• 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 »
Brookdale Settling in for the Slog

Brookdale Settling in for the Slog

Now that Land & Buildings has ended its proxy fight to get former HCP, Inc. CEO Jay Flaherty on Brookdale Senior Living’s board of directors, it is apparent that Brookdale management can now face the long, tough slog to enhance operations, census and cash flow, the old-fashioned way. Unfortunately for shareholders who invested at much higher prices than the current levels, the wait may be a long one to get back up to breakeven. It is those newcomers to the stock that may get impatient, again, for management to do something as the share price heads higher. Right now, at $8.48 per share, it is 41% higher than at the beginning of June, and 15% higher than three weeks ago. Progress. We... 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 Brookdale/Land & Buildings Saga Continues

The Brookdale/Land & Buildings Saga Continues

Many of you may have seen Brookdale Senior Living’s proxy statement filed in response to activist shareholder Land & Buildings’ efforts to put former HCP CEO Jay Flaherty on the company’s Board of Directors, presumably to further its own demands to split Brookdale into an OpCo and PropCo in order to “maximize value for all Brookdale shareholders.” All we can say is, well done to Brookdale and CEO Cindy Baier for standing up to this pressure. We can’t say that we have always supported the decisions made by Brookdale executives and the Board, starting with its acquisition of Emeritus Corp. in 2014. Many pages in The SeniorCare Investor over the years have been dedicated to this topic. We... Read More »
The Brookdale/Land & Buildings Saga Continues

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 »
Brookdale Activists On The Move

Brookdale Activists On The Move

Brookdale Senior Living investor Land & Buildings has nominated Jonathan Litt and Jay Flaherty to Brookdale’s board. Still pushing for a REIT spin-off? He’s baaaack. After his 10-year stint as CEO of HCP, Inc., which included his ill-fated and ill-timed acquisition of the former HCR ManorCare, Jay Flaherty may be back in the senior care mix. That is, if Jonathan Litt of Land & Buildings has his way. Land & Buildings Capital Growth Fund, LP has delivered notice to Brookdale Senior Living that it is nominating Flaherty and Litt for election to the company’s board of directors. We shall see how that flies with the current Brookdale board. Our guess is that they will not go... Read More »