Commercial REIT Raises $15 Million Through IPO

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc., Virginia Beach, Va., has priced its initial public offering of over 3 million shares of common stock at $5.25 per share.

The stock is trading on Nasdaq but with very low volume, just 2,500 shares changing hands by noon. It opened at $6.24 per share and was at $6.01 per share at midday.

Wheeler owns and finances retail properties.

Wellington Shields & Co. LLC and Capital Securities Management Inc. are joint book-running managers for the offering.

The Mortgage Bankers Association recently came out with a report showing commercial mortgage originations fell in the third quarter from a year earlier because of less lending for retail and office properties.