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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 8-K

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): November 13, 2020

Independence Realty Trust, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Maryland

 

001-36041

 

26-4567130

 

(State or other jurisdiction

 

(Commission

 

(I.R.S. Employer

 

of incorporation)

 

File Number)

 

Identification No.)

 

1835 Market Street, Suite 2601

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103

(Address of Principal Executive Office) (Zip Code)

(267) 270-4800

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

N/A

Former name or former address, if changed since last report

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

 

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common stock

 

IRT

 

NYSE

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company

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 13(a) of the Exchange Act.


Item 8.01

Other Events.

On November 13, 2020, Independence Realty Trust, Inc. (the “Company”) and Independence Realty Operating Partnership, LP, the limited partnership through which the Company owns its assets and conducts its operations (the “Operating Partnership”), entered into an Equity Distribution Agreement (the “Equity Distribution Agreement”) with each of Bank of Montreal, BofA Securities, Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Capital One Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Jefferies LLC, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Truist Securities, Inc., as sales agent, principal and/or (except in the case of BofA Securities, Inc., Capital One Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Truist Securities, Inc.) forward seller (in such capacity, each a “Manager,” and together, the “Managers”), and each of the Forward Purchasers (as defined below), pursuant to which the Company may sell, from time to time, up to an aggregate gross sales price of $150,000,000 of its common stock, $0.01 par value per share (the “Common Stock”), through the Managers, acting as the Company’s sales agents or, if applicable, as Forward Sellers (as defined below), or directly to the Managers as principals for their own accounts.

The Common Stock sold in the offering will be issued pursuant to a prospectus supplement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on November 13, 2020, and the accompanying base prospectus dated June 15, 2020 forming part of the Company’s shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-239176) filed with the SEC on June 15, 2020.

Subject to the terms and conditions of the Equity Distribution Agreement, the Managers, whether acting as the Company’s sales agents or as Forward Sellers, will use their commercially reasonable efforts to sell the Common Stock that may be designated by the Company (if acting as the Company’s sales agents) and the Common Stock borrowed from third parties (if acting as Forward Sellers), in each case on the terms and subject to the conditions of the Equity Distribution Agreement. Sales, if any, of the Common Stock made through the Managers, as the Company’s sales agents, or as Forward Sellers pursuant to the Equity Distribution Agreement, may be made in “at the market” offerings (as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”)), by means of ordinary brokers’ transactions on the New York Stock Exchange or sales made to or through market makers at market prices prevailing at the time of sale, and in privately negotiated transactions, which may include block trades, as the Company and any Manager or Forward Seller may agree. The Company also may sell Common Stock to any Manager as principal for its own account. If the Company sells Common Stock to any Manager as principal, it will enter into a separate terms agreement (each, a “Terms Agreement”, and collectively, the “Terms Agreements”) setting forth the terms of such transaction.

The Company or any Manager may at any time suspend an offering of Common Stock pursuant to the terms of the Equity Distribution Agreement. The offering of Common Stock pursuant to the Equity Distribution Agreement will terminate upon the earlier of (i) the sale of the Common Stock under the Equity Distribution Agreement (including Common Stock sold by the Company to or through the Managers and borrowed Common Stock sold through the Managers, acting as Forward Sellers) and the Terms Agreements, if any, having an aggregate gross sales price equal to $150,000,000 and (ii) the termination of such Equity Distribution Agreement by the Company, the Managers or the Forward Purchasers as permitted therein.

The Company and the Operating Partnership made certain customary representations, warranties and covenants concerning the Company, the Operating Partnership and the registration statement in the Equity Distribution Agreement and also agreed to indemnify the Managers and the Forward Purchasers against certain liabilities, including liabilities under the Securities Act.

The Equity Distribution Agreement provides that, in addition to issuance and sale of Common Stock through the Managers, the Company also may enter into a master forward agreement (each, a “Master Confirmation”) (as supplemented by a supplemental confirmation (together with the applicable Master Confirmation, a “Forward Sale Agreement”)) with each of Bank of Montreal, Jefferies LLC and KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., or one of their respective affiliates, as forward purchaser (in such capacity, each a “Forward Purchaser,” and together, the “Forward Purchasers”) in a form attached as Schedule D to the Equity Distribution Agreement. In connection with any


Forward Sale Agreement, the relevant Forward Seller (or its affiliate) will, at the Company’s request, use commercially reasonable efforts, consistent with its normal trading and sales practices and applicable law and regulations, to borrow from third parties and sell a number of shares of Common Stock equal to the number of shares of Common Stock underlying the particular Forward Sale Agreement. In this Current Report on Form 8-K, a Manager, when acting as sales agent for the relevant Forward Purchaser, is referred to as, individually, a “Forward Seller” and collectively, the “Forward Sellers.” Unless otherwise expressly stated or the context otherwise requires, references herein to the “related” or “relevant” Forward Purchaser mean, with respect to any Manager, the affiliate of such Manager that is acting as Forward Purchaser or, if applicable, such Manager acting in its capacity as Forward Purchaser. The Company will not initially receive any proceeds from any sales of Common Stock by a Forward Seller in connection with a Forward Sale Agreement. The Company expects to fully physically settle each Forward Sale Agreement with the relevant Forward Purchaser on one or more dates specified by the Company on or prior to the maturity date of such Forward Sale Agreement, in which case the Company expects to receive aggregate cash proceeds at settlement equal to the number of shares of the Common Stock underlying such Forward Sale Agreement multiplied by the then-applicable forward sale price per share. Although the Company expects to settle any Forward Sale Agreements by the physical delivery of shares of Common Stock in exchange for cash proceeds, the Forward Sale Agreements will allow the Company to cash or net-share settle all or a portion of its obligations. If the Company elects to cash settle any Forward Sale Agreement, the Company may not receive any proceeds, and the Company may owe cash to the relevant Forward Purchaser. If the Company elects to net share settle any Forward Sale Agreement, the Company will not receive any cash proceeds, and the Company may owe shares of Common Stock to the relevant Forward Purchaser.

 

The Company intends to contribute the net proceeds from any sales of Common Stock to or through the Managers (as the Company’s sales agents or principals) and the net proceeds, if any, from the settlement of any Forward Sale Agreements to the Operating Partnership. The Operating Partnership intends to use the net proceeds contributed by the Company for general business purposes, which may include the acquisition of additional properties, capital expenditures, repayment of amounts outstanding under our unsecured credit facility, working capital and other general corporate purposes.  

 

The compensation to the Managers, which will be allocated to each Manager on a pro rata basis, for acting as sales agents of the Company and/or principals in sales of Shares shall be at a mutually agreed rate, not to exceed 1.5% of the gross sales price of any Shares sold. The compensation to those Managers who have agreed to act as Forward Purchasers, which will be allocated to solely each of such Managers who have agreed to act as Forward Purchasers on a pro rata basis, for acting as forward sellers for the applicable Forward Purchaser(s), for sales of Forward Hedge Shares (as defined in the Forward Sale Agreement) shall be at a mutually agreed rate in the form of a reduction to the Initial Forward Price (as defined in the Forward Sale Agreement) under the related supplemental confirmation, not to exceed 1.5% of the gross sales price of the Forward Hedge Shares sold. The remaining proceeds, after further deduction for any transaction fees imposed by any governmental or self-regulatory organization in respect of such sales, shall constitute the net proceeds to the Company or the Forward Purchasers, as applicable, from the sale of such Shares. Each Manager who has received funds from sales of Shares or Forward Hedge Shares, as applicable, shall be responsible for remitting (on the Settlement Date or Forward Settlement Date, as applicable) to the other Managers, as applicable, their pro rata share of the compensation to which they are entitled.  

A copy of the Equity Distribution Agreement is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 1.1 and is incorporated herein by reference, and a copy of the Form of Master Confirmation is attached to this Current Report on Form 8-K as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. The summary set forth above is qualified in its entirety by reference to Exhibit 1.1 and Exhibit 99.1, as applicable.

 


 

Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

1.1

 

Equity Distribution Agreement, dated November 13, 2020, by and among Independence Realty Trust, Inc., Independence Realty Operating Partnership, L.P. and each of Bank of Montreal, BofA Securities, Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Capital One Securities, Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Jefferies LLC, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and Truist Securities, Inc.)  (including Form of Master Confirmation)

5.1

 

Opinion of Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP regarding the legality of the Common Stock

8.1

 

Tax Opinion of Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP

23.1

 

Consent of Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)

99.1

 

Form of Master Forward Confirmation

104

 

Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document).



SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

 

Independence Realty Trust, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

November 13, 2020

 

By:

 

/s/ James J. Sebra

 

 

Name:

 

James J. Sebra

 

 

Title:

 

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer