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): June 3, 2021
Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction||(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer|
|of incorporation)||Identification No.)|
9 West 57th Street, Suite 4920
New York, New York 10019
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (212) 588-6770
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
Indicated 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)
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Item 5.03. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws; Change in Fiscal Year.
Effective June 3, 2021, Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc. (the “Company”) amended and restated its Amended and Restated Bylaws (the “Bylaws”). The amendments to the Bylaws clarified the Company’s majority vote standard for annual director elections and enhanced the information required to be submitted by stockholders proposing director nominees for election or other proposals to be brought before an annual meeting of stockholders pursuant to the Company’s advance notice bylaw. A copy of the Bylaws, as amended, is filed as Exhibit 3.1 hereto and is incorporated by reference into this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders.
The 2021 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”) of the Company was called to order on June 3, 2021.
At the Annual Meeting, stockholders voted on (i) the election of Richard J. Byrne, Jamie Handwerker, Peter J. McDonough, Buford H. Ortale and Elizabeth K. Tuppeny to the Company’s Board of Directors for one-year terms until the 2022 annual meeting of stockholders and until their respective successors are duly elected and qualified; and (ii) the ratification of the appointment of Ernst & Young LLP (“E&Y”) as the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm for the year ending December 31, 2021.
The stockholders elected all five nominees for director and ratified the appointment of E&Y. The full results of the matters voted on at the Annual Meeting are set forth below:
Proposal No. 1 – Election of Directors
|Richard J. Byrne||29,596,787||582,843||1,608,320||712,803|
|Peter J. McDonough||29,507,018||583,702||1,697,230||712,803|
|Buford H. Ortale||29,514,364||596,454||1,677,132||712,803|
|Elizabeth K. Tuppeny||29,586,461||573,200||1,628,289||712,803|
Proposal No. 2 – Ratification of the Appointment of E&Y as the Company’s Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm for the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2020:
|Item 9.01.||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|3.1||Amended and Restated Bylaws of Benefit Street Partners Realty Trust, Inc.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|BENEFIT STREET PARTNERS REALTY TRUST, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jerome S. Baglien|
|Name:||Jerome S. Baglien|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer|
Date: June 4, 2021