Even After Genesis Exit, Fitch Affirms ‘Negative’ Outlook for Welltower, Predicts Permanent 30% Rent Cuts for SNFs

Fitch Ratings announced Tuesday that it “has affirmed and withdrawn all ratings of Welltower, Inc. (NYSE: WELL), including the Long-Term Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at ‘BBB+’.” The credit ratings provider also said that the rating outlook for the Toledo, Ohio-based real estate investment trust (REIT) is “Negative,” a reflection of its “elevated leverage profile above […]

As Genesis Restructures and Leaves NYSE, the Regionalization of Nursing Homes Hits New Milestone

Over the last several years, regionalization has dominated the mergers-and-acquisitions narrative in nursing homes, with operators and investors increasingly questioning the utility of massive scale in a landscape that depends so heavily on local market factors such as Medicaid rates and hospital referral flows. But as former giants such as Kindred Healthcare exited the industry […]

Warren Raises Alarm Over Restructuring at Nursing Home Giant Genesis, Plans to Launch Probe of For-Profit Facilities

Sen. Elizabeth Warren this week wrote another letter to executives at Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN), raising concerns about the nursing home giant’s recent deal to significantly restructure its operations in part through a $50 million private equity investment. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, made headlines in late January when she publicly questioned the operator’s decision to […]

Welltower’s Mitra: ‘Controversial’ Genesis Investment Paid Off for REIT with Portfolio Sale, Equity Stake

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) CEO Shankh Mitra this week touted his company’s decision to largely break up with top nursing home tenant Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) — while also expressing confidence that the turnaround group brought in to stabilize the troubled operator will bring more value to the real estate investment trust (REIT). Mitra in […]

Welltower to Largely End Relationship with Genesis, Bolster ProMedica Joint Venture in $880M Deal

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) late Tuesday announced that it will largely end its relationship with troubled nursing home giant Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN), with its joint venture health system partner ProMedica picking up some of the buildings — while also divesting 25 properties acquired through its 2018 ProMedica JV. The Genesis exodus spans 51 assets, […]

Welltower Takes $83M Write-Down on Genesis Loans as Long-Term Nursing Home Outlook Remains Unclear

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) this week announced another major write-down related to troubled nursing home tenant Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) as the provider’s future — along with the outlook for the rest of the sector — remains unclear. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Toledo, Ohio-based real estate investment trust (REIT) wrote down $83 […]

Skilled Nursing to Bounce Back Faster than Senior Living, But REITs Have ‘Lost Their Patience’ with Genesis

BMO Capital Markets this week downgraded its outlook for several publicly traded landlords of senior housing and skilled nursing facilities, but post-acute care emerged as a rare bright spot in the analysis — with the prediction that the sector will recover faster than its senior living counterparts. The financial services provider issued downgrades to Welltower […]

Monticello’s Role in $507M Skilled Nursing Portfolio Sale; Newmark’s $149.6M Deal for Next Healthcare

As the calendar turned to 2021, the skilled nursing mergers-and-acquisitions market showed signs of heating up with multiple big-dollar portfolio deals announced. First up, MONTICELLOAM on Monday trumpeted its involvement in a $507 million skilled nursing portfolio transaction in the Southeast. The New York City-based health care lender and asset manager originated $368 million in […]

ProMedica Senior Care’s Parker Sees Growth Ahead — Even as ‘Major Disruption’ Looms for Industry in Early ’21

When Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) and health system ProMedica teamed up to take over nursing home giant HCR ManorCare in 2018, the players positioned the move as a way to vertically integrate a continuum that could follow a patient from the hospital, to a skilled nursing facility, to home health. The real estate investment trust […]

Welltower Takes $97 Million Write-Down on Genesis in Wake of ‘Going Concern’ Notice

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) took a $97 million write-down associated with properties operated by Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) amid concerns about the nursing home giant’s future, the real estate investment trust (REIT) announced Thursday. The move came as Welltower switched Genesis to cash-based reporting for its lease income, retroactive to July 1, though chief financial […]

$156M in CARES Act Funding Helps ManorCare, ProMedica Offset $136M Revenue Drop Amid COVID

The senior care division of non-profit hospital system ProMedica took a serious revenue hit amid the COVID-19 pandemic — like many other post-acute and long-term care providers — but significant federal relief helped the HCR ManorCare owner offset the strain. The Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica’s senior care business line, which includes its HCR ManorCare skilled nursing […]

After ‘Most Challenging Period in the Company’s History,’ Welltower Sees Stability Ahead for Needs-Based Care

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) CEO Tom DeRosa didn’t mince words on Thursday when describing the impact of COVID-19 on the real estate investment trust’s (REIT) senior care tenants. “When we last spoke with you in early May, Welltower was in the midst of the most challenging period in the company’s history,” DeRosa said on REIT’s […]

ProMedica Reports ManorCare Income Gains, $158M in CARES Act Support

ProMedica saw improvement in its HCR ManorCare nursing home business line during the first quarter of 2020, though the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic remains a long-term unknown for the health system. The Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica pulled in $17.1 million in income associated with its ManorCare business to start 2020, according to its most […]

Welltower: ProMedica, ManorCare in ‘Fine Shape’ Despite COVID-19 Strains on Nursing Homes

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) on Thursday provided little detail on the state of its joint venture with hospital system ProMedica, but executives insisted that the fundamentals of the business line — which includes the nursing home giant HCR ManorCare — remain strong despite COVID-19. “I will tell you that ProMedica is in fine shape,” Welltower […]

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, […]