Sierra Income Corporation (“SIC”) recently extended a tender offer to its shareholders, which terminated on December 22, 2017, offering to purchase shares for $7.89 a share. SIC is a publicly registered, non-traded business-development company (“BDC”). This non-traded BDC invests primarily in first lien senior secured debt, second lien secured debt, and certain subordinated debt of middle market companies with annual revenue between $50 million and $1 billion. Investors who participated in the tender offer likely sustained losses on their initial capital investment at $10 per share (exclusive of fees, commissions and any distribution income received). According to publicly available information, a total of 4,923,026 shares were validly tendered.
According to publicly available information, SIC is externally managed by SIC Advisors LLC, which in turn, is affiliated with Medley Management (NYSE: MDLY, “Medley”). Medley operates a national direct origination franchise through which it seeks to market its financial products, including SIC. As of December 31, 2016, Sierra reported that it had raised in excess of $900 million in connection with its equity capital raise.
Investors who purchased shares in SIC’s offering acquired shares at $10 per share. Further, as outlined in SIC’s prospectus, investors who participated in the offering were subject to hefty up-front fees and commissions of nearly 10%, including a “selling commission” of 7.00%, in addition to a “dealer-manager fee” of 2.75%.