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Brookdale Senior Living
Given the aging U.S. population, this looks like an outstanding idea for investors. Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) owns and operates senior living communities in the United States. It operates through five segments.
The Assisted Living and Memory Care segment owns or leases communities consisting of freestanding multi-story communities and freestanding single-story communities, which offer housing and 24-hour assistance with activities of daily life to mid-acuity and frail elderly residents. This segment also operates memory care communities for residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
The Independent Living segment owns or leases communities, comprising independent and assisted living units in a single community, that are primarily designed for middle- to upper-income seniors. The Continuing Care Retirement Communities segment owns or leases communities that offer various living arrangements, such as independent and assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing, as well as services to accommodate various levels of physical ability and health needs.
The Health Care Services segment provides home health, hospice and outpatient therapy services, while the Management Services segment operates communities under the management agreements.
As of December 31, 2020, the company owned 350 communities, leased 301 communities, managed 72 communities on behalf of third parties and three communities for which it has equity interest.
Stifel has a $9.80 price target on the shares, and the consensus target is lower at $8.26. Brookdale Senior Living closed Friday at $7.80.
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