Summit Healthcare REIT Inc. (“Summit”), a publicly registered non-traded real estate investment trust, has recommended to shareholders that they reject a third-party tender offer by MacKenzie Realty Capital to purchase shares for $1.34 a share. The REIT estimates its net asset value per share as $2.53, and therefore says that the $1.34 a share offer is lower than fair value. Summit’s most recent estimated net asset value per share is $2.53, as of December 31, 2016.
As a publicly registered non-traded real estate investment trust (“REIT”), Summit was permitted to sell securities to the investing public at large, including numerous unsophisticated investors who bought shares upon the recommendation of a broker or financial advisor. Unfortunately for many non-traded REIT investors, they may not have been properly informed by their financial advisor or broker of the complexities and risks associated with investing in non-traded REITs.
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.
With respect to Summit as well as other non-traded REITs, many retail investors may have bought into them without first being fully informed of the risks associated with these complex and illiquid investments. 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 recommedation 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 Summit, 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.