The securities lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP represent investors who have lost millions investing in American Realty Capital New York City REIT (ARC New York REIT, New York City REIT, or NYC REIT) (Ticker Symbol: NYC) a non-traded real estate investment trust (Non-Traded REIT) that recently went public.
Our firm often handles cases involving direct participation products (DPPs), private placements, Non-Traded REITs, and other alternative investments. These products are almost always unsuitable for middle class investors. In addition, the brokers who sell them are paid additional commission in order to hype inferior quality investments providing perverse incentives for brokers to sell high risk and low reward investments.
In 2018 NYC REIT ceased making distributions. However, the REIT continued to tell investors that the investment was worth at least $20.26 a share on their initial $25 per share price investment while secondary market sources were projected massive losses. In early 2020 NYC REIT announced that it would go public. REIT investors would realize shares subject to a 2.43-to-1 reverse stock split. Thereafter, 75% of client funds would be converted into Class B shares which could not be sold and would remain illiquid. NYC REIT told investors that by the end of the first listing year all Class B shares would be converted into Class A shares which could be sold on the market.
Once NYC REIT went public and the true value of NYC REIT was revealed investors lost a significant portion of their investment seemingly overnight. At the initial public offering (“IPO”), NYC REIT lost almost 44% of its value in that first trading session. By the end of October 2020 NYC REIT had lost over 63% of its initial public offering price. Investors in NYC REIT have suffered losses of approximately 85% of their initial investment in the Non-Traded REIT and still cannot liquidate the majority of their investment.
As a law firm that represents investors, we have watched the same story as NYC REIT play out over and over again where real estate and other assets are touted as safe and reliable investments only to realize significant losses when the true value is revealed.
According to studies, non-traded REITs have historically have underperformed even safe benchmarks, like U.S. treasury bonds – meaning that non-traded REITs provide paltry investment returns considering the risk an investor takes. Alternative investment products like oil and gas partnerships, REITs, and equipment leasing programs are only appropriate for a narrow band of investors under certain conditions due to the high costs, illiquidity, and huge redemption charges of the products, if they can be redeemed at all.
However, due to the high commissions brokers earn on these products they sell them to investors who cannot profit from them. These products have become so popular among brokers without providing any benefit to investors that many states now limit investors from investing more than 10% of their liquid assets in Non-Traded REITs. Many states impose these limitations because its understood that that they provide virtually no benefit to investors in relationship to their risks.
Investors often fail to understand that they have lost money until many years after agreeing to the investment. In sum, for all of their costs and risks, investors in these programs are in no way additionally compensated for the loss of liquidity, risks, or cost.
According to the NYC REIT’s website, the investment seeks to provide its investors with a combination of current income and capital appreciation through strategic investments in high-quality commercial real estate located within the five boroughs of New York City, particularly Manhattan. The funds’ three primary objectives are stated as to preserve and protect capital, pay monthly stable cash distributions; and increase the value of assets in order to generate capital appreciation.
The investment lawyers at Gana Weinstein LLP represent investors who have suffered investment losses due to allegations of wrongdoing. The majority of these claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.