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|Item 3.03||Material Modification to Rights of Security Holders.|
On May 28, 2021, Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (the “Company”) filed Articles Supplementary (the “Articles Supplementary”) with the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation to designate 9,200,000 shares of the Company’s authorized but unissued preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share, as shares of 6.375% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, with the powers, designations, preferences and other rights as set forth therein (the “Series D Preferred Stock”). The Articles Supplementary became effective upon filing on May 28, 2021.
The Articles Supplementary provide that the Company will pay, when and if authorized by the Board of Directors of the Company, cumulative cash dividends at the rate of 6.375% of the $25.00 liquidation preference (equivalent to $1.59375 per annum per share) on the Series D Preferred Stock, in arrears, on the 30th day of January, April, July and October of each year (provided that if any dividend payment date is not a business day, then the dividend which would otherwise have been payable on that dividend payment date may be paid on the next succeeding business day), commencing on July 30, 2021.
The Series D Preferred Stock is not redeemable by the Company prior to June 2, 2026 except under circumstances intended to preserve the Company’s qualification as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and except upon the occurrence of a Change of Control (as defined in the Articles Supplementary). On and after June 2, 2026, the Company may, at its option, redeem the Series D Preferred Stock, in whole or in part, at any time or from time to time, for cash at a redemption price equal to $25.00 per share, plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends to, but not including, the date fixed for redemption.
In addition, upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, the Company may, at its option, redeem the Series D Preferred Stock, in whole or in part, within 120 days after the first date on which such Change of Control occurred, for cash at a redemption price of $25.00 per share, plus any accumulated and unpaid dividends to, but not including, the date fixed for redemption.
The Series D Preferred Stock has no stated maturity, is not subject to any sinking fund or mandatory redemption and will remain outstanding indefinitely unless repurchased or redeemed by the Company or converted into the Company’s common stock in connection with a Change of Control by the holders of Series D Preferred Stock. Upon the occurrence of a Change of Control, each holder of Series D Preferred Stock will have the right (unless the Company has exercised its right to redeem the Series D Preferred Stock in whole or in part, as described above, prior to the Change of Control Conversion Date (as defined in the Articles Supplementary)) to convert some or all of the Series D Preferred Stock held by such holder on the Change of Control Conversion Date into a number of shares of the Company’s common stock per share of Series D Preferred Stock determined by a formula, in each case, on the terms and subject to the conditions described in the Articles Supplementary, including provisions for the receipt, under specified circumstances, of alternative consideration.
There are restrictions on ownership of the Series D Preferred Stock intended to preserve the Company’s qualification as a REIT. Except under limited circumstances, holders of the Series D Preferred Stock have no voting rights.
A copy of the Articles Supplementary and form of Series D Preferred Stock Certificate are filed as Exhibits 3.1 and 4.1, respectively, to this report, and the information in the Articles Supplementary is incorporated into this Item 3.03 by reference. The description of the terms of the Articles Supplementary in this Item 3.03 is qualified in its entirety by reference to Exhibit 3.1.
|Item 5.03||Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.|
The information set forth above under Item 3.03 of this report is hereby incorporated by reference into this Item 5.03.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|3.1||Articles Supplementary designating 6.375% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.7 of the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed with the SEC on June 2, 2021)|
|4.1||Specimen 6.375% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock Certificate (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 of the Company’s Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed with the SEC on June 2, 2021)|
|5.1||Opinion of Venable LLP with respect to the legality of the shares|
|8.1||Opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP with respect to tax matters|
|23.1||Consent of Venable LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)|
|23.2||Consent of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (included in Exhibit 8.1)|
|104||The cover page of this Current Report on Form 8-K, formatted in Inline XBRL|
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.
|ARBOR REALTY TRUST, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Paul Elenio|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
|Date: June 2, 2021|