2020 was a singular 12 months in so some ways, difficult the senior residing trade and corporations working inside that sector.
However Scott White, chairman and CEO of Toronto-based Invesque, mentioned throughout a fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings name on Thursday that with “2020 within the rearview mirror, I’m cautiously optimistic about the place we’re headed in 2021 and past.”
White mentioned that firstly of 2020, the healthcare actual property firm had a strategic plan with a concentrate on portfolio administration. Invesque made important headway on that initiative final 12 months, he mentioned, by transitioning nearly all of its former Greenfield Senior Living portfolio to Commonwealth Senior Residing, and maximizing worth in its Royal Senior Living portfolio by way of a mixture of asset gross sales and transitioning the remaining portfolio in South Carolina to broaden its strategic working partnership with Phoenix Senior Residing.
“However we’re not completed but,” White mentioned. “We proceed to look throughout our portfolio at every asset.”
The corporate closed out 2020 by closing on the acquisition of a 32-unit reminiscence care neighborhood in Rogers, AR, additional increasing its private-pay portfolio. Invesque and Fixed Care entered right into a triple-net lease settlement that enables Invesque to consolidate the Rogers, AR, property into the corporate’s current grasp lease with Fixed Care. The acquisition will increase Invesque’s relationship with Fixed Care to eight properties.
The corporate additionally has accomplished growth initiatives at three Commonwealth Senior Residing communities in Virginia — including 9 one-bedroom assisted residing models, exercise house, renovated eating and new workplace house on the Commonwealth Senior Residing at Abingdon; including 14 one-bedroom and two studio-sized assisted residing models on the Commonwealth Senior Residing at Entrance Royal; and including 10 one-bedroom models, exercise house and new workplace house on the Commonwealth Senior Residing at South Boston.
All three properties started admitting residents within the first quarter.
COVID-19 continues to create a difficult working surroundings.
“The working surroundings remained below stress by way of the top of the 12 months and the start of 2021 for your complete trade given the present public well being pandemic,” White mentioned. “With that mentioned, I’m optimistic the trade will proceed to get better over the long-term with broader availability of the vaccine.”
As of Thursday, 95% of residents at properties in Invesque’s portfolio had performed first-dose COVID-19 vaccine clinics, and 89% had accomplished a second clinic. Communities that haven’t accomplished vaccine clinics are situated outdoors the US or will not be designated as healthcare amenities and are coordinating vaccine administration for residents on their very own.
As of March 5, the corporate mentioned, 92 of its 105 senior residing and expert nursing properties skilled optimistic COVID-19 workers or resident instances previously 12 months. At present, 32 residents or sufferers are being handled for coronavirus and quarantined. Of the 92 affected communities, 46 are in triple-net lease preparations.
“We’re inspired in regards to the prospects the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine may have for guaranteeing the security of our sufferers, residents and facility-level workers,” Chief Funding Officer Adlai Chester mentioned. “Although instances have remained low relative to peak incidence in 2020, the danger of an infection has constrained our operators’ capability to welcome new sufferers and residents.”
Chief Monetary Officer Scott Higgs mentioned the corporate’s triple-net leased and seniors housing working properties occupancy for the fourth quarter have been 79% and 84%, respectively. Working companions noticed occupancy declines within the fourth quarter and early in 2021 as COVID-19 positivity charges elevated. Higgs mentioned he expects to see that development reverse, with occupancy trending optimistic in the course of the second half of 2021 as a good portion of residents are vaccinated and restrictions on visitation and move-ins are lifted.
White mentioned it should take time to rebuild census and he believes the worst is behind the corporate when it comes to occupancy declines. He added that he stays optimistic in regards to the trade, as Invesque’s funding technique is based, partly, on a “large wave of growing older child boomers.”
“The pandemic didn’t change these demographic fundamentals,” White mentioned. “As one of many youngest portfolios within the trade, we’re nicely positioned for long-term success.”