Our board of directors, including a majority of our independent directors, has adopted valuation procedures, as amended from time to time, that contain a comprehensive set of methodologies to be used in connection with the calculation of our NAV. As a public company, we are required to issue financial statements generally based on historical cost in accordance with GAAP. To calculate our NAV for the purpose of establishing a purchase and redemption price for our shares, we have adopted policies and procedures, which adjust the value of certain of our assets from historical cost to fair value. As a result, our NAV will differ from the amount reported as stockholders’ equity on the face of our financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. The fair value of our assets and liabilities will be calculated for the purposes of determining our NAV per share, using widely accepted methodologies and, as appropriate, the GAAP principals within the FASB Accounting Standards Codification under Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures. However, our valuation procedures and our NAV are not subject to GAAP and will not be subject to independent audit. Furthermore, no rule or regulation requires that we calculate NAV in a certain way. Although we believe our NAV calculation methodologies are consistent with standard industry principles, there is no established practice among public REITs, whether listed or not, for calculating NAV in order to establish a purchase and redemption price. As a result, other public REITs may use different methodologies or assumptions to determine NAV.
The real property portfolio valuation, which is the largest component of our NAV calculation, will be provided to us by our Independent Valuation Firm each month. Periodic property appraisals are the foundation of this valuation. However, each month, the Independent Valuation Firm may adjust a real property’s valuation, as necessary, based on known events that have a material impact on the most recent value (adjustments for non-material events may also be made). For example, changes to underlying property fundamentals and overall market conditions, which may include: (i) an unexpected termination or renewal of a material lease; (ii) a material change in vacancy levels; (iii) an unanticipated structural or environmental event at a property; or (iv) material capital markets events, any of which may cause the value of a property to change materially. Furthermore, the value of our properties is determined on an unencumbered basis.
At least once each calendar year our board of directors, including a majority of our independent directors, will review the appropriateness of our valuation procedures. With respect to the valuation of our properties, the Independent Valuation Firm provides our board of directors with periodic valuation reports. From time to time our board of directors, including a majority of our independent directors, may adopt changes to the valuation procedures if it: (1) determines that such changes are likely to result in a more accurate reflection of NAV or a more efficient or less costly procedure for the determination of NAV without having a material adverse effect on the accuracy of such determination; or (2) otherwise reasonably believes a change is appropriate for the determination of NAV. We will publicly announce material changes to our valuation procedures or the identity or role of the Independent Valuation Firm or the NAV Advisor.
Although the methodologies contained in the valuation procedures are designed to operate reliably within a wide variety of circumstances, it is possible that in certain unanticipated situations or after the occurrence of certain extraordinary events (such as a terrorist attack or an act of nature), our ability to implement and coordinate our NAV procedures may be impaired or delayed, including in circumstances where there is a delay in accessing or receiving information from vendors or other reporting agents. Further, the NAV per share should not be viewed as being determinative of the value of our common stock that may be received in a sale to a third party or the value at which our stock would trade on a national stock exchange. Our board of directors may suspend our public offering and the share redemption programs if it determines that the calculation of NAV may be materially incorrect or there is a condition that restricts the valuation of a material portion of our assets.