Strategic Realty Trust, Inc. (“SRT”), formerly known as TNP Strategic Retail Trust, Inc. is a non-traded REIT that owns a portfolio of shopping centers. SRT has reportedly recently been the subject of a tender offer under which a third-party investor known as MacKenzie Realty Capital has offered to purchase shares for just $3.81/share. According to SEC filings, the most recent Net Asset Value for SRT estimated by the issuer was $6.27/share. SRT shares were originally sold at $10 a share to investors, meaning that most investors have likely incurred principal losses.
Over the past several years, many retail investors were steered into investing in non-traded REITs such as SRT by stockbrokers or financial advisors. Frequent selling points for non-traded REIT investments include presenting these securities as steady income-producing investments and as solid long-term investments due to their underlying investments in real estate. Some investors may not have been informed of the complexities and risks associated with non-traded REITs, including the investment’s high fees and illiquid nature.
Currently, investors who wish to sell their shares of SRT have limited options available to exit their investment position. For example, SRT suspended its share redemption program effective as of January 15, 2013. During the years ended 2013 and 2014, SRT did not redeem any shares under the redemption program. Thereafter, on April 1, 2015, SRT’s Board approved the reinstatement of the share redemption program, but only as it relates to the death or qualifying disability of the shareholder.
SRT investors seeking liquidity may opt to sell their shares under a tender offer such as the one discussed above, or on a secondary market. However, the secondary market may be thinly traded. SRT has recently been the subject of bids or offers listed on Central Trade & Transfer at $4.60 per share. This recent pricing also suggests that investors in SRT who wish to sell out of this non-traded REIT in the near term will incur losses.
Some investors in SRT may have arbitration claims to be pursued before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), if their SRT 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 financial advisor. Investors may contact a securities arbitration lawyer at 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.