Transactions & Financings: Ventas’ $490M Colony Capital Refinancing; BPM Senior Living Portfolio Sold

Ventas invests $490M in Colony Capital refinancing, announces $800M research development pipeline

Ventas (NYSE: VTR) announced four new developments, totaling $800 million in its university-based research and innovation business, all in partnership with Wexford Science & Technology (“Wexford”), the leading developer of university-focused real estate solutions. These investments are part of $1.5 billion research and innovation pipeline of expected new projects previously announced by Ventas.

These developments include:

  • The creation of a research, academic medicine and innovation hub anchored by a new relationship with University of Pittsburgh to house immunotherapy research in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and co-located with UPMC’s Shadyside Hospital
  • A new development that expands the flourishing Philadelphia uCity Square Knowledge Community associated with the University of Pennsylvania
  • A state of the art College of Nursing and Health Professionals for Drexel University, also in uCity Square
  • The expansion of the Cortex Innovation Community associated with Washington University in St. Louis.

The projects are 40% pre-leased and are expected to generate over a 7% cash yield, and over an 8% GAAP yield, upon stabilization.


Ventas also provided $490 million in financing to subsidiaries of Colony Capital (NYSE: CLNY) as part of a $1.52 billion refinancing of Colony’s prior $1.725 billion consolidated health care loan maturing in December 2019, which has been repaid and discharged in full.

The loan is supported by a diverse pool of collateral, including 158 U.S. healthcare properties comprised of medical office buildings, senior housing properties and other healthcare assets.

Entire 6-Property BPM Senior Living Portfolio Sold

Senior living pioneer Walter Bowen has sold the six-property portfolio of his company BPM Senior Living, consisting of 670 independent living, assisted living and memory care units in Oregon, California and Nevada.


Financial terms of the deal and the identity of the buyer were not publicly disclosed.

After getting his start in the burgeoning senior living industry in the 1980s, Bowen founded Portland, Oregon-based Regent in 1995. The company eventually went public and at one time was one of the 10 largest providers in the nation.

“I am proud to have played a part in the industry’s founding and development,” Bowen stated in a press release issued Tuesday. “Now, the time is right for me to leave assisted living for new opportunities. We will remain active in the development, ownership and operation of independent living communities.”

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Live Oak Bank completes $17M in financing packages

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NHI provides $10.8M construction loan for Wisconsin assisted living/memory care community

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CBRE arranges $25M refinancing for California assisted living property

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Regions Bank completes $13M acquisition financing for St. Louis assisted living facilities

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Helios Healthcare Advisors completes sale of Iowa senior housing campus

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Cadence Living acquires Arizona site for new development

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POAH adds to Chicago-area affordable senior apartment portfolio

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POAH-Chicago acquired two buildings totaling 94 apartments for seniors and people with disabilities at 325 and 345 North Austin Boulevard. In Elgin, POAH-Chicago acquired Burnham Manor, a 100-unit senior apartment building, and the 27-family unit Burnham Wing Schoolhouse Apartments. The seller was the Burnham Companies.

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