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Kennedy Wilson Buys ‘Moraleja Green’ From ING

2 November 2015 – Expansión

Another shopping centre is changing hands barely a year after it was last sold. Later this week, the Moraleja Green shopping centre in Madrid, will have a new owner, twelve months after being acquired by the Dutch bank ING.

The financial institution, which purchased the property through one of its real estate funds, has decided to transfer ownership of the building to the US fund Kennedy Wilson. According to sources in the sector, ING will receive between €70 million and €75 million for the Madrilenian centre, which it acquired for €68 million in November 2014. This increase reflects the on-going appreciation in real estate assets in Spain, particularly for offices and shopping centres.

Cushman & Wakefield and Dentons have advised the buyer in the operation, whilst Deloitte and DLA Piper have advised on the sell-side. The agreement between both parties is absolute and will be announced officially this week.

The shopping centre is located in the northeast of Madrid, next to the exclusive La Moraleja urbanisation. It occupies a surface area of 76,763 m2 and 29,600 m2 is used for retail space. The centre’s main tenants include the supermarket chain Sánchez Romero, Inditex – with its brands Zara, Massimo Dutti and Oysho – and H&M.

The Moraleja Green centre was inaugurated in April 1995. Its developers were the real estate companies Metrovacesa and BBV Inmobiliario. It was expanded in 2001 and receives 3.38 million visitors (per year), according to the Spanish Association of Shopping Centres.

The new owner is the US fund Kennedy Wilson. The North American firm has been one of the most active players in Spain the most in recent months. Its latest operations include the purchase of 16 retail spaces, nine supermarkets and seven shops, leased to Carrefour and Día. It paid the fund AEW Europe and a French institutional investor €85.5 million for that portfolio.

The wider market

As a result of this deal, Moraleja Green will join the list of shopping centres that have changed hands during 2015, which also includes Plenilunio, acquired by Klépierre for €375 million, and Zielo Shopping, bought by UBS for €70 million.

Another shopping centre that has changed hands twice in just over a year is Parque Ceuta. A few months ago, the Brazilian group Hemisferio bought the Ceuta-based centre from the fund HIG for €26 million. The US fund had acquired it in January 2014 for €18 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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