- $375M capital raised from individual investors since founding (unaudited)
- Caliber’s consolidated total revenue in 2019 was $77M, driven by sustained growth as a 7x consecutive recipient of the Inc 500 | 5000 "Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America."
- Caliber has retained a top slate of advisers and service providers, including Goldman Sachs as financial adviser, Deloitte as auditor, CliftonLarsonAllen as tax, Manatt and Snell & Wilmer as legal, and Lockton as insurance to scale
- Accredited investor base has doubled since 2016 – from 371 to more than 750 – with an average per client investment of $520,000
- Managing over $440M in fair value assets under management (AUM) and an estimated $550M in assets under development (AUD) across the Greater Southwest growth region as of December 31, 2019 (unaudited), including one of the early Qualified Opportunity Zone funds created in the U.S.
- Total Amount Raised: US $6,764,744
- Total Investors: 1440
- Total Round Size: US $50,000,000
- Series B :
- Minimum Investment: US $2,000 per investor
- : Preferred Equity
- US $130,000,000 :
Caliber is a private equity real estate investment firm that identifies middle-market opportunities with significant growth potential. Harnessing the capital of high net-worth individuals and registered investment advisors, we meticulously curate underpriced properties ahead of market, pinpoint capital inefficiencies, and unlock maximum potential returns. Our "capital formation engine" removes the burden of buying, renovating, and selling property by leveraging in-house expertise in development, construction, design, and sales to secure the highest possible gains for our clients. No real estate prowess required—they simply invest, and we do all the rest.
Who We Serve
There are over 12 million households that qualify as accredited investors looking for an alternative to stocks and bonds—and the SEC recently approved new rules that will increase the size of this market significantly. Caliber serves this clientele with boutique middle-market investment funds that allow them to build wealth by earning income from rents, constructing properties, and lending their money.
Your investment in Caliber's stock allows you to own a piece of every service we provide, including the potential profits from high net-worth investors and our portfolio of real estate. As Caliber grows from over 750 accredited investors to serving what we project to be tens of thousands nationwide, and Caliber grows assets under management from $400 million to what we project to be billions, your ownership could enjoy the benefit of that growth and scale.
Making an Impact
We are a fundamentally innovative, morally compelling company with a mission to help American communities grow and prosper. Join Caliber to build your wealth and transform communities.
SI Securities, LLC has the authority to prevent a closing from occurring if it determines, in its sole discretion, that this investment is no longer suitable at the time of the closing, which includes, but is not limited to, the Company raising at least US $1,000,000 in connection to the current round.
Investors who invest $1,000,000 or less will have their securities held in trust with a Custodian that will serve as a single shareholder of record. These investors will be subject to the Custodian’s Account Agreement, including the electronic delivery of all required information.
Time Sensitive Perk*:
First 100 investors: Invitation to exclusive funding party in Phoenix Arizona with our founders and top investors. Transportation not included. Lodging included.
Tier 1 - $250k investment: Enjoy a getaway to Salmon Falls Fishing Resort (2 days/3 nights, travel included); everything in Tiers 2-5.
Tier 2 - $100k investment: Invitation, airfare and hotel stay for Caliber’s exclusive Annual Summit; Behind-the-scenes access to our team; everything in Tiers 3-5.
Tier 3 - $50k investment: Custom bronze name plaque installed at our DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tucson, an Opportunity Zone Investment; everything in Tiers 4-5.
Tier 4 - $10k investment: Expert insights from experienced real estate professionals through our webinars and insider newsletters; everything in Tier 5.
Tier 5 - $2,500 and up investment: Caliber gear ( Hat, T-shirt )
*Disclaimer: Some of the above perks are postponed until further notice due to restrictions on travel and live events resulting from the pandemic. Dates will remain TBD until it is safe to have large gatherings. We will notify investors via email well in advance when a date is booked so appropriate travel arrangements can be made.
It is advised that you consult a tax professional to fully understand any potential tax implications of receiving investor perks before making an investment.
Please note that due to share price calculations, some final investment amounts may be rounded down to the nearest whole share - these will still qualify for the designated perk tier. Additionally, investors must complete the online process and receive an initial email confirmation by the deadline stated above in order to be eligible for perks.
The graph below illustrates theor the of Caliber's prior rounds by year.
Caliber operates using two distinct strategies: raising capital from high net-worth (accredited) investors and deploying that capital into middle-market real estate investments throughout the Southwest.
The market for accredited investor households has grown year-over-year and the SEC recently announced new rules expanding who qualifies as an accredited investor going forward.
Caliber must also cultivate relationships in the markets it participates in, properly evaluate investment opportunities, and execute upon a series of actions to acquire, finance, renovate or construct, and manage each project.
We compete with other real estate funds, developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs), private family investors, and wealth advisors who may direct capital toward traditional investments instead of alternative investments.
Caliber is often asked how we differ from REITs. There are three substantial and structural differences between a REIT and Caliber's private investment funds:
- Capital Formation: Caliber has raised more than $375mm in capital from our direct investor base. REITs, by contrast, usually raise capital via broker dealers (BDs), which may cost up to 10% in fees versus Caliber's 4%.
- Capital Usage: REITs must constantly produce dividends to maintain their status. By contrast, Caliber's funds only distribute cash once properties produce positive cash flows from rents, significantly reducing dilution to investors.
- Costs of Operations: Caliber will earn the majority of its profits from sharing arrangements once an asset is sold or refinanced. REIT managers often earn the majority of their income from fixed fees, with a performance kicker that may be less attractive, potentially changing the incentives.
The success of our business is significantly related to general economic conditions and the real estate industry, and, accordingly, our business could be harmed by an economic slowdown and downturn in real estate asset values, property sales and leasing activities.
Our business is significantly related to general economic conditions in the real estate industry. The real estate markets in which we operate are cyclical and depend on national and local economic conditions. Many factors that are beyond our control affect the real estate market and could affect our ability to sell properties and other investments for the price, on the terms or within the time frame desired. These factors include general economic conditions, the availability of financing, interest rates and other factors, including supply and demand. In addition, the economic condition of each local market where we operate may depend on one or more key industries within that market, which, in turn, makes our business sensitive to the performance of those industries.
We have in the past and expect in the future to be negatively impacted by, periods of economic slowdown or recession, and corresponding declines in the demand for real estate and related services, within the markets in which we operate. The previous recession and the downturn in the real estate market resulted in and may in the future result in:
- a decline in actual and projected sale prices of real estate properties;
- higher interest rates, higher loan costs, less desirable loan terms and a reduction in the availability of mortgage loans;
- a decrease in the availability of lines of credit and other sources of capital used to purchase real estate investments; and
- a general decline in rents due to defaulting tenants or less favorable terms for renewed or new leases.
We could lose part or all of our investments in real estate assets, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
There is the inherent possibility in all of our real estate investments that we could lose all or part of our investment. Real estate investments are generally illiquid, which may affect our ability to change our asset mix in response to changes in economic and other conditions. The value of our investments can also be diminished by:
- civil unrest, acts of war and terrorism and acts of God, including earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters (which may result in uninsured or underinsured losses);
- the impact of present or future legislation (including environmental regulation, changes in laws concerning foreign ownership of property, changes in tax rates, changes in zoning laws and laws requiring upgrades to accommodate disabled persons) and the cost of compliance with these types of legislation;
- liabilities relating to claims, to the extent insurance is not available or is inadequate.
The historical returns attributable to our funds should not be considered as indicative of the future results of our funds or of our future results or of any returns expected on an investment in our Stock.
An investment in our Series B Preferred Stock is not an investment in any of our funds. You should not conclude that positive performance of our funds will necessarily result in positive returns on an investment in our Series B Preferred Stock. The historical performance of our funds is relevant to us primarily insofar as it is indicative of management fees we have earned in the past and may earn in the future and our reputation and ability to raise new funds.
In addition, the historical returns of our funds may not be indicative of any future returns of these or from any future funds we may raise due for a number of factors including:
- market conditions during previous periods may have been more favorable for generating positive performance than the market conditions we may experience in the future; and
- our funds’ returns may have previously benefited from investment opportunities and general market conditions that may not recur, and we may not be able to achieve the same returns or profitable investment opportunities or deploy capital as quickly.
We derive revenues in substantial part from:
construction and development fees, which are based on the work completed on our fund assets or other third-party projects;
- capital raising fees, which are based generally on the amount of capital raised into or invested in our funds;
- fund management fees, which are based generally on the amount of capital committed to or invested in our funds;
- property management fees are derived from overseeing the day to day operation of properties we acquire and sell; and
- brokerage commissions derived from the purchase and sale of properties for our funds and others.
The reduction of slowdown in investment and development activities in any of these segments could have a material adverse effect on our business and results of operations.
Risks Related to Fund Management
Poor performance of our funds would cause a decline in our revenue and results of operations and could adversely affect our ability to raise capital for future funds.
If a fund performs poorly, we risk receiving little or no fund management fees with regards to the fund and little income or possibly losses from such fund. In addition, poor fund performance may deter future investment in our funds, thereby decreasing the capital invested in our funds and thus, our management fee income. Alternatively, in the event of poor fund performance, investors could demand lower fees or fee concessions for existing or future funds which would likewise decrease our revenue.
A portion of our revenue, net income and cash flow is variable, which may make it difficult for us to achieve steady earnings growth on a quarterly basis.
A portion of our revenue, net income and cash flow is variable, as the completion of the sale of assets and earning of any carried interest that we receive from our funds can vary from quarter to quarter and year to year. In addition, investment income that we may earn from our funds are volatile.
The timing and amount of asset sales and the earning of any carried interest are uncertain and contribute to the volatility of our results. It takes a substantial period of time to identify attractive investment opportunities, to raise funds needed to make an investment and then to realize the cash value or other proceeds of an investment through a sale, recapitalization or other exit. Even if an investment proves to be profitable, it may be several years before any profits can be realized in cash or other proceeds. We cannot predict when, or if, any realization of a return on investments will occur. If we were to have a realization event in a particular quarter or year, it may have a significant impact on our results for that particular quarter or year that may not be replicated in subsequent periods. We recognize revenue on investments in our funds only when earned or realized.
With respect to our funds that generate carried interest, the timing and receipt of such carried interest varies with the life cycle of our funds and/or achieving certain minimum cash flow hurdles. We receive carried interest payments only upon realization of achieving certain minimum investment returns by the relevant fund, which contributes to the volatility of our cash flow.
We may be subject to litigation risks and may face liabilities and damage to our professional reputation as a result.
We make investment decisions on behalf of investors in our funds that could result in substantial losses. This may subject us to the risk of legal liabilities or actions alleging negligent misconduct, breach of fiduciary duty or breach of contract. Further, we may be subject to third-party litigation arising from allegations that we improperly exercised control or influence over portfolio investments.
Legal liability could have a material adverse effect on our businesses, financial condition or results of operations or cause reputational harm to us, which could harm our businesses. We depend, to a large extent, on our business relationships and our reputation for integrity and professional services to attract and retain investors and to pursue investment opportunities for our funds. As a result, allegations of improper conduct by private litigants or regulators, whether the ultimate outcome is favorable or unfavorable to us, as well as negative publicity and press speculation about us, our investment activities or the investment industry in general, whether or not valid, may harm our reputation, which may be damaging to our businesses.
Risks Related to Property Management and the Maintenance and Development of Real Estate Assets
Decreases in the performance of the properties we manage are likely to result in a decline in the amount of property management fees and leasing commissions we generate.
Our property management fees are generally structured as a percentage of the revenues generated by the properties that we manage, and our leasing commissions typically are based on the value of the lease commitments. As a result, our revenues are adversely affected by decreases in the performance of the properties we manage and declines in rental value. Property performance depends upon, among other things, our ability to control operating expenses (some of which are beyond our control) and financial conditions generally and in the specific areas where properties are located and the condition of the real estate market generally. If the performance or rental values of the properties we manage decline, our management fees and leasing commissions from such properties could be materially adversely affected.
The concentration of our funds’ investments in a limited number of regions and sectors may make our funds’ business vulnerable to adverse conditions in such regions and to a downturn or slowdown in the sectors. As a result, our funds’ investments may lose value and they may experience losses.
We invest primarily in real estate assets located in a limited number of geographic locations, specifically, in the Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona marketplaces. Investing in a limited number of regions carries the risks associated with significant geographical concentration. Geographic concentration of properties exposes our projects to adverse conditions in the areas where the properties are located, including general economic downturns, increased competition, real estate conditions, terrorist attacks, potential impacts from labor disputes, and natural disasters occurring in such markets. Such major, localized events in our primary investment areas could adversely affect our business and revenues, which would adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.
Our property portfolios are comprised primarily of hospitality, commercial, and multifamily and single-family rental properties and development projects. As a result, we are subject to risks inherent in investments in such types of property. The potential effects on our revenue and profits resulting from a downturn or slowdown in these sectors could be more pronounced than if we had more fully diversified our investments.
We may be unsuccessful in developing or renovating the properties we acquire, resulting in investment losses.
Part of our investment strategy is to locate and acquire real estate assets that are yet undeveloped or which we believe are undervalued and to improve them to increase their resale value. Acquiring properties that are not yet developed or in need of substantial renovation or redevelopment is subject to the uncertainties associated with the development and construction of real property, including those related to re-zoning land for development, environmental concerns and our builder’s ability to build in conformity with plans, specifications, budgeted costs and timetables. In addition, there is a risk that we overestimate the value of the property or that the cost or time to complete the renovation or redevelopment will exceed the budgeted amount. Such delays or cost overruns may arise from:
- shortages of materials or skilled labor;
- a change in the scope of the original project;
- difficulty in obtaining necessary zoning, land-use, environmental, building, occupancy and other governmental permits and authorizations;
- the discovery of structural or other latent defects in the property after we acquire the property; and
- delays in obtaining tenants.
Any failure to complete a development or renovation project in a timely manner and within budget or to sell or lease the project after completion could have a material adverse effect upon our business, results of operation and financial condition. In addition, we hire and supervise third-party contractors to provide construction and engineering services for our properties. While our role is limited to that of a supervisor, we may be subjected to claims for construction defects or other similar actions. Adverse outcomes from litigation could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
We may be subject to potential environmental liability.
Under various federal, state and local laws, ordinances and regulations, a current or previous owner or operator of real estate may be liable for the clean-up of hazardous or toxic substances and may be liable to a governmental entity or to third parties for property damage and for investigation and clean-up costs incurred by governmental entities or third parties in connection with the contamination. Such laws typically impose liability without regard to whether the owner or operator knew of, or was responsible for, the presence of the hazardous or toxic substances, even when the contaminants were associated with previous owners or operators. The costs of investigation, remediation or removal of hazardous or toxic substances may be substantial, and the presence of those substances, or the failure to properly remediate those substances, may adversely affect the owner’s or operator’s ability to sell or rent the affected property or to borrow using the property as collateral. The presence of contamination at a property can impair the value of the property even if the contamination is migrating onto the property from an adjoining property. Additionally, the owner of a site may be subject to claims by parties who have no relation to the property based on damages and costs resulting from environmental contamination emanating from the site.
In connection with the direct or indirect ownership, operation, management and development of real properties, we may be considered an owner or operator of those properties or as having arranged for the disposal or treatment of hazardous or toxic substances. Therefore, we may be potentially liable for removal or remediation costs.
Before consummating the acquisition of a particular piece of real property, it is our policy to retain independent environmental consultants to conduct an environmental review of the real property, including performing a Phase I environmental review. These assessments typically include, among other things, a visual inspection of the real properties and the surrounding area and a review of relevant federal, state and historical documents. It is possible that the assessments we commission do not reveal all environmental liabilities or that there are material environmental liabilities of which we are currently unaware. Future laws, ordinances or regulations may impose material environmental liability and the current environmental condition of our properties may be affected by tenants, by the condition of land or operations in the vicinity of those properties, or by unrelated third parties. Federal, state, and local agencies or private plaintiffs may bring actions against us in the future, and those actions, if adversely resolved, may have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Actions of any joint venture partners that we may have could reduce the returns on joint venture investments.
At times we enter into joint ventures or partnerships to acquire and develop properties. Such investments may involve risks not otherwise present with other methods of investment, including:
- that our co-venturer, or partner in an investment could become insolvent or bankrupt;
- that such co-venturer, or partner may at any time have economic or business interests or goals that are or that become inconsistent with our business interests or goals;
- that such co-venturer, or partner may be in a position to take action contrary to our instructions or requests or contrary to our policies or objectives; or
- that disputes between us and our co-venturer, or partner may result in litigation or arbitration that would increase expenses.
Any of the above might subject a property to liabilities in excess of those contemplated and thus reduce our returns on that investment.
Our leasing activities depend on various factors, including tenant occupancy and rental rates, which, if adversely affected, could cause our operating results to suffer.
A significant portion of our property management business involves facilitating the leasing of commercial and residential space. Our revenues may be adversely affected if we fail to promptly find tenants for substantial amounts of vacant space, if rental rates on new or renewal leases are significantly lower than expected, or if reserves for costs of re-leasing prove inadequate. A default or termination by a commercial tenant or a large number of residential tenants on their lease payments would cause us to lose the revenue associated with such leases and require us to find an alternative source of revenue to meet mortgage payments, if any, and prevent a foreclosure. In the event of a significant tenant default we may experience delays in enforcing our rights as a landlord and may incur substantial costs in protecting our investment and re-leasing such property. If significant tenants default on or terminate a lease, we may be unable to release the property for the rent previously received or sell the property without incurring a loss.
Our reliance on third-parties to operate certain of our properties may harm our business.
In some instances, we rely on third-party property managers and hotel operators to manage our properties. These third parties are directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of our properties with limited supervision by us, and they often have potentially significant decision-making authority with respect to those properties. These third parties may fail to manage our properties effectively or in accordance with their agreements with us, may be negligent in their performance and may engage in criminal or fraudulent activity. If any of these events occur, we could incur losses or face liabilities from the loss or injury to our property or to persons at our properties. In addition, disputes may arise between us and these third-party managers and operators, and we may incur significant expenses to resolve those disputes or terminate the relevant agreement with these third parties and locate and engage competent and cost-effective service providers to operate and manage the relevant properties.
We are also parties to hotel management agreements under which unaffiliated third-party property managers manage our hotel properties. If any of these events occur, our relationships with any franchisors may be damaged, we may be in breach of our franchise agreement, and we could incur liabilities resulting from loss or injury to our property or to persons at our properties. In addition, from time to time, disputes may arise between us and our third-party managers regarding their performance or compliance with the terms of the hotel management agreements, which in turn could adversely affect us. If we are unable to resolve such disputes through discussions and negotiations, we may choose to terminate our management agreement, litigate the dispute or submit the matter to third-party dispute resolution, the expense of which may be material and the outcome of which may harm our business, operating results or prospects.
Competition with third parties in acquiring and leasing properties and other real estate investments may reduce our profitability.
We face significant competition with respect to the acquisition of properties, including REITs, insurance companies, commercial banks, private investment funds, hedge funds, specialty finance companies, online investment platforms and other investors, many of which have greater resources than us. We may not be able to compete successfully for investments. In addition, the number of entities and the amount of funds competing for suitable investments may increase. If we acquire properties at higher prices, our funds’ returns will be lower, and the value of their assets may not increase or may decrease significantly below the amount paid for such assets.
Any apartment communities we may acquire competes with numerous housing alternatives in attracting residents, including single-family homes, as well as owner occupied single- and multifamily homes available to rent. Competitive housing in a particular area and the increasing affordability of owner occupied single- and multifamily homes available to rent or buy caused by declining mortgage interest rates and government programs to promote home ownership could adversely affect our ability to attract or retain residents or increase or maintain rents.
We could lose part or all of our investments in real estate assets, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Real estate investments are generally illiquid, which may affect our ability to change our portfolio in response to changes in economic and other conditions. Moreover, we may not be able to unilaterally decide the timing of the disposition of an investment, and as a result, we may not control when and whether any gain will be realized or loss avoided. The value of our investments can also be diminished by:
- civil unrest, acts of war and terrorism and acts of God, including earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters (which may result in uninsured or underinsured losses);
- the impact of present or future legislation including environmental regulation, changes in laws concerning foreign ownership of property, changes in tax rates, changes in zoning laws and laws requiring upgrades to accommodate disabled persons) and the cost of compliance with these types of legislation; and
- liabilities relating to claims, to the extent insurance is not available or is inadequate.
In the event that we underestimate the risks relative to the price we pay for a particular investment, we may experience losses with respect to such investment.
Risks Related to our Real Estate and Securities Brokerage Services
If we fail to comply with laws and regulations applicable to us in our role as a real estate or securities broker, property/facility manager or developer, we may incur significant financial penalties.
We are subject to numerous federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations specific to the services we perform in our brokerage business, as well as laws of broader applicability, such as tax, securities and employment laws. Brokerage of real estate sales and leasing transactions require us to maintain applicable licenses in each state in which we perform these services. If we fail to maintain our licenses or conduct these activities without a license, or violate any of the regulations covering our licenses, we may be required to pay fines, return commissions received or have our licenses suspended or revoked.
As a licensed real estate broker, we and our licensed employees are subject to certain statutory due diligence, disclosure and standard-of-care obligations. Failure to fulfill these obligations could subject us or our employees to litigation from parties who purchased, sold or leased properties that we brokered or managed. In addition, we may become subject to claims by participants in real estate sales claiming that we did not fulfill our statutory obligations as a broker.
Risks Related to Our Company
Extensive regulation of our businesses affects our activities and creates the potential for significant liabilities and penalties. The possibility of increased regulatory focus could result in additional burdens on our business. Changes in tax law and other legislative or regulatory changes could adversely affect us.
Our fund management, property management and brokerage businesses are subject to extensive regulation. We are subject to regulation, including periodic examinations, by governmental and self-regulatory organizations in the jurisdictions in which we operate. Many of these regulators are empowered to conduct investigations and administrative proceedings that can result in fines, suspensions of personnel or other sanctions, including censure, the issuance of cease-and-desist orders or the suspension or expulsion of a broker-dealer or investment adviser from registration or memberships. Even if an investigation or proceeding did not result in a sanction or the sanction imposed against us or our personnel by a regulator were small in monetary amount, the adverse publicity relating to the investigation, proceeding or imposition of these sanctions could harm our reputation and cause us to lose existing clients or fail to gain new fund management or financial advisory clients. In addition, we regularly rely on exemptions from various requirements of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, the Exchange Act, the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, or the Investment Company Act, and the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, in conducting our fund management activities. These exemptions are sometimes highly complex and may in certain circumstances depend on compliance by third parties whom we do not control. If for any reason these exemptions were to become unavailable to us, we could become subject to regulatory action or third-party claims and our business could be materially and adversely affected. If we were deemed an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act, applicable restrictions could make it impractical for us to continue our business as conducted and could have a material adverse effect on our business.
In addition, we may be adversely affected as a result of new or revised legislation or regulations imposed by governmental regulatory authorities or self-regulatory organizations that supervise the financial markets. We also may be adversely affected by changes in the interpretation or enforcement of existing laws and rules by these governmental authorities and self-regulatory organizations. It is impossible to determine the extent of the impact of any new laws, regulations or initiatives that may be proposed, or whether any of the proposals will become law. Compliance with any new laws or regulations could make compliance more difficult and expensive and affect the manner in which we conduct business.
If we were deemed to be an “investment company” under the Investment Company Act, applicable restrictions could make it impractical for us to continue our businesses as conducted and could have a material adverse effect on our businesses.
An entity will generally be deemed to be an “investment company” for purposes of the Investment Company Act if:
- it is or holds itself out as being engaged primarily, or proposes to engage primarily, in the business of investing, reinvesting or trading in securities; or
- absent an applicable exemption, it owns or proposes to acquire investment securities having a value exceeding 40% of the value of its total assets (exclusive of U.S. government securities and cash items) on an unconsolidated basis.
Our exemptions from the registration requirements of an investment company under the Investment Company Act are threefold:
- Our parent company does not meet the asset test component of the definition of “investment company” under the Investment Company Act as summarized above;
- Our investment subsidiaries qualify under the exemption afforded by Section 3(c)(5)(C) of the Investment Company Act; and
- Our intermediate subsidiaries qualify under the exemption afforded by Section 3(c)(6) of the Investment Company Act. See “Investment Company Considerations”.
We are engaged primarily in the business of investing services for real estate and real estate-related assets and not primarily in the business of investing, reinvesting or trading in securities. We hold ourselves out as a vertically integrated investment firm and do not propose to engage primarily in the business of investing, reinvesting or trading in securities. Accordingly, we do not believe that we are, or following this offering will be, required to register as an investment company for purposes of the Investment Company Act. Furthermore, following this offering, we will have no material assets other than interests in certain wholly owned subsidiaries (within the meaning of the Investment Company Act), which in turn will have either direct interests in real estate assets or LLC member/LP partnership interests in affiliated funds. We do not believe that, based on current rules and interpretations, the equity interests in our wholly owned subsidiaries or the LLC member interests consolidated or unconsolidated affiliated funds qualify as investment securities under the Investment Company Act.
The Investment Company Act and the rules thereunder contain detailed parameters for the organization and operation of investment companies. Among other things, the Investment Company Act and the rules thereunder limit or prohibit transactions with affiliates, impose limitations on the issuance of debt and equity securities, generally prohibit the issuance of options and impose certain governance requirements. We intend to conduct our operations so that we will not be deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act. If anything were to happen that would cause us to be deemed to be an investment company under the Investment Company Act, requirements imposed by the Investment Company Act, including limitations on capital structure, the ability to transact business with affiliates and the ability to compensate senior employees, could make it impractical for us to continue our businesses as currently conducted, impair the agreements and arrangements between and among us, our funds and our senior management, or any combination thereof, and have a material adverse effect on our businesses, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, we may be required to limit the amount of investments that we make as a principal or otherwise conduct our businesses in a manner that does not subject us to the registration and other requirements of the Investment Company Act.
We may not be successful in competing with companies in the real estate services and investment industry, some of which may have substantially greater resources than we do.
Real estate investment and services businesses are highly competitive. Many of our competitors have greater financial resources and a broader market presence than we do. We compete with respect to:
- Diversification of our revenue stream across the deal continuum, including brokerage fees on buying and selling assets, construction fees on repositioning assets, and property management fees on certain multi- and single-family assets; and
- Competitive fee structures on our fund management services.
Our business depends in large part on our ability to raise capital from investors. If we were unable to raise such capital, we would be unable to collect management fees or deploy such capital into investments, which would materially reduce our revenues and cash flow and adversely affect our financial condition.
We depend on the capital markets to grow our balance sheet along with third-party equity and debt financings to acquire properties. We intend to continue to raise a significant amount of third-party equity and debt to acquire real estate assets in the ordinary course of our business. We depend on debt financing from a combination of seller financing, the assumption of existing loans, government agencies and financial institutions. We depend on equity financing from equity partners, which may include public/private companies, pension funds, family offices, financial institutions, endowments and money managers. Our access to capital funding is uncertain. Our inability to raise additional capital on terms reasonably acceptable to us could jeopardize the future growth of our business.
Our ability to raise capital from investors depends on a number of factors, including many that are outside our control. Investors may downsize their investment allocations to alternative managers, including private funds and hedge funds, to rebalance a disproportionate weighting of their overall investment portfolio among asset classes. Poor performance of our funds could also make it more difficult for us to raise new capital. Our investors and potential investors continually assess our funds’ performance independently and relative to market benchmarks and our competitors, and our ability to raise capital for existing and future funds depends on our funds’ performance. If economic and market conditions deteriorate, we may be unable to raise sufficient amounts of capital to support the investment activities of future funds. If we were unable to successfully raise capital, our revenue and cash flow would be reduced, and our financial condition would be adversely affected.
We depend on our founders, senior professionals and other key personnel, and our ability to retain them and attract additional qualified personnel is critical to our success and our growth prospects.
We depend on the diligence, skill, judgment, business contacts and personal reputations of our founders, senior professionals and other key personnel. Our future success will depend upon our ability to attract and retain senior professionals and other personnel. Our executives have built highly regarded reputations in the real estate industry. Our executives attract business opportunities and assist both in negotiations with lenders and potential joint venture partners and in the representation of large and institutional clients. If we lost their services, our relationships with lenders, joint ventures and clients would diminish significantly.
In addition, certain of our officers have strong regional reputations, and they aid in attracting and identifying opportunities and negotiating for us and on behalf of our clients. As we continue to grow, our success will largely depend on our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel in all areas of business. We may be unable to continue to hire and retain a sufficient number of qualified personnel to support or keep pace with our planned growth.
We have in the past incurred and may continue in the future to incur significant amounts of debt to finance acquisitions, which could negatively affect our cash flows and subject our properties or other assets to the risk of foreclosure.
We have historically financed new acquisitions with cash derived from secured and unsecured loans and lines of credit. For instance, we typically purchase real property with loans secured by a mortgage on the property acquired. We could become more highly leveraged, resulting in an increase in debt service costs that could adversely affect our results of operations and increase the risk of default on debt. We may incur additional debt from time to time to finance strategic acquisitions, investments, joint ventures or for other purposes. If we incur additional debt, the risks associated with our leverage, including our ability to service our debt, would increase. Our governing documents do not contain any limitations on the amount of debt we may incur, and we do not have a formal policy limiting the amount of debt we may incur in the future. Subject to the restrictions set forth in our debt agreements, our board of directors may establish and change our leverage policy at any time without shareholder approval.
Some of our debt bears interest at variable rates. As a result, we are subject to fluctuating interest rates that may impact, adversely or otherwise, results of operations and cash flows. We may be subject to risks normally associated with debt financing, including the risks that:
- cash flow may be insufficient to make required payments of principal and interest;
- existing indebtedness on our properties may not be refinanced and our leverage could increase our vulnerability to general economic downturns and adverse competitive and industry conditions, placing us at a disadvantage compared to those of our competitors that are less leveraged;
- our debt service obligations could limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and in the commercial real estate services industry;
- our failure to comply with the restrictive covenants in the documents governing our indebtedness could result in an event of default that, if not cured or waived, results in foreclosure on substantially all of our assets; and
- the terms of available new financing may not be as favorable as the terms of existing indebtedness.
If we are unable to satisfy the obligations owed to any lender with a lien on one of our properties, the lender could foreclose on the real property or other assets securing the loan and we would lose that property or asset. The loss of any property or asset to foreclosure could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Rapid growth of our businesses may be difficult to sustain and may place significant demands on our administrative, operational and financial resources.
Our assets under management have grown significantly in the past, and we are pursuing further growth in the near future, both organic and through acquisitions. Our rapid growth has placed, and planned growth, if successful, will continue to place, significant demands on our legal, accounting and operational infrastructure, and has increased expenses. The complexity of these demands, and the expense required to address them, is a function not simply of the amount by which our assets under management has grown, but of the growth in the variety and complexity of, as well as the differences in strategy between, our different funds. In addition, we are required to continuously develop our systems and infrastructure in response to the increasing sophistication of the investment management market and legal, accounting, regulatory and tax developments.
Our future growth will depend in part on our ability to maintain an operating platform and management system sufficient to address our growth and will require us to incur significant additional expenses and to commit additional senior management and operational resources.
We may enter into new lines of business and expand into new investment strategies, geographic markets and businesses, each of which may result in additional risks and uncertainties in our businesses.
We intend, if market conditions warrant, to grow our businesses by increasing assets under management in existing businesses and expanding into new investment strategies, geographic markets and businesses. We may pursue growth through acquisitions of critical business partners or other strategic initiatives, which may include entering into new lines of business.
Attempts to expand our businesses involve a number of special risks, including some or all of the following:
- the required investment of capital and other resources;
- the diversion of management’s attention from our core businesses;
- the assumption of liabilities in any acquired business;
- the disruption of our ongoing businesses;
- entry into markets or lines of business in which we may have limited or no experience;
- increasing demands on our operational and management systems and controls;
- compliance with additional regulatory requirements;
- potential increase in investor concentration; and
- the broadening of our geographic footprint, increasing the risks associated with conducting operations in certain jurisdictions where we currently have no presence.
Entry into certain lines of business may subject us to new laws and regulations with which we are not familiar, or from which we are currently exempt, and may lead to increased litigation and regulatory risk. If a new business does not generate sufficient revenues or if we are unable to efficiently manage our expanded operations, our results of operations will be adversely affected. Our strategic initiatives may include joint ventures, in which case we will be subject to additional risks and uncertainties in that we may be dependent upon, and subject to liability, losses or reputational damage relating to systems, controls and personnel that are not under our control. Because we have not yet identified these potential new investment strategies, geographic markets or lines of business, we cannot identify all of the specific risks we may face and the potential adverse consequences on us and their investment that may result from any attempted expansion.
If we are unable to maintain and protect our intellectual property, or if third parties assert that we infringe their intellectual property rights, our business could suffer.
Our business depends, in part, on our ability to identify and protect proprietary information and other intellectual property such as our client lists and information and business methods. We rely on a combination of trade secrets, confidentiality policies, non-disclosure and other contractual arrangements and copyright and trademark laws to protect our intellectual property rights. However, we may not adequately protect these rights, and their disclosure to, or use by, third parties may harm our competitive position. Our inability to detect unauthorized use of, or to take appropriate or timely steps to enforce, our intellectual property rights may harm our business.
Also, third parties may claim that our business operations infringe on their intellectual property rights. These claims may harm our reputation, cost us money to defend, distract the attention of our management and prevent us from offering some services.
Confidential intellectual property is increasingly stored or carried on mobile devices, such as laptop computers, which increases the risk of inadvertent disclosure where the mobile devices are lost or stolen and the information has not been adequately safeguarded or encrypted. This also makes it easier for someone with access to our systems, or someone who gains unauthorized access, to steal information and use it to our disadvantage. Advances in technology, which permit increasingly large amounts of information to be stored on mobile devices or on third-party “cloud” servers, may exacerbate these risks.
The consolidation of investment funds or operating businesses of our portfolio companies could make it more difficult to understand the operating performance of the Company and could create operational risks for the Company.
Under applicable US GAAP standards, we may be required to consolidate certain of our funds, limited liability companies, partnerships or operating businesses if we determine that these entities are VIEs and that the Company is the primary beneficiary of the VIE. The consolidation of such entities could make it difficult for an investor to differentiate the assets, liabilities, and results of operations of the Company apart from the assets, liabilities, and results of operations of the consolidated VIEs. The assets of the consolidated VIEs are not available to meet our liquidity requirements. As of June 30, 2019, December 31, 2018 and 2017, total assets of our consolidated VIEs reflected in our consolidated balance sheets were $163 million, $162 million and $137 million, respectively, and as of June 30, 2019, December 31, 2018 and 2017, total liabilities of our consolidated VIEs reflected in our consolidated balance sheets were $135 million, $132 million and $104 million, respectively.
Insiders will exercise significant control over our company and all corporate matters.
Our directors and executive officers beneficially owned, in the aggregate, approximately 49.93% of our outstanding capital stock as of November 30, 2019. Upon the completion of this offering, and assuming they do not purchase shares in this offering, it is expected that this same group will continue to hold a majority of our outstanding capital stock. Additionally, two members of this group, Mr. John C. Loeffler, II and Ms. Jennifer Schrader each own Class B Common Stock of the Company, which provide “super-voting” rights in the form of ten (10) votes for every share of Class B Common Stock owned by Mr. Loeffler and Ms. Schrader. Together Mr. Loeffler and Ms. Schrader exercise 88.95% voting control over the Company prior to this offering; assuming we redeem those shares held by our management team and a significant beneficial holder as further described in this offering circular, such percentage of voting control would be 80.06%. Please see page 65 — “Security Ownership of Management and Certain Stockholders” for more information. As a result, if they act together, these shareholders will be able to exercise significant influence over all matters submitted to our shareholders for approval, including the election of directors and approval of significant corporate transactions, such as (i) making changes to our articles of incorporation whether to issue additional common stock and preferred stock, (ii) employment decisions, including compensation arrangements; and (iii) whether to enter into material transactions with related parties.. This concentration of ownership may also have the effect of delaying or preventing a third party from acquiring control of our company which could adversely affect the price of our common stock.
Conflicts of interest exist between our company and related parties.
Conflicts of interest exist and may arise in the future as a result of the relationships between our company and our officers, directors and owners, on the one hand, and our funds and its investors, on the other hand. We earn fees from our funds, including our carried interest which value is a direct result from the performance of our funds. There may be instances where the interests of our funds and the investors in such funds diverge from those of our company which could result in conflicts of interest. In resolving these conflicts, our board of directors and executive officers have a fiduciary duty to our shareholders. In addition, as we operate as a Fund Manager through a wholly-owned subsidiary, our company has a fiduciary duty to investors in the funds we manage. Unless the resolution of a conflict is specifically provided for in the operating agreements of such funds, our board of directors may consider any factors they determine in good faith to consider when resolving a conflict. An independent third party is not required to evaluate the resolution. As a result of the foregoing, there may be instances where any such conflicts are resolved in a manner which favors the interests of our funds and their investors over our shareholders.
Our Bylaws have an exclusive forum for adjudication of disputes provision which limits the forum to the Delaware Court of Chancery for certain stockholder litigation matters actions against the Company, which may limit an investor’s ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with the Company or its directors, officers, employees or stockholders.
Section 4 of Article VII of our Bylaws dictates that the Delaware Court of Chancery is the sole and exclusive forum for certain actions including derivative action or proceeding brought on behalf of the Company; an action asserting a breach of fiduciary duty owed by an officer, director, employee or to the shareholders of the Company; any claim arising under Delaware corporate law; and any action asserting a claim governed by the internal affairs doctrine. However, Section 4 of Article VII of our Bylaws does not designate the Delaware Court of Chancery as the exclusive forum for any derivative action or other claim for which the applicable statute creates exclusive jurisdiction in another forum, such as the Exchange Act and the Securities Act, and as a result, does not apply to claims made under the U.S. federal securities laws.
A Delaware corporation is allowed to mandate in its corporate governance documents a chosen forum for the resolution of state law based shareholder class actions, derivative suits and other intra-corporate disputes. With respect to such state law claims, the Company’s management believes limiting state law based claims to Delaware will provide the most appropriate outcomes as the risk of another forum misapplying Delaware law is avoided, Delaware courts have a well-developed body of case law and limiting the forum will preclude costly and duplicative litigation and avoids the risk of inconsistent outcomes. Additionally, Delaware Chancery Courts can typically resolve disputes on an accelerated schedule when compared to other forums.
The choice of forum provisions contained in the Company’s Bylaws may limit a stockholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with the Company or any of its directors, officers, other employees or stockholders, which may discourage lawsuits with respect to such claims. Alternatively, the enforceability of similar choice of forum provisions in other issuers’ bylaws and certificates of incorporation has been challenged in legal proceedings, and it is possible that in connection with any applicable action brought against the Company, a court could find the choice of forum provisions contained in the Company’s Bylaws to be inapplicable or unenforceable in such action. As a result, the Company could incur additional costs associated with resolving such actions in other jurisdictions, which could harm the Company’s business, operating results and financial condition.
Our business could be adversely affected by security breaches through cyber-attacks, cyber intrusions or otherwise.
We face risks associated with security breaches, whether through cyber-attacks or cyber intrusions over the internet, malware, computer viruses, attachments to e-mails, persons inside our organization or persons with access to systems inside our organization, and other significant disruptions of our information technology networks and related systems. These risks include operational interruption, private data exposure and damage to our relationship with our customers, among others. A security breach involving our networks and related systems could disrupt our operations in numerous ways that could ultimately have an adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Start-up investing is risky. Investing in startups is very risky, highly speculative, and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to lose their entire investment. Unlike an investment in a mature business where there is a track record of revenue and income, the success of a startup or early-stage venture often relies on the development of a new product or service that may or may not find a market. Before investing, you should carefully consider the specific risks and disclosures related to both this offering type and the company which can be found in this company profile and the documents in the data room below.
Your shares are not easily transferable. You should not plan on being able to readily transfer and/or resell your security. Currently there is no market or liquidity for theseshares and the company does not have any plans to list these shares on an exchange or other secondary market. At some point the company may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a "liquidation event" occurs. A "liquidation event" is when the company either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
The Company may not pay dividends for the foreseeable future. Unless otherwise specified in the offering documents and subject to state law, you are not entitled to receive any dividends on your interest in the Company. Accordingly, any potential investor who anticipates the need for current dividends or income from an investment should not purchase any of the securities offered on the Site.
Valuation and capitalization. Unlike listed companies that are valued publicly through market-driven stock prices, the valuation of private companies, especially startups, is difficult to assess and you may risk overpaying for your investment. In addition, there may be additional classes of equity with rights that are superior to the class of equity being sold.
You may only receive limited disclosure. While the company must disclose certain information, since the company is at an early-stage they may only be able to provide limited information about its business plan and operations because it does not have fully developed operations or a long history. The company may also only obligated to file information periodically regarding its business, including financial statements. A publicly listed company, in contrast, is required to file annual and quarterly reports and promptly disclose certain events \u2014 through continuing disclosure that you can use to evaluate the status of your investment.
Investment in personnel. An early-stage investment is also an investment in the entrepreneuror management of the company. Being able to execute on the business plan is often an important factor in whether the business is viable and successful. You should be aware that a portion of your investment may fund the compensation of the company's employees, including its management. You should carefully review any disclosure regarding the company's use of proceeds.
Possibility of fraud. In light of the relative ease with which early-stage companies can raise funds, it may be the case that certain opportunities turn out to be money-losing fraudulent schemes. As with other investments, there is no guarantee that investments will be immune from fraud.
Lack of professional guidance. Many successful companies partially attribute their early success to the guidance of professional early-stage investors (e.g., angel investors and venture capital firms). These investors often negotiate for seats on the company's board of directors and play an important role through their resources, contacts and experience in assisting early-stage companies in executing on their business plans. An early-stage company may nothave the benefit of such professional investors.
Frequently Asked Questions
"The SEC has qualified this offering" means the SEC has permitted Caliber to offer for sale the securities described in the Offering Circular to investors such as you. The SEC is not judging the merits, accuracy, or completeness of the offering and information in the Offering Circular.
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by Caliber. Once Caliber accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Caliber in exchange for your securities. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Caliber.
Preferred equity is usually issued to outside investors and carries rights and conditions that are different from that of common stock. For example, preferred equity may include rights that prevent or minimize the effects of dilution or grants special privileges in situations when the company is sold.
A convertible note is a unique form of debt that converts into equity, usually in conjunction with a future financing round. The investor effectively loans money to a startup with the expectation that they will receive equity in the company in the future at a discounted price per share when the company raises its next round of financing.
To learn more about startup investment types check out “How to Choose a Startup Investment” in our academy.
To make an investment, you will need the following information readily available:
- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or passport
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
Until a closing occurs, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your securities have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your portfolio page by clicking your profile icon in the top right corner.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these securities. Right now Caliber does not plan to list these securities on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Caliber may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when Caliber either lists their securities on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
You can return to SeedInvest at any time to view your portfolio of investments and obtain a summary statement.
This is Caliber's fundraising profile page, where you can find information that may be helpful for you to make an investment decision in their company. The information on this page includes the company overview, team bios, and the risks and disclosures related to this investment opportunity. You will also find a copy of the Caliber's Offering Circular, which has been qualified by the SEC. The Offering Circular includes important details about Caliber's fundraise that you should review before investing.
This investment is highly speculative and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to risk the entire investment amount. In addition to these risks, you should carefully consider the specific information and risks disclosed in Caliber’s profile and Offering Circular.