Grupo Ortiz To Partially Spin Off Its RE Business

9 February 2017 – Cinco Días

A new company is getting ready to join the fruitful world of the Socimis. Grupo Ortiz, a Madrid-based construction company founded in 1961, is working with the financial group Arcano to prepare for the debut of its real estate business on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). The new company will own the Group’s real estate assets, which are all rented out, according to sources familiar with the operation.

Through this transaction, the company is looking to bring assets amounting to around €150 million to the market, along with associated debt amounting to €55 million. Moreover, the company chaired by Juan Antonio Carpintero is looking to take advantage of the future listed company to secure other investors for his business, and Arcano will act as advisor. Both companies declined to comment on the operation.

The intention of the construction group is to open up the Socimi to other investors and whereby partially sell off part of the new company, but to retain ownership of at least 30% of the capital. The company is currently undergoing a process of internationalisation, and sources close to the group indicate that these resources could be reinvested in new opportunities.

The market expects the new Socimi to be constituted within the next few months. Experts in the sector say that the objective, given Grupo Ortiz’s portfolio of assets, is to offer to pay a quarterly dividend, which could exceed 5% p.a.

The portfolio will initially comprise several office buildings, plus more than 340 rental homes, a parking lot on Calle Ortega y Gasset in Madrid with 800 parking spaces, as well as retail premises and warehouses, most of which are located in Madrid and the surrounding area. According to the Group’s website, Ortz has 36,000 m2 of tertiary assets leased out and 1,445 social housing properties, owned by Madrid’s Housing Institute (Ivima) and the Municipal Housing Company (EMV).

It also has 24,000 m2 of office space leased out in Madrid, primarily in the area around La Gavia (Ensanche de Vallecas). According to its annual accounts for 2015 (the latest available), the real estate business generated revenues of €55.34 million.

The group’s total turnover amounted to €376 million in 2015, with an EBTIDA of €41.22 million. Although the firm started out as a construction company, it has since diversified and now operates four divisions: concessions, energy, services and real estate.

The Socimi structure allows those who adopt its tax regime to enjoy exemptions from corporation tax in exchange for the compulsory payment of dividends to their shareholders each year (who do pay tax). The structure has served to boost the Spanish real estate market, with the backing of international funds, and many large property owners have also benefitted from these structures. Around 30 Socimis are currently listed on the MAB.

Grupo Ortiz launched its international activity in Peru in 2010. It currently has operations in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Panama and Algeria, with energy projects in Italy and France, photovoltaic solar plants in Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, El Salvador and Japan and other integrated water management projects in Romania.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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