Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE: SRC) (“Spirit” or the “Company”), a premier net lease real estate investment trust (“REIT”) that invests in single-tenant, operationally essential real estate, today announced the commencement of an underwritten public offering of 6,500,000 shares of its common stock on a forward basis in connection with the forward sale agreements described below.
Morgan Stanley and BofA Securities are acting as the joint lead book-running managers for the offering.
In connection with the offering of shares of common stock, the Company expects to enter into forward sale agreements with Morgan Stanley and BofA Securities (or affiliates thereof) (which the Company refers to as the “forward purchasers”), with respect to 6,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.
The underwriters of the offering also expect to be granted a 30-day option to purchase up to 975,000 additional shares of the Company’s common stock. If the option to purchase additional shares of the Company’s common stock is exercised, the Company expects to enter into one or more additional forward sale agreements with the forward purchasers in respect of the number of shares of the Company’s common stock that are subject to exercise of the option to purchase additional shares.
In connection with the forward sale agreements and any additional forward sale agreements, the forward purchasers (or their affiliates) are expected to borrow from third parties and sell to the underwriters an aggregate of 6,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock (or an aggregate of 7,475,000 shares of the Company’s common stock if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full). However, a forward purchaser (or its affiliate) is not required to borrow such shares if, after using commercially reasonable efforts, such forward purchaser is unable to borrow such shares, or if borrowing costs exceed a specified threshold or if certain specified conditions have not been satisfied. If a forward purchaser (or its affiliate) does not deliver and sell all of the shares of the Company’s common stock to be sold by it to the underwriters, the Company will issue and sell to the underwriters a number of shares of its common stock equal to the number of shares that such forward purchaser (or its affiliate) does not deliver and sell, and the number of shares underlying the relevant forward sale agreement or such additional forward sale agreement will be decreased by the number of shares that the Company issues and sells.
Pursuant to the terms of the forward sale agreements and any additional forward sale agreements, and subject to its right to elect cash or net share settlement, the Company intends to issue and sell, upon physical settlement of the forward sale agreements or any additional forward sale agreements up to an aggregate of 6,500,000 shares of common stock (or an aggregate of up to 7,475,000 shares of common stock if the underwriters exercise their option to purchase additional shares in full) to the forward purchasers. The Company expects to physically settle the forward sale agreements and any additional forward sale agreements in full on one or more dates no later than 18 months from the date of the prospectus.
The Company will not initially receive any proceeds from the sale of shares of its common stock by the forward purchasers. The Company intends to contribute any cash proceeds that it receives upon settlement of the forward sale agreements and any additional forward sale agreements to its operating partnership, which intends to use such proceeds to fund potential property acquisitions and for general corporate purposes, which may include repaying or repurchasing indebtedness (including amounts outstanding from time to time under its revolving credit facility), working capital and capital expenditures.
All of the shares of common stock will be offered under the Company’s effective shelf registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). A preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering will be filed with the SEC and will be available on the SEC’s website. When available, a copy of the preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained from Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014; BofA Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd Floor, Charlotte, North Carolina 28255-0001, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by visiting the EDGAR database on the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
ABOUT SPIRIT REALTY
Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE: SRC) is a premier net-lease REIT that primarily invests in single-tenant, operationally essential real estate assets, subject to long-term leases.
As of September 30, 2021, Spirit’s diverse portfolio consisted of 1,915 owned properties across 48 states, with an aggregate leasable area of 46.7 million square feet within retail, industrial and other assets. Spirit’s properties were leased to 312 tenants operating in over 35 industries.
FORWARD-LOOKING AND CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
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