4: Statement of changes in beneficial ownership of securities
Published on August 10, 2000
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The following press release was issued by the Company on June 29, 2000.
PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Essel W. Bailey, Jr., President and CEO, at (734) 887-0200
OMEGA HEALTHCARE INVESTORS ANNOUNCES LITIGATION;
UPDATE ON SPECIAL STOCKHOLDER MEETING
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN - JUNE 29, 2000 - Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc.
(NYSE:OHI) ("Omega" or the "Company") announced today that a customer known as
Madison/OHI Liquidity Investors, L.L.C., has filed a lawsuit alleging breach and
anticipatory breach of a commercial contract. The principals of Madison/OHI are
Bryan Gordon of Incline Village, Nevada and Ronald Dickerman of New York City.
In addition, Mr. Dickerman has individually filed a separate action alleging
violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company
believes that each lawsuit is baseless and without merit and intends to assert
its rights and to defend vigorously.
Omega also announced that the solicitation of proxies for the upcoming
July 14, 2000 Special Meeting of Stockholders is proceeding and urged all
stockholders who have not voted to do so promptly.
Essel W. Bailey, Jr., Omega's President and CEO, stated: "As explained
in my June 15 letter to stockholders, Omega faces significant liquidity
challenges arising from the combined impact of the current environment in the
long-term care industry and the need to repay $81 million of debt due July 15,
with an additional $48 million due February 2001. After careful analysis of a
variety of alternatives, the Omega Board unanimously approved the Explorer
investment and the new stock incentive plan which will replace our existing
stock option plan. We urge stockholders who support the infusion to vote "FOR"
both the proposals covered by our June 15, 2000 proxy statement, because the
approval of both proposals is a condition to the equity infusion." The Company
clarified that the options currently proposed to be awarded to management under
the proposed new plan will be priced at the higher of fair market value or the
effective per common share price of Explorer's investment.
The record date for determining stockholders entitled to receive notice
of and to vote at the special meeting is the close of business on June 2, 2000.
The proxy materials are available on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov and
also may be obtained by contacting the Company's proxy solicitor, Georgeson &
Co., at 800/223-2064.
Omega is a Real Estate Investment Trust investing in and providing
financing to the long-term care industry. At March 31, 2000, it owned or had
mortgages on 278 healthcare and assisted living facilities with more than 28,000
beds located in 29 states and operated by 26 independent healthcare operating
This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties described from time to time in the SEC reports filed by
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