• Elevation Financial Group Grows Senior Living Portfolio 

    Elevation Financial Group, a private equity real estate investment firm focused on seniors housing and affordable senior apartments, continues to add to its portfolio with an acquisition in the Boston, Massachusetts MSA. Connemara Senior Living (the target) is an 86-unit community with independent living, assisted living and memory care services.... Read More »
  • CFG Closes Another Acquisition Loan 

    Capital Funding Group (CFG) announced the closing of a $11.26 million bridge-to-HUD loan for the acquisition of a skilled nursing facility in Sacramento, California. Featuring 121 beds, the facility was acquired by an undisclosed company looking to grow its portfolio. Capital Funding Group Managing Director, Long-Term Care Tim Eberhardt and... Read More »
  • Greystone Refinances Washington Oakes 

    Greystone has arranged a refinance for Washington Oakes, a 152-unit seniors housing property in Everett, Washington, a northern suburb of Seattle. A life insurance company provided the $15 million nonrecourse, fixed-rate loan, which carries a seven-year term, 30-year amortization and 60 percent loan-to-value ratio. In addition to refinancing... Read More »
  • Colliers Mortgage Arranges HUD Refinance 

    Colliers Mortgage provided a $25.2 million HUD loan to The Winslow in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Opened in 2020 with the help of a construction loan provided by Colliers in 2018, the 172-unit affordable seniors housing community rises four stories. Units are restricted to persons age 62 and above and who earn up to 60 percent of the area median... Read More »
  • 60 Seconds with Steve Monroe: Labor Headwinds Everywhere

    In case you did not notice, practically every equity analyst report we read on healthcare companies in the past four weeks had “labor headwinds” either in the title or the first paragraph. And I am not talking about senior care companies. These were home health, managed care, PMGs, you name it. Providers just can’t find the staff they need, and... Read More »

Brookdale Provides Update

Brookdale Senior Living just released its occupancy update for February, and our first take was that things need to be better than that. Then, we remembered our late 2020 analysis which showed that assisted living occupancy has never increased in the first quarter for each of the past 10 years. Therefore, we should not expect too much this quarter. In this light, Brookdale’s census outlook is not too bad. From January to February, the weighted average occupancy dropped just 10 basis points to 73.3%. Even better, the month-end occupancy increased by 20 basis points from the end of January to 74.4%. The problem is that census at the end of September was 74.2%, so we have seen little overall... Read More »
Sabra Issues Business Update

Sabra Issues Business Update

This difficult winter is sparing few owners and operators in terms of occupancy and labor expenses. So, Sabra Health Care REIT was not alone in its latest quarterly earnings report, and in fact, things could have been worse. First, Sabra entered into a definitive agreement to amend its master lease with Avamere, effective February 1. This reduced annual based rent by roughly 30% to $30.7 million, or an annual run rate reduction of $0.06 per diluted common share. As a condition to the amendment, Avamere has paid past due rent for December 2021 totaling $3.6 million and has agreed to pay January 2022 rent totaling $3.7 million by March 25, 2022. Sabra does have the opportunity to recapture... Read More »
Ventas Announces Q4 Earnings

Ventas Announces Q4 Earnings

Ventas announced its quarterly and annual earnings report, and we were interested to learn that the REIT has acted on nearly two-thirds of its seniors housing portfolio via acquisition, disposition, development, lease resolution or operator transaction since 2020. The pandemic spared few communities, so that level of portfolio management really required all hands on deck. And the pain isn’t over for many properties, unfortunately, with more distress almost certainly set to hit the market in 2022. That will mean even more dispositions, value-add acquisitions and lease/operator restructurings from Ventas.  Activity in 2021 included nearly $2.6 billion in acquisitions of independent... Read More »
The Ensign Group Reports Another Solid Quarter

The Ensign Group Reports Another Solid Quarter

The Ensign Group did not disappoint yet again with its latest quarterly results. The senior care provider reported an increase in GAAP diluted earnings per share of $3.42 for 2021, an increase of 11.8% over the prior year, while adjusted EPS rose 16.3% year over year to a record-high $3.64. Consolidated GAAP revenues increased by 9.5% to $2.6 billion in 2021, with GAAP net income reaching $194.7 million for the year, an increase of 14.2% compared with 2020. Those are all healthy increases in a year of numerous operational headwinds, with large companies especially susceptible to high employee turnover and stagnant census. That is the beauty of the decentralized operating model that Ensign... Read More »
Ventas Announces Q4 Earnings

Brookdale Month-End Occupancy Falls in November

The brevity of Brookdale Senior Living’s occupancy update said a lot: there was not much good news to report. After eight consecutive months of increases, month-end occupancy decreased by 20 basis points from 74.5% in October to 74.3% in November. There could be numerous reasons for this, from the Omicron variant to the onset of the flu season to a staffing shortage, but demand clearly did not overcome these factors in the month of November. And these headwinds are not getting better anytime soon. Brookdale expects to continue publishing monthly occupancy through December 2021 reporting, so we could learn whether this decline is a blip or a trend.  Brookdale did... Read More »
NIC Data Shows Slow Occupancy Recovery

NIC Data Shows Slow Occupancy Recovery

According to most recent aggregated NIC data, occupancy in the third quarter rose to 80.1%, after having stagnated in the previous two quarters at 78.7%. It’s great to see this positive movement, but we are still a long way away from pre-pandemic occupancy levels, and we would have hoped to see more growth heading into the holiday and flu season. This average is also not an indicator of how other institutional operators and REITs are performing, or the industry as a whole, but there are just no other comprehensive sector-wide statistics out there. As we reported last month, Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. disclosed a 716-basis point increase in occupancy between February and July 2021. Senior... Read More »