As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 10, 2021

Registration No. 333-        

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM S-8

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

American Homes 4 Rent

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Maryland    46-1229660

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

23975 Park Sorrento, Suite 300

Calabasas, CA

   91302
(Address of principal executive offices)    (Zip code)

 

 

American Homes 4 Rent 2021 Equity Incentive Plan

(Full title of the plan)

Sara H. Vogt-Lowell

Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

23975 Park Sorrento, Suite 300

Calabasas, CA 91302

(Name and address of agent for service)

(805) 413-5300

(Telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

 

 

Copy to:

Michael E. McTiernan

Hogan Lovells US LLP

555 Thirteenth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20004-1109

(202) 637-5600

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.    

 

Large accelerated filer      Accelerated filer  
Non-accelerated filer      Smaller reporting company  
     Emerging growth company  

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act.  ☐

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of securities to

be registered

 

Amount

to be

registered (1) (2)

 

Proposed

maximum

offering price

per share (3)

 

Proposed

maximum

aggregate

offering price

 

Amount of

registration Fee (4)

Class A Common shares of beneficial interest, par value $0.01 per share

  9,544,095   $36.365   $347,071,015   $37,865.45

 

 

(1)

This Registration Statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) registers the issuance of up to 9,544,095 Class A common shares of beneficial interest, par value $0.01 per share (the “Common Shares”), of American Homes 4 Rent (the “Company”) available for issuance under the American Homes 4 Rent 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) as follows: 8,500,000 Common Shares, plus 844,095 Common Shares available for future awards under the American Homes 4 Rent 2012 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2012 Plan”) as of the effective date of the Plan and up to a maximum of 200,000 Common Shares related to awards outstanding under the 2012 Plan as of the effective date of the Plan that later terminate by expiration, forfeiture, cancellation, or otherwise without the issuance of such common shares and become available for issuance under the Plan.

(2)

Pursuant to Rule 416 under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), this registration statement also covers an additional indeterminate amount of shares to be offered or sold pursuant to the Plan and shares that may become issuable under the Plan by reason of certain corporate transactions or events, including any share dividend, share split, recapitalization or any other similar adjustment of the registrant’s outstanding Common Shares.

(3)

Represents the average of the high and the low prices per Common Share of the Company as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on May 5, 2021.

(4)

Computed in accordance with Rule 457(c) and (h) under the Securities Act.

 

 

 


PART I

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE SECTION 10(a) PROSPECTUS

The documents containing the information specified in Part I will be sent or given to the persons participating in the Plan, as specified by Rule 428(b)(1) promulgated under the Securities Act. In accordance with the instructions to Part I of Form S-8, such documents will not be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) either as part of this registration statement or as prospectuses or prospectus supplements pursuant to Rule 424 promulgated under the Securities Act. These documents and the documents incorporated by reference pursuant to Item 3 of Part II of this registration statement, taken together, constitute the prospectus as required by Section 10(a) of the Securities Act.

PART II

INFORMATION REQUIRED IN THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT

 

Item 3.

Incorporation of Documents by Reference.

The following documents are incorporated by reference in this Registration Statement:

 

  (1)

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Commission on February 26, 2021;

 

  (2)

Our Quarterly Report on Form10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021, filed with the Commission on May 7, 2021;

 

  (3)

Our Current Reports on Form 8-K filed with the Commission on April  19, 2021 and May 7, 2021;

 

  (4)

Our Definitive Proxy Statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed with the Commission on March  22, 2021; and

 

  (5)

The description of our Common Shares contained in our Registration Statement on Form 8-A, filed with the Commission on July 19, 2013, pursuant to Section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), as supplemented by Exhibit 4.7 to our Annual Report on 10-K for the fiscal year December 31, 2019.

In addition, all documents and reports subsequently filed by us pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c), 14 and 15(d) of the Exchange Act, prior to the filing of a post-effective amendment which indicates that all securities offered have been sold or which deregisters all securities remaining unsold, shall be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this registration statement and to be part hereof from the date of filing of such documents or reports. Any statement contained in a document incorporated or deemed to be incorporated by reference herein shall be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this registration statement to the extent that a statement contained herein or in any other subsequently filed document which also is or is deemed to be incorporated by reference herein modifies or supersedes such statement. Any such statement so modified or superseded shall not be deemed, except as so modified or superseded, to constitute a part of this registration statement.

 

Item 4.

Description of Securities.

Not applicable.

 

Item 5.

Interests of Named Experts and Counsel.

Not applicable.


Item 6.

Indemnification of Trustees and Officers.

The Maryland statute governing REITs formed under the laws of that state, or the Maryland REIT law, permits a Maryland REIT to include in its declaration of trust a provision limiting the liability of its trustees and officers to the trust and its shareholders for money damages except for liability resulting from actual receipt of an improper benefit or profit in money, property or services or active and deliberate dishonesty established by a final judgment as being material to the cause of action. Our declaration of trust contains such a provision that eliminates such liability to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law.

The Maryland REIT law permits a Maryland REIT to indemnify and advance expenses to its trustees, officers, employees and agents to the same extent as permitted by the MGCL for directors and officers of a Maryland corporation. The MGCL requires a corporation (unless its charter provides otherwise, which our charter does not) to indemnify a director or officer who has been successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of any proceeding to which he or she is made or threatened to be made a party by reason of his or her service in that capacity. The MGCL permits a corporation to indemnify its present and former directors and officers, among others, against judgments, penalties, fines, settlements and reasonable expenses actually incurred by them in connection with any proceeding to which they may be made or are threatened to be made a party by reason of their service in those or other capacities unless it is established that:

 

   

the act or omission of the director or officer was material to the matter giving rise to the proceeding and (1) was committed in bad faith or (2) was the result of active and deliberate dishonesty;

 

   

the director or officer actually received an improper personal benefit in money, property or services; or

 

   

in the case of any criminal proceeding, the director or officer had reasonable cause to believe that the act or omission was unlawful.

However, under the MGCL, a Maryland corporation may not indemnify a director or officer for an adverse judgment in a suit by or in the right of the corporation or if the director or officer was adjudged liable on the basis that personal benefit was improperly received, unless in either case a court orders indemnification and then only for expenses.

In addition, the MGCL permits a corporation to advance reasonable expenses to a director or officer upon the corporation’s receipt of:

 

   

a written affirmation by the director or officer of his or her good faith belief that he or she has met the standard of conduct necessary for indemnification by the corporation; and

 

   

a written undertaking by the director or officer or on the director’s or officer’s behalf to repay the amount paid or reimbursed by the corporation if it is ultimately determined that the director or officer did not meet the standard of conduct.

Our declaration of trust and bylaws obligate us, to the fullest extent permitted by Maryland law in effect from time to time, to indemnify and to pay or reimburse reasonable expenses in advance of final disposition of a proceeding to:

 

   

any present or former trustee or officer who is made or threatened to be made a party to the proceeding by reason of his or her service in that capacity; or

 

   

any individual who, while a trustee or officer of our company and at our request, serves or has served another corporation, REIT, limited liability company, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or any other enterprise as a director, officer, partner, trustee, member or manager of such corporation, REIT, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise and who is made or threatened to be made a party to the proceeding by reason of his or her service in that capacity.


Our declaration of trust and bylaws also permit us, with the approval of our board of trustees, to indemnify and advance expenses to any person who served a predecessor of ours in any of the capacities described above and to any employee or agent of our company or a predecessor of our company.

We have entered into indemnification agreements with each of our trustees and executive officers that provide for indemnification to the maximum extent permitted by Maryland law.

Insofar as the foregoing provisions permit indemnification of trustees, officers or persons controlling us for liability arising under the Securities Act, we have been informed that, in the opinion of the Commission, this indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is therefore unenforceable.

 

Item 7.

Exemption from Registration Claimed.

Not applicable.

 

Item 8.

Exhibits.

 

Exhibit

No.

  

Description

  3.1

   Articles of Amendment and Restatement of Declaration of Trust of American Homes 4  Rent (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to Amendment No. 1 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 (Registration Number 333-189103) filed June 25, 2013.)

  3.2

   First Articles of Amendment to Articles of Amendment and Restatement of Declaration of Trust of American Homes 4 Rent (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.2 to Amendment No. 2 to the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-11 (Registration Number 333-189103) filed July 19, 2013.)

  3.3

   Articles Supplementary for American Homes 4 Rent 6.500% Series D Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on May 17, 2016.)

  3.4

   Articles Supplementary for American Homes 4 Rent 6.350% Series E Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on June 22, 2016.)

  3.5

   Articles Supplementary for American Homes 4 Rent 5.875% Series F Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on April 21, 2017.)

  3.6

   Articles Supplementary for American Homes 4 Rent 5.875% Series G Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 12, 2017.)

  3.7

   Articles Supplementary for American Homes 4 Rent 6.25% Series H Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual Preferred Shares (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 14, 2018.)

  3.8

   Amended and Restated  Bylaws of American Homes 4 Rent (Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on March 10, 2020.)

  5.1

   Opinion of Hogan Lovells US LLP

10.1

   American Homes 4 Rent 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (Incorporated by reference to Annex A of the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement for the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders filed on March 22, 2021.)


23.1

   Consent of Ernst & Young LLP

23.2

   Consent of Hogan Lovells US LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1)

24.1

   Power of Attorney (included on signature page hereto)

 

Item 9.

Undertakings.

(a) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes:

(1) To file, during any period in which offers or sales are being made, a post-effective amendment to this registration statement:

(i) To include any prospectus required by Section 10(a)(3) of the Securities Act;

(ii) To reflect in the prospectus any facts or events arising after the effective date of the registration statement (or the most recent post-effective amendment thereof) which, individually or in the aggregate, represent a fundamental change in the information set forth in the registration statement. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any increase or decrease in volume of securities offered (if the total dollar value of securities offered would not exceed that which was registered) and any deviation from the low or high end of the estimated maximum offering range may be reflected in the form of prospectus filed with the Commission pursuant to Rule 424(b) if, in the aggregate, the changes in volume and price represent no more than 20 percent change in the maximum aggregate offering price set forth in the “Calculation of Registration Fee” table in the effective registration statement;

(iii) To include any material information with respect to the plan of distribution not previously disclosed in the registration statement or any material change to such information in the registration statement;

provided, however, that paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(1)(ii) do not apply if the information required to be included in a post-effective amendment by those paragraphs is contained in reports filed with or furnished to the Commission by the registrant pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act that are incorporated by reference in this registration statement.

(2) That, for the purpose of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each such post-effective amendment shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(3) To remove from registration by means of a post-effective amendment any of the securities being registered which remain unsold at the termination of the offering.

(b) The undersigned registrant hereby undertakes that, for purposes of determining any liability under the Securities Act, each filing of the registrant’s annual report pursuant to Section 13(a) or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act (and, where applicable, each filing of an employee benefit plan’s annual report pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act) that is incorporated by reference in this registration statement shall be deemed to be a new registration statement relating to the securities offered therein, and the offering of such securities at that time shall be deemed to be the initial bona fide offering thereof.

(h) Insofar as indemnification for liabilities arising under the Securities Act may be permitted to directors, officers and controlling persons of the registrant pursuant to the foregoing provisions, or otherwise, the registrant has been advised that, in the opinion of the Commission, such indemnification is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and is, therefore, unenforceable. In the event that a claim for indemnification against such liabilities (other than for the payment by the registrant of expenses incurred or paid by a director, officer or controlling person of the registrant in the successful defense of any action, suit or proceeding) is asserted by such director, officer or controlling person in connection with the securities being registered, the registrant will, unless in the opinion of its counsel the matter has been settled by controlling precedent, submit to a court of appropriate jurisdiction the question whether such indemnification by it is against public policy as expressed in the Securities Act and will be governed by the final adjudication of such issue.


SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, the registrant certifies that it has reasonable grounds to believe that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form S-8 and has duly caused this registration statement to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized, in the city of Calabasas, California on May 10, 2021.

 

American Homes 4 Rent

By:   /s/ David P. Singelyn
 

David P. Singelyn

 

Chief Executive Officer

POWER OF ATTORNEY

Each person whose signature appears below hereby constitutes and appoints David P. Singelyn, Christopher C. Lau and Sara H. Vogt-Lowell, and each of them, as his attorney-in-fact and agent, with full power of substitution and resubstitution for him in any and all capacities, to sign any or all amendments or post-effective amendments to this Registration Statement, and to file the same, with exhibits and other documents related thereto with the Securities and Exchange Commission, granting unto such attorney-in-fact and agent full power and authority to do and perform each and every act and thing requisite and necessary in connection with such matters and hereby ratifying and confirming all that such attorney-in-fact and agent or his substitutes may do or cause to be done by virtue hereof.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, this Registration Statement has been signed by the following persons in the capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

Signature

  

Title

 

Date

/s/ David P. Singelyn

David P. Singelyn

  

Chief Executive Officer and Trustee

(Principal Executive Officer)

  May 10, 2021

/s/ Christopher C. Lau

Christopher C. Lau

  

Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer and Principal

Accounting Officer)

  May 10, 2021

/s/ Jack Corrigan

Jack Corrigan

  

Chief Investment Officer and Trustee

(Trustee)

  May 10, 2021

/s/ Douglas N. Benham

Douglas N. Benham

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ David Goldberg

David Goldberg

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ Tamara Hughes Gustavson

Tamara Hughes Gustavson

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ Matthew J. Hart

Matthew J. Hart

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021


/s/ Michelle C. Kerrick

Michelle C. Kerrick

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ James H. Kropp

James H. Kropp

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ Lynn C. Swann

Lynn C. Swann

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ Winifred M. Webb

Winifred M. Webb

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ Jay Willoughby

Jay Willoughby

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ Kenneth M. Woolley

Kenneth M. Woolley

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021

/s/ Matthew R. Zaist

Matthew R. Zaist

   (Trustee)   May 10, 2021
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