Average Assisted Living Occupancy Falls To New Low

Average Assisted Living Occupancy Falls To New Low

The latest occupancy numbers from NIC are in and hit another low that the industry will be spending months and probably years to rebound from. Perhaps most notably, in the three months ending in August, the assisted living market fell below an average of 80% occupancy for the first time ever, to 79.5%. That is a 60-basis point drop from July’s trailing-three month level, which may have shocked us in the past, but after the nearly 170-basis point fall from June, it could be worse.   To be fair, that is just across the 31 Primary Markets that NIC tracks for its quarterly results, but with COVID-19 affecting most localities nationwide and its economic ramifications even more widespread, we... Read More »
What About the MOB M&A Market?

What About the MOB M&A Market?

With seniors housing and care transactions slowing to a crawl in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, let’s check in on another healthcare real estate sector that has not seen the same decline. Medical office building (MOB) transactions have been flowing steadily throughout the third quarter, with 11 deals on the books so far according to our M&A database Deal Search Online. Most deals are focused on facilities in the Southeastern region of the United States, such as Alabama, North and South Carolina, and Georgia, and the buyers are a mix of REITs, private real estate investment firms, and developers. So far in the third quarter, over 376,000 square feet of MOBs have been sold, with... Read More »
Senior Care M&A Market Remains at the Bottom

Senior Care M&A Market Remains at the Bottom

It appears we have hit the bottom of the seniors housing and care M&A market. For the second month in a row, we have recorded 18 publicly announced transactions in July, according to our database Deal Search Online. That is less than half of the monthly average in 2019 of 37.5 deals, and when taking into account the deals that actually closed in July (as opposed to publicly disclosed), activity was likely even lower. And from what we hear on the ground, conditions for dealmaking are not improving as quickly as was maybe thought back in May. And certainly not quick enough for the parties involved in closing the deals, we’re sure.  Just over half of the deals were for... Read More »
Average Independent Living Values Slide Significantly

Average Independent Living Values Slide Significantly

Some have argued that the independent living market will fare better than assisted living or skilled nursing in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19. This is easy to see, given independent living’s longer average length of stay, lower expenses and younger, healthier resident population. Long-term may be a different story, as we brought up in the June edition of The SeniorCare Investor.   But interestingly, in the trailing-12 months ended June 30th, the IL sector recorded the largest drop in values from 2019 compared with the other senior care sectors. The average price per unit fell 16.5% from $233,600 in 2019 to $194,900 in the last four quarters, according to The Senior Care Acquisition... Read More »
Average Assisted Living Occupancy Falls To New Low

Skilled Nursing Values Drop In Last Four Quarters

It still may be too early to tell, but according to our rolling-four quarter M&A statistics, it appears that skilled nursing values have started their descent in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We say it may be too early simply because of how few transactions have been negotiated and closed since the onset of the virus, and we base our statistics on closed transactions, not just announced ones. The rolling-four quarter average also still consists of three quarters of prices that were not affected by the pandemic and that represent a larger share of the past 12 months of deals than normal because of the dearth of deals in Q2:2020.   Nevertheless, the average price... Read More »
Average Assisted Living Occupancy Falls To New Low

Second Quarter Healthcare M&A Drops

The decline in second quarter healthcare M&A probably won’t surprise many of our readers. The second quarter was the first full quarter of healthcare M&A in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, and deal making took a hit as a result, as shown in results from our Deal Search Online database. Compared with Q1:20, Q2:20 dropped 20%, with 322 transactions on the books. Compared with Q2:19 (486 transactions), deal volume in Q2:20 declined even further at 34%.   Source: Health Care M&A, July 2020 Long-Term Care and Physician Medical Groups were among the hardest hit sectors, declining 40% and 50% in activity compared with Q1:20, respectively. Year-over-year, the difference... Read More »