A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Sienna and Extendicare for failure to provide proper care in some of their Long Term Care facilities.
While any possible settlement will be paid for by their insurance protection, this will lead to an increase in government intervention.
More government regulation in the Long Term care area will lead to higher costs and even lower operating margins.
All industry players will be attempting to diversify away from Long Term Care into the higher margin Retirement Home segment.
Even after their recent acquisition in the Retirement area, Sienna will still derive 56% of their net operating income from their lower margin Long Term Care facilities.
I have just reduced my REIT exposure to 1.15% of the total North American equity exposure and selling Sienna will help to accomplish this objective.