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

Sareb to Use FABs to Aid in Divestment Strategy

5 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Sareb and Värde Partners have joined together to create Árqura Homes, with the goal of building 17,000 new homes. The joint-venture is the first of a series of invetsments that will employ a financial instrument called a FAB. This financial instrument was designed six years ago to facilitate the sale of non-performing bank assets. The structure confers specific tax benefits, primarily reduced taxes on the sale of such assets.

Sareb is currently planning a number of such vehicles for selling different types of assets, including hotels, shopping centres, offices and homes.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

 

Blackstone Nears Sale of €950-Million Loan Portfolio

3 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

The British fund CarVal Investors, a leading global alternative investment manager focused on distressed and credit-intensive assets, is said to be leading the race to acquire a €950-million portfolio of mortgages from Blackstone. Goldman Sachs and Elliot Management are also participating in the sale.

Original Story: EjePrime

 

BBVA Finalises Transfer of Most of its Anfora Portfolio

28 June 2019

BBVA has closed the transfer of most of the credits rights that comprise the Anfora portfolio. The transaction was announced in December 2018.

At the end of 2018, BBVA reached an agreement with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), to transfer a credit portfolio in Spain, which was composed by mortgages credits (mainly non-performing and in default).

Today the great majority of the loans in this portfolio (with a gross value of about €1.2 billion) were transferred to Anfora Investing U.K. Limited Partnership, which is owned by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The transfer of the small amount of credits that remain in the Anfora portfolio (with a gross value of approximately €130 million) is expected for Q3-19.

BBVA expects the transaction to have a positive impact on the Group’s net attributable profit of approximately €130 million, which will be reported in Q2-19 financial results. In addition, it is also expected to have a slightly positive impact on the fully-loaded CET1 ratio.

Link: BBVA

doValue Finalises Acquisition of 85% of Altamira for €360MM

28 June 2019

doValue, the Italian NPL specialist, acquired 85% of Altamira Asset Management from firms controlled by Apollo Global Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. The Italian firm paid 360 million euros.

The operation had been originally announced in December. doValue finalised the acquisition this month after Banco Santander decided not to exercise its tag-along rights, maintaining its 15% stake. DoValue had offered to acquire 100% of the firm.

After the acquisition, DoValue will have €130 billion in assets under management.

Original Story: EjePrime

Blackstone Finalising Sale of Mortgage Portfolio to CarVal Investors

25 June 2019

Blackstone is finalising the sale of 10,000 mortgages loans to CarVal Investors for nearly €1 billion. Blackstone originally acquired the loans as part of a €5.5-billion portfolio it bought from Catalunya Banc in 2014.

After the sale, which Blackstone expects to finalise in the coming days, the U.S. firm will still own another 9,000 lower-quality loans from the Catalan bank.

CarVal Investors specialises in the investment, through various funds, of loan portfolios sold by financial institutions. The company, with offices in Minneapolis, London, New York, Luxembourg and Singapore, has invested more than 20,000 million dollars in nearly 2,000 loan portfolio transactions in 31 countries.

Original Story: Vox Populi – Alberto Ortín

Photo: Europa Press

Haya Real Estate Tops Off its Annus Horribilis with Losses of €0.5M

18 June 2019 – El Confidencial

Haya Real Estate suffered an “annus horribilis” in 2018 after it failed to debut on the stock market and was unsuccessful in its efforts to renegotiate its contract with Sareb (discussions are still on-going). Those events were further compounded by the servicer’s recently published results for the year, which saw it record losses of €445,000, compared with a profit of €32.57 million in 2017, despite a 6.7% increase in revenues to €273.7 million.

The losses were caused by several factors, both accounting and operational nature, and would have been even greater had the group not consolidated the results of Haya Titulización, which contributed profits of €1.27 million.

In fact, the real estate servicer platform Haya Real Estate itself recorded losses of €1.7 million in 2018 compared with profits of €20 million last year. They were caused in part by the new contract that the servicer signed with Bankia in 2018, to include BMN’s assets, which involves disbursements and amortisations during the first few years and which have penalised the company in accounting terms. In addition, Haya purchased the company Mihabitans from Liberbank in June 2018.

Specifically, the amortisations of the management contracts of Bankia and Liberbank increased by more than €20 million YoY in 2018, which, combined with the poor performance of other operating costs (they soared by 46% to €92.2 million) meant that the servicer had little chance of repeating its success of 2017.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Sareb Offers the Contracts of Altamira, Servihabitat & Solvia to its Rivals

17 June 2019 – El Confidencial

Sareb is on a mission to change its course. According to market sources, the bad bank chaired by Jaime Echegoyen (pictured below) has decided to put its contracts with Altamira (owned by doBank), Servihabitat (Lone Star) and Solvia (Intrum) out to tender two years before their scheduled renewal.

Even though the contracts are not due to expire until the end of 2021, Sareb is putting them out to tender alongside that of Haya Real Estate, which is due to expire at the end of 2019. This represents a boost for Cerberus’s servicer, given that its competitors will now also have to focus on retaining their own contracts rather than just bidding for Haya’s.

In the event that Sareb awards the contracts of Altamira, Servihabitat and Solvia to other entities, it will have to compensate the servicers since their contracts clearly establish early termination clauses.

Altogether, Sareb is looking at putting out to tender the management of €34 billion in loans and properties that it still has left in its portfolio. The four will have to submit their bids in the next few months, specifying which assets they want to manage and what commissions they will charge.

The largest mandate is that of Haya, which manages assets proceeding from Bankia, which accounted for 37% of the bad bank’s original assets. It is followed by Altamira, which manages the assets proceeding from Catalunya Banc, BMN and Caja 3 (29% of the total); Servihabitat, which manages the assets from NCG Banco, Liberbank and Banco de Valencia (19%); and Solvia,  which manages assets from Bankia (foreclosed), Banco Gallego and Ceiss (15%). Clearly, there is a lot at stake for these servicers.

Original story: El Confidencial (by J. Zuloaga & R. Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Project Castillo: Blackstone Puts 11,000 of Catalunya Banc’s Subprime Mortgages Up for Sale

13 June 2019 – El Confidencial

Blackstone has engaged Bank of America to liquidate almost all of the remaining Catalunya Banc subprime mortgages that it purchased from the State between 2014 and 2015 as part of Project Hércules.

After almost five years of actively managing the portfolio, the US fund now has just 31,000 of the more than 100,000 subprime mortgages that it purchased, which are worth €1 billion compared with €5.7 billion in 2015.

Project Castillo is going to contain almost 11,000 of those mortgages, all of which are up to date in terms of payments, but which have been refinanced at some point over the last 5 years.

This sale forms part of a series being undertaken by Blackstone as it completes its first cycle of investments in Spain. In this context, the US fund’s rental home Socimi Fidere put most of its assets up for sale recently.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Jorge Zuloaga)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake