The share price of American Finance Trust (“AFIN”), a REIT that published an estimated net asset value (NAV) of $23.56 a share before listing its shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Nasdaq”) in the summer of 2018, has continued to languish, reaching a market price as low as $10.08 in trading on April 12, 2019.
As previously reported, on June 29, 2018, the board of directors of AFIN, formerly known as American Realty Capital Trust V, Inc., announced the approval of a plan to list AFIN common stock on the Nasdaq, and listed its shares effective July 19, 2018. Although most investors paid $25.00 a share for AFIN shares in the Company’s offerings, AFIN shares have consistently traded well below that price level since the Nasdaq listing.
Last year, a third party known as MacKenzie Realty Capital Inc. made two unsolicited tender offers to purchase AFIN shares for as much as $15.00 per Class A share- offers that AFIN’s board recommended shareholders reject.
Because AFIN was registered with the SEC, the non-traded REIT was permitted to sell securities to the investing public at large, including numerous unsophisticated investors who bought shares through the initial public offering (“IPO”) upon the recommendation of a broker or money manager. AFIN commenced its initial public offering in April 2013, which closed approximately six months later, raising $1.6 billion in investor equity. Investors who participated in the IPO paid $25 per share. AFIN later merged with another REIT known as American Realty Capital Retail Centers of America in a controversial 2017 transaction.
While it is now publicly traded, AFIN was initially sold as a public, non-traded REIT. Non-traded REITs pose many risks that may not be readily apparent to investors, or adequately explained by the financial advisors and stockbrokers who recommend these complex investments. One significant risk associated with non-traded REITs has to do with their high up-front commissions, typically between 7-10%. In addition to high commissions, non-traded REITs like AFIN generally charge investors for certain due diligence and administrative fees, ranging anywhere from 1-3%.
Stockbrokers and financial advisors who sell non-traded REITs and other non-conventional investments have an obligation to recommend these investments only when they have a reasonable basis to recommend them to an individual customer. Advisors also may not sell non-traded REITs or other investments via a misleading sales presentation that omits to disclose material risks.
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