Slow Vaccine Rollout Prompts Skilled Nursing REIT Downgrades, But Stimulus Optimism Remains

Two investment firms provided opposite takes on the stocks of publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) with skilled nursing portfolios, with Mizuho Securities USA downgrading two of the REITs and Jefferies upgrading the same two firms. The two REITs involved were Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) and Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA). “We […]

Sabra: Genesis, Signature Not Alone in COVID-19 Troubles, But Wider Write-Down Trend Unlikely

General improvements in access to testing and vital protective gear have put skilled nursing facilities in a better spot than the springtime, a top landlord in the space asserted Tuesday, but operators and investors shouldn’t necessarily expect complete adoption of a long-awaited vaccine when it hits the market. And although Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: […]

Sabra Joins Fellow REITs, Takes $14.3M Write-Off on Genesis and Signature Rent

Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) this week became the latest landlord to change its accounting for nursing home tenants Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) and Signature HealthCARE, writing off $14.3 million of non-cash rent receivables associated with the operators. The real estate investment trust (REIT) cited concerns about Genesis and Signature’s operational futures in the […]

Matros: CNAs Living Below Poverty Line ‘Unacceptable,’ Calls for Higher Minimum Wage Standards for Nursing Homes

Staffing, a long-standing thorn in the side of skilled nursing operators even before the COVID-19 pandemic, has emerged as one of the most critical elements in how facilities manage an outbreak and navigate the current public health emergency. But it would be hard to tell that fact by the pay certified nursing assistants (CNAs), who […]

Congress Gives Nursing Homes Two-Year Extension on Advance Medicare Repayments

A bill to fund the federal government and avert another shutdown also gave nursing home operators and other health care providers a significant extension on repaying advance Medicare payments offered through a COVID-19 stimulus program. The Senate passed and President Trump last week signed a continuing resolution that included a provision to delay recoupments from […]

Fitch: 30% Rent Cuts for Skilled Nursing Facilities May Be Necessary, But Not for All Operators

Major skilled nursing landlords are likely to institute rent reductions over the course of 2021 in order to help keep them afloat, according to Fitch Ratings — but the effect won’t be equally felt across all operators. In affirming twin BBB- ratings for Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) and National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI), Fitch […]

Sabra Mulls $14M Write-Off for Signature, Genesis After ‘Going Concern’ Warnings

Concerns about the future of skilled nursing operators Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) and Signature HealthCARE have spread to a second public landlord, though in this case, Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) stopped short of taking definitive action just yet. Sabra late last week disclosed that the real estate investment trust (REIT) and its auditors […]

Skilled Nursing M&A Remains Active: Investors Don’t ‘Have a Better Place to Put Their Money’

The ongoing pandemic has rightfully shifted attention away from dealmaking in the long-term and post-acute care space, but several leaders have expressed optimism that investors will support the sector moving forward — though the influx of federal cash keeping operators afloat could scramble valuation math for some time to come. With overall uncertainty in the […]

Matros: Federal Aid Keeps Nursing Homes Afloat for Now, but Industry Facing ‘One Long Wave’

As the major publicly traded players in post-acute and long-term care prepare to reveal another set of post-COVID results over the coming weeks, Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) CEO Rick Matros remains confident that the government’s response to COVID-19 has averted severe financial strains for its tenants — at least for now. The Irvine, […]

Post-Acute Facilities Feel Short-Term COVID Pain, But May Have the Easiest Path Back

Prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, skilled nursing facilities that specialize in post-acute care were a rare target of true investor excitement in the greater institutional senior care continuum. With a shiny new Medicare payment model that gave providers more financial credit for the high-acuity services they’d increasingly added over the years, and […]

Sabra Sells Pair of Genesis Skilled Nursing Facilities; SLIB Pulls Off Sale Despite COVID-19 Market Pressures

Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) late last week announced the sale of two facilities operated by publicly traded skilled nursing giant Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN). The Irvine, Calif.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) sold the properties, both located in Montana, to an undisclosed buyer for a total price of $14.4 million — which included […]

Fitch: Skilled Nursing REITs Can Withstand COVID-19 Crisis — To a Point

Most of the real estate investment trusts (REITs) with holdings in skilled nursing and senior housing facilities can weather the financial strains caused by COVID-19, a major credit rating agency affirmed this week — but only if current trends hold. Various REITs have responded to the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic by taking steps to […]

REIT Stocks Fall Again After Reports of New Nursing Home Coronavirus Case

Another skilled nursing facility in the state of Washington has reported an outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is sweeping the globe — resulting in major declines in the stock prices of several real estate investment trusts (REITs) with holdings in the skilled nursing and senior housing sectors. That facility, […]

Matros: ‘We All Knew PDPM Wasn’t Going to Be Revenue-Neutral,’ Doesn’t Expect CMS Clawback

Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. (Nasdaq: SBRA) is optimistic about how the new Medicare reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities will play out among its operators – even if the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) doesn’t quite have the results the federal government expected. Specifically, the Irvine, Calif.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) is seeing PDPM […]