NexLiving Communities Inc. (NXLV:TSX.V) acquired two properties in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, for US$34.3 million (US$34.3M), reported Echelon Capital Markets analyst David Chrystal in a Dec. 16 research note.
"The acquisition is immediately accretive," Chrystal wrote, in that it uses the company's excess cash, the related mortgage has a below-market interest rate, and the increased scale lowers NexLiving's general and administrative expense:net operating income ratio.
Expanding Its Asset Portfolio
Chrystal described the new properties comprising 142 suites. One, at 50 Calabria St., encompasses a newly built, 82-suite luxury building with lots of amenities, including pickleball and basketball courts and fitness and community centers, and the adjacent land is approved for 85 suites. The second property, at 5 Woodhollow Park, features 67 suites built about 12 years ago. The blended cap rate, including the land, is 4.75%.
"The purchase was financed in part with US$25.7M of mortgage debt at an average interest rate of 3.06%, with a weighted average remaining term of 3.5 years," Chrystal relayed.
The company used most of its US$9.8M in cash and cash equivalents to cover the $8.6M cash portion of the total consideration for the two New Brunswick properties, NexLiving. It will generate incremental cash from nearly US$25M of mortgage debt maturing in early January and April 2023, but "any significant further acquisition will require incremental equity," wrote Chrystal.
Looking forward, he added, "We believe NexLiving's existing portfolio will continue to deliver solid operational results. Though excess cash is a drag on our near-term financial forecast, once liquidity is deployed, we see significant per-share cash flow growth."
Continued Scaling Up
The analyst pointed out that the scale realized from the most recent purchase, taking year-to-date acquisitions to about US$69M, is benefitting the multifamily property owner. Now, general and administrative (G&A) expense represents about 20–25% of run-rate net operating income, noted the analyst. The Mountain Road acquisition would further expand the Canadian company's asset portfolio to about 1,200 units valued at more than US$240M and decrease G&A to about 15–20%.
"Should NexLiving continue to execute on its considerable pipeline of acquisition opportunities, we expect that the G&A ratio will dip further," noted Chrystal.
Echelon has a Buy rating and a CA$0.22 per share target price on NexLiving Communities, currently trading at about CA$0.14 per share.
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