Hospitality Investors Trust Inc. (formerly known as ARC Hospitality Trust, Inc.) is a non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on ownership of hotels and other lodging properties in the United States. As a publicly registered non-traded REIT, Hospitality Investors Trust was permitted to sell shares to the investing public at large, oftentimes upon the recommendation of a broker or financial advisor. The REIT sold shares to the public for $25.00/share. Some investors may not have been properly informed by their financial advisor or broker of the complexities and risks associated with investing in non-traded REITs.
According to reports, Hospitality Investors Trust has terminated redemptions, and the company no longer pays a dividend. The company must get approval from Class C units before doing future redemptions, and according to SEC filings it “no longer pays distributions.” The NAV of Hospitality Investors Trust has reportedly decreased by 47% since initial issuance to just $13.20, down from the $25 initial purchase price. Thus, investors who bought shares at the $25.00 offering price have experienced a loss of nearly half of their principal.
On October 23, 2017, MacKenzie Realty Capital, Inc. reportedly extended a tender offer to purchase shares of Hospitality Investors Trust Inc. for $5.53 a share- suggesting that shares may be worth even less than the REIT’s reported NAV.
One of the more readily-apparent investment risks with non-traded REITs are their high up-front commissions (usually at least 7-10%), in addition to certain due diligence and administrative fees (that can range anywhere from 1-3%). These fees act as an immediate ‘drag’ on any investment and can compound losses. Further, another significant and less readily-apparent risk associated with non-traded REITs has to do with liquidity. Unlike traditional stocks and certain publicly- traded REITs, non-traded REITs do not trade on a national securities exchange, leaving investors with limited options if they wish to sell their shares after the initial purchase- especially if the issuer is not redeeming shares.
As members and associated persons of FINRA, brokerage firms and their financial advisors must ensure that adequate due diligence is performed on any investment that is recommended to investors. Further, firms and their brokers must ensure that investors are informed of the risks associated with an investment, and must conduct a suitability analysis to determine if an investment meets an investor’s stated investment objectives and risk profile. Either an unsuitable recommendation to purchase an investment or a misrepresentation concerning the nature and characteristics of the investment may give rise to a claim against a stockbroker or financial advisor.
If you have invested in Hospitality Investors Trust/ARC Hospitality Trust or another non-traded REIT, and you have suffered losses in connection with your investment (or are currently unable to exit your illiquid investment position), you may be able to recover your losses in FINRA arbitration. Investors may contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or via email at email@example.com for a no-cost, confidential consultation.