12 July 2017 – Cinco Días
The firm Harbert Management Corporation has sold the El Manar shopping centre in Valencia for €40 million, according to sources familiar with the operation. The buyers are the companies Catella and Aberdeen, which have created a joint venture to undertake the transaction.
El Manar has a gross leasable area of 24,000 m2 and is located in the city of Massalfassar, in the metropolitan area of Valencia. According to the directory compiled by the Spanish Association of Shopping Centres, the property is managed by CBRE, was inaugurated in 2007 and comprises around twenty stores, with the Carrefour hypermarket proving to be the main draw. El Manar is also home to stores operated by Media Markt, C&A, Kiwoko, Sprinter and the toy shop Poly and it has 1,344 parking spaces. Each year, the centre receives 2.4 million visitors.
El Manar was promoted by the Pradera Group, and Harbert purchased it in 2014, in an operation whose consideration was not disclosed at the time. Three years later, the fund from Alabama has sold the asset in a deal that has been advised by CBRE and Eversheds Sutherland. Meanwhile, the buyers have been advised by the law firm Dentons.
Catella is a Swedish investment manager, which also acts as an advisor in real estate transactions. In Spain, the firm is led by Javier Hortelano.
Meanwhile, the British fund Aberdeen has €360,000 million under management around the world. In Spain, the firm is led by Ana Guzmán Quintana.
Original story: Cinco Días (by A. Simón)
Translation: Carmel Drake