MURFREESBORO, TN / ACCESSWIRE / June 17, 2021 / National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE:NHI) today provided a business update regarding its monthly contractual cash collections and average occupancy from its three largest senior housing operators.
Eric Mendelsohn, NHI President and CEO, said, "Occupancy trends across our senior housing portfolio continue to improve and we are pleased that our three largest operators all have experienced recent occupancy growth, including a 270-basis point increase for Bickford from the March low. While our operators are likely to need more assistance as they bridge to a more normal operating environment, NHI's balance sheet is in good health and we are set up to take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunities driven by strong fundamentals in the senior housing industry for many years to come."
Recent Deferral Agreement
In June, NHI reached an agreement in principle with Bickford Senior Living ("Bickford") that defers rent of $1.5 million per month for June and July 2021. All deferred amounts under the agreement bear interest at 8% from the date of the deferral and are expected to be repaid over a period of 18 months commencing on October 1, 2021.
NHI has collected 88.5% of contractual cash due for June. The remaining balance for the month is comprised of the following: 5.5% in deferrals related to Bickford; 2.2% in deferrals related to Holiday; 2.8% in deferrals, either agreed to or pending, related to three tenants; 0.4% related to amounts expected to be collected; and 0.6% related to lower forecasted revenue from transitioned properties prior to the start of the pandemic.
For the second quarter, NHI collected 87.1% of contractual cash due which reflects the following: 8.0% in deferrals related to Bickford; 1.5% in deferrals related to Holiday; 2.8% in deferrals, either agreed to or pending, related to four tenants; and 0.6% related to lower forecasted revenue from transitioned properties prior to the start of the pandemic. Please see the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, and prior press releases for more information regarding rent concessions.
The following table summarizes the average monthly portfolio occupancy for Senior Living Communities ("SLC"), Bickford, and Holiday Retirement ("Holiday") for the periods indicated, excluding development properties in operation less than 24 months, notes receivable, and properties disposed or transitioned to new operators.
1 Bickford occupancy for 42 properties is restated retroactively to March 2020 to reflect the previously announced sale of six properties in Q2 2021. Occupancy for the Bickford 48 properties was 77.0% in May 2021.
Incorporated in 1991, National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE: NHI) is a real estate investment trust specializing in sale-leaseback, joint-venture, mortgage and mezzanine financing of need-driven and discretionary senior housing and medical investments. NHI's portfolio consists of independent, assisted and memory care communities, entrance-fee retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, medical office buildings and specialty hospitals. For more information, visit www.nhireit.com.
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SOURCE: National Health Investors