• “Going Concern” Problem For Capital Senior Living

    Perhaps in an effort not to rattle the market, Capital Senior Living filed its first quarter 2021 10-Q after the markets closed on Friday, May 14. Perhaps they thought no one would notice as many were out celebrating the removal of their masks. Not that it should have been a surprise, but in the filing the company issued the dreaded... Read More »
  • Canadian Seniors Housing Market

    The Canadian seniors housing market has fared a bit better than its U.S. counterpart during the past year or so, but it also started in a better place. Take the Canadian SHOP portfolio of Ventas. It currently has 74 communities that operated in the first quarter 2021 with net operating income of $171.8 million, or just over $2.3 million per... Read More »
  • SavaSeniorCare Sells a Couple of Illinois SNFs

    SavaSeniorCare sold a couple of its Illinois properties, part of its plan to transfer the operations of some 48 facilities in its portfolio by the end of 2021. The deal represents the company’s last two properties in the Land of Lincoln.  First, it is handing over the keys of its 74-bed subacute/skilled nursing facility in Mount Vernon, Illinois,... Read More »
  • Monarch Advisors Secures Revolving Line of Credit

    Alec Blanc of Monarch Advisors closed a revolving line of credit for the operator of five skilled nursing facilities in southern Illinois, the purpose being to fund working capital costs across the portfolio. The borrower is based in Chicago and has operated the buildings for more than 10 years. They total about 600 beds and tended to be older,... Read More »
  • Recent Senior Care M&A Deals, Week Ending May 14, 2021

    Senior care M&A activity seems to have picked up a bit this month. Here is our latest deal chart. Long-Term Care   AcquirerTargetPrice Bickford Senior Living6 seniors housing communities$52.9 million Fortress Investment Group, LLC5 assisted living communities$64 million Crest Healthcare GroupNature Trail Health Care Center &... Read More »
Promising Census Signs From National Health Investors Update

Promising Census Signs From National Health Investors Update

We are still waiting for that first sign that the seniors housing and care recovery has truly begun. There were some encouraging signs from Welltower’s SHOP portfolio when its census started to rise in the later weeks of March. But so far, that is it. Earlier this month, NIC reported that average occupancy at seniors housing communities fell to a new record low in the first quarter, to 78.8% from 80.6% in the fourth quarter.  National Health Investors also recently provided an update regarding its average occupancy and monthly contractual cash collections. Even though the REIT did not report an increase in census at its three major seniors housing operators, the decline has slowed... Read More »
NIC Acquires VisionLTC

NIC Acquires VisionLTC

The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) announced March 11 that it has acquired VisionLTC, a North Carolina-based data analytics platform serving the senior care industry. Together, they are creating a new company called NIC MAP Vision, which will be a for-profit affiliate of not-for-profit NIC and will be majority owned by NIC, with the VisonLTC investors owning the remainder.  NIC MAP Vision will be led by VisionLTC’s CEO Arick Morton, while Brian Jurutka will remain as CEO of NIC. The two organizations are complementary, as NIC MAP’s product deals with the supply side of seniors housing... Read More »
Average Occupancy Falls To (Yet Another) New Low

Average Occupancy Falls To (Yet Another) New Low

Most of us saw it coming, but the seniors housing industry hit new occupancy lows in the fourth quarter of 2020, according to new data from NIC MAP. The sector experienced a drop of 130 basis points from the third quarter average of 82.0% to 80.7%, based on the reporting communities in 31 primary markets. Across the entire industry, including those properties that do not report their occupancy figures, the average census could be lower.  The assisted living market continues to feel the pain of higher move-out rates and fewer move-ins because of the lockdowns, impacts to demand and, of course, the holiday season. That dropped the sector’s average occupancy by 1.3 percentage points to 77.7%,... Read More »

Seniors Housing Occupancy Hits A New Low

NIC wrapped up its virtual conference this week, and it’s safe to say that those in attendance got a good education on what it’s like to close a deal during the pandemic, to operate communities safely and successfully, and (hopefully) when business will be back to normal. At the end of the conference, NIC also released its third-quarter occupancy numbers, and they showed the industry has a long road to recovery. Across the 31 primary markets, seniors housing average occupancy fell from 84.7% in the second quarter to 82.1% in the third quarter, a drop of 260 basis points. That followed a 280-basis point decline in the second quarter.   Clearly, COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns... Read More »
The Virtual NIC

The Virtual NIC

This year’s NIC Conference will certainly be different, but let’s make the most of the digital social experience. As you can see, I am not Steve. Ben Swett here, filling in while Steve is out of the office. Next week is the start of the first virtual NIC Conference, and even though we would obviously rather see all of you in person, we hope to still see you virtually. Over the next two weeks, there will be plenty of educational sessions on finance and the impact of the current pandemic on operations, census and, of course, cash flow. And if you are into nursing homes, where else can you find a former CMS administrator and the current CEO of AHCA at the same place? I know we’re... Read More »