• 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 »
  • Looking for Answers in the Lending Market: A Q&A with Alec Blanc of Monarch Advisors

    To get a sense of what is going on in the capital markets in this immediate post-COVID-19 world, we turned to Alec Blanc of Monarch Advisors for his own thoughts.   How has the lending environment changed from the beginning of the second quarter to now?  Overall, there is less debt capital available than there was prior to the COVID-19 crisis. ... Read More »
Going Concern Problems at Capital Senior Living

Going Concern Problems at Capital Senior Living

Late last Friday, Capital Senior Living announced that it expects to disclose its first quarter earnings results before the market opens on May 21, and then hold its conference call with analysts. It will not be pretty.  Also late Friday, the company filed an 8-K with the SEC stating that the coronavirus was taking its toll, and we quote: “The sudden onset of COVID-19 has had a significant adverse impact on occupancy levels, revenues, expenses and operating results at our communities. Although we are unable to predict the full nature and extent of the impact of COVID-19 at this time, we expect COVID-19 will continue to have a significant adverse effect on our business, financial... Read More »
Welltower Reports Q1 Earnings

Welltower Reports Q1 Earnings

Welltower announced its first quarter earnings last week, and the REIT caused a bit of a buzz by cutting its May 2020 dividend to $0.61 per share from the previous dividend of $0.87 per share. Cutting dividends is not as rare an event these days, just ask Sabra Health Care REIT or Diversified Healthcare Trust, but if you’re a REIT, this may be the best time to do it. Welltower further added to its liquidity by settling forward equity sales agreements totaling $588 million and closing a $1 billion unsecured, two-year term loan that bears interest at LIBOR plus 120, and adding $110 million of incremental cash flow retained per quarter by cutting the dividend. The REIT also completed pro rata... Read More »
Welltower Is Going Transparent

Welltower Is Going Transparent

First, we have to applaud Welltower for being very transparent with regard to what is happening with its customers, specifically its seniors housing operating portfolio (SHOP) customers. This is very important, not only for REIT investors, but for the entire seniors housing community to better understand how this COVID-19 pandemic is impacting business, but also the general economic deterioration.  Last month, Welltower disclosed that its SHOP portfolio, which includes 612 properties with more than 73,000 units, had seen 20-basis point declines in occupancy every two weeks in March, that costs were rising and that tours and move-ins were starting to decline. This... Read More »
Welltower Prepares for the Worst

Welltower Prepares for the Worst

Welltower announced a couple of moves to significantly increase its near-term liquidity. With all the uncertainty going around right now, that seems to be a prudent move. As of March 20, 2020, the REIT had $338 million of cash and cash equivalents and about $1.5 billion of available borrowing capacity under its unsecured revolving credit facility. Now, Welltower has added a two-year unsecured term loan of $1.0 billion, bearing an interest rate of 30-day LIBOR +1.20%. The company will also have the right to increase the loan amount by an additional $200 million. Proceeds from the loan will be used to repay borrowings under Welltower’s unsecured revolving credit facility and commercial paper... Read More »
Ventas Preparing For Worst

Ventas Preparing For Worst

There is no way to mince words. When it comes to valuation, Ventas is a shadow of its former self. After being worth more than $20 billion, its market cap has dropped to just $7.8 billion. This compares with Welltower ($15.8 billion) and Healthpeak Properties ($11.8 billion). So much for the “Big Three” REITs. This is new territory for Ventas and its CEO, Debbie Cafaro. But who knows, maybe the Penguins will win the Stanley Cup this year, if there is one.  Ventas, like Brookdale Senior Living, has withdrawn its 2020 earnings guidance. It stated that tours and move-ins at its operators are beginning to slow, even though the first two months of the year met previous expectations. What a... Read More »