Self Storage Group, Inc. (formerly Global Income Fund, Inc.) (OTCQB: SELF) announced today that its Board of Directors, after careful consideration and based on the recommendation of a special committee comprised solely of the independent directors, by the unanimous vote of the directors present, adopted a stockholder rights plan (the “Plan”). This action has been taken in furtherance of implementing the Self Storage Group’s business proposal, approved by its stockholders, to change the Company’s business from an investment company to an operating company that owns, operates, manages, acquires, develops and redevelops professionally managed self storage facilities and seeks to qualify as a real estate investment trust (“REIT”) for federal tax purposes (the “Business Proposal”). In approving the Plan, the Board seeks to preserve the Company’s ability to fully implement the Business Proposal and to discourage the accumulation of shares by persons or groups of persons to such an extent that concentrated ownership may adversely affect the Company’s ability to deregister as an investment company and qualify as a REIT for federal tax purposes.
Since stockholder approval of the Company’s Business Proposal, which is fully described in the Company’s proxy materials available at www.selfstoragegroupinc.com/proxy-statement.html, the Company has taken numerous steps to implement the Business Proposal including, among other things, acquiring and operating self storage facilities, investing in REITs, terminating its investment management agreement, and converting to internal management. Until the Business Proposal is fully implemented, the Company’s Board of Directors has the power to change or modify the Business Proposal if it concludes that doing so would be in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders.
The Company’s ability to qualify as a REIT for federal tax purposes in order to avoid adverse tax consequences for its stockholders is an integral component to the successful implementation of the Business Proposal. A key requirement that the Company must satisfy to qualify as a REIT for federal tax purposes is that no more than 50% of the value of the Company’s outstanding shares may be owned directly, indirectly, or constructively by five or fewer individuals (or certain entities). The accumulation of the Company’s shares by a person, or a related group of persons, could frustrate the expressed desire of the Company’s stockholders to fully implement the Business Proposal by deregistering as an investment company and qualifying as a REIT for federal tax purposes.
To implement the Plan, the Board of Directors declared a special dividend distribution of one non-transferrable right for each outstanding share of the Company’s common stock, par value $.01 per share, to stockholders of record at the close of business today, December 6, 2013. Each right entitles the registered holder to purchase from the Company one share of its common stock, par value $.01 per share, subject to adjustment. The rights will be distributed as a non-taxable dividend and will expire at the close of business on April 4, 2014 unless earlier redeemed or exchanged by the Company. The rights will be evidenced by the underlying Company common stock and no separate rights certificates will presently be distributed.
Subject to certain exceptions in the rights agreement (“Rights Agreement”), the rights will become exercisable 10 days following a public announcement that a “person” (as defined in the Rights Agreement) or a group of affiliated or associated persons have acquired “beneficial ownership” (as defined in the Rights Agreement) of 19% or more of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock. In this event, however, any person who “beneficially owns” (as defined in the Rights Agreement) more than 17% of the outstanding common shares of the Company’s common stock will not be permitted to exercise any rights associated with common shares beneficially owned in excess of 17% of the outstanding common shares of the Company, and those additional rights will be deemed null and void. The Board of Directors may terminate the Plan at any time or redeem the rights, for $.01 per right, at any time before a person or a group of affiliated or associated persons beneficially owns 19% or more of the Company’s common stock.
UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, AS SET FORTH IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT, CERTAIN RIGHTS OWNED BY ANY PERSON WHO IS OR BECOMES AN ACQUIRING PERSON (AS DEFINED IN THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT) SHALL BECOME NULL AND VOID. YOU SHOULD OBTAIN, CAREFULLY READ, AND RETAIN A COPY OF THE RIGHTS AGREEMENT.
A copy of the rights agreement specifying the terms and conditions of the rights is available on the Company’s website at www.selfstoragegroupinc.com and will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional details regarding the Plan will be outlined in a summary to be mailed to all stockholders following the record date.
About Self Storage Group, Inc.
The Company is a non-diversified closed end investment management company whose common stock is traded over the counter under the ticker symbol “SELF.” The primary investment objective of the Company is to provide a high level of income, with capital appreciation as a secondary objective.
The Company’s management and affiliated persons of management may from time to time own, buy or sell common stock of the Company. More information about the Company may be obtained at www.selfstoragegroupinc.com.