U.S. Hospital REIT Deals Surge in 2019

U.S. Hospital REIT Deals Surge in 2019

It’s become an accepted, almost expected, transaction. Privately held hospitals sell their real estate assets to a real estate investment trust (REIT) to get some fresh cash and to focus on operations rather than physical plants. Between 2009 and 2012, REIT deals for U.S. hospitals were announced once or twice a year. The number rose to six per year in 2013, 2015 and 2016 (just three in 2014). After two years of two or three deals annually (2017 and 2018), the number has already reached seven in 2019, with several weeks of deal making left in the year. The most recent deal was announced on November 5, as LifePoint Health agreed to sell the real estate assets of 10 unidentified... Read More »
Ventas Goes Big for Canadian Independent Living Portfolio

Ventas Goes Big for Canadian Independent Living Portfolio

Mergers and acquisitions in the Long-Term Care sector have been humming this year, with more than 200 transactions on the books through mid-June. But the sale prices, when disclosed, haven’t been as impressive. Finally, the first billion-dollar-plus deal was announced on June 3. Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) paid $1.8 billion (C$2.4 billion) for an 85% stake in a seniors housing portfolio located throughout the Canadian province of Quebec. The portfolio consists of 28 stabilized independent living communities (7,885 total units) in urban markets, with an average age of eight years. Three assets are set to open in 2019 with another 1,032 units, and four developments are expected to open in... Read More »
Brookdale Sells Battery Park Property

Brookdale Sells Battery Park Property

Ventas, Inc. (NYSE: VTR) is now in the Long-Term Care record books. On August 20, the REIT announced it will pay $194 million, or $894,000 per unit, for Brookdale Senior Living’s (NYSE: BKD) Brookdale Battery Park property. We think that’s a record per-unit price. It was opened in 2000 at an approximate cost of $50 million. This 14-story, 240,000 square-foot independent living community overlooks the Hudson River in the Battery Park City neighborhood of Manhattan. Occupancy was in the low 90s. The acquisition was valued below replacement cost and represents an approximately 5% going-in yield on net operating income as reported by Ventas. Brookdale will stay on as operator under... Read More »

Kindred Exits Skilled Nursing Business

Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) has made no secret that it is getting out of the skilled nursing business. It took until June 30 for the deal announcement to come, and when it did, it was a bit of a surprise that a single buyer was taking over the entire business. Private equity firm BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC, through a joint venture it is leading called BM Eagle Holdings, agreed to acquire Kindred’s 89 skilled nursing facilities. BlueMountain, you may recall, acquired the financially failing Daughters of Charity hospital system in California in July 2015, following the collapse of Prime Healthcare Services’ $849 million bid in March 2015. A week after this deal with Kindred was... Read More »

REITs Move in on Behavioral Health

When it comes to health care, real estate investment trusts (REITs) typically target medical office buildings, which can be converted to other uses more easily than an acute-care hospital can. But some privately held hospitals and health systems are turning to REITs as a way to get cash out of a portfolio company, sometimes without exiting. Through April 2017, two deals have featured a REIT as hospital acquirers, compared with only one announced deal in 2016. Now, behavioral health hospitals are REIT targets. Ventas’ (NYSE: VTR) 2015 healthcare REIT spinoff, Care Capital Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CCP), recently moved into the behavioral health care sector. On April 10, the company... Read More »