• Diversified Healthcare Trust Raises Expensive Debt, Ventas Makes Cuts

    Diversified Healthcare Trust Raises Debt Diversified Healthcare Trust tapped the debt markets with a $1.0 billion, five-year senior note offering with a yield of 9.75%. That puts the spread over the 5-year Treasury at about 940 basis points. That has to be the widest spread by a healthcare REIT we have seen in years, if not a decade or two.... Read More »
  • Carnegie Capital Announces Latest Closings

    JD Stettin of Carnegie Capital has certainly had his hands full recently, having closed a couple of refinances in the Pacific Northwest, no easy task in the early days of COVID-19, we’re sure.   Mr. Stettin first sourced and structured a cash-out refinance of a 60-unit memory care community near Eugene, Oregon. Featuring a roughly 50-50 mix of... Read More »
  • PGIM Refinances Tennessee Senior Living Community

    PGIM Real Estate announced its latest transaction, with Executive Director Chris Fenton leading the way. It involved a $10.6 million HUD refinance of a senior living community in Ashland City, Tennessee. Built in 2015 with 100 beds in 80 units, the community provides assisted living and memory care services in a four-story building.   Thunderhawk... Read More »
  • Greystone Arranges HUD Construction Debt

    Working through HUD, Lisa Fischman of Greystone facilitated construction financing for an assisted living community to expand its Buffalo, New York-area campus. Originally built in 2003 with 110 beds in 84 units, the community is located on a 20-acre campus. Onsite amenities including a theater, physician’s office and beauty salon certainly... Read More »
  • Genesis HealthCare’s Shares Double in Value

    Leading up to Genesis HealthCare’s first quarter earnings release and conference call, the company’s share price took off. The rise started on May 22 when it jumped by 22% on high volume, but then it added another 35% on volume that was 10 times the average. In the course of four days, the price more than doubled, from $0.63 per share to $1.37... Read More »
People’s United Bank Grows Its Presence

People’s United Bank Grows Its Presence

People’s United Bank has been on a roll lately. After closing around $445 million in loans across 48 separate transactions in 2019, including eight loans and $132.5 million in volume in the fourth quarter, the bank kept the activity going with a late January refinance closed on behalf of its client, a joint venture between Benchmark Senior Living, the operator’s equity partner, Kuwait Finance House, and Broadshore Capital. Located in Bedford, New Hampshire and featuring 54 memory care units, with 85 beds, the community received a $23.7 million senior mortgage, with a five-year term and 30 years of amortization. This was People’s first transaction with Benchmark since Matt Huber and Ginger... Read More »
Dissecting the Jump in Average Assisted Living Values

Dissecting the Jump in Average Assisted Living Values

It’s amazing the difference that one deal can make. We are talking about Welltower’s $1.76 billion sale of its entire Benchmark Senior Living portfolio to KKR and its impact on the average private per assisted living unit sold in the most recent four quarters. That sale, which came in at $425,400 per unit across the 48 properties, pushed the sector’s weighted average up to $252,900 per unit, a 23% increase from the most recent four-quarter period ($205,900 per unit) and 36% from calendar year 2018 ($186,400 per unit), according to The Seniors Housing Acquisition & Investment Report. We should note that this average is likely to change as more deals from 2019 float to the surface, and... Read More »
Welltower Makes Major M&A Moves

Welltower Makes Major M&A Moves

Welltower made M&A waves in its latest earnings report, announcing a major disposition of its Benchmark Senior Living assets but countering that with several large acquisitions and development agreements. The company signaled that despite the Benchmark sale, it is not lowering its position in the senior living market, offsetting the 48 properties sold with a total of 46 acquired, not including the developments promised in a couple of massive pipeline agreements. The big news was the Benchmark sale, which consisted of all 48 assisted living properties and 4,137 total units located throughout New England, or 100% of the Welltower-owned portfolio. The transaction was structured as a... Read More »
New Owner For New Pond Village

New Owner For New Pond Village

Benchmark Senior Living, the largest seniors housing provider in the Northeast, just added its fourth CCRC, and 54th overall location, to its impressive portfolio. In a partnership with investment firm Farallon Capital Management, Benchmark acquired New Pond Village, a 199-unit entrance-fee CCRC in Walpole, Massachusetts (Boston MSA), for an undisclosed price. Built in 1992, it currently features 167 independent living and 32 assisted living units. The 90-bed skilled nursing facility was split off from the community in the mid-1990s, but residents at the CCRC have a priority admissions agreement with the SNF. This transaction comes 13 years after the seller, The Shelter Group, originally... Read More »

Seniors Housing Portfolio in New England Sells For Top Price

Nine properties in three states sell for over $500,000 per unit, more than doubling in value in 10 years. Patient capital in seniors housing can certainly reap its rewards. Take the case of Boston-based Intercontinental Real Estate, which purchased nine senior living communities in New England from BayNorth Capital in 2005 for approximately $225,000 per unit. The one constant in the portfolio was Benchmark Senior Living, which was a minority co-investor with BayNorth and managed the portfolio. With the sale in 2005, they remained as the manager, and also stayed in as a co-investor. The portfolio has now been sold again, but for about $521,000 per unit. Individual properties have sold at a... Read More »