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Sunrise Senior Living Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

November 09, 2009 | About:

Sunrise Senior Living Inc. (SRZ) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-09-30.

Sunrise Senior Living is the nation's largest provider of senior living services. Sunrise communities offer a full range of personalized senior living servicesfrom independent livingto assisted livingto care for individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of memory loss and nursing and rehabilitative care. Sunrise's senior living services are delivered by staff trained to encourage the independencepreserve the dignityenable freedom of choice and protect the privacy of residents. Sunrise Senior Living Inc. has a market cap of $219.05 million; its shares were traded at around $4.31 with and P/S ratio of 0.13.

Highlight of Business Operations:

In March 2009, we sold our Greystone subsidiary and our interests in Greystone seed capital partnerships to an entity controlled by Michael Lanahan and Paul Steinhoff, two senior executives of the Greystone subsidiary. Total consideration was (i) $2,000,000 in cash at closing; (ii) $5,700,000 in short-term notes, (iii) a $6,000,000 7-year note (iv) a $2,500,000 note payable, and (v) 35% of the net proceeds received by the seed capital investors for each of the seed capital interests purchased from us. We collected $5.7 million of short-term notes through September 30, 2009.

In April 2009, we sold the equity interest in our Aston Gardens venture and were released from all guarantee obligations. Our management contracts for the six communities in the venture were terminated on April 30, 2009. We received proceeds of approximately $4.8 million for our equity interest and our receivable from the venture for fundings under the operating deficit guarantees. We received management fees of $3.2 million and $3.7 million in 2008 and 2007, respectively.

In May 2009, we announced a plan to continue to reduce corporate expenses through reorganization of our corporate cost structure, including a reduction in spending related to, among other areas, administrative processes, vendors, and consultants. The plan is designed to reduce our annual recurring general and administrative expenses (including expenses previously classified as venture expense) by over $20 million, from our 2009 budgeted annual recurring level of approximately $120 million (after the sale of Greystone, which is presented in discontinued operations in our financial statements) to approximately $100 million, and to reduce our centrally administered services which are charged to the communities by approximately $1.5 million. Under the plan, approximately 150 positions will be eliminated. As of September 30, 2009, we have eliminated 114 positions and will be eliminating an additional 49 positions by early 2010. We have recorded severance expense of $5.6 million as a result of the plan through September 30, 2009 and expect to record an additional $0.6 million through early 2010. The costs from the 2009 restructuring plan are in addition to the costs incurred in 2009 related to the 2008 restructuring plan, which provided for the elimination of 165 positions and corresponding expense reductions.

In May 2009, we entered into a separation agreement with our chief financial officer, Richard Nadeau, in connection with this plan. Pursuant to the separation agreement, Mr. Nadeaus employment with us terminated effective as of May 29, 2009. Pursuant to Mr. Nadeaus employment agreement, Mr. Nadeau received severance benefits that included a lump sum cash payment of $1.4 million. In addition, Mr. Nadeau received a bonus in the amount of $0.5 million and Mr. Nadeaus outstanding and unvested stock options, restricted stock and other long-term equity compensation awards were fully vested, resulting in a non-cash compensation expense to us of $0.8 million. The options expire 12 months after the termination of his consulting term, which can be up to nine months after his termination date of May 29, 2009. 70,859 shares of restricted stock and 750,000 options vested. We recorded non-cash compensation expense of $0.8 million as a result of the vesting acceleration.

In August 2009, a wholly owned community was sold to an unrelated third party for approximately $2.0 million. We received $0.3 million of cash and a note receivable for $1.7 million, recognizing gain of $0.3 million.

In October 2009, we entered into an agreement to sell 21 wholly owned assisted living communities, located in 11 states, to Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (Brookdale) for $204 million. Brookdale placed into escrow an earnest money deposit of $5 million toward the purchase price. The closing date is currently scheduled for November 16, 2009. At the closing of the sale, we expect to receive approximately $60 million in proceeds after payment or assumption by Brookdale of certain mortgage loans, the posting of required escrows, and payment of expenses by us. We will use $25 million of proceeds to pay down our Bank Credit Facility and will place $20 million into a collateral account for the benefit of other creditors.

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