16 April 2018 – Eje Prime
Bankia can’t make up its mind about c/Alcalá 1, one of its star assets in the centre of Madrid. The Spanish bank has put paid to the first process that it opened at the beginning of the year and is now launching a new round with a minimum sales price of €20 million, according to sources in the sector.
In the previous bid, which several investment funds participated in, the finalists were Arcano and Renta, after both submitted offers amounting to around €18 million, as revealed by Eje Prime.
Despite the offers, Bankia has now decided to seek refuge in a clause that allows it to exit the process if none of the bids proved attractive and has opted to launch a new tender with a higher minimum asking price, whereby taking advantage of the boom in the market.
The asset, which due to its façade would interest restaurant operators more than fashion retailers, has two floors: the first spans 458 m2, whilst the basement measures 405 m2.
The building, constructed in 1880, has a total surface area of 3,209 m2 and has housed the offices of the Community of Madrid’s Ministry of Finance and the Economy. Although it currently houses offices, compatible uses also include a hotel, commercial, administrative, healthcare, education and even residential (…).
Bankia’s other prime assets
In addition to the property on Calle Alcalá, Bankia’s asset portfolio contains a second property located in a prime enclave in the centre of the Catalan capital. That building is the former headquarters of Bankia in Barcelona, located at number 9 Plaza Cataluña. The property has a surface area of 1,000 m2 and has attracted attention from a large number of operators.
Although the objective with the branch in Madrid was to sell it, the strategy with the property in Barcelona is not so clear. According to explanations provided by the entity to Eje Prime, there are several options on the table, including a sale, but also the rental of the building to an operator or even investing in the property to renovate it (…).
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake