UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

 

SCHEDULE 13D

 

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No. 1)

 

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.
(Name of Issuer)

 

Common Stock, $0.01 par value
(Title of Class of Securities)

 

963025705
(CUSIP Number)

 

Jeffrey M. Rose, 36 West 88th St. # 2, New York, NY 10024, 212-986-1703

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

December 30, 2020
(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box  ☒.

 

Note: Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits. See 240.13d-7(b) for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

 

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

 

 

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 963025705  

 

1

NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)

 

Steamboat Capital Partners, LLC    45-5206506
2

CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*

(a) ☐

(b) ☐

3 SEC USE ONLY
 
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS (See Instructions)

 

OO
5 CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(D) OR 2(E)               ☐
 

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON
WITH
7

SOLE VOTING POWER

 

1,216,664
8

SHARED VOTING POWER

 

 
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

1,323,044
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER

 

 

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

1,323,044
12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (See Instructions)

 

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

12.0%*
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)

 

IA; OO

 

* See Item 5 for information regarding the effect of blocker provisions.

 

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 963025705  

 

1

NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)

 

Parsa Kiai
2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*

(a) ☐

(b) ☐

3 SEC USE ONLY
 
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS (See Instructions)

 

OO
5 CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(D) OR 2(E)               ☐
 

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

United States

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON
WITH
7

SOLE VOTING POWER  

 

1,216,664
8

SHARED VOTING POWER  

 

 
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

1,323,044
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

 

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

1,323,044
12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (See Instructions)

 

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

12.0%*
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)

 

HC; IN

 

* See Item 5 for information regarding the effect of blocker provisions.

 

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 963025705  

 

1

NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)

 

Steamboat Capital Partners GP, LLC 45-5206609

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*

(a) ☐

(b) ☐

3 SEC USE ONLY
 
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS (See Instructions)

 

OO
5 CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(D) OR 2(E)               ☐
 

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON
WITH
7

SOLE VOTING POWER  

 

1,010,742
8

SHARED VOTING POWER  

 

 
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

1,010,742
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

 

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

1,010,742
12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (See Instructions)

 

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

9.4%*
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)

 

OO;HC

 

* See Item 5 for information regarding the effect of blocker provisions.

 

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 963025705  

 

1

NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)

 

Steamboat Capital Partners Master Fund, LP 98-1411780

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*

(a) ☐

(b) ☐

3 SEC USE ONLY
 
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS (See Instructions)

 

WC
5 CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(D) OR 2(E)               ☐
 

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Cayman Islands

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON
WITH
7

SOLE VOTING POWER  

 

992,497
8

SHARED VOTING POWER  

 

 
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

992,497
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

 

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

992,497
12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (See Instructions)

 

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

9.3%*
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)

 

PN

 

* See Item 5 for information regarding the effect of blocker provisions.

 

 

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SCHEDULE 13D

 

CUSIP No. 963025705  

 

1

NAMES OF REPORTING PERSONS
I.R.S. IDENTIFICATION NOS. OF ABOVE PERSONS (ENTITIES ONLY)

 

Steamboat Capital Partners II, LP 61-1874416

2 CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP*

(a) ☐

(b) ☐

3 SEC USE ONLY
 
4

SOURCE OF FUNDS (See Instructions)

 

WC
5 CHECK IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEMS 2(D) OR 2(E)               ☐
 

6

CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION

 

Delaware

NUMBER OF
SHARES
BENEFICIALLY
OWNED BY
EACH
REPORTING
PERSON
WITH
7

SOLE VOTING POWER  

 

18,245
8

SHARED VOTING POWER  

 

 
9

SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

18,245
10

SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  

 

 

11

AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON

 

18,245
12

CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES (See Instructions)

 

13

PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)

 

0.2%*
14

TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON (See Instructions)

 

PN

 

* See Item 5 for information regarding the effect of blocker provisions.

 

 

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Item 2. Identity and Background

 

(a) This Schedule 13D is being jointly filed by (i) Steamboat Capital Partners LLC (“IA”), (ii) Steamboat Capital Partners GP, LLC (“GP”), (iii) Parsa Kiai, (iv) Steamboat Capital Partners Master Fund, LP (“Master”) and (v) Steamboat Capital Partners II, LP (“Partners II”). The foregoing are each referred to as a “Reporting Person” and collectively referred to as the “Reporting Persons”.

 

(b) The address of the principal business office of each of the Reporting Persons other than Master is 31 Old Wagon Road, Old Greenwich, CT 06870. The address of the principal business office of Master is 190 Elgin Avenue, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, KY1-9005.

 

(c) IA provides investment advisory and management services and acts as portfolio manager for Master, Partners II and other entities owning shares of the Issuer. The principal occupation of Mr. Kiai is serving as managing member of IA. GP is the general partner of each of Master and Partners II. Master and Partner II are private investment funds.

 

(d) No Reporting Person has, during the last five years, been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors).

 

(e) No Reporting Person, has, during the last five years, been party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.

 

(f) IA, GP and Partners II are each organized under the laws of Delaware. Mr. Kiai is a citizen of the United States. Master is organized under the laws of the Cayman Islands.

 

Item 4. Purpose of Transaction

 

The Reporting Persons purchased the Shares as to which this report on Schedule 13D is being filed based on the Reporting Persons’ belief that the Shares, when purchased, were undervalued and represented an attractive investment opportunity.

 

IA has determined, at this time, not to take further action or make further efforts to seek the calling of a meeting to elect directors to represent the Series D Preferred Shareholders or to have particular candidates fill any such seats.

 

No Reporting Person has any present plan or proposal which would relate to or result in any of the matters set forth in subparagraphs (a) - (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D except as set forth herein or such as would occur upon or in connection with completion of, or following, any of the actions discussed herein. The Reporting Persons intend to review their investment in the Issuer on a continuing basis. Depending on various factors including, without limitation, the Issuer’s financial position and investment strategy, the price levels of the Shares, conditions in the securities markets and general economic and industry conditions, the Reporting Persons may in the future take such actions with respect to their investment in the Issuer as they deem appropriate including, without limitation, engaging in communications with management and the Board of the Issuer, engaging in discussions with stockholders of the Issuer or other third parties about the Issuer and the Reporting Persons’ investment, including board structure (including board composition), potential business combinations or dispositions involving the Issuer or certain of its businesses, making recommendations or proposals to the Issuer concerning changes to the capitalization, ownership structure, or suggestions for improving the Issuer’s financial and/or operational performance. The Reporting Persons may purchase additional Shares, sell some or all of their Shares, engage in hedging or similar transactions with respect to the Shares, or change their intention with respect to any and all matters referred to in this Item 4.

 

 

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Item 5. Interest in Securities of the Issuer

 

(a) IA (as the portfolio manager for its clients, including Master and Partners II), Mr. Kiai (as the managing member of IA), GP (as the general partners of Master and Partners II), Master and Partners II may be deemed to be the beneficial owner of the number and percentage of Shares set forth on the cover page of this Schedule 13D on which they are respectively named. As the securities actually owned are shares of preferred stock convertible into common stock, the percentages contained herein are computed in accordance with Rule 13d-3. The aggregate percentage of Shares reported owned by each person named herein is based upon 9,702,783 Shares outstanding, as of Nov. 9, 2020, which is the total number of Shares outstanding as reported in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC Nov. 10, 2020.

 

The securities actually owned are set forth below. IA and Kiai have the power to vote 631,515 shares of Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer and dispose of 694,096 shares of Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer and vote 457,198 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer and dispose of 479,805 of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer. GP has the power to vote and dispose of 521,180 shares of Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer and 387,955 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer. Master has the power to vote and dispose of 511,644 shares of Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer and 381,253 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer. Partners II has the power to vote and dispose of 9,536 shares of Series D Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer and 6,702 shares of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock of the Issuer.

 

This filing is made on the basis that IA, Parsa Kiai, GP, Master and Partners II do not constitute a group for purposes of Section 13d of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In the event that one or more of such entities were deemed to be a group for purposes of Section 13d-3, the ability of the entities deemed to be a part of such group to convert the non-voting convertible preferred shares they own into shares of the subject class would be limited by the provisions of the charter of the issuer such that no such group could convert securities into more than 9.8% of the issuer’s common stock (including shares of common stock owned by such group).

 

(b) Each of the Reporting Persons have the power to vote or direct the vote and dispose of or direct the disposition of the number and percentage of Shares indicated on the cover page of this Schedule 13D on which they are respectively named.

 

(c) There have been no transactions in Shares by the Reporting Persons within the past sixty days.

 

(d) Clients of IA, including Masters and Partners II, own the Shares which are the subject of this Schedule 13D and have the right to receive or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or proceeds from the sale of, the Shares.

 

(e) Not applicable.

 

The filing of this Schedule 13D shall not be deemed an admission that any of the Reporting Persons are, for purposes of Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the beneficial owners of any securities of the Issuer that he or it does not directly own. Each of the Reporting Persons specifically disclaims beneficial ownership of the securities reported herein that he or it does not directly own.

 

 

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SIGNATURES

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of his knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

Dated: December 31, 2020

 

/s/ Parsa Kiai  
Parsa Kiai  
   
Steamboat Capital Partners, LLC  

 

By: /s/ Parsa Kiai  
  Parsa Kiai, Managing Member  

 

Steamboat Capital Partners GP, LLC  

 

By: /s/ Parsa Kiai  
  Parsa Kiai, Managing Member  

 

Steamboat Capital Partners Master Fund, LP  

 

By:  Steamboat Capital Partners GP, LLC,
Its General Partner
 

 

By: /s/ Parsa Kiai  
  Parsa Kiai, Managing Member  

 

Steamboat Capital Partners II, LP  
   
By:  Steamboat Capital Partners GP, LLC,
Its General Partner
 

 

By: /s/ Parsa Kiai  
  Parsa Kiai, Managing Member  

 

The original statement shall be signed by each person on whose behalf the statement is filed or his authorized representative. If the statement is signed on behalf of a person by his authorized representative (other than an executive officer or general partner of this filing person), evidence of the representative’s authority to sign on behalf of such person shall be filed with the statement, provided, however, that a power of attorney for this purpose which is already on file with the Commission may be incorporated by reference. The name and any title of each person who signs the statement shall be typed or printed beneath his signature.

 

Attention: Intentional misstatements or omissions of fact constitute Federal criminal violations (See 18 U.S.C. 1001).