REITs Are Moving Assets Again

REITs Are Moving Assets Again

Just when we thought it was safe to go outside again, it was revealed that Welltower had transferred the operations of 20 memory care and Alzheimer’s communities from one of its formerly favored tenants, Silverado Senior Living, to a formerly much smaller tenant, Frontier Management. These 20 properties represent 50% of Silverado’s memory care operations, and the transition is obviously a serious blow. To say that people were shocked by this development would be an understatement. Of the 20 properties, 11 are located in Texas and the rest scattered among four other western and midwestern states. We understand that sometimes a REIT or a lender has to make difficult decisions to protect its... Read More »

Summer of the Big Deal

We had been talking about how 2016 was the “year of the small deal,” with near-record transaction levels but few mega deals. That changed at the end of July and certainly at the start of August, when several large deals were announced. Welltower caused the biggest stir in acquiring 19 seniors housing properties operated by Vintage Senior Living for a total of $1.15 billion, making it the largest long-term care transaction in 2016 by more than double (Welltower’s February acquisition of the Aston Gardens portfolio for $569 million came in second). The portfolio, which includes independent living, assisted living and memory care, is concentrated in high income markets in Southern and... Read More »

Holiday people on the move

The HR department at Holiday Retirement must be pretty busy of late, with several key leadership changes to start the year. First, there was the announced departure of Kai Hsiao as CEO for personal health reasons, although Mr. Hsiao will stay involved as vice chairman of the company. Then, Holiday hired Lilly Donohue, who had spent the last four and a half years establishing a senior living business in Shanghai, China, as the new CEO. And finally, Shamim Wu, former Director of Sales at Holiday, left to become President and Chief Operating Officer of Silverado Senior Living, where she will bring together the company’s marketing, sales and operations under her management. Good luck to all in... Read More »