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NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. (“NorthStar Healthcare”) a public, non-traded REIT, has lowered its estimates net asset value or “NAV” to $3.89 a share.  Shares were originally sold for $10.00 a share.   NorthStar Healthcare had last reported a $6.25 NAV per share, as of June 30, 2019.

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NorthStar Healthcare reportedly engaged Duff & Phelps, a third-party independent valuation and consulting firm, to assist with the valuation, which is based on the estimated value of NorthStar Healthcare’s assets, less the estimated value of its liabilities, divided by the number of shares outstanding as of June 30, 2020.  Based on the valuation, the estimated value of NorthStar Healthcare’s healthcare properties, joint venture investments and healthcare debt investment was reportedly approximately $2.06 billion, or about 25 percent lower than the properties’ total cost.

In April 2020, NorthStar Healthcare’s board suspended all repurchases under the share repurchase program in order to preserve capital and liquidity. Distributions were suspended in February 2019.

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https://i1.wp.com/www.investorlawyers.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/15.10.14-apartment-buildings.jpg?resize=300%2C210&ssl=1NorthStar Healthcare Income, Inc. (“NorthStar Healthcare”) is a public, non-traded REIT formed in October 2010 as a Maryland corporation.  NorthStar Healthcare is in the business of acquiring a geographically diverse portfolio of various healthcare real estate assets, including equity and debt investments (including various joint ventures with other non-traded REITs) in the mid-acuity senior housing sector, as well as in memory care, skilled nursing, and independent living facilities.  Pursuant to its initial offering, which closed on February 2, 2015, the non-traded REIT raised gross proceeds of $1.1 billion (subsequently, NorthStar Healthcare conducted a Follow-on Primary offering, raising total gross proceeds of $1.9 billion through March 22, 2017).

As a publicly registered, non-traded REIT, numerous retail investors were solicited by a financial advisor to invest in NorthStar Healthcare.  Unfortunately, customers who purchased shares through the IPO upon the recommendation of a broker may, in some instances, have been uninformed of the complex nature of the investment, including its high upfront commissions and fees (as set forth in its prospectus, NorthStar Healthcare charged investors a selling commission of up to 7% of gross offering proceeds, a dealer-manager fee of up to 3%, and an acquisition fee of 2.25% for properties acquired by the REIT).

Furthermore, as a non-traded REIT, NorthStar Healthcare is illiquid in nature.  Investors seeking liquidity have limited options at their disposal in the event that they wish to exit their investment position in the near term.  Briefly, investors seeking liquidity may: (i) seek to redeem their shares directly with the sponsor (it is worth noting that NorthStar is “not obligated to repurchase shares” under its Share Repurchase Program), or (ii) be presented with limited, market-driven opportunities to tender their shares to a third party professional investment firm (typically at a disadvantageous price), or finally, (iii) seek to sell their shares on a limited secondary market specializing in creating a market for illiquid securities.

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