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NEWTON, MA-Locally based Five Star Quality Care–a healthcare and senior living services company–will assume adjusted leases and purchase three senior living facilities from Senior Housing properties. NewSeasons Assisted Living Communities Inc. is making a deal with the owners, Senior Housing Properties Trust, to get itself out of its 10-facility lease obligations, previously leased up until 2017.

The 10 assisted living facilities total 873 units and were bought by Senior Housing properties for $87.6 million in 2003. At the time of purchase, the owner simultaneously stuck a deal with NewSeasons for the full lease-up of the fresh purchase. The lease terms were $8 million per year with an annual increase for 15 years. However, New Seasons and its parent company–Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross–are deciding to leave the assisted living business. Senior Housing is making a deal with New Seasons and Five Star that will allow New Seasons to abdicate its lease obligations.

“[Senior Housing] was pleased to have had NewSeasons as its tenant for the past five years, but we understand that business plans of large companies may change,” comments David Hegarty, president of Senior Housing, in a statement. “We expect that Five Star will be able to maintain and improve the services available at these high quality properties.”

Five Star will purchase three of the facilities from the owner for $21.4 million, while taking over revised leases for the remaining seven structures. Senior Housing lowered the rental rates for Five Star in the rejuvenated leases, knocking payments down to $7.6 million annually, while removing the rate increase from the original lease.

That increase, however, will not vaporize into the ether; NewSeasons will reciprocate Senior Housing’s flexibility by paying off a partial portion of the increases that would have accrued over the remaining years of the lease with a mélange of cash and titles to unnamed property. New Seasons will also pay Five Star with a $10-million-worth combination of cash and titles to other unnamed property. The healthcare company intends to use its compensation to fund the three-building purchase and use as working capital for the new acquisitions. New Seasons, Five Star and Senior Housing did not confirm the properties in this deal by deadline.

“Five Star believes these operations may be immediately accretiveto Five Star’s financial results,” says Bruce Mackey Jr., president and CEO of Five Star, in a prewritten statement, adding, “there may be additional financial upside from these operations when Five Star provides a new focus to these operations.”

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