Third Avenue Management Comments on Brookdale Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living Brookdale (NYSE:BKD) is the largest operator of senior housing assets in the United States, with approximately 549 centers and 48,000 units. Brookdale provides room, board and hospitality services to the elderly, primarily 80 years old and older, who are generally in good health but require a base level of healthcare, with a primary focus on private pay
(80%).The Fund established its position in Brookdale at a price that represented a significant discount to our conservative estimate of NAV. Over the long term, demographics are favorable for senior housing. Brookdale's portfolio is currently leased at 88%, or 6% below pre-crisis peak. Pent-up demand is likely to drive occupancy and lead to outsized NAV growth as seniors often use proceeds from home sales to move-in and pay rent. Additionally, at 25,000 units, Brookdale's owned assets represent one of the largest and most coveted portfolios of high-quality private-pay senior housing properties and is likely to fetch significant interest from strategic and financial buyers.
From Third Avenue Management's semi-annual 2013 letter.