S-8 1 tm2033998d1_s8.htm FORM S-8

 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM S-8

 

REGISTRATION STATEMENT
UNDER
THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

 

BLUEROCK RESIDENTIAL GROWTH REIT, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Maryland 26-3136483
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

1345 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, New York 10105
(212) 843-1601


(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.

Fourth Amended and Restated 2014 Equity Incentive Plan for Individuals
(Full title of the Plan)

 

R. Ramin Kamfar
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.

1345 Avenue of the Americas, 32nd Floor
New York, New York 10105
(Name and address of agent for service)

 

(212) 843-1601

(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

Copy to:

 

Richard P. Cunningham, Jr.
Kaplan Voekler Cunningham & Frank, PLC

1401 East Cary Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Telephone: (804) 823-4000
Facsimile: (804) 823-4099

 

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer o   Accelerated filer þ
Non-accelerated filer o   Smaller reporting company þ
    Emerging growth company o

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act. o

 

 

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

                   
Title of Securities
to be Registered
  Amount
to Be
Registered (1)
  Proposed
Maximum
Offering Price
per Share (2)
  Proposed
Maximum
Aggregate
Offering Price (2)
  Amount of
Registration Fee (2)
 

Class A Common Stock

$0.01 par value per share

  3,000,000   $ 8.235   $ 24,705,000.00   $ 2,695.32  
                         
(1)Pursuant to Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), the number of shares of common stock registered hereunder includes such additional number of shares of common stock that may become issuable under the plan referenced above by reason of certain corporate transactions or events, including any stock dividend, stock split, recapitalization or any other similar transaction effected without the receipt of consideration which results in an increase in the number of the registrant’s outstanding shares of common stock.

 

(2)Estimated in accordance with Rules 457(c) and (h) under the Securities Act, solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee, based on the average of the high and low prices of shares of the registrant’s Class A Common Stock as reported on the NYSE American on October 19, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

 

The purpose of this registration statement on Form S-8 (this “Registration Statement”) is to register an aggregate of 3,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share (the “Class A Shares”), of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), that may be offered pursuant to the Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Fourth Amended and Restated 2014 Equity Incentive Plan for Individuals (the “Plan”).

 

PART I

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

 

The document(s) containing the information specified in Part I of Form S-8 will be sent or given to employees as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) under the Securities Act. Such documents need not be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) either as part of this Registration Statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 under the Securities Act. In accordance with the introductory note to Part I of Form S-8, these documents and the documents incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement pursuant to Item 3 of Part II hereof, taken together, constitute a prospectus that meets the requirements of Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

 

PART II

 

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

ITEM 3.  INCORPORATION OF DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE.

 

The following documents filed with the Commission by the Company under the Securities Act and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), are hereby incorporated in this Registration Statement by reference:

 

1.Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Commission on February 24, 2020;

 

2.Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, filed with the Commission on May 11, 2020 and August 10, 2020, respectively.

 

3.All other reports filed by the Company pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act since the end of the fiscal year covered by the Annual Report on Form 10-K referred to in item 1 above; and

 

4.The description of our Class A Shares contained in our Form 8-A, filed March 21, 2014, including any amendments or reports filed for the purpose of updating the description.

 

In addition, all documents filed by the Company pursuant to Section 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, subsequent to the date of this Registration Statement (other than any such documents or portions thereof that are furnished under Item 2.02 or Item 7.01 of a Current Report on Form 8-K, unless otherwise indicated therein, including any exhibits included with such Items), prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities then remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement and to be a part hereof from the date of filing of such documents.

 

 

 

 

Any statement contained in this Registration Statement or in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this Registration Statement to the extent that a statement contained or incorporated by reference herein or in any subsequently filed document which is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this Registration Statement.

 

ITEM 4.  DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 5.  INTERESTS OF NAMED EXPERTS AND COUNSEL.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 6.  INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS.

 

Under the Maryland General Corporation Law (the “MGCL”), a Maryland corporation may eliminate the liability of directors and officers to the corporation and its stockholders for money damages unless such liability results from (1) actual receipt of an improper benefit or profit in money, property or services or (2) active and deliberate dishonesty established by a final judgment and which is material to the cause of action. Our charter contains such a provision eliminating such liability to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law.

 

In addition, the MGCL requires a corporation (unless its charter provides otherwise) to indemnify a director or officer who has been successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of any proceeding to which he or she is made or threatened to be made a party by reason of his or her service in that capacity and allows directors and officers to be indemnified against judgments, penalties, fines, settlements, and expenses actually incurred in a proceeding unless the following can be established:

 

  the act or omission of the director or officer was material to the cause of action adjudicated in the proceeding, and was committed in bad faith or was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty;
  the director or officer actually received an improper personal benefit in money, property or services; or
  with respect to any criminal proceeding, the director or officer had reasonable cause to believe his or her act or omission was unlawful.

 

However, under the MGCL, a Maryland corporation may not indemnify for an adverse judgment in a suit by or in the right of the corporation or for a judgment of liability on the basis that personal benefit was improperly received, unless in either case a court orders indemnification and then only for expenses.

 

Finally, the MGCL permits a Maryland corporation to advance reasonable expenses to a director or officer upon receipt of a written affirmation by the director or officer of his or her good faith belief that he or she has met the standard of conduct necessary for indemnification and a written undertaking by him or her or on his or her behalf to repay the amount paid or reimbursed if it is ultimately determined that the standard of conduct was not met.

 

Our charter authorizes us to obligate ourselves, and our bylaws require us, to indemnify and, without requiring a preliminary determination of the ultimate entitlement to indemnification, pay or reimburse reasonable expenses in advance of final disposition of a proceeding to our directors and our officers (including any director or officer who is or was serving at the request of our company as a director, officer, partner, member, manager or trustee of another corporation, real estate investment trust, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise). In addition, our charter and our bylaws permit us, with the approval of our board of directors, to provide such indemnification and advance of expenses to any individual who served a predecessor of us in any of the capacities described above and to any employee or agent of us or a predecessor of us.

 

We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our directors and our executive officers that obligate us to indemnify them to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law. The indemnification agreements provide that if a director or executive officer is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any proceeding, by reason of such director’s or executive officer’s status as a director, officer or employee of our company, we must indemnify such director or executive officer, and advance expenses actually and reasonably incurred by him or her, or on his or her behalf, unless it has been established that:

 

 

 

 

  the act or omission of the director or executive officer was material to the matter giving rise to the proceeding and was committed in bad faith or was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty;
  the director or executive officer actually received an improper personal benefit in money, property or services; or
  with respect to any criminal action or proceeding, the director or executive officer had reasonable cause to believe his or her conduct was unlawful.

 

Except as described below, our directors and executive officers will not be entitled to indemnification pursuant to the indemnification agreement:

 

  if the proceeding was one brought by us or in our right and the director or executive officer is adjudged to be liable to us;
  if the director or executive officer is adjudged to be liable on the basis that personal benefit was improperly received; or
  in any proceeding brought by the director or executive officer other than to enforce his or her rights under the indemnification agreement, and then only to the extent provided by the agreement and, except as may be expressly provided in our charter, our bylaws, a resolution of our board of directors or of our stockholders entitled to vote generally in the election of directors or an agreement to which we are a party approved by our board of directors.

 

Notwithstanding the limitations on indemnification described above, on application by a director or executive officer of our company to a court of appropriate jurisdiction, the court may order indemnification of such director or executive officer if:

 

  the court determines the director or executive officer is entitled to indemnification as described in the following paragraph, in which case the director or executive officer shall be entitled to recover from us the expenses of securing such indemnification; or
  the court determines that such director or executive officer is fairly and reasonably entitled to indemnification in view of all the relevant circumstances, whether or not the director or executive officer (i) has met the standards of conduct set forth above or (ii) has been adjudged liable for receipt of an “improper personal benefit”; provided, however, that our indemnification obligations to such director or executive officer will be limited to the expenses actually and reasonably incurred by him or her, or on his or her behalf, in connection with any proceeding by or in the right of our company or in which the officer or director shall have been adjudged liable for receipt of an improper personal benefit.

 

Notwithstanding, and without limiting, any other provisions of the indemnification agreements, if a director or executive officer is a party or is threatened to be made a party to any proceeding by reason of such director’s or executive officer’s status as a director, officer or employee of our company, and such director or executive officer is successful, on the merits or otherwise, as to one or more but less than all claims, issues or matters in such proceeding, we must indemnify such director or executive officer for all expenses actually and reasonably incurred by him or her, or on his or her behalf, in connection with each successfully resolved claim, issue or matter, including any claim, issue or matter in such a proceeding that is terminated by dismissal, with or without prejudice.

 

In addition, the indemnification agreements require us to advance reasonable expenses incurred by the indemnitee within ten days of the receipt by us of a statement from the indemnitee requesting the advance, provided the statement evidences the expenses and is accompanied by:

 

  a written affirmation of the indemnitee’s good faith belief that he or she has met the standard of conduct necessary for indemnification; and
  a written undertaking to reimburse us if a court of competent jurisdiction determines that the director or executive officer is not entitled to indemnification.

 

 

 

 

ITEM 7. EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION CLAIMED.

 

Not applicable.

 

ITEM 8. EXHIBITS.

 

The Exhibits furnished as part of this registration statement on Form S-8 are identified in the Exhibit Index immediately following the signature pages of this registration statement. Such Exhibit Index is incorporated herein by reference.

 

ITEM 9. UNDERTAKINGS.

 

(a)The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:

 

(1)To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

 

(i)       To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act;

 

(ii)       To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than a 20% change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement;

 

(iii)       To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;

 

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the SEC by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in the registration statement.

 

(2)That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(3)To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

 

(b)       The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to section 13(a) or section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in the registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

 

(c)       Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that in the opinion of the SEC such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURE PAGE

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this Registration Statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the City of New York, State of New York, on the 22nd day of October, 2020.

 

  BLUEROCK RESIDENTIAL GROWTH REIT, INC.
     
  By: /s/ R. Ramin Kamfar  
    R. Ramin Kamfar
    Chief Executive Officer

 

POWER OF ATTORNEY

 

We, the undersigned directors and officers of Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. (the “Company”), and each of us, do hereby constitute and appoint R. Ramin Kamfar, our true and lawful attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution, to do any and all acts and things in our name and on our behalf in our capacities as directors and officers of the Company and to execute any and all instruments for us and in our names in the capacities indicated below, which said attorney-in-fact or agent may deem necessary or advisable to enable the Company to comply with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and any rules, regulations and requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, in connection with the filing of this Registration Statement on Form S-8, including specifically but without limitation, power and authority to sign for us or any of us in our names in the capacities indicated below for the Company, any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to such Registration Statement and any related registration statements filed pursuant to Rule 462 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended; and we do hereby ratify and confirm all that said attorney and agent, or his substitute, or any of them, shall do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Form S-8 registration statement has been signed by the following persons in the following capacities on October 22, 2020.

 

Signature   Title   Date

 

/s/ R. Ramin Kamfar

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

October 22, 2020

R. Ramin Kamfar   (Principal Executive Officer) and Chairman of the Board of Directors    
         
/s/ Christopher J. Vohs   Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer   October 22, 2020
 Christopher J. Vohs   (Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)    
         
/s/ Kamal Jafarnia   Director   October 22, 2020
 Kamal Jafarnia        
         

 /s/ Elizabeth Harrison

  Director   October 22, 2020
Elizabeth Harrison        
         
/s/ I. Bobby Majumder   Director   October 22, 2020
 I. Bobby Majumder        
         
/s/ Romano Tio   Director   October 22, 2020
 Romano Tio        

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.   Description

 

4.1

 

 

Second Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.3 to Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 (No. 333-192610) 

     
4.2   Articles of Amendment to the Second Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company, dated March 26, 2014, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.6 to Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 (No. 333-192610)
     
4.3   Articles of Amendment to the Second Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company, dated March 26, 2014, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.7 to Pre-Effective Amendment No. 5 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 (No. 333-192610)
     
4.4   Articles of Amendment to the Second Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company, dated March 31, 2014, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.3 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed April 1, 2014
     
4.5   Articles of Amendment to the Second Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company, dated March 31, 2014, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.4 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed April 1, 2014
     
4.6   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated October 20, 2015, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.6 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-A filed October 20, 2015
     
4.7   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated December 16. 2015, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed December 22, 2015
     
4.8   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated February 26, 2016, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed March 1, 2016
     
4.9   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated March 29, 2016, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed March 29, 2016
     
4.10   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated July 15, 2016, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 18, 2016
     
4.11   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated October 10, 2016, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 12, 2016
     
4.12   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated July 20, 2017, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed July 21, 2017
     
4.13   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated October 26, 2017, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed November 6, 2017
     
4.14   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated November 14, 2017, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed November 20, 2017
     
4.15   Certificate of Correction to Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated May 11, 2018, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 14, 2018
     
4.16   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated November 16, 2018, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed November 19, 2018
     
4.17   Articles of Amendment to the Second Articles of Amendment and Restatement of the Company, dated October 28, 2019, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed October 31, 2019
     
4.18   Articles Supplementary of the Company, dated November 13, 2019, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed November 19, 2019
     

 

 

 

 

5.1*   Opinion of Venable LLP.
     
23.1*   Consent of Grant Thornton, LLP
     
23.2*   Consent of BDO USA, LLP
     
23.3*   Consent of Venable LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
     
24.1*   Power of Attorney (included on signature page).
     
99.1   Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. Fourth Amended and Restated 2014 Equity Incentive Plan for Individuals, incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed September 11, 2020

 


* Filed herewith.