Redeemed $16.7 Million Aggregate Liquidation Preference of ARPS
NEWTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RMR Mortgage Trust (Nasdaq: RMRM) today announced that it completed its previously announced redemption of all of its issued and outstanding auction rate preferred shares (“ARPS”). The company paid approximately $16.7 million to fully redeem the aggregate liquidation preference of the ARPS, plus accrued and unpaid dividends. This redemption is part of RMRM’s ongoing conversion from a registered investment company to a commercial mortgage real estate investment trust.
About RMR Mortgage Trust (Nasdaq: RMRM)
RMRM has historically operated as a closed end investment company advised by RMR Advisors LLC (the “Advisor”). The Advisor is a wholly owned subsidiary of The RMR Group LLC, an alternative asset management company. The RMR Group LLC is the majority owned operating subsidiary of The RMR Group Inc. (Nasdaq: RMR), which is headquartered in Newton, MA. On April 16, 2020, shareholders approved RMRM’s conversion from a registered investment company to a commercial mortgage real estate investment trust and amended RMRM’s fundamental investment policies and restrictions to permit RMRM to pursue its new business. RMRM is in the process of realigning its portfolio so that it is no longer an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”) and has applied to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for an order under the 1940 Act declaring that RMRM has ceased to be a registered investment company (the “Deregistration Order”). RMRM is in the process of selling its existing investments and transitioning its portfolio into commercial mortgage loans. If the SEC issues the Deregistration Order, the Board of Trustees anticipates RMRM would thereafter terminate its existing investment advisory agreement and enter into a new management agreement with its Advisor or an affiliate of the Advisor to provide day-to-day management.
WARNINGS REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This press release contains statements that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based upon RMRM’s present intent, beliefs and expectations, but forward-looking statements are not guaranteed to occur and may not occur for numerous reasons, some of which are beyond RMRM’s control. For example:
- The process for a Deregistration Order typically takes an extended period to complete, often up to one year or longer. This process may be extended under the current COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn if it takes longer to complete the submission and for SEC staff to review it considering pressing demands and impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, the SEC may determine not to grant RMRM the Deregistration Order, which would materially change RMRM’s plans for its business and investments.
- It may take RMRM longer to transition all of its investments to commercial mortgage loans due to COVID-19 and the economic downturn, including determinations to preserve capital, its ability to identify and execute on desirable commercial mortgage loan investments, complying with applicable regulatory, lender and governance requirements, and access to repurchase facility refinancing resources.
For these and other reasons, investors should not place undue reliance upon RMRM’s forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, RMRM does not intend to update or change any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Kevin Barry, Manager, Investor Relations (617) 658-0776
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