Watermark Lodging Trust (Carey Watermark Investors I & II) Redemptions Remain Suspended, Tender off price indicates 50% loss
Are you concerned about your investment in Watermark Lodging Trust, Inc. (fka Carey Watermark Investors 2 Inc. and Carey Watermark Investors)? If so, the securities attorneys at the White Law Group may be able to help you to recover your investment losses by filing a FINRA Dispute Resolution claim against the brokerage firm that sold you the investment.
Carey Watermark Investors 1 and Carey Watermark Investors 2, two publicly registered non-traded REITs sponsored by W.P. Carey Inc. (NYSE: WPC), merged in October 2019, to create a hotel REIT, Watermark Lodging Trust. Unfortunately for investors, after the merger, the REIT declared its first post-merger net asset value (NAV) of $5.51 per Class A share and $5.45 per Class T share. Original shares were sold for $10 each indicating nearly a 50% loss.
Mackenzie Capital Management has just extended a tender offer to purchase shares of Watermark Lodging Trust for $5 per share. According to a letter to investors, although Watermark recently announced a merger agreement with Brookfield Real Estate Funds, there is no guarantee if or when that transaction will be approved or closed. (See: Recovery of Investment Losses in Watermark Lodging Trust.) The company’s distributions and redemptions have been paused since March 2020, according to the letter.
Watermark Lodging Trust Hotel Closings during Covid Pandemic
Watermark Lodging Trust, Inc., invested primarily in the lodging sector, “experienced significant cancellations” during the Covid-19 global pandemic, which “adversely affected the performance of the companies’ hotels in affected areas.”
The company was forced to close hotels and was generating no revenues while lockdown orders were in effect. According to SEC filings, the company noted that it has $277 million in debts scheduled to mature in 2020, the debts are nonrecourse and some feature extension options. Watermark reported if it is unable to repay, refinance, or extend these loans, foreclosure of the underlying hotels is a possibility, further noting that the company may seek to give properties back to the lenders.
On June 30, 2020, the Board of Directors determined that the current suspension of the Company’s redemption program will remain in effect until the board determines to lift the suspension. As of December 2020, all redemptions were suspended.
Non-traded REITs are generally complex, high-risk investments and not suitable for every investor. They are also illiquid, meaning they are not traded on any market. Often investors find themselves in the situation of being unable to sell the investment when they are ready. If they are able to find a buyer, it is often at a reduced price.
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If you are concerned about your investment in Watermark Lodging Trust (fka Carey Watermark Investors I and II), the White Law Group may be able to help you. For a free consultation with a securities attorney, please call 888-637-5510.
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