EX-1.1 2 v454764_ex1-1.htm EXHIBIT 1.1

 

Exhibit 1.1

 

2,650,000 Shares

 

JERNIGAN CAPITAL, INC.

 

Common Stock

 

UNDERWRITING AGREEMENT

 

December 8, 2016

 

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

880 Carillon Parkway

St. Petersburg, Florida 33716

 

Jefferies LLC

520 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10022

 

As Representatives of the Several Underwriters

listed on Schedule I hereto

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

Jernigan Capital, Inc., a Maryland corporation (the “Company”), which is externally managed and advised by JCap Advisors, LLC, a limited liability company organized and existing under the laws of Florida (the “Manager”), and Jernigan Capital Operating Company, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Operating Company”), propose, subject to the terms and conditions stated herein, that the Company will issue and sell to the several Underwriters named in Schedule I hereto (the “Underwriters”), an aggregate of 2,650,000 shares of its Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Stock”). The aggregate of 2,650,000 shares to be purchased from the Company are called the “Firm Shares.” In addition, the Company has agreed to sell to the Underwriters, upon the terms and conditions stated herein, up to an additional 397,500 shares of Common Stock (the “Additional Shares”) to cover over-allotments by the Underwriters, if any.

 

The Firm Shares and the Additional Shares are collectively referred to in this Agreement as the “Shares.” Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and Jefferies LLC are acting as the representatives of the several Underwriters and in such capacity are referred to in this Agreement as the “Representatives.” The shares of Common Stock to be outstanding after giving effect to the sale of the Shares are referred to herein as the “Stock”.

 

The Company wishes to confirm as follows its agreement with you and the other several Underwriters, on whose behalf you are acting as the Representatives, in connection with the several purchases of the Shares from the Company.

 

 

 

 

1.           Registration Statement and Prospectus. The Company prepared and filed on June 15, 2016 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”), in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder (collectively, the “Securities Act”), a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-212049) (the “Base Registration Statement”), including the prospectus contained therein (the “Base Prospectus”) relating to the issuance of up to $500,000,000 of shares of Common Stock, shares of preferred stock, depositary shares, warrants, common stock purchase rights in unallocated amounts and guarantees of debt securities which was declared effective by the Commission on June 24, 2016. The Company shall promptly hereafter file with, or transmit for filing to, the Commission a supplement to the Base Prospectus (the “Prospectus Supplement”) specifically relating to the Shares and the plan of distribution thereof pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act. Except where the context otherwise requires, the Base Registration Statement, on each date and time that such registration statement and any post-effective amendment or amendments thereto became or becomes effective (each, an “Effective Date”), including the financial statements, exhibits and schedules thereto filed as part thereof or incorporated by reference therein, and including any information contained in a Prospectus (as defined below) subsequently filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act and deemed part of such registration statement by virtue of Rule 430(B) of the Securities Act (the “Rule 430B Information”), collectively, are herein called the “Registration Statement,” and the Base Prospectus, as supplemented by the final Prospectus Supplement, in the form first used by the Company in connection with confirmation of sales of the Shares, including the financial statements, exhibits and schedules thereto filed as part thereof or incorporated by reference therein, is herein called the “Prospectus”; and the term “Preliminary Prospectus” means each preliminary form of the Prospectus Supplement used in connection with the offering of the Shares that omitted Rule 430B Information, including the related Base Prospectus in the form first filed by the Company pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act. If the Company files another registration statement with the Commission to register a portion of the Shares pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act (the “Rule 462 Registration Statement”), then any reference to “Registration Statement” herein shall be deemed to include the Base Registration Statement and the Rule 462 Registration Statement, as each such registration statement may be amended pursuant to the Securities Act. The Base Prospectus, together with the Preliminary Prospectus, as amended or supplemented, immediately prior to the Applicable Time (as defined below) is hereafter called the “Pricing Prospectus,” and any “issuer free writing prospectus” (as defined in Rule 433 under the Securities Act) relating to the Shares is hereafter called an “Issuer Free Writing Prospectus.” The “Applicable Time” shall mean 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) on December 8, 2016 or such other time as agreed by the Company and the Representatives. The Pricing Prospectus, as supplemented by the Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses, if any, listed in Schedule II-1 hereto, the pricing information listed in Schedule II-2 hereto, and any other information that the parties hereto shall hereafter expressly agree in writing to treat as part of the Time of Sale Information (as defined below) all considered together, are hereafter collectively called the “Time of Sale Information.”

 

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Any reference in this Agreement to the Registration Statement, the Rule 462 Registration Statement, a Preliminary Prospectus, the Prospectus or the Time of Sale Information, or any amendments or supplements to any of the foregoing, shall be deemed to refer to and include any documents incorporated by reference therein pursuant to Item 12 of Form S-3 under the Securities Act (the “Incorporated Documents”), as of each Effective Date or the Applicable Time or the date of the Registration Statement, such Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus, as the case may be, and shall include any copy thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to its Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (“EDGAR”). The copies of each Preliminary Prospectus, each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that is required to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 433 under the Securities Act and the Prospectus and any amendments or supplements to any of the foregoing, that have been delivered to the Underwriters in connection with the offering of the Shares (whether to meet the request of purchasers pursuant to Rule 173(d) under the Securities Act or otherwise) were identical to the electronically transmitted copies thereof filed with the Commission pursuant to EDGAR, except to the extent permitted by Regulation S-T. Any reference to any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement, any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus shall be deemed to refer to and include any documents filed after such date under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) that, upon filing, are incorporated by reference therein, as required by paragraph (b) of Item 12 of Form S-3.

 

2.           Agreements to Sell and Purchase. Upon the terms and conditions set forth herein, the Company hereby agrees to issue and sell an aggregate of 2,650,000 Firm Shares to the Underwriters. Upon the basis of the representations, warranties and agreements of the Company herein contained and subject to all the terms and conditions set forth herein, each Underwriter agrees, severally and not jointly, to purchase from the Company at a purchase price of $18.0025 per Share (the “Purchase Price per Share”) (other than 28,815 shares of Common Stock, which each Underwriter agrees, severally and not jointly, to purchase from the Company at a purchase price of $19.00 per share), the number of Firm Shares set forth opposite the name of such Underwriter in Schedule I hereto.

 

The Company hereby also agrees to sell to the Underwriters, and, upon the basis of the representations, warranties and agreements of the Company herein contained and subject to all the terms and conditions set forth herein, the Underwriters shall have the right for 30 days from the date of the Prospectus to purchase from the Company up to the Additional Shares at the Purchase Price per Share. The Additional Shares may be purchased solely for the purpose of covering over-allotments, if any, made in connection with the offering of the Firm Shares. If any Additional Shares are to be purchased, each Underwriter, severally and not jointly, agrees to purchase the number of Additional Shares (subject to such adjustments as you may determine to avoid fractional shares) that bears the same proportion to the total number of Additional Shares to be purchased by the Underwriter as the number of Firm Shares set forth opposite the name of such Underwriter in Schedule I hereto bears to the total number of Firm Shares. The option to purchase Additional Shares may be exercised at any time within 30 days after the date of the Prospectus, but no more than once.

 

3.           Terms of Public Offering. The Company has been advised by you that the Underwriters propose to make a public offering of their respective portions of the Shares as soon after this Agreement has become effective as in your judgment is advisable and initially to offer the Shares upon the terms set forth in the Prospectus. The Company acknowledges and agrees that the Underwriters may offer and sell Shares to or through any affiliate of an Underwriter.

 

Not later than 12:00 p.m. (New York, New York time) on the second business day following the date the Shares are released by the Underwriters for sale to the public, the Company shall deliver or cause to be delivered copies of the Prospectus in such quantities and at such places as the Representatives shall request.

 

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4.           Delivery of the Shares and Payment Therefor. Delivery to the Underwriters of the Firm Shares and payment therefor shall be made at the offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 200 Park Avenue, New York, New York at 10:00 a.m., New York, New York time, on December 13, 2016, or such other place, time and date not later than 1:30 p.m., New York, New York time, on the third business day thereafter as the Representatives shall designate by notice to the Company (the time and date of such closing are called the “Closing Date”). The place of closing for the Firm Shares and the Closing Date may be varied by agreement between the Representatives and the Company. The Company hereby acknowledges that circumstances under which the Representatives may provide notice to postpone the Closing Date as originally scheduled include any determination by the Company or the Representatives to recirculate to the public copies of an amended or supplemented Prospectus or a delay as contemplated by the provisions of Section 13 hereof.

 

Delivery to the Underwriters of and payment for any Additional Shares to be purchased by the Underwriters shall be made at the offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 200 Park Avenue, New York, New York, at 10:00 a.m., New York, New York time, on such date or dates (the “Additional Closing Date”) (which may be the same as the Closing Date, but shall in no event be earlier than the Closing Date nor earlier than three nor later than ten business days after the giving of the notice hereinafter referred to) as shall be specified in a written notice, from the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters to the Company, of the Underwriters’ determination to purchase a number, specified in such notice, of Additional Shares. Such notice may be given at any time within 30 days after the date of the Prospectus and must set forth (i) the aggregate number of Additional Shares as to which the Underwriters are exercising the option and (ii) the names and denominations in which the certificates for which the Additional Shares are to be registered. The place of closing for the Additional Shares and the Additional Closing Date may be varied by agreement between the Representatives and the Company.

 

Delivery of the Firm Shares and any Additional Shares to be purchased hereunder shall be made through the facilities of The Depository Trust Company against payment of the purchase price therefor by wire transfer of immediately available funds to an account or accounts specified in writing, not later than the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, by the Company. Payment for the Shares sold by the Company hereunder shall be delivered by the Representatives to the Company.

 

It is understood that the Representatives have been authorized, for their own account and for the accounts of the several Underwriters, to accept delivery of and receipt for, and make payment of the Purchase Price per Share for the Firm Shares and the Additional Shares, if any, that the Underwriters have agreed to purchase. Each of Raymond James and Associates, Inc. and Jefferies LLC, individually and not as the representative of the Underwriters, may, but shall not be obligated to, make payment for any Shares to be purchased by any Underwriter whose funds shall not have been received by the Representatives by the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, for the account of such Underwriter, but any such payment shall not relieve such Underwriter from any of its obligations under this Agreement.

 

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5.           Covenants and Agreements of the Company. The Company covenants and agrees with the several Underwriters as follows:

 

(a)          If, at the time this Agreement is executed and delivered, it is necessary for a post-effective amendment to the Registration Statement to be declared effective before the offering of the Shares may commence, the Company will use its best efforts to cause such post-effective amendment to become effective as soon as possible and will advise the Representatives promptly and, if requested by the Representatives, will confirm such advice in writing, immediately after such post-effective amendment has become effective. If, at any time prior to the filing of the Prospectus pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act, any event occurs as a result of which the Time of Sale Information would (x) include any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary to make the statements therein in the light of the circumstances under which they were made or the circumstances then prevailing, not misleading or (y) conflict with the information contained in the Registration Statement, the Company will (i) notify promptly the Representatives so that any use of the Time of Sale Information may cease until it is amended or supplemented; (ii) amend or supplement the Time of Sale Information to correct such statement, omission or conflicting information; and (iii) supply any amendment or supplement to the Representatives in such quantities as may be reasonably requested. The Company will advise the Representatives promptly and, if requested by the Representatives, will confirm such advice in writing: (i) of any review, issuance of comments or request by the Commission or its staff on or for an amendment of or a supplement to the Registration Statement, any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus or for additional information regarding the Company, its affiliates or its filings with the Commission, whether or not such filings are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement, any Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus; (ii) of the issuance by the Commission of any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or of the suspension of qualification of the Shares for offering or sale in any jurisdiction or the initiation of any proceeding for such purpose or any examination pursuant to Section 8(e) of the Securities Act relating to the Registration Statement or Section 8A of the Securities Act in connection with the offering of the Shares; (iii) of the receipt by the Company of any notification with respect to the suspension of the qualification of the Shares for sale in any jurisdiction or the institution or threatening of any proceeding for such purpose; and (iv) within the period of time referred to in Section 5(h) hereof, of any change in the condition (financial or otherwise), business, prospects, properties, assets, net worth or results of operations of the Company, the Operating Company, or any subsidiaries thereof, taken as a whole, or of any event that comes to the attention of the Company or the Operating Company that makes any statement made in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus (as then amended or supplemented) untrue in any material respect or that requires the making of any additions thereto or changes therein in order to make the statements therein (in the case of the Prospectus, in light of the circumstances under which they were made) not misleading in any material respect, or of the necessity to amend or supplement the Prospectus (as then amended or supplemented) to comply with the Securities Act or any other law. If at any time the Commission shall issue any stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement, the Company will make every reasonable effort to obtain the withdrawal or lifting of such order at the earliest possible time. The Company will provide the Underwriters with copies of the form of Prospectus, in such number as the Underwriters may reasonably request, and file with the Commission such Prospectus in accordance with Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act before the close of business on the first business day immediately following the date hereof. As used in this Agreement, “subsidiaries” shall mean all of the wholly-owned and partially-owned direct and indirect subsidiaries of the Company and the Operating Company.

 

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(b)          The Company will furnish to you upon request, without charge, a photocopy of the signed original of the Registration Statement as originally filed with the Commission and of each amendment thereto, including financial statements and all exhibits thereto, and will also furnish to you, without charge, such number of conformed copies of the Registration Statement as originally filed and of each amendment thereto as you may reasonably request.

 

(c)          The Company will promptly file with the Commission any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or the Prospectus that may, in the judgment of the Company or the Representatives be required by the Securities Act or requested by the Commission.

 

(d)          The Company will furnish a copy of any amendment or supplement to the Registration Statement or to the Prospectus or any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus to you and counsel for Underwriters and will not file with the Commission or use any of such documents to which you or counsel for the Underwriters shall reasonably object.

 

(e)          The Company will not make any offer relating to the Common Stock that would constitute an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus without the Representatives’ prior consent.

 

(f)           The Company will retain in accordance with the Securities Act all Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses not required to be filed pursuant to the Securities Act; and if at any time after the date hereof any events shall have occurred as a result of which any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, as then amended or supplemented, would conflict with the information in the Registration Statement, the most recent Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus or would include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading, or, if for any other reason it shall be necessary to amend or supplement any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, to notify the Representatives and, upon their request, file such document and to prepare and furnish without charge to each Underwriter as many copies as they may from time to time reasonably request of an amended or supplemented Issuer Free Writing Prospectus that will correct such conflict, statement or omission or effect such compliance;

 

(g)          Prior to the execution and delivery of this Agreement, the Company has delivered or will deliver to the Representatives, without charge, in such quantities as they have requested or may hereafter reasonably request, copies of each form of the Preliminary Prospectus. Consistent with the provisions of Section 5(i) hereof, the Company consents to the use, in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act and with the securities or Blue Sky laws of the jurisdictions in which the Shares are offered by the several Underwriters and by dealers, prior to the date of the Prospectus, of each Preliminary Prospectus so furnished by the Company.

 

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(h)          After the execution and delivery of this Agreement and thereafter from time to time for such period as in the reasonable opinion of counsel for the Underwriters the Prospectus (or in lieu thereof, the notice referred to in Rule 173(a) under the Securities Act) is required by law to be delivered in connection with sales by an Underwriter or dealer (including circumstances where such requirement may be satisfied pursuant to Rule 172) (the “Prospectus Delivery Period”), the Company will file promptly all reports required to be filed by the Company with the Commission pursuant to Section 13, 14 or 15 of the Exchange Act and will promptly deliver to the Underwriters and each dealer, without charge, as many copies of the Prospectus (and of any amendment or supplement thereto), and Time of Sale Information as each Underwriter may request. If during such period of time, any event shall occur or condition exist as a result of which it is necessary to amend or supplement the Prospectus in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances when the Prospectus (or in lieu thereof the notice referred to in Rule 173(a) under the Securities Act) is delivered to a purchaser, not misleading, or if, in the reasonable opinion of counsel for the Underwriters, it is necessary to amend or supplement the Prospectus to comply with applicable law, forthwith to prepare, file with the Commission and furnish, at its own expense, to the Underwriters and to the dealers (whose names and addresses the Representatives will furnish to the Company) to which Shares may have been sold by the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters and to any other dealers upon request, either amendments or supplements to the Prospectus so that the statements in the Prospectus as so amended or supplemented will not, in the light of the circumstances when the Prospectus (or in lieu thereof the notice referred to in Rule 173(a) under the Securities Act) is delivered to a purchaser, be misleading or so that the Prospectus, as amended or supplemented, will comply with applicable law. The Company consents to the use of the Prospectus and the Time of Sale Information (and of any amendment or supplement thereto) in accordance with the provisions of the Securities Act and with the securities or Blue Sky laws of the jurisdictions in which the Shares are offered by the several Underwriters and by all dealers to whom Shares may be sold, both in connection with the offering and sale of the Shares and for such period of time thereafter as the Prospectus is required by the Securities Act to be delivered in connection with sales by any Underwriter or dealer.

 

(i)           The Company will use its reasonable best efforts, in cooperation with the Underwriters, to qualify the Shares for offering and sale under the applicable securities laws of such states and other jurisdictions (domestic or foreign) as the Representatives may designate and to maintain such qualifications in effect for a period of not less than one year from the date of this Agreement; provided, however, that the Company shall not be obligated to file any general consent to service of process or to qualify as a foreign corporation or as a dealer in securities in any jurisdiction in which it is not so qualified or to subject itself to taxation in respect of doing business in any jurisdiction in which it is not otherwise so subject.

 

(j)           The Company will make generally available to its security holders and the Representatives as soon as practicable a consolidated earnings statement (in form complying with the provisions of Rule 158) covering a period of at least twelve months commencing after the date hereof, and ending not later than 15 months thereafter, as soon as practicable after the end of such period, which consolidated earnings statement shall satisfy the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Securities Act.

 

(k)          If this Agreement shall terminate or shall be terminated after execution pursuant to Section 11 or Section 14 hereof, the Company agrees to reimburse you and the other Underwriters for all out-of-pocket expenses (including travel expenses and reasonable fees and expenses of counsel for the Underwriters, but excluding wages and salaries paid by you) reasonably incurred by you in connection herewith.

 

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(l)           The Company will apply the net proceeds from the sale of the Shares to be sold by it hereunder in accordance in all material respects with the statements under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus.

 

(m)          For a period commencing on the date hereof and ending on the 90th day after the date of the Prospectus (the “Lock-Up Period”), the Company will not, directly or indirectly, (i) offer, pledge, sell, contract to sell, sell any option or contract to purchase, purchase any option or contract to sell, grant any option, right or warrant to purchase, lend or otherwise dispose of, directly or indirectly (or enter into any transaction or device that is designed to, or could be expected to, result in the disposition by any person at any time in the future of) any shares of Common Stock or any securities convertible into or exercisable or exchangeable for Common Stock, other than (1) the registration, offer and sale of the Shares contemplated hereunder, (2) a cumulative dividend payable in-kind of shares of Common Stock or Series A Preferred Stock of the Company, par value $0.01 per share (the “Series A Preferred Stock”), payable to the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock, at the holders’ election, (3) the registration, offer and sale of shares of the Common Stock pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreement, dated as of July 27, 2016, between the Company and the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock, and (4) shares of Common Stock issued to certain directors and officers of the Company pursuant to the terms of the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan; (ii) enter into any swap or other transaction that transfers to another, in whole or in part, any of the economic consequences of ownership of such shares of Common Stock, whether any such transaction described in clause (i) or (ii) above is to be settled by delivery of Common Stock or other securities, in cash or otherwise; (iii) file or cause to be filed a registration statement with the Commission, including any amendments, with respect to the registration of any shares of Common Stock or securities convertible, exercisable or exchangeable into Common Stock or any other securities of the Company; or (iv) publicly disclose the intention to do any of the foregoing, in each case without the prior written consent of the Representatives on behalf of the Underwriters, and to cause each officer, director and stockholder of the Company set forth on Schedule III hereto to furnish to the Representatives, prior to the Initial Delivery Date, a letter or letters, substantially in the form of Exhibit A hereto (the “Lock-Up Agreements”).

 

(n)          The Company will not at any time, directly or indirectly, take any action designed, or which might reasonably be expected to cause or result in, or which will constitute, stabilization or manipulation of the price of the shares of the Stock to facilitate the sale or resale of any of the Stock.

 

(o)          The Company will use its best efforts to maintain the listing of the Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and to timely file all required filings and notices with the NYSE and other necessary actions in connection with the sale and issuance of the Shares.

 

(p)          The Company shall continue to engage and maintain, at its expense, a transfer agent and, if necessary under the jurisdiction of its incorporation or the rules of the NYSE, a registrar (which, if permitted by applicable laws and rules may be the same entity as the transfer agent) for the Common Stock.

 

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(q)          The Company will file within applicable deadlines, all material required to be filed by it with the Commission pursuant to Section 12(b), 13(a), 13(c), 14 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, and the rules and regulations of the Commission thereunder, subsequent to the date of the Prospectus and during the Prospectus Delivery Period, that is required in connection with the offering of the Shares.

 

(r)           The Company will use its best efforts to continue to qualify for taxation as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) unless the Company’s Board of Directors determines in good faith that it is no longer in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to so qualify or to be so qualified.

 

(s)          The Company has not distributed and will not distribute, directly or indirectly (other than through the Underwriters), any “written communication” (as defined Rule 405 under the Securities Act) or other offering materials in connection with the offering or sale of the Shares, other than the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus.

 

(t)           The Company will promptly notify the Representatives if the Company ceases to be an “emerging growth company,” as defined in Section 2(a) of the Securities Act (an “Emerging Growth Company”) at any time prior to the later of (i) completion of the distribution of the Securities within the meaning of the Securities Act and (ii) completion of the 90-day restricted period referred to in Section 5(m) hereof.

 

6.          Covenants of the Manager.

 

(a)          The Manager covenants with each Underwriter and with the Company that, during the period when a prospectus is required (or but for the exception afforded by Rule 172 under the Securities Act would be required) to be delivered under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, it shall notify the Representatives and the Company of the occurrence of any material events respecting the Manager’s activities, affairs or condition, financial or otherwise, and the Manager will forthwith supply such information to the Company as shall be necessary in the opinion of counsel to the Company and the Underwriters for the Company to prepare any necessary amendment or supplement to the Prospectus so that, as so amended or supplemented, the Prospectus will not include an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements therein, in the light of the circumstances existing at the time it is delivered to a purchaser, not misleading.

 

(b)          The Manager will not at any time, directly or indirectly, take any action designed, or which might reasonably be expected to cause or result in, or which will constitute, stabilization or manipulation of the price of the shares of Common Stock to facilitate the sale or resale of any of the Stock.

 

7.           Representations and Warranties of the Company and the Operating Company. Each of the Company and the Operating Company, jointly and severally, hereby represents and warrants to each Underwriter on the date hereof, and shall be deemed to represent and warrant to each Underwriter on the Closing Date and the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, that:

 

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(a)          The Company satisfies all of the requirements of the Securities Act for use of Form S-3 for the offering of Shares contemplated hereby. At the time of initial filing of the Registration Statement, at the earliest time thereafter that the Company or another offering participant made a bona fide offer (within the meaning of Rule 164(h)(2) under the Securities Act) of the Common Stock, on the date hereof and on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, the Company was not, is not and will not be an “ineligible issuer” (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act).

 

(b)          The Registration Statement and the Prospectus conformed, and any amendment to the Registration Statement filed after the date hereof will conform in all material respects on the date hereof and on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as applicable, to the requirements of the Securities Act. The Preliminary Prospectus conformed, and the Prospectus to be filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) under the Securities Act will conform in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act.

 

(c)          The Registration Statement does not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein not misleading; provided, that no representation or warranty is made as to information contained in or omitted from the Registration Statement in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company through the Representatives by or on behalf of any Underwriter specifically for inclusion therein, which information is specified in Section 15 hereof.

 

(d)          The Incorporated Documents heretofore filed, when they were filed (or, if any amendment with respect to any such document was filed, when such amendment was filed), conformed in all material respects with the requirements of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder, and any further Incorporated Documents so filed will, when they are filed, conform in all material respects with the requirements of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder; no such Incorporated Document when it was filed (or, if an amendment with respect to any such document was filed, when such amendment was filed), contained an untrue statement of a material fact or omitted to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading; and no such further Incorporated Document, when it is filed, will contain an untrue statement of a material fact or will omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements therein not misleading.

 

(e)          The Prospectus will not, as of its date and on the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that no representation or warranty is made as to information contained in or omitted from the Prospectus in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company through the Representatives by or on behalf of any Underwriter specifically for inclusion therein, which information is specified in Section 15 hereof.

 

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(f)           The Time of Sale Information does not, and will not at the time of sale of the Shares, contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; provided that no representation or warranty is made as to information contained in or omitted from the Time of Sale Information in reliance upon and in conformity with written information furnished to the Company through the Representatives by or on behalf of any Underwriter specifically for inclusion therein, which information is specified in Section 15 hereof.

 

(g)          Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus (including, without limitation, any “road show” (as defined in Rule 433 under the Securities Act) that is a free writing prospectus under Rule 433 under the Securities Act), when considered together with the Time of Sale Information at the time of sale of the Shares, did not contain an untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein, in light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

 

(h)          Each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus conformed or will conform in all material respects to the requirements of the Securities Act on the date of first use, and the Company has complied with all of its prospectus delivery and any filing requirements applicable to such Issuer Free Writing Prospectus pursuant to the Securities Act. The Company has not made any offer relating to the Stock that would constitute an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus without the prior written consent of the Representatives. The Company has retained in accordance with the Securities Act all Issuer Free Writing Prospectuses that were not required to be filed pursuant to the Securities Act. The Company has taken all actions necessary so that any road show in connection with the offering of the Stock will not be required to be filed pursuant to the Securities Act.

 

(i)           The capitalization of the Company as of September 30, 2016 is as set forth in the Prospectus. All the outstanding shares of Common Stock of the Company have been, and as of the Closing Date and the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, will be, duly authorized and validly issued, are fully paid and nonassessable and are free of any preemptive or similar rights, except as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus; except as described in the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, the Company is not a party to or bound by any outstanding options, warrants or similar rights to subscribe for, or contractual obligations to issue, sell, transfer or acquire, any of its capital stock or any securities convertible into or exchangeable for any of such capital stock; the Shares to be issued and sold to the Underwriters by the Company hereunder have been duly authorized and, when issued and delivered to the Underwriters against full payment therefor in accordance with the terms hereof will be validly issued, fully paid and nonassessable and free of any preemptive or similar rights; the capital stock of the Company conforms to the description thereof in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto); and the delivery of certificates, if any, for the Shares being sold by the Company against payment therefor pursuant to the terms of this Agreement will pass valid title to the Shares being sold by the Company, free and clear of any claim, encumbrance or defect in title, to the several Underwriters purchasing such shares in good faith and without notice of any lien, claim or encumbrance. The certificates for the Shares being sold by the Company, if any, are in valid and sufficient form.

 

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(j)           Each of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries is duly formed or organized and validly existing as a corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership or other organization in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its incorporation, formation or organization with full corporate or organizational power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and to conduct its business as presently conducted and as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus (and any amendment or supplement thereto) and is duly registered and qualified to conduct its business and is in good standing in each jurisdiction or place where the nature of its properties or the conduct of its business requires such registration or qualification, except where the failure to so register or qualify would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a material adverse effect on the condition (financial or otherwise), business, properties, assets, net worth, results of operations or prospects of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries, taken as a whole (a “Material Adverse Effect”).

 

(k)          The Company has full right, power and authority to execute and deliver this Agreement and to perform its obligations hereunder, and all action required to be taken for the due and proper authorization, execution and delivery by it of this Agreement and the consummation by it of the transactions contemplated hereby has been duly and validly taken.

 

(l)           The shares of capital stock, partnership or membership interests or other equity interests of each of the Operating Company and each subsidiary of the Company and the Operating Company have been duly authorized or approved and validly issued, are fully paid and nonassessable and are owned by the Company or the Operating Company, as applicable, free and clear of any security interests, liens, encumbrances, equities or claims. Neither the Company nor the Operating Company has any subsidiaries and does not own a material interest in or control, directly or indirectly, any other corporation, partnership, joint venture, association, trust or other business organization, except as set forth in Exhibit 21 to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, which are incorporated by reference into the Registration Statement or as organized since such date and set forth on Schedule IV hereto.

 

(m)         With respect to stock options, share awards (including restricted common stock and restricted stock units), stock appreciation rights, dividend equivalent rights, performance awards, annual incentive cash awards and/or other equity-based awards (the “Equity Incentive Awards”) granted pursuant to the stock-based compensation plans of the Company and its subsidiaries, including without limitation the Company’s 2015 Equity Incentive Plan ( the “Company Stock Plans”), (i) each Equity Incentive Award intended to qualify as an “incentive stock option” under Section 422 of the Code so qualifies, (ii) each grant of an Equity Incentive Award was duly authorized no later than the date on which the grant of such Equity Incentive Award was by its terms to be effective (the “Grant Date”) by all necessary corporate action, including, as applicable, approval by the board of directors of the Company (or a duly constituted and authorized committee thereof) and any required stockholder approval by the necessary number of votes or written consents, and the award agreement governing such grant (if any) was duly executed and delivered by each party thereto, (iii) each such grant was made in accordance with the terms of the Company Stock Plans, the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws and regulatory rules or requirements, including the rules of the NYSE and any other exchange on which Company securities are traded, and (iv) each such grant was properly accounted for in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States applied on a consistent basis in the financial statements (including the related notes) of the Company and disclosed in the Company’s filings with the Commission in accordance with the Exchange Act and all other applicable laws. The Company has not knowingly granted, and there is no and has been no policy or practice of the Company of granting, Equity Incentive Awards prior to, or otherwise coordinating the grant of Equity Incentive Awards with, the release or other public announcement of material information regarding the Company or its subsidiaries or their results of operations or prospects.

 

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(n)          There are no legal or governmental proceedings pending or, to the best knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, threatened, against the Company, the Operating Company or their subsidiaries or to which the Company or its subsidiaries or any of their properties are subject, that are required to be described in the Registration Statement or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) but are not described as required. Except as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and Prospectus, there are no actions, suits, inquiries, proceedings or investigations by or before any court or governmental or other regulatory or administrative agency or commission pending or, to the best knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, threatened, against or involving the Company, the Operating Company or their subsidiaries, which might individually or in the aggregate reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect or prevent or adversely affect the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, nor to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, is there any basis for any such action, suit, inquiry, proceeding or investigation. There are no agreements, contracts, indentures, leases or other instruments that are required to be described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto) or to be filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement that are not described, filed or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus as required by the Securities Act. All such contracts to which the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries is a party have been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Company, the Operating Company or the applicable subsidiary, constitute valid and binding agreements of the Company, the Operating Company or the applicable subsidiary and are enforceable against the Company, the Operating Company or the applicable subsidiary in accordance with the terms thereof, except as enforceability thereof may be limited by (i) the application of bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency and other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and (ii) equitable principles being applied at the discretion of a court before which any proceeding may be brought. None of the Company, the Operating Company or the applicable subsidiary has received notice or been made aware that any other party is in breach of or default to the Company, the Operating Company or the applicable subsidiary under any of such contracts.

 

(o)          None of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries is (i) in violation of (A) its articles of incorporation or bylaws, or other organizational documents, (B) any federal, state or foreign law, ordinance, administrative or governmental rule or regulation applicable to the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries, or (C) any decree of any federal, state or foreign court or governmental agency or body having jurisdiction over the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries, except, in the case of (B) and (C), for violations that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; or (ii) in default in any material respect in the performance of any obligation, agreement or condition contained in (A) any bond, debenture, note or any other evidence of indebtedness or (B) any agreement, contract, indenture, lease or other instrument (each of (A) and (B), an “Existing Instrument”) to which the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries is a party or by which any of their properties may be bound, except for such defaults which would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; and there does not exist any state of facts that constitutes an event of default on the part of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries as defined in such documents or that, with notice or lapse of time or both, would constitute such an event of default, except for such events of default which would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(p)          The Company’s execution and delivery of this Agreement and the performance by the Company of its obligations under this Agreement have been duly and validly authorized by the Company and has been duly executed and delivered by the Company.

 

(q)          The Operating Company’s execution and delivery of this Agreement and the performance by the Operating Company of its obligations under this Agreement have been duly and validly authorized by the Operating Company and has been duly executed and delivered by the Operating Company.

 

(r)           The Management Agreement, dated April 1, 2015 among the Company and the Manager, as amended (the “Management Agreement”), which among other things, provides for the management of the Company by the Manager, remains in full force and effect. The Management Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by each of the Company and the Operating Company and constitutes a valid and legally binding agreement of the Company and the Operating Company, enforceable against the Company and the Operating Company in accordance with its terms, except to the extent enforceability may be limited by (i) the application of bankruptcy, reorganization, insolvency and other laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and (ii) equitable principles being applied at the discretion of a court before which any proceeding may be brought, except as rights to indemnity and contribution hereunder may be limited by federal or state securities laws.

 

(s)          None of the issuance and sale of the Shares by the Company, the execution, delivery or performance of this Agreement by the Company nor the consummation by the Company of the transactions contemplated hereby (i) requires any consent, approval, authorization or other order of or registration or filing with, any court, regulatory body, administrative agency or other governmental body, agency or official (except such as may be required for the registration of the Shares under the Securities Act, the listing of the Shares for trading on the NYSE, and compliance with the securities or Blue Sky laws of various jurisdictions, all of which will be, or have been, effected in accordance with this Agreement and except for clearance by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) of the underwriting terms of the offering contemplated hereby as required under FINRA’s Rules of Fair Practice), (ii) conflicts with or will conflict with or constitutes or will constitute a breach of, or a default under, the Company’s articles of incorporation or the Company’s bylaws, the certificate of formation or limited liability company agreement of the Operating Company, (iii) constitutes or will constitute a breach of, or a default under, any agreement, contract, indenture, lease or other instrument to which the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries is a party or by which any of its properties may be bound, (iv) violates any statute, law, regulation, ruling, filing, judgment, injunction, order or decree applicable to the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries or any of their properties, or (v) results in a breach of, or default or Debt Repayment Triggering event (as defined below) under, or results in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries pursuant to, or requires the consent of any other party to, any Existing Instrument, except, with respect to clauses (i), (iii), (iv) and (v), such conflicts, breaches, defaults, liens, charges or encumbrances that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. As used herein, a “Debt Repayment Triggering Event” means any event or condition that gives, or with the giving of notice or lapse of time would give, the holder of any note, debenture or other evidence of indebtedness (or any person acting on such holder’s behalf) the right to require the repurchase, redemption or repayment of all or a portion of such indebtedness by the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries.

 

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(t)           Except as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, none of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries has outstanding, and at the Closing Date and the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, will have outstanding, any options to purchase, or any warrants to subscribe for, or any securities or obligations convertible into, or any contracts or commitments to issue or sell, any shares of Common Stock or any such warrants or convertible securities or obligations. No holder of securities of the Company has rights to the registration of any securities of the Company as a result of or in connection with the filing of the Registration Statement or the consummation of the transactions contemplated hereby that have not been satisfied or heretofore waived in writing.

 

(u)          Grant Thornton LLP, the certified public accountants who have certified the financial statements (including the related notes thereto and supporting schedules) filed as part of the Registration Statement and the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), are independent public accountants as required by the Securities Act.

 

(v)          Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, since the date of the most recent audited financial statements included in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus (or any amendment or supplement thereto), (i) neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries has incurred any liabilities or obligations, indirect, direct or contingent, or entered into any transaction, in each case that is material to the Company and its subsidiaries, taken as a whole, that is not in the ordinary course of business; (ii) except for regular quarterly dividends on the Common Stock in amounts per share that are consistent with past practice and for dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock in accordance with the terms thereof, neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries has paid or declared any dividends or other distributions with respect to its capital stock and the Company is not in default under the terms of any class of capital stock of the Company or any outstanding debt obligations, (iii) there has not been any change in the authorized or outstanding capital stock of the Company or the Operating Company or any material change in the indebtedness of the Company or the Operating Company (other than in the ordinary course of business) and (iv) there has not been any change, or any development or event involving a prospective change that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

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(w)          All offers and sales of the Company’s capital stock and other debt or other securities prior to the date hereof were made in compliance with or were the subject of an available exemption from the Securities Act and all other applicable state and federal laws or regulations, or any actions under the Securities Act or any state or federal laws or regulations in respect of any such offers or sales are effectively barred by effective waivers or statutes of limitation.

 

(x)           The Common Stock (including the Shares) is registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act and is listed for trading on the NYSE, and the Company has taken no action designed to, or which is likely to have the effect of, terminating the registration of the Common Stock under the Exchange Act or delisting the Common Stock from the NYSE, nor has the Company received any notification that the Commission or the NYSE is contemplating terminating such registration or listing.

 

(y)          Other than excepted activity pursuant to Regulation M under the Exchange Act, neither the Company nor the Operating Company has taken, and neither will take, directly or indirectly, any action that constituted, or any action designed to, or that might reasonably be expected to cause or result in or constitute, under the Securities Act or otherwise, stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company or the Operating Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Shares or for any other purpose.

 

(z)           The Company, the Operating Company and each of their subsidiaries have filed, or are within legal extension periods with respect to, all tax returns required to be filed (other than certain state or local tax returns, as to which the failure to file, would not reasonably be expected to have, individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect), which filed returns are complete and correct in all material respects, and none of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries is in default in the payment of any taxes that were payable pursuant to said returns or any assessments with respect thereto. Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, all tax deficiencies asserted as a result of any federal, state, local or foreign tax audits have been paid or finally settled and no issue has been raised in any such audit that, by application of the same or similar principles, reasonably could be expected to result in a proposed deficiency for any other period not so audited. There are no outstanding agreements or waivers extending the statutory period of limitation applicable to any federal, state, local or foreign tax return for any period. On the Closing Date and the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, all stock transfer and other taxes that are required to be paid in connection with the sale of the shares to be sold by the Company to the Underwriters will have been fully paid by the Company and all laws imposing such taxes will have been complied with.

 

(aa)        Except as set forth in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, there are no transactions with “affiliates” (as defined in Rule 405 under the Securities Act) or any officer, director or security holder of the Company or the Operating Company (whether or not an affiliate) that are required by the Securities Act to be disclosed in the Registration Statement. Additionally, no relationship, direct or indirect, exists between the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries on the one hand, and the directors, officers, stockholders, borrowers, customers or suppliers of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries on the other hand that is required by the Securities Act to be disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus that is not so disclosed.

 

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(bb)        Neither the Company nor the Operating Company is, or, after giving effect to the offering and sale of the Shares and the application of the proceeds thereof as described under the caption “Use of Proceeds” in the Prospectus, will be, required to register as an “investment company” or an “affiliated person” of, or “promoter” or “principal underwriter” for, an investment company within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended.

 

(cc)        Each of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries has good and valid title to all property (real and personal) described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus as being owned by it, free and clear of all liens, claims, security interests or other encumbrances except (i) such as are described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus or (ii) such as would not, individually or in the aggregate, be materially burdensome to the use of the property or the conduct of the business of the Company and the Operating Company or reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. All property (real and personal) held under lease by the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries is held by it under valid, subsisting and enforceable leases with only such exceptions as would not, individually or in the aggregate, be materially burdensome to the use of the property or the conduct of the business of the Company and the Operating Company or reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(dd)        Each of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries has all permits, licenses, franchises, approvals, consents and authorizations of governmental or regulatory authorities (hereinafter “permit” or “permits”) as are necessary to own its properties and to conduct its business in the manner described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, subject to such qualifications as may be set forth in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, except where the failure to have obtained any such permits would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect; each of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries has operated and is operating its business in material compliance with and not in material violation of its obligations with respect to each such permit and no event has occurred that allows, or after notice or lapse of time would allow, revocation or termination of any such permit or result in any other material impairment of the rights of any such permit, subject in each case to such qualification as may be set forth in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus; and, except as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, such permits contain no restrictions that are materially burdensome to the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries.

 

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(ee)        The financial statements of the Company, together with the related notes thereto, set forth in the Registration Statement, Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus present fairly in all material respects (i) the financial condition of the Company as of the dates indicated and (ii) the results of operations, stockholders’ equity and changes in cash flows of the Company for the periods therein specified; and such financial statements and related notes thereto have been prepared in conformity with United States generally accepted accounting principles, consistently applied throughout the periods involved (except as otherwise stated therein and subject, in the case of unaudited financial statements, to the absence of footnotes and normal year-end adjustments) and the other financial and statistical information and data set forth in the Registration Statement and Prospectus is accurately presented and prepared on a basis consistent with such financial statements and the books and records of the Company. There are no other financial statements (historical or pro forma) that are required to be included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus. The Company does not have any material liabilities or obligations, direct or contingent (including any off-balance sheet obligations), not disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus. All disclosures contained in the Registration Statement, Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus regarding “non-GAAP financial measures” (as such term is defined by the rules and regulations of the Commission) comply with Regulation G of the Exchange Act and Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K under the Securities Act, to the extent applicable, and present fairly in the information shown therein and the Company’s basis for using such measures. The interactive data in eXtensible Business Reporting Language included or incorporated by reference in the Registration Statement fairly presents the information called for in all material respects and has been prepared in accordance with the Commission’s rules and guidelines applicable thereto.

 

(ff)         The Company and its subsidiaries maintain systems of “internal control over financial reporting” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act) that comply with the requirements of the Exchange Act and have been designed by, or under the supervision of, their respective principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, 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, including, but not limited to, internal accounting controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that: (i) transactions are executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations, (ii) transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles and to maintain accountability for assets, (iii) access to assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorizations and (iv) the recorded accountability for assets is compared with existing assets at reasonable intervals and appropriate action is taken with respect to any differences. The Company’s independent auditors have been advised of (i) all significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which could adversely affect the Company’s ability to record, process, summarize, and report financial data and (ii) any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Since the date of the most recent evaluation of such controls and procedures, except as described in the Registration Statement, the Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus, there have been no significant changes in internal control over financial reporting or in other factors that could significantly affect internal control over financial reporting, including any corrective actions with regard to significant deficiencies and material weaknesses.

 

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(gg)        The Company and its subsidiaries maintain an effective system of “disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) of the Exchange Act) that complies with the requirements of the Exchange Act and that has been designed to provide reasonable assurances that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports that it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms, including controls and procedures designed to ensure that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. The Company and its subsidiaries have carried out evaluations of the effectiveness of their disclosure controls and procedures as required by Rule 13a-15 of the Exchange Act.

 

(hh)        The principal executive officers (or their equivalents) and principal financial officers (or their equivalents) of the Company have made all certifications required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”) and any related rules and regulations promulgated by the Commission of which the Company is required to comply, and the statements contained in each such certification were complete and correct as of the date of their execution. The Company and its subsidiaries are, and the Company has taken all necessary actions to ensure that the Company’s directors and officers in their capacities as such are, each in compliance in all material respects with all applicable provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the rules and regulations of the Commission and the NYSE promulgated thereunder.

 

(ii)          Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement (including the exhibits thereto, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, there are no affiliations or associations between the Company or any of the Company’s officers, directors or 5% or greater security holders or any beneficial owner of the Company’s unregistered equity securities that were acquired at any time on or after the 180th day immediately preceding the date the Registration Statement was initially filed with the Commission.

 

(jj)          Neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, any director, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Company, any officer of the Manager, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries is aware of or has taken any action, directly or indirectly, that would result in a violation by such persons of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, as amended, and the rules and regulations thereunder (the “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”), including, without limitation, making use of the mails or any means or instrumentality of interstate commerce corruptly in furtherance of an offer, payment, promise to pay or authorization of the payment of any money, or other property, gift, promise to give, or authorization of the giving of anything of value to any “foreign official” (as such term is defined in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) or any foreign political party or official thereof or any candidate for foreign political office, in contravention of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; and the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries and, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, its affiliates have conducted their businesses in compliance in all material respects with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and have instituted and maintain policies and procedures designed to ensure, and which are reasonably expected to continue to ensure, continued compliance in all material respects therewith.

 

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(kk)        Neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries nor, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, any director, officer, agent, employee or affiliate of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries is currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”); and the Company and the Operating Company will not directly or indirectly use the proceeds of the offering, or lend, contribute or otherwise make available such proceeds to any subsidiary, joint venture partner or other person or entity, for the purpose of financing the activities of any person currently subject to any U.S. sanctions administered by OFAC. In addition, none of the Company, the Operating Company, any of the their subsidiaries, or any director, officer, employee, agent or affiliate of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries, is an individual or entity currently the subject of any sanctions administered or enforced by OFAC, the United National Security Council, the European Union or Her Majesty’s Treasury (collectively, “Sanctions”), nor is the Company or any of its subsidiaries located, organized or resident in a country or territory that is the subject of Sanctions.

 

(ll)          The operations of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries are and have been conducted at all times in compliance in all material respects with applicable financial recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act of 1970, as amended, the “United and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001” or the money laundering statutes of all jurisdictions, the rules and regulations thereunder and any related or similar rules, regulations or guidelines, issued, administered or enforced by any governmental agency.

 

(mm)      No labor problem or dispute with the employees of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries exists, or, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, is threatened or imminent, except for such problems or disputes which would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. The Company and the Operating Company are not aware that any key employee or significant group of employees of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries plans to terminate employment with the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries. Neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries has engaged in any unfair labor practice, and except for matters which would not, individually or in the aggregate, result in a Material Adverse Effect, (i) there is (A) no unfair labor practice complaint pending or, to the Company’s knowledge, threatened against the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries before the National Labor Relations Board, and no grievance or arbitration proceeding arising out of or under collective bargaining agreements is pending or, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, threatened, (B) no strike, labor dispute, slowdown or stoppage pending or, to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, threatened against the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries and (C) no union representation dispute currently existing concerning the employees of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries and (ii) to the knowledge of the Company and the Operating Company, (A) no union organizing activities are currently taking place concerning the employees of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries and (B) there has been no violation of any federal, state, local or foreign law relating to discrimination in the hiring, promotion or pay of employees, any applicable wage or hour laws or any provision of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder concerning the employees of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries.

 

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(nn)       The Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries are (i) in compliance with any and all applicable federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations relating to the protection of human health and safety, the environment or hazardous or toxic substances or wastes, pollutants or contaminants (“Environmental Laws”), (ii) have received all permits required of them under applicable Environmental Laws to conduct their respective businesses and (iii) are in compliance with all terms and conditions of any such permits, except where such noncompliance with Environmental Laws, failure to receive required permits or failure to comply with the terms and conditions of such permits would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. Neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries has been named as a “potentially responsible party” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended. Neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries owns, leases or occupies any property that appears on any list of hazardous sites compiled by any state or local governmental agency. There are no costs or liabilities associated with Environmental Laws (including, without limitation, any capital or operating expenditures required for clean-up, closure of properties or compliance with Environmental Laws or any permit, any related constraints on operating activities and any potential liabilities to third parties) which would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(oo)       Each of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries owns or has the valid right, title and interest in and to, or has valid licenses to use, each material trade name, trade and service marks, trade and service mark registrations, patent, patent applications copyright, licenses, inventions, technology, know-how, approval, trade secret and other similar rights (collectively “Intellectual Property”) necessary for the conduct of the business of the Company, the Operating Company or their subsidiaries as now conducted or as proposed in the Prospectus to be conducted. Neither the Company nor the Operating Company have created any lien or encumbrance on, or granted any right or license with respect to, any such Intellectual Property except where the failure to own or obtain such licenses or rights to use any such Intellectual Property would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. There is no claim pending against the Company, the Operating Company or their subsidiaries with respect to any Intellectual Property and the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries have not received notice or otherwise become aware that any Intellectual Property that it uses or has used in the conduct of its business infringes upon or conflicts with the rights of any third party. None of the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries has become aware that any material Intellectual Property that it uses or has used in the conduct of its business infringes upon or conflicts with the rights of any third party.

 

(pp)       The Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries own or have a valid right to access and use all computer systems, networks, hardware, software, databases, websites, and equipment used to process, store, maintain and operate data, information, and functions used in connection with the business of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries (the “Company IT Systems”). The Company IT Systems are adequate for, and operate and perform in all material respects as required in connection with, the operation of the business of the Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries as currently conducted, except as would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect. The Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries have implemented commercially reasonable backup, security and disaster recovery technology consistent in all material respects with applicable regulatory standards and customary industry practices.

 

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(qq)       The Company has procured Lock-Up Agreements, in the form of Exhibit A attached hereto, from each of the individuals set forth on Schedule III hereto.

 

(rr)         Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, the Company, the Operating Company and each of their subsidiaries are insured by insurers of recognized financial responsibility against such losses and risks and in such amounts as are prudent and customary in the businesses in which it is engaged; and neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries has reason to believe that it will not be able to renew its existing insurance coverage as and when such coverage expires or to obtain similar coverage from similar insurers as may be necessary to continue its business at a comparable cost.

 

(ss)        The Company, the Operating Company and their subsidiaries and any “employee benefit plan” (as defined under ERISA) established or maintained by the Company, the Operating Company, their subsidiaries or their ERISA Affiliates (as defined below) are in compliance in all material respects with ERISA and all other applicable state and federal laws. “ERISA Affiliate” means, with respect to the Company, the Operating Company or a subsidiary, any member of any group or organization described in Sections 414(b), (c), (m) or (o) of the Code of which the Company, the Operating Company or such subsidiary is a member. No “reportable event” (as defined in ERISA) has occurred or is reasonably expected to occur with respect to any “employee benefit plan” established or maintained by the Company, the Operating Company, their subsidiaries or any of their ERISA Affiliates. No “employee benefit plan” established or maintained by the Company, the Operating Company, their subsidiaries or any of their ERISA Affiliates, if such “employee benefit plan” were terminated, would have any “amount of unfunded benefit liabilities” (as defined in ERISA). Neither the Company, the Operating Company, their subsidiaries nor any of their ERISA Affiliates has incurred or reasonably expects to incur any liability under (i) Title IV of ERISA with respect to termination of, or withdrawal from, any “employee benefit plan” or (ii) Sections 412, 4971, 4975 or 4980B of the Code. Each “employee benefit plan” established or maintained by the Company, the Operating Company, their subsidiaries or any of their ERISA Affiliates that is intended to be qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code is so qualified and nothing has occurred, whether by action or failure to act, that would cause the loss of such qualification.

 

(tt)          Neither the Company, the Operating Company nor any of their subsidiaries is a party to any contract, agreement or understanding with any person (other than this Agreement) that would give rise to a valid claim against the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries or any Underwriter for a brokerage commission, finder’s fee or like payment in connection with the offering and sale of the Shares.

 

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(uu)        No person has the right to require the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries to register any securities for sale under the Securities Act by reason of the filing of the Registration Statement with the Commission or the issuance and sale of the Shares other than as disclosed in the Registration Statement.

 

(vv)        The statements included in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus under the headings “Our Manager and Management Agreement,” “Description of Capital Stock,” “Certain Provisions of Maryland Law and Our Charter and Bylaws,” “Our Operating Company and the Limited Liability Company Agreement,” “Material U.S. Federal Income Tax Considerations,” and “Underwriting,” insofar as such statements summarize agreements, documents or proceedings discussed therein, are accurate and fair summaries of such agreements, documents or proceedings in all material respects.

 

(ww)      Nothing has come to the attention of the Company or the Operating Company that has caused the Company or the Operating Company to believe that the statistical and market-related data included in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus are not based on or derived from sources that are reliable and accurate in all material respects.

 

(xx)         No forward-looking statement (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act) contained in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus has been made or reaffirmed without a reasonable basis or has been disclosed other than in good faith.

 

(yy)       Commencing with its taxable year ending December 31, 2015, the Company has been organized and operated in conformity with the requirements for qualification as a REIT under the Code, and its planned method of operation will enable it to continue to meet the requirements for qualification and taxation as a REIT under the Code unless the board of directors of the Company deems it no longer advisable and in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders to so qualify. All statements regarding the Company’s qualification and taxation as a REIT and descriptions of the Company’s organization and method of operation set forth in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus and the Time of Sale Information are true, complete and correct in all material respects.

 

(zz)         Neither the Company nor the Operating Company is a party to or otherwise bound by any instrument or agreements that limits or prohibits (whether with or without the giving of notice or the passage of time or both), directly or indirectly, the Company or the Operating Company from paying any dividends or making other distributions on its capital stock or membership interests.

 

(aaa)      There are no business relationships or related party transactions involving the Company, the Operating Company or any of their subsidiaries or, to the knowledge of the Company, any other person that are required to be described in the Preliminary Prospectus or the Prospectus that have not been described as required.

 

(bbb)     To the Company’s knowledge, all of the information provided to the Underwriters or to counsel for the Underwriters by the Company, its officers and directors and the holders of any securities of the Company in connection with letters, filings or other supplemental information provided to FINRA pursuant to FINRA Rule 5110 or 5121 is true, correct and complete.

 

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(ccc)      From the time of the initial confidential submission of its Registration Statement dated October 15, 2014 to the Commission (or, if earlier, the first date on which the Company engaged, directly or through any person authorized to act on its behalf, in any Testing-the-Waters Communication) through the date of this Agreement, the Company has been and is an Emerging Growth Company. “Testing-the-Waters Communication” means any oral or written communication with potential investors undertaken in reliance on Section 5(d) of the Securities Act.

 

(ddd)     There are no transfer taxes or similar fees or charges under federal law or the laws of any state or any political subdivision thereof required to be paid in connection with the execution and delivery of this Agreement or the issuance or sale by the Company of the Shares.

 

8.           Representations and Warranties of the Manager. The Manager hereby represents and warrants to each Underwriter on the date hereof, and shall be deemed to represent and warrant to each Underwriter on the Closing Date and the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, that:

 

(a)          The information provided by the Manager, set forth under the headings “Our Manager and the Management Agreement,” and “Certain Relationships and Related Transactions” in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus (collectively, the “Manager Disclosures”) is true and correct in all material respects.

 

(b)          The Manager has been duly formed and is validly existing as a limited liability company in good standing under the laws of the State of Florida and has limited liability company power and authority to own, lease and operate its properties and to conduct its business as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus and to enter into and perform its obligations under this Agreement and the Management Agreement; and the Manager is duly qualified as a foreign limited liability company to transact business and is in good standing in each other jurisdiction in which such qualification is required, whether by reason of the ownership or leasing of property or the conduct of business, except where the failure so to qualify or to be in good standing would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(c)          This Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Manager.

 

(d)          The Management Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by the Manager and constitutes a valid and binding agreement of the Manager, enforceable against the Manager in accordance with its terms, except to the extent that enforceability may be limited by bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws affecting creditors’ rights generally and by general equitable principles and the discretion of the court before which any proceeding may be brought.

 

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(e)          The Manager is not (i) in violation of its organizational documents or (ii) in default in the performance or observance of any obligation, agreement, covenant or condition contained in any agreements to which it is bound, or which any of its property or assets is subject, except, in the case of (ii) above, for such defaults that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect; and the execution, delivery and performance of this Agreement and the consummation of the transactions contemplated herein and in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus and compliance by the Manager with its obligations hereunder have been duly authorized by all necessary limited liability company action and do not and will not, whether with or without the giving of notice or passage of time or both, conflict with or constitute a breach of, or default or Debt Repayment Triggering Event under, or result in the creation or imposition of any lien, charge or encumbrance upon any property or assets of the Manager pursuant to any agreement to which it is bound or to which any of its property or assets is subject (except for such conflicts, breaches, defaults or Debt Repayment Triggering Event or liens, charges or encumbrances that would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect), nor will such action result in any violation of the provisions of the limited liability company agreement or other organizational documents of the Manager or any applicable law, statute, rule, regulation, judgment, order, writ or decree of any government, government instrumentality or court, domestic or foreign, having jurisdiction over the Manager or any of its assets, properties or operations.

 

(f)           Except as disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus, (i) there is no action, suit, proceeding, inquiry or investigation before or brought by any court or governmental agency or body, domestic or foreign, now pending, or, to the knowledge of the Manager, threatened, against or affecting the Manager that would, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect, or that would reasonably be expected to materially and adversely affect the consummation of the transactions contemplated in this Agreement or the performance by the Manager of its obligations hereunder; and (ii) the aggregate of all pending legal or governmental proceedings to which the Manager is a party or of which any of its property or assets is the subject, including ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, would not, individually or in the aggregate, reasonably be expected to result in a Material Adverse Effect.

 

(g)          No filing with, or authorization, approval, consent, license, order, registration, qualification or decree of, any court or governmental authority or agency is necessary or required for the performance by the Manager of its obligations hereunder, in connection with the offering or the consummation of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement, except such as have been already obtained or as may be required under the Securities Act or state securities laws or as are described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus.

 

(h)          The Manager has not been notified that any executive officer of the Company or the Manager plans to terminate his, her or their employment with his, her or their current employer. Neither the Manager nor, to the knowledge of the Company, any executive officer or key employee of the Company or the Manager, is subject to any noncompete, nondisclosure, confidentiality, employment, consulting or similar agreement that would be violated by the present or proposed business activities of the Company or the Manager as described in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus, unless a waiver in writing has been obtained.

 

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(i)           The Manager operates a system of internal controls sufficient to provide reasonable assurance that (A) transactions that may be effectuated by it on behalf of the Company or the Operating Company pursuant to its duties set forth in the Management Agreement will be executed in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization and (B) access to the Company’s or the Operating Company’s assets is permitted only in accordance with management’s general or specific authorization.

 

(j)           The duties of the Manager set forth in the Management Agreement and disclosed in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information and the Prospectus are not prohibited by the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended, or the rules and regulations thereunder.

 

(k)          The Manager has not taken, and will not take, directly or indirectly, any action that constituted, or any action designed to, or that might reasonably be expected to cause or result in or constitute, under the Securities Act or otherwise, stabilization or manipulation of the price of any security of the Company or the Operating Company to facilitate the sale or resale of the Stock or for any other purpose.

 

9.           Expenses. Whether or not the transactions contemplated hereby are consummated or this Agreement becomes effective or is terminated, the Company agrees to pay or cause to be paid the following: (i) the fees, disbursements and expenses of the Company’s and the Manager’s counsel and accountants in connection with the registration of the Shares under the Securities Act and all other expenses in connection with the preparation, printing and filing of the Registration Statement as originally filed and the Prospectus and amendments and supplements thereto and the mailing and delivering of copies thereof and of the Preliminary Prospectus to the Underwriters and dealers; (ii) the printing and delivery (including postage, air freight charges and charges for counting and packaging) of such copies of the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, each Preliminary Prospectus, the Time of Sale Information, the Blue Sky memoranda, the Master Agreement Among Underwriters, this Agreement, the Selected Dealers Agreement and all amendments or supplements to any of them as may be reasonably requested for use in connection with the offering and sale of the Shares; (iii) consistent with the provisions of Section 5(i), all expenses in connection with the qualification of the Shares for offering and sale under state securities laws or Blue Sky laws, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and out-of-pocket expenses of the counsel for the Underwriters in connection therewith; (iv) the filing fees incident to securing any required review by FINRA of the fairness of the terms of the sale of the Shares and the reasonable fees and disbursements of the Underwriters’ counsel relating thereto; (v) the fees and expenses associated with listing the Shares on the NYSE; (vi) the cost of preparing stock certificates, if any; (vii) the costs and charges of any transfer agent or registrar; (viii) the cost of the tax stamps, if any, in connection with the issuance and delivery of the Shares to the respective Underwriters or their affiliates; (ix) all other fees, costs and expenses referred to in Item 14 of the Registration Statement; and (x) the transportation, lodging, graphics and other expenses incidental to the Company’s preparation for and participation in the “roadshow” for the offering contemplated hereby. Except as provided in this Section 9 and in Section 10 hereof, the Underwriters shall pay their own expenses, including the fees and disbursements of their counsel. In addition, in the event that the proposed offering is terminated for the reasons set forth in Section 5(k) hereof, the Company agrees to reimburse the Underwriters as provided in Section 5(k).

 

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10.         Indemnification and Contribution. Subject to the limitations in this paragraph below, the Company and the Operating Company jointly and severally agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Representatives and each other Underwriter, the directors, officers, employees and agents of each Underwriter, and each person, if any, who controls any Underwriter within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act from and against any and all losses, claims, damages, liabilities and expenses, including reasonable costs of investigation and attorneys’ fees and expenses (collectively, “Damages”) arising out of or based upon (i) any untrue statement or alleged untrue statement of a material fact contained in the Preliminary Prospectus, in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Prospectus or in any amendment or supplement thereto, or (ii) any omission or alleged omission to state therein a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary to make the statements therein (in the case of the Prospectus, in light of the circumstances under which they were made) not misleading, except with respect to (i) or (ii) to the extent that any such Damages arise out of or are based upon an untrue statement or omission or alleged untrue statement or omission that has been made therein or omitted therefrom in reliance upon and in conformity with the information furnished in writing to the Company by or on behalf of any Underwriter through the Representatives, expressly for use in connection therewith, which information is specified in Section 15 hereof. This indemnification shall be in addition to any liability that the Company or the Operating Company may otherwise have.

 

If any action or claim shall be brought against any Underwriter or any person controlling any Underwriter in respect of which indemnity may be sought jointly or severally against the Company and the Operating Company, such Underwriter or such controlling person shall promptly notify in writing the party(s) against whom indemnification is being sought (the “indemnifying party” or “indemnifying parties”), and such indemnifying party or parties shall assume the defense thereof, including the employment of counsel reasonably acceptable to such Underwriter or such controlling person and the payment of all reasonable fees of and expenses incurred by such counsel. Such Underwriter or any such controlling person shall have the right to employ separate counsel in any such action and participate in the defense thereof, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at the expense of such Underwriter or such controlling person, unless (i) the indemnifying party(s) has (have) agreed in writing to pay such fees and expenses, (ii) the indemnifying party(s) has (have) failed to assume the defense and employ counsel reasonably acceptable to the Underwriter or such controlling person or (iii) the named parties to any such action (including any impleaded parties) include both such Underwriter or such controlling person and the indemnifying party(s), and such Underwriter or such controlling person shall have been advised by its counsel that one or more legal defenses may be available to the Underwriter that may not be available to the Company or the Operating Company, or that representation of such indemnified party and any indemnifying party(s) by the same counsel would be inappropriate under applicable standards of professional conduct (whether or not such representation by the same counsel has been proposed) due to actual or potential differing interests between them (in which case the indemnifying party(s) shall not have the right to assume the defense of such action on behalf of such Underwriter or such controlling person (but the Company and the Operating Company shall not be liable for the fees and expenses of more than one counsel for the Underwriters and such controlling persons)). The indemnifying party(s) shall not be liable for any settlement of any such action effected without its (their several) written consent, but if settled with such written consent, or if there be a final judgment for the plaintiff in any such action, the indemnifying party(s) agree(s) to indemnify and hold harmless any Underwriter and any such controlling person from and against any loss, claim, damage, liability or expense by reason of such settlement or judgment, but in the case of a judgment only to the extent stated in the first paragraph of this Section 10.

 

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Each Underwriter agrees, severally and not jointly, to indemnify and hold harmless the Company and the Operating Company, their respective directors and their respective officers who sign the Registration Statement and any person who controls the Company or the Operating Company within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act, to the same extent as the foregoing several indemnity from the Company and the Operating Company to each Underwriter, but only with respect to information furnished in writing by or on behalf of such Underwriter through the Representatives expressly for use in the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, the Time of Sale Information, any Issuer Free Writing Prospectus or the Preliminary Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, which is specified in Section 15. If any action or claim shall be brought or asserted against the Company or the Operating Company, any of their respective directors, any of their respective officers or any such controlling person based on the Registration Statement, the Prospectus, the Time of Sale Information or the Preliminary Prospectus, or any amendment or supplement thereto, and in respect of which indemnity may be sought against any Underwriter pursuant to this paragraph, such Underwriter shall have the rights and duties given to the Company and the Operating Company by the immediately preceding paragraph (except that if the Company and the Operating Company shall have assumed the defense thereof such Underwriter shall not be required to do so, but may employ separate counsel therein and participate in the defense thereof, but the fees and expenses of such counsel shall be at such Underwriter’s expense), and the Company and the Operating Company, their respective directors, their respective officers and any such controlling persons, shall have the rights and duties given to the Underwriters by the immediately preceding paragraph.

 

In any event, (i) the Company or the Operating Company will not, without the prior written consent of the Representatives, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment in any proceeding or threatened claim, action, suit or proceeding in respect of which the indemnification may be sought hereunder (whether or not the Representatives or any person who controls the Representatives within the meaning of Section 15 of the Securities Act or Section 20 of the Exchange Act is a party to such claim, action, suit or proceeding) unless such settlement, compromise or consent includes an unconditional release of all Underwriters and such controlling persons from all liability arising out of such claim, action, suit or proceeding and (ii) the Underwriters will not, without the prior written consent of the Company or the Operating Company, as the case may be, settle or compromise or consent to the entry of any judgment in any proceeding or threatened claim, action, suit or proceeding in respect of which the indemnification may be sought hereunder unless such settlement, compromise or consent includes an unconditional release of the Company or the Operating Company, as the case may be, from all liability arising out of such claim, action, suit or proceeding.

 

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If the indemnification provided for in this Section 10 is unavailable or insufficient for any reason whatsoever to an indemnified party in respect of any Damages referred to herein, then an indemnifying party, in lieu of indemnifying such indemnified party, shall contribute to the amount paid or payable by such indemnified party as a result of such Damages (i) in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect the relative benefits received by the Company and the Operating Company on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other hand, from the offering and sale of the Shares or (ii) if the allocation provided by clause (i) above is not permitted by applicable law, in such proportion as is appropriate to reflect not only the relative benefits referred to in clause (i) above but also the relative and several fault of the Company and the Operating Company on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other hand, in connection with the statements or omissions that resulted in such Damages as well as any other relevant equitable considerations. The relative and several benefits received by the Company and the Operating Company on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other hand, shall be deemed to be in the same proportion as the total net proceeds from the offering (before deducting expenses) received by the Company bear to the total underwriting discounts and commissions received by the Underwriters, in each case as set forth in the table on the cover page of the Prospectus; provided that, in the event that the Underwriters shall have purchased any Additional Shares hereunder, any determination of the relative benefits received by the Company and the Operating Company or the Underwriters from the offering of the Shares shall include the net proceeds (before deducting expenses) received by the Company and the underwriting discounts and commissions received by the Underwriters, from the sale of such Additional Shares, in each case computed on the basis of the respective amounts set forth in the notes to the table on the cover page of the Prospectus. The relative fault of the Company and the Operating Company on the one hand, and the Underwriters on the other hand, shall be determined by reference to, among other things, whether the untrue or alleged untrue statement of a material fact or the omission or alleged omission to state a material fact relates to information supplied by the Company and the Operating Company on the one hand, or by the Underwriters on the other hand and the parties’ relative intent, knowledge, access to information and opportunity to correct or prevent such statement or omission.

 

The Company and the Operating Company and the Underwriters agree that it would not be just and equitable if contribution pursuant to this Section 10 was determined by a pro rata allocation (even if the Underwriters were treated as one entity for such purpose) or by any other method of allocation that does not take into account the equitable considerations referred to in the immediately preceding paragraph. The amount paid or payable by an indemnified party as a result of the Damages referred to in the immediately preceding paragraph shall be deemed to include, subject to the limitations set forth above, any legal or other expenses reasonably incurred by such indemnified party in connection with investigating or defending any such action or claim. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section 10, no Underwriter shall be required to contribute any amount in excess of the amount of the underwriting commissions received by such underwriter in connection with the Shares underwritten by it and distributed to the public. No person guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation (within the meaning of Section 11(f) of the Securities Act) shall be entitled to contribution from any person who was not guilty of such fraudulent misrepresentation. The Underwriters’ obligations to contribute pursuant to this Section 10 are several in proportion to the respective numbers of Firm Shares set forth opposite their names in Schedule I hereto (or such numbers of Firm Shares increased as set forth in Section 2 hereof) and not joint.

 

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Any Damages for which an indemnified party is entitled to indemnification or contribution under this Section 10 shall be paid by the indemnifying party to the indemnified party as Damages are incurred after receipt of reasonably itemized invoices therefor. The indemnity, contribution and reimbursement agreements contained in this Section 10 and the representations and warranties of the Company and the Operating Company set forth in this Agreement shall remain operative and in full force and effect, regardless of (i) any investigation made by or on behalf of any Underwriter or any person controlling any Underwriter, the Company and the Operating Company and their respective directors, their respective officers or any person controlling the Company and the Operating Company, (ii) acceptance of any Shares and payment therefor hereunder and (iii) any termination of this Agreement. A successor to any Underwriter or any person controlling any Underwriter, or to the Company, the Operating Company, their respective directors, their respective officers or any person controlling the Company or the Operating Company, shall be entitled to the benefits of the indemnity, contribution and reimbursement agreements contained in this Section 10.

 

11.         Conditions of Underwriters’ Obligations. The several obligations of the Underwriters to purchase the Firm Shares hereunder are subject to the following conditions:

 

(a)          The Prospectus, including any supplement thereto, and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus shall have been timely filed with the Commission under the Securities Act (in the case of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, to the extent required by Rule 433 under the Securities Act); and all requests by the Commission for additional information shall have been complied with to the reasonable satisfaction of the Representatives.

 

(b)          No event or condition of a type described in Section 7(v) hereof shall have occurred or shall exist, which event or condition is not described in the Time of Sale Information (excluding any amendment or supplement thereto) and the Prospectus (excluding any amendment or supplement thereto) and the effect of which, in the judgment of the Representatives, makes it impracticable or inadvisable to proceed with the public offering or purchase of the Shares as contemplated hereby.

 

(c)          You shall have received on the Closing Date (and the Additional Closing Date, if any) the opinion of (1) Morrison & Foerster LLP, counsel to the Company, substantially to the effect set forth in Schedule V-1 hereto, (2) the tax opinion of Morrison & Foerster LLP, counsel to the Company, substantially to the effect set forth in Schedule V-2 hereto and (3) Greenspoon Marder, P.A., special Florida counsel to the Company, substantially to the effect set forth in Schedule V-3 hereto.

 

(d)          You shall have received on the Closing Date or Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, an opinion of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, as counsel for the Underwriters, dated the Closing Date or Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, with respect to the issuance and sale of the Shares, the Registration Statement and other related matters as you may reasonably request, and the Company and its counsel shall have furnished to your counsel such documents as they may reasonably request for the purpose of enabling them to pass upon such matters.

 

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(e)          You shall have received letters addressed to you and dated the date hereof and the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, from the firm of Grant Thornton LLP, independent certified public accountants.

 

(f)          (i) No stop order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement shall have been issued by the Commission and no proceedings for that purpose shall be pending or, to the knowledge of the Company or the Operating Company, shall be threatened or contemplated by the Commission at or prior to the Closing Date or Additional Closing Date, as the case may be; (ii) no order suspending the effectiveness of the Registration Statement or the qualification or registration of the Shares under the securities or Blue Sky laws of any jurisdiction shall be in effect and no proceeding for such purpose shall be pending or, to the knowledge of the Company or the Operating Company, threatened or contemplated by the authorities of any jurisdiction; (iii) any request for additional information on the part of the staff of the Commission or any such authorities shall have been complied with to the satisfaction of the staff of the Commission or such authorities, as the case may be; (iv) the Prospectus, including any supplement thereto, and each Issuer Free Writing Prospectus shall have been timely filed with the Commission under the Securities Act (in the case of an Issuer Free Writing Prospectus, to the extent required by Rule 433 under the Securities Act) and the Company will file the final Prospectus with the Commission within the time periods specified by Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act (without reliance on Rule 424(b)(8)) and Rule 430B under the Securities Act; and (v) all of the representations and warranties of the Company, the Operating Company and the Manager contained in this Agreement shall be true and correct in all material respects (except for such representations and warranties qualified by materiality, which representations and warranties shall be true and correct in all respects) on and as of the date hereof and on and as of the Closing Date or Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, as if made on and as of the Closing Date or Additional Closing Date, as the case may be, and you shall have received a certificate, dated the Closing Date and signed by the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer of the Company, the Operating Company and the Manager (or such other officers as are acceptable to you) to the effect set forth in Section 11(b) and Section 11(f) hereof.

 

(g)          The Company, Operating Company and the Manager shall have furnished or caused to have been furnished to you such further certificates and documents as you shall have reasonably requested.

 

(h)          At or prior to the Closing Date, you shall have received the written commitment Lock-Up Agreements from each of the individuals set forth on Schedule III hereto.

 

(i)           At or prior to the effective date of the Prospectus, you shall have received a letter from the Corporate Financing Department of FINRA confirming that such Department has determined to raise no objections with respect to the fairness or reasonableness of the underwriting terms and arrangements of the offering contemplated hereby.

 

All such opinions, certificates, letters and other documents will be in compliance with the provisions hereof only if they are reasonably satisfactory in form and substance to you and your counsel.

 

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The several obligations of the Underwriters to purchase Additional Shares hereunder are subject to the satisfaction on and as of the Additional Closing Date of the conditions set forth in this Section 11, except that, if the Additional Closing Date is other than the Closing Date, the certificates, opinions and letters referred to in this Section 11 shall be dated as of the Additional Closing Date and the opinions called for by paragraphs (c), (d) and (e) shall be revised to reflect the sale of Additional Shares.

 

If any of the conditions hereinabove provided for in this Section 11 shall not have been satisfied when and as required by this Agreement, this Agreement may be terminated by you by notifying the Company of such termination in writing or by telegram at or prior to such Closing Date, but you shall be entitled to waive any of such conditions.

 

12.         Effective Date of Agreement. This Agreement shall become effective upon the execution and delivery hereof by the parties hereto.

 

13.         Defaulting Underwriters. If any one or more of the Underwriters shall fail or refuse to purchase Firm Shares that it or they have agreed to purchase hereunder, and the aggregate number of Firm Shares that such defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters agreed but failed or refused to purchase is not more than one-tenth of the aggregate number of the Firm Shares, each non-defaulting Underwriter shall be obligated, severally, in the proportion in which the number of Firm Shares set forth opposite its name in Schedule I hereto bears to the aggregate number of Firm Shares set forth opposite the names of all non-defaulting Underwriters or in such other proportion as you may specify in the Agreement Among Underwriters, to purchase the Firm Shares that such defaulting Underwriter or Underwriters agreed, but failed or refused to purchase. If any Underwriter or Underwriters shall fail or refuse to purchase Firm Shares and the aggregate number of Firm Shares with respect to which such default occurs is more than one-tenth of the aggregate number of Firm Shares and arrangements satisfactory to the Representatives and the Company for the purchase of such Firm Shares are not made within 48 hours after such default, this Agreement will terminate without liability on the part of any non-defaulting Underwriter or the Company. In any such case that does not result in termination of this Agreement, either the Representatives or the Company shall have the right to postpone the Closing Date, but in no event for longer than seven (7) days, in order that the required changes, if any, in the Registration Statement and the Prospectus or any other documents or arrangements may be effected. Any action taken under this paragraph shall not relieve any defaulting Underwriter from liability in respect of any such default of any such Underwriter under this Agreement.

 

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14.         Termination of Agreement. This Agreement shall be subject to termination in the Representatives’ absolute discretion, without liability on the part of any Underwriter to the Company by notice to the Company, if prior to the Closing Date or the Additional Closing Date (if different from the Closing Date and then only as to the Additional Shares), as the case may be, in the Representatives’ sole judgment, (i) trading in the Company’s Common Stock shall have been suspended by the Commission or the NYSE, (ii) trading in securities generally on the NYSE shall have been suspended or materially limited, or minimum or maximum prices shall have been generally established on such exchange, or additional material governmental restrictions, not in force on the date of this Agreement, shall have been imposed upon trading in securities generally by any such exchange or by order of the Commission or any court or other governmental authority, (iii) there has been since the time of execution of this Agreement or since the respective dates as of which information is given in the Registration Statement, the Time of Sale Information or the Prospectus (in each case exclusive of any amendments or supplements thereto subsequent to the date of this Agreement), any Material Adverse Effect, in each case the effect of which is such as to make it, in the Representatives’ judgment, impracticable or inadvisable to market the Shares or to enforce contracts for the sale of the Shares, (iv) a general moratorium on commercial banking activities shall have been declared by either federal or New York State authorities or (v) there shall have occurred any outbreak or escalation of hostilities or other international or domestic calamity, crisis or change in political, financial or economic conditions or other material event the effect of which on the financial markets of the United States is such as to make it, in your judgment, impracticable or inadvisable to market the Shares or to enforce contracts for the sale of the Shares. Notice of such cancellation shall be promptly given to the Company and its counsel by telegraph, telecopy or telephone and shall be subsequently confirmed by letter.

 

15.         Information Furnished by the Underwriters. Each of the Company and the Operating Company acknowledges that (i) the paragraph on the cover page regarding the delivery of the Shares, (ii) the list of Underwriters and their respective participation in the sale of the Shares under the caption “Underwriting,” (iii) the sentences related to concessions and reallowances under the caption “Underwriting—Commissions and Discounts,” and the paragraphs under the caption “Underwriting—Price Stabilization, Short Positions and Penalty Bids” in the most recent Preliminary Prospectus and the Prospectus constitute the only information furnished by or on behalf of the Underwriters through the Representatives or on their behalf as such information is referred to in Sections 7 and 10 hereof.

 

16.         Miscellaneous. Except as otherwise provided in Sections 5 and 14 hereof, notice given pursuant to any of the provisions of this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be delivered:

 

(i)to the Company or the Operating Company:

 

Jernigan Capital, Inc.

6410 Poplar Avenue, Suite 650

Memphis, TN 38119

Attention: John A. Good

 

with a copy to:

 

Morrison & Foerster LLP

2000 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 6000

Washington, D.C. 20006

Attention: David P. Slotkin

 

(ii)to the Manager:

 

JCap Advisors, LLC

6410 Poplar Avenue, Suite 650

Memphis, TN 38119

Attention: John A. Good

 

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(iii)to the Underwriters:

 

Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

880 Carillon Parkway

St. Petersburg, Florida 33716

Attention: General Counsel

 

Jefferies LLC

520 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10022

Attention: General Counsel

 

with a copy to:

 

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

MetLife Building

200 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10166

Attention: Joseph A. Herz

 

This Agreement has been and is made solely for the benefit of the several Underwriters, the Company and the Operating Company and their respective directors and officers.

 

17.         Applicable Law; Counterparts. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without reference to choice of law principles thereunder.

 

This Agreement may be signed in various counterparts, which together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

This Agreement shall be effective when, but only when, at least one counterpart hereof shall have been executed on behalf of each party hereto.

 

The Company, the Operating Company and the Underwriters each hereby irrevocably waive any right they may have to a trial by jury in respect to any claim based upon or arising out of this Agreement or the transactions contemplated hereby.

 

18.         No Fiduciary Duty. The Company and the Operating Company acknowledge that in connection with the offering of the Shares: (i) the Underwriters have acted at arm’s length, are not agents of, and owe no fiduciary duties to, the Company or the Operating Company or any other person, (ii) the Underwriters owe the Company and the Operating Company only those duties and obligations set forth in this Agreement and prior written agreements (to the extent not superseded by this Agreement), if any, and (iii) the Underwriters may have interests that differ from those of the Company and the Operating Company. The Company and the Operating Company waive to the full extent permitted by applicable law any claims they may have against the Underwriters arising from an alleged breach of fiduciary duty in connection with the offering of the Shares.

 

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19.         Research Analyst Independence. The Company and the Operating Company acknowledge that (a) the Underwriters’ research analysts and research departments are required to be independent from their respective investment banking divisions and are subject to certain regulations and internal policies and (b) the Underwriters’ research analysts may hold views and make statements or investment recommendations and/or publish research reports with respect to the Company, the value of the Common Stock and/or the offering that differ from the views of their respective investment banking divisions. The Company and the Operating Company hereby waive and release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, any claims that it may have against the Underwriters with respect to any conflict of interest that may arise from the fact that the views expressed by the Underwriters’ independent research analysts and research departments may be different from or inconsistent with the views or advice communicated to the Company and the Operating Company by any Underwriter’s investment banking division. The Company and the Operating Company acknowledge that each of the Underwriters is a full service securities firm and as such, from time to time, subject to applicable securities laws, may effect transactions for its own account or the account of its customers and hold long or short positions in debt or equity securities of the companies that are the subject of the transactions contemplated by this Agreement.

 

[Signature page follows.]

 

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Please confirm that the foregoing correctly sets forth the agreement among the Company, the Operating Company, the Manager and the several Underwriters.

 

  Very truly yours,
   
  JERNIGAN CAPITAL, INC.
     
  By: /s/ Dean Jernigan
    Name:  Dean Jernigan
    Title:  Chief Executive Officer
     
  JERNIGAN CAPITAL OPERATING COMPANY, LLC
     
  By: Jernigan Capital, Inc., its managing member
     
  By: /s/ Dean Jernigan
    Name:  Dean Jernigan
    Title:  Chief Executive Officer
     
  JCAP ADVISORS, LLC
     
  By: /s/ Dean Jernigan
    Name:  Dean Jernigan
    Title:  Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED as of the date first above mentioned, on behalf of the Representatives and the other several Underwriters named in Schedule I hereto.  
   
RAYMOND JAMES & ASSOCIATES, INC.  
     
By: /s/ Jamie Graff  
  Authorized Representative  
     
JEFFERIES LLC  
     
By: /s/ Josh Fuller  
  Authorized Representative  

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE I

 

Name  Number
Firm Shares
 
     
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.   993,750 
Jefferies LLC   993,750 
Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated   397,500 
FBR Capital Markets & Co.   265,000 
      
Total:   2,650,000 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE II-1

 

Issuer Free Writing Prospectus

 

None.

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE II-2

 

Pricing Information

 

Number of Firm Shares: 2,650,000

 

Number of Additional Shares: 397,500

 

Public Offering Price per Share: $19.00

 

Discount per Share: 5.25%1

 

 

 

1 Other than 28,815 shares of Common Stock to be purchased from the Company at a price of $19.00 per share.

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE III

 

Persons Subject to Lock-up

 

JCAP Advisors, LLC

Dean Jernigan

Mark O. Decker

Howard A. Silver

Harry J. Thie

W1 Capital, LLC

John A. Good

William C. Drummond

James Dondero

Highland Capital Management Fund Advisors, L.P.

NexPoint Real Estate Capital, LLC

NexPoint Real Estate Opportunities, LLC