On the Hunt for Capital: Socimi Quonia Considers Issuing Bonds to Finance its Growth

11 July 2018 – Eje Prime

Quonia does not want to put any limits on its capacity for indebtedness. The company is considering carrying out a corporate bond issue to increase its financing options and, whereby, continue with its development plan, according to explanations provided by the company’s CEO, Eduard Mercader, speaking to Eje Prime. Through this move, Quonia would also open itself up to institutional investors.

The fact that Socimis must dedicate at least 80% of their profits to dividends “limits their capacity to accumulate debt”, explains Mercader. In this way, the main option for these types of companies when they are looking to grow is primarily through capital increases. However, the company’s executive is looking for “alternative formulae”, to apply “in the short term”.

Mercader’s decision to resort to bonds is also a consequence of the difficulties faced when completing capital increases with investors outside of Europe, such as in this case. Quonia was created in 2014 by the Mexican investors Divo Milán and Ana Saucedo and investors from that country currently contribute the majority of its resources.

Quonia has just completed a €3 million capital increase, although the company had approved the possibility of raising up to €26.5 million. Before the end of the year, the company will obtain another €1 million through the capitalisation of investor loans.

Although the resources forecast by the Socimi were greater, Mercader says that the final amount does not limit the company’s development plan. “We adapt ourselves to the capital that we receive”, says the executive, and adds that Quonia “is continuously raising funds”.

After its launch with the purchase of an asset in Barcelona, Quonia has been attracting different investors from Mexico, Europe and the USA. In July 2014, the company adopted the Socimi regime and in July 2016, it made its debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) where it is currently listed.

“We are very much a real estate Socimi, we do not have a financial profile at all”, explains Mercader – “we buy assets with a lot of potential”. The company’s portfolio currently comprises seven assets, located in Barcelona, Lagreo and Sevilla, of a residential, hotel and commercial nature. The valuation of the company’s portfolio in October 2017 amounted to €85 million, with a gross value of €57 million.

The company is currently finalising the sale of one of its properties. Specifically, the building located at number 166 Calle Balmes in Barcelona. It is an eight-storey residential property, with commercial premises on the ground floor, constructed in 1930 in the rationalist style. Both this property and the one at number 45 on the same street are being used as residences for students.

Quonia, whose average investments range between €10 million and €13 million, is on the lookout for opportunities in Spain to continue growing its portfolio. With Barcelona and Madrid always in its sights, the company is branching out to new destinations for its new investments in cities such as Málaga and Sevilla, as well as País Vasco, where it is analysing several operations. Palma is another city where it is considering investing (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño and J. Izquierdo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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