Summary of Risks
Investing in the Fund involves risks, including the risk that you may receive little or no return on your investment or that you may lose part or all of your investment. Consequently, you can lose money by investing in the Fund. No assurance can be given that the Fund will achieve its investment objective, and investment results may vary substantially over time and from period to period. An investment in the Fund is not appropriate for all investors.
Debt Securities Risk. When the Fund invests in debt securities, the value of your investment in the Fund will fluctuate with changes in interest rates. Typically, a rise in interest rates causes a decline in the value of debt securities.
Non-Payment Risk. Debt securities are subject to the risk of non-payment of scheduled interest and/or principal. Non-payment would result in a reduction of income to the Fund, a reduction in the value of the security experiencing nonpayment and a potential decrease in the NAV of the Fund.
Distribution Policy Risk. The Fund’s distribution policy may, under certain circumstances, have certain adverse consequences to the Fund and its shareholders because it may result in a return of capital resulting in less of a shareholder’s assets being invested in the Fund and, over time, increase the Fund’s expense ratio. The distribution policy also may cause the Fund to sell a security at a time it would not otherwise do so in order to manage the distribution of income and gain. Pending the investment of the net proceeds in accordance with the investment objective and policies, all or a portion of the Fund’s distributions may consist of a return of capital (i.e. from your original investment).
No Minimum Amount of Proceeds Required. The Fund is not required to raise a minimum amount of proceeds from this offering in order to commence operations. In order for the Fund to have viable operations, the Adviser believes the Fund will need to raise approximately $5 million in proceeds from this offering. To the extent that the Fund is unable to raise such amount in a timely manner or at all, it would have a negative impact on the ability of the Fund to diversify its portfolio and meet the asset diversification requirements to qualify as a RIC under the Code.
Public and Private Investment Funds Risk. For investments in Public Investment Funds and Private Real Estate Investment Funds not managed by the Adviser or its affiliates, Fund shareholders will bear two layers of fees and expenses: asset-based fees and expenses at the Fund level, and asset-based fees, incentive allocations or fees and expenses at the Public Investment Fund or Private Real Estate Investment Fund level. The Fund’s performance depends, in part, upon the performance of the Public Investment Fund and Private Real Estate Investment Fund managers and their selected strategies, the adherence by such managers to such selected strategies, the instruments used by such managers, and the Adviser’s ability to select managers and strategies and effectively allocate Fund assets among them.
REIT Risk. REITs may be affected by changes in the real estate markets generally as well as changes in the values of the properties owned by the REIT or securing the mortgages owned by the REIT. REITs are dependent upon management skill and are not diversified.
Non-Traded REIT Risk. Non-Traded REITs are subject to significant commissions, expenses, and organizational and offering costs that reduce the value of an investor’s (including the Fund’s) investment. Non-Traded REITs are not liquid, and investments in Non-Traded REITs may not be accessible for an extended period of time. There is no guarantee of any specific return on the principal amount or the repayment of all or a portion of the principal amount invested in Non-Traded REITs. In addition, there is no guarantee that investors (including the Fund) will receive distributions. Distributions from Non-Traded REITs may be derived from sources other than cash flow from operations, including the proceeds of the offering, from borrowings, or from the sale of assets. Payments of distributions from sources other than cash flow from operations will decrease or diminish an investor’s interest.
Private REIT Risk. Private REITS are unlisted, making them more difficult to value and trade. Moreover, private REITs generally are exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and, as such, are not subject to the same disclosure requirements as Public REITs and Non-Traded REITs, which makes private REITs more difficult to evaluate from an investment perspective. In addition, Private REITs may not have audited financial statements.
Leverage Risk. The use of leverage, such as borrowing money to purchase securities, will cause the Fund or a Public Investment Fund or Private Real Estate Investment Fund in which the Fund has invested, to incur additional expenses and significantly magnify the Fund’s losses in the event of underperformance of the Fund’s (or Public Investment Fund’s or Private Real Estate Investment Fund’s) underlying investments. Interest payments and fees incurred in connection with such borrowings will reduce the amount of distributions available to the Fund’s shareholders.
Liquidity Risk. There is currently no secondary market for the shares and the Fund expects that no secondary market will develop. Limited liquidity is provided to shareholders only through the Fund’s quarterly repurchase offers for no less than 5% of the shares outstanding at NAV. There is no guarantee that shareholders will be able to sell all of the shares they desire in a quarterly repurchase offer.
Medium and Small Capitalization Company Risk. Compared to investment companies that focus only on large capitalization companies, the Fund’s NAV may be more volatile because it also invests in medium and small capitalization companies.
New Offering with No Operating History. The Fund is a closed-end investment company with no history of operations. If the Fund commences operations under inopportune market or economic conditions, it may not be able to achieve its investment objective.
Concentration in Real Estate Securities Risk. The Fund will not invest in real estate directly, but, because the Fund will concentrate its investments in investment vehicles that invest principally in real estate and real estate related securities, its portfolio will be significantly impacted by the performance of the real estate market and may experience more volatility and be exposed to greater risk than a more diversified portfolio.
Repurchase Policy Risks. Quarterly repurchases by the Fund of its shares typically will be funded from available cash or sales of portfolio securities. However, payment for repurchased shares may require the Fund to liquidate portfolio holdings earlier than the Adviser otherwise would liquidate such holdings, potentially resulting in losses, and may increase the Fund’s portfolio turnover. The Adviser may take measures to attempt to avoid or minimize such potential losses and turnover, and instead of liquidating portfolio holdings, may borrow money to finance repurchases of shares. If the Fund borrows to finance repurchases, interest on any such borrowings will negatively affect shareholders who do not tender their shares in a repurchase offer by increasing the Fund’s expenses and reducing net investment income. The Fund’s quarterly repurchase offers are a shareholder’s only means of liquidity with respect to his or her shares.
Risks Relating to Fund’s Tax Status. To remain eligible for the special tax treatment accorded to RICs and their shareholders under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), the Fund must meet certain source of income, asset diversification and annual distribution requirements. If the Fund were to fail to comply with the income, diversification or distribution requirements, all of its taxable income regardless of whether timely distributed to shareholders would be subject to corporate-level tax and all of its distributions from earnings and profits (including from net long-term capital gains) would be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income. In any such event, the resulting corporate taxes could substantially reduce the Fund’s net assets, the amount of income available for distribution and the amount of its distributions. Any such failure would have a material adverse effect on the Fund and its shareholders.
REIT Tax Risk for REIT Subsidiaries. We intend to form one or more subsidiaries that will elect to be taxed as REITs beginning with the first year in which they commence material operations. In order for each subsidiary to qualify and maintain its qualification as a REIT, it must satisfy certain requirements set forth in the Code and Treasury Regulations that depend on various factual matters and circumstances. The Fund and the Adviser intend to structure each REIT subsidiary and its activities in a manner designed to satisfy all of these requirements.
If a REIT subsidiary fails to qualify as a REIT for any taxable year and it does not qualify for certain statutory relief provisions, it will be subject to U.S. federal income tax on its taxable income at corporate rates. In addition, it will generally be disqualified from treatment as a REIT for the four taxable years following the year of losing its REIT status.
Substantial Conflicts of Interest. As a result of the Fund’s arrangements with Highland, there may be times when Highland, the Adviser or their affiliates have interests that differ from those of the Fund’s shareholders, giving rise to a conflict of interest. The Fund’s officers serve or may serve as officers, directors or principals of entities that operate in the same or a related line of business as the Fund does, or of investment funds managed by the Adviser or its affiliates. Similarly, the Adviser or its affiliates may have other clients with similar, different or competing investment objectives. In serving in these multiple capacities, they may have obligations to other clients or investors in those entities, the fulfillment of which may not be in the best interests of the Fund or its shareholders.
Mortgage Backed Securities Risk. Mortgage backed securities are bonds which evidence interests in, or are secured by, commercial or residential mortgage loans, as the case may be. Accordingly, mortgage backed securities are subject to all of the risks of the underlying mortgage loans. In a rising interest rate environment, the value of mortgage backed securities may be adversely affected when payments on underlying mortgages do not occur as anticipated. The value of mortgage backed securities may also change due to shifts in the market’s perception of issuers and regulatory or tax changes adversely affecting the mortgage securities markets as a whole. In addition, mortgage backed securities are subject to the credit risk associated with the performance of the underlying commercial or residential mortgage properties. Mortgage backed securities are also subject to several risks created through the securitization process.
Concentration in Real Estate Securities Risk. The Fund will not invest in real estate directly, but, because the Fund will concentrate its investments in investment vehicles that invest principally in real estate and real estate related securities, its portfolio will be significantly impacted by the performance of the real estate market and may experience more volatility and be exposed to greater risk than a more diversified portfolio. The values of companies engaged in the real estate industry are affected by: (i) changes in general economic and market conditions; (ii) changes in the value of real estate properties; (iii) risks related to local economic conditions, overbuilding and increased competition; (iv) increases in property taxes and operating expenses; (v) changes in zoning laws; (vi) casualty and condemnation losses; (vii) variations in rental income, neighborhood values or the appeal of property to tenants; (viii) the availability of financing and (ix) changes in interest rates and leverage.
AN INVESTMENT IN THE NEXPOINT REAL ESTATE STRATEGIES FUND INVOLVES RISK AND THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THE INVESTMENT OBJECTIVES WILL BE MET. FOR A FULL LIST OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH INVESTING IN THE NEXPOINT REAL ESTATE STRATEGIES FUND, PLEASE READ THE FUND PROSPECTUS.