19 December 2018 – Eje Prime
Intrum is continuing its shopping spree in the Spanish banking sector. The Nordic fund is finalising the purchase from Ibercaja of a portfolio of €600 million in foreclosed assets, which the bank put on the market in November.
The sale of Project Cierzo, which is what the portfolio is called, forms part of Ibercaja’s strategy ahead of its debut on the stock market next year, through which it plans to preserve its independence. Intrum is going to close the operation within the next few days after ending up as the only finalist in the process, according to El Confidencial. With that portfolio sold, Ibercaja will have divested 1.14% of its foreclosed assets.
This new operation from Intrum follows another deal closed just five days ago by the Nordic fund with Banco Sabadell, from which it purchased 80% of Solvia for more than €300 million. Thanks to that sale, the Catalan financial institution generated profits of €138 million.
Since the summer of 2017, when Santander signed the largest property sale operation to date with Blackstone, involving €30 billion in assets, the financial sector has sold portfolios worth €82 million in total and has reduced its exposure to the real estate market to less than €100 billion.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake