RAIT Financial Trust to Check out Strategic Alternatives Consisting of Selling the Business

At a time when a number of new gamers have just recently gotten in the alternative CRE funding sector, among the earliest such companies, RAIT Financial Trust (NYSE: RAS), has actually decided to examine its options with the goal of taking advantage of its established industrial real estate loaning platform to boost shareholder value.

The business said such alternatives may include improving its operations or method, a financial deal such as a recapitalization or other change to RAIT’s capital structure, or a tactical transaction, such as a sale of all or part of the REIT.

“After careful factor to consider, the board thinks now is the proper time to explore a broad variety of tactical and monetary options that may have the potential to further unlock and enhance investor value,” said Michael Malter, chairman of RAIT and a member of the unique committee of independent members formed to examine options.

RAIT was formed in January 1998 and originally concentrated on financing and owning homes in the Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore locations.

Last year, it refocused to focus mostly on CRE loaning, offering its multifamily residential or commercial property management business and 18 homes for $338 million. Through the first half of this year, RAIT has actually divested another $211.5 countless its homes.

Meanwhile, RAIT has actually stepped up its loan originations. It came from $274.7 countless senior financial obligation throughout the six-month period ended June 30, 2017, surpassing overall loan originations for all 2016, which totaled $156.8 million.

Still, RAIT has been surpassed in financing volume by much more recent entrants. RAIT ranked 13th in loan origination volume through the very first 6 months of this year, according a CoStar News tally of REIT financing activity.

Late in 2015, RAIT Financial generated Malter as a new independent chairman. Then this year it included 2 more brand-new independent board members. Malter and those two comprise the brand-new unique committee.

For the 6 months ended June 30, RAIT reported a GAAP loss per share of $1.71 compared with loss per share of 28 cents for the six-months ended June 30, 2016. The increase in GAAP loss per share was primarily triggered by the non-cash property impairment charges and the provision for loan losses on a few of its legacy CRE loans.

“We are pleased with the development that management has actually made to changing RAIT into a more focused, cost-effective and lower leverage organisation focused on its core business real estate loaning service,” Malter stated last month in announcing second quarter profits. “Our board, as constantly, continues to consider a range of strategies that are aligned with the tenets of our simpler, more cost efficient and lower take advantage of company model to support more growth in RAIT’s financing service, develop a more resilient balance sheet and improve long-lasting shareholder worth.”

The unique committee has not set a definitive schedule for conclusion of its examination, and there can be no assurances that the process will result in any modification in method or any transaction being announced or completed.

RAIT and the special committee have retained Barclays and UBS Financial investment Bank as monetary consultants and Winston & & Strawn LLP as legal consultant to assist in the examination.

Genuine estate financiers, private financial obligation is a significantly welcoming technique given an existing environment marked by low returns from fixed-income investments, included danger from sky high rates for residential or commercial properties, regulative tightening and political unpredictability coming out of Washington.


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