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American Finance Trust Comments on Unsolicited Third Party Mini-Tender Offer

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American Finance Trust Comments on Unsolicited Third Party Mini-Tender Offer

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NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- American Finance Trust, Inc. ("AFIN") announced that, after careful evaluation, its board of directors strongly recommends that AFIN's stockholders reject the latest unsolicited mini-tender offer launched by MacKenzie Realty Capital, Inc. and certain of its affiliates (collectively, "MacKenzie") to purchase up to 400,000 shares of each class of AFIN's common stock.

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AFIN became aware of MacKenzie's latest opportunistic offer when MacKenzie issued a press release on July 26, 2018. AFIN does not endorse MacKenzie's offer and reminds its stockholders that MacKenzie is not affiliated with AFIN, the AFIN advisor or AFIN's financial advisor, BMO Capital Markets. It is unfortunate that MacKenzie continues to use forms and materials which seem to be designed to mislead stockholders into believing they are issued by AFIN. Make no mistake, MacKenzie is not a charitable organization: they are a for-profit business that we believe opportunistically timed this offer just days after AFIN's Class A common stock began trading on The Nasdaq Global Select market ("Nasdaq"), prior to AFIN's upcoming second quarter earnings release and before the trading market has been fully established. While there can never be assurance as to AFIN's future stock prices, AFIN has not yet had the opportunity as it begins its next phase as a publicly-listed company to demonstrate the continued execution of its business strategy and commitment to delivering stockholder value.

MacKenzie has had limited success in acquiring shares from AFIN's stockholders in previous mini-tender offers. AFIN's board of directors believes that the latest MacKenzie offer is not in the best interest of AFIN's stockholders, because, among other reasons:

  • Opportunistic Attempt to Profit at Stockholders' Expense.  AFIN's board of directors believes that MacKenzie's offer represents an opportunistic attempt by MacKenzie to make a profit by purchasing shares in all share classes at what we believe could well prove to be undervalued  prices, thereby depriving the stockholders who tender shares in the MacKenzie offer the potential to realize the full long-term value of their investment in the company which may be achieved in connection with AFIN's recent listing of its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq and the phased liquidity implemented by the board of directors, in consultation with BMO Capital Markets, its financial advisor engaged to assist AFIN and its board on the decision to list. The phased approach was structured to minimize the potential for selling pressure that may exist at the outset of any listing. We believe that MacKenzie understands the potential for share price appreciation. We believe it is clear that MacKenzie would not be making the offer if it did not think AFIN's shares will soon be worth more.
          
  • Deceptive Offer Price. MacKenzie will reduce the actual price paid for tendered shares by any distributions paid on such shares by AFIN after June 29, 2018, which, after the June 2018 distribution paid in early July at the rate of $1.30 per year per share, are currently paid at a rate of $1.10 per year per share. As a result, the per share price actually paid by MacKenzie will be at least $0.29 less than their offer price if MacKenzie's offer expires on September 10, 2018. The actual amount paid could be reduced further depending on when MacKenzie accepts the tendered shares or if MacKenzie's offer is extended at its discretion.
         
  • MacKenzie's Offer Avoids Important Investor Protections and Disclosure.  The latest MacKenzie offer has not been publicly filed and avoids important investor protections and disclosure. In fact, the SEC has cautioned investors about mini-tender offers, noting that "[s]ome bidders make mini-tender offers at below-market prices, hoping that they will catch investors off guard…" The SEC has also published investor tips regarding mini-tender offers on its website at: http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/minitend.htm.
           
    • The MacKenzie offer avoids important investor protections, including accepting tenders only on a first come, first served basis with no right to withdraw or rescind a tender, even if the MacKenzie offer is extended. As a result, once MacKenzie receives it, a tender is irrevocable.
           
    • Unlike tender offers required to be filed with the SEC, the MacKenzie offer materials in our opinion fail to adequately address certain matters, including: a complete description of the risks associated with the MacKenzie offer; a clear discussion of the methodologies used by MacKenzie to determine its offer price or how it has valued AFIN's shares; completeness of disclosure as to the identity of MacKenzie, its control persons and promoters and their financial wherewithal; and a clear disclosure of AFIN shares owned by MacKenzie and its affiliates.

AFIN believes that each stockholder must individually evaluate whether to tender his, her or its shares. The AFIN board suggests stockholders carefully consider all the factors discussed in the limited MacKenzie offer materials before deciding to participate, including consulting with any financial or tax advisors when considering the MacKenzie offer.

AFIN appreciates its stockholders trust in the company and its board of directors and thanks them for their continued support. AFIN encourages its stockholders to follow the board of directors' recommendation to not tender shares in the latest MacKenzie offer. If you do not wish to tender shares in the MacKenzie offer, simply do not respond.

For questions or further information, please contact AFIN's Investor Relations department at 866-902-0063.

About American Finance Trust
American Finance Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFIN) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on the Nasdaq focused on managing and acquiring a high-quality single and multi-tenant portfolio that is service-retail focused. The portfolio consists of a strong, creditworthy tenant base and is well positioned for growth. Additional information about AFIN can be found on its website at www.americanfinancetrust.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. These forward looking statements involve substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause the outcome to be materially different. In addition, words such as "may," "will," "seeks," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "plans," "intends," "would," or similar expressions indicate a forward-looking statement, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Any statements referring to the future value of an investment in AFIN, as well as the success that AFIN may have in executing its business plan, are also forward-looking statements. There are a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause AFIN's actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements, including those risks, uncertainties and other important factors set forth in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of AFIN's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and AFIN's most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, as such risks, uncertainties and other important factors may be updated from time to time in AFIN's subsequent reports. Further, forward looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and AFIN undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results over time, except as required by law.

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