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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 8-K

 

CURRENT REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE

SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 10, 2022

 

The Necessity Retail REIT, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)

 

Maryland   001-38597   90-0929989

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

650 Fifth Avenue, 30th Floor
New York, New York 10019

(Address, including zip code, of Principal Executive Offices)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 415-6500

 

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

 

¨ Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
   
¨ Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
   
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
   
¨ Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

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

 

Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)  Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share   RTL   The Nasdaq Global Select Market
7.50% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share   RTLPP   The Nasdaq Global Select Market
7.375% Series C Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Stock, $0.01 par value per share   RTLPO   The Nasdaq Global Select Market
Preferred Stock Purchase Rights     The Nasdaq Global Select Market

 

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

 

Emerging growth company ¨

 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ¨

 

 

 

 

 

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

 

On May 10, 2022, The Necessity Retail REIT, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K. Such press release shall not be deemed “filed” for any purpose, including for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section. The information in Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any filing under the Exchange Act or the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No   Description
99.1   Press Release dated May 10, 2022
104   Cover Page Interactive Data File - the cover page XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document.

 

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

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

 

  THE NECESSITY RETAIL REIT, INC.
     
Date: May 10, 2022 By: /s/ Edward M. Weil, Jr.
    Name:  Edward M. Weil, Jr.
    Title:  Chief Executive Officer and President

 

 

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Necessity Retail REIT CEO Michael Weil Discusses with Shopping Center Business how RTL’s Retail Portfolio Meets the Needs of Today’s Consumer

 

NEW YORK – May 10, 2022 - The Necessity Retail REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq: RTL/ RTLPP / RTLPO) (“RTL”) announced today that Michael Weil, its CEO, was featured in a Shopping Center Business article focused on the shopping habits of today’s consumer and how the company is position to meet those needs.

 

Mr. Weil is quoted as saying, “We’ve seen necessity retail come through the pandemic in a really strong position. We’ve found there are communities around the country that are dependent on necessity retail, whether free-standing, grocery-anchored or power center, that’s where America is.”

 

“One of our biggest jobs was to build a portfolio that was recession-resistant,” he notes. “We were always focused on credit underwriting and the business strategies of tenants, which are, of course, important. I never thought I’d be tested by a pandemic. However, we’ve seen how the company and tenants have performed. The lack of bankruptcies. Nearly 100 percent rent collection. This portfolio has been pandemic tested, and it has come through it tremendously.”

 

Links to the Shopping Center Business article, America’s Shopping Patterns Turn Suburban and Retail Insight Newsletter are provided below:

https://shoppingcenterbusiness.com/americas-shopping-patterns-turn-suburban/

https://viewstripo.email/6c87f6d6-740a-491d-a9ec-25831006fe361652132417774

 

About The Necessity Retail REIT Where America Shops

The Necessity Retail REIT (Nasdaq: RTL) is the preeminent publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) focused "Where America Shops". RTL acquires and manages a diversified portfolio of primarily necessity-based retail single tenant and open-air shopping center properties in the U.S. Additional information about RTL can be found on its website at www.necessityretailreit.com.

 

Important Notice

The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to be materially different. The words “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “estimates,” “projects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “will,” “seek,” “would” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the potential adverse effects of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, including actions taken to contain or treat COVID-19, on the Company, the Company’s tenants, any assets under contract to be acquired including their respective tenants and uncertainty and volatility in the global economy and financial markets from, among other things, COVID-19 and the ongoing war in Ukraine, all of which may adversely affect market conditions and capital availability as well as those risks and uncertainties set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 filed on February 24, 2022 and all other filings with the SEC after that date as such risks, uncertainties and other important factors may be updated from time to time in the Company’s subsequent reports Forward looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results, unless required to do so by law.

 

Contacts:

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