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Occupancy in U.S. skilled nursing facilities rose to 71.2% in February, up from 70.7% the previous month but still 13.7 percentage points below the pre-pandemic level.
The February gain represented a rebound to skilled nursing’s December 2020 occupancy level, after a dip in January as the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, according to data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
Beth Burnham Mace, the organization’s chief economist, characterized the figure as a sign that skilled nursing occupancies are beginning to stabilize. As of mid-April, COVID-19 case counts in skilled nursing facilities were down 98% from December 2020, NIC said.
Mace said skilled nursing performance data for the coming months will be “extremely important” to determine whether the industry is on its way to recovery.
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Mega M&A deal
* Office real estate investment trust Equity Commonwealth struck a deal to acquire industrial real estate landlord Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corp. in a $3.4 billion all-stock transaction, including debt. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2021.
* Lodging REIT Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. purchased fee simple interest in the 444-room Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for about $610 million.
* Safe Harbor Marinas LLC, a unit of manufactured-home REIT Sun Communities Inc., acquired Lauderdale Marine Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in a roughly $340 million deal. The seller of the approximately 60-acre marina at 2001 SW 20th St. was an affiliate of private equity giant Carlyle Group Inc., the South Florida Business Journal reported.
* Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc. will purchase the 35% interest it does not already own in Gaylord-Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colo., for about $210 million. The deal includes about 130 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to the resort.
* Communications REIT American Tower Corp. agreed to sell a 30% stake in ATC Europe to Canadian investor Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec as part of a new long-term strategic partnership. The transaction, valued at over €1.6 billion, implies an enterprise value of more than €8.8 billion for ATC Europe and is expected to close in the third quarter.
* JBG Smith Properties formed a 50/50 partnership with J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives to own, develop and manage about 2.0 million square feet of new mixed-use development in Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Va.
* Colony Credit Real Estate completed its internalization transaction with its external manager and Colony Capital Inc. unit CLNC Manager LLC. The transaction provided proceeds of $102.3 million to Colony Capital, which transferred 44 employees to Colony Credit and completed a five-month transition services agreement for transition of all critical functions.
Earnings call coverage
As the first-quarter earnings season progressed, S&P Global Market Intelligence reporters tuned in to conference calls hosted by some of the larger players in the real estate sector.
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