Ventas is a “deal machine.” That’s how CEO Debra Cafaro describes the giant real estate investment trust.
The Chicago-based company has been buying up health care properties—everything from senior housing to medical office buildings and hospitals—and has racked up $30 billion dollars worth of acquisitions over the past decade. And she’s still going strong. Cafaro tells Fortune’s Susie Gharib that the expansion opportunities for Ventas are “virtually unlimited,” adding that “it would be easy to see us doubling in size over the next five years.” Ventas now owns about 1,500 properties across the U.S., the UK, and Canada.
Even as Ventas gets bigger and bigger, the company’s stock has fallen from its record high set a year ago. But Cafaro, who has been CEO for more than 16 years, is not fearful of activist investors disrupting her tenure. “I hope we do our job for investors,” she says, “so that activists will not be interested in coming near Ventas.”