23 May 2018 – Eje Prime
Besides the purchase of assets and their subsequent management, Spain’s Socimis are also gradually starting to enter the business of corporate operations. Such is the case of Holdreit, which is negotiating with an investor to sell 100% of its Socimi specialising in gas stations, Kingbook, according to sources at the company speaking to Eje Prime. If the operation is closed before the end of June, the new owner will exclude the Socimi from the Alternative Investment Market (MAB), where its shares are currently traded.
The Socimi, owned by Holdreit, the company’s sole shareholder and controlled by GL Europe Reit (60%) and JZ Real Estate (40%), has been subjected to a due diligence process by an investor, whose name has not been revealed.
The purpose of this study is to purchase 100% of the shares in Kingbook Inversiones Socimi. “This offer is being analysed by both the shareholder and the Board of Directors, and the month of June 2018 has been set as the period for the acceptance and signing of the operation. During that time, all of the due diligence and legal work is expected to be completed successfully”, explain sources at the group.
In the event that the aforementioned due diligence process is concluded satisfactorily and “in the best interests of the company, the sole shareholder will request the exclusion from trading of all of the shares no later than 30 June 2018”, they explain. In this way, Kingbook would cease to trade on the MAB.
The Company’s Board of Directors has agreed to ask Renta 4 to begin the appropriate procedures to obtain a one-off exoneration from compliance with its “selling obligations under the liquidity contract signed with the company” from the Market Supervisory Committee, as a step prior to the sale of all of Kingbook’s shares.
The group’s complicated financial situation could be one of the reasons for the sale of the Socimi. At the beginning of the month, Kingbook injected additional funding of €1.4 million in order to “reduce the company’s demandable liability and increase its own funds”. Following that increase, the company’s share capital amounted to €10.9 million.
This move by Kingbook comes after the Socimi increased its share capital by €21.6 million last November to offset losses. The company explained that the Socimi has been generating losses since it started operations. As at 30 September 2017, the result for the year was negative, with losses of €1.25 million (…).
Nevertheless, Kingbook owns a solid portfolio of assets that could prove attractive to a new investor. The company owns land worth €10.3 million and buildings worth €20 million (…).
Moreover, last year, Kingbook added more than a dozen service stations to its real estate portfolio. (…). In total, Kingbook spent €7.5 million on new acquisitions during 2017.
The Socimi currently manages 57 real estate assets through which fuel distribution activities are carried out, and it owns one hotel and one industrial warehouse for rent.
Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)
Translation: Carmel Drake