The preliminary data for seniors housing and care Q1 2017 transactions volume showed a significant uptick from the prior quarter. Volume totaled $4.4 billion in the first quarter. The increase in volume was mainly driven by the public REIT divestitures and the institutional players, namely Blackstone, stepping in to acquire properties.
NIC has just released its fourth quarter 2016 Skilled Nursing Data Report, which includes key monthly data points from January 2012 through December 2016. The current report is based on data collected monthly, but reported quarterly, from approximately 20 operators and 1,500 properties. The data represents national, aggregate figures. However, NIC plans to grow the data set, adding more operators and properties to produce state-level reports. NIC welcomes the participation of operators nationwide in this confidential data collection process. Participants will receive a free benchmark report every month for their contribution.
This post is a follow-up to last month’s transactions data blog post, providing updated data for the fourth quarter of 2016. Volume and Deals Closed Property sales transactions volume for seniors housing and care in 2016 registered $14.4 billion, with $7.8 billion in seniors housing and $6.6 billion in nursing care. Total annual volume was down 34% from 2015’s $21.8 billion, and down 25% from 2014, when volume totaled $19.0 billion. As stated in the initial blog last month, 2016 started out as a tumultuous year in the capital markets. The significant increase in cost of capital most likely delayed the finalization of some deals, as we did not see the strong bounce back in deal volume in the second quarter as we had seen the past couple of years. Only $2.6 billion closed in the second quarter of 2016 after a relatively strong first quarter of $4.3 billion.
Over the past few years, public buyers, dominated by the public REITs, have been the dominant player buying seniors housing and care properties. That changed in 2016, when higher costs of capital limited purchases by public REITs. Consequently, acquisitions by institutional buyers and private buyers (including private REITs and partnerships) accounted for the majority of dollar volume in 2016. With public REITs relatively quiet in terms of closed deals, volume dropped significantly compared to 2015. However, smaller dollar transactions kept 2016 active.