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I'm sure you probably saw the information concerning Ventas' dividend increase in this weeks Barron's. I saw it as well and as a fellow shareholder, it took me somewhat by surprise when I saw the report. Unfortunately, I don't think that they were entirely accurate in their reporting. Here is VTR's record of dividends going back a few years:

Mar 4, 2015 0.579 Dividend
Jan 20, 2015 0.211 Dividend
Dec 18, 2014 0.79 Dividend
Sep 10, 2014 0.725 Dividend
Jun 4, 2014 0.725 Dividend
Mar 5, 2014 0.725 Dividend
Dec 12, 2013 0.725 Dividend
Sep 11, 2013 0.67 Dividend
Jun 3, 2013 0.67 Dividend
Mar 6, 2013 0.67 Dividend
Dec 13, 2012 0.62 Dividend
Sep 7, 2012 0.62 Dividend
Jun 6, 2012 0.62 Dividend
Mar 7, 2012 0.62 Dividend

I think that what Barron's did was to reflect the dividend increase in relation to the March 4th dividend which was .579, which would be a 36.4% increase. However, that is an inaccurate report, I believe. It doesn't reflect the partial dividend on January 20th due to VTR's acquisitions and the spinning off one of their holdings. The prevailing dividend has been .79 cents since last December, 2014.

When Ventas reported their most recent dividend of .79 cents their publicity release thus reported the dividend as being "in line with previous" which I believe is accurate. I believe Barrons report is what is inaccurate. 36.4% sure sounds good though.

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