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

 

SCHEDULE 13G

 

Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

 

(Amendment No. __)*

 

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

 

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

 

963025705
(CUSIP Number)

 

12/31/20
(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)

 

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule is filed:

 

Rule 13d-1(b)

 

Rule 13d-1(c)

 

Rule 13d-1(d)

 

* 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 the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

 

The information required in 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE 13G

 

CUSIP No. 963025705  

 

1 Names of Reporting Persons
Steamboat Capital Partners, LLC
2 Check the appropriate box if a member of a Group (see instructions)
(a)  ☐
(b)  ☐
3 Sec Use Only
 
4 Citizenship or Place of Organization
Delaware

Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person With:
5 Sole Voting Power
1,216,664*
6

Shared Voting Power

 

7 Sole Dispositive Power
1,323,044*
8

Shared Dispositive Power

 

9 Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
1,323,044*
10 Check box if the aggregate amount in row (9) excludes certain shares (See Instructions)
11 Percent of class represented by amount in row (9)
12.0*
12 Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
OO; IA

 

* See Item 4 for information regarding the effect of blocker provisions.

 

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SCHEDULE 13G

 

CUSIP No. 963025705  

 

1 Names of Reporting Persons
Parsa Kiai
2 Check the appropriate box if a member of a Group (see instructions)
(a)  ☐
(b)  ☐
3 Sec Use Only
 
4 Citizenship or Place of Organization
United States

Number of
Shares
Beneficially
Owned by
Each
Reporting
Person With:
5 Sole Voting Power
1,216,664*
6

Shared Voting Power

 

7 Sole Dispositive Power
1,323,044*
8

Shared Dispositive Power

 

9 Aggregate Amount Beneficially Owned by Each Reporting Person
1,323,044*
10 Check box if the aggregate amount in row (9) excludes certain shares (See Instructions)
11 Percent of class represented by amount in row (9)
12.0*
12 Type of Reporting Person (See Instructions)
IN; HC

 

* See Item 4 for information regarding the effect of blocker provisions.

 

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Item 1.

 

(a) Name of Issuer:

 

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc.

 

(b) Address of Issuer’s Principal Executive Offices:

 

2529 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

Item 2.

 

(a) Name of Person Filing:

 

This Schedule 13G is being jointly filed by (i) Steamboat Capital Partners LLC (“IA”) and (ii) Parsa Kiai.

 

IA is the portfolio manager for entities (including funds of which an affiliate of IA is general partner) owning shares of the Issuer. Parsa Kiai is the managing member of IA.

 

The filing of this statement shall not be construed as an admission that any of the Reporting Persons is the beneficial owner of any securities covered by the statement other than the securities actually owned by such person (if any).

 

(b) Address of Principal Business Office or, if None, Residence:

 

The address of the principal business office of each of the Reporting Persons is 31 Old Wagon Road, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.

 

(c) Citizenship:

 

IA is organized under the laws of Delaware. Parsa Kiai is a citizen of the United States.

 

(d) Title and Class of Securities:

 

Common Stock, $0.01 par value

 

(e) CUSIP No.:

 

963025705

 

Item 3. If this statement is filed pursuant to §§ 240.13d-1(b) or 240.13d-2(b) or (c), check whether the person filing is a:

 

  (a) Broker or dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act;
       
  (b) Bank as defined in Section 3(a)(6) of the Act;
       
  (c) Insurance company as defined in Section 3(a)(19) of the Act;
       
  (d) Investment company registered under Section 8 of the Investment Company Act of 1940;
       
  (e) An investment adviser in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(E);
       
  (f) An employee benefit plan or endowment fund in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F);

 

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  (g) A parent holding company or control person in accordance with Rule 13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(G);
       
  (h) A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (12 U.S.C. 1813);
       
  (i) A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act of 1940;
       
  (j) A non-U.S. institution in accordance with Rule 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J);
       
  (k) Group, in accordance with Rule 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K). If filing as a non-U.S. institution in accordance with Rule 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J), please specify the type of institution: ____

 

Item 4. Ownership.

 

See Items 5-9 and 11 of the cover page for each filer. As the securities actually owned are shares of non-voting preferred stock convertible into common stock, the percentages contained herein are computed in accordance with Rule 13d-3. The aggregate percentage of shares of the subject class reported owned by each person named herein is based upon 9,702,783 shares of the subject class outstanding, as of Nov. 9, 2020, which is the total number of shares of the subject class 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.

 

This filing is made on the basis that IA, Parsa Kiai and its clients (including funds of which an affiliate of IA is general partner) 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).

 

Item 5. Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class.

 

If this statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five percent of the class of securities, check the following ☐.

 

Item 6. Ownership of more than Five Percent on Behalf of Another Person.

 

Not Applicable.

 

Item 7. Identification and classification of the subsidiary which acquired the security being reported on by the parent holding company or control person.

 

See Item 2 above and Item 3 above.

 

Item 8. Identification and classification of members of the group.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 9. Notice of Dissolution of Group.

 

Not applicable.

 

Item 10. Certifications.

 

By signing below I certify that to the best of my knowledge and belief the securities referred to above were acquired and are held in the ordinary course of business and were not acquired and are not held for the purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection with or as a participant in any transaction having that purpose or effect.

 

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SIGNATURE

 

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

 

Dated:  February 15, 2021  
   
/s/ Parsa Kiai  
Parsa Kiai  
   
Steamboat Capital Partners, LLC  
     
By: /s/ 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).

 

 

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Exhibit 99.1

 

JOINT FILING AGREEMENT

 

The undersigned hereby agree that the Statement on Schedule 13G filed herewith and any amendments thereto (collectively, the “Schedule 13G”), relating to Common Stock, $0.01 par value of Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc., a Maryland corporation, is being filed jointly with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Rule 13d-1under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, on behalf of each of the undersigned.

 

Each of the undersigned is only responsible for the timely filing of the Schedule 13G and the completeness and accuracy of the information concerning such person therein. None of the undersigned is responsible for the completeness or accuracy of the information concerning the other undersigned except to the extent that the undersigned knows or has reason to know that the information included is incorrect.

 

This Agreement may be executed in counterparts and each of such counterparts taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

 

Dated this 15th day of February 2021

 

/s/ Parsa Kiai  
Parsa Kiai  
   
Steamboat Capital Partners, LLC  
     
By: /s/ Parsa Kiai, Managing Member