Brookdale’s Stock Surges

Brookdale’s Stock Surges

There will be a time when we don’t wait to see what Brookdale Senior Living has done each quarter and use it as a barometer for the industry, but that time is not yet here. Brookdale did not report any surprises for the fourth quarter, which in the environment of the past several years is good news because surprises have generally been negative. What they did report is that they have basically started their rise from the bottom, even though the rise will be too slow for many shareholders.  First off, same-community occupancy increased 30 basis points sequentially and posted an increase for the second straight quarter. Occupancy was also 110 basis points higher than the... Read More »
Brookdale Buys Eight NHI-Owned Communities

Brookdale Buys Eight NHI-Owned Communities

Brookdale Senior Living exercised its purchase option on eight assisted living communities that it operated on behalf of the owner, National Health Investors. The transaction was hinted at in NHI’s third quarter earnings report, which noted the properties as being held for sale. And Eric Mendelsohn, President and CEO, confirmed in the Q3 earnings call that the purchase price would start at a base of $37 million, with a fair market value component as high as $5 million which NHI and Brookdale would split 50-50. In the end, Brookdale paid $39.26 million, or $116,845 per unit. The eight communities, which were located in three states and totaled 336 units, contributed 2019 GAAP revenue of... Read More »
2019 Sets Senior Care M&A Record

2019 Sets Senior Care M&A Record

What a year it was. We have now recorded 447 publicly announced seniors housing and care transactions in 2019, which is not only a record, but is also still just a preliminary number. Coming off of another record-breaking year in 2018, with 430 deals, the industry has amazingly surpassed that level of activity, by a whopping 5%. That’s what a lot of cheap capital can do. A busy fourth quarter pushed the sector to that unprecedented total, with 110 deals announced. As has historically been the case, private senior care providers made up the majority of buyers, accounting for nearly 50% of all Q4 acquisitions. REITs and real estate investment... Read More »
More SNFs Add In-House Dialysis

More SNFs Add In-House Dialysis

The new PDPM reimbursement system is making its impact known in the skilled nursing market beyond drastically reducing therapy minutes. It is also changing the way SNFs provide care to higher acuity and medically complex patients, now that CMS has recognized (and will pay for) the added care that goes with them. Well, six skilled nursing facilities in Indiana clearly have an eye towards maximizing that reimbursement, while providing a better care experience too, by partnering with Dialyze Direct to provide in-facility dialysis services. This is not the first such agreement made by Dialyze Direct with other SNFs, and we suspect it won’t be the last. This service seems like a no-brainer for... Read More »
Capital Senior Living Stock Spreads

Capital Senior Living Stock Spreads

One day this week the spread between the bid and the ask for Capital Senior Living’s shares seemed way too wide, which got me thinking. I was a little surprised yesterday morning when I checked on the bid/ask spreads for Capital Senior Living, and saw a very wide discrepancy after the market opened. There was a bid for 4,000 shares at $3.48 per share, while a seller was asking for $3.98 per share for a smaller number of shares.  I had not seen such a large difference between what a buyer wanted and a seller. I checked Brookdale Senior Living, and the spread was two cents. So, I re-looked at Capital Senior Living’s third quarter earnings to see what shareholders might be concerned... Read More »