For four straight years, medical office building sales have topped $11 billion in annual volume, according to Revista data.
However, so far in 2019, MOB sales have slowed a bit, with the volume coming in at $1.5 billion in Q1. And while the volume in Q2 has to be compiled, it was certain to be bolstered by the $1.25 billion purchase of the CNL Healthcare Properties MOB portfolio by Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL).
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2019 MOB deal volume continues the cooling trend after coming off historical highs in 2017. While total volume may be down, a theme continues - private investors represent the greatest percentage of acquisitions.
There’s a widespread notion that opportunities to open new urgent care centers (UCCs) in the United States have, for the most part, run their course.
The main culprits, it would seem, have been an over-saturation of such facilities in affluent suburban and Sunbelt markets and a somewhat restrictive payment model that left many patients with higher co-pays than typical doctor visits.
In the past twelve months, over 21 million square feet of medical office space have been delivered across the country. More than 35% of that has been condensed in 10 markets.
Deal reinforces strategy of creating value by packaging MOBs into large portfolios
With MOB sales off to a somewhat slow start in early 2019, the closing of the sector’s second-biggest arm’s length deal of all time is sure to bolster the volume for the year.
On May 15, Toledo, Ohio-based Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL), which has invested more than $6 billion in a variety of healthcare asset types since coming off the sidelines in early to mid-2018, reported that it closed on its previously announced $1.25 billion acquisition of 55 MOBs from Orlando, Fla.-based CNL Healthcare Properties, a non-traded healthcare real estate investment trust (REIT).