• 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 »
HUD Lean Volume Hits an All-Time High

HUD Lean Volume Hits an All-Time High

The HUD LEAN program had quite a fiscal year 2019, topping $3.7 billion in transaction volume across 288 transactions. The transaction number may be 1% down from the 292 closings in FY2018, but the dollar volume is up 3.6% to reach a record high for the program. HUD used to be the “lender of last resort,” but given the attractiveness of the debt (where else can you get a sub-3% rate for a 30+ year term?), it’s no wonder the program is growing like gangbusters. ORIX Real Estate Capital/Lancaster Pollard put their combined resources to work this year, closing an impressive $903.8 million in HUD closings, with 78 total transactions. That kind of dollar volume hasn’t been seen before, even... Read More »
There’s a New Investor in the Skilled Nursing Market

There’s a New Investor in the Skilled Nursing Market

Northwind Group, a Manhattan-based real estate owner/operator, entered the skilled nursing market in a major way, announcing its $182.5 million acquisition of eight skilled nursing and assisted living properties from a large institutional seller. All of the facilities, which include seven skilled nursing facilities (with 1,037 beds) and one 110-unit assisted living community in Ohio and northern Kentucky, are operated by Ohio-based Carespring Health Care under a new long-term triple-net lease. Occupancy averaged 92% across the portfolio, and revenues topped $100 million. To help fund the deal, KeyBank underwrote and closed a $132.7 million loan, in a transaction led by Henry Alonso and... Read More »
Another Missouri Purchase For Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV

Another Missouri Purchase For Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV returned to Missouri yet again to acquire an assisted living community in the St. Louis suburb of Warrenton. The single-asset transaction follows two portfolio deals for the REIT in the Show Me State, which included eight skilled nursing facilities bought for $88.2 million and two skilled nursing facilities that were a part of a 24-property (the rest located in Illinois) acquisition for a combined $78.5 million. G-A IV acquired the Warrenton property in a RIDEA structure with the incoming operator, Meridian Senior Living, and will own 98% of the JV. Built in 2000, the 53-unit community was 91% occupied, with a 100% private pay census, and in the past... Read More »

2017 HUD LEAN Rankings Are In

Total HUD LEAN loan volume hasn’t yet reached the heights of its FY2014, when the program closed over $4.2 billion in loans in 484 transactions, but it is getting there. In its FY2017, lenders closed just over $3.4 billion in 310 deals, up 20% from FY2016’s $2.84 billion volume (in 287 deals) and up 26% from FY2015’s $2.7 billion (in 291 deals). A total of 33 lenders closed at least one transaction, with Lancaster Pollard topping the list with 79 transactions. KeyBank came in second, with 33 loans, and Capital Funding was not far behind, closing 28 transactions. Housing & Healthcare Finance and First American Capital Group tied for fourth, each with 18 loans closed. Lancaster Pollard... Read More »

High price for the Upper West Side

Seniors housing deals valued above $500,000 per unit are rare. In fact, in our M&A database dating back to 1993, only nine have been announced in the U.S. (all since 2015). And up until this month, we only had one domestic deal above $600,000 per unit, which was Health Care REIT’s acquisition of three senior living communities in the Boston area for $150 million, or $652,174 unit. Now, a single 239-unit independent living building in New York City’s Upper West Side is selling for approximately $150 million, and surpassing $625,000 per unit. The Esplanade had been owned by the Scharf family, an owner/operator of senior living communities in the New York City MSA, since they bought it... Read More »