The Company’s initial participation in the Grove in 1965 through its wholly-owned taxable REIT subsidiary, Flowerfield Properties, Inc., represented a 20% limited partnership interest in the Grove. Based on five subsequent capital raises through March 2011, each of which the Company chose not to participate in, the Company’s share was approximately reduced to 9.32% as of March 2011.
The original limited partnership investment of $1.1 million, which was made in 1965, has since yielded distributions to Gyrodyne of approximately $5.5 million in the aggregate. Due to recurring losses of the Grove, the investment is carried on the books of the Company at $0 as a result of recording the Company’s pro-rata share of losses under the equity method of accounting.
On March 18, 2011, the Grove’s lender, Prudential Industrial Properties, LLC (“Prudential”), commenced an action against the Grove by filing a complaint in the Circuit Court of Palm Beach County to foreclose upon the Grove Property, alleging that the Grove has defaulted on its loan from Prudential and that the Grove is indebted to Prudential in the amount of over $37 million in principal and over $8 million in interest and fees. The Grove continues to pursue development of the site while its management attempts to negotiate a resolution acceptable to all parties. Gyrodyne is a limited partner in the Grove and is not a guarantor of any debt related to the Grove. The investment is held in a taxable REIT subsidiary where the Company has a $1,315,000 deferred tax liability related to the Grove. The deferred tax liability represents taxable losses not yet recorded pursuant to the equity method of accounting.