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

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 and BBVA Hire Konstantin Sajonia-Coburgo to Head Up Divarian

16 August 2019

The US fund Cerberus and BBVA have hired Konstantin Saxony-Coburg to head up Divarian, the company that they created after Cerberus acquired the bank’s real estate assets. Saxony-Coburg left his position as co-head of investment banking at Barclays Spain last year, where he had worked since 2010. Divarian, owned 80% by Cerberus and 20% by BBVA, has €13 billion in assets in its portfolio.

The North American fund and BBVA opted to merge Divarian with the US firm’s servicer, Haya Real Estate, this year. Haya is responsible for managing and selling all Cerberus’s real estate holdings in Spain, except for its land bank, which is managed by Inmoglaciar.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Jorge Zuloaga

Photo: Cordon Press

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Spain’s Banks Continue to Suffer from High Levels of Exposure to Non-Performing Real Estate Assets

13 August 2019

Spain’s largest financial institutions still have more than 37 billion euros worth of non-performing real estate assets on their books, not counting non-performing loans, even after a series of major disinvestments over the past two years. The bank with the most significant exposure, Santander, sold €30 billion in assets to Blackstone; while BBVA sold another €13 billion to Cerberus. CaixaBank unloaded a €12.8 billion portfolio to Lone Star as Banc Sabadell sold assets totalling €10.1 billion to Cerberus and Oaktree.

EU banking regulators are pressuring the banks to quickly reduce their exposure even further, setting a high bar for the expected pace of disinvestment over the coming years.

Santander still has €10.132 billion in foreclosed assets, over 16% more than the bank with the second-highest exposure: Sabadell (€8.732 billion). Santander’s exposure to land is especially high, with a portfolio with a gross value of €4.37 billion. Thus, the bank recently created a company to prepare the portfolio for an eventual sale. The new company, Landmark Iberia, has 400,000 square meters of developable land for sale.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Jorge Zuloaga

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Banco Sabadell Sells Solvia Desarrollos Inmobiliarios to Oaktree for €882 Million

5 August 2019

Banco Sabadell has agreed to sell its developer, Solvia Desarrollos Inmobiliarios (Sdin), to the US-fund Oaktree. The sale, which includes a significant stock of land holdings, closed for 882 million euros and will generate an accounting gain of 23 million euros.

Sabadell split Sdin Residencial from the larger Solvia Real Estate before its sale to the Swedish group Intrum.

With this deal, Sabadell has practically eliminated toxic assets from its balance sheet, selling more than €12.5 billion in non-performing assets over the last year.

Thanks to the sales, Sabadell will now have a Tier 1 Common Capital Ratio of 11.6%, up from 11.2% in June. The bank hopes to reach 12% in 2020.

Original Story: Expansión – Sergi Saborit

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Banco Sabadell Sells Real Estate Portfolio

5 August 2019

Banco Sabadell has sold a portfolio of real estate assets to a subsidiary of the US fund Cerberus Capital for 314 million euros. The portfolio, known as Rex, has assets with a net book value of approximately 342 million euros.

Original Story: Lne.es

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Sareb Opens Bidding to Other Servicers After Low Bids from Haya, Solvia, Altamira and Servihabitat

30 July 2019

Sareb has notified the four servicers that manage its €34 billion in real estate loans and assets that it will open up bidding on its management contracts to other potential bidders, after having received a round of offers that it considered insufficient. Haya Real Estate (Cerberus), Servihabitat (Lone Star), Solvia (Intrum) and Altamira (doValue) have been servicing the bad bank’s assets until now. Sareb mandated DC Advisory to manage the process as the bank looks to reduce the size of the commissions it has been paying to the four firms.

DC Advisory and Sareb have reportedly been in contact with smaller, specialised firms such as Hipoges, Finsolutia and Copernicus. The decision is a message to the four current servicers, letting them know that they may lose out on future contracts unless they improve their bids. Sareb is considering dividing some sections of its portfolio by geographical location, reducing the number of managers in each and streamlining its operations.

The process – known as the Project Esparta – sent shudders through the servicing sector and was a factor in the postponement of Haya Real Estate’s IPO last year.  Haya currently has the largest mandate, servicing 37% of the bad bank’s assets (2014). Altamira, in turn, manages 29%, while Servihabitat has 19% and Solvia 15%.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Jorge Zuloaga

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. Turner

Unicaja Banco Finalises Sale of €950-Million Portfolio of Toxic Real Estate Assets

28 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Unicaja Banco finalised the sale of a 950-million-euro portfolio of foreclosed properties and non-performing loans, equivalent to almost a third of those assets on its balance sheet. As of March of this year, the bank had €3.473 billion in unproductive assets, of which €1.833 billion were foreclosed properties.

The portfolio sold yesterday consists of 5,400 mortgage loans, with a gross value of €389 million, along with a total of 4,100 properties, with a gross value of €560 million. The sale, which the bank will formalise by the end of the year, will mean an €830-million decrease in non-productive assets, along with with a pre-tax capital gain approximately 17 million euros.

Original Story: Diário Sur – José Vicente Astorga

Bankia Finalises Transfer of €2.7-Billion Real Estate Portfolio to Lone Star

28 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Bankia has finalised the transfer of a portfolio of foreclosed properties and non-performing loans to companies controlled by the Lone Star XI Fund.

The final value of the portfolio of foreclosed real estate assets has an approximate gross accounting value of 1.42 billion euros, while the portfolio of non-performing loans is worth approximately €1.283 billion. The total size is slightly lower than originally announced due to recoveries since the deal was signed.

The transaction with Lone Star involves the creation of a new company which will hold the assets and be 20 percent held by Bankia and 80 percent by Lone Star Fund XI.

Original Story: Expansión

CaixaBank Nears Sale of Niseko Project

9 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

CaixaBank is nearing completion of the sale of its Niseko Project to two U.S. investment groups, D. E. Shaw and Farallon Capital Management. The total portfolio of non-performing loans have collateral guarantees and a face value of approximately 670 million euros.  

Niseko Project is divided into two sub-portfolios, Hokkaido and Sapporo. Hokkaido, which consists of eight large loans, all with guarantees, is set to go to D. E. Shaw. The sub-portfolio has an estimated market value of about 200 million euros (€400 million face value). The second portfolio will go to Farallon Capital Management and comprises 100 smaller loans.

At the same time, the Catalan bank is putting a new portfolio, the Chamonik Project, worth another 500 million euros, up for sale.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Jorge Zuloaga