9 October 2017 – El Economista
The professional services firm Auren has sold one floor of its office building in Madrid to a Spanish foundation for €10.5 million, according to sources in the sector.
The headquarters of the consultancy firm is located in the Edificio Masters I building on Avenida General Perón, 38; Auren has operated from that multi-owner property for almost 20 years. When it first moved in, it acquired the third floor of the building and then went on to lease more space on two other floors, as the company continued to grow. Now that this asset is no longer strategic for the firm, it has opted to undertake a long-term sale & leaseback operation, which has been advised by Catella.
The transaction comprises one floor measuring 1,669 m2 and 16 parking spaces in the property, located in the Azca business district, which has established itself as a strategic enclave over the last few decades, above all for companies in the financial and technological sectors.
This operation, which has been closed at the high end of the market in terms of price per square metre, is another example of the good times that the office sector is enjoying. During the first nine months of this year, the office segment accounted for 24% of all real estate investment in Spain.
In this sense, Pablo Carvajal, Director of Capital Markets at Catella, highlights that “we are in an increasingly competitive market where it is hard to find quality assets for sale. That means that sale & leaseback operations, involving tenants of the calibre and solvency of Auren, in prime locations, are particularly attractive for investors looking for long-term stability”.
Auren is one of the largest multidisciplinary firms in Spain, with 51 offices in nine countries and more than 200 offices in 60 countries through Antea. The firm closed 2016 with a total turnover of €52.2 million, up by 4% compared to 2015. The company offers the following services: Audit, Legal & Tax Advice, Consultancy and Corporate and employs more than 1,500 people in the countries in which it has an international presence.
Original story: El Economista (by Alba Brualla)
Translation: Carmel Drake