8-K 1 tv505610_8-k.htm FORM 8-K







Washington, D.C. 20549








Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 25, 2018


Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)


Maryland 000-55188 46-1406086
(State or other jurisdiction (Commission File Number) (I.R.S. Employer
of incorporation)    Identification No.) 


9 West 57th Street, Suite 4920

New York, New York 10019

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 588-6770


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Item 8.01.Other Events.


On October 24, 2018, Benefit Street Partners L.L.C. (“BSP”), the advisor of Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc. (the “Company”), entered into a definitive agreement with Franklin Resources, Inc. and Templeton International, Inc. (collectively, “Franklin Templeton”), whereby Franklin Templeton has agreed, subject to the satisfaction of the closing conditions contained in the agreement, to acquire BSP (the “Transaction”). The consummation of the Transaction is expected to occur in early 2019.


Upon consummation of the Transaction, the key senior management of BSP will continue to operate in the same professional capacity as prior to the Transaction. The Transaction will not impact the terms of the Company’s advisory agreement with BSP and the Transaction will not result in any changes to the executive officers of the Company.


Franklin Resources, Inc. (NYSE:BEN) is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 170 countries. Franklin Templeton Investments’ more than 650 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in over 30 countries, the California-based company has more than 70 years of investment experience and over $717 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2018.


Forward-looking statements


The statements in this Current Report on Form 8-K include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of the Company and members of its 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,” “strives,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “should” or similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements, including as a result of those factors set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes 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.




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


  By: /s/ Jerome S. Baglien  
  Name: Jerome S. Baglien
  Title: Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer


Date: October 26, 2018