AREIT Summary Risk Factors

  • Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Investing in shares of Ares Real Estate Income Trust (AREIT) common stock involves a high degree of risk.
  • Investing in real estate assets entails certain risks, including changes in: the economy, supply and demand, laws, tenant turnover, interest rates (including periods of high interest rates), availability of mortgage funds, operating expenses and cost of insurance. This investment will offer limited liquidity options to investors. There is no guarantee of any return on investment and stockholders may lose the amount they invest. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are not suitable for all investors.
  • An investment in AREIT is not a direct investment in commercial real estate, but rather an investment in a REIT that owns commercial real estate.
  • Further, investing in AREIT stock involves additional and substantial risks specific to AREIT, including, among others, that:
  1. There is no public trading market for shares of AREIT’s common stock, and AREIT does not expect that there will ever be a public trading market for its shares, so redemption of shares by them will likely be the only way to dispose of your shares.
  2. AREIT’s redemption program imposes limits on redemptions. AREIT may amend, suspend or terminate its share redemption program at any time. As a result, AREIT’s shares have only limited liquidity and may become illiquid. Beginning in the first quarter of 2009 through the third quarter of 2016, redemption requests for Class E shareholders exceeded the redemption limits set forth in AREIT’s Class E share redemption program and associated offering materials, which during that time frame was limited to a 5% per year cap and other limitations with respect to Class E shareholders and AREIT conducted a number of self-tender offers to supplement this liquidity. As a result, investors who sought to redeem their Class E shares during that period only received a portion of the proceeds they requested, either through the redemption program or self-tender offers that were conducted by AREIT, and were required to resubmit redemption requests periodically in order to renew their request to either have their shares tendered or purchased pursuant to a tender offer. During this time period, these Class E shareholders did continue to receive distributions on the shares they retained.
  3. The purchase and redemption price for shares of AREIT’s common stock will be generally based on the NAV of each class of common stock and will not be based on any public trading market. AREIT’s NAV will not represent AREIT’s enterprise value and may not accurately reflect the actual prices at which AREIT’s assets could be liquidated on any given day, the value a third party would pay for all or substantially all of AREIT’s shares, or the price that AREIT’s shares would trade at on a national stock exchange. The board of directors may amend AREIT’s NAV procedures from time to time.
  4. Some of AREIT’s executive officers and directors and other key personnel are also officers, directors, managers, key personnel and/or holders of an ownership interest in its advisor, its dealer manager and/or other entities related to its advisor. As a result, they face conflicts of interest, including but not limited to conflicts arising from time constraints, allocation of investment opportunities and the fact that the fees its advisor will receive for services rendered to AREIT will be based on AREIT’s NAV, the procedures for which its advisor will assist its board of directors in developing, overseeing, implementing and coordinating.
  5. If AREIT fails to maintain its status as a REIT, it would adversely affect its results of operations and its ability to make distributions to its stockholders.
  6. The amount of distributions AREIT may make is uncertain, is not guaranteed, may be modified at the program’s discretion, and is subject to board approval. AREIT may pay distributions from sources other than cash flow from operations including, without limitation, the sale of assets, borrowings or offering proceeds (including the return of principal amounts invested). The use of these sources for distributions would decrease the amount of cash AREIT has available for new investments, repayment of debt, share redemptions and other corporate purposes, and could reduce your overall return and dilute the value of your investment in shares of AREIT common stock. Our cash distributions for the years 2012 to 2020 were fully funded from our operations on an annualized basis. When looking at individual quarters within those periods, in certain cases our distributions were not fully funded from our operations for such quarters. In such cases, the shortfalls were funded from proceeds from our distribution reinvestment plan or borrowings. Cash flow from operations does not include a reduction to cash flow resulting from on-going capital expenditures as GAAP defines those cash outflows as part of investment activities. Nonetheless, capital expenditures are inherently a significant and material part of the on-going business of AREIT. Furthermore, cash flow from operations, after deducting capital expenditures, may not be sufficient to fund 100% of AREIT’s distribution. For example, cash flow from operations, after deducting capital expenditures, for each of the years ended December 31, 2017 and 2016, would not have been sufficient to fund AREIT’s entire distribution amounts. Furthermore, AREIT may continue to incur capital expenditures associated with in-place vacancies, which would continue to make funding distributions through cash flow from operations, after deducting capital expenditures, unlikely during higher periods of lease-up.
  7. The payment of fees by AREIT to its advisor and its dealer manager will reduce the cash available for distribution and will increase the likelihood that investors are unable to recover the amount of their investment in AREIT.
  8. In connection with AREIT’s offering, it incurs fees and expenses. In particular, AREIT expects to incur a dealer manager and distribution fee which are expected to reduce the amount of distributions received by certain investors and as a result will lower the overall return to such investors. Also, AREIT has and expects to continue to incur organizational and offering related expenses which reduce the overall cash flow of AREIT and negatively impact its NAV and could negatively impact your overall return.

This material must be read in conjunction with the AREIT prospectus in order to understand fully all of the implications and risks of the offering of securities to which it relates. This document must be preceded or be accompanied by a prospectus, which contains important information about AREIT. This is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described in the AREIT prospectus. The offering is being made only by the AREIT prospectus. 

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any other state securities regulator has approved or disapproved of the securities or determined if the prospectus is truthful or complete. In addition, the Attorney General of the State of New York has not passed on or endorsed the merits of the offering. Any representation to the contrary is unlawful. AREIT is not an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940.

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