9 November 2018 – Eje Prime
The banks are continuing to divest property. The financial institutions have been working hard over the last two years to erase the ballast of toxic assets from their income statements, which they inherited during the immense economic crisis that Spain lived through at the end of the 2000s. One of the latest to make a move is Ibercaja, which has placed a real estate portfolio worth €600 million on the market.
In this operation, called Project Cierzo, the Aragon financial institution is being advised by the investment bank Alantra. Both companies expect to close the sale within the next few weeks, according to Vozpópuli.
The objective of Ibercaja, like that of other Spanish banks, is to clean up its accounts. In its case, it has the added incentive of its stock market debut in 2019, ahead of which it needs to divest more than half of its property.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake