SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): July 26, 2021
Independence Realty Trust, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
1835 Market Street, Suite 2601
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103
(Address of Principal Executive Office) (Zip Code)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Former name or former address, if changed since last report
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Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
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Item 8.01Other Events.
Financial and other Information
On July 26, 2021, Independence Realty Trust, Inc., a Maryland corporation (“IRT”), filed a Current Report on Form 8-K (the “Merger Form 8-K”) to report the entry by IRT into an Agreement and Plan of Merger dated as of July 26, 2021 (the “Merger Agreement”) by and among IRT, Independence Realty Operating Partnership, LP, a Delaware limited partnership and subsidiary of IRT, IRSTAR Sub, LLC, a Maryland limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of IRT, Steadfast Apartment REIT, Inc., a Maryland corporation (“STAR”), and Steadfast Apartment REIT Operating Partnership, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership. The Merger Form 8-K includes a copy of the Merger Agreement as Exhibit 2.1 thereto and provides information relating to the transactions provided for in and contemplated by the Merger Agreement.
IRT is filing this Current Report on Form 8-K to provide (i) audited financial statements of STAR as
of December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019 and for each of the years in the three-year period ended December
31, 2020, together with the notes related thereto and the Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm thereon, which are attached as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference; and (ii) unaudited financial statements of STAR as of June 30, 2021 and for the six month periods ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, which are attached as Exhibit 99.2 and incorporated herein by reference.
The consent of Ernst & Young LLP, STAR’s independent registered public accounting firm, is attached as Exhibit 23.1.
IRT is also filing this Current Report on Form 8-K to incorporate by reference herein unaudited pro forma financial information consisting of an unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated balance sheet of IRT as of June 30, 2021 and unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated statements of operations of IRT for the six month period ended June 30, 2021 and for the year ended December 31, 2020, which are attached as Exhibit 99.3 and incorporated herein by reference. Such unaudited pro forma condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared on the basis of certain assumptions and estimates and are subject to other uncertainties and do not purport to reflect what the actual results of operations or financial condition of the combined company would have been had the mergers provided for in the Merger Agreement been consummated on the dates assumed for purposes of such pro forma financial statements or to be indicative of the financial condition or results of operations of the combined company as of or for any future date or period.
Additional Information Regarding STAR
IRT is also filing this Current Report on Form 8-K to provide (i) information regarding the portfolio of properties owned by STAR as of June 30, 2021, as contained in Exhibit 99.4, which is incorporated herein by reference, (ii) the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in Part I, Item 2 of STAR’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for its quarter ended June 30, 2021, as contained in Exhibit 99.5, which is incorporated herein by reference and (iii) the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in Part II, Item 7 of STAR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for its year ended December 31, 2020, as contained in Exhibit 99.6, which is incorporated herein by reference.
On July 26, 2021, IRT issued a press release announcing that it commenced an underwritten public offering of its common stock. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.7.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This Current Report on Form 8-K may include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which IRT operates and beliefs of and assumptions made by IRT management, involve uncertainties that could significantly affect the financial results of IRT or the combined company. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to certain actions to be taken by IRT in connection with the closing of the mergers. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Although IRT believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, IRT can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, risks and
uncertainties associated with: IRT’s and STAR’s ability to complete the mergers on the proposed terms or on the anticipated timeline, or at all, including risks and uncertainties related to securing the necessary shareholder approvals and lender consents and satisfaction of other closing conditions to consummate the mergers; the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the Merger Agreement; risks related to diverting the attention of IRT and STAR management from ongoing business operations; failure to realize the expected benefits of the mergers; significant transaction costs and/or unknown or inestimable liabilities; the risk of shareholder litigation in connection with the proposed mergers, including resulting expense or delay; the risk that STAR’s business will not be integrated successfully or that such integration may be more difficult, time-consuming or costly than expected; risks related to future opportunities and plans for the combined company, including the uncertainty of expected future financial performance and results of the combined company following completion of the mergers; effects relating to the announcement of the mergers or any further announcements or the consummation of the mergers on the market price of the IRT common stock or STAR common shares; the possibility that, if IRT does not achieve the perceived benefits of the mergers as rapidly or to the extent anticipated by financial analysts or investors, the market price of IRT common stock could decline; general adverse economic and local real estate conditions; the inability of tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business; local real estate conditions; adverse changes in financial markets that result in increases in interest rates and reduced availability and increased costs of capital; increases in operating costs and real estate taxes; changes in the dividend policy for IRT common stock or IRT’s ability to pay dividends; impairment charges; unanticipated changes in IRT’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity; pandemics or other health crises, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); and other risks and uncertainties affecting IRT and STAR, including those described from time to time under the caption “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in IRT’s and STAR’s SEC filings and reports, including IRT’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, STAR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and future filings and reports by either company. Moreover, other risks and uncertainties of which IRT and STAR are not currently aware may also affect each of the companies’ forward-looking statements and may cause actual results and the timing of events to differ materially from those anticipated. The forward-looking statements made in this communication are made only as of the date hereof or as of the dates indicated in the forward-looking statements, even if they are subsequently made available by IRT or STAR on their respective websites or otherwise. Neither IRT nor STAR undertakes any obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, new information, future events, changes in its expectations or other circumstances that exist after the date as of which the forward-looking statements were made.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
This communication relates to a proposed merger transaction pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement. In connection with the proposed merger transaction, IRT will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 to register the shares of IRT common stock to be issued in connection with the proposed merger transaction. The registration statement will include a joint proxy statement/prospectus which will be sent to the stockholders of IRT and the stockholders of STAR. This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement, proxy statement/prospectus or other document IRT and/or STAR may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF IRT AND STEADFAST ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of these documents (if and when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by IRT and/or STAR through the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by IRT will be available free of charge on IRT’s internet website at http://www.irtliving.com or by contacting IRT’s Investor Relations Department by email at IRT@edelman.com or by phone at +1-917-365-7979. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by STAR will be available free of charge on STAR’s internet website at http://www.steadfastliving.com or by contacting STAR’s Investor Relations Department by phone at +1-888-223-9951.
Participants in Solicitation
IRT, STAR, their respective directors and certain of their respective executive officers may be considered participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed Merger. Information about the directors and executive officers of IRT is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, which was filed with the SEC on February 18, 2021, and its proxy statement for its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 29, 2021. Information about the directors and executive officers of STAR is set forth in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, which was filed with the SEC on March 12, 2021, and in its proxy statement for its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on June 14, 2021. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by
security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.
No Offer or Solicitation
This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act.
Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
Independence Realty Trust, Inc.
July 26, 2021
/s/ James J. Sebra
James J. Sebra
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer