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Vital Healthcare confirms 3 hospital acquisitions & development programme

Vital Healthcare Property Trust has received Overseas Investment Office approval enabling it to commit unconditionally to the purchase of 3 hospitals from Acurity Health Group Ltd and up to $106.5 million to brownfield development over the next 4 years to expand the hospitals.

Vital agreed in May to buy the land & buildings at Wakefield & Bowen Hospitals in Wellington and the Royston Hospital in Hastings for $54 million.

Wakefield Hospital, Newtown

In addition to the acquisition, Vital has also committed to the full redevelopment of Wakefield Private Hospital alongside Acurity, subject to regulatory consents.

The completed development will include 8 operating theatres, 42 beds, a 3000m² medical consulting building, over 260 parking spaces, supporting infrastructure and patient & administration services. Expansion capacity will be built into the design to allow for growth as required.

Vital management company chief executive David Carr said on Friday: “The redeveloped Wakefield will be completed in stages to minimise disruption to existing operations. Completion of the works will provide a sector-leading, modern & functional facility for Acurity to deliver exceptional quality healthcare to patients for generations to come.”

The total forecast capital commitment is up to $82 million. The works are planned to start in 2018 and be completed in mid-2021.

Bowen Hospital, Crofton Downs

Vital also confirmed that, subject to regulatory consents, it has committed to the development of necessary infrastructure for radiation oncology services to be commissioned at Bowen Hospital.

The works will include the construction of 2 radiation oncology bunkers, initially with one linear accelerator but capacity to increase to 2 as demand increases.

Mr Carr said this was the first private radiation oncology service for patients in Wellington. The service is operated by Icon Cancer Care, Australia’s largest private provider of cancer care, in partnership with Acurity. He said radiation oncology services were a logical expansion following the recent commencement of private medical oncology services at Bowen by the Icon/Acurity partnership.

The total forecast capital commitment is up to $11.5 million. The works are planned to start in the first half of 2018 and are forecast to take about 9 months.

Royston Hospital, Hastings

Vital has committed to an immediate development project at Royston, alongside Acurity as hospital operator.

Subject to resource consent, the development will see an expansion into adjacent properties held for development and will incorporate an additional 2 operating theatres, reconfiguration of patient admission & recovery areas, and expansion of medical imaging.

Mr Carr said: “Our agreement with Acurity to enter into a 30-year lease and commitment to an immediate development project at Royston affirms our combined vision to enhance Royston’s long-held reputation as a quality private hospital serving the Hawke’s Bay region.”

The total forecast capital commitment is up to $13 million. The project is expected to start in late 2018, subject to regulatory consents, and is forecast to take about 12 months.

Vital is scheduled to settle the acquisitions this month.  All development capital expenditure is forecast to be rentalised at a yield of about 7%.

Earlier story:
12 May 2017: Vital enters asset & redevelopment partnership with Acurity

Attribution: Company release.

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Vital settles Hills purchase

Vital Healthcare Property Trust settled its $A30.3 million purchase of a private mental health hospital in Sydney, The Hills Clinic, on 31 July.

The Hills will be run on a 30-year lease by Healthe Care Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s third largest corporate private hospital operator and pan-Asian healthcare services group, now owned by the Singapore-based Luye Medical Group Pte Ltd.

Vital chief executive David Carr said when he announced the acquisition in June: “The Hills Clinic is Vital’s fifth mental health hospital in Australia and its first in New South Wales and directly supports our scale & diversification strategy. The Hills site has expansion capability, with potential for an additional 24 beds, which fits nicely with Vital’s philosophy of supporting its operating partners as population growth & wider demand for mental health services increases over time”.

Earlier story:
13 June 2017: Vital buys another Sydney hospital

Attribution: Company release.

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Vital Healthcare makes $165 million in revaluations

Vital Healthcare Property Trust said on Friday a preliminary unaudited revaluation had increased the value of its portfolio by $165.4 million for the 12 months ending this Friday, 30 June.

For the previous 12 months, Vital made a $101.9 million portfolio gain.

The portfolio value is expected to be $1.37 billion when year-end figures are confirmed.
Management company chief executive David Carr said: “Vital is now realising the benefits of the strong execution of our scale & diversification strategy for many years. Over the last 24 months we have observed healthcare real estate capitalisation rates firm faster than the wider market.

“We consider this firming a mainly structural shift as the market’s appreciation of the unique characteristics & underlying drivers of healthcare real estate is now evident. These attractive market characteristics are amplified by Vital’s leading portfolio metrics, including a weighted average lese term to expiry of about 17.5 years and occupancy levels sustained at over 99% for 8 years.

“This structural shift has been underpinned by multiple new entrants looking to secure opportunities in the sector. Whilst they have been successful at the fringes, we continue to prudently execute on a number of recent off-market acquisitions, reflecting the strength of relationships Vital has with both existing & new partners. We expect to participate in further market consolidation over time, which will continue to drive our strategy forward.”

Revaluation highlights:

  • Like-for-like (excluding acquisitions) portfolio revaluation increase of 17%
  • Australian portfolio revaluation gain of $144.4 million
  • New Zealand portfolio revaluation gain of $21 million
  • Australian weighted average cap rate firmed 120 basis points to 6.03%
  • New Zealand’s weighted average cap rate firmed 84 basis points to 6.09%
  • Whole portfolio weighted average cap rate firmed 113 basis points to 6.04%

Mr Carr said about 90% of the increase had been cap rate firming, rental growth the balance. Overall, Vital’s investment portfolio value at 30 June 2017 is forecast to be about $1.37 billion.

By itself, the revaluation gain is expected to add about 28c/unit to Vital’s net tangible asset value at 30 June (at 31 March it was $1.79).

The valuations remain subject to Vital’s year-end audit & exchange rate. These will be confirmed in the financial results, to be announced in August.

Attribution: Company release.

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Vital buys another Sydney hospital

The Vital Healthcare Property Trust has bought a Sydney private mental health hospital, The Hills Clinic, for $A30.3 million. Settlement is expected to occur in July. It comes a fortnight after the NZX-listed Vital bought a rehabilitation hospital in north Sydney suburb Chatswood, the Hirondelle Private Hospital, for $A23.5 million.

The Hills will be run on a 30-year lease by Healthe Care Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s third largest corporate private hospital operator and pan-Asian healthcare services group, now owned by the Singapore-based Luye Medical Group Pte Ltd. Healthe Care runs Hirondelle on a 25-year lease.

Vital management company chief executive David Carr said today The Hills, in Kellyville, 40km north-west of the Sydney cbd, was modern & innovative. It’s a 2-level purpose-built mental health hospital offering specialist inpatient programmes.

Built in 2011, The Hills is a 59-bed private inpatient facility, including a medical clinic with 8 consulting rooms & about 30 referring clinicians. Mr Carr said it was differentiated by its dedicated youth mental health programme providing accommodation for adolescents with drug, alcohol, depression & anxiety disorders.

“The Hills Clinic is Vital’s fifth mental health hospital in Australia and its first in New South Wales and directly supports our scale & diversification strategy. The Hills site has expansion capability, with potential for an additional 24 beds, which fits nicely with Vital’s philosophy of supporting its operating partners as population growth & wider demand for mental health services increases over time”.

Earlier story:
2 June 2017: Vital buys Sydney hospital

Attribution: Company release.

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Vital buys Sydney hospital

The NZX-listed Vital Healthcare Property Trust has bought a rehabilitation hospital in north Sydney suburb Chatswood, the Hirondelle Private Hospital, for $A23.5 million. The operator & tenant is Healthe Care Australia Pty Ltd, Australia’s third largest corporate private hospital operator and pan-Asian healthcare services group, now owned by the Singapore-based Luye Medical Group Pte Ltd.

Hirondelle is a 53-bed private rehabilitation hospital on Sydney’s lower North Shore, 10km north-west of the Sydney cbd. The hospital will be leased to Healthe Care for 25 years, and Vital said dit had bought it on an initial yield of 6.00%.

Vital also acquired 2 adjacent residential sites and an option to acquire a third property for possible expansion to meet forecast rising demand for rehabilitation services in the area.

Attribution: Trust release.

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Vital enters asset & redevelopment partnership with Acurity

Vital Healthcare Property Trust has entered into a conditional partnership with Acurity Health Group Ltd as its long-term real estate capital partner to support growth & redevelopment initiatives for Acurity’s portfolio of private hospitals in New Zealand.

Vital management company chief executive David Carr said yesterday the first stage of this partnership included agreement to acquire the real estate assets at Acurity’s Wakefield & Bowen private hospitals in Wellington for about $68 million. This agreement remains subject to certain presettlement conditions being satisfied, including Overseas Investment Office & development project approvals.

Mr Carr said the development projects would include a significant redevelopment of Wakefield Private Hospital in Newtown and were likely to cost in the order of $100 million.

“With agreed lease terms of 30 years, a long-term partnership with Acurity at these established private hospitals is a rare & unique opportunity for Vital and strongly aligns with our scale & diversification strategy. The brownfield development pipeline was a key attraction, but to have also secured agreement to work alongside Acurity in relation to other opportunities in the New Zealand market was also important.”

Acurity’s third hospital is the Royston Hospital in Hastings. The NZX-listed company, formerly Wakefield Health Ltd, also owns Norfolk Investments Ltd, which owns & manages Grace Hospital in Tauranga in partnership with Southern Cross Hospitals, and holds 50% of Endoscopy Auckland Ltd & Laparoscopy Auckland Ltd. Integrated Hospitals Ltd, which owns the Mercy Ascot hospital group, holds the other 50% interest in those 2 companies.

After a complicated takeover in 2014-15, Acurity’s ultimate owner is the Evolution Healthcare Group, based in Sydney.

Attribution: Company release, Acurity & Evolution websites.

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Vital completes 3 acquisitions

Vital Healthcare Property Trust has made 2 acquisitions in Australia for a combined $A27.6 million, at a weighted average yield of 7.2%, and also settled its $33 million acquisition of Ormiston Hospital in Auckland.

Management company chief executive David Carr said on Wednesday the Australian purchases supported the trust’s strategy of adding both scale & diversifying.

The trust has bought the Grafton Aged Care facility in northern New South Wales with aged care partner Hall & Prioron an initial 20-year lease term. It has 43 rooms & 83 beds. Vital has also bought 2 adjacent residential properties for potential expansion. Total land area of the acquisition is about 12,400m².

Mr Carr said Vital had acquired the fitout & a 6-year lease extension to 25 year at Epworth Eastern Hospital in Melbourne, simplifying the ownership structure in preparation for further potential development.

Vital announced its acquisition of the 31-bed Ormiston Hospital in Flat Bush in February. It was purpose-built in 2008 and is the only private surgical hospital in the Counties Manukau District Health Board catchment.

Attribution: Company release.

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Vital pushes long-term value strategy

Vital Healthcare Property Trust today announced a strong interim result for the December half-year yesterday.

Highlights:

  • Gross rental income up 54.4% to $51.8 million
  • Pretax operating profit up 58.4% to $42.2 million
  • Net distributable income up 87% to $35.5 million
  • Net interim revaluation gain $13.1 million, up 1.2%
  • Portfolio weighted average cap rate firmed 30 basis points to 6.90%
  • Net tangible assets up 11% (16c) to $1.67/unit since June; capital-raising at premium to NTA the key driver of the uplift
  • $A63 million of value-adding initiatives underway on existing properties
  • 2 Australian medical office buildings acquired for $A55 million, adding geographic & tenant diversification.
  • Weighted average term to lease expiry 17.6 years, occupancy levels at 99%, rent review growth 1.2%
  • A second-quarter cash distribution of 2.125c/unit will be paid to investors on 23 March.

Management company chief executive David Carr said the trust had successfully advanced its scale & diversification strategy: “Following the strongly supported $160 million capital raising in July, we completed acquisitions of 2 quality medical office buildings and a number of strategic sites around existing core assets. This diversification & flexibility for growth is an important part of Vital’s plan as we continue with our very successful brownfield development programme, working closely with both existing & potential operating partners.

“Vital is in a strong capital & portfolio position. Its sustainable distribution, coupled with a conservative payout ratio, means we are well placed to execute on our embedded strategy, including long-term value creation. Our activities continue to be validated through independent property valuations, strong total unitholder returns & market-leading unit price premium to NTA.

“Undeniable population, ageing & wider healthcare demand trends continue to support our robust investment thesis. We retain a positive outlook and we remain excited about a range of potential opportunities over the remainder of 2017.”

Link:
Vital Healthcare Property Trust

Attribution: Company release.

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Vital buys western Sydney medical centre

The Vital Healthcare Property Trust has gone unconditional on the $A30.7 million acquisition of the Mons Rd Medical Centre in Westmead, one suburb out from Parramatta in western Sydney.

The 4-level medical office building, completed in 2010, is multi-tenanted, adjacent to Ramsay Health Care’s Westmead Private Hospital and sits in the Westmead medical precinct, which Vital said was considered Australia’s largest health services precinct. It also contains the Westmead Public, Westmead Children’s & Cumberland Public Hospitals.

Vital chief executive David Carr said on Friday the trust was acquiring the medical centre on a weighted average lease expiry of 5.9 years, above its current medical office building portfolio’s 5.6 years. Overall, Vital’s portfolio weighted average lease expiry post-acquisition will be 17.8 years. The acquisition represents an initial yield of 6.7%. Settlement is expected this week.

Attribution: Company release.

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Vital has strong year & capacity to grow

Vital Healthcare Property Trust increased net profit after tax by 21.4% in the June year to $117.2 million ($96.5 million last year) and has substantial capacity for further acquisitions & redevelopment.

Management company chair Graeme Horsley said yesterday net tangible assets increased 18.9% to $1.51/unit and the portfolio weighted average lease expiry was 18.4 years. Vital will pay investors a final-quarter cash distribution of 2.125c/unit and confirmed its 2017 cash distribution guidance at 8.5c/unit.

Among highlights:

  • Gross rental income rose 15.7% to $70.4 million
  • Pretax operating profit rose 9.9% to $53.3 million
  • Net distributable income rose 10.9% to $40.2 million
  • The $101.9 million revaluation gain increased carrying book value by 12.2% to $951.9 million
  • The portfolio weighted average cap rate firmed 80 basis points to 7.2%

The company announced $A83 million of brownfield development projects & $A20 million of targeted strategic acquisitions during the year, acquired 4 Australian residential aged-care properties for $A41 million on an 8.0% initial yield and, post-balance date, raised $160 million of capital and settled its purchase of the Boulcott Private Hospital in Wellington for $31.7 million.

Management company chief executive David Carr said gross rental income increased 15.7%, driven principally by development rents. After property expenses, net property income rose 14.9%.

Finance expenses rose 25% to $15.2 million, reflecting higher overall debt levels. Vital renewed its bank facility in December.

Mr Carr said the Australian portfolio delivered 90% of the increased return, 55% of that attributable to assets which had been redeveloped.

Vital’s loan:value ratio (LVR) was 36.3% (32.9%). Although Vital had a higher drawn debt position at year-end, Mr Carr said the LVR remained relatively stable due to the strong portfolio revaluation gains. Following the capital-raising & Boulcott settlement, the ratio has fallen to 21%: “This provides about $300 million of balance sheet capacity at a 40% LVR,” Mr Carr said.

Attribution: Company release.

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