Investors in Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II Inc. (“CVMC REIT II”) may have FINRA arbitration claims, if their investment was recommended by a financial advisor who lacked a reasonable basis for the recommendation, or if the nature of the investment was misrepresented by the stockbroker or advisor.
The Board of CVMC II REIT, a publicly registered non-traded real estate investment trust, approved an estimated net asset value of $8.65 per share for the REIT’s Class A, Class I, Class T, and Class T2 shares of common stock, calculated as of October 31, 2019. The previous NAV per share was $9.25 as of June 30, 2018 and shares originally sold for $10.00 each. Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II recently merged with an affiliated non-traded REIT, Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT. The company noted that while the value of its pre- and post-merger real estate portfolio increased, the NAV was negatively impacted by transaction costs incurred from Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT’s merger-related costs, among other things.
CVMC REIT II was incorporated on January 11, 2013 as a Maryland corporation that elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT). As a publicly registered non-traded REIT, CVMC REIT II was permitted to sell securities to the investing public at large, including numerous unsophisticated retail investors who bought shares upon the recommendation of a broker or money manager. CVMC REIT II began offering securities in May 2014, and after raising $1.2 billion in investor equity in its initial primary offering, CVMC REIT II launched a follow-on offering that terminated in November 2018 after raising an additional $86.9 million. CVMC REIT II invests in net leased data centers and healthcare assets and owned a portfolio of 85 pr Carter Validus Mission Critical REIT II, which invests in net leased data center and healthcare assets, went effective in May 2014 and has raised $1 billion in investor equity, as of July 18th. The REIT’s portfolio is comprised of 62 properties (20 data center and 42 healthcare properties) that were purchased for approximately $1.4 billion.
Although investors may be disappointed at the lowered $8.65 a share NAV, this net asset value or NAV may not even reflect the actual value that shareholders would realize if CVMC REIT II were liquidated, listed on an exchange or merged with a public company. Financial analysts frequently assume that non-traded investments such CVMC REIT II will trade at a discount to NAV if listed on a securities exchange. In a prominent example of this phenomenon, a large non-traded REIT known as American Finance Trust or AFIN listed its shares in 2018 had published an estimated NAV of $23.56 a share, yet shares later traded for as little as $10.08 after AFIN was listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. AFIN shares now trade at $14.56 a share as of the close of the market on December 4, 2019.
Non-traded REITs pose many risks that are often not readily apparent to retail 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 generally charge investors for certain due diligence and administrative fees, ranging anywhere from 1-3%.
Furthermore, non-traded REITs are generally illiquid investments. Unlike traditional stocks and mutual funds, non-traded REITs do not trade on a national securities exchange. Many uninitiated investors in non-traded REITs have come to learn too late that their ability to exit their investment position is limited. Typically, investors in non-traded REITs can only exit their investment through redemption directly with the sponsor on a limited basis, and often at a disadvantageous price, or through sales in a limited secondary market.
Investors who wish to discuss a possible claim may contact Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a no-cost, confidential consultation. Attorneys at the firm are admitted in New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin and various federal courts around the country, and handle cases nationwide (in cooperation with attorneys located in those states if required by applicable rules).