BRANFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sachem Capital Corp. (NYSE American: SACH) announces the closing of its previously announced registered public offering of $13.0 million aggregate principal amount of 7.75% unsecured, unsubordinated notes due 2025 (“Notes”). The net proceeds of the offering to Sachem Capital Corp. are expected to be approximately $12.3 million after payment of underwriting discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses payable by Sachem Capital Corp.
Sachem Capital Corp. has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $1.95 million aggregate principal amount of Notes to cover over-allotments, if any. The over-allotment option expires September 27, 2020.
The Notes will rank pari passu with all the company’s unsecured, unsubordinated indebtedness, whether currently outstanding or issued in the future. The Notes are expected to be listed on the NYSE American under the trading symbol “SCCC” and begin to trade on or about September 10, 2020.
The Notes will mature on September 30, 2025, and may be redeemed, in whole or in part, at any time, or from time to time, at the company’s option on or after September 4, 2022. Interest on the Notes will accrue at the annual rate of 7.75% and will be payable quarterly, in arrears, on each March 30, June 30, September 30 and December 30 that the Notes are outstanding, beginning December 30, 2020.
Sachem plans to use the net proceeds from the sale of the Notes for working capital and general corporate purposes, i.e., primarily to fund new real estate loans secured by first mortgage liens. Sachem may also use the net proceeds to acquire other real estate finance companies or existing mortgage loan portfolios, although no such transactions are pending at this time.
Sachem Capital Corp. has received an investment grade private rating of BBB+ from Egan-Jones Ratings Company, an independent, unaffiliated rating agency. Egan-Jones is a Nationally Recognized Statistical Ratings Organization (NRSRO) and is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider (CRP). Egan-Jones is also certified by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). A securities rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and may be subject to revision or withdrawal at any time.
Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc., Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: NHLD) acted as the lead joint book-running managers for the offering. Aegis Capital Corp. is acting as co-manager for the offering.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in this offering or any other securities nor will there be any sale of the Notes or any other securities referred to in this press release in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.
A registration statement relating to, among other things, the Notes, was filed and has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The offering was made only by means of a related prospectus supplement and an accompanying base prospectus forming part of the effective registration statement, copies of which may be obtained from: Ladenburg Thalmann, Attn: Syndicate Department, 277 Park Avenue, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10172, or by emailing email@example.com (telephone number 1-800-573-2541); or Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Attn: Syndicate Department, 1717 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; or National Securities Corp., 200 Vesey Street, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10281, or by emailing email@example.com; or Aegis Capital Corp., Attn: Syndicate Department, 810 7th Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10019, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sachem Capital Corp. filed a preliminary prospectus supplement, dated August 26, 2020 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which contains more detailed description of the Notes and the terms of the offering and a preliminary prospectus supplement and the accompanying base prospectus dated February 5, 2020, which contains other important information about Sachem Capital Corp., its business, operations and financial condition.
About Sachem Capital Corp.
Sachem Capital Corp. specializes in originating, underwriting, funding, servicing, and managing a portfolio of first mortgage loans. It offers short term (i.e., three years or less) secured, nonbanking loans (sometimes referred to as “hard money” loans) to real estate investors to fund their acquisition, renovation, development, rehabilitation or improvement of properties located primarily in Connecticut. The company does not lend to owner occupants. The company’s primary underwriting criteria is a conservative loan to value ratio. The properties securing the company’s loans are generally classified as residential or commercial real estate and, typically, are held for resale or investment. Each loan is secured by a first mortgage lien on real estate. Each loan is also personally guaranteed by the principal(s) of the borrower, which guaranty may be collaterally secured by a pledge of the guarantor’s interest in the borrower. The company also makes opportunistic real estate purchases apart from its lending activities. The company believes that it qualifies as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for federal income tax purposes and has elected to be taxed as a REIT beginning with its 2017 tax year.
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