12 April 2018 – Eje Prime
Makro wants to make cash in Madrid. The food wholesaler chain wants to get rid of three of the centres that it owns in the Spanish capital to raise €90 million. The intention of the company is to sell the assets under the sale & leaseback method, which means that the company would continue to occupy the premises as the tenant.
The three centres for sale are located in Barajas, Alcobendas and Paseo Imperial and will allow the company, which was founded in The Netherlands, to raise money to invest in the development of new projects. Currently, the company is owned by the German group Metro, which has already successfully signed operations of this kind in other markets, according to Expansión.
Makro has 37 centres in Spain located in fifteen autonomous regions. The food company’s list of customers exceeds 900,000 people and its total retail surface area across the country spans 241,744 m2.
This sale, under the sale & leaseback formula, is currently being used in the market by lots of operators. One example is Inditex, which sold 16 stores in Spain and Portugal under this method in January to the German investment fund Deka; it paid €400 million for the shops, some of which are located in prime locations in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake