• Blueprint Advises Sale of Two Class-A Communities

    Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors recently closed on a portfolio of two Class-A seniors housing communities in Georgia and Florida, owned and developed by Atlanta-based Aspire Development Partners and managed by The Arbor Company. Located in Canton, Georgia, The Arbor at BridgeMill consists of 206 units and opened in 2018. The Lakeside at... Read More »
  • Berkadia Refinances Five SNFs Across the Country

    Berkadia Seniors Housing & Healthcare recently announced $47 million in financing for five skilled nursing facilities across the country. Managing Director Jay Healy secured the financing on behalf of the borrowers. First, we have the HUD refinancing of a 40-bed/unit, Medicare-only SNF in Sacramento, California. The $14.45 million, 48% LTV... Read More »
  • Live Oak Bank Provides Bridge Loans To Stabilizing Properties

    Live Oak Bank ended 2021 by closing three loans for senior care clients totaling over $50 million. First, Mississippi-based Claiborne Senior Living received a $33.5 million loan to facilitate a partner buyout for a Class-A, 213-unit independent living, assisted living, and memory care community built in 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Claiborne... Read More »
  • Welltower Updates Census Progress

    Welltower has the largest owned portfolio of seniors housing communities among the healthcare REITs (SHOP) and census has been steadily rising since the bottom early last year. But the rate of growth, like many others, has been slowing. Average U.S. occupancy growth was 30 basis points in October, 50 basis points in November and zero in December.... Read More »
  • Ventas Provides Census Update

    Ventas has the second largest SHOP portfolio among the healthcare REITs, so it is always a decent barometer for what is actually happening in the seniors housing market. The REIT’s portfolio has performed exceptionally well since the bottom of the market in mid-March 2021, as have most of the providers across the country. The easing of... Read More »
Welltower Updates Census Progress

Welltower Updates Census Progress

Welltower has the largest owned portfolio of seniors housing communities among the healthcare REITs (SHOP) and census has been steadily rising since the bottom early last year. But the rate of growth, like many others, has been slowing. Average U.S. occupancy growth was 30 basis points in October, 50 basis points in November and zero in December. Spot occupancy for the U.S. portfolio ended December at 77.8%, or 90 basis points above September 30. That’s not too bad for a fourth quarter, but December was disappointing and most likely reflected the holiday season as well as the spreading Omicron variant. Up until December they had had nine consecutive months of increased occupancy. The good... Read More »

Ventas Provides Census Update

Ventas has the second largest SHOP portfolio among the healthcare REITs, so it is always a decent barometer for what is actually happening in the seniors housing market. The REIT’s portfolio has performed exceptionally well since the bottom of the market in mid-March 2021, as have most of the providers across the country. The easing of restrictions as well as the vaccine combined for a robust turnaround that we all knew would come at some point. However, we all knew (well, some of us) that the unprecedented net gains in the second and third quarters last year were not sustainable, as much as we would have liked them to be. Call it the pent-up demand or anything else, with portfolios... Read More »
SCOTUS and POTUS

SCOTUS and POTUS

We have to assume that during the remaining three years of President Biden’s term, there will be more battles between POTUS and SCOTUS. But it is getting increasingly difficult to determine who is winning. Take the recent SCOTUS decision upholding the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers in facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments. We all want healthcare workers to be safe, as well as the patients that they serve. But the timeline given for these healthcare workers to be 80%, then 90%, then 100% vaccinated, or else they lose their jobs, well, is it really going to do anyone any good if the staff at hospitals and nursing homes gets reduced further? The simple answer is, no.... Read More »
Brookdale: Time for a Reverse Split?

Brookdale: Time for a Reverse Split?

Perhaps it is because of the new Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, perhaps occupancy growth has stalled, or perhaps investors are just losing patience for a recovery that would boost the share price. Whatever the reasons, Brookdale Senior Living’s share price has dropped by 30% since mid-November, and it is now below $5.00 per share for the first time since last February. And, the 52-week high was $8.95 per share. Many investors do not like stocks that are below $10 per share, with some funds even prohibited from owning them. A $4 stock, or lower, implies current weakness or poor future performance expectations. To remedy this perception, some companies complete a reverse stock... Read More »
Sonida Senior Living Census Gains Stalled

Sonida Senior Living Census Gains Stalled

After the March to September outsized occupancy gains (but to July for some companies), it does seem that census growth is stalling before the Holiday season and the dreaded first quarter.  Sonida Senior Living, the rebranded name for the former Capital Senior Living, just announced its most recent monthly occupancy statistics, and while “average” occupancy held “steady” in November at 81.2%, one would hope for a bit more growth as we enter the winter months. In addition, it appears to be at the lowest occupancy level since July, a four-month time period where average occupancy has not really moved.    End-of-month occupancy slipped by 60 basis points in November to 81.7%, which is also... Read More »
CareTrust REIT CEO Greg Stapley Steps Down

CareTrust REIT CEO Greg Stapley Steps Down

Amid rumors that CareTrust REIT was looking to make some changes, which may have included a sale or merger of the company into another REIT, the company announced that the CEO, Greg Stapley, will be stepping down at the end of the year, and sometime next year he will commence a three-year, full-time volunteer assignment with The Church of Latter-Day Saints with his wife.  CareTrust was spun out from The Ensign Group in 2014 and Greg has been the only CEO since then. He will become the Executive Chairman at CareTrust.  Taking over will be David Sedgewick, who has been President and COO and will now add the CEO title. He was with Ensign from 2001... Read More »