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real-estate-transactions Market News: Spanish Real Estate Intelligence

Sareb Sells its Socimi & its 3,300-Asset Portfolio to TPG

4 December 2018 - El Independiente

Sareb, the Company for the Management of Assets proceeding from the Restructuring of the Banking System, is closing the final details of the sale of its Socimi Tempore Properties to the private equity fund TPG.

The company, which is in the middle of a non-monetary capital increase amounting to €150 million and which will soon manage 3,300 real estate assets worth €325 million, received several offers at the end of November, including from the fund Apollo. In the end, the proposal from TPG has proved victorious, according to sources speaking to El Independiente.

The US group TPG, which has USD 94 billion in assets under management, is the shareholder of companies such as Spotify, Airbnb, Burger King, Lenovo, Ducati, Saxo Bank and Grohe, amongst others.

The so-called bad bank, in which the State holds a 45% stake, hopes to close this operation before the end of the year, in order to improve the appearance of its accounts, which will again feature losses.

The Tempore portfolio sold by Sareb is concentrated (80%) in the metropolitan areas of the major capitals, with the remainder located in regions with significant demand in the rental market, such as Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Málaga and Almería.

Azora is responsible for the management of the portfolio – it performs the administration and marketing activities for the assets directly. The company is led by the Director of Rentals at Sareb, Nicolás Díaz Saldaña. Before his arrival at Sareb, Saldaña was at the helm of the international department at Metrovacesa during the most complicated period of the real estate crisis.

Sareb is selling its Socimi at a time when these types of companies are in the Government’s spotlight, in light of the insistence of Podemos to toughen up the beneficial tax regime that has facilitated the expansion of the vehicles in recent years.

The Bank of Spain has also started to monitor the Socimis as a potential focus of instability for the financial sector and links the rise of these vehicles to the sharp increases in the prices of offices and commercial premises.

Original story: El Independiente (by Ana Antón)

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
Saba Buys 800 Parking Lots from Indigo for €200M

12 December 2018 - Eje Prime

Saba is expanding in Europe. The subsidiary of CriteriaCaixa, which specialises in the acquisition and management of parking lots, has acquired 800 car parks from Indigo for €200 million. The package sold comprises 169,000 parking spaces spread over several countries across the continent, including the United Kingdom and Germany.

In addition to British and German territory, Saba has also entered Slovakia and the Czech Republic with this purchase. Those four countries join the five where the company already had a presence, namely: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Andorra and Chile. In total, the company managed 210,000 parking spaces to date.

By virtue of this operation with Indigo, which is owned by the investment fund Ardian, the Spanish company has almost doubled the size of its portfolio, which will increase to 378,000 parking spaces, distributed across 1,175 parking lots, according to Expansión.

Salvador Alemany, President of Saba, has said that the purchase of this package of alternative assets “consolidates Saba’s industrial project over the long term, giving coherence to the roadmap marked by the company with the aim of making it a first-rate international player”.

In 2017, Saba recorded revenues of €213 million, with an EBITDA of €100 million and net financial debt of €330 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

 
KKH Sells the Future Hotel Edition in Madrid for €220M

12 December 2018 - Expansión

The Malaysian group YTL Corporation is going to formalise the acquisition of the building when it opens, in 2020. The fund is also selling the Hotel Edition in Barcelona to a group from the Middle East.

Hotels in Madrid and Barcelona are continuing to attract stratospheric investments, encouraged by the appetite of investors for Spanish property and the strong performance of tourism in the two cities. The latest to close a million-euro operation is the fund KKH Property Investors, headquartered in Barcelona, which has agreed to sell the five-star hotel that it is building in the former headquarters of Monte de Piedad, in the centre of Madrid. The buyer is the Malaysian group YTL Corporation, which is going to pay €220 million for the property when the hotel is inaugurated, at the end of 2020.

On the other hand, KKH has also sold another five-star hotel in Barcelona, for around €80 million to a group from the Middle East whose name has not been revealed. The two have operating agreements with the US chain Marriott, through its brand Edition.

KKH Property Investors is an alliance between KKH Capital, founded by the former CEO of Renta Corporación, Josep Maria Farré, and the funds Perella Weinberg Real Estate Fund I, Perella Weinberg Real Estate Fund II and PW Real Estate Fund III, advised by Aermont Capital LLP. The joint venture, created in 2014, has an investment budget of €500 million.

The fund’s strategy is based on the search for prime locations in Spain, the construction of five-star hotels, the agreement with major international chains and the sale of the asset once it has been inaugurated. Since its creation four years ago, the fund has planned numerous investment and divestment operations.

Luxury hotels

The two hotels that have been sold by KKH share the fact that they have been designed by the architect Carlos Ferrater, they are both five-star establishments and they will both be integrated into the Edition chain.

In the case of the hotel in Madrid, whose operation will be effective from the end of 2020 (…), it will have a surface area of 25,000 m2 spread over seven above-ground storeys and two basement floors (…).

The future Hotel Edition in Madrid, located just 200 metres from the Plaza del Sol, will have 200 rooms and suites, and like the other establishments in the brand, will place a great emphasis on design and on the restaurant offering. It is expected to have six restaurants and will result in the creation of 400 jobs (…).

In Barcelona

In the Catalan capital, KKH Property has followed a similar pattern. In that case, the divestment, agreed a while ago, has already been formalised, given that the hotel was inaugurated in September (…).

The hotel in Barcelona has 100 rooms and employs 230 people directly. Investment in the hotel exceeded €50 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake