Senior Housing Properties Trust Dividend Takes a Dive

Senior Housing Properties Trust Dividend Takes a Dive

If you read our lead story in the April issue of The SeniorCare Investor, you may have thought it couldn’t get much worse for Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) and its tenant Five Star Senior Living (FVE). And then on Thursday, SNH officially dropped its quarterly dividend by 61.5% from $0.39 to just $0.15 per share, with a forward yield of 7.43%. The company had previously mentioned that they would lower its annual dividend to between $0.55 and $0.65 (and deciding on $0.60), but if a dividend decline is bad on its own, it’s even worse for SNH whose high, double-digit yield was probably its best asset in the eyes of its shareholders. Now, SNH’s yield still ranks higher than a number of... Read More »
Senior Housing Properties Trust Still Falling

Senior Housing Properties Trust Still Falling

It has been more than a week since Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH) and Five Star Senior Living made their announcement about a complete restructuring of the relationship. Five Star’s shares have not recovered, nor were they expected to. But for Senior Housing Properties Trust it has been down, down and down. SNH’s shares have dropped for eight days in a row since the announcement, for a cumulative loss of 29%, so far. And the share price is down 40% from its 2019 high of $14.25. At the low end of the estimated range for the new dividend rate (55 cents to 65 cents annually), the yield would now be 6.3%. That is down from the current 18%. But actually, a 6.3% yield may be too high for... Read More »
Five Star Finally Restructures With Landlord

Five Star Finally Restructures With Landlord

Five Star Senior Living and Seniors Housing Properties Trust announce a dramatic restructuring of their relationship, and all shareholders seem to lose, at least for now. Five months after Five Star Senior Living issued its “going concern” announcement, the financially troubled company finally came to an agreement with its landlord, Senior Housing Properties Trust, to restructure its leases. Looking at the terms, it appears that both companies had a gun to their heads, as there really do not appear to be any winners here. Five Star will have the leases convert to a management contract by the end of this year, with reduced rents in the meantime, which obviously gives them a cash flow break,... Read More »
Five Star Finally Restructures With Landlord

Strong M&A Activity Continues

As we head to the end of the first quarter, seniors housing and care M&A activity may reach 100 transactions for the fourth consecutive quarter. I should no longer be amazed by how strong the seniors housing and care M&A market remains, given all the headwinds we hear about all the time. From the public companies, Capital Senior Living’s stock took another tumble last week and Five Star Senior Living continues to struggle, but may soon get some rent relief. Nevertheless, buyers keep on snapping up senior living and skilled nursing properties. We are approaching the end of the first quarter, and that often means a fair amount of deal announcements the last week. Before we get those,... Read More »
Senior Housing Properties Trust Dividend Takes a Dive

Five Star Not Shining

Hindsight is usually 20-20, and in the case of Five Star Senior Living, looking back two years, the company should have accepted the offer from Gemini Properties and the Thomas brothers of Senior Star, who offered to pay $325 million for 33 owned Five Star communities. They had already accumulated more than 6% of the company’s stock, an investment they most likely regret. But management, and really the then-controlling shareholder, the late Barry Portnoy, wanted nothing of it. In fact, Mr. Portnoy announced a tender offer to buy 10 million shares of Five Star at $3.00 per share to enhance his controlling position. That’s an investment where his estate would like a re-do. The Gemini/Senior... Read More »