• Newmark Announces August Deal Activity

    Newmark announced its August activity, which totaled around $300 million of transaction volume. The largest deal was Spectrum Retirement’s sale of four seniors housing communities in the Columbus, Ohio MSA to an undisclosed institutional buyer. Opened in 2017 and early 2018, the portfolio totals 514 units of independent living, assisted living... Read More »
  • Several Companies Report August Occupancy Gains

    Several companies have released occupancy updates for the month of August, and there were some mixed results. However, for the most part, these top players reported large basis-point gains over several months, and even between July and August. This consistency among businesses bodes well for a return to normalcy in the skilled nursing and seniors... Read More »
  • Tryko Adds to Rhode Island SNF Portfolio

    Tryko Partners added to its Rhode Island skilled nursing portfolio with the acquisition of a 120-bed facility in North Kingstown. Named Scalabrini Villa, the one-story facility is set on a bucolic property facing Narragansett Bay. The Brown family (Brown University’s namesake) donated the site to Rhode Island Hospital, which... Read More »
  • Seattle Seniors Housing Community Wraps Up Construction

    Wesley Homes, Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) and Ryan Companies teamed up nearly three years ago to develop a large senior living community in Seattle, and has recently completed the project.  The 405,992-square foot senior living community, called Wesley at Tehaleh, exists within the master-planned community of Tehaleh by Newland... Read More »
  • MedCore Partners Divests Washington State Community

    After purchasing a portfolio of seven seniors housing properties from Ventas in July 2020, MedCore Partners is divesting one of the properties in Sedro-Woolley, Washington (about 75 miles north of Seattle). The 2020 acquisition comprised six other communities in Washington (Sequim, Olympia, Centralia and Tacoma) and California (San Juan... Read More »

60 Seconds With Ben Swett: The New Senior Living Rankings

U.S. News & World Report announced that it is getting into the business of ranking seniors housing communities, after already doing the same for nursing homes. We’re happy to see the initiative since improved transparency for the sector and recognition of the services that operators provide is a good thing. We are also pleased that apparently, U.S. News will dedicate one journalist to cover the sector and help educate consumers on the differences between seniors housing and SNFs, which national and local media fail to do all too often.  After working with some industry leaders and associations to create a rankings methodology, Activated Insights, run by CEO Jacquelyn Kung, is... Read More »

60 Seconds With Ben Swett: Staffing Scarcity Stunting the Recovery?

Driving through New England this past weekend, I was struck by the number of “help wanted” and “we’re hiring” signs across dozens of storefronts and billboards advertising job fairs for many types of businesses. All I kept thinking about was how senior care facilities were faring across the country with finding help. Not only that – qualified help.   We know that senior care jobs paying somewhere just above minimum wage can be difficult, emotionally draining and receive little positive recognition from the public. So higher overall wages and hiring bonuses could easily sway a chunk of the labor force to other industries and away from senior care, which will need many... Read More »

60 Seconds With Ben Swett: Assisted Living – Where Are Values Now?

More than seven months into 2021, assisted living communities have been the most popular targets in the M&A market, representing a plurality, or 41%, of all transactions in the year, so far. Average prices have also risen compared with last year, according to our in-house statistics. But we still have many questions about the market’s fundamentals, what is motivating investors, and how different facilities are being valued today. Has pent-up demand already exhausted itself for this need-based product? Is the recovery meeting expectations, particularly for cash flow rather than just census? Are stand-alone communities preferred, or a continuum of care? These types could be valued very... Read More »

60 Seconds With Steve Monroe: Capital Senior Living Butting Heads

Transcript A few weeks ago, we wrote about the proposed recapitalization of Capital Senior Living. This will give effective control to the investor, Conversant Capital, and result in a lot of dilution to existing shareholders. The investment is also very expensive. We thought that Cap Senior may have had no other choice: either this or face a major liquidity crunch, and possibly bankruptcy. One investor, Ortelius Advisors, with just under a 10% interest, thinks differently, and blasted management in writing. They think there are other ways to recap the company, and that other like-minded shareholders would be willing to help out financially as well. This may all be true, but where were... Read More »

60 Seconds with Ben Swett: A Strong M&A Start to August

Transcript We know the market really turned a corner this June when 45 deals were announced after a rather tepid Spring, including three of the largest transactions seen in multiple years. And we’ll be talking about the importance of that month in the upcoming issue of The SeniorCare Investor. Even July, when many of us hit the beach, or would like to, an impressive 35 transactions were publicly disclosed. But it appears that strength will continue into August, as 18 separate transactions have been announced in just the last few days. And we know of a couple of confidential transactions that could have boosted that number even more. August’s M&A total will only grow as public companies... Read More »
60 Seconds with Steve Monroe: How Many Waves Can There Be?

60 Seconds with Steve Monroe: How Many Waves Can There Be?

Just when we thought we were emerging from the pandemic crisis, the news seems to be getting worse about this Delta variant. The good news, at least for seniors housing providers, is that it is a much younger population that is getting hit, not senior care residents because they are almost all vaccinated. Hellooooo. A few months ago, we wrote that the southern, and maybe southeastern region would lead the census charge from the lows in March. Unfortunately, the positivity and hospitalization rates with the Delta variant have been the highest in the southern states, with Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri leading the way, and not in a good way. The region also suffers from some of... Read More »