Developers Eye More Than €30 Billion in New Business in Madrid

21 August 2019

Developers are eyeing huge new possible investments they expect to build approximately 130,000 new homes over the next 25 years. That is in addition to major new investments in offices, retail spaces and industrial buildings. The sale of homes and other properties is expected to exceed €30 billion.

Developers are planning two new centres of investment in the north and southeast of the capital. The developments include Operation Chamartín (since renamed Madrid Nuevo Norte) and five new neighbourhoods to the southeast: Los Berrocales, Valdecarros, Los Cerros, Los Ahijones and El Cañaveral.

Operation Chamartín was finally approved last month by the municipal assembly, after a 26-year hiatus. A report by the city council forecasts that total sales of homes, offices and commercial areas will reach €13.198 billion, €10.2 billion of which will come from offices and retail areas. 10,500 homes will also be built in the area surrounding the Chamartín train station, 24% of which will have subsidies.

A development with a total of 118,737 homes is also planned for the city’s southeast. Sales for this area are expected to reach more than €20 billion over 25 years with profit margins reaching 20%. El Cañaveral, where construction has already begun, will see total investments of €3 billion. Next will be Los Berrocales and then Los Ahijones by 2021. Lastly, work will begin on Los Cerros and Valdecarros, with plans for more than 50,000 homes, the first of which will be ready in a decade. The owners of these developments, excluding El Cañaveral, calculate investments exceeding €13 billion, generating 965,000 direct and indirect jobs over the next few years.

Original Story: Cinco Días – Alfonso Simón Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

CVC and Portobello to Invest €141 Million in Vitalia

20 August 2019

CVC and Portobello are planning to invest €141 million over the next four years in Vitalia, a firm that builds and manages geriatric centres. The firm plans on building a portfolio of 10,000 beds, becoming the second-largest operator in Spain, behind Sarquavitae (owned by DomusVi).

Vitalia will build 19 new residences in Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla y León, the Valencian Community and Murcia. The investments will add another 3,175 residential beds and 536 daycare places to the Vitalia’s existing portfolio.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Community of Madrid Sells Seven Plots of Land

20 August 2019

The government of the Community of Madrid sold seven plots of land for 7.2 million euros in July. That single sale was more than was sold in the entire last four years. Obras de Madrid had only managed to sell land worth €2.9 million in land over the last three years. This year’s buyers included Mercadona, a company that builds funeral homes, logistics and real estate firms. The regional government is looking to raise more funds through the sale of another 18 plots of land.

Mercadona acquired the most expensive asset, paying €2.541 million for a 4,200-square-meter plot of land, located in the neighbourhood of Ciudad Jardín, in Arroyomolinos.

Original Story: El Confidencial – David Fernández

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Euribor Falls to New Record Low

20 August 2019

The 12-month Euribor benchmark interest rate, which is used as a reference to set Spanish mortgages rates, fell to a new low of -0.398% last week. The rate first fell into negative territory in February 2016, as the European Central Bank’s (ECB) policy of quantitative easing looked to boost the Eurozone economy.

Euribor seemed to have hit bottom in March 2018, at -0.191%, when analysts began predicts gradual increases in the rate until potentially hitting zero in 2019. However, after rising to -0.108% in February, Euribor began falling again due to fears that the growth in the Eurozone was once again faltering.

Original Story: El Confidencial

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Santander Studying €12-Billion Sale of NPAs

20 August 2019

Banco Santander is considering a potential sale of a €12-billion portfolio of real estate loans by the end of the summer.

The bank is looking to improve its capital ratios in Spain, which are still weighed upon by assets the bank took over from Banco Popular, in spite of a €30 billion sale of assets to Blackstone in 2017, Project Quasar.  On Tuesday, the bank reported that its NPL ratio stood at 7%, above rival banks such as BBVA Spain (-4.9%) and CaixaBank (-4.6%).

Original Story: El Confidencial – Jorge Zuloaga

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Moroccans and Romanians Among the Biggest Foreign Buyers of Homes in Spain

20 August 2019

The profile of foreign home buyers in Spain is changing as traditional European countries are now accounting for a diminishing percentage, according to a report by the Spanish College of Registrars.

Between January and March, foreign buyers acquired more than 16,000 homes in Spain, approximately 12% of all operations. The British accounted for 13.79% of the total, down from a high of from 37% in 2008. The French also fell from 10% in 2014 to 7.5% in the first quarter of this year. Germans fell to 6.89%, and the Italians dropped to 4.91% from 5.77% in 2017.

Moroccans are now the fourth most active buyers (6.14%), while Romanians are the fifth (6.12%), followed by the Belgians (5.41%), Italians (4.91%) and the Chinese (4.49%).

Original Story: Idealista – Ana P. Alarcos

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

International Buyers Now Account for Just 20% of Luxury Home Sales in Barcelona

20 August 2019

Luxury homes in Barcelona are attracting fewer foreign buyers than just a few years ago. At that time, they accounted for 50% of all transactions, while now that has fallen to one in five.

Several factors have combined to lead to the decline. According to Barnes, a real estate agency, Spanish buyers have become more prevalent, while foreign buyers have increasingly turned their attention to other places like the Balearic Islands, Greece, and Portugal. Geopolitical factors such as the independence movement in Catalonia have also taken a toll.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

TPG Reaches Deal on Preferential Access to €175 Million of Sareb’s Assets

20 August 2019

TPG, which recently acquired Témpore Properties, has signed an agreement with Sareb maintaining its partnership with the state company.  Témpore will thus maintain a right of refusal for over 175 million euros in assets owned by the Sareb.

Original Story: La Información – Lucía Gómez

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Cerberus in Talks to Acquire Optimum Re Spain

20 August 2019

Cerberus is offering 14.05 euros per share for 92.88% of Optimum Re Spain’s share capital, valuing the socimi at a total of 70.25 million euros. The fund also agreed to acquire the final 7.12% at a future told, while also offering to take 100% right away, at the reduced price of 13.28 euros per share. Optimum Re Spain was trading at €13.30/share earlier this week.

The US fund is looking to boost its portfolio of residential rental properties. Optimum Re Spain has a portfolio of 16 residential rental buildings in Barcelona.

Original Story: Expansión – José Orihuel

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Colonial, Merlin and Lar Rotating Assets Worth €2.5 Billion

20 August 2019

Spain’s largest socimis have all been taking advantage of the benign economic climate to implement a strategy of asset rotation, selling off non-strategic assets to raise funds for further investments. Colonial, Merlin and Lar España have completed more than 2.5 billion euros in divestments over the past two years.

Of the four, Colonial has been most active in this regard. The socimi has sold assets worth approximately €1.5 billion in the last two years, more than half stemming from its acquisition of Axiare. In October 2018, Colonial sold seven office buildings to Tristan Capital Partners and Real IS, as well as a development under construction in Madrid to Grupo Catalana Occidente, for 441 million euros. Of the seven properties sold, five originated with Axiare.

Colonial also recently sold a portfolio of 18 logistics assets, covering an area of 473,000 square meters, to Prologis for an estimated €425 million. What’s more, the socimi sold an office building in Paris for €450 million in mid-2017. The firm is investing the proceeds of some of its sales, allocating €468 million in twelve projects under development in Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, the three markets where the company operates.

Merlin, for its part, sold its 17% stake in Testa to Blackstone last September for €321 million. The firm also sold its portfolio of hotels to Foncière des Regions for €535 million. Lar has also sold €425 million of assets in the last 18 months. Of that, €120 million stemmed from the sale of a logistics portfolio to Blackstone, while another €190 million resulted from the sale of four office buildings in Madrid and Barcelona and some small retail assets.

Original Story: Expansión – Rebeca Arroyo

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner