According to a recent report from Robert A. Stanger & Company the first quarter of 2012 saw a stampede of investors to non-traded REITs and other direct participation investments, including Business Development Companies (BDCs) and Direct Participation Programs (DPPs) which include limited partnerships, general partnerships and limited liability companies. Investors poured approximately $3.3 billion in REITs, BDCs and DPPs during the first three months of the year.
Stanger’s report reveals that $2.6 billion was invested in non-traded REITs and the balance in various BDCs.
The top fund raisers were:
- Cole Real Estate $805 million
- Franklin Square Capital $541 million
- American Realty Capital Advisors $330 million
- Dividend Capital $242 million
- W.P. Carey $188 million
- CBRE Advisors $172 million
This is somewhat suprising given the recent history of many of the non-traded REITs, sold to many with the promise of steady and dependable distributions and a stable market value. In reality many of the non-traded REITs have discontinued distributions, or worse yet funded them with a return of capital or debt financed distributions. Of each dollar invested in a REIT, as much as $.14 goes to pay various costs and fees, leaving only $.86 available for investment. Since they are not traded on any regular exchange, investors have no way to liquidate them if they need cash.
Here is a chart from a prior post in which we highlighted some of the worst performers. Since its publication, Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust did a reverse merger and went public as Retail Properties of America (RPAI) and the loss to the investor is greater than indicated in the chart.
|Name||Offering price, per share||Current estimated value||% decline per share|
|Behringer Harvard Opportunity REIT I||$10.00||$4.12||-58.80%|
|Behringer Harvard REIT I||$10.00||$4.64||-53.60%|
|Behringer Harvard Short-Term Opportunity Fund||$10.00||$0.40||-96%|
|Cornerstone Core Properties REIT||$8.00||$2.25||-71.88%|
|Inland Western Retail Real Estate Trust Inc.||$10.00||$6.95||-30.50%(see note above)|
|KBS Real Estate Investment Trust Inc.||$10.00||$5.16||-48.40%|
If you have losses on REIT investments or other stock market losses, you may be able to recover some or all of the losses through FINRA arbitration.
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