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The Relative Value of Public Non-listed REITS

Paul J. Seguin ()
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Paul J. Seguin: University of Georgia

Journal of Real Estate Research, 2016, vol. 38, issue 1, 59-92

Abstract: We evaluate equity claims to publicly registered, non-listed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Although market-determined equity prices for public non-listed REITs (PNLRs) are unavailable, we demonstrate that such equity claims are worth between 23% and 80% less than equity claims to identical underlying assets organized as listed REITs. Sources for losses include illiquidity, high transactions costs and sub-optimal capital, and organizational structures. An alleged advantage of PNLRs- higher current income- is unsustainable: REITs frequently reduce levels of promised returns to equity holders, only achieving these lower levels by issuing additional capital.

JEL-codes: L85 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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