Bad News for Investors of MVP REIT, MVP REIT II, The Parking REIT
Have you suffered losses investing in The Parking REIT/MVP REIT? If so, the securities attorneys at The White Law Group may be able to help you to recover your losses by filing a FINRA Dispute Resolution claim against the brokerage firm that sold you the investment.
The Parking REIT, a non-traded REIT formed in December 2017 by the merger of MVP REIT and MVP REIT II, invests primarily in parking lots and garages in the United States.
According to reports on April 4, 2019, The Parking REIT Inc. has internalized its management platform by acquiring and assuming substantially all of the assets and liabilities from its former external manager, The Parking REIT Advisors.
While the company touts benefits to the internalization, investors are not so sure.
In March 2019, a stockholder reportedly filed a class action lawsuit in a Nevada federal court in regards to the proxy statements filed with the SEC to obtain shareholder approval for the merger with MVP REIT.
The complaint alleges the company disseminated proxy statements that contained false and misleading statements, and that the director defendants breached their fiduciary duties, and the proposed internalization transaction will unjustly enrich certain directors and officers of the company.
The complaint seeks a trial by jury; unspecified monetary damages, an order halting the company’s listing on NASDAQ, and the payment of reasonable attorneys’ fees and other expenses.
Investors are questioning several negative factors in regards to the internalization that were disclosed by the company in an SEC filing. There are reportedly existing potential conflicts of interest between the company and the manager, and the compensation paid as a result of the internalization transactions.
Also, there are significant costs involved with completing the transactions contemplated by the contribution agreement, as well the substantial time and effort required to complete the internalization, and the related disruption to the company’s operations.
Further, consideration paid in the form of common stock will have a dilutive effect and will reduce the voting power and relative ownership percentage interests of current stockholders.
The White Law Group has been investigating MVP REIT II since 2016 when it first announced that it would re-evaluate pursuing a listing on the NASDAQ Global Market, and consider other stockholder liquidity options.
Update 9/4/19 – The Parking REIT Withdraws $100 Million IPO
According to SEC filings last week, The Parking REIT, Inc. has withdrawn its registration statement that was filed on October 5, 2018.
The company originally filed a preliminary prospectus with the SEC to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering, but said that it “believes the withdrawal to be consistent with the public interest and the protection of investors.”
The REIT reportedly planned to use proceeds from the IPO to repay approximately $9.1 million in debt, and for general corporate and working capital purposes.
In March 2018, Mackenzie Realty Capital extended a tender offer to purchase shares of the Parking REIT for $12.17/share after the REIT announced it had unanimously authorized a suspension of the company’s cash distributions and stock dividends, effective immediately. The original purchase price was $25.00/share.
The Parking REIT Fails to file Financial Reports
In April 3, 2018, The Parking REIT was unable to file its annual report for the year ended December 31, 2017 due to an internal investigation arising from the audit committee’s receipt of allegations from an employee of MVP Realty Advisors, LLC (the external advisor to the Parking REIT), about possible wrongdoing by the Parking REIT’s chairman and chief executive officer.
Recovery of Investment Losses
Non-traded REITs, like The Parking REIT, are often complex and high risk investments that are really only suitable for sophisticated investors.
It is the duty of the brokerage firm to perform due diligence on any investment and to ensure that the investment is suitable for a particular investor in light of that investor’s age, investment objectives, income, net worth, and investment experience.
Given the current risk of devaluation of these REITs, such investments are likely only suitable for wealthy and/or sophisticated investors who can properly evaluate the risks of the investment and afford substantial losses.
If you have suffered losses investing in The Parking REIT/MVP REIT I or II, and would like a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call The White Law Group at 1-888-637-5510.
The White Law Group is a national securities arbitration, securities fraud, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Vero Beach, Florida. For more information on The White Law Group, visit www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.