• Blueprint Advises Another SNF Sale

    Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors’ Ben Firestone and Michael Segal recently facilitated the sale of Magnolia Manor, a skilled nursing facility in Inman, South Carolina. Built in 1967, Magnolia has 176 beds, which represents over 40% of the total licensed beds in the local market and twice the capacity of the next largest competitor. ... Read More »
  • The Ensign Group and CareTrust Acquire Two Texas SNFs

    The Ensign Group and CareTrust REIT have teamed up to acquire the real estate and operations of two skilled nursing facilities in the Austin, Texas metropolitan area. CareTrust purchased the facilities for $32.5 million, or about $135,000 per bed, while The Ensign Group recently took over operations effective August 1, 2021 as part of the... Read More »
  • Walker & Dunlop Originates Financings for Four Communities

    Walker & Dunlop Managing Director Kevin Giusti and Senior Analyst Brian Neal recently originated $37.47 million in financing for four assisted living and memory care facilities: Bloom at Bluffton in Bluffton, South Carolina; Bloom at Hilton Head in Hilton Head, South Carolina; Cascades of Tucson, in Tucson, Arizona; and Regency Jackson in... Read More »
  • Newmark Summer Sales Continue

    Late last week, we profiled several of Newmark’s latest closings, but we also said that we were not finished. One deal was referenced in Welltower’s recent earnings release, as the REIT’s purchase of seven senior living communities from White Oak Healthcare Partners finally closed. The communities, averaging more... Read More »
  • Welltower Announces Big Census Gains

    Welltower released its second quarter earnings results, and its growth strategy was on full display with $1.5 billion in pro-rata gross investments from April to June, at an initial yield of 8.8%. That does not even include the largest deal, which was its proposed $1.58 billion acquisition of 86 independent living communities owned... Read More »
Senior Care Leading Indicators

Senior Care Leading Indicators

There has not been a lot of good news, but given some leading indicators, the next development boom may be a bit further out than we had expected four months ago. Our focus for the past 12 months has been on the coronavirus pandemic and what it has done to seniors housing and care occupancy rates. We are also on record as stating that getting back to pre-pandemic census levels may take up to four years, partly because we expect development to ramp up again when developers eye the post-2025 demographics. But something else has been happening that may keep some builders away. First, the 10-year treasury rate has more than doubled in the past seven months. Yes, 1.36% is still attractive, but... Read More »
Ventas Census Hits Low

Ventas Census Hits Low

Things will definitely start to get better as the vaccine finishes its roll out in senior living communities, but even more ground will have to be made up as a result of the continued deterioration in census in the past few months. Ventas, which just released its fourth quarter and full-year 2020 results, has not been immune to these declines, yet they see the light at the end of the tunnel.  On a same-community basis, the senior housing operating portfolio (SHOP) occupancy level dropped by 870 basis points in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter last year, to a low of 79.6%. This is a total of 377 communities. But when the Canadian communities are removed (68... Read More »
Buyers Paid Premium For Strong Operations in 2020

Buyers Paid Premium For Strong Operations in 2020

In 2020, there was yet again a perfect correlation between the average price per unit paid for seniors housing communities and their operating margins. Throughout 2020, as occupancy and cash flow at senior care facilities dropped and costs of financing rose, we wondered exactly how the pandemic would affect the pricing of these assets. Would it have a disparate effect on skilled nursing versus seniors housing properties, older properties versus new ones, or on stabilized facilities versus non stabilized. We are almost done compiling all these statistics in the 26th Edition of The Senior Care Acquisition Report, but we wanted to highlight a historical trend that continued even through... Read More »
Diversified Healthcare Trust Update

Diversified Healthcare Trust Update

Diversified Healthcare Trust is feeling the pain that most of the REITs also have been feeling: census is still dropping. Its senior housing operating portfolio (SHOP) posted a 380-basis point decline in census in the fourth quarter. While not good, the progression was worse. It started with a 70-basis point drop in October, growing to 130 basis points in November and then a plunge of 180 basis points in December alone. And this when 93% of its SHOP communities, the vast majority managed by Five Star Senior Living, are open for new admissions.  What this means is that just because you are open for business, it does not necessarily mean people will move, even if it is safer... Read More »
Brookdale’s Census Continues To Tumble

Brookdale’s Census Continues To Tumble

Although not unexpected, occupancy levels at Brookdale Senior Living have continued to decline, much like the rest of the industry. But with Brookdale, occupancy at the end of December had tumbled to 71.5%, a 160-basis point decline from the end of November. This was the worst month-to-month decline since the end of April to May period, which was 150 basis points. The worst month came in April 2020 when the drop was 220 basis points. That was the previous COVID height, but the numbers nationally today are much worse. Average occupancy in December declined by 150 basis points to 71.5%.  We are not sure what to expect after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays and the associated spike in... Read More »
Diversified Healthcare Trust Update

Average Occupancy Falls To (Yet Another) New Low

Most of us saw it coming, but the seniors housing industry hit new occupancy lows in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to new data from NIC MAP. The sector experienced a drop of 130 basis points from the third quarter average of 82.0% to 80.7%, based on the reporting communities in 31 primary markets. Across the entire industry, including those properties that do not report their occupancy figures, the average census could be lower.  The assisted living market continues to feel the pain of higher move-out rates and fewer move-ins because of the lockdowns, impacts to demand and, of course, the holiday season. That dropped the sector’s average occupancy by 1.3 percentage points to 77.7%,... Read More »