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Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 31, 2018
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Item 8.01. Other Events.
On December 31, 2018, New Valley LLC, the real estate subsidiary of Vector Group Ltd. (“New Valley”), announced its purchase of the 29.41% minority interest in Douglas Elliman Realty, LLC (“Douglas Elliman”) held by DTHY Realty, Inc. and Dorothy Herman (the “Sellers”) for a total purchase price of $40,000,000. Prior to the transaction, New Valley indirectly held a 70.59% interest in Douglas Elliman. The transaction brings New Valley’s indirect ownership interest in Douglas Elliman to 100%. At closing, New Valley paid $10,000,000 and will pay the remaining $30,000,000 in twelve equal quarterly installments of principal beginning on January 1, 2020 and ending on October 1, 2022, each with interest on the outstanding principal balance at the mid-term applicable federal rate in effect as of the date of the transaction.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 31, 2018
VECTOR GROUP LTD.
/s/ Marc N. Bell
Marc N. Bell
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary