• Ziegler Sells Asset on Behalf of Marquee Capital

    Ziegler, a specialty investment bank, served as exclusive financial advisor to Marquee Capital (formerly, Berengaria Development) on the sale of Terova Senior Living, a 101-unit senior living community in Mequon, Wisconsin. Marquee Capital is the real estate company affiliated with Marcus Investments, LLC, the Marcus’ family office. Located in... Read More »
  • Lument Arranges Two Short-Term Debt Transactions

    Lument announced a couple of financings involving short-term debt, one for an acquisition and one to refinance a stabilizing seniors housing property. First, a long-time operator of a 150-bed skilled nursing facility in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was able to take its ownership interest in the facility from 33% to 100% with the help of acquisition... Read More »
  • Cushman & Wakefield/Greystone JV Announces Latest Refinance

    Cushman & Wakefield and Greystone jointly announced the successful refinance of Kōz on Weaver Road, a 100-unit seniors housing community in Snohomish, Washington. Kōz Development, LLC developed the community in 2020 to feature 40 studios, 40 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom units in five stories. There are also common spaces on each floor and... Read More »
  • New IL Community Funded by Ziegler

    Investment banking firm Ziegler just closed a $31.96 million tax-exempt financing on behalf of EveryAge (formerly United Church Homes and Services), which is a North Carolina-based not-for-profit that consists of three retirement communities and other programs. The funds will be used to construct BellaAge Hickory, located in downtown Hickory,... Read More »
  • 60 Seconds with Swett: The Keys to Retirement Success

    Last week, a partnership between Age Wave and Edward Jones conducted a survey with The Harris Poll, getting more than 12,000 respondents, the majority of which were retirees and pre-retirees, to answer questions on the keys to success in retirement. With Edward Jones as one of the initiators of the survey, being a major financial advisory firm,... Read More »
Brookdale Senior Living Does Not Renew Leases

Brookdale Senior Living Does Not Renew Leases

LTC Properties announced that Brookdale Senior Living finally decided not to renew leases on 35 assisted living communities with 1,471 units in eight states. Most, if not all, of these properties came to Brookdale as part of its 2005 acquisition of Alterra Healthcare Corporation. Eight years before, Alterra had merged with Sterling House, a company founded by Steven Vick in 1991, and we believe these are some of the original Sterling House communities, which tended to be on the small side. This group of properties is one of the largest in LTC Properties’ portfolio, representing about 8.4% of cash rent. Brookdale has been current on all lease payments, and the leases actually do not expire... Read More »
Sabra Health Care REIT Sees Occupancy Increases

Sabra Health Care REIT Sees Occupancy Increases

Sabra Health Care REIT is still working through some portfolio issues, like every other REIT, and it will take until at least next year to wind through them. But from an occupancy perspective, at least with its largest segments, things are looking up. And the transition of 20 additional skilled nursing facilities to The Ensign Group is now complete, bringing the total operated by Ensign to 31 buildings representing 8.5% of annualized NOI. This is important because not only is Ensign one of the strongest SNF operators in the country, but its EBITDARM coverage with Sabra is 1.69x. Also not too shabby from a financial perspective is Avamere Family of Companies, which now leases 29 SNFs from... Read More »
Brookdale Fourth Quarter Delights Investors

Brookdale Fourth Quarter Delights Investors

We were hoping that maybe, just maybe, Brookdale Senior Living would post a “breakout” fourth quarter earnings report. They didn’t. But the alternative, a negative surprise, did not happen either. Phew. We have to hand it to CEO Cindy Baier, who always sounds so confident, positive, mission-directed and knowledgeable, whether on stage or on an earnings call. You almost want to hug her after she presents. Perhaps that is why the Board continues to support her. The problem is that shareholders have not bought into her and the company’s performance, which is demonstrated in the share price, which remains in the doldrums. However, shareholders may be beginning to buy into the message, or at... Read More »
Brookdale Fourth Quarter Delights Investors

LTC Properties Reports

LTC Properties reported fourth quarter and full year 2022 earnings, and other than the large new joint venture (previously announced), the big news was that tenant Anthem repaid $1.5 million of temporary rent reduction and paid $900,000 of monthly rent in the fourth quarter. As a result, Anthem has now paid the full rent for 2022, which is a bit of a relief. The REIT is still not out of the woods as other tenants are still recovering slowly, but at least they can see through to the clearing. However, coverage ratios still need to increase. Assisted living EBITDARM and EBITDAR coverage was 1.02x and 0.80x, respectively, in the third quarter (lease information lags by a quarter), but was... Read More »
2022 M&A Results and Valuation Statistics

Welltower’s SHOP Communities Perform

Following fourth quarter earnings from Ventas, Welltower also posted solid gains in its SHOP portfolio, both sequentially and year over year. On a same-community basis, Welltower’s 654 communities posted a 20-basis point sequential increase in occupancy and a 200-basis point increase year-over-year to 79.1%. Now, while we are sure management would like to see the final year-end numbers higher, and getting over 80% (if not 85%) is crucial, the slowdown in the fourth quarter does not bode well for the first quarter this year. At least this year’s flu season has not been as bad as previously forecast by the media. The same-community net operating income increased 6.3% sequentially, but at a... Read More »