• 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 »
Is Connecticut The Future For Wage Hikes?

Is Connecticut The Future For Wage Hikes?

In order to avert a strike by unionized nursing home workers, a deal is being struck with the state that will send hourly rates soaring. In order to avoid a union strike at dozens of Connecticut nursing facilities, the Governor stepped in to help the two sides reach a deal. And what a deal for employees. Most hourly workers will have a pay raise set at a minimum of $20 per hour. CNAs will be increased from a $12 to $15 range to $20 per hour, while LPNs will have a minimum of $30 per hour. There are also increases in pension contributions and health and wellness programs. Most of the money will come from the state, with an extra $47.3 million in 2021 and $121.1 million in 2022, all going... Read More »
“Going Concern” Problem For Capital Senior Living

“Going Concern” Problem For Capital Senior Living

Perhaps in an effort not to rattle the market, Capital Senior Living filed its first quarter 2021 10-Q after the markets closed on Friday, May 14. Perhaps they thought no one would notice as many were out celebrating the removal of their masks. Not that it should have been a surprise, but in the filing the company reiterated its dreaded “Going Concern” statement, meaning there are enough uncertainties about current events and conditions that raise substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern within a year. No one should be surprised, other than those who have been pushing the price up in the past month. Helloooo.  Last week after reviewing the financial... Read More »
Canadian Seniors Housing Market

Canadian Seniors Housing Market

The Canadian seniors housing market has fared a bit better than its U.S. counterpart during the past year or so, but it also started in a better place. Take the Canadian SHOP portfolio of Ventas. It currently has 74 communities that operated in the first quarter 2021 with net operating income of $171.8 million, or just over $2.3 million per community (all amounts in U.S. dollars). This compares with 364 communities with $272.7 million of NOI in the first quarter for the U.S. SHOP portfolio, or $749,000 per community. So, Canada makes up 17% of the communities but 39% of the NOI. Hmmm.  On a same-community basis, there were 68 Canadian communities in the first quarter last year... Read More »
Are More Capital Senior Living Problems Coming Due?

Are More Capital Senior Living Problems Coming Due?

Capital Senior Living released its first quarter earnings this week, and the results were sort of a mixed bag. Of course, the occupancy results were great news, with April average census rising 140 basis points from the Q1 average to 76.95%. And spot occupancy increased from 75.3% at the end of February to 78.5% by the end of April, for a 320-basis point increase. We’re not sure if we’ve seen a steeper increase. About 93% of residents are now vaccinated, COVID cases fell to zero across the 60 owned communities, and 100% of communities are open to new residents, so the runway to recovery is smoother.   Looking forward, CSU will also not be encumbered by the 39... Read More »
Is Connecticut The Future For Wage Hikes?

Celebrating 30 Years

The American Seniors Housing Association has been supporting the senior living industry for 30 years now, with David Schless at the helm throughout. I fondly remember going to my first annual meeting of the American Seniors Housing Association, back when it was part of the National Multifamily Housing Council. Let’s just say it was quite smaller than it is today, and I have to say, a bit more intimate. If you attended one of those early meetings, you may remember my question to Murry Gunty of Lazard Freres, when in the 1990s he was in the middle of patching together a company that seemed very disorganized, as I outlined his various, unconnected acquisitions. I asked, “So Murry, what’s the... Read More »
National Health Investors Stabilizing

National Health Investors Stabilizing

National Health Investors (NHI) was the last of the healthcare REITs to report earnings in what was a very informative earnings season. We have already reported that the REITs and their SHOP portfolios have begun the long-anticipated turnaround as occupancy begins to rebound. Operating costs will be another matter, and it will take a few years to return to normal, whatever that is.  NHI’s three major seniors housing tenants have appeared to stabilize, at least from an occupancy perspective. Bickford Senior Living, which has been responsible for the majority of cash rent deferrals during the pandemic, boosted sequential occupancy by 180 basis points in April to 76.3%. That... Read More »