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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K
(Mark One)
x
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
 
 
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016
 
OR
 
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES
 
 
EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from _________ to __________
Commission file number: 000-55393
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American Realty Capital New York City REIT, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Maryland
 
46-4380248
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
405 Park Ave., 14th Floor, New York, NY
 
10022
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
(212) 415-6500
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to section 12(b) of the Act: None
Securities registered pursuant to section 12 (g) of the Act: Common stock, $0.01 par value per share (Title of class)

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes o No x 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes o No  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. x Yes ¨ No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web Site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). x Yes ¨ No

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer," and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer o
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer  o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company x  

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). ¨ Yes x No

There is no established public market for the registrant's shares of common stock.

As of February 28, 2017, the registrant had 30,736,654 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of registrant's definitive proxy statement to be delivered to stockholders in connection with the registrant's 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K. The registrant intends to file its proxy statement within 120 days after its fiscal year end.



AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL NEW YORK CITY REIT, INC.

FORM 10-K
Year Ended December 31, 2016


 
 
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AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL NEW YORK CITY REIT, INC.

FORM 10-K
Year Ended December 31, 2016


Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K are forward-looking statements. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of American Realty Capital New York City REIT, Inc. (including, as required by context, New York City Operating Partnership, L.P. and its subsidiaries, the "Company," "we," "our" or "us") and members of our management team, as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based, and generally are identified by the use of words such as "may," "will," "seeks," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "should" or similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. Further, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time, unless required by law.
The following are some of the risks and uncertainties, although not all risks and uncertainties, that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those presented in our forward-looking statements:
We have a limited operating history which makes our future performance difficult to predict;
All of our executive officers are also officers, managers or holders of a direct or indirect controlling interest in our advisor, New York City Advisors, LLC (our "Advisor") and other entities affiliated with AR Global Investments, LLC (the successor business to AR Capital, LLC, "AR Global"); as a result, our executive officers, our Advisor and its affiliates face conflicts of interest, including significant conflicts created by our Advisor’s compensation arrangements with us and other investor entities advised by AR Global affiliates, and conflicts in allocating time among these entities and us, which could negatively impact our operating results;
We depend on tenants for our revenue and, accordingly, our revenue is dependent upon the success and economic viability of our tenants;
We may not be able to achieve our rental rate objectives on new and renewal leases and our expenses could be greater, which may impact operations;
Our properties may be adversely affected by economic cycles and risks inherent to the New York metropolitan statistical area ("MSA"), especially New York City;
We are obligated to pay fees, which may be substantial, to our Advisor and its affiliates;
We may fail to continue to qualify to be treated as a real estate investment trust for United States federal income tax purposes ("REIT");
Because investment opportunities that are suitable for us may also be suitable for other AR Global-advised programs or investors, our Advisor and its affiliates may face conflicts of interest relating to the purchase of properties and other investments and such conflicts may not be resolved in our favor, meaning that we could invest in less attractive assets, which could reduce the investment return to our stockholders;
No public market currently exists, or may ever exist, for shares of our common stock and our shares are, and may continue to be, illiquid;
Our stockholders are limited in their ability to sell their shares pursuant to our share repurchase program (the "SRP") and may have to hold their shares for an indefinite period of time;
If we and our Advisor are unable to find suitable investments, then we may not be able to achieve our investment objectives, or pay distributions with cash flows from operations;
Increases in interest rates could increase the amount of our debt payments and limit our ability to pay distributions;
We do not expect to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to fund distributions at our current level, and there can be no assurance we will be able to continue paying cash distributions at our current level or at all;
We may be deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "Investment Company Act"), and thus subject to regulation under the Investment Company Act; and
As of December 31, 2016, we owned only six properties and therefore have limited diversification.
All forward-looking statements should be read with the risks noted in Part I, Item 1A of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.


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PART I
Item 1. Business
Organization
We were formed to invest our assets in properties in the five boroughs of New York City, with a focus on Manhattan. We may also purchase certain real estate assets that accompany office properties, including retail spaces and amenities, as well as hospitality assets, residential assets and other property types exclusively in New York City. As of December 31, 2016, we owned six properties consisting of 1,091,571 rentable square feet acquired for an aggregate purchase price of $686.1 million.
We were incorporated on December 19, 2013 as a Maryland corporation and elected and qualified to be taxed as a REIT beginning with our taxable year ended December 31, 2014. Substantially all of our business is conducted through New York City Operating Partnership, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the "OP").
On April 24, 2014, we commenced our IPO on a "reasonable best efforts" basis of up to 30.0 million shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, at a price of $25.00 per share, subject to certain volume and other discounts, for total gross proceeds of up to $750.0 million. We closed our IPO on May 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, we had 30.9 million shares of common stock outstanding, including unvested restricted shares and shares issued pursuant to the distribution reinvestment plan ("DRIP"), and had received total gross proceeds from the IPO of $764.8 million, inclusive of $46.0 million from the DRIP and net of repurchases.
On October 24, 2016, our board of directors approved an estimated net asset value per share of our common stock ("Estimated Per-Share NAV) of $21.25 per share based on an estimated fair value of our assets less the estimated fair value of our liabilities, divided by 30,419,798 shares of common stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis as of June 30, 2016, which was published on October 26, 2016 ("NAV Pricing Date"). We intend to publish subsequent valuations of Estimated Per-Share NAV at least once annually. We offer shares pursuant to the DRIP and repurchase shares pursuant to our SRP at a price based on Estimated Per-Share NAV.
We have no employees. Our Advisor manages our affairs on a day-to-day basis. We have retained New York City Properties, LLC (our "Property Manager") to serve as our property manager. The Advisor and Property Manager are under common control with AR Global, the parent of our Sponsor, as a result of which they are related parties and each of these entities has received or will receive compensation, fees and expense reimbursements for services related to our IPO and, the investment and management of our assets. We are the sole general partner and hold substantially all of the units of limited partner interests in the OP (“OP units”). The Advisor contributed $2,020 to the OP in exchange for 90 OP units, which represents a nominal percentage of the aggregate OP ownership. A holder of OP units has the right to convert OP units for the cash value of a corresponding number of shares of our common stock or, at the option of the OP, a corresponding number of shares of our common stock, in accordance with the limited partnership agreement of the OP, provided, however, that such OP units must have been outstanding for at least one year. The remaining rights of the limited partners in the OP are limited, however, and do not include the ability to replace the general partner or to approve the sale, purchase or refinancing of the OP's assets.

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Investment Objectives:
We are focused on helping our stockholders take advantage of the New York City real estate market. Our investment goals are as follows:
New York City Focus - Acquire high-quality commercial real estate located in the five boroughs of New York City, and in particular, Manhattan;
Cash Flow Generating Properties - Invest primarily in properties with 80% or greater occupancy at the time of purchase;
Potential for Appreciation - Purchase properties valued using current market rents with potential for appreciation and endeavor to acquire properties below replacement cost;
Low Leverage - Finance our portfolio opportunistically at a target leverage level of not more than 40% to 50% loan-to-value (calculated after the close of our offering and once we have invested substantially all the proceeds of our offering);
Diversified Tenant Mix - Lease to a diversified group of tenants with a bias toward lease terms of five years or greater;
Pay Monthly Distributions - Pay monthly distributions; and
Maximize Total Returns - Maximize total returns to our stockholders through a combination of realized appreciation and current income.
Acquisition and Investment Policies
Primary Investment Focus
We have focused and intend to continue focusing our investment activities on acquiring quality, income-producing commercial real estate located in the five boroughs of New York City and, in particular, properties located in Manhattan. We may also originate or acquire real estate debt backed by quality, income-producing commercial real estate located predominantly in New York City. The real estate debt, which we may also originate or acquire is expected to be primarily first mortgage debt but also may include bridge loans, mezzanine loans, preferred equity or securitized loans.
Investing in Real Property
We have invested and expect to invest a majority of our assets in office properties located in New York City. We may also invest in real estate assets that accompany office space, including retail spaces and amenities, as well as hospitality assets, residential assets and other property types exclusively in New York City.
Our Advisor considers relevant real estate and financial factors, including the location of the property, the leases and other agreements affecting the property, its income-producing capacity, its physical condition, its prospects for appreciation, its prospects for liquidity, tax considerations and other factors when evaluating prospective investments. In this regard, our Advisor has substantial discretion with respect to the selection of specific investments, subject to board approval.
The following table lists the tenants whose annualized rental income on a straight-line basis, based on leases signed, represented greater than 10% of total annualized rental income for all portfolio properties on a straight-line basis as of December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. As of December 31, 2016 there were no tenants whose annualized rental income on a straight-line basis represented greater than 10% of total annualized rental income for all portfolio properties on a straight-line basis.
 
 
 
 
December 31,
Property Portfolio
 
Tenant
 
2015
 
2014
123 William Street
 
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
 
10.7%
 
N/A
400 E. 67th Street - Laurel Condominium
 
Cornell University
 
*
 
26.0%
400 E. 67th Street - Laurel Condominium
 
TD Bank, N.A.
 
*
 
10.9%
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*
Tenants annualized rental income on a straight-line basis was not greater than 10% of total annualized rental income on a straight-line basis for all portfolio properties as of the period specified.
No other tenant represents greater than 10% of our annualized rental income on a straight-line basis as of December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014, respectively.

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Real Estate-Related Loans and Debt Securities
Although not our primary focus, we may, from time to time, make investments in real estate-related loans and debt securities. We do not expect these types of assets to exceed 10.0% of our assets after the proceeds of our IPO have been fully invested, or represent a substantial portion of our assets at any one time. The other real estate-related debt investments in which we may invest include: mortgages; mezzanine; bridge and other loans; debt and derivative securities related to real estate assets, including mortgage-backed securities; collateralized debt obligations; debt securities issued by real estate companies; and credit default swaps. Our criteria for investing in loans are substantially the same as those involved in our investment in properties; however, we will also evaluate such investments based on the current income opportunities presented.
Investing in Equity Securities
We may make equity investments in other REITs and other real estate companies that operate assets meeting our investment objectives. We may purchase the common or preferred stock of these entities or options to acquire their stock. We will target a public company that owns commercial real estate or real estate-related assets when we believe its stock is trading at a discount to that company’s net asset value. We may eventually seek to acquire or gain a controlling interest in the companies that we target. We do not expect our non-controlling equity investments in other public companies to exceed 5.0% of the proceeds of our IPO, or to represent a substantial portion of our assets at any one time. In addition, we do not expect our non-controlling equity investments in other public companies combined with our investments in real estate properties outside of our target investments and other real estate-related investments to exceed 10.0% of our portfolio.
Acquisition Structure
We have acquired real estate and real-estate related assets directly, for example, by acquiring fee interests in real property (a "fee interest" is the absolute, legal possession and ownership of land, property, or rights), or by purchasing interests, including controlling interests, in REITs or other "real estate operating companies," such as real estate management companies and real estate development companies, that own real property. We also may acquire real estate assets through investments in joint venture entities, including joint venture entities in which we may not own a controlling interest, or assets under ground leases. Our assets generally are held in wholly and majority-owned subsidiaries of the company, each formed to hold a particular asset.
Financing Strategies and Offerings
We use debt financing to fund property improvements, tenant improvements, leasing commissions and other working capital needs. The form of our indebtedness varies and could be long-term or short-term, secured or unsecured, or fixed-rate or floating rate. We do not enter into interest rate swaps or caps, or similar hedging transactions or derivative arrangements for speculative purposes but may do so in order to manage or mitigate our interest rate risks on variable rate debt.
Under our charter, the maximum amount of our total indebtedness may not exceed 300% of our total “net assets” (as defined in our charter) as of the date of any borrowing, which is generally expected to be approximately 75% of the cost of our investments; however, we may exceed that limit if such excess is approved by a majority of our independent directors. This charter limitation, however, does not apply to individual real estate assets or investments.
In addition, it is currently our intention to limit our aggregate borrowings to 40% – 50% of the aggregate fair market value of our assets, unless borrowing a greater amount is approved by a majority of our independent directors. This limitation will be calculated after the close of our IPO and once we have invested substantially all the proceeds of our IPO. This limitation, however, will not apply to individual real estate assets or investments. At the date of acquisition of each asset, we anticipate that the cost of investment for such asset will be substantially similar to its fair market value. Subsequent events, including changes in the fair market value of our assets, could result in our exceeding these limits.
We will not borrow from our Sponsor, our Advisor, any of our directors or any of their respective affiliates unless a majority of our directors, including a majority of our independent directors, not otherwise interested in the transaction approves the transaction as being fair, competitive and commercially reasonable and no less favorable to us than comparable loans between unaffiliated parties.
Except with respect to the investment limitations contained in our charter, we may reevaluate and change our financing policies without a stockholder vote. Factors that we would consider when reevaluating or changing our debt policy include then-current economic conditions, the relative cost and availability of debt and equity capital, our expected investment opportunities, the ability of our investments to generate sufficient cash flow to cover debt service requirements and other similar factors.

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Tax Status
 We elected and qualified to be taxed as a REIT under Sections 856 through 860 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"), effective for our taxable year ended December 31, 2014. We believe that, commencing with such taxable year, we have been organized and operated in a manner so that we qualify for taxation as a REIT under the Code. We intend to continue to operate in such a manner, but no assurance can be given that we will operate in a manner so as to remain qualified for taxation as a REIT. In order to continue to qualify for taxation as a REIT we must, among other things, distribute annually at least 90% of our REIT taxable income (which does not equal net income as calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP")) determined without regard for the deduction for dividends paid and excluding net capital gains, and must comply with a number of other organizational and operational requirements. If we continue to qualify for taxation as a REIT, we generally will not be subject to federal corporate income tax on that portion of our REIT taxable income that we distribute to our stockholders. Even if we qualify for taxation as a REIT, we may be subject to certain state and local taxes on our income and properties as well as federal income and excise taxes on our undistributed income.
Competition
The New York City real estate market is highly competitive. We compete based on a number of factors that include location, rental rates, security, suitability of the property's design to prospective tenants' needs and the manner in which the property is operated and marketed. In addition, the number of competing properties in the New York MSA could have a material effect on our occupancy levels, rental rates and on the operating expenses of certain of our properties.
In addition, we compete with other entities engaged in real estate investment activities to locate suitable properties and to acquire and to locate tenants and purchasers for our properties. These competitors include other REITs, specialty finance companies, savings and loan associations, banks, mortgage bankers, insurance companies, mutual funds, institutional investors, lenders, governmental bodies and other entities. We also may compete with other entities advised or sponsored by affiliates of our Sponsor for properties or tenants. In addition, these same entities seek financing through similar channels. Therefore, we compete for financing in a market where funds for real estate financing may decrease.
Competition from these and other third party real estate investors may limit the number of suitable investment opportunities available. It also may result in higher prices, lower yields and a narrower spread of yields over our potential borrowing costs, making it more difficult for us to acquire new investments on attractive terms. In addition, the number of competing properties in the New York MSA could have a material effect on our occupancy levels, rental rates and on the operating expenses of certain of our properties.
 Regulations
 Our investments are subject to various federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations, including, among other things, zoning regulations, land use controls, environmental controls relating to air and water quality, noise pollution and indirect environmental impacts such as increased motor vehicle activity. We believe that we have all permits and approvals necessary under current law to operate our investments.
Environmental
 As an owner of real estate, we are subject to various environmental laws of federal, state and local governments. Compliance with existing laws has not had a material adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations, and management does not believe it will have such an impact in the future. However, we cannot predict the impact of unforeseen environmental contingencies or new or changed laws or regulations on properties in which we hold an interest, or on properties that may be acquired directly or indirectly in the future. We hire third parties to conduct Phase I environmental reviews of the real property that we intend to purchase.
We did not make any material capital expenditures in connection with environmental, health and safety laws, ordinances and regulations in 2016 and do not expect that we will be required to make any such material capital expenditures during 2017.
Employees
 We have no employees. The employees of our Advisor and its affiliates perform a full range of real estate services for us, including acquisitions, property management, accounting, legal, asset management and investor relations services.
 We are dependent on these entities for services that are essential to us, including capital markets activities, asset acquisition decisions, property management and other general administrative responsibilities. In the event that any of these companies were unable to provide these services to us, we would be required to provide such services ourselves or obtain such services from other sources.

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Financial Information About Industry Segments
  Our current business consists of acquiring, investing in, owning, managing, operating, leasing, and disposing of real estate assets. All of our revenues are from our consolidated real estate properties. We internally evaluate operating performance on an individual property level and view all of our real estate assets as one industry segment, and, accordingly, all of our properties are aggregated into one reportable segment. See our consolidated financial statements beginning on page F-1 for our revenues from tenants, net income or loss, total assets and other financial information.
Available Information
We electronically file Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, proxy statements and all amendments to those filings with the SEC. You may read and copy any materials we file with the SEC at the SEC's Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20549, or you may obtain information by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an internet address at http://www.sec.gov that contains reports, proxy statements and information statements, and other information, which you may obtain free of charge. In addition, copies of our filings with the SEC may be obtained from our website at www.newyorkcityreit.com. Access to these filings is free of charge. We are not incorporating our website or any information from the website into this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Set forth below are the risk factors that we believe are material to our stockholders. The occurrence of any of the risks discussed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, our ability to pay distributions and the value of an investment in our common stock.
Risks Related to an Investment in American Realty Capital New York City REIT, Inc.
All of our properties are located in the New York MSA, making us dependent upon the economic climate in New York City and subject to significant competitive pressure.
All of the real estate assets we own are located in the New York MSA. We are subject to risks generally inherent in concentrating investments in a certain geography. These risks resulting from a lack of diversification may become even greater in the event of a downturn in the commercial real estate industry and could significantly adversely affect the value of our properties. A downturn in New York City’s economy (such as business layoffs or downsizing, industry slowdowns, relocations of businesses, increases in real estate and other taxes, costs of complying with governmental regulations or increased regulation), in a submarket within New York City or in the overall national economy could, for example, result in reduced demand for office or lodging space. Likewise, declines in the financial services or media sectors may have a disproportionate adverse effect on the New York City real estate market.
We face significant competition for tenants.
The New York City real estate market is highly competitive and there are many competing properties in the New York MSA. With respect to the assets that we own, we compete for tenants based on a number of factors that include location, rental rates, security, suitability of the property’s design to prospective tenants’ needs and the manner in which the property is operated and marketed. Many competitors have substantially greater marketing budgets and financial resources than we do, which could limit our success when we compete with them directly. Competition could have a material effect on our occupancy levels, rental rates and on property operating expenses. To the extent we engage in additional acquisition activities, we compete with many other entities including other REITs, specialty finance companies, savings and loan associations, banks, mortgage bankers, insurance companies, mutual funds, institutional investors and lenders. Many of these competitors, as compared to us, have a lower cost of capital enhanced operating efficiencies and substantially greater financial resources.
Competition from these and other third party real estate investors may limit the number of suitable investment opportunities available. It also may result in higher prices, lower yields and a narrower spread of yields over our borrowing costs, making it more difficult for us to acquire new investments on attractive terms. In addition, the number of competing properties in the New York MSA could have a material effect on our occupancy levels, rental rates and on the operating expenses of certain of our properties.

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Because no public trading market for our shares currently exists, it will be difficult for our stockholders to sell their shares and, if our stockholders are able to sell their shares, it will likely be at a substantial discount to the public offering price.
There is no regular established trading market for our shares of common stock. Our charter does not require our directors to seek stockholder approval to liquidate our assets by a specified date, nor does our charter require our directors to list our shares for trading on a national securities exchange by a specified date. We currently have no plans to list our shares on a national securities exchange. Until our shares are listed, if ever, stockholders may not sell their shares unless the buyer meets the applicable suitability and minimum purchase standards. In addition, our charter prohibits the ownership of more than 9.8% in value of the aggregate of outstanding shares of capital stock or more than 9.8% in value or number of shares, whichever is more restrictive, of any class or series of our stock, unless exempted (prospectively or retroactively) by our board of directors, which may inhibit large investors from purchasing our stockholders' shares.
Our SRP includes numerous restrictions that limit our stockholders' ability to sell their shares, including limits on the total number of shares that may be repurchased in a given year, and our board of directors has the right to reject any request for repurchase.
Therefore, it is difficult for our stockholders to sell their shares promptly or at all. If a stockholder is able to sell his or her shares, it would likely be at a substantial discount to the price paid for the shares or our estimate of net asset value. Because of the illiquid nature of our shares, stockholders should be prepared to hold them for an indefinite period of time.
Our stockholders are limited in their ability to sell their shares pursuant to our SRP and may have to hold their shares for an indefinite period of time.
Our board of directors may amend the terms of our SRP without stockholder approval. Our board of directors also is free to suspend or terminate the program upon 30 days’ notice or to reject any request for repurchase. In addition, the SRP includes numerous restrictions that would limit our stockholders' ability to sell their shares, including limits on the total number of shares that may be repurchased in a given year and the source of funding for repurchases.
Generally, a stockholder must have held shares for at least one year in order to participate in our SRP unless such repurchase is in connection with a stockholder's death or disability. The repurchase price per share that we will pay to repurchase shares of our common stock is based on our Estimated Per-Share NAV.
We limit repurchases for each six-month period ending June 30 and December 31 to a maximum of 2.5% of the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the previous fiscal year, with a maximum for any fiscal year of 5.0% of the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the previous fiscal year. Further, repurchases pursuant to the SRP for any given fiscal semester may only be funded from proceeds received during that same fiscal semester from the proceeds of the issuance of common stock pursuant to the DRIP, as well as any reserves our board of directors may, in its sole discretion, make available for this purpose.
These limits might prevent us from accommodating all repurchase requests made in any year and there can be no assurance any shares will be repurchased under our SRP. During the six month period ended December 31, 2016, we accepted only 23% of the repurchase requests that were submitted. There can be no assurance that our SRP will not be further limited or amended.
We may be unable to maintain distributions over time.
There are many factors that can affect the availability and timing of cash distributions to stockholders, including the amount of cash flow from operations. In the past, we have not generated, and may not in the future generate, operating cash flows sufficient to continue to pay distributions to our stockholders at the current rate. During the year ended December 31, 2016, we paid distributions of $46.4 million, of which $35.8 million, or 77.2%, was funded from cash on hand, which represents part of the proceeds remaining from our IPO, $2.0 million, or 4.3%, was funded from cash flows provided by operations, and $8.6 million, or 18.5%, was funded from proceeds from our DRIP. During the year ended December 31, 2016 cash flows from operations included an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $2.8 million, as reflected on the statement of cash flows. Accordingly, if these accounts payable and accrued expenses had been paid during the year ended December 31, 2016, there would have been $2.8 million less in cash flows from operations available to pay distributions. Using remaining offering proceeds to pay distributions, especially if the distributions are not reinvested through our DRIP, reduces cash available for investment in assets or other purposes, and reduces our per share stockholders' equity.
We do not expect to generate sufficient cash flow from operations in 2017 to pay distributions at our current level and we may not generate sufficient cash flows from operations to pay future distributions thereafter. The amount of cash available for distributions is affected by many factors, such as rental income from acquired properties and our operating expense levels, as well as many other variables. Actual cash available for distributions may vary substantially from estimates. With limited operating history, we cannot assure our stockholders that we will be able to continue to pay distributions or that distributions will increase over time. We cannot give any assurance that rents from the properties we have acquired will increase, or that future acquisitions of real properties will increase our cash available for distributions to stockholders. Our actual results may differ significantly from the assumptions used by our board of directors in establishing a distribution rate to stockholders.

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In addition to cash flows from our operations, we expect to use a portion of our cash on hand, which represents part of the proceeds remaining from our IPO, excess cash received as a result of refinancing the 123 William Street mortgage in March 2017 and the proceeds from our DRIP to pay distributions. A decrease in the level of stockholder participation in our DRIP could have an adverse impact on our ability to meet these expectations. In addition, cash on hand available for distributions could be reduced if cash is required for other purposes, such as capital expenditures. If these sources are insufficient, we may use other sources, such as from borrowings, advances from our Advisor, and our Advisor's deferral, suspension or waiver of its fees and expense reimbursements, as to which it has no obligation, to fund distributions.
Funding distributions from any of these sources could reduce the amount of capital available to invest in properties and other permitted investments, or for other purposes and will likely negatively impact the value of our common stock. There is no guarantee that we will pay any particular amount of distributions, if at all. There is no assurance that we will be able to obtain funds from such sources, or pay or maintain our current level of dividends.
Funding distributions from borrowings could restrict the amount we can borrow for investments. Funding distributions from the sale of assets or the proceeds remaining from our IPO may affect our ability to generate additional operating cash flows. Funding distributions from the sale of additional securities could dilute each stockholder's interest in us if we sell shares of our common stock or securities that are convertible or exercisable into shares of our common stock to third-party investors. Payment of distributions from the mentioned sources could restrict our ability to generate sufficient cash flows from operations, affect our profitability or affect the distributions payable to stockholders upon a liquidity event.
We may not have sufficient cash from operations to make a distribution required to qualify for or maintain our REIT status.
Moreover, our board of directors may change our distribution policy, in its sole discretion, at any time. Also, we may not pay distributions that would: (1) cause us to be unable to pay our debts as they become due in the usual course of business; (2) cause our total assets to be less than the sum of our total liabilities plus senior liquidation preferences, if any; or (3) jeopardize our ability to qualify as a REIT.
We may be unable to enter into and consummate property acquisitions on advantageous terms or our property acquisitions may not perform as we expect.
We compete with many other entities engaged in real estate investment activities particularly for properties located in New York City. The competition may significantly increase the price we pay and reduce the returns that we earn. Our potential acquisition targets may find our competitors to be more attractive because they may have greater resources, may be willing to pay more for the properties or may have a more compatible operating philosophy. In particular, larger REITs may enjoy significant competitive advantages that result from, among other things, a lower cost of capital and enhanced operating efficiencies. Because of an increased interest in single-property acquisitions among tax-motivated individual purchasers, we may pay higher prices if we purchase single properties in comparison with portfolio acquisitions. In addition:
we may acquire properties that are not accretive and we may not successfully manage and lease those properties to meet our expectations;
we may be unable to generate sufficient cash from operations, or obtain the necessary debt or equity financing to consummate an acquisition or, if obtainable, financing may not be on satisfactory terms;
we may need to spend more than budgeted amounts to make necessary improvements or renovations to acquired properties;
agreements for the acquisition of properties are typically subject to customary conditions to closing, including satisfactory completion of due diligence investigations, and we may spend significant time and money on potential acquisitions that we do not consummate;
the process of acquiring or pursuing the acquisition of a new property may divert the attention of our management team from our existing business operations;
we may be unable to quickly and efficiently integrate new acquisitions, particularly acquisitions of portfolios of properties, into our existing operations;
market conditions may result in future vacancies and lower-than expected rental rates; and
we may acquire properties without recourse, or with only limited recourse, for liabilities, whether known or unknown, such as cleanup of environmental contamination, claims by tenants, vendors or other persons against the former owners of the properties and claims for indemnification by general partners, directors, officers and others indemnified by the former owners of the properties.

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If we are unable to find suitable investments on a timely basis, we may not be able to achieve our investment objectives or pay distributions.
As of December 31, 2016, we had not yet invested $47.7 million in net proceeds from our IPO and expect to use a substantial portion of these proceeds towards funding distributions, share repurchases and capital expenditures, and the use of cash for these purposes will reduce the cash available for investment. We rely upon our Sponsor and the real estate professionals affiliated with our Sponsor to identify suitable investments. To the extent that our Sponsor and the real estate professionals employed by our Advisor face competing demands upon their time at times when we have capital ready for investment, we may face delays in locating suitable further investments. Delays we encounter in the selection and acquisition or origination of income-producing assets would likely limit our ability to pay distributions to our stockholders and lower their overall returns. Further, if we acquire properties prior to the start of construction or during the early stages of construction, it will typically take several months to complete construction and rent available space, which could negatively impact our cash flow from operations.
Moreover, to the extent that we determine to make additional investments, there can be no assurance that our Advisor will be successful in obtaining suitable further investments on financially attractive terms or that our objectives will be achieved. In the event we are unable to timely locate suitable investments, we may be unable or limited in our ability to pay distributions and we may not be able to meet our investment objectives.
Part of our strategy for building our portfolio may involve acquiring assets opportunistically. This strategy will involve a higher risk of loss than more conservative investment strategies.
In order to meet our investment objectives, we have acquired and may continue to acquire assets that have less than 80% occupancy, but which we believe we can reposition, redevelop or remarket to create value enhancement and capital appreciation opportunistically. For example, we acquired 9 Times Square in November 2014 at 50.3% occupancy. Subsequent to acquisition, we allowed leases to expire and terminate as part of the implementation of our repositioning, redeveloping and remarketing plan with respect to the property. While we have substantially completed our repositioning and redevelopment plan with respect to 9 Times Square and are currently working to lease the remaining vacant space at the property, there can be no assurance that we will be successful in lease-up of this property or effectively repositioning or remarketing any other property we may acquire for these purposes, including increasing the occupancy rate.
As a result of our investment in these types of assets, we will face increased risks relating to changes in the New York City economy and increased competition for similar properties in this market, as well as increased risks that the economic trends and demand for office space and other real estate in this market or sub-market will not persist and the value of our properties will not increase, or will decrease, over time. For these and other reasons, we cannot assure you that we will be profitable or that we will realize growth in the value of our real estate properties.
We have no investment criteria limiting the size of each investment we make. Any individual real estate investment could represent a material percentage of our assets.
As of December 31, 2016, our two largest assets, 123 William Street and 1140 Avenue of the Americas, aggregated approximately 73% of the total square footage in our portfolio and 80% of revenue. Due to our relatively small asset base and the high concentration of our total assets in relatively large individual real estate assets, the value of our assets could vary more widely with the performance of specific assets than if we invested in a more diverse portfolio of properties. Because of this asset concentration, even modest changes in the value of our real estate assets could have a significant impact on the value of our assets and the estimated value of our shares.
We rely significantly on the following major tenants and therefore, are subject to tenant credit concentrations that make us more susceptible to adverse events with respect to these tenants.
As of December 31, 2016, the following tenants represented 5% or more of our total annualized rental income, based on leases signed, on a straight-line basis:
Building
 
Tenant
 
Percentage of Straight-Line Rent
1140 Avenue of the Americas
 
City National Bank
 
7.6%
123 William Street
 
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
 
6.4%
The failure of any of these tenants to pay rent could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, our financial condition and the value of the applicable property. In addition, the values of these investments are driven in part by the credit quality of the underlying tenants, and an adverse change in the tenants’ financial conditions or a decline in the credit rating of such tenants may result in a decline in the value of the specific assets.

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We are dependent on our Advisor and our Property Manager to provide us with executive officers and key personnel and our operating performance may be impacted by any adverse changes in the financial health or reputation of our Advisor and our Property Manager.
We have no employees. Personnel and services that we require are provided to us under contracts with our Advisor and our Property Manager. We depend on our Advisor to manage our operations and acquire and manage our portfolio of real estate assets. Our Advisor makes all decisions with respect to the day-to-day management of our company, subject to the supervision of, and any guidelines established by, our board of directors.
Our success depends to a significant degree upon the contributions of our executive officers and other key personnel of our Advisor and our Property Manager. Michael A. Happel, who served as our Chief Executive Officer, and Patrick O’Malley, who served as our Chief Investment Officer, either have resigned or will resign following the filing of this Annual Report on Form 10-K from their positions and cease providing services to us. Mr. Weil, our current executive chairman, will serve as our Chief Executive Officer effective upon Mr. Happel’s resignation. Competition for skilled personnel is intense, and we cannot assure you that our Advisor will be successful in attracting and retaining skilled personnel capable of meeting the needs of our business or that the changes in the Advisor’s personnel will not have an adverse effect on us. We cannot guarantee that all, or any particular one of these key personnel, will continue to provide services to us or our Advisor. Further, we have not and do not intend to separately maintain key person life insurance on any of our Advisor’s key personnel.
We also depend on these key personnel to maintain relationships with firms that have special expertise in certain services or detailed knowledge regarding real properties in the five boroughs of New York City, particularly in Manhattan. If we lose or are unable to obtain the services of highly skilled professionals capable of establishing or maintaining appropriate strategic relationships, our ability to acquire additional properties could be adversely affected.
Our Advisor and Property Manager depend upon the fees and other compensation that they receive from us in connection with the management of our business and sale of our properties to conduct its operations.
On March 8, 2017, the creditor trust established in connection with the bankruptcy of RCS Capital Corporation (“RCAP”), which prior to its bankruptcy filing was under common control with the Advisor, filed suit against AR Global, the Advisor, advisors of other entities sponsored by AR Global, and AR Global’s principals (including Mr. Weil). The suit alleges, among other things, certain breaches of duties to RCAP. We are not named in the suit, nor are there allegations related to the services the Advisor provides to us. The Advisor has informed us that it believes the suit is without merit and intends to defend against it vigorously.
Any adverse changes in the financial condition of, or our relationship with, our Advisor or Property Manager, including any change resulting from an adverse outcome in any litigation, could hinder their ability to successfully manage our operations and our portfolio of investments. Additionally, changes in ownership or management practices, the occurrence of adverse events affecting our Advisor or its affiliates or other companies advised by our Advisor and its affiliates could create adverse publicity and adversely affect us and our relationship with lenders, tenants or counterparties.
We may change our targeted investments without stockholder consent.
We have invested and intend to invest in a portfolio of office properties and other property types located in the five boroughs of New York City, specifically Manhattan. Our charter requires that our independent directors review our investment policies at least annually to determine that the policies we are following are in the best interest of our stockholders. We may make adjustments to our target portfolio based on real estate market conditions and investment opportunities, and we may change our targeted investments and investment guidelines at any time without the consent of our stockholders, which could result in our making investments that are different from, and possibly riskier than, our current targeted investments. A change in our targeted investments or investment guidelines may increase our exposure to interest rate risk, default risk and real estate market fluctuations.
Our rights and the rights of our stockholders to recover claims against our directors are limited.
Subject to certain limitations set forth therein or under Maryland law, our charter provides that no director or officer will be liable to us or our stockholders for monetary damages and requires us to indemnify our directors and our officers. Maryland law provides that a director has no liability for monetary damage in that capacity if he or she performs his or her duties in good faith, in a manner he or she reasonably believes to be in our best interests and with the care that an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances. We and our stockholders may have more limited rights against our directors than might otherwise exist under common law, which could reduce our stockholders’ and our recovery from these persons if they act in a negligent manner. In addition, we may be obligated to fund the defense costs or otherwise reimburse for losses incurred by our directors (as well as by our officers, employees (if we ever have employees) and agents) in some cases, which would decrease the cash otherwise available for distribution or for other purposes.

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The Estimated Per-Share NAV is based upon subjective judgments, assumptions and opinions about future events, and may not reflect the price our stockholders would receive for their shares in a market transaction.
On October 26, 2016, we published an Estimated Per-Share NAV equal to $21.25 calculated as of June 30, 2016. In order to establish an Estimated Per-Share NAV, our Advisor engaged an independent third-party advisory firm to perform appraisals of our real estate assets in accordance with the valuation guidelines established by our board of directors. As with any methodology used to estimate value, the valuation methodologies used by any independent valuer to value our properties involve subjective judgments concerning factors such as comparable sales, rental and operating expense data, capitalization or discount rate, and projections of future rent and expenses.
Under our valuation guidelines, our independent valuer estimated the market value of our principal real estate and real estate-related assets, and our Advisor determined the net value of our real estate and real estate-related assets and liabilities taking into consideration such estimate provided by the independent valuer. Our Advisor reviewed the valuation provided by the independent valuer for the reasonableness of the independent valuer's conclusions. Our board of directors then reviewed the appraisals and valuations and made a final determination of the Estimated Per-Share NAV. Although the valuations of our real estate assets by the independent valuer are reviewed by our Advisor and approved by our board of directors, neither our Advisor nor our board of directors independently verified or will independently verify for any future valuation or appraised value of our properties. Therefore, these valuations do not necessarily represent the price at which we would be able to sell an asset, and the price that shares would trade in secondary markets or the price a third party would pay to acquire us. As a result, the appraised value of a particular property may be greater or less than its potential realizable value, which would cause our Estimated Per-Share NAV to be greater or less than the potential realizable NAV.
Because they are based on Estimated Per-Share NAV, the price at which our shares may be sold under the DRIP and the price at which our shares may be repurchased by us pursuant to the SRP may not reflect the price that our stockholders would receive for their shares in a market transaction, the proceeds that would be received upon liquidation of the Company or the price that a third party would pay to acquire the Company.
Because they are based on Estimated Per-Share NAV, the price of shares is determined annually and will therefore not reflect changes occurring subsequent to the valuation.
Following the initial valuation of Estimated Per-Share NAV, which was published on October 26, 2016, subsequent valuations will be made at least once annually. In connection with any valuation, our board of directors estimate of the value of our real estate and real estate-related assets will be partly based on appraisals of our properties, which we expect will only be appraised in connection with the annual valuation.
Because valuations will only occur annually, Estimated Per-Share NAV cannot take into account any material events that occur after the Estimated Per-Share NAV has been calculated for that year. Material events could include the appraised value of our properties substantially changing actual property operating results differing from what we originally budgeted or distributions to shareholders exceeding cash flow generated by us. Any such material event could cause a change in the Estimated Per-Share NAV that would not be reflected until the next valuation. Also, if we continue to be unable to cover our distributions with cash flows provided by operations, this could result in a decrease to our Estimated Per-Share NAV. As a result, the Estimated Per-Share NAV is not guaranteed to accurately reflect the value of the shares at any given time.
Because valuations will generally only occur annually, our Estimated Per-Share NAV may differ significantly from our actual NAV at any given time.
Our business could suffer in the event our Advisor or any other party that provides us with services essential to our operations experiences system failures or cyber-incidents or a deficiency in cybersecurity.
Despite system redundancy, the implementation of security measures and the existence of a disaster recovery plan for the internal information technology systems of our Advisor and other parties that provide us with services essential to our operations are vulnerable to damages from any number of sources, including computer viruses, unauthorized access, energy blackouts, natural disasters, terrorism, war and telecommunication failures. Any system failure or accident that causes interruptions in our operations could result in a material disruption to our business.

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A cyber-incident is considered to be any adverse event that threatens the confidentiality, integrity or availability of information resources. More specifically, a cyber-incident is an intentional attack or an unintentional event that can result in third parties gaining unauthorized access to systems to disrupt operations, corrupt data or steal confidential information. As reliance on technology in our industry has increased, so have the risks posed to the systems of our Advisor and other parties that provide us with services essential to our operations, both internal and those that have been outsourced. In addition, the risk of a cyber-incident, including by computer hackers, foreign governments and cyber terrorists, has generally increased as the number, intensity and sophistication of attempted attacks and intrusions from around the world have increased. Even the most well protected information, networks, systems and facilities remain potentially vulnerable because the techniques used in such attempted attacks and intrusions evolve and generally are not recognized until launched against a target, and in some cases are designed not to be detected and, in fact, may not be detected.
The remediation costs and lost revenues experienced by a victim of a cyber-incident may be significant and significant resources may be required to repair system damage, protect against the threat of future security breaches or to alleviate problems, including reputational harm, loss of revenues and litigation, caused by any breaches. In addition, a security breach or other significant disruption involving the IT networks and related systems of our Advisor or any other party that provides us with services essential to our operations could:
result in misstated financial reports, violations of loan covenants, missed reporting or other deadlines and/or missed permitting deadlines;
affect our Advisor's ability to properly monitor our compliance with the rules and regulations regarding our qualification as a REIT;
result in the unauthorized access to, and destruction, loss, theft, misappropriation or release of, proprietary, confidential, sensitive or otherwise valuable information (including information about tenants), which others could use to compete against us or for disruptive, destructive or otherwise harmful purposes and outcomes;
result in our inability to maintain the building systems relied upon by our tenants for the efficient use of their leased space;
require significant management attention and resources to remedy any damages that result;
subject us to claims for breach of contract, damages, credits, penalties or termination of leases or other agreements; or
adversely impact our reputation among our tenants and investors generally.
Although our Advisor and other parties that provide us with services essential to our operations intend to continue to implement industry-standard security measures, there can be no assurance that those measures will be sufficient, and any material adverse effect experienced by our Advisor and other parties that provide us with services essential to our operations could, in turn, have an adverse impact on us.

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Risks Related to Conflicts of Interest
Our Advisor and its affiliates, including some of our executive officers, directors and other key real estate professionals, face conflicts of interest caused by their compensation arrangements with us, which could result in actions that are not in the long-term best interests of our stockholders.
Our Advisor and its affiliates receive fees from us, which could be substantial. These fees could influence our Advisor’s advice to us as well as its judgment with respect to:
the continuation, renewal or enforcement of our agreements with affiliates of our Sponsor, including the advisory agreement and the property management agreement;
public offerings of equity by us, which will likely entitle our Advisor to increased acquisition fees and potentially increase the asset management subordinated participation interest assuming the triggers are satisfied;
sales of properties and other investments to third parties, which entitle our Advisor and New York City Special Limited Partnership, LLC (the "Special Limited Partner") to real estate commissions and possible subordinated incentive distributions, respectively;
acquisitions of properties and other investments from third parties and loan originations to third parties, which entitle our Advisor to acquisition fees;
borrowings to acquire properties and other investments and to originate loans, which borrowings generate financing coordination fees and increase the acquisition fees and asset management subordinated participation interests payable to our Advisor assuming the triggers are satisfied;
whether and when we seek to list our common stock on a national securities exchange, which listing could entitle the Special Limited Partner to a subordinated incentive listing distribution; and
whether and when we seek to sell our company or its assets, which sale could entitle our Advisor to a subordinated participation in net sales proceeds.
The fees our Advisor receives in connection with transactions involving the acquisition of assets are based initially on the purchase price of the investment, including the amount of any loan originations, and are not based on the quality of the investment or the quality of the services rendered to us. This may influence our Advisor to recommend riskier transactions to us, and our Advisor may have an incentive to incur a high level of leverage. In addition, because the fees are based on the purchase price of the investment, it may create an incentive for our Advisor to recommend that we purchase assets at higher prices. In addition, from time to time, subject to the approval of a majority of our independent directors, we may engage one or more entities under common control with the Parent of our Sponsor or our Advisor to provide services not provided under existing agreements that are outside of our ordinary course of operations which may create similar incentives.
Our stockholders may be more likely to sustain a loss on their investment because our Sponsor does not have as strong an economic incentive to avoid losses as it would if it had made more significant equity investments in us.
The Special Limited Partner, which is wholly owned by our Sponsor and wholly owns our Advisor, invested $0.2 million in us through the purchase of 8,888 shares of our common stock at $22.50 per share. The Special Limited Partner may not sell this initial investment while our Sponsor remains our sponsor but it may transfer such shares to affiliates. Without this exposure, our stockholders may be at a greater risk of loss because our Sponsor may have less to lose from a decrease in the value of our shares as does a sponsor that makes more significant equity investments in its company.
Our Property Manager is an affiliate of our Advisor and therefore we may face conflicts of interest in determining whether to assign certain operating assets to our Property Manager or an unaffiliated property manager.
Our Property Manager is an affiliate of our Advisor. As we acquire each asset, our Advisor will assign such asset to a property manager in the ordinary course of business; however, because our Property Manager is affiliated with our Advisor, our Advisor faces certain conflicts of interest in making this decision because of the compensation that will be paid to our Property Manager.
Our officers and directors face conflicts of interest related to the positions they hold with our Advisor, our Property Manager and other affiliated entities.
Our executive officers are also officers of our Advisor, our Property Manager and, in some cases, other affiliated entities. Some of our directors also are directors of other REITs sponsored by affiliates of the parent of our Sponsor. As a result, these individuals owe fiduciary duties to these other entities, which may result in them taking actions or making decisions that conflict with the duties that they owe to us.

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These conflicts could result in actions or inactions that are detrimental to our business. Conflicts with our business and interests are most likely to arise from involvement in activities related to (a) allocation of investments and management time and services between us and the other entities, (b) our purchase of properties from, or sale of properties, to entities sponsored by affiliates of our Advisor, (c) the timing and terms of the investment in or sale of an asset, (d) investments with entities sponsored by affiliates of our Advisor, (e) compensation to our Advisor and its affiliates including our Property Manager, and (f) any decision to sell our company or sell all, or substantially all, of our assets.
Moreover, the management of multiple REITs by certain of the officers and other key personnel of our Advisor may significantly reduce the amount of time they are able to spend on our activities.
The conflicts of interest inherent in the incentive fee structure of our arrangements with our Advisor and its affiliates could result in actions that are not necessarily in the long-term best interests of our stockholders, including required payments if we terminate the advisory agreement, even for poor performance by our Advisor.
Under our advisory agreement and the limited partnership agreement of our OP, or the partnership agreement, the Special Limited Partner and its affiliates are entitled to fees, distributions and other amounts that are structured in a manner intended to provide incentives to our Advisor to perform in our best interests. However, because our Advisor does not maintain a significant equity interest in us and is entitled to receive substantial minimum compensation regardless of performance, its interests may not be wholly aligned with those of our stockholders. In that regard, our Advisor could be motivated to recommend riskier or more speculative investments in order for us to generate the specified levels of performance or sales proceeds that would entitle it or the Special Limited Partner to fees. In addition, the Special Limited Partner and its affiliates’ entitlement to fees and distributions upon the sale of our assets and to participate in sale proceeds could result in our Advisor recommending sales of our investments at the earliest possible time at which sales of investments would produce the level of return that would entitle our Advisor and its affiliates, including the Special Limited Partner, to compensation relating to such sales, even if continued ownership of those investments might be in our best long-term interest.
Moreover, the partnership agreement requires our OP to pay a performance-based termination distribution to the Special Limited Partner or its assignees if we terminate the advisory agreement, even for poor performance by our Advisor, prior to the listing of our shares for trading on an exchange or, absent such listing, in respect of its participation in net sales proceeds. To avoid paying this distribution, our independent directors may decide against terminating the advisory agreement prior to our listing of our shares or disposition of our investments even if, but for the termination distribution, termination of the advisory agreement would be in our best interest. Similarly, because this distribution will still be due even if we terminate the advisory agreement for poor performance, our Advisor may be incentivized to focus its resources and attention on other matters or otherwise fail to use its best efforts on our behalf.
In addition, the requirement to pay the distribution to the Special Limited Partner or its assignees at termination could cause us to make different investment or disposition decisions than we would otherwise make, in order to satisfy our obligation to pay the distribution to the Special Limited Partner or its assignees. Moreover, our Advisor has the right to terminate the advisory agreement upon a change of control of our company and thereby trigger the payment of the termination distribution, which could have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing the change of control. In addition, our Advisor is entitled to an annual subordinated performance fee such that for any year in which stockholders receive payment of a 6.0% annual cumulative, pre-tax, non-compounded return on the capital contributed by stockholders, our Advisor is entitled to 15.0% of the amount in excess of such 6.0% per annum return, provided that the amount paid to our Advisor may not exceed 10.0% of the aggregate return for such year, and that the amount, while accruing annually in each year the 6.0% return is attained, will not actually be paid to our Advisor unless stockholders receive a return of capital contributions, which could encourage our Advisor to recommend riskier or more speculative investments. In addition, our agreements with our Advisor and its affiliates include covenants and conditions that are subject to interpretation and could result in disagreements.
Risks Related to Our Corporate Structure
We disclose FFO and modified funds from operations, each a non-GAAP financial measure, in communications with stockholders, including documents filed with the SEC; however, FFO and modified funds from operations are not equivalent to our net income or loss of cash flow from operations as determined under GAAP, and you should consider GAAP measures to be more relevant to our operating performance.
We use, and we intend to continue disclosing to stockholders, FFO and modified funds from operations ("MFFO"), which are non-GAAP financial measures. FFO and MFFO are not equivalent to our net income or loss or cash flow from operations as determined in accordance with GAAP, and stockholders should consider GAAP measures to be more relevant to evaluating our operating performance and ability to pay distributions. FFO and MFFO and GAAP net income differ because FFO and MFFO exclude gains or losses from sales of property and asset impairment write-downs, and add back depreciation and amortization and adjust for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. MFFO further excludes acquisition-related expenses, amortization of above- and below-market leases, fair value adjustments of derivative financial instruments, deferred rent receivables and the adjustments of such items related to non-controlling interests.

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In addition, FFO and MFFO are not indicative of cash flow available to fund cash needs and stockholders should not consider FFO and MFFO as alternatives to cash flows from operations or an indication of our liquidity, or indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs, including our ability to pay distributions to our stockholders. Neither the SEC nor any other regulatory body has passed judgment on the acceptability of the adjustments that we use to calculate FFO and MFFO. Also, because not all companies calculate FFO and MFFO the same way, comparisons with other companies may not be meaningful.
The limit on the number of shares a person may own may discourage a takeover that could otherwise result in a premium price to our stockholders.
Our charter, with certain exceptions, authorizes our directors to take such actions as are necessary and desirable to preserve our qualification as a REIT. Unless exempted (prospectively or retroactively) by our board of directors, no person may own more than 9.8% in value of the aggregate of our outstanding shares of stock or more than 9.8% in number of shares, whichever is more restrictive, of any class or series of shares of our stock. This restriction may have the effect of delaying, deferring or preventing a change in control of us, including an extraordinary transaction (such as a merger, tender offer or sale of all or substantially all our assets) that might provide a premium price for holders of our common stock.
Our charter permits our board of directors to issue stock that may dilute our stockholders’ interests in us and containing terms that may subordinate the rights of our common stockholders or discourage a third party from acquiring us for a premium price.
Our common stockholders do not have preemptive rights to any shares we issue in the future. Our charter permits our board of directors to issue up to 350.0 million shares of capital stock, of which 300.0 million shares are classified as common stock and 50.0 million shares are classified as preferred stock. Our board of directors, without any action by our stockholders, may amend our charter from time to time to increase or decrease the aggregate number of shares or the number of shares of any class or series of stock that we have authority to issue. In addition, our board may elect to (1) sell additional shares in this or future public offerings, (2) issue equity interests in private offerings, (3) issue share-based awards to our independent directors or to our officers or employees or to the officers or employees of our Advisor or any of its affiliates, (4) issue shares to our Advisor, or its successors or assigns, in payment of an outstanding fee obligation, or (5) issue shares of our common stock to sellers of properties or assets we acquire in connection with an exchange of limited partnership interests of the OP. To the extent we issue additional equity interests, our stockholders’ percentage ownership interest in us will be diluted. Our stockholders may also experience dilution in the book value and fair value of their shares depending on the terms and pricing of any additional offerings and the book or fair value of our shares.
In addition, our board of directors may classify or reclassify any unissued common stock or preferred stock into other classes or series of stock and establish the preferences, conversion or other rights, voting powers, restrictions, qualifications, limitations as to dividends or other distributions, and terms or conditions of redemption of any such stock. Thus, our board of directors could authorize the issuance of preferred stock with terms and conditions that could (i) have a priority as to distributions and amounts payable upon liquidation over the rights of the holders of our common stock, and/or (ii) delay, defer or prevent a change in control of us, including an extraordinary transaction (such as a merger, tender offer or sale of all or substantially all our assets) that might provide a premium price for holders of our common stock.
Maryland law prohibits certain business combinations, which may make it more difficult for us to be acquired and may limit our stockholders' ability to exit the investment.
Under Maryland law, “business combinations” between a Maryland corporation and an interested stockholder or an affiliate of an interested stockholder are prohibited for five years after the most recent date on which the interested stockholder becomes an interested stockholder. These business combinations include a merger, consolidation, share exchange or, in circumstances specified in the statute, an asset transfer or issuance or reclassification of equity securities. An interested stockholder is defined as:
any person who beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, 10% or more of the voting power of the corporation’s outstanding voting stock; or
an affiliate or associate of the corporation who, at any time within the two-year period prior to the date in question, was the beneficial owner of 10% or more of the voting power of the then outstanding stock of the corporation.
A person is not an interested stockholder under the statute if our board of directors approved in advance the transaction by which the person otherwise would have become an interested stockholder. However, in approving a transaction, our board of directors may provide that its approval is subject to compliance, at or after the time of the approval, with any terms and conditions determined by our board of directors.

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After the five-year prohibition, any such business combination between the Maryland corporation and an interested stockholder generally must be recommended by our board of directors of the corporation and approved by the affirmative vote of at least:
80% of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of outstanding voting stock of the corporation; and
two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast by holders of voting stock of the corporation other than shares held by the interested stockholder with whom or with whose affiliate the business combination is to be effected or held by an affiliate or associate of the interested stockholder.
These super-majority vote requirements do not apply if the corporation’s common stockholders receive a minimum price, as defined under Maryland law, for their shares in the form of cash or other consideration in the same form as previously paid by the interested stockholder for its shares. The business combination statute permits various exemptions from its provisions, including business combinations that are exempted by our board of directors prior to the time that the interested stockholder becomes an interested stockholder. Pursuant to the statute, our board of directors has exempted any business combination involving our Advisor, any affiliate of our Advisor or any REIT formed and organized by our Sponsor. Consequently, the five-year prohibition and the super-majority vote requirements will not apply to business combinations between us and our Advisor or any affiliate of our Advisor, or any other REITs sponsored by affiliates of our Sponsor. As a result, our Advisor and any affiliate of our Advisor may be able to enter into business combinations with us that may not be in the best interest of our stockholders, without compliance with the super-majority vote requirements and the other provisions of the statute. The business combination statute may discourage others from trying to acquire control of us and increase the difficulty of consummating any offer.
Maryland law limits the ability of a third party to buy a large ownership interest in us and exercise voting power in electing directors, which may discourage a takeover that could otherwise result in a premium price to our stockholders.
The Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act provides that a holder of “control shares” of a Maryland corporation acquired in a “control share acquisition” has no voting rights with respect to such shares except to the extent approved by the affirmative vote of stockholders entitled to cast two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast on the matter. Shares of stock owned by the acquirer, by officers or by employees who are directors of the acquirer, are excluded from shares entitled to vote on the matter. “Control shares” are voting shares of stock which, if aggregated with all other shares of stock owned by the acquirer or in respect of which the acquirer can exercise or direct the exercise of voting power (except solely by virtue of a revocable proxy), would entitle the acquirer to exercise voting power in electing directors within specified ranges of voting power. Control shares do not include shares the acquiring person is then entitled to vote as a result of having previously obtained stockholder approval or shares acquired directly from the corporation. A “control share acquisition” means, subject to certain exceptions, the acquisition of issued and outstanding control shares. The control share acquisition statute does not apply (a) to shares acquired in a merger, consolidation or share exchange if the corporation is a party to the transaction, or (b) to acquisitions approved or exempted by the charter or bylaws of the corporation. Our bylaws contain a provision exempting from the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act any and all acquisitions of our stock by any person. There can be no assurance that this provision will not be amended or eliminated at any time in the future.
Our stockholders have limited voting rights under our charter and Maryland law.
Pursuant to Maryland law and our charter, our stockholders are entitled to vote only on the following matters: (a) election or removal of directors; (b) amendment of the charter, as provided in Article XIII of the charter; (c) dissolution of our company; and (d) to the extent required under Maryland law, merger or consolidation of us or the sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of our assets. With respect to all matters other than the election or removal of directors, our board of directors must first adopt a resolution declaring that a proposed action is advisable and direct that such matter be submitted to our stockholders for approval or ratification. These limitations on voting rights may limit our stockholders’ ability to influence decisions regarding our business.
We are an “emerging growth company” under the federal securities laws and will be subject to reduced public company reporting requirements.
In April 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the "JOBS Act"). We are an “emerging growth company,” as defined in the JOBS Act, and are eligible to take advantage of certain exemptions from, or reduced disclosure obligations relating to, various reporting requirements that are normally applicable to public companies.

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We could remain an “emerging growth company” for up to five years, or until the earliest of (1) the last day of the first fiscal year in which we have total annual gross revenue of $1 billion or more, (2) December 31 of the fiscal year that we become a “large accelerated filer” as defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange Act (which would occur if the market value of our common stock held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million, measured as of the last business day of our most recently completed second fiscal quarter, and we have been publicly reporting for at least 12 months) or (3) the date on which we have issued more than $1 billion in non-convertible debt during the preceding three-year period. Under the JOBS Act, emerging growth companies are not required to (1) provide an auditor’s attestation report on management’s assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, (2) comply with new audit rules adopted by the PCAOB, (3) provide certain disclosures relating to executive compensation generally required for larger public companies or (4) hold shareholder advisory votes on executive compensation. We have not yet made a decision as to whether to take advantage of any or all of the JOBS Act exemptions that are applicable to us. If we do take advantage of any of these exemptions, we do not know if some investors will find our common stock less attractive as a result.
Additionally, the JOBS Act provides that an “emerging growth company” may take advantage of an extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards that have different effective dates for public and private companies. This means an “emerging growth company” can delay adopting certain accounting standards until such standards are otherwise applicable to private companies. However, we are electing to “opt out” of such extended transition period, and will therefore comply with new or revised accounting standards on the applicable dates on which the adoption of such standards is required for non-emerging growth companies. Section 107 of the JOBS Act provides that our decision to opt out of such extended transition period for compliance with new or revised accounting standards is irrevocable.
Payment of fees to our Advisor and its affiliates reduces cash available for investment and other uses including to pay distributions to our stockholders.
Our Advisor, its affiliates and entities under common control with our Advisor perform services for us in connection with the selection and acquisition of our investments, the coordination of financing, the management and leasing of our properties, the administration of our other investments, as well as the performance of other administrative responsibilities for us including accounting services, transaction management services and investor relations. We pay them fees for these services, which could be substantial, and which may reduce the value of our stockholders' investment and reduces the amount of cash available for investment in assets or distribution to stockholders.
We may be unable to obtain funding for future capital needs, which could adversely impact our ability to pay cash distributions to our stockholders.
We will likely be responsible for any major structural repairs to our properties, such as repairs to the foundation, exterior walls and rooftops. If we need additional capital in the future to improve or maintain our properties or for any other reason, we may have to obtain financing from sources, beyond our cash flow from operations, such as borrowings or future equity offerings. These sources of funding may not be available on attractive terms or at all. If we cannot procure additional funding for capital improvements, our investments may generate lower cash flows or decline in value, or both.
Future offerings of equity securities which are senior to our common stock for purposes of distributions or upon liquidation, may adversely affect the value of our common stock.
In the future, we may attempt to increase our capital resources by making additional offerings of equity securities. Under our charter, we may issue, without stockholder approval, preferred stock or other classes of common stock with rights that could dilute the value of our stockholders' shares of common stock. Any issuance of preferred stock must be approved by a majority of our independent directors not otherwise interested in the transaction, who will have access, at our expense, to our legal counsel or to independent legal counsel. Upon liquidation, holders of our shares of preferred stock will be entitled to receive our available assets prior to distribution to the holders of our common stock. Additionally, any convertible, exercisable or exchangeable securities that we issue in the future may have rights, preferences and privileges more favorable than those of our common stock and may result in dilution to owners of our common stock. Holders of our common stock are not entitled to preemptive rights or other protections against dilution. Our preferred stock, if issued, could have a preference on liquidating distributions or a preference on dividend payments that could limit our ability to pay dividends or other distributions to the holders of our common stock. Because our decision to issue securities in any future offering will depend on market conditions and other factors beyond our control, we cannot predict or estimate the amount, timing or nature of our future offerings. Thus, our stockholders bear the risk of our future offerings which may reduce the per share value of our common stock and reduce their interest in us.

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Because we conduct all of our operations through the OP, we depend on it and its subsidiaries for cash flow and we are structurally subordinated in right of payment to the obligations of the OP and its subsidiaries, which could adversely affect our ability to make distributions to our stockholders.
We receive cash to pay distributions only from our OP and its subsidiaries. We cannot assure you that our OP or its subsidiaries will be able to, or be permitted to, make distributions to us that will enable us to make distributions to our stockholders. Each of our OP’s subsidiaries is a distinct legal entity and, under certain circumstances, legal and contractual restrictions may limit our ability to obtain cash from such entities. Any claim our stockholders may have as stockholders will be structurally subordinated to all existing and future liabilities and obligations of our OP and its subsidiaries. Therefore, in the event of our bankruptcy, liquidation or reorganization, our assets and those of our OP and its subsidiaries will be able to satisfy our stockholders' claims as stockholders only after all of our and our OP and its subsidiaries liabilities and obligations have been paid in full.
General Risks Related to Investments in Real Estate
Our operating results are affected by economic and regulatory changes that have an adverse impact on the real estate market in general. These changes may impact our profitability and ability to realize growth in the value of our real estate properties.
Our operating results are subject to risks generally incident to the ownership of real estate, including:
changes in general economic or local conditions;
changes in supply of or demand for similar or competing properties in an area;
changes in interest rates and availability of mortgage funds that may render the sale of a property difficult or unattractive;
increases in operating expenses;
vacancies and inability to lease or sublease space;
changes in tax, real estate, environmental and zoning laws; and
periods of high interest rates and tight money supply.
We may obtain only limited warranties when we purchase a property and would have only limited recourse if our due diligence did not identify any issues that lower the value of our property.
We may purchase properties on an “as is” condition on a “where is” basis and “with all faults,” without any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular use or purpose. In addition, purchase agreements may contain only limited warranties, representations and indemnifications that will only survive for a limited period after the closing. The purchase of properties with limited warranties increases the risk that we may lose some or all our invested capital in the property as well as the loss of rental income from that property.
We may be unable to sell a property when we desire.
Many factors that are beyond our control affect the real estate market and could affect our ability to sell properties for the price, on the terms or within the time frame that we desire. These factors include general economic conditions, the availability of financing, interest rates and other factors, including supply and demand. Because real estate investments are relatively illiquid, we have a limited ability to vary our portfolio in response to changes in economic or other conditions. We cannot predict whether we will be able to sell any property for the price or on the terms set by us, or whether any price or other terms offered by a prospective purchaser would be acceptable to us. We cannot predict the length of time needed to find a willing purchaser and to close the sale of a property. Further, before we can sell a property on the terms we want, it may be necessary to expend funds to correct defects or to make improvements. However, we can give no assurance that we will have the funds available to correct such defects or to make such improvements. We may be unable to sell our properties at a profit. Our inability to sell properties at the time and on the terms we want could reduce our cash flow and limit our ability to make distributions to our stockholders and could reduce the value of our stockholders' investment. Moreover, in acquiring a property, we may agree to restrictions that prohibit the sale of that property for a period of time or impose other restrictions, such as a limitation on the amount of debt that can be placed or repaid on that property. Our inability to sell a property when we desire to do so may cause us to reduce our selling price for the property.
We may acquire or finance properties with lock-out provisions, which may prohibit us from selling a property, or may require us to maintain specified debt levels for a period of years on some properties, which could have an adverse effect on our stockholders' investment.
Lock-out provisions could materially restrict us from selling or otherwise disposing of or refinancing properties. Lock out provisions may prohibit us from reducing the outstanding indebtedness with respect to any properties, refinancing such indebtedness on a non-recourse basis at maturity, or increasing the amount of indebtedness with respect to such properties.

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Lock-out provisions could impair our ability to take other actions during the lock-out period that could be in the best interests of our stockholders and, therefore, may have an adverse impact on the value of the shares, relative to the value that would result if the lock-out provisions did not exist. In particular, lock-out provisions could preclude us from participating in major transactions that could result in a disposition of our assets or a change in control even though that disposition or change in control might be in the best interests of our stockholders.
We may be unable to renew leases or re-lease space as leases expire.
We may be unable to renew expiring leases on terms and conditions that are as, or more, favorable as the terms and conditions of the expiring leases. In addition, vacancies may occur at one or more of our properties due to a default by a tenant on its lease or expiration of a lease. Vacancies may reduce the value of a property as a result of reduced cash flow generated by the property. In addition, changes in space utilization by our tenants may impact our ability to renew or re-let space without the need to incur substantial costs in renovating or redesigning the internal configuration of the relevant property. If we are unable to promptly renew expiring leases or re-lease the space at similar rates or if we incur substantial costs in renewing or re-leasing the space, our cash flow and the amount of liquidating distributions we pay could be adversely affected.
Our properties may be subject to impairment charges.
We periodically evaluate our real estate investments for impairment indicators. The judgment regarding the existence of impairment indicators is based on factors such as market conditions, tenant performance and legal structure. For example, the early termination of, or default under, a lease by a major tenant may lead to an impairment charge. If we determine that an impairment has occurred, we would be required to make a downward adjustment to the net carrying value of the property. Impairment charges also indicate a potential permanent adverse change in the fundamental operating characteristics of the impaired property. There is no assurance that these adverse changes will be reversed in the future and the decline in the impaired property’s value could be permanent.
If a tenant declares bankruptcy, we may be unable to collect balances due under relevant leases.
Any of our tenants, or any guarantor of a tenant's lease obligations, could be subject to a bankruptcy proceeding pursuant to Title 11 of the bankruptcy laws of the United States. A bankruptcy filing by one of our tenants or any guarantor of a tenant's lease obligations would bar all efforts by us to collect pre-bankruptcy debts from these entities or their properties, unless we receive an enabling order from the bankruptcy court. There is no assurance the tenant or its trustee would agree to assume the lease. If a lease is rejected by a tenant in bankruptcy, we would have a general unsecured claim for damages and it is unlikely we would receive any payments from the tenant.
A tenant or lease guarantor bankruptcy could delay efforts to collect past due balances under the relevant leases, and could ultimately preclude full collection of these sums. A tenant or lease guarantor bankruptcy could cause a decrease or cessation of rental payments, which could adversely affect our financial condition and ability to pay distributions.
A sale-leaseback transaction may be re-characterized in a tenant's bankruptcy proceeding.
We may enter into sale-leaseback transactions, whereby we would purchase a property and then lease the same property back to the person from whom we purchased it. In the event of the bankruptcy of a tenant, a transaction structured as a sale- leaseback may be re-characterized as either a financing or a joint venture, either of which outcomes could adversely affect our business. If the sale-leaseback were re-characterized as a financing, we might not be considered the owner of the property, and as a result would have the status of a creditor in relation to the tenant. In that event, we would no longer have the right to sell or encumber our ownership interest in the property. Instead, we would have a claim against the tenant for the amounts owed under the lease, with the claim arguably secured by the property. The tenant/debtor might have the ability to propose a plan restructuring the term, interest rate and amortization schedule of its outstanding balance. If confirmed by the bankruptcy court, we could be bound by the new terms, and prevented from foreclosing our lien on the property. If the sale-leaseback were re- characterized as a joint venture, our lessee and we could be treated as co-venturers with regard to the property. As a result, we could be held liable, under some circumstances, for debts incurred by the lessee relating to the property.

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Changes in U.S. accounting standards regarding operating leases may make the leasing of our properties less attractive to our potential tenants, which could reduce overall demand for our leasing services.
Under current authoritative accounting guidance for leases, a lease is classified by a tenant as a capital lease if the significant risks and rewards of ownership are considered to reside with the tenant. Under capital lease accounting for a tenant, both the leased asset and liability are reflected on their balance sheet. If the lease does not meet any of the criteria for a capital lease, the lease is considered an operating lease by the tenant, and the obligation does not appear on the tenant’s balance sheet; rather, the contractual future minimum payment obligations are only disclosed in the footnotes thereto. Thus, entering into an operating lease can appear to enhance a tenant’s balance sheet in comparison to direct ownership. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) and the International Accounting Standards Board (the “IASB”) conducted a joint project to reevaluate lease accounting. In June 2013, the FASB and the IASB jointly finalized exposure drafts of a proposed accounting model that would significantly change lease accounting. In March 2014, the FASB and the IASB redeliberated aspects of the joint project, including the lessee and lessor accounting models, lease term, and exemptions and simplifications. The final standards were released in February 2016. Changes to the accounting guidance could affect both our accounting for leases as well as that of our current and potential tenants. These changes may affect how the real estate leasing business is conducted. For example, if the accounting standards regarding the financial statement classification of operating leases are revised, then companies may be less willing to enter into leases in general or desire to enter into leases with shorter terms because the apparent benefits to their balance sheets could be reduced or eliminated, which could adversely impact the terms of our leases.
If we sell a property by providing financing to the purchaser, we will bear the risk of default by the purchaser, which could delay or reduce the distributions available to our stockholders.
In some instances, we may sell our properties by providing financing to purchasers. If we provide financing to a purchaser, we will bear the risk that the purchaser may default. Even in the absence of a purchaser default, the distribution of the proceeds of the sale to our stockholders, or the reinvestment of the proceeds in other assets, will be delayed until the promissory notes or other property we may accept upon a sale are actually paid, sold, refinanced or otherwise disposed. In some cases, we may receive initial down payments in cash and other property in the year of sale in an amount less than the selling price, and subsequent payments will be spread over a number of years.
Joint venture investments could be adversely affected by our lack of sole decision-making authority, our reliance on the financial condition of co-venturers and disputes between us and our co-venturers.
We may enter into joint ventures, partnerships and other co-ownership arrangements (including preferred equity investments) for the purpose of making investments. In such event, we would not be in a position to exercise sole decision-making authority regarding the joint venture. Investments in joint ventures may, under certain circumstances, involve risks not present were a third party not involved, including the possibility that partners or co-venturers might become bankrupt or fail to fund their required capital contributions. Co-venturers may have economic or other business interests or goals which are inconsistent with our business interests or goals, and may be in a position to take actions contrary to our policies or objectives. Such investments may also have the potential risk of impasses on decisions, such as a sale, because neither we nor the co-venturer would have full control over the joint venture. In addition, to the extent our participation represents a minority interest, a majority of the participants may be able to take actions which are not in our best interests because of our lack of full control. Disputes between us and co-venturers may result in litigation or arbitration that would increase our expenses and prevent our officers and/or directors from focusing their time and effort on our business. Consequently, actions by or disputes with co-venturers might result in subjecting properties owned by the joint venture to additional risk. In addition, we may in certain circumstances be liable for the actions of our co-venturers.
Covenants, conditions and restrictions may restrict our ability to operate a property, which may adversely affect our operating costs.
Some of our properties may be contiguous to other parcels of real property, comprising part of the same commercial center. In connection with such properties, there are significant covenants, conditions and restrictions (“CC&Rs”) restricting the operation of such properties and any improvements on such properties, and related to granting easements on such properties. Moreover, the operation and management of the contiguous properties may impact such properties. Compliance with CC&Rs may adversely affect our operating costs and reduce the amount of funds that we have available to pay distributions.

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Our real properties are subject to property taxes that may increase in the future, which could adversely affect our cash flow.
Our real properties are subject to real property taxes that may increase as tax rates change and as the real properties are assessed or reassessed by taxing authorities. We anticipate that certain of our leases will generally provide that the property taxes, or increases therein, are charged to the lessees as an expense related to the real properties that they occupy, while other leases will generally provide that we are responsible for such taxes. In any case, as the owner of the properties, we are ultimately responsible for payment of the taxes to the applicable government authorities. If real property taxes increase, lessees may be unable to make the required tax payments, ultimately requiring us to pay the taxes even if otherwise stated under the terms of the lease. If we fail to pay any such taxes, the applicable taxing authority may place a lien on the real property and the real property may be subject to a tax sale. In addition, we are generally responsible for real property taxes related to any vacant space.
We may suffer uninsured losses relating to real property or have to pay expensive premiums for insurance coverage.
Our general liability coverage, property insurance coverage and umbrella liability coverage on all our properties may not be adequate to insure against liability claims and provide for the costs of defense. Similarly, we may not have adequate coverage against the risk of direct physical damage or to reimburse us on a replacement cost basis for costs incurred to repair or rebuild each property. Moreover, there are types of losses, generally catastrophic in nature, such as losses due to wars, acts of terrorism, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, pollution or environmental matters, that are uninsurable or not economically insurable, or may be insured subject to limitations, such as large deductibles or co-payments. Insurance risks associated with such catastrophic events could sharply increase the premiums we pay for coverage against property and casualty claims.
This risk is particularly relevant with respect to potential acts of terrorism. The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 (the “TRIA”), under which the U.S. federal government bears a significant portion of insured losses caused by terrorism, will expire on December 31, 2020, and there can be no assurance that Congress will act to renew or replace the TRIA following its expiration. In the event that the TRIA is not renewed or replaced, terrorism insurance may become difficult or impossible to obtain at reasonable costs or at all, which may result in adverse impacts and additional costs to us.
Changes in the cost or availability of insurance due to the non-renewal of the TRIA or for other reasons could expose us to uninsured casualty losses. If any of our properties incurs a casualty loss that is not fully insured, the value of our assets will be reduced by any such uninsured loss. In addition, other than any working capital reserve or other reserves we may establish, we have no source of funding to repair or reconstruct any uninsured property.
Additionally, mortgage lenders insist in some cases that commercial property owners purchase coverage against terrorism as a condition for providing mortgage loans. Accordingly, to the extent terrorism risk insurance policies are not available at reasonable costs, if at all, our ability to finance or refinance our properties could be impaired. In such instances, we may be required to provide other financial support, either through financial assurances or self-insurance, to cover potential losses. We may not have adequate, or any, coverage for such losses.
Terrorist attacks and other acts of violence, civilian unrest or war may affect the markets in which we operate our business and our profitability.
Our properties are located in the New York MSA which has experienced, and remains susceptible to, terrorist attacks. In addition, any kind of terrorist activity or violent criminal acts, including terrorist acts against public institutions or buildings or modes of public transportation (including airlines, trains or buses) could have a negative effect on our business and the value of our properties.
More generally, any terrorist attack, other act of violence or war, including armed conflicts, could result in increased volatility in, or damage to, the worldwide financial markets and economy, including demand for properties and availability of financing. Increased economic volatility could adversely affect our tenants' abilities to conduct their operations profitably or our ability to borrow money or issue capital stock at acceptable prices and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and ability to pay distributions to our stockholders.
Failure to succeed in new markets or in new property classes may have adverse consequences on our performance.
We may from time to time acquire properties outside of our existing market areas or the property classes of our primary focus if appropriate opportunities arise. The experience of affiliates of our Sponsor in our existing markets in owning and operating certain classes of property does not ensure that we will be able to operate successfully in new markets, should we choose to enter them, or that we will be successful in new property classes, should we choose to acquire them. We may be exposed to a variety of risks if we choose to enter new markets, including an inability to evaluate accurately local market conditions or to identify appropriate acquisition opportunities, or to hire and retain key personnel, and a lack of familiarity with local governmental and permitting procedures. In addition, we may abandon opportunities to enter new markets or acquire new classes of property that we have begun to explore for any reason and may, as a result, fail to recover expenses already incurred.

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We may be adversely affected by certain trends that reduce demand for office real estate.
Some businesses are rapidly evolving to increasingly permit employee telecommuting, flexible work schedules, open workplaces and teleconferencing. These practices enable businesses to reduce their space requirements. A continuation of the movement towards these practices could over time erode the overall demand for office space and, in turn, place downward pressure on occupancy, rental rates and property valuations.
Costs of complying with governmental laws and regulations, including those relating to environmental matters and discovery of previously undetected environmentally hazardous conditions may adversely affect our operating results.
Under various federal, state and local environmental laws, ordinances and regulations (including those of foreign jurisdictions), a current or previous owner or operator of real property may be liable for the cost of removal or remediation of hazardous or toxic substances on, under or in such property. The costs of removal or remediation could be substantial. Such laws often impose liability whether or not the owner or operator knew of, or was responsible for, the presence of such hazardous or toxic substances. Environmental laws also may impose restrictions on the manner in which property may be used or businesses may be operated, and these restrictions may require substantial expenditures. Environmental laws provide for sanctions for noncompliance and may be enforced by governmental agencies or, in certain circumstances, by private parties. Certain environmental laws and common law principles could be used to impose liability for release of and exposure to hazardous substances, including asbestos-containing materials into the air, and third parties may seek recovery from owners or operators of real properties for personal injury or property damage associated with exposure to released hazardous substances.
In addition, when excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth may occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or is not addressed over a period of time. Some molds may produce airborne toxins or irritants. Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing, as exposure to mold may cause a variety of adverse health effects and symptoms, including allergic or other reactions. As a result, the presence of significant mold at any of our properties could require us to undertake a costly remediation program to contain or remove the mold from the affected property, which would adversely affect our operating results.
The cost of defending against claims of liability, of compliance with environmental regulatory requirements, of remediating any contaminated property, or of paying personal injury claims could materially adversely affect our business, the value of our properties or our results of operations and, consequently, amounts available for distribution to our stockholders.
Environmental laws also may impose liens on property or restrictions on the manner in which property may be used or businesses may be operated, and these restrictions may require substantial expenditures or prevent us from operating such properties. Some of these laws and regulations have been amended so as to require compliance with new or more stringent standards as of future dates. Compliance with new or more stringent laws or regulations or stricter interpretation of existing laws may require us to incur material expenditures. Future laws, ordinances or regulations may impose material environmental liability.
Costs associated with complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 may decrease cash available for distributions.
Our properties may be subject to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (the “Disabilities Act”). Under the Disabilities Act, all places of public accommodation are required to comply with federal requirements related to access and use by disabled persons. The Disabilities Act has separate compliance requirements for “public accommodations” and “commercial facilities” that generally require that buildings and services be made accessible and available to people with disabilities. The Disabilities Act’s requirements could require removal of access barriers and could result in the imposition of injunctive relief, monetary penalties or, in some cases, an award of damages. We cannot assure our stockholders that we will be able to acquire properties or allocate responsibilities in this manner. Any of our funds used for Disabilities Act compliance will reduce our net income and the amount of cash available for distributions to our stockholders.
The failure of any bank in which we deposit our funds could reduce the amount of cash we have available to pay distributions and make additional investments.
We intend to diversify our cash and cash equivalents among several banking institutions in an attempt to minimize exposure to any one of these entities. However, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”), only insures amounts up to $250,000 per depositor per insured bank. We expect to have cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash deposited in certain financial institutions in excess of federally insured levels. If any of the banking institutions in which we have deposited funds ultimately fails, we may lose our deposits over $250,000. The loss of our deposits could reduce the amount of cash we have available to distribute or invest and could result in a decline in the value of our stockholders’ investments.

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Risks Related to Real Estate-Related Investments
Our investments in mortgage, mezzanine, bridge and other loans as well as our investments in mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations and other debt may be affected by unfavorable real estate market conditions, which could decrease the value of those assets and the return on our stockholders' investment.
If we make or invest in mortgage, mezzanine or other real estate-related loans, we will be at risk of defaults by the borrowers on those loans. These defaults may be caused by many conditions beyond our control, including interest rate levels and local and other economic conditions affecting real estate values. We will not know whether the values of the properties ultimately securing our loans will remain at the levels existing on the dates of origination of those loans. If the values of the underlying properties drop, our risk will increase because of the lower value of the security associated with such loans. Our investments in mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations and other real estate-related debt will be similarly affected by real estate market conditions.
Interest rate fluctuations will affect the value of our mortgage assets, net income and common stock.
Interest rates are highly sensitive to many factors, including governmental monetary and tax policies, domestic and international economic and political considerations and other factors beyond our control. Interest rate fluctuations can adversely affect our income in many ways and present a variety of risks including the risk of variances in the yield curve, a mismatch between asset yields and borrowing rates, and changing prepayment rates.
Variances in the yield curve may reduce our net income. The relationship between short-term and longer-term interest rates is often referred to as the “yield curve.” Short-term interest rates are ordinarily lower than longer-term interest rates. If short-term interest rates rise disproportionately relative to longer-term interest rates (a flattening of the yield curve), our borrowing costs may increase more rapidly than the interest income earned on our assets. Because our assets may bear interest based on longer-term rates than our borrowings, a flattening of the yield curve would tend to decrease our net income and the market value of our mortgage loan assets. Additionally, to the extent cash flows from investments that return scheduled and unscheduled principal are reinvested in mortgage loans, the spread between the yields of the new investments and available borrowing rates may decline, which would likely decrease our net income. It is also possible that short-term interest rates may exceed longer-term interest rates (a yield curve inversion), in which event our borrowing costs may exceed our interest income and we could incur operating losses.
Prepayment rates on our mortgage loans may adversely affect our yields.
The value of any mortgage loan assets that we acquire may be affected by prepayment rates on investments. Prepayment rates are influenced by changes in current interest rates and a variety of economic, geographic and other factors beyond our control, and consequently, cannot be predicted with certainty. For investments that we acquire but do not originate, we may be unable to secure protection from prepayment in the form of prepayment lock out periods or prepayment penalties. In periods of declining mortgage interest rates, prepayments on mortgages generally increase. If general interest rates decline as well, the proceeds of such prepayments received during such periods are likely to be reinvested by us in assets yielding less than the yields on the investments that were prepaid. In addition, the market value of mortgage investments may, because of the risk of prepayment, benefit less from declining interest rates than from other fixed-income securities. Conversely, in periods of rising interest rates, prepayments on mortgages generally decrease, in which case we would not have the prepayment proceeds available to invest in assets with higher yields. Under certain interest rate and prepayment scenarios, we may fail to fully recoup our cost of acquisition of certain investments.
No assurances can be given that we can make an accurate assessment of the yield to be produced by an investment. Many factors beyond our control are likely to influence the yield on the investments, including, but not limited to, competitive conditions in the local real estate market, local and general economic conditions and the quality of management of the underlying property. Our inability to accurately assess investment yields may result in our purchasing assets that do not perform as well as expected.
Volatility of values of mortgaged properties may adversely affect our mortgage loans.
Real estate property values and net operating income derived from real estate properties are subject to volatility and may be affected adversely by a number of factors, including the risk factors described in this Form 10-K relating to general economic conditions and owning real estate investments. In the event its net operating income decreases, a borrower may have difficulty paying our mortgage loan, which could result in losses to us. In addition, decreases in property values reduce the value of the collateral and the potential proceeds available to a borrower to repay our mortgage loans, which could also cause us to suffer losses.

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Our investments in subordinated loans and subordinated mortgage-backed securities may be subject to losses.
We may acquire or originate subordinated loans and invest in subordinated mortgage-backed securities. In the event a borrower defaults on a subordinated loan and lacks sufficient assets to satisfy our loan, we may suffer a loss of principal or interest. In the event a borrower declares bankruptcy, we may not have full recourse to the assets of the borrower, or the assets of the borrower may not be sufficient to satisfy the loan. If a borrower defaults on our loan or on debt senior to our loan, or becomes bankrupt, our loan will be satisfied only after the senior debt is paid in full. Where debt senior to our loan exists, the presence of intercreditor arrangements may limit our ability to amend our loan documents, assign our loans, accept prepayments, exercise our remedies (through “standstill periods”), and control decisions made in bankruptcy proceedings relating to borrowers.
We may invest in CMBS, which may increase our exposure to credit and interest rate risk.
We may invest in CMBS, which may increase our exposure to credit and interest rate risk. We have not adopted, and do not expect to adopt, any formal policies or procedures designed to manage risks associated with our investments in CMBS. In this context, credit risk is the risk that borrowers will default on the mortgages underlying the CMBS. While we may invest in CMBS guaranteed by U.S. government agencies, such as the Government National Mortgage Association or U.S. government sponsored enterprises, such as the Federal National Mortgage Association, or the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, there is no guarantee that such will be available or continue to be guaranteed by the U.S. government. Interest rate risk occurs as prevailing market interest rates change relative to the current yield on the CMBS. For example, when interest rates fall, borrowers are more likely to prepay their existing mortgages to take advantage of the lower cost of financing. As prepayments occur, principal is returned to the holders of the CMBS sooner than expected, thereby lowering the effective yield on the investment. On the other hand, when interest rates rise, borrowers are more likely to maintain their existing mortgages. As a result, prepayments decrease, thereby extending the average maturity of the mortgages underlying the CMBS.
Any real estate debt security that we originate or purchase is subject to the risks of delinquency and foreclosure.
We may originate and purchase real estate debt securities, which are subject to numerous risks including delinquency and foreclosure and risks of loss. Typically, we will not have recourse to the personal assets of our borrowers. The ability of a borrower to repay a real estate debt security secured by an income-producing property depends primarily upon the successful operation of the property, rather than upon the existence of independent income or assets of the borrower.
We bear the risks of loss of principal to the extent of any deficiency between the value of the collateral and the principal and accrued interest of the real estate debt security. In the event of the bankruptcy of a borrower, the real estate debt security to that borrower will be deemed to be collateralized only to the extent of the value of the underlying collateral at the time of bankruptcy (as determined by the bankruptcy court), and the lien securing the real estate debt security will be subject to the avoidance powers of the bankruptcy trustee or debtor-in-possession to the extent the lien is unenforceable under state law. Foreclosure of a real estate debt security can be an expensive and lengthy process that could have a substantial negative effect on our anticipated return on the foreclosed real estate debt security. We also may be forced to foreclose on certain properties, be unable to sell these properties and be forced to incur substantial expenses to improve operations at the property.
In addition, the value of mortgage loan investments is impacted by changes in the value of underlying collateral (if any), interest rates, volatility and prepayment rates, among other things. For example:
interest rate increases will reduce the amount of payments leaving us with a debt security generating less than market yields and reducing the value of our real estate debt;
prepayment rates may increase if interest rates decline causing us to reinvest the proceeds in potentially lower yielding investments;
decreases in the collateral for a non-recourse mortgage loan will likely reduce the value of the investment even if the borrower is current on payments;
mezzanine loans investments may be even more volatile because, among other things, the senior lender may be able to exercise remedies that protect the senior lenders but that result in us losing our investment.
Our investments in real estate related common equity securities will be subject to specific risks relating to the particular issuer of the securities and may be subject to the general risks of investing in subordinated real estate securities, which may result in losses to us.
We may make equity investments in other REITs and other real estate companies. If we make such investments, we will target a public company that owns commercial real estate or real estate-related assets when we believe its stock is trading at a discount to that company’s net asset value.

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We may eventually seek to acquire or gain a controlling interest in the companies that we target. Our investments in real estate-related common equity securities will involve special risks relating to the particular issuer of the equity securities, including the financial condition and business outlook of the issuer. Issuers of real estate-related common equity securities generally invest in real estate or real estate-related assets and are subject to the inherent risks associated with real estate-related investments discussed in this Form 10-K.
Real estate-related common equity securities are generally unsecured and may also be subordinated to other obligations of the issuer. As a result, investments in real estate-related common equity securities are subject to risks of: (1) limited liquidity in the secondary trading market; (2) substantial market price volatility resulting from changes in prevailing interest rates; (3) subordination to the prior claims of banks and other senior lenders to the issuer; (4) the operation of mandatory sinking fund or call/redemption provisions during periods of declining interest rates that could cause the issuer to reinvest redemption proceeds in lower yielding assets; (5) the possibility that earnings of the issuer may be insufficient to meet its debt service and distribution obligations; and (6) the declining creditworthiness and potential for insolvency of the issuer during periods of rising interest rates and economic downturn. These risks may adversely affect the value of outstanding real estate-related common equity securities and the ability of the issuers thereof to make distribution payments.
Risks Associated with Debt Financing
We have broad availability to incur mortgage indebtedness and other borrowings.
Two of the six properties we have acquired were acquired using mortgage financing to pay a portion of the purchase price. We expect that we will acquire additional real properties by using either existing financing or borrowing new funds. In addition, we may incur mortgage debt and pledge all or some of our real properties as security for that debt to obtain funds to acquire additional real properties or for other corporate purposes. We may borrow if we need funds to satisfy the REIT tax qualification requirement that we generally distribute annually to our stockholders at least 90% of our REIT taxable income (which does not equal net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP), determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid and excluding net capital gain. We also may borrow if we otherwise deem it necessary or advisable to assure that we maintain our qualification as a REIT.
There is no limitation on the amount we may borrow against any single improved property. Under our charter, our borrowings may not exceed 300% of our total “net assets” (as defined in our charter) as of the date of any borrowing, which is generally expected to be approximately 75% of the cost of our investments; however, we may exceed that limit if such excess is approved by a majority of our independent directors and disclosed to stockholders in our next quarterly report following such borrowing along with justification for exceeding such limit. This charter limitation, however, does not apply to individual real estate assets or investments. In addition, it is currently our intention to limit our borrowings to 40% - 50% of the aggregate fair market value of our assets, unless excess borrowing is approved by a majority of the independent directors and disclosed to stockholders in our next quarterly report following such borrowing along with justification for such excess borrowing. This limitation will be calculated once we have invested substantially all the proceeds of our IPO and does not apply to individual real estate assets or investments. However, subsequent events, including changes in the fair market value of our assets, could result in our exceeding these limits. High debt levels would cause us to incur higher interest charges, would result in higher debt service payments and could be accompanied by restrictive covenants. These factors could limit the amount of cash we have available to distribute and could result in a decline in the value of our stockholders' investment.
If there is a shortfall between the cash flow from a property and the cash flow needed to service mortgage debt on a property, then the amount available for distributions to stockholders may be reduced. In addition, incurring mortgage debt increases the risk of loss since defaults on indebtedness secured by a property may result in lenders initiating foreclosure actions. In that case, we could lose the property securing the loan that is in default, thus reducing the value of our stockholders' investment. For U.S. federal income tax purposes, a foreclosure of any of our properties would be treated as a sale of the property for a purchase price equal to the outstanding balance of the debt secured by the mortgage. If the outstanding balance of the debt secured by the mortgage exceeds our tax basis in the property, we would recognize taxable income on foreclosure, but would not receive any cash proceeds. In such event, we may be unable to pay the amount of distributions required in order to maintain our REIT status. We may give full or partial guarantees to lenders of mortgage debt to the entities that own our properties. When we provide a guaranty on behalf of an entity that owns one of our properties, we will be responsible to the lender for satisfaction of the debt if it is not paid by such entity. If any mortgages contain cross-collateralization or cross-default provisions, a default on a single property could affect multiple properties. If any of our properties are foreclosed upon due to a default, our ability to pay cash distributions to our stockholders will be adversely affected which could result in our losing our REIT status and would result in a decrease in the value of our stockholders' investment.

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Increases in interest rates could increase the amount of our debt payments and adversely affect our ability to pay distributions to our stockholders.
We have incurred indebtedness and expect that we will incur indebtedness in the future. Because our indebtedness is variable rate, and to the extent that we incur additional variable rate debt, increases in interest rates would increase our interest costs, which could reduce our cash flows and our ability to pay distributions to our stockholders. In addition, if we need to repay existing debt during periods of rising interest rates, we could be required to liquidate one or more of our investments in properties at times that may not permit realization of the maximum return on such investments.
We may not be able to access financing sources on attractive terms, which could adversely affect our ability to execute our business plan.
We may finance our assets over the long-term through a variety of means, including repurchase agreements, credit facilities, issuance of commercial mortgage-backed securities, collateralized debt obligations and other structured financings. Our ability to execute this strategy will depend on various conditions in the markets for financing in this manner that are beyond our control, including lack of liquidity and greater credit spreads. We cannot be certain that these markets will remain an efficient source of long-term financing for our assets. If our strategy is not viable, we will have to find alternative forms of long-term financing for our assets, as secured revolving credit facilities and repurchase facilities may not accommodate long-term financing. This could subject us to more recourse indebtedness and the risk that debt service on less efficient forms of financing would require a larger portion of our cash flows, thereby reducing cash available for distribution to our stockholders and funds available for operations as well as for future business opportunities.
Lenders may require us to enter into restrictive covenants relating to our operations, which could limit our operating and financial flexibility, including our ability to make distributions to our stockholders.
When providing financing, a lender may impose restrictions on us that affect our distribution and operating policies and our ability to incur additional debt. Loan agreements we enter may contain covenants that limit our ability to further mortgage a property, incur secured or unsecured debt, engage in mergers and consolidations, discontinue insurance coverage or replace our Advisor. In addition, loan documents may limit our ability to replace a property’s property manager or terminate certain operating or lease agreements related to a property. These or other limitations would decrease our operating and financial flexibility and our ability to achieve our operating objectives.
Derivative financial instruments that we may use to hedge against interest rate fluctuations may not be successful in mitigating our risks associated with interest rates and could reduce the overall returns on our stockholders’ investments.
We may use derivative financial instruments to hedge exposures to changes in interest rates on loans secured by our assets, but no hedging strategy can protect us completely. We cannot assure our stockholders that our hedging strategy and the derivatives that we use will adequately offset the risk of interest rate volatility or that our hedging transactions will not result in losses. In addition, the use of such instruments may reduce the overall return on our investments. These instruments may also generate income that may not be treated as qualifying REIT income for purposes of the 75% Gross Income Test or 95% Gross Income Test.
Interest-only and adjustable rate indebtedness may increase our risk of default and ultimately may reduce our funds available for distribution to our stockholders.
As of December 31, 2016, all of our outstanding mortgage indebtedness was interest-only. We may also finance future property acquisitions using interest-only mortgage indebtedness or make other borrowings that are interest-only. During the interest-only period, the amount of each scheduled payment will be less than that of a traditional amortizing mortgage loan. The principal balance of the mortgage loan will not be reduced (except in the case of prepayments) because there are no scheduled monthly payments of principal during this period. After the interest-only period, we will be required either to make scheduled payments of amortized principal and interest or to make a lump-sum or “balloon” payment at maturity. These required principal or balloon payments will increase the amount of our scheduled payments and may increase our risk of default under the related mortgage loan. Our ability to make a balloon payment at maturity is uncertain and may depend upon our ability to obtain additional financing or our ability to sell the property. At the time the balloon payment is due, we may or may not be able to refinance the balloon payment on terms as favorable as the original loan or sell the property at a price sufficient to make the balloon payment. The effect of a refinancing or sale could affect the rate of return to stockholders and the projected time of disposition of our assets. In addition, payments of principal and interest made to service our debts may leave us with insufficient cash to pay the distributions that we are required to pay to maintain our qualification as a REIT. Any of these results would have a significant, negative impact on our stockholders’ investments.
Finally, if the mortgage loan has an adjustable interest rate, the amount of our scheduled payments also may increase at a time of rising interest rates. Increased payments and substantial principal or balloon maturity payments will reduce the funds available for distribution to our stockholders because cash otherwise available for distribution will be required to pay principal and interest associated with these mortgage loans.

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U.S. Federal Income Tax Risks
Our failure to qualify or remain qualified as a REIT would subject us to U.S. federal income tax and potentially state and local tax, and would adversely affect our operations and the market price of our common stock.
We have elected to be taxed as a REIT commencing with our taxable year ended December 31, 2014 and intend to operate in a manner that would allow us to continue to qualify as a REIT. However, we may terminate our REIT qualification, if our board of directors determines that not qualifying as a REIT is in our best interests, or inadvertently. Our qualification as a REIT depends upon our satisfaction of certain asset, income, organizational, distribution, stockholder ownership and other requirements on a continuing basis. The REIT qualification requirements are extremely complex and interpretation of the U.S. federal income tax laws governing qualification as a REIT is limited. Furthermore, any opinion of our counsel, including tax counsel, as to our eligibility to qualify or remain qualified as a REIT is not binding on the IRS and is not a guarantee that we will qualify, or continue to qualify, as a REIT. Accordingly, we cannot be certain that we will be successful in operating so we can qualify or remain qualified as a REIT. Our ability to satisfy the asset tests depends on our analysis of the characterization and fair market values of our assets, some of which are not susceptible to a precise determination, and for which we will not obtain independent appraisals. Our compliance with the REIT income or quarterly asset requirements also depends on our ability to successfully manage the composition of our income and assets on an ongoing basis. Accordingly, if certain of our operations were to be recharacterized by the IRS, such recharacterization would jeopardize our ability to satisfy all requirements for qualification as a REIT. Furthermore, future legislative, judicial or administrative changes to the U.S. federal income tax laws could be applied retroactively, which could result in our disqualification as a REIT.
If we fail to continue to qualify as a REIT for any taxable year, and we do not qualify for certain statutory relief provisions, we will be subject to U.S. federal income tax on our taxable income at corporate rates. In addition, we would generally be disqualified from treatment as a REIT for the four taxable years following the year of losing our REIT qualification. Losing our REIT qualification would reduce our net earnings available for investment or distribution to stockholders because of the additional tax liability. In addition, distributions to stockholders would no longer qualify for the dividends paid deduction, and we would no longer be required to make distributions. If this occurs, we might be required to borrow funds or liquidate some investments in order to pay the applicable tax.
Even if we qualify as a REIT, in certain circumstances, we may incur tax liabilities that would reduce our cash available for distribution to our stockholders.
Even if we qualify and maintain our status as a REIT, we may be subject to U.S. federal, state and local income taxes. For example, net income from the sale of properties that are “dealer” properties sold by a REIT (a “prohibited transaction” under the Code) will be subject to a 100% tax. We may not make sufficient distributions to avoid excise taxes applicable to REITs. We also may decide to retain net capital gain we earn from the sale or other disposition of our property and pay U.S. federal income tax directly on such income. In that event, our stockholders would be treated as if they earned that income and paid the tax on it directly. However, stockholders that are tax-exempt, such as charities or qualified pension plans, would have no benefit from their deemed payment of such tax liability unless they file U.S. federal income tax returns and thereon seek a refund of such tax. We also will be subject to corporate tax on any undistributed REIT taxable income. We also may be subject to state and local taxes on our income or property, including franchise, payroll and transfer taxes, either directly or at the level of our OP or at the level of the other companies through which we indirectly own our assets, such as our taxable REIT subsidiaries, which are subject to full U.S. federal, state, local and foreign corporate-level income taxes. Any taxes we pay directly or indirectly will reduce our cash available for distribution to our stockholders.
To qualify as a REIT, we must meet annual distribution requirements, which may force us to forgo otherwise attractive opportunities or borrow funds during unfavorable market conditions. This could delay or hinder our ability to meet our investment objectives and reduce our stockholders' overall return.
In order to qualify as a REIT, we must distribute annually to our stockholders at least 90% of our REIT taxable income (which does not equal net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP), determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid and excluding net capital gain. We will be subject to U.S. federal income tax on our undistributed REIT taxable income and net capital gain and to a 4% nondeductible excise tax on any amount by which distributions we pay with respect to any calendar year are less than the sum of (a) 85% of our ordinary income, (b) 95% of our capital gain net income and (c) 100% of our undistributed income from prior years. These requirements could cause us to distribute amounts that otherwise would be spent on investments in real estate assets and it is possible that we might be required to borrow funds, possibly at unfavorable rates, or sell assets to fund these distributions. It is possible that we might not always be able to make distributions sufficient to meet the annual distribution requirements and to avoid U.S. federal income and excise taxes on our earnings while we qualify as a REIT.

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Certain of our business activities are potentially subject to the prohibited transaction tax, which could reduce the return on our stockholders' investment.
For so long as we qualify as a REIT, our ability to dispose of property during the first few years following acquisition may be restricted to a substantial extent as a result of our REIT qualification. Under applicable provisions of the Code regarding prohibited transactions by REITs, while we qualify as a REIT, we will be subject to a 100% penalty tax on any gain recognized on the sale or other disposition of any property (other than foreclosure property) that we own, directly or indirectly through any subsidiary entity, including our OP, but generally excluding taxable REIT subsidiaries, that is deemed to be inventory or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business. Whether property is inventory or otherwise held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business depends on the particular facts and circumstances surrounding each property. During such time as we qualify as a REIT, we intend to avoid the 100% prohibited transaction tax by (a) conducting activities that may otherwise be considered prohibited transactions through a taxable REIT subsidiary (but such taxable REIT subsidiary will incur corporate rate income taxes with respect to any income or gain recognized by it), (b) conducting our operations in such a manner so that no sale or other disposition of an asset we own, directly or through any subsidiary, will be treated as a prohibited transaction, or (c) structuring certain dispositions of our properties to comply with the requirements of the prohibited transaction safe harbor available under the Code for properties that, among other requirements, have been held for at least two years. No assurance can be given that any particular property we own, directly or through any subsidiary entity, including our OP, but generally excluding taxable REIT subsidiaries, will not be treated as inventory or property held primarily for sale to customers in the ordinary course of a trade or business.
Our taxable REIT subsidiaries are subject to corporate-level taxes and our dealings with our taxable REIT subsidiaries may be subject to 100% excise tax.
A REIT may own up to 100% of the stock of one or more taxable REIT subsidiaries. Both the subsidiary and the REIT must jointly elect to treat the subsidiary as a taxable REIT subsidiary. A corporation of which a taxable REIT subsidiary directly or indirectly owns more than 35% of the voting power or value of the stock will automatically be treated as a taxable REIT subsidiary. Overall, no more than 25% (20% for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017) of the gross value of a REIT’s assets may consist of stock or securities of one or more taxable REIT subsidiaries.
A taxable REIT subsidiary may hold assets and earn income that would not be qualifying assets or income if held or earned directly by a REIT. We may use our taxable REIT subsidiaries generally to hold properties for sale in the ordinary course of a trade or business or to hold assets or conduct activities that we cannot conduct directly as a REIT. A taxable REIT subsidiary will be subject to applicable U.S. federal, state, local and foreign income tax on its taxable income. In addition, the rules, which are applicable to us as a REIT, also impose a 100% excise tax on certain transactions between a taxable REIT subsidiary and its parent REIT that are not conducted on an arm’s-length basis.
If our OP failed to qualify as a partnership or is not otherwise disregarded for U.S. federal income tax purposes, we would cease to qualify as a REIT.
If the IRS were to successfully challenge the status of our OP as a partnership or disregarded entity for such purposes, it would be taxable as a corporation. In such event, this would reduce the amount of distributions that the OP could make to us. This also would result in our failing to qualify as a REIT, and becoming subject to a corporate level tax on our income. This would substantially reduce our cash available to pay distributions and the yield on our stockholders' investment. In addition, if any of the partnerships or limited liability companies through which our OP owns its properties, in whole or in part, loses its characterization as a partnership and is otherwise not disregarded for U.S. federal income tax purposes, it would be subject to taxation as a corporation, thereby reducing distributions to the OP. Such a recharacterization of an underlying property owner could also threaten our ability to maintain our REIT qualification.
Our investments in certain debt instruments may cause us to recognize income for U.S. federal income tax purposes even though no cash payments have been received on the debt instruments, and certain modifications of such debt by us could cause the modified debt to not qualify as a good REIT asset, thereby jeopardizing our REIT qualification.
Our taxable income may substantially exceed our net income as determined based on GAAP, or differences in timing between the recognition of taxable income and the actual receipt of cash may occur. For example, we may acquire assets, including debt securities requiring us to accrue original issue discount, or recognize market discount income, that generate taxable income in excess of economic income or in advance of the corresponding cash flow from the assets. In addition, if a borrower with respect to a particular debt instrument encounters financial difficulty rendering it unable to pay stated interest as due, we may nonetheless be required to continue to recognize the unpaid interest as taxable income with the effect that we will recognize income but will not have a corresponding amount of cash available for distribution to our stockholders.

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As a result of the foregoing, we may generate less cash flow than taxable income in a particular year and find it difficult or impossible to meet the REIT distribution requirements in certain circumstances. In such circumstances, we may be required to (a) sell assets in adverse market conditions, (b) borrow on unfavorable terms, (c) distribute amounts that would otherwise be used for future acquisitions or used to repay debt, or (d) make a taxable distribution of our shares of common stock as part of a distribution in which stockholders may elect to receive shares of common stock or (subject to a limit measured as a percentage of the total distribution) cash, in order to comply with the REIT distribution requirements.
Moreover, we may acquire distressed debt investments that require subsequent modification by agreement with the borrower. If the amendments to the outstanding debt are “significant modifications” under the applicable Treasury Regulations, the modified debt may be considered to have been reissued to us in a debt-for-debt taxable exchange with the borrower. This deemed reissuance may prevent the modified debt from qualifying as a good REIT asset if the underlying security has declined in value and would cause us to recognize income to the extent the principal amount of the modified debt exceeds our adjusted tax basis in the unmodified debt.
The failure of a mezzanine loan to qualify as a real estate asset would adversely affect our ability to qualify as a REIT.
In general, in order for a loan to be treated as a qualifying real estate asset producing qualifying income for purposes of the REIT asset and income tests, the loan must be secured by real property or an interest in real property. We may acquire mezzanine loans that are not directly secured by real property or an interest in real property but instead secured by equity interests in a partnership or limited liability company that directly or indirectly owns real property or an interest in real property. In Revenue Procedure 2003-65, the IRS provided a safe harbor pursuant to which a mezzanine loan that is not secured by real estate would, if it meets each of the requirements contained in the Revenue Procedure, be treated by the IRS as a qualifying real estate asset. Although the Revenue Procedure provides a safe harbor on which taxpayers may rely, it does not prescribe rules of substantive tax law and in many cases it may not be possible for us to meet all the requirements of the safe harbor. We cannot provide assurance that any mezzanine loan in which we invest would be treated as a qualifying asset producing qualifying income for REIT qualification purposes. If any such loan fails either the REIT income or asset tests, we may be disqualified as a REIT.
We may choose to make distributions in our own stock, in which case our stockholders may be required to pay U.S. federal income taxes in excess of the cash dividends they receive.
In connection with our qualification as a REIT, we are required to distribute annually to our stockholders at least 90% of our REIT taxable income (which does not equal net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP), determined without regard to the deduction for dividends paid and excluding net capital gain. In order to satisfy this requirement, we may make distributions that are payable in cash and/or shares of our common stock (which could account for up to 80% of the aggregate amount of such distributions) at the election of each stockholder. Taxable stockholders receiving such distributions will be required to include the full amount of such distributions as ordinary dividend income to the extent of our current or accumulated earnings and profits, as determined for U.S. federal income tax purposes. As a result, U.S. stockholders may be required to pay U.S. federal income taxes with respect to such distributions in excess of the cash portion of the distribution received. Accordingly, U.S. stockholders receiving a distribution of our shares may be required to sell shares received in such distribution or may be required to sell other stock or assets owned by them, at a time that may be disadvantageous, in order to satisfy any tax imposed on such distribution. If a U.S. stockholder sells the stock that it receives as part of the distribution in order to pay this tax, the sales proceeds may be less than the amount included in income with respect to the distribution, depending on the market price of our stock at the time of the sale. Furthermore, with respect to certain non-U.S. stockholders, we may be required to withhold U.S. tax with respect to such distribution, including in respect of all or a portion of such distribution that is payable in stock, by withholding or disposing of part of the shares included in such distribution and using the proceeds of such disposition to satisfy the withholding tax imposed. In addition, if a significant number of our stockholders determine to sell shares of our common stock in order to pay taxes owed on dividend income, such sale may put downward pressure on the market price of our common stock.
Various tax aspects of such a taxable cash/stock distribution are uncertain and have not yet been addressed by the IRS. No assurance can be given that the IRS will not impose requirements in the future with respect to taxable cash/stock distributions, including on a retroactive basis, or assert that the requirements for such taxable cash/stock distributions have not been met.

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The taxation of distributions to our stockholders can be complex; however, distributions that we make to our stockholders generally will be taxable as ordinary income, which may reduce our stockholders' anticipated return from an investment in us.
Distributions that we make to our taxable stockholders out of current and accumulated earnings and profits (and not designated as capital gain dividends or qualified dividend income) generally will be taxable as ordinary income. However, a portion of our distributions may (1) be designated by us as capital gain dividends generally taxable as long-term capital gain to the extent that they are attributable to net capital gain recognized by us, (2) be designated by us as qualified dividend income generally to the extent they are attributable to dividends we receive from our taxable REIT subsidiaries, or (3) constitute a return of capital generally to the extent that they exceed our accumulated earnings and profits as determined for U.S. federal income tax purposes. A return of capital is not taxable, but has the effect of reducing the basis of a stockholder’s investment in our common stock.
Our stockholders may have tax liability on distributions that they elect to reinvest in common stock, but they would not receive the cash from such distributions to pay such tax liability.
If our stockholders participate in our DRIP, they will be deemed to have received, and for U.S. federal income tax purposes will be taxed on, the amount reinvested in shares of our common stock to the extent the amount reinvested was not a tax-free return of capital. In addition, our stockholders will be treated for tax purposes as having received an additional distribution to the extent the shares are purchased at a discount to fair market value. As a result, unless a stockholder is a tax-exempt entity, it may have to use funds from other sources to pay its tax liability on the value of the shares of common stock received.
Dividends payable by REITs generally do not qualify for the reduced tax rates available for some dividends.
Currently, the maximum tax rate applicable to qualified dividend income payable to U.S. stockholders that are individuals, trusts and estates is 20%. Dividends payable by REITs, however, generally are not eligible for this reduced rate. Although this does not adversely affect the taxation of REITs or dividends payable by REITs, the more favorable rates applicable to regular corporate qualified dividends could cause investors who are individuals, trusts and estates to perceive investments in REITs to be relatively less attractive than investments in the stocks of non-REIT corporations that pay dividends, which could adversely affect the value of the shares of REITs, including our common stock. Tax rates could be changed in future legislation.
Complying with REIT requirements may limit our ability to hedge our liabilities effectively and may cause us to incur tax liabilities.
The REIT provisions of the Code may limit our ability to hedge our liabilities. Any income from a hedging transaction we enter into to manage risk of interest rate changes, price changes or currency fluctuations with respect to borrowings made or to be made to acquire or carry real estate assets or in certain cases to hedge previously acquired hedges entered into to manage risks associated with property that has been disposed of or liabilities that have been extinguished, if properly identified under applicable Treasury Regulations, does not constitute “gross income” for purposes of the 75% or 95% gross income tests. To the extent that we enter into other types of hedging transactions, the income from those transactions will likely be treated as non-qualifying income for purposes of both of the gross income tests. As a result of these rules, we may need to limit our use of advantageous hedging techniques or implement those hedges through a taxable REIT subsidiary. This could increase the cost of our hedging activities because our taxable REIT subsidiaries would be subject to tax on gains or expose us to greater risks associated with changes in interest rates than we would otherwise want to bear. In addition, losses in a taxable REIT subsidiary generally will not provide any tax benefit, except for being carried forward against future taxable income of such taxable REIT subsidiary.
Complying with REIT requirements may force us to forgo and/or liquidate otherwise attractive investment opportunities.
To qualify as a REIT, we must ensure that we meet the REIT gross income tests annually and that at the end of each calendar quarter, at least 75% of the value of our assets consists of cash, cash items, government securities and qualified REIT real estate assets, including certain mortgage loans and certain kinds of mortgage-related securities. The remainder of our investment in securities (other than government securities and qualified real estate assets) generally cannot include more than 10% of the outstanding voting securities of any one issuer or more than 10% of the total value of the outstanding securities of any one issuer. In addition, in general, no more than 5% of the value of our assets (other than government securities and qualified real estate assets) can consist of the securities of any one issuer, and no more than 25% (20% for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017) of the value of our total assets can be represented by securities of one or more taxable REIT subsidiaries. If we fail to comply with these requirements at the end of any calendar quarter, we must correct the failure within 30 days after the end of the calendar quarter or qualify for certain statutory relief provisions to avoid losing our REIT qualification and suffering adverse tax consequences. As a result, we may be required to liquidate assets from our portfolio or not make otherwise attractive investments in order to maintain our qualification as a REIT.

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The ability of our board of directors to revoke our REIT qualification without stockholder approval may subject us to U.S. federal income tax and reduce distributions to our stockholders.
Our charter provides that our board of directors may revoke or otherwise terminate our REIT election, without the approval of our stockholders, if it determines that it is no longer in our best interest to continue to qualify as a REIT. While we intend to elect and qualify to be taxed as a REIT, we may not elect to be treated as a REIT or may terminate our REIT election if we determine that qualifying as a REIT is no longer in our best interests. If we cease to be a REIT, we would become subject to U.S. federal income tax on our taxable income.
We may be subject to adverse legislative or regulatory tax changes that could increase our tax liability, reduce our operating flexibility and reduce the market price of our common stock.
In recent years, numerous legislative, judicial and administrative changes have been made in the provisions of U.S. federal income tax laws applicable to investments similar to an investment in shares of our common stock. Additional changes to the tax laws are likely to continue to occur, and we cannot assure you that any such changes will not adversely affect the taxation of a stockholder. Any such changes could have an adverse effect on an investment in our shares or on the market value or the resale potential of our assets. Our stockholders are urged to consult with their tax advisors with respect to the impact of recent legislation on their investment in our shares and the status of legislative, regulatory or administrative developments and proposals and their potential effect on an investment in our shares.
Although REITs generally receive better tax treatment than entities taxed as regular corporations, it is possible that future legislation would result in a REIT having fewer tax advantages, and it could become more advantageous for a company that invests in real estate to elect to be treated for U.S. federal income tax purposes as a corporation. As a result, our charter provides our board of directors with the power, under certain circumstances, to revoke or otherwise terminate our REIT election and cause us to be taxed as a regular corporation, without the vote of our stockholders. Our board of directors has fiduciary duties to us and our stockholders and could only cause such changes in our tax treatment if it determines in good faith that such changes are in the best interest of our stockholders.
Reform proposals have been recently put forth by members of Congress and the President which, if ultimately proposed as legislation and enacted as law, would substantially change the U.S. federal taxation of (among other things) individuals and businesses. Their proposals set forth a variety of principles to guide potential tax reform legislation.  As of the date of this annual report, no legislation has been introduced in Congress. If ultimately reduced to legislation enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President in a form that is consistent with those principles, such reform could change dramatically the U.S. federal taxation applicable to us and our stockholders. No reform proposal specifically addresses the taxation of REITs, but because any tax reform is likely to significantly reduce the tax rates applicable to corporations and dividends received by stockholders, the tax benefits applicable to the REIT structure may be diminished in relation to corporations. Furthermore, proposed tax reform could limit the deductibility of net interest expense and could allow for the immediate deduction of any investment in tangible property (other than land) and intangible assets. Finally, the tax reform proposals do not include any principles regarding how to transition from our current system of taxation to a new tax system based on the principles in such proposed reform. Given how dramatic the changes could be, transition rules are crucial. While it is impossible to predict whether and to what extent any tax reform legislation (or other legislative, regulatory or administrative change to the U.S. federal tax laws) will be proposed or enacted, any such change in the U.S. federal tax laws could affect materially the value of any investment in our stock. You are encouraged to consult with your tax advisor regarding possible legislative and regulatory changes and the potential effect of such changes on an investment in our shares.
The share ownership restrictions of the Code for REITs and the 9.8% share ownership limit in our charter may inhibit market activity in our shares of stock and restrict our business combination opportunities.
In order to qualify as a REIT, five or fewer individuals, as defined in the Code, may not own, actually or constructively, more than 50% in value of our issued and outstanding shares of stock at any time during the last half of each taxable year, other than the first year for which a REIT election is made. Attribution rules in the Code determine if any individual or entity actually or constructively owns our shares of stock under this requirement. Additionally, at least 100 persons must beneficially own our shares of stock during at least 335 days of a taxable year for each taxable year, other than the first year for which a REIT election is made. To help ensure that we meet these tests, among other purposes, our charter restricts the acquisition and ownership of our shares of stock.

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Our charter, with certain exceptions, authorizes our directors to take such actions as are necessary and desirable to preserve our qualification as a REIT while we so qualify. Unless exempted (prospectively or retroactively) by our board of directors, for so long as we qualify as a REIT, our charter prohibits, among other limitations on ownership and transfer of shares of our stock, any person from beneficially or constructively owning (applying certain attribution rules under the Code) more than 9.8% in value of the aggregate of our outstanding shares of stock and more than 9.8% (in value or in number of shares, whichever is more restrictive) of any class or series of our shares of stock. Our board of directors may not grant an exemption from these restrictions to any proposed transferee whose ownership in excess of the 9.8% ownership limit would result in the termination of our qualification as a REIT. These restrictions on transferability and ownership will not apply, however, if our board of directors determines that it is no longer in our best interest to continue to qualify as a REIT or that compliance with the restrictions is no longer required in order for us to continue to so qualify as a REIT.
These ownership limits could delay or prevent a transaction or a change in control that might involve a premium price for our common stock or otherwise be in the best interest of the stockholders.
Non-U.S. stockholders will be subject to U.S. federal withholding tax and may be subject to U.S. federal income tax on distributions received from us and upon the disposition of our shares.
Subject to certain exceptions, distributions received from us will be treated as dividends of ordinary income to the extent of our current or accumulated earnings and profits. Such dividends ordinarily will be subject to U.S. withholding tax at a 30% rate, or such lower rate as may be specified by an applicable income tax treaty, unless the distributions are treated as “effectively connected” with the conduct by the non-U.S. stockholder of a U.S. trade or business. Pursuant to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 ("FIRPTA") capital gain distributions attributable to sales or exchanges of “U.S. real property interests” ("USRPIs") generally will be taxed to a non-U.S. stockholder (other than a qualified pension plan, entities wholly owned by a qualified pension plan and certain foreign publicly traded entities) as if such gain were effectively connected with a U.S. trade or business. However, a capital gain dividend will not be treated as effectively connected income if (a) the distribution is received with respect to a class of stock that is regularly traded on an established securities market located in the United States and (b) the non-U.S. stockholder does not own more than 10% of the class of our stock at any time during the one-year period ending on the date the distribution is received. We do not anticipate that our shares will be “regularly traded, as defined by applicable Treasury regulations” on an established securities market for the foreseeable future, and therefore, this exception is not expected to apply.
Gain recognized by a non-U.S. stockholder upon the sale or exchange of our common stock generally will not be subject to U.S. federal income taxation unless such stock constitutes a USRPI under FIRPTA. Our common stock will not constitute a USRPI so long as we are a “domestically-controlled qualified investment entity.” A domestically-controlled qualified investment entity includes a REIT if at all times during a specified testing period, less than 50% in value of such REIT’s stock is held directly or indirectly by non-U.S. stockholders. We believe, but cannot assure you, that we will be a domestically-controlled qualified investment entity.
Even if we do not qualify as a domestically-controlled qualified investment entity at the time a non-U.S. stockholder sells or exchanges our common stock, gain arising from such a sale or exchange would not be subject to U.S. taxation under FIRPTA as a sale of a USRPI if: (a) our common stock is “regularly traded” on an established securities market, and (b) such non-U.S. stockholder owned, actually and constructively, 10% or less of our common stock at any time during the five-year period ending on the date of the sale. However, it is not anticipated that our common stock will be “regularly traded” on an established market.
Potential characterization of distributions or gain on sale may be treated as UBTI to tax-exempt investors.
If (a) we are a “pension-held REIT,” (b) a tax-exempt stockholder has incurred (or is deemed to have incurred) debt to purchase or hold our common stock, or (c) a holder of common stock is a certain type of tax-exempt stockholder, dividends on, and gains recognized on the sale of, common stock by such tax-exempt stockholder may be subject to U.S. federal income tax as UBTI under the Code.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.
Not applicable.

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Item 2. Properties
The following table presents certain information about the properties we owned as of December 31, 2016:
Portfolio
 
Acquisition
Date
 
Number
of Properties
 
Rentable
Square Feet
 
Occupancy
 
Remaining
Lease Term (1)
421 W. 54th Street - Hit Factory
 
Jun. 2014
 
1
 
12,327

 
100.0%
 
3.8
400 E. 67th Street - Laurel Condominium
 
Sept. 2014
 
1
 
58,750

 
100.0%
 
7.3
200 Riverside Boulevard - ICON Garage
 
Sept. 2014
 
1
 
61,475

 
100.0%
 
20.8
9 Times Square(2)
 
Nov. 2014
 
1
 
166,640

 
56.0%
 
4.5
123 William Street
 
Mar. 2015
 
1
 
542,676

 
97.7%
 
7.3
1140 Avenue of the Americas
 
Jun. 2016
 
1
 
249,703

 
89.7%
 
5.3
 
 
 
 
6
 
1,091,571

 
89.8%
 
6.2
_______________________________
(1)
Remaining lease term in years as of December 31, 2016, calculated on a weighted-average basis, as applicable.
(2)
This property was formerly known as 570 Seventh Avenue.
Future Minimum Lease Payments
The following table presents future minimum base cash rental payments due to us over the next ten years and thereafter at the properties we owned as of December 31, 2016. To the extent we have leases with contingent rent provisions, these amounts exclude contingent rent payments that would be collected based on provisions related to sales thresholds and increases in annual rent based on exceeding certain economic indexes, among other items.
(In thousands)
 
Future Minimum
Base Rent Payments
2017
 
$
44,090

2018
 
41,947

2019
 
40,191

2020
 
36,127

2021
 
32,330

2022
 
27,585

2023
 
21,255

2024
 
17,137

2025
 
10,482

2026
 
5,303

Thereafter
 
28,042

Total
 
$
304,489


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Future Lease Expirations Table
The following is a summary of lease expirations for the next ten years at the properties we owned as of December 31, 2016:
Year of Expiration
 
Number of Leases Expiring
 
Expiring Annualized Cash Rent(1)
 
Expiring Annualized Cash Rent as a Percentage of the Total Portfolio
 
Leased Rentable Square Feet
 
Percentage of Portfolio Leased Rentable Square Feet Expiring
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
12
 
$
4,945

 
8.7
%
 
94,504

 
8.7
%
2018
 
4
 
1,227

 
2.2
%
 
26,801

 
2.5
%
2019
 
6
 
3,515

 
6.2
%
 
57,698

 
5.3
%
2020
 
13
 
3,568

 
6.3
%
 
68,759

 
6.3
%
2021
 
9
 
7,764

 
13.6
%
 
124,079

 
11.4
%
2022
 
6
 
6,085

 
10.7
%
 
128,232

 
11.8
%
2023
 
2
 
4,348

 
7.6
%
 
33,267

 
3.1
%
2024
 
6
 
7,292

 
12.8
%
 
98,642

 
9.1
%
2025
 
10
 
7,714

 
13.5
%
 
120,481

 
11.1
%
2026
 
4
 
3,257

 
5.7
%
 
37,500

 
3.5
%
Total
 
72
 
$
49,715

 
87.3
%
 
789,963

 
72.8
%
_____________________________
(1)
Expiring annualized cash rent represents contractual cash base rents at the time of lease expiration, excluding operating expense reimbursements and free rent.
Tenant Concentration
As of December 31, 2016, there were no tenants whose rented square feet exceeded 10% of the total rentable square feet of our portfolio. One tenant, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. at 123 William Street, represented approximately 10.7% of our total annualized rental income on a straight-line basis as of December 31, 2016.
Significant Portfolio Properties
The rentable square feet or annualized rental income on a straight-line basis of the properties located at 123 William Street, 9 Times Square and 1140 Avenue of the Americas represent greater than 10% of our total portfolio. The tenant concentrations of the properties located at 123 William Street, 9 Times Square and 1140 Avenue of the Americas are summarized below:
123 William Street
The following table lists the tenant at 123 William Street whose annualized rental income on a straight-line basis is greater than 10% of the annualized rental income on a straight-line basis for signed leases of 123 William Street as of December 31, 2016:
Tenant
 
Rented Square Feet
 
Rented Square Feet as a % of Total 123 William Street
 
Lease Expiration
 
Remaining Lease Term(1)
 
Renewal Options
 
Annualized Rental Income(2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.
 
65,242

 
12.0%
 
Jul. 2031
 
14.6
 
1 - 5 year option
 
$
3,324

______________________________
(1)
Remaining lease term in years as of December 31, 2016.
(2)
Annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016 on a straight-line basis, which includes tenant concessions such as free rent, as applicable.

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9 Times Square
The following table lists the tenants at 9 Times Square whose annualized rental income on a straight-line basis is greater than 10% of the total annualized rental income on a straight-line basis for signed leases of 9 Times Square as of December 31, 2016:
Tenant
 
Rented Square Feet
 
Rented Square Feet as a % of Total 9 Times Square
 
Lease Expiration
 
Remaining Lease Term(1)
 
Renewal Options
 
Annualized Rental Income(2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
UXC Eclipse (USA) LLC
 
8,780

 
5.3%
 
Sept. 2024
 
7.7
 
None
 
$
569

Black Mountain Systems, LLC
 
8,780

 
5.3%
 
Oct. 2022
 
5.8
 
1 - 5 year option
 
$
552

________________________________
(1)
Remaining lease term in years as of December 31, 2016.
(2)
Annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016 on a straight-line basis, which includes tenant concessions such as free rent, as applicable.
1140 Avenue of the Americas
The following table lists the tenants at 1140 Avenue of the Americas whose annualized rental income on a straight-line basis is greater than 10% of the total annualized rental income on a straight-line basis for signed leases of 1140 Avenue of the Americas as of December 31, 2016:
Tenant
 
Rented Square Feet
 
Rented Square Feet as a % of Total 1140 Avenue of the Americas
 
Lease Expiration
 
Remaining Lease Term(1)
 
Renewal Options
 
Annualized Rental Income(2)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
City National Bank
 
30,359

 
12.2%
 
June 2023
 
6.5
 
2 - 5 year options
 
$
3,941

________________________________
(1)
Remaining lease term in years as of December 31, 2016.
(2)
Annualized rental income as of December 31, 2016 on a straight-line basis, which includes tenant concessions such as free rent, as applicable.
Property Financing
Our mortgage notes payable as of December 31, 2016 consist of the following:
 
 
 
 
Outstanding Loan Amount
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Portfolio
 
Encumbered Properties
 
December 31, 2016
 
Effective Interest Rate
 
Interest Rate
 
Maturity
 
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
123 William Street
 
1
 
$
96,000

(1) 
2.90
%
(2) 
Variable
 
Mar. 2017
(3) 
1140 Avenue of the Americas
 
1
 
99,000

 
4.17
%
 
Fixed
 
Jul. 2026
 

 
2
 
$
195,000

 
3.61
%
 
 
 
 
 
_____________________
(1)
We may borrow up to $110.0 million subject to compliance with certain provisions as described in the terms of the mortgage agreement.
(2)
Interest rate is one month LIBOR, which was 0.606% at December 31, 2016, plus a margin of 2.25%, based on a 360 day year.
(3)
In March 2017, we re-financed the mortgage note on 123 William Street. We entered into a $140.0 million mortgage agreement with a fixed interest rate of 4.67% per annum. The maturity date on the new mortgage is March 2027.

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Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
The information related to litigation and regulatory matters contained in "Note 8 — Commitments and Contingencies" of our notes to the consolidated financial statements included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K is incorporated by reference into this Item 3. Except as set forth therein, as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we are not a party to, and none of our properties are subject to, any material pending legal proceedings.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosure.
Not applicable.
PART II
Item 5. Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.
No established public market currently exists for our shares of common stock, and we currently have no plans to list our shares on a national securities exchange. Until our shares are listed, if ever, our stockholders may not sell their shares unless the buyer meets the applicable suitability and minimum purchase requirements. In addition, our charter prohibits the ownership of more than 9.8% in value of the aggregate of our outstanding shares of stock or more than 9.8% (in value or in number of shares, whichever is more restrictive) of any class or series of shares of our stock by a single investor, unless exempted by our board of directors. Consequently, there is the risk that our stockholders may not be able to sell their shares at a time or price acceptable to them. During our IPO, we sold shares of our common stock to the public at a price of $25.00 per share. Subsequent to the closing of our IPO and until the NAV Pricing Date, we sold shares of our common stock at $23.75 per share pursuant to our DRIP and have repurchased shares pursuant to the SRP. Beginning with the NAV Pricing Date, the per share price for shares under the DRIP will be equal to the Estimated Per-Share NAV as determined by our board of directors.
Consistent with our valuation guidelines, our Advisor engaged Duff & Phelps, LLC (“Duff & Phelps”), an independent third-party real estate advisory firm, to perform appraisals of our real estate assets and provide a valuation range of each real estate asset. In addition, Duff & Phelps was engaged to review our other assets and liabilities.
Duff & Phelps has extensive experience estimating the fair value of commercial real estate. The method used by Duff & Phelps to appraise our real estate assets in the report furnished to the Advisor by Duff & Phelps (the “Duff & Phelps Report”) complies with the Investment Program Association Practice Guideline 2013-01 titled “Valuations of Publically Registered Non-Listed REITs,” issued April 29, 2013.
Duff & Phelps performed a full valuation of our real estate assets utilizing approaches, outlined below, that are commonly used in the commercial real estate industry.
The Estimated Per-Share NAV is comprised of (i) the sum of (A) the estimated value of our real estate assets and (B) the estimated value of the other assets, minus (ii) the sum of (C) estimated value of debt and other liabilities and (D) the estimate of the aggregate incentive fees, participations and limited partnership interests held by or allocable to the Advisor, our management or any of its respective affiliates based on the aggregate net asset value of the Company based on Estimated Per-Share NAV and payable in a hypothetical liquidation of the Company as of June 30, 2016, divided by (iii) the number of shares of common stock outstanding on a fully-diluted basis as of June 30, 2016, which was 30,419,798.
Duff & Phelps estimated the “as is” market value of each real estate asset (except, as described below, for the property located at 1140 Avenue of the Americas) as of June 30, 2016 using a discounted cash flow approach and applied a range of “market supported” terminal capitalization rates and discount rates to projected net operating income or cash flow, as applicable. The discounted cash flow method simulates the reasoning of an investor who views the cash flows that would result from the anticipated revenue and expense on a property throughout its projection period. Cash flow developed in Duff & Phelps’s analysis is the balance of potential income remaining after vacancy and collection loss and operating expenses. This cash flow was then discounted by a yield rate deemed appropriate by Duff & Phelps over a typical projection period in a discounted cash flow analysis. Thus, two key steps were involved: (1) estimating the cash flow applicable to each real estate asset and (2) choosing appropriate terminal capitalization rates and discount rates.
In accordance with our valuation policy, the selected value used in our Estimated Per-Share NAV for the property located at 1140 Avenue of the Americas is equal to the cost to us to acquire the property on June 15, 2016 because we owned the property for less than one quarter as of June 30, 2016.
A sales comparison approach was used to assess the reasonableness of the conclusions reached through the income capitalization approach. A sales comparison approach considers what other purchasers and sellers in the applicable market had agreed to as a price for comparable real estate assets. This approach is based on the principle of substitution, which states that the limits of prices, rents and rates tend to be set by the prevailing prices, rents and rates of equally desirable substitutes.

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On October 24, 2016, our board of directors approved an Estimated Per-Share NAV equal to $21.25 based on an estimated fair value of our assets less the estimated fair value of our liabilities, divided by 30,419,798 shares of common stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis as of June 30, 2016. The Estimated Per-Share NAV does not reflect events subsequent to June 30, 2016 that would have affected our net asset value. The value of our shares will likely change over time and will be influenced by changes to the value of our individual assets as well as changes and developments in our real estate and capital markets. We currently intend to publish subsequent valuations of Estimated Per-Share NAV at least once annually.
Holders
As of February 28, 2017, we had 30,736,654 shares of common stock outstanding held by a total of 13,740 stockholders of record.
Distributions
We elected and qualified to be taxed as a REIT for U.S. federal income tax purposes commencing with our taxable year ended December 31, 2014. As a REIT, we are required to distribute at least 90% of our REIT taxable income, determined without regard for the deduction for dividends paid and excluding net capital gains, to our stockholders annually. The amount of distributions payable to our stockholders is determined by our board of directors and is dependent on a number of factors, including funds available for distribution, financial condition, capital expenditure requirements, as applicable and annual distribution requirements needed to maintain our status as a REIT under the Code.
On May 22, 2014, our board of directors authorized, and we declared, a distribution payable to stockholders of record each day during the applicable period equal to $0.0041438356 per day, which is equivalent to $1.5125 per annum, per share of common stock. The distributions began to accrue to record holders on June 13, 2014, which date represents the closing of our initial property acquisition, and were first paid in July 2014. Distributions are payable by the 5th day following each month end to stockholders of record at the close of business each day during the prior month. From a U.S. federal income tax perspective, 100% of distributions, or $1.51, $1.51 and $0.84 per share, respectively, for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 represented a return of capital. On March 9, 2016, our board of directors approved a change to the daily distribution amount to $0.0041325137 per day per share of common stock to accurately reflect that 2016 is a leap year and maintain equivalence to $1.5125 per annum, per share of common stock.

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The following table reflects distributions declared and paid, excluding distributions related to Class B units, which are expensed and included in general and administrative expenses on the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss during the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 and for the period from June 13, 2014, the date on which distributions began to accrue, to December 31, 2014:
(In thousands)
 
Total Distributions Paid (1)
 
Total Distributions Declared (1)
2016:
 
 
 
 
1st Quarter 2016
 
$
11,485

 
$
11,496

2nd Quarter 2016
 
11,678

 
11,580

3rd Quarter 2016
 
11,648

 
11,619

4th Quarter 2016
 
11,547

 
11,700

Total 2016
 
$
46,358

 
$
46,395

 
 
 
 
 
2015:
 
 
 
 
1st Quarter 2015
 
$
7,898

 
$
8,462

2nd Quarter 2015
 
9,823

 
10,310

3rd Quarter 2015
 
11,217

 
11,390

4th Quarter 2015
 
11,439

 
11,590

Total 2015
 
$
40,377

 
$
41,752

 
 
 
 
 
2014:
 
 
 
 
1st Quarter 2014
 
$

 
$

2nd Quarter 2014
 

 
186

3rd Quarter 2014
 
2,018

 
3,347

4th Quarter 2014
 
5,828

 
6,855

Total 2014
 
$
7,846

 
$
10,388

_____________________
(1) Includes distributions reinvested in common stock under our DRIP.
Payments to our stockholders in respect of their shares are dependent on the availability of funds. Our board of directors may reduce the amount of distributions paid or suspend payments at any time. For the year ended December 31, 2016, our distributions were funded through proceeds from our IPO, proceeds from the sale of our shares through the DRIP and cash flow from operations. See Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations — Distributions.
Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans
Restricted Share Plan
We have an employee and director incentive restricted share plan (the “RSP”), which provides for the automatic grant of 1,333 restricted shares of common stock to each of the independent directors, without any further approval by our board of directors or the stockholders, after initial election to the board of directors and after each annual stockholder meeting, with such shares vesting annually beginning with the one year anniversary of initial election to the board of directors and the date of the next annual meeting, respectively. Restricted stock issued to independent directors will vest over a five-year period in increments of 20.0% per annum. The RSP provides us with the ability to grant awards of restricted shares to our directors, officers and employees (if we ever have employees), employees of the Advisor and its affiliates, employees of entities that provide services to us, directors of the Advisor or of entities that provide services to us, certain consultants to us and the Advisor and its affiliates or to entities that provide services to us. The total number of shares of common stock granted under the RSP may not exceed 5.0% of our outstanding shares of common stock on a fully diluted basis at any time and in any event will not exceed 1.5 million shares (as such number may be adjusted for stock splits, stock dividends, combinations and similar events).

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The following table sets forth information regarding securities authorized for issuance under our RSP as of December 31, 2016:
Plan Category
 
Number of  Securities to be Issued Upon Exercise of  Outstanding Options, Warrants and Rights
 
Weighted-Average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding
Options, Warrants
and Rights
 
Number of Securities
Remaining Available
For Future Issuance
Under Equity
Compensation Plans
(Excluding
Securities Reflected
in Column (a)
 
 
(a)
 
(b)
 
(c)
Equity Compensation Plans approved by security holders
 

 
$

 
1,489,336

Equity Compensation Plans not approved by security holders
 

 

 

Total
 

 
$

 
1,489,336

Restricted share awards entitle the recipient to receive shares of common stock from us under terms that provide for vesting over a specified period of time. For restricted share awards granted prior to July 1, 2015, such awards would typically be forfeited with respect to the unvested shares upon the termination of the recipient's employment or other relationship with us. For restricted share awards granted on or after July 1, 2015, such awards provide for accelerated vesting of the portion of the unvested shares scheduled to vest in the year of the recipient's voluntary termination or the failure to be re-elected to the board. Restricted shares may not, in general, be sold or otherwise transferred until restrictions are removed and the shares have vested. Holders of restricted shares may receive cash distributions prior to the time that the restrictions on the restricted shares have lapsed. Any distributions payable in shares of common stock shall be subject to the same restrictions as the underlying restricted shares.
Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities
We did not sell any equity securities that were not registered under the Securities Act during the year ended December 31, 2016 except with respect to which information has been included in a Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q or in a Current Report on Form 8-K.
Use of Proceeds from Sales of Registered Securities
On April 24, 2014, we commenced our IPO on a "reasonable best efforts" basis of up to 30.0 million shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, at a price of $25.00 per share, subject to certain volume and other discounts, for total gross proceeds of up to $750.0 million, pursuant to the Registration Statement filed with the SEC under the Securities Act (File No. 333-194135). The Registration Statement also covered 10.5 million shares of common stock issuable pursuant to the DRIP under which common stockholders may elect to have their distributions reinvested in additional shares of common stock. On May 29, 2014, we received and accepted subscriptions in excess of the minimum offering amount for the IPO of $2.0 million in shares, broke general escrow and issued shares of common stock to initial investors who were admitted as stockholders. On May 31, 2015, we closed our IPO after having sold substantially all of the shares registered in our IPO. As of December 31, 2016, we have issued 30.9 million shares of our common stock, including unvested restricted shares and shares issued pursuant to our DRIP, and received $764.8 million of offering proceeds, inclusive of proceeds from our DRIP and net of repurchases.
The following table reflects the offering costs associated with the issuance of common stock. No costs were incurred during the year ended December 31, 2016.
 
 
Year Ended
(In thousands)
 
December 31, 2015
Selling commissions and dealer manager fees
 
$
22,374

Other offering costs
 
6,050

Total offering costs
 
$
28,424


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The Former Dealer Manager was able to reallow the selling commissions and a portion of the dealer manager fees to participating broker-dealers. The following table details the selling commissions incurred and reallowed related to the sale of shares of common stock. No costs were incurred or reallowed during the year ended December 31, 2016.
 
 
Year Ended
(In thousands)
 
December 31, 2015
Total commissions paid to the Former Dealer Manager
 
$
22,374

Less:
 
 
  Commissions to participating brokers
 
(15,505
)
  Reallowance to participating broker dealers
 
(2,625
)
Net to the Former Dealer Manager
 
$
4,244

As of December 31, 2016, we had incurred $84.0 million of cumulative offering costs in connection with the issuance and distribution of our registered securities. Cumulative offering proceeds from the sale of common stock exceeded cumulative offering costs by $680.7 million at December 31, 2016.
As of December 31, 2016, cumulative offering costs included $69.4 million of selling commissions and dealer manager fees and $11.9 million of offering cost reimbursements incurred from the Advisor and Former Dealer Manager. We are obligated to reimburse the Advisor or its affiliates, as applicable, for organization and offering costs paid by them on our behalf, provided that the Advisor is obligated to reimburse us to the extent organization and offering costs (excluding selling commissions and the dealer manager fee) incurred by us in our IPO exceed 2.0% of gross offering proceeds in the IPO. As a result, these costs were our liability only to the extent aggregate selling commissions, the dealer manager fee and other organization and offering costs did not exceed 12.0% of the gross proceeds determined at the end of the IPO. As of the end of the IPO, aggregate selling commissions, dealer manager fees and other offering costs did not exceed 12.0% of the gross proceeds received in the IPO.
As of December 31, 2016, we have used $685.2 million of the $718.8 million in aggregate net proceeds from our IPO, excluding the DRIP, as follows: (i) $492.5 million to pay all or a portion of the purchase price of six properties; (ii) $69.4 million to pay selling commissions and dealer manager fees to our Former Dealer Manager; (iii) $11.9 million to reimburse our Advisor for Offering expenses; (iv) $16.5 million to pay acquisition fees, acquisition cost reimbursements, financing coordination fees and other fees and reimbursements to our Advisor and its affiliates; (v) $48.6 million to pay cash distributions to our stockholders; (vi) $31.1 million to fund capital expenditures; and (vii) $15.2 million to repurchase shares of our common stock pursuant to the SRP.
Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer and Affiliated Purchasers
Our common stock is currently not listed on a national securities exchange and we will not seek to list our stock until such time as our independent directors believe that the listing of our stock would be in the best interest of our stockholders. In order to provide stockholders with interim liquidity, our board of directors has adopted our SRP that enables our stockholders to sell their shares back to us after having held them for at least one year, subject to significant conditions and limitations. Our Sponsor, Advisor, directors and affiliates are prohibited from receiving a fee on any share repurchases. Under the SRP in effect as of December 31, 2015, shares were repurchased on a quarterly basis.
On January 25, 2016, our board of directors approved an amendment to the SRP to supersede and replace the existing SRP effective February 28, 2016. Under the SRP, as amended, repurchases of our shares of common stock, when requested, are at the sole discretion of our board of directors and generally will be made semiannually (each six-month period ending June 30 or December 31, a "fiscal semester").
On October 24, 2016, our board of directors approved an Estimated Per-Share NAV of $21.25 as of June 30, 2016.
Prior to the establishment of Estimated Per-Share NAV, the purchase price per share for requests other than for death or disability under the SRP depended on the length of time investors had held such shares as follows (in each case, as adjusted for any stock distributions, combinations, splits and recapitalizations):
after one year from the purchase date - the lower of $23.13 and 92.5% of the amount they actually paid for each share; and,
after two years from the purchase date - the lower of $23.75 and 95.0% of the amount they actually paid for each share.
Prior to the establishment of Estimated Per-Share NAV, in the case of requests for death or disability, the repurchase price per share was equal to the price paid to acquire the shares from us.

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Following the establishment of Estimated Per-Share NAV, the purchase price per share for requests other than for death or disability under the SRP depends on the length of time investors have held such shares as follows (in each case, as adjusted for any stock distributions, combinations, splits and recapitalizations):
after one year from the purchase date - 92.5% of the Estimated Per-Share NAV;
after two years from the purchase date - 95.0% of the Estimated Per-Share NAV;
after three years from the purchase date - 97.5% of the Estimated Per-Share NAV; and,
after four years from the purchase date - 100.0% of the Estimated Per-Share NAV.
Subsequent to the establishment of Estimated Per-Share NAV, in the case of requests for death or disability, the repurchase price per share is equal to the Estimated Per-Share NAV at the time of the repurchase.
Repurchases for any fiscal semester will be limited to a maximum of 2.5% of the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the previous fiscal year, with a maximum for any fiscal year of 5.0% of the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding on December 31 of the previous calendar year. In addition, we are only authorized to repurchase shares in a given fiscal semester up to the amount of proceeds received from the DRIP in that same fiscal semester, as well as any reservation of funds our board of directors, may, in its sole discretion, make available for this purpose. If the establishment of an Estimated Per-Share NAV occurs during any fiscal semester, any repurchase requests received during such fiscal semester will be paid at the Estimated Per-Share NAV applicable on the last day of the fiscal semester.
 
 
Number of Shares Repurchased
 
Cost of Shares Repurchased
 
Average Price per Share
 
 
 
(in thousands)
 
Year ended December 31, 2014
 

 
$

 
$

Year ended December 31, 2015
 
183,780

 
4,343

 
$
23.63

Year ended December 31, 2016
 
461,555

 
10,905

 
$
23.62

Cumulative repurchases as of December 31, 2016
 
645,335

 
15,248

 
 
Cumulative proceeds received from shares issued under the DRIP
 
 
 
45,962

 
 
Excess DRIP proceeds
 
 
 
$
30,714

 
 
As permitted under the SRP, our board of directors authorized, with respect to redemption requests received during the first fiscal semester of 2016, the repurchase of shares validly submitted for repurchase in an amount equal to the amount of proceeds received from the DRIP in that same fiscal semester, representing less than all the shares validly submitted for repurchase during the first fiscal semester. Pursuant to this authorization 461,555 shares were repurchased at an aggregate purchase price of $10.9 million which represented an average repurchase price per share of $23.62 (including all shares submitted for death or disability) during the year ended December 31, 2016. Our board of directors authorized a second repurchase in the first quarter of 2017 after completion of the second fiscal semester of 2016 in accordance with the SRP. Accordingly, 276,016 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $5.6 million which represented an average repurchase price per share of $20.15 (including all shares submitted for death or disability) were approved for repurchase and completed in February 2017, while requests to repurchase 903,028 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $18.1 million which represented an average price per share of $20.03 were not fulfilled.
During the year ended December 31, 2015, we repurchased 183,780 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $4.3 million which represented an average repurchase price per share of $23.63. However, during the quarter ended December 31, 2015, our board of directors authorized us not to accept all of the repurchase requests we received. There were no shares repurchased during the year ended December 31, 2014.

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Item 6. Selected Financial Data.
The following selected financial data as of December 31, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 and for the years ended December 31, 2016, 2015 and 2014 and the period from December 19, 2013 (date of inception) to December 31, 2013 should be read in conjunction with the accompanying consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto and "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" below:
 
 
December 31,
Balance sheet data (In thousands)
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Total real estate investments, at cost
 
$
744,945

 
$
550,369

 
$
270,083

 
$

Total assets
 
773,604

 
726,415

 
458,565

 
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Mortgage notes payable, net of deferred financing costs
 
191,328

 
93,176

 

 

Total liabilities
 
233,413

 
130,276

 
21,159

 
35

Total equity
 
540,191

 
596,139

 
437,406

 

Operating data (In thousands, except share and per share data)
 
Year Ended December 31,
 
Period from December 19, 2013 (date of inception) to December 31,
 
 
2016
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Total revenues
 
$
47,607

 
$
26,436

 
$
2,851

 
$

Total operating expenses
 
60,312

 
38,849

 
9,386

 

Operating loss
 
(12,705
)
 
(12,413
)
 
(6,535
)
 

Total other income (expense)
 
(7,060
)
 
(3,372
)
 
16

 

Net loss
 
$
(19,765
)
 
$
(15,785
)
 
$
(6,519
)
 
$

Other data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows provided by (used in) operations
 
$
1,978

 
$
(5,194
)
 
$
(4,965
)
 
$

Cash flows used in investing activities
 
(95,880
)
 
(169,164
)
 
(256,567
)
 

Cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities
 
(41,127
)
 
172,717

 
445,873

 

Per share data:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic and diluted net loss per common share
 
$
(0.64
)
 
$
(0.57
)
 
$
(0.95
)
 
$

Distributions declared per common share
 
$
1.51

 
$
1.51

 
$
0.84

 
$

Basic and diluted weighted-average number of common shares outstanding
 
30,668,238

 
27,599,363

 
6,849,166

 

Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the accompanying consolidated financial statements. The following information contains forward-looking statements, which are subject to risks and uncertainties. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Please see "Forward-Looking Statements" elsewhere in this report for a description of these risks and uncertainties.
Significant Accounting Estimates and Critical Accounting Policies
Set forth below is a summary of the significant accounting estimates and critical accounting policies that management believes are important to the preparation of our consolidated financial statements. Certain of our accounting estimates are particularly important for an understanding of our financial position and results of operations and require the application of significant judgment by our management. As a result, these estimates are subject to a degree of uncertainty. These significant accounting estimates and critical accounting policies include:

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Offering and Related Costs
All offering costs incurred by us, our Advisor and its affiliates on our behalf are charged to additional paid-in capital on the consolidated balance sheets. Offering and related costs include all expenses incurred in connection with our IPO. Offering costs (other than selling commissions and the dealer manager fees) include costs that may be paid by the Advisor, the Former Dealer Manager or their affiliates on our behalf. These costs include but are not limited to (i) legal, accounting, printing, mailing, and filing fees; (ii) escrow service related fees; (iii) reimbursement of the Former Dealer Manager for amounts it may pay to reimburse the bona fide due diligence expenses of broker-dealers; and (iv) reimbursement to the Advisor for a portion of the costs of its employees and other costs in connection with preparing supplemental sales materials and related offering activities. We are obligated to reimburse our Advisor or its affiliates, as applicable, for organization and offering costs paid by them on our behalf, provided that the Advisor is obligated to reimburse us to the extent organization and offering costs (excluding selling commissions and the dealer manager fees) incurred by us in our IPO exceed 2.0% of gross offering proceeds. As a result, these costs are our liability to the extent aggregate selling commissions, dealer manager fees and other organization and offering costs do not exceed 12.0% of the gross proceeds determined at the end of the IPO.
Revenue Recognition
Our revenues, which are derived primarily from rental income, include rents that each tenant pays in accordance with the terms of each lease reported on a straight-line basis over the initial term of the lease. Because many of our leases provide for rental increases at specified intervals, GAAP require us to record a receivable, and include in revenues on a straight-line basis, unbilled rent receivables that we will only receive if the tenant makes all rent payments required through the expiration of the initial term of the lease. We defer the revenue related to lease payments received from tenants in advance of their due dates. When we acquire a property, the acquisition date is considered to be the commencement date for the purposes of this calculation.
Rental revenue recognition commences when the tenant takes possession of or controls the physical use of the leased space. For the tenant to take possession, the leased space must be substantially ready for its intended use. To determine whether the leased space is substantially ready for its intended use, we evaluate whether we own or if the tenant owns the tenant improvements. When we are the owner of tenant improvements, rental revenue recognition begins when the tenant takes possession of the finished space, which is when such improvements are substantially complete. When the tenant is the owner of tenant improvements, rental revenue recognition begins when the tenant takes possession of or controls the space.
When we conclude that we are the owner of tenant improvements, we capitalize the cost to construct the tenant improvements, including costs paid for or reimbursed by the tenants. When we conclude that the tenant is the owner of tenant improvements for accounting purposes, we record our contribution towards those improvements as a lease incentive, which is included in deferred leasing costs, net on the consolidated balance sheets and amortized as a reduction to rental income on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease.
We continually review receivables related to rent and unbilled rent receivables and determine collectibility by taking into consideration the tenant's payment history, the financial condition of the tenant, business conditions in the industry in which the tenant operates and economic conditions in the area in which the property is located. In the event that the collectibility of a receivable is in doubt, we will record an increase in our allowance for uncollectible accounts or record a direct write-off of the receivable in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.
We may own certain properties with leases that include provisions for the tenant to pay contingent rental income based on a percent of the tenant's sales upon the achievement of certain sales thresholds or other targets, which may be monthly, quarterly or annual targets. As the lessor to the aforementioned leases, we defer the recognition of contingent rental income until the specified target that triggered the contingent rental income is achieved, or until such sales upon which percentage rent is based are known. If we own certain properties with leases that include provisions for the tenant to pay contingent rental income, contingent rental income will be included in rental income on the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.
Cost recoveries from tenants are included in operating expense reimbursements and other revenue in the period the related costs are incurred, as applicable.
Investments in Real Estate
We evaluate the inputs, processes and outputs of each asset acquired to determine if the transaction is a business combination or asset acquisition. If an acquisition qualifies as a business combination, the related transaction costs are recorded as an expense in the consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss. If an acquisition qualifies as an asset acquisition, the related transaction costs are generally capitalized and subsequently amortized over the useful life of the acquired assets.

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In business combinations, we allocate the purchase price of acquired properties to tangible and identifiable intangible assets or liabilities and non-controlling interests based on their respective estimated fair values. Tangible assets may include land, land improvements, buildings, fixtures and tenant improvements. Intangible assets or liabilities may include the value of in-place leases, above- and below-market leases and other identifiable intangible assets or liabilities based on lease or property specific characteristics.
The fair value of the tangible assets of an acquired property with an in-place operating lease is determined by valuing the property as if it were vacant, and the “as-if-vacant” value is then allocated to the tangible assets based on the fair value of the tangible assets. The fair value of in-place leases is determined by considering estimates of carrying costs during the expected lease-up periods, current market conditions, as well as costs to execute similar leases. The fair value of above- or below-market leases is recorded based on the present value of the difference between the contractual amount to be paid pursuant to the in-place lease and our estimate of the comparable fair market lease rate for the corresponding in-place lease, measured over the remaining term of the lease, including any below-market fixed rate renewal options for below-market leases. The fair value of other intangible assets, such as real estate tax abatements, are recorded based on the present value of the expected benefit and amortized over the expected useful life.
Fair values of assumed mortgages, if applicable, are recorded as debt premiums or discounts based on the present value of the estimated cash flows, which is calculated to account for either above- or below-market interest rates.
Non-controlling interests in property owning entities are recorded based on the fair value of units issued at the date of acquisition, as determined by the terms of the applicable agreement.
We utilize a number of sources in making our estimates of fair values for purposes of allocating purchase price, including real estate valuations prepared by independent valuation firms. We also consider information and other factors including: market conditions, the industry in which the tenant operates, characteristics of the real estate such as location, size, demographics, value and comparative rental rates, tenant credit profile and the importance of the location of the real estate to the operations of the tenant’s business.
Disposals of real estate investments that represent a strategic shift in operations that will have a major effect on our operations and financial results are presented as discontinued operations in the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss for all periods; otherwise, we continue to report results of these properties' operations within continuing operations. Properties that are intended to be sold will be designated as "held for sale" on the consolidated balance sheets at the lesser of carrying amount or fair value less estimated selling costs when they meet specific criteria to be presented as held for sale. Properties are no longer depreciated when they are classified as held for sale.
Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of up to 40 years for buildings, 15 years for land improvements, five to seven years for fixtures and improvements, and the shorter of the useful life or the remaining lease term for tenant improvements and leasehold interests.
Acquired above-market leases are amortized as a reduction of rental income over the remaining terms of the respective leases. Acquired below-market leases are amortized as an increase to rental income over the remaining terms of the respective leases and expected below-market renewal option periods.
The value of in-place leases, exclusive of the value of above- and below-market in-place leases, is amortized to depreciation and amortization expense over the remaining periods of the respective leases.
The value of other acquired intangibles is amortized to depreciation and amortization expense over the remaining expected useful life.
Assumed mortgage premiums or discounts, if applicable, are amortized as a reduction or increase to interest expense over the remaining term of the respective mortgages.
Impairment of Long Lived Assets
When circumstances indicate the carrying value of a property may not be recoverable, we review the asset for impairment. This review is based on an estimate of the future undiscounted cash flows, excluding interest charges, expected to result from the property’s use and eventual disposition. These estimates consider factors such as expected future operating income, market and other applicable trends and residual value, as well as the effects of leasing demand, competition and other factors. If such estimated cash flows are less than the carrying value of a property, an impairment loss is recorded to the extent that the carrying value exceeds the estimated fair value of the property for properties to be held and used. For properties held for sale, the impairment loss is based on the adjustment to estimated fair value less estimated cost to dispose of the asset. Generally, we determine estimated fair value for properties held for sale based on the agreed-upon selling price of an asset. These assessments may result in the immediate recognition of an impairment loss, resulting in a reduction of net income (loss).

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Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2014, the FASB issued revised guidance relating to revenue recognition. Under the revised guidance, an entity is required to recognize revenue when it transfers promised goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the entity expects to be entitled in exchange for those goods or services. The revised guidance was to become effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2016. Early adoption was not permitted under GAAP. The revised guidance allows entities to apply the full retrospective or modified retrospective transition method upon adoption. In July 2015, the FASB deferred the effective date of the revised guidance by one year to annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, although entities will be allowed to early adopt the guidance as of the original effective date. We are evaluating the impact of this guidance, including performing preliminary review of all revenue streams to identify any differences in timing, measurement or presentation of revenue recognition. We are continuing to evaluate the allowable methods of adoption.
In January 2016, the FASB issued an update that amends the recognition and measurement of financial instruments. The new guidance revises an entity’s accounting related to equity investments and the presentation of certain fair value changes for financial liabilities measured at fair value. Among other things, it also amends the presentation and disclosure requirements associated with the fair value of financial instruments. The revised guidance is effective for fiscal years, and for interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is not permitted for most of the amendments in the update. We are currently evaluating the impact of the new guidance.
In February 2016, the FASB issued a new standard which sets out the principles for the recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure of leases for both lessees and lessors. The new guidance requires lessees to apply a dual approach, classifying leases as either finance or operating leases based on the principle of whether or not the lease is effectively a financed purchase by the lessee. This classification will determine whether lease expense is recognized based on an effective interest method or on a straight line basis over the term of the lease, respectively. A lessee is also required to record a right-of-use asset and a lease liability for all leases with a term greater than 12 months regardless of their classification. Leases with a term of 12 months or less will be accounted for similar to existing guidance for operating leases. The new standard requires lessors to account for leases using an approach that is substantially equivalent to existing guidance for sales-type leases, direct financing leases and operating leases. The new standard supersedes the previous leasing standard. The standard is effective for fiscal years, and for interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2018. Early adoption permitted. We have begun developing an inventory of all leases as well as identifying any non-lease components in our lease arrangements. We are continuing to evaluate the impact of this new guidance.
In March 2016, the FASB issued guidance which requires an entity to determine whether the nature of its promise to provide goods or services to a customer is performed in a principal or agent capacity and to recognize revenue in a gross or net manner based on its principal or agent designation. This guidance is effective for public business entities for fiscal years, and for interim periods within those fiscal years, beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of this new guidance.
In June 2016, the FASB issued guidance that changes how entities measure credit losses for financial assets carried at amortized cost. The update eliminates the requirement that a credit loss must be probable before it can be recognized and instead requires an entity to recognize the current estimate of all expected credit losses. Additionally, the update requires credit losses on available-for-sale debt securities to be carried as an allowance rather than as a direct write-down of the asset. The amendments become effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2019. Early adoption is permitted for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. We are currently evaluating the impact of this new guidance.
In August 2016, the FASB issued guidance on how certain transactions should be classified and presented in the statement of cash flows as either operating, investing or financing activities. Among other things, the update provides specific guidance on where to classify debt prepayment and extinguishment costs, payments for contingent consideration made after a business combination and distributions received from equity method investments. The revised guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of this new guidance.
In November 2016, the FASB issued guidance on the classification of restricted cash in the statement of cash flows. The amendment requires restricted cash to be included in the beginning-of-period and end-of-period total cash amounts. Therefore, transfers between cash and restricted cash will no longer be shown on the statement of cash flows. The guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. Early adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of this new guidance.

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In January 2017, the FASB issued guidance that revises the definition of a business. This new guidance is applicable when evaluating whether an acquisition should be treated as either a business acquisition or an asset acquisition. Under the revised guidance, when substantially all of the fair value of gross assets acquired is concentrated in a single asset or group of similar assets, the assets acquired would not be considered a business. The revised guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017, and the amendments will be applied prospectively. Early application is permitted only for transactions that have not previously been reported in issued financial statements. We have assessed this revised guidance and expect, based on historical acquisitions, future properties acquired to qualify as an asset acquisition rather than a business acquisition, which would result in the capitalization of related transaction costs. We have not adopted this guidance as of December 31, 2016.
Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements
In August 2014, the FASB issued guidance relating to disclosure of uncertainties about an entity's ability to continue as a going concern. In connection with preparing financial statements for each annual and interim reporting period, management should evaluate whether there are conditions or events that raise substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern within one year after the date that the financial statements are issued. If conditions or events raise substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern, the guidance requires management to disclose information that enables users of the financial statements to understand the conditions or events that raised the substantial doubt, management's evaluation of the significance of the conditions or events that led to the doubt, the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern and management's plans that are intended to mitigate or that have mitigated the conditions or events that raised substantial doubt about the entity's ability to continue as a going concern. There is no disclosure required unless there are conditions or events that have raised substantial doubt about the entity’s ability to continue as a going concern. The guidance is effective for the annual period ending after December 15, 2016 and for annual and interim periods thereafter. We adopted this guidance for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. The adoption of this guidance did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.
In February 2015, the FASB amended the accounting for consolidation of certain legal entities. The amendments modify the evaluation of whether certain legal entities are variable interest entities ("VIE") or voting interest entities, eliminate the presumption that a general partner should consolidate a limited partnership and affect the consolidation analysis of reporting entities that are involved with VIEs (particularly those that have fee arrangements and related party relationships). The revised guidance is effective for the Company's fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. We have evaluated the impact of the adoption of the new guidance on our consolidated financial statements and have determined the OP is considered to be a VIE and, thus, continue to consolidate the OP as required under previous GAAP. However, we meet the disclosure exemption criteria as we are the primary beneficiary of the VIE, and our partnership interest is considered a majority voting interest in a business and the assets of the OP can be used for purposes other than settling its obligations, such as paying distributions. As such, the adoption of the new guidance did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements.
In April 2015, the FASB amended the presentation of debt issuance costs on the balance sheet. The amendment requires that debt issuance costs related to a recognized debt liability be presented on the balance sheet as a direct deduction from the carrying amount of that debt liability and that the entity apply the new guidance on a retrospective basis. In August 2015, the FASB added that, for line of credit arrangements, the SEC staff would not object to an entity deferring and presenting debt issuance costs as an asset and subsequently amortizing the deferred debt issuance costs ratably over the term of the line, regardless of whether or not there are any outstanding borrowings. The revised guidance is effective for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. As a result of the adoption of the new guidance, we have reclassified deferred financing costs, net related to mortgage notes payable of $3.7 million and $2.8 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2016 and 2015 as a reduction of the carrying amount of its mortgage note payable.
In March 2016, the FASB issued an update that changes the accounting for certain aspects of share-based compensation. Among other things, the revised guidance allows companies to make an entity-wide accounting policy election to either estimate the number of awards that are expected to vest or account for forfeitures when they occur. The revised guidance is effective for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Early adoption is permitted. We adopted the provisions of this guidance beginning January 1, 2016 and determined that there is no impact to our consolidated financial position, results of operations and cash flows. Our policy is to account for forfeitures as they occur.
Results of Operations
We were incorporated on December 19, 2013. We purchased our first property and commenced our real estate operations in June 2014. As of December 31, 2016, we owned six properties. From June 2014 through December 31, 2014, we acquired four properties ("Same Store"). In March 2015, we acquired 123 William Street (the "2015 Acquisition"). In June 2016, we acquired 1140 Avenue of the Americas (the "2016 Acquisition" and together with the 2015 Acquisition, the "Acquisitions"). Accordingly, due to these acquisitions, our results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the year ended December 31, 2015 reflect significant increases in most categories.

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Comparison of Year Ended December 31, 2016 to Year Ended December 31, 2015
Rental Income
Rental income increased $19.8 million to $44.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $24.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in rental income was primarily due to our Acquisitions which contributed $19.3 million to the increase while our Same Store contributed $0.4 million of the increase. As of December 31, 2016, our overall portfolio occupancy was 89.8% leased notwithstanding the fact that our property located at 9 Times Square was 56.0% leased as of December 31, 2016. Subsequent to the acquisition of 9 Times Square in November 2014, we had allowed leases to expire and terminate as part of the implementation of our repositioning, redeveloping and remarketing plan with respect to the property. This effort has taken longer than anticipated, however, as of December 31, 2016, we have substantially completed our repositioning and redevelopment plan and are working to lease the remaining vacant space at the property. To the extent we continue to experience vacancy at that property, our revenues related to 9 Times Square may be lower than expected.
Operating Expense Reimbursements
Operating expense reimbursements increased $1.4 million to $3.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to our Acquisitions which contributed $1.3 million to the increase while our Same Store contributed $0.1 million to the increase.
Pursuant to many of our lease agreements, tenants are required to pay their pro rata share of certain property operating expenses, in addition to base rent, whereas under certain other lease agreements, the tenants are directly responsible for most operating costs of the respective properties. Therefore, operating expense reimbursements are directly affected by changes in property operating expenses, although not all increases in property operating expenses may be reimbursed by our tenants.
Property Operating Expenses
Property operating expenses increased $9.6 million to $20.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $11.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, primarily due to our Acquisitions, which contributed $9.3 million to the increase along with $0.3 million in our Same Store properties. Property operating expenses primarily related to the costs of maintaining our six properties including real estate taxes, condominium fees, utilities, repairs and maintenance and property insurance. The ground lease rent expense for 1140 Avenue of the Americas, which is part of our property operating expenses, was $0.3 million in 2016 and will increase to $4.7 million annually through December 2041 and subsequently increase to $5.1 million through the end of the lease term in 2066, which will result in future increases in our property operating expenses.
Operating Fees Incurred from Related Parties
We incurred $5.2 million in fees for asset and property management services from our Advisor and Property Manager for the year ended December 31, 2016. Property management fees increase in direct correlation with gross revenues. Property management fees of $0.5 million were incurred for the year ended December 31, 2016 while $0.2 million in property management fees were incurred during the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase is because the Property Manager had elected to waive a portion of property management fees for the year ended December 31, 2015. For the year ended December 31, 2015, we would have incurred additional property management fees of $0.2 million had these fees not been waived.
Until September 30, 2015, for its asset management services, we issued to the Advisor performance-based, restricted, forfeitable partnership units in the OP designated as "Class B units." Beginning on October 1, 2015, we began paying monthly asset management fees in cash, in shares of common stock, or a combination of both, the form of payment to be determined at the sole discretion of the Advisor. We paid $4.7 million and $1.0 million in cash for asset management fees for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Acquisition and Transaction Related Expenses
Acquisition and transaction related expenses of $3.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 primarily related to the 2016 Acquisition. Acquisition and transaction related expenses of $6.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 related to the 2015 Acquisition.
General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased $1.3 million to $4.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to general and administrative expense reimbursements incurred from our Advisor of $1.8 million. During the year ended December 31, 2015, our Advisor began requesting reimbursement of general and administrative expenses totaling $0.5 million. General and administrative expenses were previously waived and no such reimbursements were requested until the fourth quarter of the year ended December 31, 2015.

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Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization expenses increased $8.8 million to $25.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $16.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase was primarily due to a $7.7 million increase in depreciation and amortization in our Acquisitions properties offset by a decrease of $0.3 million in our Same Store properties.
Interest Expense
Interest expense increased $3.9 million to $7.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in interest expense is largely due to a new mortgage note payable in 2016 of $99.0 million, which funded our 2016 Acquisition. As of December 31, 2016, the combined mortgage notes had a balance of $195.0 million and a weighted average effective interest rate of 3.61%.
Income from Investment Securities and Interest
Income from investment securities increased $0.1 million to approximately $344,000 for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to approximately $252,000 for the year ended December 31, 2015. The income related to interest earned on our $47.7 million cash balance as of the year ended December 31, 2016 and dividends earned on our investment in equity securities purchased in August 2014.
Other-Than-Temporary Impairment on Investment Securities
During the year ended December 31, 2016, we recognized no impairment charges on our investment in equity securities. During the year ended December 31, 2015, we were required to recognize impairment charges of $0.1 million on our investment in equity securities, which had previously been in a continuous unrealized loss position for greater than twelve months.
Comparison of Year Ended December 31, 2015 to Year Ended December 31, 2014
Rental Income
Rental income increased $21.8 million to $24.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $2.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. The increase in rental income was primarily due to our Acquisitions. As of December 31, 2015, our portfolio occupancy was 89.2% leased compared to 75.5% leased as of December 31, 2014.
Operating Expense Reimbursements
Operating expense reimbursements increased $1.8 million to $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $0.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, primarily due to Same Store and the 2015 Acquisition.
Pursuant to many of our lease agreements, tenants are required to pay their pro rata share of certain property operating expenses, in addition to base rent, whereas under certain other lease agreements, the tenants are directly responsible for most operating costs of the respective properties. Therefore, operating expense reimbursements are directly affected by changes in property operating expenses, although not all increases in property operating expenses may be reimbursed by our tenants.
Property Operating Expenses
Property operating expenses increased $10.6 million to $11.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $0.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, primarily due to our Acquisitions. Property operating expenses primarily related to the costs of maintaining our five properties including real estate taxes, condominium fees, utilities, repairs and maintenance and property insurance.
Operating Fees Incurred from Related Parties
We incurred $1.1 million in fees for asset and property management services from our Advisor and Property Manager for the year ended December 31, 2015. Property management fees increase in direct correlation with gross revenues. The Property Manager elected to waive a portion of property management fees for the year ended December 31, 2015 and all property management fees for the year ended December 31, 2014. For the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, we would have incurred additional property management fees of $0.2 million and $0.1 million, respectively, had these fees not been waived.
Until September 30, 2015, for its asset management services, we issued to the Advisor performance-based, restricted, forfeitable partnership units in the OP designated as "Class B units." Beginning on October 1, 2015, we began paying monthly asset management fees in cash, in shares of common stock, or a combination of both, the form of payment to be determined at the sole discretion of the Advisor. We paid $1.0 million in cash for asset management fees for the year ended December 31, 2015.

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Acquisition and Transaction Related Expenses
Acquisition and transaction related expenses of $6.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 primarily related to our 2015 Acquisition. Acquisition and transaction related expenses of $6.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 related to the Same Store acquisitions.
General and Administrative Expenses
General and administrative expenses increased $3.1 million to $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $0.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. The increase in general and administrative expenses was largely attributable to higher professional fees, which increased by $2.8 million. During the year ended December 31, 2015, we incurred $1.1 million of audit fees related to our 2014 financial statement audit that were recognized in full during 2015 due to our change of auditors in February 2015 and services incurred related to the audit of our 2015 financial statements. Professional fees also increased due to $0.4 million of transfer agent fees that were recognized in general and administrative expenses during the year ended December 31, 2015. Prior to the close of our IPO in May 2015, transfer agent fees were recorded as a reduction to additional paid-in capital on our accompanying consolidated balance sheets. In the fourth quarter of the year ended December 31, 2015, our Advisor also began requesting reimbursement of general and administrative expenses which totaled $0.5 million. General and administrative reimbursements were previously waived and no such reimbursements were requested until the fourth quarter of the year ended December 31, 2014. The remaining increase in professional fees related to legal fees that resulted from having a full year of operations.
Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization expenses increased $14.8 million to $16.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $2.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2014, primarily as a result of our 2015 Acquisition and Same Store properties.
Interest Expense
Interest expense of $3.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2015 related to our mortgage note payable, the proceeds of which funded a portion of our 2015 Acquisition. As of December 31, 2015, the loan had a balance of $96.0 million and an effective interest rate of 2.52%. We did not have any debt and therefore incurred no interest expense during the year ended December 31, 2014.
Income from Investment Securities and Interest
Income from investment securities increased approximately $0.2 million to $0.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to approximately $16,000 for the year ended December 31, 2014. The income related to interest earned on our $182.7 million cash balance as of the year ended December 31, 2015 and dividends earned on our investment in equity securities purchased in August 2014.
Other-Than-Temporary Impairment on Investment Securities
During year ended December 31, 2015, we were required to recognize impairment charges of $0.1 million on our investment in equity securities, which had previously been in a continuous unrealized loss position for greater than twelve months.
Cash Flows for the Year Ended December 31, 2016
During the year ended December 31, 2016, net cash provided by operating activities was $2.0 million, which represents an increase of $7.2 million compared to net cash used in operating activities of $5.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2015. The increase in cash provided by operating activities is primarily the result of lease escalation provisions and income due to our Acquisitions.
The level of cash flows used in or provided by operating activities is affected by the volume of acquisition activity, the timing of interest payments, the receipt of scheduled rent payments and the level of property operating expenses. Notwithstanding a net loss of $19.8 million, net cash provided by operating activities included adjustments for depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets and other non-cash expenses of $25.8 million, which resulted in cash inflows of $6.0 million. Net cash provided by operating activities also included net cash inflows of $1.4 million for an increase in deferred rent related to payments received from tenants in advance of their due dates and other liabilities as well as $2.8 million for an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses.
Net operating cash outflows primarily related to an increase in prepaid expenses and other assets of $6.0 million primarily related to an increase in unbilled rent receivables recorded in accordance with accounting for rental income on a straight-line basis.

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Net cash used in investing activities during the year ended December 31, 2016 of $95.9 million, primarily related to our 2016 Acquisition for $79.2 million, with an aggregate purchase price of $178.5 million, net of purchase price adjustments, partially funded with a mortgage note payable of $99.0 million. Net cash used in investing activities also related to payment of capital expenditures of $16.7 million relating to building and tenant improvements at 9 Times Square, 123 William Street and 1140 Avenue of the Americas.
Net cash used in financing activities of $41.1 million during the year ended December 31, 2016 consisted of distributions to stockholders of $25.3 million, payments of $3.3 million relating to financing costs, repurchases of common stock of $12.5 million and an increase in restricted cash of $0.0 million.
Cash Flows for the Year Ended December 31, 2015
During the year ended December 31, 2015, net cash used in operating activities was $5.2 million, which is comparable to $5.0 million of net cash used in operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2014. Net cash flows used in operating activities included acquisition and transaction related expenses of $6.0 million and $6.1 million, respectively, for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.
The level of cash flows used in or provided by operating activities is affected by the volume of acquisition activity, the timing of interest payments, the receipt of scheduled rent payments and the level of property operating expenses. Notwithstanding a net loss of $15.8 million, net cash used in operating activities included adjustments for depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible assets and other non-cash expenses of $16.1 million, which resulted in cash inflows of $0.3 million. Net cash used in operating activities also included net cash inflows of $1.4 million for an increase in deferred rent related to payments received from tenants in advance of their due dates and other liabilities as well as $1.2 million, for an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses primarily related to accrued common stock redemptions.
Net operating cash outflows primarily related to an increase in prepaid expenses and other assets of $8.2 million related to prepaid insurance and real estate taxes as well as accounts receivable and unbilled rent receivables recorded in accordance with accounting for rental income on a straight-line basis.
The net cash used in investing activities during the year ended December 31, 2015 of $169.2 million primarily related to the acquisition our 2015 Acquisition for $157.0 million, with an aggregate purchase price of $253.0 million, partially funded with a mortgage note payable of $96.0 million, as well as capital expenditures of $14.2 million relating to building and tenant improvements at 9 Times Square and 123 William Street. These cash flows were partially offset by funds released from escrow of $2.1 million related to the acquisition of 9 Times Square.
Net cash provided by financing activities of $172.7 million during the year ended December 31, 2015 consisted of proceeds from the issuance of common stock of $230.6 million, partially offset by payments of offering costs of $30.6 million, distributions to stockholders of $19.9 million, payments of financing costs of $4.6 million relating to our mortgage note and payments for the repurchase of common stock of $2.8 million.
Cash Flows for the Year Ended December 31, 2014
During the year ended December 31, 2014, net cash used in operating activities was $5.0 million. The level of cash flows used in or provided by operating activities is affected by the volume of acquisition activity, the timing of interest payments, the receipt of scheduled rent payments and the level of property operating expenses. Cash flows used in operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2014 included $6.1 million of acquisition and transaction costs. Cash flows used in operating activities included a net loss adjusted for non-cash items of $4.6 million (net loss of $6.5 million adjusted for non-cash items consisting of depreciation and amortization of tangible and intangible real estate assets and share based compensation of $1.9 million) and an increase in prepaid expenses and other assets of $1.6 million related to prepaid insurance and real estate taxes as well as accounts receivable and unbilled rent receivables recorded in accordance with accounting for rental income on a straight-line basis. These cash outflows were partially offset by an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses of $1.0 million, primarily related to accrued property operating costs and an increase in deferred rent and other liabilities of $0.2 million.
The net cash used in investing activities during the year ended December 31, 2014 of $256.6 million primarily related to the acquisition of our Same Store properties for $256.0 million, consisting of an aggregate purchase price of $254.5 million and amounts deposited in escrow of $2.1 million, net of assumed liabilities of $0.6 million. The amounts deposited in escrow will be released to us in accordance with an escrow agreement. Cash used in investing activities also included $0.5 million in purchases of investment securities and capital expenditures of $0.1 million.
Net cash provided by financing activities of $445.9 million during the year ended December 31, 2014 consisted of proceeds, net of receivables, from the issuance of common stock of $503.4 million, partially offset by payments of offering costs of $54.2 million and cash distributions to stockholders of $3.3 million.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This section includes non-GAAP financial measures, including FFO and MFFO. A description of these non-GAAP measures and reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, which is net income (loss), is provided below.
Funds from Operations and Modified Funds from Operations
The historical accounting convention used for real estate assets requires straight-line depreciation of buildings, improvements, and straight-line amortization of intangibles, which implies that the value of a real estate asset diminishes predictably over time. We believe that, because real estate values historically rise and fall with market conditions, including, but not limited to, inflation, interest rates, the business cycle, unemployment and consumer spending, presentations of operating results for a REIT using the historical accounting convention for depreciation and certain other items may be less informative.
Because of these factors, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”), an industry trade group, has published a standardized measure of performance known as FFO, which is used in the REIT industry as a supplemental performance measure. We believe FFO, which excludes certain items such as real estate-related depreciation and amortization, is an appropriate supplemental measure of a REIT’s operating performance. FFO is not equivalent to our net income or loss as determined under GAAP.
We define FFO, a non-GAAP measure, consistent with the standards set forth in the White Paper on FFO approved by the Board of Governors of NAREIT, as revised in February 2004 (the “White Paper”). The White Paper defines FFO as net income or loss computed in accordance with GAAP, but excluding gains or losses from sales of property and real estate related impairments, plus real estate related depreciation and amortization, and after adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures.
We believe that the use of FFO provides a more complete understanding of our performance to investors and to management, and, when compared year over year, reflects the impact on our operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, general and administrative expenses, and interest costs, which may not be immediately apparent from net income.
Changes in the accounting and reporting promulgations under GAAP that were put into effect in 2009 subsequent to the establishment of NAREIT’s definition of FFO, such as the change to expense as incurred rather than capitalize and depreciate acquisition fees and expenses incurred for business combinations, have prompted an increase in cash-settled expenses, specifically acquisition fees and expenses, as items that are expensed under GAAP across all industries. These changes had a particularly significant impact on publicly registered, non-listed REITs, which typically have a significant amount of acquisition activity in the early part of their existence, particularly during the period when they are raising capital through ongoing initial public offerings.
Because of these factors, the Investment Program Association (the “IPA”), an industry trade group, has published a standardized measure of performance known as MFFO, which the IPA has recommended as a supplemental measure for publicly registered, non-listed REITs. MFFO is designed to be reflective of the ongoing operating performance of publicly registered, non-listed REITs by adjusting for those costs that are more reflective of acquisitions and investment activity, along with other items the IPA believes are not indicative of the ongoing operating performance of a publicly registered, non-listed REIT, such as straight-lining of rents as required by GAAP. We believe it is appropriate to use MFFO as a supplemental measure of operating performance because we believe that, when compared year over year, both before and after we have deployed all of our offering proceeds and are no longer incurring a significant amount of acquisitions fees or other related costs, it reflects the impact on our operations from trends in occupancy rates, rental rates, operating costs, general and administrative expenses, and interest costs, which may not be immediately apparent from net income. MFFO is not equivalent to our net income or loss as determined under GAAP.
We define MFFO, a non-GAAP measure, consistent with the IPA’s Guideline 2010-01, Supplemental Performance Measure for Publicly Registered, Non-Listed REITs: Modified Funds from Operations (the “Practice Guideline”) issued by the IPA in November 2010. The Practice Guideline defines MFFO as FFO further adjusted for acquisition and transaction related fees and expenses and other items. In calculating MFFO, we follow the Practice Guideline and exclude acquisition and transaction-related fees and expenses, amounts relating to deferred rent receivables and amortization of above- and below-market leases and liabilities (which are adjusted in order to reflect such payments from a GAAP accrual basis to a cash basis of disclosing the rent and lease payments), accretion of discounts and amortization of premiums on debt investments, mark-to-market adjustments included in net income, gains or losses included in net income from the extinguishment or sale of debt, hedges, foreign exchange, derivatives or securities holdings where trading of such holdings is not a fundamental attribute of the business plan, unrealized gains or losses resulting from consolidation from, or deconsolidation to, equity accounting, and after adjustments for consolidated and unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures, with such adjustments calculated to reflect MFFO on the same basis.

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We believe that, because MFFO excludes costs that we consider more reflective of acquisition activities and other non-operating items, MFFO can provide, on a going-forward basis, an indication of the sustainability (that is, the capacity to continue to be maintained) of our operating performance after the period in which we are acquiring properties and once our portfolio is stabilized. We also believe that MFFO is a recognized measure of sustainable operating performance by the non-listed REIT industry and allows for an evaluation of our performance against other publicly registered, non-listed REITs.
Not all REITs, including publicly registered, non-listed REITs, calculate FFO and MFFO the same way. Accordingly, comparisons with other REITs, including publicly registered, non-listed REITs, may not be meaningful. Furthermore, FFO and MFFO are not indicative of cash flow available to fund cash needs and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or income (loss) from continuing operations as determined under GAAP as an indication of our performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operations, as an indication of our liquidity, or indicative of funds available to fund our cash needs including our ability to make distributions to our stockholders. FFO and MFFO should be reviewed in conjunction with other GAAP measurements as an indication of our performance. FFO and MFFO should not be construed to be more relevant or accurate than the current GAAP methodology in calculating net income or in its applicability in evaluating our operating performance. The methods utilized to evaluate the performance of a publicly registered, non-listed REIT under GAAP should be construed as more relevant measures of operational performance and considered more prominently than the non-GAAP measures, FFO and MFFO, and the adjustments to GAAP in calculating FFO and MFFO.
None of the SEC, NAREIT, the IPA nor any other regulatory body or industry trade group has passed judgment on the acceptability of the adjustments that we use to calculate FFO or MFFO. In the future, NAREIT, the IPA or another industry trade group may publish updates to the White Paper or the Practice Guideline or the SEC or another regulatory body could standardize the allowable adjustments across the publicly registered, non-listed REIT industry and we would have to adjust our calculation and characterization of FFO or MFFO accordingly.
The table below reflects the items deducted or added to net loss in our calculation of FFO and MFFO for the periods presented.
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Year Ended
(In thousands)
 
March 31, 2016
 
June 30, 2016
 
September 30, 2016
 
December 31, 2016
 
December 31, 2016
Net loss (in accordance with GAAP)
 
$
(3,405
)
 
$
(6,401
)
 
$
(4,369
)
 
$
(5,590
)
 
$
(19,765
)
Depreciation and amortization
 
4,769

 
4,735

 
7,272

 
8,810

 
25,586

FFO
 
1,364

 
(1,666
)
 
2,903

 
3,220

 
5,821

Acquisition and transaction related
 
40

 
4,263

 
24

 
(632
)
 
3,695

Accretion of below- and amortization of above-market lease liabilities and assets, net
 
(635
)
 
(616
)
 
(617
)
 
(508
)
 
(2,376
)
Loss on sale of investment securities
 

 

 

 
5

 
5

Straight-line rent
 
(1,126
)
 
(1,477
)
 
(1,110
)
 
(802
)
 
(4,515
)
Straight-line ground rent
 

 
200

 
1,127

 
1,127

 
2,454

MFFO
 
$
(357
)
 
$
704

 
$
2,327

 
$
2,410

 
$
5,084

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of December 31, 2016, we had cash and cash equivalents of $47.7 million. The decrease in cash from December 31, 2015 is primarily due to our 2016 Acquisition, distributions paid to our stockholders, capital expenditures and the repurchase of shares under our SRP. Our principal demands for cash will be for acquisition costs, including the purchase price of any properties, loans and securities we acquire, improvement costs, the payment of our operating and administrative expenses, continuing debt service obligations, distributions to our stockholders and repurchases under our SRP. If we acquire additional assets, we intend to pay for them with a portion of the remaining cash proceeds from our IPO and mortgage or other debt, but we also may acquire assets free and clear of mortgage or other indebtedness by paying the entire purchase price for the asset in cash with a portion of the remaining proceeds from our IPO or in OP units. During 2016, we used cash on hand to fund distributions and, in 2017, expect to continue to use cash on hand to fund distributions. In 2017, cash on hand will include excess cash received as a result of refinancing the 123 William Street mortgage in March 2017.

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We expect to fund our future short-term operating liquidity requirements, including distributions, through a combination of net cash provided by our current property operations and the operations of properties to be acquired in the future, the remaining proceeds from the sale of common stock and proceeds from secured mortgage financings. Management expects that, as our portfolio of investments stabilizes, specifically 9 Times Square, cash flow from our properties will be sufficient to fund operating expenses and a larger portion of the payment of our monthly distributions. Other potential future sources of capital include proceeds from secured and unsecured financings from banks or other lenders, proceeds from public and private offerings, proceeds from the sale of properties and undistributed funds from operations when and if we have cash flow in excess of current distributions.
We have used mortgage financing to acquire two of our properties and expect to use debt financing as a source of capital. Under our charter, the maximum amount of our total indebtedness may not exceed 300% of our total "net assets" (as defined in our charter) as of the date of any borrowing, which is generally equal to 75% of the cost of our investments. We may exceed that limit if approved by a majority of our independent directors and disclosed to stockholders in our next quarterly report following such borrowing along with justification for exceeding such limit. This charter limitation, however, does not apply to individual real estate assets or investments. In addition, it is currently our intention to limit our aggregate borrowings to 40% to 50% of the aggregate fair market value of our assets unless borrowing a greater amount is approved by a majority of our independent directors and disclosed to stockholders in our next quarterly report following such borrowing along with justification for borrowing such a greater amount. This limitation will be calculated once we have invested substantially all the proceeds of our IPO and will not apply to individual real estate assets or investments. At the date of acquisition of each asset, we anticipate that the cost of investment for such asset will be substantially similar to its fair market value, which will enable us to satisfy our requirements under our charter. However, subsequent events, including changes in the fair market value of our assets, could result in our exceeding these limits.
To the extent that we maintain borrowing capacity under a line of credit, such available amount will be included in calculating our liquid assets. Our Advisor will consider various factors in determining the amount of liquid assets we should maintain, including, but not limited to, our receipt of proceeds from sales of additional shares, our cash flow from operations, available borrowing capacity under a line of credit, if any, our receipt of proceeds from any asset sale, and the use of cash to fund repurchases. Our board of directors will review the amount and sources of liquid assets on a quarterly basis.
Share Repurchase Program
Our board of directors has adopted the SRP that enables stockholders, subject to certain conditions and limitations, to sell their shares to us. Due to these conditions and limitations, there can be no assurance that all, or any, shares submitted validly for repurchase will be repurchased under the SRP. On January 25, 2016, we announced that our board of directors had unanimously approved an amendment to the SRP. Under the SRP amendment, repurchases of shares of our common stock, when requested, are at the sole discretion of our board of directors and generally will be made at the end of each fiscal semester. Repurchases for any fiscal semester will be limited to a maximum of 2.5% of the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the previous fiscal year, with a maximum for any fiscal year of 5.0% of the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding on December 31st of the previous calendar year. In addition, we are only authorized to repurchase shares in a given fiscal semester up to the amount of proceeds received from the DRIP in that same fiscal semester, as well as any reservation of funds our board of directors may, in its sole discretion, make available for this purpose. Since we established an Estimated Per-Share NAV during the second fiscal semester of 2016, any repurchase requests received during the second fiscal semester of 2016 were paid at the Estimated Per-Share NAV. The SRP amendment became effective on February 28, 2016.
 
 
Number of Shares Repurchased
 
Cost of Shares Repurchased
 
Average Price per Share
 
 
 
(in thousands)
 
Year ended December 31, 2014
 

 
$

 
$

Year ended December 31, 2015
 
183,780

 
4,343

 
$
23.63

Year ended December 31, 2016
 
461,555

 
10,905

 
$
23.62

Cumulative repurchases as of December 31, 2016
 
645,335

 
15,248

 
 
Cumulative proceeds received from shares issued under the DRIP
 
 
 
45,962

 
 
Excess DRIP proceeds
 
 
 
$
30,714

 
 


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As permitted under the SRP, our board of directors authorized, with respect to redemption requests received during the first fiscal semester, the repurchase of shares validly submitted for repurchase in an amount equal to the amount of proceeds received from the DRIP in that same fiscal semester, representing less than all the shares validly submitted for repurchase during the first fiscal semester. Pursuant to this authorization 461,555 shares were repurchased at an aggregate purchase price of $10.9 million, which represented an average repurchase price per share of $23.62 (including all shares submitted for death or disability) during the year ended December 31, 2016. Our board of directors authorized a second repurchase in the first quarter of 2017 after completion of the second fiscal semester in accordance with the SRP. Accordingly, 276,016 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $5.6 million which represented an average repurchase price per share of $20.15 (including all shares submitted for death or disability) were approved for repurchase and completed in February 2017, while requests to repurchase 903,028 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $18.1 million, which represented an average price per share of $20.03 were not fulfilled.
During the year ended December 31, 2015, we repurchased 183,780 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $4.3 million, which represented an average repurchase price per share of $23.63. However, during the quarter ended December 31, 2015, our board of directors authorized us not to accept all of the repurchase requests we received. There were no shares repurchased during the year ended December 31, 2014.
Capital Expenditures
We may invest in additional capital expenditures to further enhance the value of our investments. Additionally, many of our lease agreements with tenants include provisions for tenant improvement allowances.
As previously noted, subsequent to the acquisition of 9 Times Square in November 2014, we allowed leases to expire and terminate as part of the implementation of our repositioning, redeveloping and remarketing plan with respect to the property. As a result of these initiatives, we incurred approximately $7.1 million of capital expenditures in 2016 related to building improvements, tenant improvements and leasing commissions. While we have substantially completed our repositioning and redevelopment plan with respect to 9 Times Square and are currently working to lease the remaining vacant space at the property, there can be no assurance that we will be successful in lease-up of this property or effectively repositioning or remarketing any other property we may acquire for these purposes, including increasing the occupancy rate. We expect capital expenditures in 2017 to be less than 2016 and consist primarily of tenant requested improvements incurred in connection with our leasing efforts. The remainder of $9.7 million in capital expenditures for the year ended December 31, 2016 related to building and tenant improvements at 123 William Street and 1140 Avenue of the Americas.
Acquisitions
On June 15, 2016, through a wholly-owned subsidiary of the OP, we completed our acquisition of the leasehold interest in 1140 Avenue of the Americas. 1140 Avenue of the Americas comprises 249,703 square feet and is subject to a ground lease held by 1140 Sixth Avenue LLC. The purchase price of 1140 Avenue of the Americas was $178.5 million, exclusive of closing costs and net of any purchase price adjustments. We funded the purchase price with proceeds from our IPO and a mortgage loan. We accounted for the purchase of 1140 Avenue of the Americas as a business combination and incurred acquisition related costs of $4.3 million, which are reflected in acquisition and transaction related expenses in the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss. Beginning January 1, 2017, our fixed annual rent increased to $4.7 million from $0.3 million. This rent will continue until December 2041, after which time it will increase further to $5.1 million through the remainder of the term in December 2066.
Distributions
We are required to distribute annually at least 90% of our annual REIT taxable income, determined without regard for the deduction for distributions paid and excluding net capital gains. On March 9, 2016, our board of directors approved a change to the daily distribution amount to $0.0041325137 per day per share of common stock to accurately reflect 2016 as a leap year and maintain equivalence to $1.5125 per annum, per share of common stock. Distributions to record holders are payable by the 5th day following each month end to stockholders of record at the close of business each day during the prior month.
Future distributions to our stockholders will be determined by our board of directors and is dependent on a number of factors, including funds available for distribution, our financial condition, capital expenditure requirements, as applicable, requirements of Maryland law and annual distribution requirements needed to maintain our status as a REIT under the Code. Distribution payments are dependent on the availability of funds. Our board of directors may reduce the amount of distributions paid or suspend distribution payments at any time and therefore distribution payments are not assured.

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During the year ended December 31, 2016, distributions paid to common stockholders totaled $46.4 million. Of that amount, $21.0 million was reinvested in shares of our common stock pursuant to the DRIP. During the year ended December 31, 2016, $35.8 million of the cash used to pay our distributions was cash on hand, which represents a portion of the remaining proceeds from the IPO, $8.6 million was proceeds from the sale of our shares through the DRIP, and $2.0 million was cash flows provided by operations.
We may not generate sufficient cash flows from operations to fund future distributions. The amount of cash available for distributions is affected by many factors, such as rental income from acquired properties, our operating expense levels and the amount of our available cash, as well as many other variables. Actual cash available for distributions may vary substantially from estimates. With limited operating history, we cannot assure our stockholders that we will be able to continue to pay distributions or that distributions will increase over time. We cannot give any assurance that rents from the properties we have acquired will increase, or that future acquisitions of real properties will increase our cash available for distributions to stockholders. Our actual results may differ significantly from the assumptions used by our board of directors in establishing a distribution rate to stockholders.
We do not expect to generate sufficient cash flow from our operations in 2017 to fund distributions at the current level. In addition to cash flow from operations, we expect to use a portion of our cash on hand, which represents a portion of the remaining proceeds we received from the IPO, and proceeds from the sale of our shares through DRIP. A decrease in the level of stockholder participation in our DRIP or any decline in cash flow or need to use cash flow for other purposes could have an adverse impact on our ability to meet these expectations. If these sources are insufficient, we may use other sources, such as from borrowings, the sale of additional securities, advances from our Advisor, and our Advisor's deferral, suspension or waiver of its fees and expense reimbursements, as to which it has no obligation, to fund distributions. There can be no assurance we will be able to continue paying cash distributions at our current level or at all. The balance of our distributions exceeded our cash flow from operations by $44.4 million and was funded from cash on hand, which represented a portion of our remaining proceeds from our IPO. If we continue to fund distributions at our current level, we expect the cash on hand and excess cash from refinancing the 123 William Street mortgage to cover the cash needs in 2017.
The following table shows the sources for the payment of distributions to common stockholders for the periods presented:
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
Year Ended
 
 
March 31, 2016
 
June 30, 2016
 
September 30, 2016
 
December 31, 2016
 
December 31, 2016
(In thousands)
 
 
 
Percentage of Distributions
 
 
 
Percentage of Distributions
 
 
 
Percentage of Distributions
 
 
 
Percentage of Distributions
 
 
 
Percentage of Distributions
Distributions:(1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Distributions to stockholders(2)
 
$
11,485

 
 
 
$
11,678

 
 
 
$
11,648

 
 
 
$
11,547

 
 
 
$
46,358

 
 
Source of distribution coverage:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows provided by (used in) operations
 
$
1,308

 
11.4
%
 
$
(1,308
)
 
(11.2
)%
 
$

 
 %
 
$
1,978

 
17.1
%
 
$
1,978

 
4.3
%
Net proceeds from the sale of shares through DRIP
 
4,019

 
35.0
%
 
5,294

 
45.3
 %
 
(5,705
)
 
(49.0
)%
 
4,951

 
42.9
%
 
8,559

 
18.5
%
Offering proceeds from issuance of common stock
 
6,158

 
53.6
%
 
7,692

 
65.9
 %
 
17,353

 
149.0
 %
 
4,618

 
40.0
%
 
35,821

 
77.2
%
Total sources of distributions
 
$
11,485

 
100.0
%
 
$
11,678

 
100.0
 %
 
$
11,648

 
100.0
 %
 
$
11,547

 
100.0
%
 
$
46,358

 
100.0
%
Cash flows provided by (used in) operations (GAAP basis)(2)
 
$
1,308

 
 
 
$
(3,254
)
 
 
 
$
1,359

 
 
 
$
2,565

 
 
 
$
1,978

 
 
Net loss (in accordance with GAAP)
 
$
(3,405
)
 
 
 
$
(6,401
)
 
 
 
$
(4,369
)
 
 
 
$
(5,590
)
 
 
 
$
(19,765
)
 
 
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(1)
Excludes distributions related to Class B Units, the expense for which is included in general and administrative expenses on the consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.
(2) Distributions reinvested in common stock under our DRIP for the quarters ended March 31, 2016, June 30, 2016, September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2016 were $5.6 million, $5.4 million, $5.1 million and $5.0 million, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2016, distributions reinvested in common stock under our DRIP were $21.0 million.

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Contractual Obligations
Debt Obligations
The following is a summary of our contractual debt obligations as of December 31, 2016:
 
 
 
 
Years Ended December 31,
 
 
(In thousands)
 
Total
 
2017
 
2018 — 2019
 
2020 — 2021
 
Thereafter
Mortgage notes payable:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Principal payments
 
$
195,000

 
$
96,000

(1) 
$

 
$

 
$
99,000

Interest payments
 
$
40,207

 
$
4,795

 
$
8,248

 
$
8,260

 
$
18,904

__________________________________
(1)
This amount related entirely to the mortgage note payable on 123 William Street which was re-financed in March 2017 for a 10-year term.
Election as a REIT 
We elected and qualified to be taxed as a REIT under the Code, effective for our taxable year ended December 31, 2014. We believe that, commencing with such taxable year, we have been organized and operated in a manner so that we qualify for taxation as a REIT under the Code. We intend to continue to operate in such a manner, but no assurance can be given that we will operate in a manner so as to remain qualified for taxation as a REIT. In order to continue to qualify for taxation as a REIT we must, among other things, distribute annually at least 90% of our REIT taxable income (which does not equal net income as calculated in accordance with GAAP) determined without regard for the deduction for dividends paid and excluding net capital gains, and must comply with a number of other organizational and operational requirements. If we continue to qualify for taxation as a REIT, we generally will not be subject to federal corporate income tax on that portion of our REIT taxable income that we distribute to our stockholders. Even if we qualify for taxation as a REIT, we may be subject to certain state and local taxes on our income and properties as well as federal income and excise taxes on our undistributed income.
Inflation
Many of our leases contain provisions designed to mitigate the adverse impact of inflation. These provisions generally increase rental rates during the terms of the leases either at fixed rates or indexed escalations (based on the Consumer Price Index or other measures). We may be adversely impacted by inflation on the leases that do not contain indexed escalation provisions. In addition, our net leases require the tenant to pay its allocable share of operating expenses, which may include common area maintenance costs, real estate taxes and insurance. This may reduce our exposure to increases in operating expenses resulting from inflation.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
We have no off-balance sheet arrangements that have had or are reasonably likely to have a current or future effect on our financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that are material to investors.
Subsequent Events
Approval of Share Repurchases
On January 20, 2017, as permitted under the SRP, our board of directors authorized, with respect to repurchase requests received during the year ended December 31, 2016, the repurchase of shares validly submitted for repurchase in an amount equal to 1.0% of the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the fiscal year ended  December 31, 2015, representing less than all the shares validly submitted for repurchase during the year ended  December 31, 2016. Accordingly, 276,016 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $5.6 million which represented an average repurchase price per share of $20.15 (including all shares submitted for death and disability) were approved for repurchase and completed in February 2017, while requests to repurchase 903,028 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $18.1 million, which represented an average price per share of $20.03 were not fulfilled.

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123 William Street Mortgage Note Payable
On March 6, 2017, we entered into a loan agreement in the amount of $140.0 million. The loan is secured by a mortgage on our property located at 123 William Street and bears interest at a fixed rate equal to 4.67% per annum. The loan has a 10-year term expiring in March 2027. The loan requires monthly interest payments, with the principal balance due on the maturity date of March 6, 2027. The loan agreement contains various customary affirmative and negative covenants. A portion of the proceeds from the loan was used to repay the $96.0 million outstanding principal balance on the existing mortgage loan secured by 123 William Street. At closing we deposited $20.0 million and $4.8 million, respectively, for lease reserves and tenant improvements, leasing commissions and free rent reserves, to be released to us in accordance with the terms of the loan agreement.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
The market risk associated with financial instruments and derivative financial instruments is the risk of loss from adverse changes in market prices or interest rates. Our long-term debt, which consists of secured financing, bears interest at a variable rate. Our interest rate risk management objectives are to limit the impact of interest rate changes on earnings and cash flows and to lower our overall borrowing costs. From time to time, we may enter into interest rate hedge contracts such as swaps, caps, collars and treasury lock agreements in order to mitigate our interest rate risk with respect to various debt instruments. We will not hold or issue these derivative contracts for trading or speculative purposes. We do not have any foreign operations and thus we are not exposed to foreign currency fluctuations.
As of December 31, 2016, our debt consisted of both fixed and variable-rate debt. We had a fixed-rate secured mortgage note payable with an aggregate carrying value of $99.0 million and a fair value of $98.0 million. Changes in market interest rates on our fixed-rate debt impact the fair value of the note, but have no impact on interest due on the note. For instance, if interest rates rise 100 basis points and our fixed rate debt balance remains constant, we expect the fair value of our obligation to decrease, the same way the price of a bond declines as interest rates rise. The sensitivity analysis related to our fixed–rate debt assumes an immediate 100 basis point move in interest rates from their December 31, 2016 levels, with all other variables held constant. A 100 basis point increase in market interest rates would result in a decrease in the fair value of our fixed-rate debt by $7.3 million. A 100 basis point decrease in market interest rates would result in an increase in the fair value of our fixed-rate debt by $8.0 million.
As of December 31, 2016, our variable rate secured mortgage note payable had a carrying value of $96.0 million. Interest rate volatility associated with this variable-rate mortgage note payable affects interest expense incurred and cash flow. The sensitivity analysis related to our variable-rate debt assumes an immediate 100 basis point move in interest rates from their December 31, 2016 levels, with all other variables held constant. A 100 basis point increase or decrease in variable interest rates on our variable-rate mortgage note payable would increase or decrease our interest expense by $1.0 million annually.
These amounts were determined by considering the impact of hypothetical interest rate changes on our borrowing costs, and assuming no other changes in our capital structure. As the information presented above includes only those exposures that existed as of December 31, 2016 and does not consider exposures or positions arising after that date. The information represented herein has limited predictive value. Future actual realized gains or losses with respect to interest rate fluctuations will depend on cumulative exposures, hedging strategies employed and the magnitude of the fluctuations.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
The information required by this Item 8 is hereby incorporated by reference to our Consolidated Financial Statements beginning on page F-1 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.
None.

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Item 9A.  Controls and Procedures.
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
In accordance with Rules 13a-15(b) and 15d-15(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), our management, under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and Rule 15d-15(e) of the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Based on such evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer have concluded, as of the end of such period, that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective in recording, processing, summarizing and reporting, on a timely basis, information required to be disclosed by us in our reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act.
Management's Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
Management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) or 15d-15(f) promulgated under the Exchange Act and as set forth below. Under Rule 13a-15(c), management must evaluate, with the participation of the Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer, the effectiveness, as of the end of each calendar year, of our internal control over financial reporting. The term internal control over financial reporting is defined as a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the issuer's principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the issuer's board of directors, management and other personnel, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and includes those policies and procedures that:
1)
Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the issuer;
2)
Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the issuer are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the issuer; and
3)
Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the issuer's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
In the course of preparing this Annual Report on Form 10-K and the consolidated financial statements included herein, our management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2016 using the criteria issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in the Internal Control-Integrated Framework (2013). Based on that evaluation, management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2016.
Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.
No change occurred in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) during the three months ended December 31, 2016 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
Item 9B. Other Information.
None.
PART III
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
We have adopted a Code of Ethics that applies to all of our executive officers and directors, including but not limited to, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer. A copy of our code of ethics may be obtained, free of charge, by sending a written request to our executive office – 405 Park Avenue – 14th Floor, New York, NY 10022, attention Interim Chief Financial Officer.
The other information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to our proxy statement to be filed with the SEC with respect to our 2017 annual meeting of stockholders (the "Proxy Statement").

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Item 11. Executive Compensation.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement.
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement.
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement.
PART IV
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.
(a)Financial Statement Schedules
See the Index to Consolidated Financial Statements at page F-1 of this report.
The following financial statement schedule is included herein at page F-30 of this report:
Schedule III – Real Estate and Accumulated Depreciation
(b)Exhibits

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EXHIBIT INDEX
The following exhibits are included, or incorporated by reference, in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 (and are numbered in accordance with Item 601 of Regulation S-K):
Exhibit No.
  
Description
3.1 (1)
 
Articles of Amendment and Restatement for American Realty Capital New York City REIT, Inc.
3.2 (5)
 
Bylaws of American Realty Capital New York City REIT, Inc.