El Corte Inglés Negotitates the Sale of its Logistics Assets to KKR

1 February 2019 – Expansión

The US investment fund KKR, together with the British firm Round Hill, has launched a bid for the logistics portfolio of El Corte Inglés, which includes around thirty assets distributed all over Spain, with a surface area of more than 500,000 m2.

According to explanations provided by market sources speaking to Expansión, although there are other interested funds, KKR and Round Hill have now taken the lead in the bid for the assets, with an offer of between €150 million and €170 million. Other players that have expressed interest in this portfolio so far include the US giant Blackstone, and even the Socimi Merlin, which confirmed very preliminary conversations.

In terms of the most attractive assets in the batch for sale, there is a package of six warehouses in Móstoles (Madrid), with a total surface area of 88,000 m2, as well as a plot in La Bisbal del Penedès (Tarragona), with a gross surface area of almost 41,000 m2, which serves to support its large centre in Cataluña, located in Montornès del Vallès and which provides services to the rest of the Mediterranean arc.

Batch of warehouses

In addition, the portfolio includes warehouses, storerooms and distribution centres in logistics nuclei in Sevilla, Málaga, Valencia, Valladolid, Alicante, Murcia, La Coruña, Vigo, Palma de Mallorca, Murcia, Teruel, Cáceres and Zaragoza. On the other hand, the batch for sale does not include any of the group’s logistics gems, such as the logistics centre in Valdemoro or the platform in Montornès del Vallès (Barcelona), both of which are strategic for the company (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo & Víctor M. Osorio)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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