Hispania Completes Its Socimi-Conversion Process

21 June 2016 – El Mundo

Hispania, in which George Soros holds a stake, has completed its conversion into a Socimi by merging with one of its subsidiaries, which was already operating under that company structure.

The firm has concluded this internal reorganisation just days after it completed a €230 million capital increase, which it undertook to raise funds to finance new investments.

Hispania has completed its conversion into a Socimi, a decision approved at its last General Shareholders’ Meeting, by signing a public deed that officially merges the two companies in the Commercial Registry, according to a statement to Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV).

Until now, the company was a listed real estate company; and one of its subsidiaries operated under the Socimi structure and carried out the majority of its operations. Thus, with this operation, Hispania has reorganised its company structure by integrating several subsidiary companies and converting its parent company into a Socimi. The merger will take effect from 2017 for accounting purposes.

Investments

After completing these two operations, the Socimi plans to invest around €400 million over the next “nine or ten months” in new assets to grow its real estate portfolio. It acquired several hotel assets a few days ago.

Nevertheless, Hispania is ruling out buying any new homes for rent, given the narrow profit margin that it considers those assets offer in comparison with others. As such, the company will place its focus on the office and hotel markets.

Residential properties already account for around 12% of Hispania’s existing real estate portfolio, which was valued at €1,463 million at the end of last year.

Original story: El Mundo

Translation: Carmel Drake

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