Azora Will Make its Stock Market Debut in May With a €700M Capital Increase

5 April 2018 – Eje Prime

Azora has come back from the Easter holidays with lots of issues to resolve. The company founded by Concha Osácar and Fernando Gumuzio is accumulating work: following the takeover bid launched by Blackstone for Hispania, one of the Socimis that the firm manages, and which yesterday approved the sale of its office portfolio for €600 million, the company owned by Osácar and Gumuzio is now planning a €700 million capital increase to list the company on the stock market in May.

The conversion of the firm into a listed company will be carried out by the manager through a public offering of its securities (OPS). The announcement was made on Wednesday by the President of Hispania, Rafael Miranda, who underlined the confidence that his Socimi has in Azora. “The Management team’s commitment to leadership and dedication remains intact”, said Miranda, whose General Shareholders’ Meeting met yesterday to approve that Osácar and Gumuzio’s company should continue as its manager.

Azora has two lines of business: its own portfolio of rental homes and the management of portfolios for other companies, like in the case of Hispania and Témpore (Sareb’s Socimi). The company is working with the banks Goldman Sachs and UBS to assess the feasibility of the company ringing the bell (making its stock market debut) before the summer.

Azora’s stock market debut would follow those carried out recently by other real estate players such as Neinor Homes, Aedas Homes, and the return of Metrovacesa, as well as the debut on the stock market this week of Témpore on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). Similarly, other companies in the Spanish real estate sector are expected to make their debuts this year including Testa Residencial, Vía Célere and the Cerberus’s servicer, Haya Real Estate.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake