Friday, August 15, 2014

Monogram Seeks To Join Liquidity Bandwagon

Monogram Residential Trust, the formerly named Behringer Harvard Multifamily REIT I, announced yesterday that it plans to list its shares on a national exchange.  Like the Inland American disclosure earlier in the week that it is spinning off its lodging properties, the Monogram news was vague on specifics.  Monogram's board has authorized the start of "the process of exploring a potential listing on a national exchange."  The REIT's board has apparently explored various liquidity options and has decided that a listing provides the best opportunity for investors. 

The REIT made the decision to terminate its share repurchase program and its distribution reinvestment plan even though the listing timing is not clearly defined.  An open-end listing date combined with stoppage of the share repurchase program is an invitation to mini-tender firms to step in and offer low-ball bids for now completely illiquid shares. 

Separately, Monogram announced a new estimated per share value of $10.41 per share, an increase from the $10.03 per share as of March 1, 2013.  I should not have to state this but will any way: remember, the $10.41 is the REIT's estimate per share only and any listing price, or mini-tender offer, will likely vary from this price.

A successful listing - any price near $10.00 per share - for Monogram would not only be positive for investors, but for Behringer Harvard, too.

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