3 November 2017 – Eje Prime
Domo Activos is embarking on a new phase of growth. The largest property developer Socimi, aimed at medium-sized investors, is going to launch a €15 million capital increase over the next few weeks. It plans to use the funds raised to buy new land in Spain, with the purpose of building new homes, according to José Luís Alba, Director of Domo Gestora’s Socimi.
According to the director, the company has already identified opportunities in Spain and is now waiting to beef up its financial strength so as to be able to actually purchase the new plots. “We will focus these acquisitions in Madrid, Málaga and Valencia in the first instance, but we are also looking for plots in Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada and Zaragoza”, said the executive.
Domo Activos Socimi will increase its share capital through an issue and placement into circulation of up to a maximum of 7.5 million shares, with a nominal value of €2 each “with an incomplete subscription forecast”. To approve this increase, Domo Activos has convened an Extraordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting, which will be held in Madrid on 30 November.
The business model of Domo Activos involves the acquisition of land for the construction of buildings, which are let out for the first three years and then sold “whereby benefitting from the tax benefits afforded to these types of companies”. “In this way, all of the capital gains generated, from the date the land is acquired to the date the properties are sold, are not taxable for corporation tax purposes”, explain sources at the group.
According to the company’s own estimates, the return on this project, once the divestments have been made, could reach 10% per annum. Investors receive the profits resulting from rental income in the form of dividends throughout the period that the buildings are leased and until they are sold.
Currently, the first project being promoted by Domo Activos is the development that it is constructing in Madrid, in El Ensanche de Vallecas. This building will contain eighty homes for rent, according to sources at the group.
New leadership team
Moreover, the company has also been reshaping its management team in recent months. To carry out this new phase of growth, Domo Gestora has appointed José Luís Alba as Director of the Socimi, a role carried out until now by Roberto Boluda, who moved to Prygesa in July as the Managing Director of the property developer owned by the Pryconsa group.
Domo Gestora’s Socimi was created by a team that is closely related to the real estate business. When it was launched, the company appointed Enrique Guerra as its CEO. Guerra is an expert in real estate management and has specialised in housing cooperatives since 2002 (…).
Domo’s management team is completed by executives such as Juan Pedro Plaza, the Socimi’s Director of Investments (…); Feliciano Conde, who took over the presidency of Domo Activos in January 2016 (…); and Alberto Freire, Director of Developments at Domo, amongst others.
Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)
Translation: Carmel Drake