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

IBA Capital & CBRE GI Sell Preciados 9 to Generali

15 March 2018 - Eje Prime

A new prime retail operation has been closed in the capital. The fund manager IBA Capital, together with CBRE Global Investment, has closed the sale of number 9 Calle Preciados in Madrid to the real estate vehicle of the insurance company Generali, Generali Real Estate. The Italian group has paid €100 million for the asset, which is going to be home to the future Pull&Bear store on that street, one of the most expensive in Spain for opening a store.

The property, which has a surface area of more than 3,000 m2, was the first building that El Corte Inglés sold in the Spanish capital and fired the starting gun for the policy of real estate divestments by the distribution group.

The asset, located in the so-called Golden Triangle of Madrid, was built in the 1940s. The building overlooks the confluence of the areas of Sol, Preciados and Gran Vía, and has a commercial surface area of more than 2,100 m2, distributed over six floors.

The operation, which has been brokered by the real estate consultancy Colliers, has been in the pipeline for six months, but the parties have not signed the agreement until now. In this way, IBA Capital is continuing to transform its asset portfolio in Spain.

Founded in 2013, IBA Capital is headed by Thierry Julienne and Jesús Valderrama, founders of the investment vehicle. The group has the capacity to manage all kinds of real estate assets and, currently, manages assets with a value of approximately €1 billion.

IBA Capital’s activity is divided into three lines of business. The company is continuing to acquire new assets following a phase of “prior selection of opportunities and a process of internal analysis”, according to sources at the company. IBA Capital also manages and sells assets, as well as controls the Socimi Zambal.

Its current portfolio comprises more than a dozen assets situated in prime locations of Madrid and Barcelona for the most part. They include number 18 Gran Vía and the ABC Serrano shopping centre, which have been acquired for their subsequent renovation and enhancement.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Footballer Andrés Iniesta Buys Land in Mataró for €11.5M

15 March 2018 - Expansión

On 23 March, the FC Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta is going to formalise the purchase of 30,642 m2 of land in Mataró (Barcelona) for €11.5 million. The operation is going to be carried out through the company Maresyterey. It is a surface area that is going to be allocated to housing (70%) and to companies, offices and businesses (30%). The vendor is the company Porta Laietana, which was jointly owned in equal parts by the Town Hall of Mataró – which has recorded a gain of €5.1 million – and the Catalan construction company Copcisa, owned by Eloi Carbonell.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

UBS Euroinvest Fund Acquires Core Madrid Office Asset

6 March 2018 - Property Funds World

UBS Real Estate has acquired the Titán 8 office asset in Madrid on behalf of the UBS (D) Euroinvest Immobilien fund. This transaction represents Euroinvest’s debut investment since the fund’s recent strategic relaunch.

Titán 8 is a prominent office asset in the south of Madrid comprising 18 storeys spread across 10,633 sqm and including 228 underground car parking spaces. The imposing tower has been acquired in Grade A condition having been completed according to the highest quality, efficiency and design standards in 2008 and well-maintained since. It features a glass curtain wall façade that offers impressive views from upper levels. Main tenants are from the financial business, the energy and service provider industry.

The asset is strategically located in Madrid’s business district of Méndez Álvaro, in the south of the city centre, and benefits from strong transport links, positioned adjacent to the M30 ring-road, providing access to Madrid’s international airport in just 15 minutes and with the capital’s main train station, Atocha, nearby. With highly constrained supply in the area and resilient occupier demand, Méndez Álvaro office rents have demonstrated buoyant performance over recent years.

Euroinvest comprises an EUR820 million portfolio of predominantly core office assets located across key European cities. Following a strategic review of the Fund, Euroinvest has strengthened its core-profile through the disposal of non-strategic assets and delivered a strong performance of 4.4 percent for its investors (as of 31 December 2017), outperforming its benchmark (MSCI OFIX Europe) by 260 basis points. The Fund’s management team is actively seeking further attractive investment opportunities that are in line with its strategy across top performing European markets.

Alexander Isak, Fund Manager of Euroinvest, says: “As the fund’s maiden investment since relaunching, Titán 8 is a perfect illustration of the high quality and resilient assets that we are targeting, benefitting from an excellent location which is proven to generate robust occupier demand and offering further upside as the Spanish economy strengthens.”

"We are pleased to be in a position to prudently invest in new attractive opportunities that we are identifying in the market, following a disciplined programme of non-strategic disposals and the extensive management of the Fund’s assets that has delivered a viable core European real estate portfolio for our investors.”

Euroinvest was established in 1999 as the first open-ended public fund focusing primarily on institutional investors, with this category of investors currently holding more than 95 percent of the Fund’s units. Its investment strategy is focused on core office properties located in the strongest European cities, demonstrating resilient occupational demand.

Original story: Property Funds World

Edited by: Carmel Drake