10 October 2017 – Expansión
Vía Célere was one of the pioneers in seeking foreign finance to accelerate its growth, but the explosion of the real estate market in Spain means that its formula is now being copied right across the sector. The latest example, in the form of Dazia Capital, has demonstrated it once again. The real estate group specialising in the residential segment has teamed up with the British fund Chenavari with the aim of obtaining a financial boost for the construction of its developments.
In an operation advised by Montalbán, the two entities have agreed to participate together in the construction of a new housing development in Madrid with a market value of €30 million, according to sources at the companies.
The project, located just a stone’s throw from Cuatro Caminos, will contain around 90 homes, as well as parking spaces and green spaces with a swimming pool and will occupy around 8,000 m2. According to the terms of the agreement, Chenavari will hold a majority stake of around 85%, whilst Dazia Capital will retain the remaining 15% and will be responsible for managing the development, as well as for constructing and marketing it.
The model that Dazia has chosen to finance its growth is not new. In the past, the company resorted to a similar structure, although in that case, its partner was a family office. Now, it is leaping into a more significant alliance, with a fund that specialises in taking advantage of investment opportunities in the credit market.
“The agreement reached with the Chenavari group will allow Dazia to increase its real estate investments, accelerating the rate of growth and the expansion of the residential market”, says Daniel Mazín, CEO of the Spanish company. “This market demands a lot of capital”, he added.
“It makes sense that real estate groups are allowing funds to enter their projects as they grow because it is the quickest way of obtaining returns from the investments that they have made in land”, explains a director in the sector.
Dazia is currently constructing 500 homes in Madrid and the Costa del Sol, with a combined market value of €180 million.
In the last quarter, the group acquired four new assets in Madrid and expanded the focus of its activity to include Valencia and Alicante, ahead of the surge in new housing in Spain.
Original story: Expansión (by Inés Abril)
Translation: Carmel Drake