Brookdale Extends Debt Maturities with Two Financing Transactions, Sells Stake in Home Health Company

by Jeff Shaw

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD), the massive, Nashville-based seniors housing operator, has completed two transactions that refinanced all of its remaining 2024 debt maturities. After giving effect to these transactions, the company’s next debt maturity without extension options is September 2025.

The company has also made significant progress on a financing transaction involving 11 of its currently unencumbered owned communities, which it expects to complete in the coming months.

Additionally, in December, the company sold its remaining 20 percent equity interest in its Health Care Services unconsolidated venture and received aggregate proceeds of approximately $27 million in connection with the transaction. The company previously decreased this investment upon a sale of a portion of the venture in November 2021.

“We believe the positive strides we have made in 2023 are reflected in these completed financing transactions, which clear our debt maturities until 2025,” says Dawn Kussow, Brookdale’s executive vice president and CFO. “The ongoing proactive management of our liquidity position, including these completed and pending transactions, together with Brookdale’s solid improvement in operating results, support our continued strong liquidity position. We appreciate Fannie Mae and JLL for their ongoing partnership on this financing, and Capital One for their partnership on the amended credit agreement.”

In December 2023, Brookdale obtained a $180 million loan under its master credit facility agreement from 2017. The financing with Jones Lang LaSalle Multifamily LLC was obtained pursuant to Fannie Mae’s DUS Program. The principal amount of the new debt is secured by nonrecourse first mortgages on 47 communities, which also continue to secure approximately $580 million of additional outstanding mortgages with a later maturity. 

The $180 million loan bears interest at a fixed rate of 5.97 percent and matures in 2031. The facility includes certain “borrow-up” provisions, which the company expects will enable it to obtain additional funding in 2024 under the loan based on the performance of the underlying communities. At the closing, the company repaid $260 million of debt under the facility, which was scheduled to mature in 2024, using proceeds from the $180 million loan and cash on hand.

In December 2023, the company also amended its revolving credit agreement with Capital One National Association. The amended agreement provides an expanded commitment of up to $100 million that can be drawn in cash or as letters of credit and represents a $20 million increase from the previously existing commitment. The amended credit facility matures in January 2027, and the company has options to extend the facility to March 2028 and March 2029 subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions. Amounts drawn under the facility bear interest at SOFR plus an applicable margin.

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