• National Health Investors Issues Another Update

    National Health Investors is continuing its steady census progress, but the rent deferrals for Bickford Senior Living just will not end. The silver lining is that the deferral amounts are decreasing, from $3 million in both March and April of this year and $2 million in June. Now, the two parties have agreed to $1.5 million in rent deferrals per... Read More »
  • Another Family Owner/Operator Exits the Industry

    As Covid-19 has led to overall decreases in senior housing occupancy levels, Sherer Management joined several of its peers by closing down its multigenerational family business with the sale of its last two CCRCs in Iowa.  These properties include a total of 188 beds at Rose Vista in Woodbine and Longview Home in Missouri Valley.... Read More »
  • HJ Sims Refinances Michigan Provider

    It took a couple of tries, but HJ Sims arranged $41.9 million in financing for Sunset Retirement Communities, a multi-campus, not-for-profit senior living provider in Michigan. The company has grown its holdings over the past decade, starting development on its Jenison campus in 2009 and completing it in 2015. Then, after completing a market... Read More »
  • Recent Senior Care M&A Deals, Week Ending June 18, 2021

    Senior care M&A is soaring back this month across all sectors. Check out our recent M&A deal chart. Long-Term Care   AcquirerTargetPrice Beacon Health10 skilled nursing facilities in Iowa$24.2 million Regional operator/private capital providerRose Vista in Woodbine and Longview Home in Missouri ValleyN/A Ciena HealthcareLincoln... Read More »
  • Drinking the Kool-Aid in Washington (State), Again

    The people of the state of Washington are getting closer to having to make a decision about a new payroll tax to fund a “long-term” care benefit, that is anything but long term. The 58-cent tax withholding for every $100 of salary and bonus may not seem like much, but the benefit is not much either.  This reminds us (sort of) of the Class... Read More »
Drinking the Kool-Aid in Washington (State), Again

Drinking the Kool-Aid in Washington (State), Again

The people of the state of Washington are getting closer to having to make a decision about a new payroll tax to fund a “long-term” care benefit, that is anything but long term. The 58-cent tax withholding for every $100 of salary and bonus may not seem like much, but the benefit is not much either.  This reminds us (sort of) of the Class Act that was part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, except there does not appear to be any funding deception in this new legislation coming from the West Coast. The Class Act, you may remember, was canceled after even those members of Congress who voted for it realized it was a financial sham. The premiums for those first five years were actually... Read More »
Brookdale vs Capital Senior Living

Brookdale vs Capital Senior Living

Not that there is a competition, but since the end of 2020, Capital Senior Living has outperformed Brookdale Senior Living with a price gain of 345% compared with 93% for Brookdale. It helped that Capital Senior was starting from a very low point. But for both companies that is pretty good, and both beat the overall market.   They have both benefitted from the vaccine impact, with increases in leads, tours, move-ins and census. For each of the last three months, Brookdale has posted a 50-basis point increase in month-end occupancy, which is great, but will it be enough?  Investors think they are on the right track, and have pushed the share price up by more than 25% in the... Read More »
Brookdale vs Capital Senior Living

More Good News from Welltower and Ventas

Census is on the rise at the SHOP portfolios of the biggest healthcare REITs. After more than a year of mostly depressing news, it is nice to see that more good news keeps on coming. With a year of canceled earnings forecasts by most public companies and REITs, Welltower announced that it raised the low end of its second quarter earnings per share estimate by nearly 10%, and its normalized FFO by just over 4%. Now that’s some good news! In addition, they had forecast a 130-basis point increase in their SHOP portfolio for the full second quarter, and by June 4th they had already reached 120 basis points. Spot occupancy is now 150 basis points higher than the pandemic low. Ventas is also... Read More »
NORC Releases New Study On COVID Mortality

NORC Releases New Study On COVID Mortality

Just after we had wrapped up one of our lead stories in the June issue of The SeniorCare Investor on the nursing home comeback and some COVID myths, NORC at the University of Chicago released its analysis about mortality rates in five states across the senior care spectrum. With funding from NIC, they looked at five states – Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania – and 3,817 seniors housing properties in 113 counties in those states.   Perhaps the key finding, at least for the independent living and CCRC providers (and their residents) was that 67% of the IL communities never experienced a COVID-related death. Better yet, the COVID mortality rate... Read More »
Brookdale vs Capital Senior Living

What A Feeling!

One big benefit of the country opening up is in-person conferences. It does feel good. Last week, I attended my first conference, in person, since March of 2020. And boy did it feel great! Shaking hands again, hugging people I haven’t seen in person in 15 months, or more, was like a celebration for everyone there. All because we were vaccinated. Thank you, Senior Living 100. I was invited to moderate a panel on, what else, the M&A market. Two weeks earlier, I was a panelist at their sister conference, The LTC 100, but I was virtual, as was one other panelist in my session, and it just was not the same. My two takeaways were that people are pretty optimistic about the comeback for... Read More »
Brookdale vs Capital Senior Living

The 55+ Market Builds Momentum

Coming out of the pandemic, investors are enamored with the 55+ or active adult market, but we will see if that enthusiasm turns into overexuberance. Perhaps the brightest star in seniors housing coming out of the pandemic has been the active adult market, and investors took notice. Census stayed strong relative to the other sectors, and owners tout their lower average move-in age, more approachable rents for residents, lower labor costs and higher operating margins. As a percentage of seniors housing deals announced, according to our deal database, active adult has grown its share from a paltry 2% in 2019 to 6.4% in 2020 and 8.2% so far in 2021. Plenty of firms have also announced... Read More »