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What was Stephen A. Schwarzman’s (CEO of Blackstone Group, the sponsor of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., a nontraded REIT) estimated net worth as of 2019?

What was Stephen A. Schwarzman’s (CEO of Blackstone Group, the sponsor of Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust, Inc., a nontraded REIT) estimated net worth as of 2019?

March 21, 2019

Answer: According to Forbes, Mr. Schwarzman’s estimated net worth was $13.3 billion as of February 25, 2019. The son of a dry goods store owner, he founded private equity firm Blackstone with fellow billionaire Peter Peterson in 1985. He has pledged or given away $350 million to Yale University, New York Public Library and others. He was ranked 34th on Forbes 2018 list of the 400 richest Americans.

Bluerock Total Income+ Real Estate Fund, an Interval Fund, surpassed $1 billion in assets in 2018. According to its 2018 annual report, how did the volatility of the fund’s share values compare to the volatility of the leading stock and public REIT indices?

March 8, 2019

Answer: The fund, since inception in October 2012, has recorded approximately 90% lower volatility than leading stock and public REIT indices.  The fund has paid 23 consecutive quarterly distributions and its latest distribution is equivalent to a 5.25% annualized rate based on the September 26, 2018 record date NAV of $30.27 per share, and an effective 6.4% (A Share) distribution rate on the inception price of $25.00 per share.

As of October 31, 2018, the date with the most recently filed semi-annual and annual statements, how many interval funds had net assets in excess of $1.0 billion?

February 14, 2019

Answer:  Eight interval funds had net assets in excess of $1.0 billion, led by Stone Ridge Trust II ($6.0 billion), Stone Ridge Trust V ($3.5 billion), ACAP Strategic Fund ($3.3 billion), Griffin Institutional Access Real Estate Fund ($2.6 billion), and Versus Capital Multi-Manager Real Estate Income Fund ($2.5 billion).

Which Business Development Company (“BDC”) had investments in the common stock of at least 25 different nontraded REITs as of September 30, 2018, with a total cost basis of over $22 million?

January 31, 2019

Answer: MacKenzie Realty Capital, Inc., a nontraded BDC, owned common shares in at least 25 different nontraded REITs as of September 30, 2018. The cost basis of the 19 million shares was $22.6 million as of September 30, 2018, with an estimated fair value of $25.2 million. The BDC’s largest investment among the nontraded REITs was in KBS REIT II, Inc., in which it held 1.6 million shares with a fair value of $6.56 million at that date, and a cost basis of $3.65 per share. The BDC also owned 14.7 million shares of Highlands REIT, Inc. with a cost basis of $0.197 per share.

Which previously nontraded REIT completed its full liquidity event when its last tranche of common shares were converted to listed shares on January 9, 2019?

January 16, 2019

American Finance Trust, Inc. (“AFIN”) announced on December 20, 2018, that all issued and outstanding shares of its Class B-2 common stock would automatically convert into shares of its Class A common stock on January 9, 2019.  Class A shares trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AFIN.  The Class B-2 shares represent approximately 25% of AFIN’s total outstanding shares. As of the conversion date, 100% of AFIN’s common shares became tradeable, completing its full liquidity event.

Which sponsor of a nontraded REIT has been investing in real estate since 1934 and had $988 billion in assets under management, including $45 billion in U.S. real estate as of September 30, 2018?

January 10, 2019

Nuveen Global Cities REIT is sponsored by Nuveen. The REIT is currently offering up to $5 billion of common stock in a perpetual life offering, featuring monthly Net Asset Values (NAVs). The public offering includes four share classes (T, S, D, and I shares). Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (“TIAA”) is the ultimate parent company of TIAA Global Asset Management/Nuveen.

Which previously nontraded REIT is now listed on the Nasdaq Global Select and will have the final tranche of its common stock converted to listed stock on January 15, 2019?

December 12, 2018

Answer: American Finance Trust (AFIN) listed a portion of its outstanding shares on the Nasdaq on July 19, 2018, and the final portion of its common shares (Class B-2) will convert to Class A shares on January 15, 2019. The shares reached a high of $17.76 on September 20 and recently traded at $13.77 per share.

Which two traded REITs are issuing nontraded preferred stock and sold over $14 million in nontraded preferred stock in September 2018 and over $109 million year-to-date through September 2018?

October 24, 2018

Answer:  Bluerock Residential Growth REIT and CIM Commercial Trust (CMCT) together raised over $14 million by issuing nontraded preferred stock in September 2018 and together have raised over $109 million through the issuance of nontraded preferred stock year-to-date through September 2018.

What bank rate is the basis for most variable rate debt utilized by nontraded REITs and what will happen in 2021 to change the reference rate for variable rate debt and interest rate swaps?

October 17, 2018

Answer:  Currently, most variable rate debt utilized by nontraded REITs have interest rates based upon LIBOR, the London Interbank Offered Rate. In April 2018, the New York Federal Reserve began publishing the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR), a rate that regulators hope will eventually be adopted to back U.S. dollar-based derivatives and loans. The head of Britain’s financial markets regulator said last year that a LIBOR substitute must be in place for banks to use by the end of 2021 and that LIBOR must because there are not enough transactions underpinning the rates.

Which two nontraded REIT sponsors ranked second and third in total capital raised by two programs each in both August and September 2018, after Blackstone REIT’s continuous offering?

October 10, 2018

Answer: Black Creek Group’s Black Creek Industrial REIT IV and Black Creek Diversified Property Fund gave the sponsor its second place ranking among nontraded REIT sponsors. Griffin Capital’s Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II and Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV gave the sponsor its third place ranking in both August and September among nontraded REIT sponsors.

Where are U.S. $100 bills being held?

October 2, 2018

Where are U.S. $100 bills being held?             Answer: According to Federal Reserve estimates, $80 billion is held in domestic depository institutions, $453 billion is held by domestic businesses and individuals, and $1.07 trillion is held abroad.

How many nontraded REITs reported an increase in EBITDA between Q1 2018 and Q2 2018?

September 18, 2018

Answer:  Of the 63 nontraded REITs reporting EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) for Q2 2018, 42 reported increases. The 63 REITs had total EBITDA of $1.32 billion for Q2 2018, up about 2% from the $1.29 billion for Q1 2018. The REIT reporting the highest EBITDA for Q2 2018 was Hines Global REIT, Inc., with $88.92 million, followed by Blackstone REIT with $82.04 million.

How many nontraded REITs have acquired light industrial properties since January 2018?

August 30, 2018

Answer: Five nontraded REITs have completed ten transactions to acquire warehouse/distribution centers encompassing a combined 25.3 million square feet of leasable area. The REITs and the number of transactions include Black Creek Industrial REIT IV (3), RREEF Property Trust (3), Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT (2), Cole Real Estate Income Strategy (Daily NAV) (1), and Blackstone REIT (1).

Which nontraded REIT had the highest percentage of its distributions reinvested pursuant to its distribution reinvestment program in Q2 2018?

August 28, 2018

Answer:  JLL Income Property Trust Inc. had the highest percentage of its distributions reinvested in Q2 2018 at 65%.  Other REITs with a high percentage of distributions reinvested:  Hartman vREIT XXI, Inc. (63%), Blackstone REIT, Inc. (62%), Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT, Inc. (61%), CNL Healthcare Properties II, Inc. (59%) and Black Creek Industrial REIT IV Inc. (58%).