|As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 2020.|
|Registration No. _________|
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933
|ACADIA REALTY TRUST|
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
|411 Theodore Fremd Ave, Suite 300, Rye, NY 10580|
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)(Zip Code)
|ACADIA REALTY TRUST 2020 SHARE INCENTIVE PLAN|
(Full title of the plan)
Kenneth F. Bernstein
(Name and address of agent for service)
(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)
|Mark Schonberger, Esq.|
Goodwin Procter LLP
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018
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 x||Accelerated filer o|
|Non-accelerated filer o||Smaller reporting company o|
|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 each class of
securities to be registered
|Amount to be
per share (2)
|Shares of beneficial interest classified as common shares, par value $.001 per share||2,650,000||$||9.34||$||24,737,750||$||2,698.89|
|(1)||Registered herein are 2,650,000 shares of the issuer’s Common Shares that may be issued pursuant to its 2020 Share Incentive Plan. Also registered hereunder are such additional number of Common Shares, presently indeterminable, as may be necessary to satisfy the anti-dilution provisions of the Plan to which this Registration Statement relates in accordance with Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”);|
|(2)||Calculated pursuant to paragraphs (c) and (h) of Rule 457 of the Securities Act, the proposed maximum offering price per share of the shares being registered is estimated solely for the purpose of determining the registration fee, based upon the average of the high and low prices per share of the Registrant’s Common Shares, as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on October 29, 2020, which is within five business days prior to the date of filing of this Registration Statement.|
INFORMATION NOT REQUIRED IN THE PROSPECTUS
ITEM 1. PLAN INFORMATION
The documents containing the information specified in Item 1 of Part I of this Registration Statement will be sent or given to participants who receive awards under the 2020 Share Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) and, in accordance with Section 10(a) of the Securities Act and Rules 424 and 428 promulgated under the Securities Act by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) are not being filed with, or included in, this Registration Statement.
ITEM 2. REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND EMPLOYEE PLAN ANNUAL INFORMATION
The documents containing the information specified in Item 2 of Part I of this Registration Statement will be sent or given free of charge to participants who receive awards under the Plan and, in accordance with Section 10(a) of the Securities Act and Rule 428 promulgated under the Securities Act, are not being filed with, or included in, this Registration Statement. The requests can be sent to:
Acadia Realty Trust
411 Theodore Fremd Ave, Suite 300, Rye, NY 10580
Attn: Jason Blacksberg, Esq.
INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT
ITEM 3. INCORPORATION OF DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE
The following documents, which have been filed with the Commission by the Registrant, are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement. The information incorporated by reference is considered to be part of this Registration Statement, and information that the Registrant files later with the Commission will automatically update and supersede this information. The Registrant incorporates by reference the documents listed below and any future filings the Registrant makes with the Commission under Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), except for any document or portion thereof “furnished” to the Commission:
(a) The Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Commission on February 21, 2020;
(b) The description of the Registrant’s common shares of beneficial interest filed as Exhibit 4.1 of the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the Commission on February 21, 2020;
(c) The Registrant’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14-A, filed on March 24, 2020 in connection with the annual meeting held on May 7, 2020;
(d) The Registrant’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020, filed with the Commission on May 7, 2020, the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2020, filed with the Commission on August 7, 2020, and the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2020 filed with the Commission on November 5, 2020; and
(e) The Registrant’s Form 8-K filed with the Commission on May 7, 2020.
ITEM 4. DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES
ITEM 5. INTERESTS OF NAMED EXPERTS AND COUNSEL
ITEM 6. INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS
The Registrant’s declaration of trust authorizes and the Registrant’s bylaws obligate the Registrant, to the maximum extent permitted under Maryland law, to indemnify its trustees and officers in their capacity as such. Section 8-301(15) of the Corporations and Associations Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland permits a Maryland REIT to indemnify or advance expenses to trustees and officers to the same extent as is permitted for directors and officers of a Maryland corporation under the Maryland General Corporation Law (“MGCL”). The MGCL requires a Maryland corporation (unless its charter provides otherwise, which the Registrant’s declaration of trust does not) 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. The MGCL permits a Maryland corporation to indemnify its present and former directors and officers, among others, against judgments, penalties, fines, settlements and reasonable expenses actually incurred by them in connection with any proceeding to which they may be made, or threatened to be made, a party to, or witness in, by reason of their service in those or other capacities unless it is established that (a) the act or omission of the director or officer was material to the matter giving rise to the proceeding and (i) was committed in bad faith or (ii) was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty, (b) the director or officer actually received an improper personal benefit in money, property or services or (c) in the case of any criminal proceeding, the director or officer had reasonable cause to believe that the act or omission was unlawful. However, 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 a personal benefit was improperly received, unless, in either case, a court orders indemnification and then only for expenses. In addition, the MGCL permits a corporation to advance reasonable expenses to a director or officer upon the corporation’s receipt of (i) 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 by the corporation and (ii) a written undertaking by such director or officer or on his or her behalf to repay the amount paid or reimbursed by the corporation if it is ultimately determined that the standard of conduct was not met.
The Registrant’s declaration of trust authorizes the Registrant, and its bylaws require the Registrant, to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law, to indemnify (i) any present or former trustee or officer or (ii) any individual who, while serving as the Registrant’s trustee or officer and at the Registrant’s request, serves or has served another corporation, real estate investment trust, partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or any other enterprise as a director, officer, partner, member, manager, or trustee, from and against any claim or liability to which such person may become subject or which such person may incur by reason of his or her service in such capacity or capacities, and to pay or reimburse his or her reasonable expenses in advance of final disposition of such a proceeding.
The Registrant’s bylaws also permit the Registrant, subject to the approval of its board of trustees, to indemnify and advance expenses to any person who served a predecessor of the Registrant in any of the capacities described above and to any employee or agent of the Registrant or a predecessor of the Registrant.
In addition to the above, the Registrant has purchased and maintains insurance on behalf of all of its trustees and executive officers against liability asserted against or incurred by them in their official capacities with the Registrant, whether or not the Registrant is required or has the power to indemnify them against the same liability.
ITEM 7. EXEMPTION FROM REGISTRATION CLAIMED
ITEM 8. EXHIBITS
|4.1**||Acadia Realty Trust 2020 Share Incentive Plan (included as an appendix to Registrant’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A, filed in connection with the annual meeting held on May 7, 2020 (SEC File No. 001-12002), which is incorporated herein by reference)|
|5.1*||Opinion of Venable LLP|
|23.1*||Consent of BDO USA, LLP, Independent Auditors|
|23.2*||Consent of Venable LLP (included in Exhibit 5.l)|
|24.1*||Powers of Attorney (included as a part of the signature page of this Registration Statement)|
** Previously Filed
* Filed herewith
ITEM 9. UNDERTAKINGS
The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes the following:
(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 ;
(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 Commission 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; and
(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 periodic reports filed with or furnished to the Commission 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) The undersigned Registrant hereby undertakes, that, insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to trustees, 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 Commission 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 trustee, officer or controlling person of the Registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such trustee, 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.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, Acadia Realty Trust 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 Rye, State of New York, on November 5, 2020.
|ACADIA REALTY TRUST|
|A Maryland real estate investment trust (Registrant)|
|By:||/s/ Kenneth F. Bernstein|
|Name:||Kenneth F. Bernstein|
|Title:||Chief Executive Officer|
POWER OF ATTORNEY
Each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints Kenneth F. Bernstein and John Gottfried, and each or either of them, his true and lawful attorney-in-fact with full power of substitution and resubstitution, for him and in his name, place and stead, in any and all capacities, to sign any and all amendments (including post-effective amendments) to this Registration Statement (or any registration statement for the same offering that is to be effective upon filing pursuant to Rule 462 (b) under the Securities Act of 1933) and to cause the same to be filed, with all exhibits thereto and other documents in connection therewith, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, hereby granting to said attorneys-in-fact and agents, and each of them, full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing whatsoever requisite or desirable to be done in and about the premises, as fully to all intents and purposes as the undersigned might or could do in person, hereby ratifying and confirming all acts and things that said attorneys-in-fact and agents, or either of them, or their substitutes or substitute, may lawfully do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, this Registration Statement has been signed below by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
|/s/ Kenneth F. Bernstein||Chief Executive Officer, President and||November 5, 2020|
|Kenneth F. Bernstein||Trustee (Principal Executive Officer)|
|/s/ Lee S. Wielansky||Independent Lead Trustee||November 5, 2020|
|Lee S. Wielansky|
|/s/ Lorrence T. Kellar||Trustee||November 5, 2020|
|Lorrence T. Kellar|
|/s/ Douglas Crocker II||Trustee||November 5, 2020|
|Douglas Crocker II|
|/s/ Wendy Luscombe||Trustee||November 5, 2020|
|/s/ William Spitz||Trustee||November 5, 2020|
|/s/ Lynn C. Thurber||Trustee||November 5, 2020|
|Lynn C. Thurber|
|/s/ C. David Zoba||Trustee||November 5, 2020|
|C. David Zoba|
|/s/ John Gottfried||Senior Vice President, Chief Financial||November 5, 2020|
[LETTERHEAD OF VENABLE LLP]
November 5, 2020
Acadia Realty Trust
411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Suite 300
Rye, New York 10580
Re: Registration Statement on Form S-8
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We have served as Maryland counsel to Acadia Realty Trust, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), in connection with certain matters of Maryland law relating to the registration by the Company of 2,650,000 common shares (the “Shares”) of beneficial interest, par value $0.001 per share, of the Company (the “Common Shares”), that the Company may issue pursuant to the Acadia Realty Trust 2020 Share Incentive Plan (the “Plan”), covered by the above-referenced Registration Statement, and all amendments thereto (the “Registration Statement”), filed by the Company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), on or about the date hereof.
In connection with our representation of the Company, and as a basis for the opinion hereinafter set forth, we have examined originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the following documents (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Documents”):
1. The Registration Statement;
2. The Declaration of Trust of the Company, as amended (the “Declaration of Trust”), certified by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation of Maryland (the “SDAT”);
3. The Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, as amended, certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company;
4. A certificate of the SDAT as to the good standing of the Company, dated as of a recent date;
5. The Plan;
6. Resolutions (the “Resolutions”) adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Company, relating to the issuance of the Shares and the approval of the Plan, certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company;
Acadia Realty Trust
November 5, 2020
7. The Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Acadia Realty Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), as amended through the date hereof (the “Partnership Agreement”), certified as of the date hereof by an officer of the Company;
8. A certificate executed by an officer of the Company, dated as of the date hereof; and
9. Such other documents and matters as we have deemed necessary or appropriate to express the opinion set forth below, subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications stated herein.
In expressing the opinion set forth below, we have assumed the following:
1. Each individual executing any of the Documents, whether on behalf of such individual or another person, is legally competent to do so.
2. Each individual executing any of the Documents on behalf of a party (other than the Company) is duly authorized to do so.
3. Each of the parties (other than the Company) executing any of the Documents has duly and validly executed and delivered each of the Documents to which such party is a signatory, and such party’s obligations set forth therein are legal, valid and binding and are enforceable in accordance with all stated terms.
4. All Documents submitted to us as originals are authentic. The form and content of all Documents submitted to us as unexecuted drafts do not differ in any respect relevant to this opinion from the form and content of such Documents as executed and delivered. All Documents submitted to us as certified or photostatic copies conform to the original documents. All signatures on all Documents are genuine. All public records reviewed or relied upon by us or on our behalf are true and complete. All representations, warranties, statements and information contained in the Documents are true and complete. There has been no oral or written modification of or amendment to any of the Documents, and there has been no waiver of any provision of any of the Documents, by action or omission of the parties or otherwise.
5. The Shares will not be issued or transferred in violation of the restrictions on transfer and ownership contained in Article VI of the Declaration of Trust or any restrictions contained in the Plan. Upon the issuance of any of the Shares, the total number of Common Shares issued and outstanding will not exceed the total number of Common Shares that the Company is then authorized to issue under the Declaration of Trust.
Acadia Realty Trust
November 5, 2020
6. Each restricted share, restricted share unit, unrestricted share, share appreciation right, dividend equivalent right or other security exercisable or exchangeable for a Share pursuant to the Plan (each, an “Award”) will be duly authorized and validly granted in accordance with the Plan, and each Award will be exercised or exchanged in accordance with the terms of the Plan and such Award, including any option or award agreement entered into in connection therewith.
7. Any units of limited partnership interest in the Operating Partnership issued pursuant to the Plan will have been duly authorized and validly issued by the Operating Partnership and will be exchanged for Shares in accordance with the Partnership Agreement.
Based upon the foregoing, and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications stated herein, it is our opinion that:
1. The Trust is a real estate investment trust duly formed and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Maryland and is in good standing with the SDAT.
2. The issuance of the Shares has been duly authorized and, when issued and delivered by the Company pursuant to the Resolutions and the Plan, the Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable.
The foregoing opinion is limited to the laws of the State of Maryland and we do not express any opinion herein concerning federal law or any other state law. We express no opinion as to the applicability or effect of federal or state securities laws, including the securities laws of the State of Maryland, or as to federal or state laws regarding fraudulent transfers. To the extent that any matter as to which our opinion is expressed herein would be governed by the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Maryland, we do not express any opinion on such matter. The opinion expressed herein is subject to the effect of any judicial decision which may permit the introduction of parol evidence to modify the terms or the interpretation of agreements.
The opinion expressed herein is limited to the matters specifically set forth herein and no other opinion shall be inferred beyond the matters expressly stated. We assume no obligation to supplement this opinion if any applicable law changes after the date hereof or if we become aware of any fact that might change the opinion expressed herein after the date hereof.
Acadia Realty Trust
November 5, 2020
This opinion is being furnished to you for submission to the Commission as an exhibit to the Registration Statement. We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the Registration Statement and to the use of the name of our firm therein. In giving this consent, we do not admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required by Section 7 of the Securities Act.
|Very truly yours,|
|/s/ Venable LLP|
Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Acadia Realty Trust
Rye, New York
We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in the Registration Statement (Form S-8) pertaining to the Acadia Realty Trust 2020 Share Incentive Plan of our reports dated February 20, 2020, relating to the consolidated financial statements, the effectiveness of Acadia Realty Trust’s internal control over financial reporting, and schedule of Acadia Realty Trust appearing in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019.
/s/ BDO USA, LLP
New York, New York
November 5, 2020