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alternative Assets News: Spanish Real Estate Intelligence

Firmum to Increase Share Capital by €60M to Buy More Parking Lots

3 December 2018 - Eje Prime

Firmum Capital is stepping on the accelerator to increase its portfolio of parking lots in Spain. The Spanish parking lot manager is on the verge of closing a €60 million capital increase to finance new purchases in the domestic market.

Through the financing round, the company will increase its investment capacity to almost €210 million, and will also open up its capital to new shareholders. The firm undertakes its investments through the company APK Gestión de Aparcamientos.

Firmum was created in 2016 by Cristian Abelló, Bernardino Díaz-Andreu and Fernando Pire, who have generated a portfolio comprising 64 parking lots distributed over a dozen Spanish autonomous regions, according to El Economista.

In total, Firmum owns 27,000 parking spaces in the market, which following the financing round, will be increased with more assets in Spain and Portugal. The current investors in the manager include Banco Sabadell, through Sabadell Asset Management, and Altamar Capital Partners.

Last year, the fund invested €80 million in the purchase of 39 assets, which added 15,676 parking spaces to its portfolio. That investment plan comes at a time when these types of alternative assets are booming.

This segment is attracting interest from many funds and institutional investors, who are willing to pay high prices for parking lots in the centre of provincial capitals, tempted by their long-term returns. In Europe, there are around 305 million public parking spaces and 53,650 private multi-storey parking lots, according to a report compiled by Catella.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
Corestate to Invest €100M in Student Halls By 2019

4 December 2018 - Eje Prime

Corestate is growing in Spain three years after its arrival. The Luxembourg-based fund manager is going to invest €100 million in the development of new student halls in the Spanish market between the end of this year and 2019, according to comments made by Christopher Hütwohl, the Head of the company in the country, speaking to Eje Prime.

Currently, the group has several plots in its sights, located in the main provincial capitals of Spain. “Valencia, Málaga, Pamplona, Sevilla, Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Alicante are on our radar”, explained the executive, who also confirmed that between December and the first quarter of next year, the company plans to close at least three operations.

Corestate’s main objective involves becoming one of the top three players in the student hall market in Spain. “It is a segment that still has a lot of potential, which is why we do not want to limit ourselves to a specific number of projects”, says Hütwohl. In fact, the director confirmed that the company plans to develop around three developments in each city, with capacity for between 200 and 350 beds, “except for in Alicante due to the limitations of that territory”.

Similarly, the group has the intention of expanding its range of investments in Spain from 2019 onwards. “Now we are very focused on the market for student halls, but we also want to undertake more operations, especially in the office, retail and residential segments across the whole Iberian Peninsula”, explained the executive. In this way, Hütwohl made clear the company’s objective of entering the Portuguese market before 2020.

Corestate sweeps across Europe

This year, Corestate has undertaken one of the largest operations in Europe in the market for student halls of residence with the purchase of CRM Students for €17 million. It is the largest manager of student halls, which operates in the United Kingdom, with 24,000 beds spread across 145 cities. “The type of collaboration that we will carry out has yet to be determined, but thanks to that acquisition, we have exceeded the 30,000-bed threshold in the European market”, said the executive.

Headquartered in Luxembourg and with 560 employees, Corestate has 41 offices around the world, located in cities such as Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Singapore and Zurich. In Spain, the company’s team comprises three people, a number that will grow as new projects are delivered.

The company led by Michael Bütter ended 2017 with revenues of €195 million and the group expects to achieve a turnover of €230 million in 2018. The gross operating profit (EBTIDA) amounted to €123 million in 2017, whilst the net result amounted to €93.3 million.

Original story: Eje Prime (by B. Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
Threestones Acquires a Nursing Home in Debut Spanish Deal

29 November 2018 - IPE Real Assets

Luxembourg-based Threestones Capital has made its debut Spanish investment with the acquisition of a nursing home.

The manager’s €600m TSC Eurocare Real Estate Fund is buying the property site in Cambrils, Cataluña from a private vendor for an undisclosed sum. It has also entered a rental agreement with Spanish healthcare operator MutuaTerrassa.

The asset comprises a complex of buildings covering over 3,400 m2, with an adjoining park and gardens spanning 43,000 m2.

Giovanni Perin, a partner at Threestones Capital, said: “This acquisition underlines our commitment to growing a strong presence in Spain where we perceive considerable opportunities to create value and deliver robust returns for our investors.”

While continuing to invest in core markets such as Germany, Threestones will leverage its experience to respond to the ongoing acceleration of ageing populations across Europe and other parts of the world, Perin said.

“There is an urgent need to create a care infrastructure of an appropriate quality and adequate volume to meet future requirements.

"We and the investors in our funds are focused on helping to deliver against this objective, though it clearly requires both private and public investment,” Perin said.

Launched in 2016, the TSC Eurocare Real Estate fund is the manager’s fourth private equity real estate fund and its third fund focused on senior residential care.

Original story: IPE Real Assets 

Edited by: Carmel Drake