Is Highlands REIT Liquidating InvenTrust’s Properties?

by Admin Istrator | December 8, 2021 3:34 pm

Is Highlands REIT Liquidating InvenTrust’s Properties?

Highlands REIT was created to dispose of non-core assets for InvenTrust and then pay off investors, according to an SEC filing by InvenTrust. Unfortunately, this may not be occurring based on SEC filings.  Our firm is investigating this matter. If you lost money investing in Highlands REIT or InvenTrust, please call us at 800-767-8040 for a free consultation.

If you feel that your investment is stuck in Highlands REIT—a Real Estate Investment Trust[1] that spun off from InvenTrust—then you might not be alone.

Highlands is a small, Chicago-based real estate company that was purportedly formed to liquidate and distribute “net sale proceeds from the ‘non-core’ portfolio in a value-maximizing manner,” reports[2] Crain’s Chicago Business.

What is a non-listed REIT and why are they riskier than listed ones?

Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, are companies that invest in commercial properties and then sell shares in that property to investors. There are strict regulations for REITs, including that they are obligated to pay out 90% of their taxable earnings to shareholders.

All REITs must be registered with the SEC, and Highlands is. However REITs are not required to trade on the open market. Such REITs are called non-traded or non-listed REITs. Highlands is a non-listed REIT.

Non-listed REITs are often murky ground for investors, resulting in a lack of understanding of what the true value of shares is, and shackling investors from liquidating their shares easily.

In Highlands’ case, those shares have sunk to an incredible low—$0.11 in 2021 compared to $0.35 when the company was first opened. Investors who are stuck in the investment are likely desperate to get out.

According to the same Chicago Business article, Highlands was buying property instead of shedding property and paying off the returns to investors in 2019. The situation was bad enough back then when shares were still estimated to be trading at $0.35, although investors would be lucky to get $0.21, according to the article.

Generally speaking, non-listed REITs can suffer from several intrinsic problems, including:

Alleged problems with Highlands management

Highlands does not pay dividends, according to the same Chicago Business article.

Also, InvenTrust’s 2015 SEC filing[3] is fairly unambiguous:

“Through this spin-off, we expect Highlands will be better-positioned to provide stockholders with a return of their investment by liquidating and distributing net proceeds from the disposition of their assets in a more efficient manner.”

Those were the words of Thomas McGuinness, President and CEO of InvenTrust. Since then, Highlands did not move into a dedicated campaign of “liquidating and distributing” net proceeds as a result of selling their assets, but rather went into purchasing apartment buildings, Chicago Business says.

They acquired:

By 2019, the company had apparently spent $91 million on multifamily acquisitions.

In 2018, Highlands REIT paid its CEO $2.8 million, a figure that is superficially in line with the median for other REIT CEOs. But scratching the surface reveals that the CEOs of those REITs have portfolios of several billion, values that far exceed Highlands’s relatively small portfolio.

Did You Lose Money in Highlands REIT?

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