– Strategic change involves expanding the nature and type of assets owned and operated –
– Expects to benefit from portfolio diversification and new income opportunities –
– Expects to generate greater growth and profitability by evolving business strategy –
NEW YORK, December 30, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New York City REIT, Inc. (NYSE: NYC) (“NYC” or the “Company”) announced today that it intends to expand the scope of assets and businesses that the Company may own and operate. By investing in other types of assets, the Company may generate income that would not otherwise constitute qualifying income for purposes of qualifying as a Real Estate Investment Trust or (“REIT”). As a result, the Company expects to change its REIT election and become a taxable C corporation. Elections, if and when made, will be effective as of January 1, 2023.
“We are excited to expand our NYC footprint beyond Manhattan real estate, which we believe will allow us to diversify our revenue streams and pursue opportunities that may not have been previously available to us. ,” said Michael Weil, CEO of NYC. “While we continue to believe in the long-term imperative of New York real estate, the pace of the office segment’s recovery since the COVID outbreak remains challenged. Despite the resilient performance of our portfolio over the past two years, portfolio growth has has been growing and we believe we will be able to generate greater growth and profitability by evolving NYC’s business strategy.”
In addition, NYC announced that its board approved a 1-for-8 reverse stock split pursuant to which each outstanding share of common stock will be converted into 0.125 shares of common stock (not fractional shares are issued). The reverse stock split is expected to be effective at 5:00 p.m. eastern time on January 11, 2023. Further, subject to the execution of the necessary documents and board approval, the Company intends to launch a rights offering to raise additional capital from existing shareholders.
Strategic and Financial Reasoning
Diversification may offset New York City’s protracted office rebound: The pace of recovery in New York City’s office market from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be challenged as rental and occupancy trends for the broader market have slowed, leading political, community and business leaders to propose repositioning plans for New York City office. assets.
Additional opportunities for capital growth: NYC could potentially raise additional capital from existing shareholders and, in the future, from a broader base of new investors, who may not have been previously available to NYC, who seek companies with greater diversification of assets and business and invest potential income in income generating ventures.
Increased diversification: By expanding the nature and type of assets NYC seeks to own and acquire, NYC can potentially reduce single asset class exposure and increase corporate flexibility and income generated.
Potential to use Net Operating Losses: Even if NYC terminates its status as a REIT, the Company may be able to use existing or future net operating losses to limit taxation on any future income.
About New York City REIT, Inc.
New York City REIT, Inc. is a publicly traded REIT that owns a portfolio of high-quality commercial real estate located within the five boroughs of New York City. Additional information about NYC can be found on its website at www.newyorkcityreit.com.
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