webcast will be archived on Leisureworld's website.

About Leisureworld

Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation is one of Canada's largest operators of seniors' housing and the largest licensed long-term care provider in Ontario. Leisureworld has 7,500 employees and owns and operates 35 long-term care homes across Ontario with 5,733 beds. Leisureworld also owns and operates 10 retirement residences, representing 1,065 suites, in Ontario and British Columbia. Under its management services division, Leisureworld provides management and consulting services to long-term care homes and retirement residences in Ontario. Leisureworld subsidiaries include Preferred Health Care Services, an accredited provider of professional nursing and personal support services. For more information, please visit Leisureworld's website at www.leisureworld.ca.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the statements contained in this news release are forward-looking statements and are provided for the purpose of presenting information about management's current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such statements may not be appropriate for other purposes. These statements generally use forward-looking words, such as "anticipate", "continue", "could", "expect", "may", "will", "estimate", "believe" or other similar words and include, among other things, statements related to the Company's financial results or strategic plans. These statements are subject to significant known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements and, accordingly, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. The forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information currently available and what management currently believes are reasonable assumptions, including the funding of long-term care facilities by government entities. Other material factors or assumptions that were applied in formulating the forward-looking statements contained herein include the assumption that the business and economic conditions affecting Leisureworld's operations will continue substantially in their current state, including, with respect to industry conditions, general levels of economic activity and government regulations.

Although management believes that it has a reasonable basis for the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements, actual results may differ from those suggested by the forward-looking statements for various reasons. The assumptions, risks and uncertainties described above are not exhaustive and other events and risk factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results and events discussed in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect current expectations of Leisureworld as at the date of this news release and speak only as at the date of this news release. Leisureworld does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements except as may be required by applicable law.

Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation
Lois Cormack
President and Chief Executive Officer
(905) 415-7612

Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation
Tim McSorley
Chief Financial Officer (Interim)
(905) 477-4006 ext. 2089

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