• JLL Announces Seniors Housing Portfolio Deal

    The JLL team got off to a prolific start this January, already handling a couple of transactions across 17 seniors housing properties. The big one involved the sale of 16 seniors housing communities previously owned by a publicly traded REIT. Totaling more than 1,800 units, these communities were located in three states and consisted of... Read More »
  • Blueprint Sells a SNF in Louisiana

    Brooks Blackmon of Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors headed down to the bayou to sell a 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Oak Grove, Louisiana (near the border of Arkansas). Built in stages from the 1960s through 1987, the facility had been owned by multiple generations of a local family since its opening, and now they are... Read More »
  • Recent Senior Care M&A Deal Chart, Week Ending January 22, 2021

    The M&A market was on fire in the last month of 2020, and got off to a fast start in 2021. Check out our recent senior care M&A deal chart. Long-Term Care   AcquirerTargetPrice Non-traded REIT16 seniors housing communitiesN/A Local individualAssisted living community in San Antonio, TXN/A Regional owner/operatorCarroll Nursing... Read More »
  • Lakeland Bank Finances Skilled Nursing Expansion in NJ

    A skilled nursing owner/operator in Morris County, New Jersey (New York City MSA) obtained financing from Lakeland Bank to expand and improve its services in the state. The $4.1 million loan will help fund renovations to underutilized space and increase the number of available licensed beds at the unnamed facility.   The... Read More »
  • Jon Harder Gets Sentence Commuted

    When was the last time anyone thought about Jon Harder, the founder and CEO of Sunwest Management who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the “misuse of investment funds during the real estate crisis” of 2007 to 2009? Well, that is an understatement if we ever saw one. At its height, Sunwest was one of the largest senior living... Read More »
HCP, or Healthpeak Properties, Continues Brookdale Restructure

HCP, or Healthpeak Properties, Continues Brookdale Restructure

As if a new name wasn’t enough news. First, along with its third quarter earnings results, HCP, Inc. announced that it is changing its name to Healthpeak Properties, Inc. and will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the new name and ticker symbol “PEAK” on November 5. But then, the REIT announced a couple of large transactions, including the sale of a 46.5% interest in a portfolio of 19 Brookdale Senior Living-operated properties, an amended acquisition of 13 CCRCs from Brookdale and the divestment of the remaining interest in its United Kingdom holdings. Exits from the U.K. are all the rage these days. Starting with the Brookdale sale, HCP, sorry, Healthpeak agreed to form a new... Read More »
Gloves Come Off in Brookdale’s Proxy Fight

Gloves Come Off in Brookdale’s Proxy Fight

The proxy cards are in the mail to Brookdale Senior Living’s shareholders for the vote at the annual meeting, to be held on October 29, and it looks like CEO Cindy Baier has taken the gloves off. Brookdale has been fighting shareholder Land & Buildings’ nominee for a board position, Jay Flaherty, for many weeks. But now they are bringing up some of Mr. Flaherty’s past transgressions which, according to Brookdale, make “him unfit to serve as a member of Brookdale’s Board.” These transgressions include some foul play in 2011 when he was CEO of HCP, Inc., which resulted in a $101.7 million judgment against HCP, for which the court stated that HCP engaged in “fraudulent conduct with the... Read More »
The Great Development Slowdown

The Great Development Slowdown

Everyone is talking about development slowing down, but over development is just part of the problem. We have been hearing it for a few months: seniors housing development is slowing down, based on fewer new construction starts. We have heard it from NIC MAP, from HCVenTower, and now Brookdale Senior Living. They are all saying that in many of their markets, they are seeing light at the end of the over-development tunnel. Maybe. It is one thing if new starts are declining, but it is quite another to fill the current empty units plus the new supply that is currently opening, and going to open. Let’s just say, we are not out of the woods yet, and census is only one part of the problem. Not... Read More »
Brookdale Activists Strike Again

Brookdale Activists Strike Again

We disclosed last week that activist investor Land & Buildings (L&B) had nominated Jay Flaherty, former CEO of HCP, Inc., and Jonathan Litt (founder of L&B) for board election at the 2019 annual meeting of Brookdale Senior Living. L&B has just sent an open letter to Brookdale shareholders providing more rationale for the election of these two candidates. Apparently, L&B hired Green Street Advisors to value Brookdale and its real estate assets, and to provide an opinion as to the feasibility of a PropCo/OpCo split of the company, something Litt has been pushing for quite a while now to enhance shareholder value. Not surprisingly, preliminarily they determined that... Read More »
HCP, or Healthpeak Properties, Continues Brookdale Restructure

May’s M&A Deal Boom

Do buyer’s see a bottom? That is one explanation for the incredibly busy start to May, which has seen 21 acquisitions announced, so far, according to our M&A database DealSearchOnline. And that does not include deals that may bubble to the surface in the coming weeks. So, with seniors housing occupancy still relatively low and the labor supply and cost problem not diminishing, why are so many increasing their interests in the senior care market? Those problems may well be the answer, if buyers believe we are at an operational bottom for the industry. It seems a number of big companies are betting that’s the case, with a number of them announcing large acquisitions and initiatives that... Read More »