15 June 2018 – Eje Prime
The Galician giant Inditex is continuing to divest some of its real estate assets and the main players in the sector are taking advantage to acquire retail premises on some of the country’s main high streets. Ores, the Socimi owned by Bankinter and the Portuguese firm Sonae, has purchased a package of four assets from the owner of Zara for €12.5 million. The establishments, which together span more than 1,930 m2 are currently leased to the female fashion chain Stradivarius.
Ores Socimi has acquired one store measuring 700 m2 at number 28 Rúa de Urzaiz, in Vigo; another measuring 450 m2 at number 23 on Calle de los Fueros, in Vitoria; a third measuring 430 m2 at number 2 Calle Emilio Arriesta, in Pamplona; and a fourth measuring 350 m2 on the corner of Plaza del Olivar and Calle San Miquel, in Mallorca.
“With this acquisition, financed by available cash held by Ores Socimi, the company is continuing to fulfil the investment objectives set out in its business plan and in accordance with the financial parameters committed to the shareholders”, explain sources at the group.
The purchase of these stores, located on the main high streets of the respective cities, follows another acquisition carried out at the beginning of this month in Madrid. That deal involved an establishment located at number 157 Calle Alcalá, with a surface area of 374 m2, as revealed by Eje Prime. Those premises are currently rented out to the restaurant group Tim Hortons (…).
Ores is aimed at private banking clients. Although its asset portfolio is, for the time being, limited, the Socimi made its debut on the stock market with the aim of investing €400 million in commercial premises on the high street, as well as in supermarkets, retail parks (measuring up to 20,000 m2), bank branches and single assets with long-term rental contracts and solvent tenants.
Bankinter and Sonae Sierra launched this new venture in the real estate sector in record time. The two groups constituted the company on 15 December last year and, in just two months, completed the vehicle creation process, raised sufficient capital to get it moving and made the leap onto the stock market.
Original story: Eje Prime (by Custodio Pareja)
Translation: Carmel Drake