• Digging Out

    Cases of COVID-19 are rising across the country, but providers are better prepared than ever to take care of our elderly. The coronavirus pandemic is spreading, and any notion of a vaccine by the end of the year has faded. Yet, even though we take care of the most vulnerable population, the senior care acquisition market seems to be stabilizing.... Read More »
  • Senior Care Realty Sells Wisconsin Assisted Living Community

    Mark Van Den Broeke of Senior Care Realty led the sale of an assisted living community in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin with an unconventional history. That is because it was a former convent, but the 60-year old community has been operating as a 24-unit/27-bed assisted living community in South Milwaukee for many years. Built in 1960, it has... Read More »
  • HJ Sims Refinances Two Senior Care Communities

    HJ Sims closed a small loan for a seniors housing community in Kansas City, Missouri, and provided ownership with about $61,000 in annual debt service savings as a result. The 81-unit community caters to low-income seniors and was in need of some repairs. Also, real estate taxes had recently been imposed on the property, meaning that ownership... Read More »
  • KeyBank Secures Financing For Idaho Property

    Thomas Development Co., a multifamily real estate developer based in Boise, Idaho, acquired a low-income senior apartment community in nearby Caldwell thanks to financing secured by Sarah Geis and Kevin Ruf of KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment.   The community is brand new and features 48 units comprised of 32 one-bedroom... Read More »
  • Recent Senior Care M&A Deals, Week Ending October 27, 2020

    In the last two weeks, we have seen a fair number of closings in the senior care market. Here are a few highlights. Long-Term Care   AcquirerTargetPrice FairsteadFederation Davie Apartments$17.9 million Regional owner/operatorAssisted living community in WI$3.1 million CT-based owner/operator2 skilled nursing facilities in CTN/A Not... Read More »
Digging Out

Digging Out

Cases of COVID-19 are rising across the country, but providers are better prepared than ever to take care of our elderly. The coronavirus pandemic is spreading, and any notion of a vaccine by the end of the year has faded. Yet, even though we take care of the most vulnerable population, the senior care acquisition market seems to be stabilizing. More deals have been closing this month than in the previous several months. But what does this mean? Third quarter earnings reports start coming tomorrow, and no doubt the occupancy numbers from the REITs will show continued deterioration to new record lows. This is the unfortunate reality we are all dealing with. And as average occupancy goes... Read More »
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Labor Costs During The Pandemic

Rising labor costs during the pandemic are hurting the bottom line, but there are solutions. As you may have heard, we will be hosting a webcast next week on the labor problems affecting seniors housing and care, and we hope to provide you with some solutions.  The panelists include the founder of Matchwell, a relatively new company whose goal is to rid every community of agency labor and overtime. Wouldn’t that be nice. Plus, we have someone from Benchmark Living which has some of the most innovative practices out there to keep and recruit new employees. Finally, the manager of a 105-unit community will explain how for 25 years she has kept annual turnover at just 20%, something most of... Read More »
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M&A Market Pick-up?

Finally, seniors housing and care transactions are picking up speed after a six-month slowdown. With just over two months to go in what has been the most unusual year I have ever experienced, it seems like the senior care M&A market is finally picking up. Not only was the $702 million Welltower sale completed with one of the most aggressive cap rates I have ever seen, with or without a pandemic, but smaller ones are getting done as well. And not all of these are postponed deals from last March. I think all of us are just a little bit tired of the inertia of the past six months, and everyone wants business to be back to at least 75% of normal. The reality is that there is plenty of... Read More »
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Wishing Tom Well(tower)

An unexpected announcement by Welltower that CEO Tom DeRosa stepped down with COO Shankh Mitra named as his replacement. I was not the only one surprised by Welltower’s announcement that CEO Tom DeRosa was stepping down effective immediately. My cell phone was buzzing Monday night with questions, mostly centered around why. Whatever the reason, we wish him well. No one was surprised, however, that COO, Vice Chair and Chief Investment Officer Shankh Mitra has been named as CEO, but will retain his CIO role. He has been spearheading the REIT’s portfolio realignment the past two years, a process that has given Welltower $2.2 billion of cash on its balance sheet and a revolver with $3.0... Read More »
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The Virtual NIC

This year’s NIC Conference will certainly be different, but let’s make the most of the digital social experience. As you can see, I am not Steve. Ben Swett here, filling in while Steve is out of the office. Next week is the start of the first virtual NIC Conference, and even though we would obviously rather see all of you in person, we hope to still see you virtually. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of educational sessions on finance and the impact of the current pandemic on operations, census and, of course, cash flow. And if you are into nursing homes, where else can you find a former CMS administrator and the current CEO of AHCA at the same place? I know we’re... Read More »
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Many Impacts of COVID, But “Stupidity” Factor May Grow

The views on where we are in this pandemic are bifurcating, just like in the acquisition market, but we are also dealing with the “stupidity” factor. Just like in the acquisition market, where values and cap rates have been bifurcating between the top “A” properties and the rest of the market, so are opinions as to the current state of the market and what we can expect next year and beyond. There are those who believe operating costs are getting back to normal, the lending market has strengthened with pent up demand to provide financing, and that values are firming, helped by historically low interest rates. Then there are those who see a long slog through this pandemic mess,... Read More »