• Seniors Housing M&A Market Comes to Life

    Welltower’s recent announcement of two portfolio sales at low cap rates during the pandemic bodes well for the market. It has been a quiet past few weeks in the seniors housing M&A market. Last week was the first time we can remember when we have gone an entire week without one announced acquisition. That leaves us worried as to the... Read More »
  • Newmark Knight Frank Handles Welltower’s $1.3 Billion Sale

    There were rumors circulating last month of a major portfolio sale by one of the healthcare REITs, and given the dearth of deals in May, we clung on to the promise of it. Well, on June 1, Welltower announced not one, but two large seniors housing portfolio dispositions, along with a major medical office building sale, all combined for a roughly... Read More »
  • Two REITs Provide COVID and Census Updates

    Welltower recently disclosed what has been happening at its large seniors housing operating portfolio (SHOP), and we again give them credit for being transparent with investors as to the operating performance of its customers. In the second quarter through May 29, its SHOP portfolio has seen occupancy decline by 420 basis points. That’s the... Read More »
  • May’s M&A Meltdown

    The M&A statistics are in for May, and it was a doozy. Only 19 seniors housing and skilled nursing deals were publicly announced during the month, nearly half of which coming from the first quarter earnings reports of several public companies. Without those, we would have barely made it to double digits. You have to go back to July 2017 for... Read More »
  • Blueprint Closes Another LTC Properties Sale

    After representing LTC Properties in its five-phase sale of a 2,500-bed skilled nursing portfolio, Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors went back to the well, handling LTC Properties and Senior Lifestyle Corp.’s sale of two large seniors housing campuses in Arizona. The deal closed on April 21, with Humair Sabir, Amy Sitzman and Jacob Gehl... Read More »
SunTrust Bank Refinances Runk & Pratt Community

SunTrust Bank Refinances Runk & Pratt Community

Runk & Pratt, a family-owned operator of senior living communities in western Virginia, refinanced its 171-unit independent/assisted living community in Lynchburg with the help of SunTrust Bank. This isn’t the first transaction between the two. SunTrust had funded Runk & Pratt’s acquisition of the property in 2016 with a short-term bridge loan. Built in 2014, the community has been historically well occupied and generates strong cash flow. Taking out the acquisition debt, it received a $30.9 million Fannie Mae loan, with no recourse, a fixed rate for 10 years and a 30-year amortization schedule. Joshua Hausfeld handled the transaction for SunTrust. Just a year earlier, SunTrust... Read More »
SunTrust Secures CCRC Financing

SunTrust Secures CCRC Financing

An established CCRC in Ridgeland, Mississippi is set to expand its memory care services with a loan provided by SunTrust Bank in hand. Opened in the mid-1980s, the community includes the full continuum of care from independent living and assisted living to rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing services. However, the time had come to replace its 13-unit memory care building with a new 40-unit community. With the expansion, the CCRC will then be able to accept male residents in need of memory care, an option not previously possible due to size and design restrictions. Construction should start this summer and is set to open next summer. The property’s owner, Wakefield Capital, obtained... Read More »
HJ Sims In It for the Long Haul

HJ Sims In It for the Long Haul

When a CCRC in Norfolk, Virginia wanted to launch a major $200 million expansion of its campus, it turned to its long-time partner HJ Sims to finance the project. The two go way back (to the early 2000s), with Sims structuring, placing or underwriting the initial seed capital transaction, the first phase of development financing, a refinancing in 2014 and finally, the current development financing. This transaction saw Sims arrange a $100 million draw-down bank loan, coordinating with SunTrust Bank and TD Bank. SunTrust served as administrative agent and provided $65 million of the financing. Then, Sims underwrote $101.1 million of fixed-rate bonds, resulting in over $500,000 in savings on... Read More »
Kayne Anderson Closes on Three California Communities

Kayne Anderson Closes on Three California Communities

Kayne Anderson Real Estate Advisors has joint ventured with Watermark Retirement Communities to add three more California senior living communities to its portfolio thanks to financing provided by SunTrust Bank. Two of the communities were located in the Los Angeles market (in Whittier and Riverside). Averaging about 20 years in age, they had previously been owned by Bridge Investment Group, and Watermark will take over operations. Meanwhile, the third property was up north in the Oakland MSA town of Emeryville. It was previously owned by Welltower and managed by Watermark, which will stay on as operator. To fund the acquisition, SunTrust Bank provided $69.5 million in financing. Following... Read More »
SunTrust Bank Arranges Atlanta-Area Construction Financing

SunTrust Bank Arranges Atlanta-Area Construction Financing

SunTrust Bank arranged construction financing for the first phase of an enormous senior living development going up in the Atlanta metro area that will include some 600 units when all is said and done. The developer, Village Park Senior Living, will start with 204 high-end units (including 82 independent living, 75 assisted living and 26 memory care units) and most of the common areas being built. Phase One will also include 21 “City Homes” with separate access and gardens with patios. After opening this Phase in Fall 2020, Village Park will then start on Phases Two and Three, all combining for $300 million of development cost. We don’t see developments of that scale too often. SunTrust... Read More »