18 April 2018 – Eje Prime
Sareb is closing the loop in its casting session to find a property developer with which to partner up to develop its large land bank. Aedas Homes, Vía Célere and Aelca are the three companies that have been chosen by the entity as the finalists of the project to which the bad bank is going to transfer a portfolio of buildable land worth more than €800 million; that will represent its contribution to a non-monetary capital increase, and will see it become a minority shareholder in the chosen property developer.
Sareb’s plan is to enter the residential market hand in hand with an established Spanish property developer and that firm must be listed on the stock market. That final point is important for Vía Célere and Aelca, given that neither of which have rung the bell on the stock market yet, although they both plan to make their debuts before the end of 2019.
The operation being managed by the company led by Jaime Echegoyen is the largest by volume of all of those undertaken during the bad bank’s six years of life; the entity’s balance sheet largely comprises assets proceeding from the banks following the crisis, according to Cinco Días.
Sareb initiated conversations with up to six property developers and has cut the shortlist down to these three. The idea is to choose a strategic partner in the residential market within the next few months.
In terms of the distribution of the land bank that will form part of the project, the plots are located in Madrid, Cataluña, the Costa del Sol, Levante and Euskadi, as well as in some of the provincial capitals in Galicia, Andalucía and Castilla y León, amongst others.
If the project goes ahead, the operation will become the largest ever to be carried out by the entity, exceeding the €553 million that it transferred to Goldman Sachs through Portfolio Eloise.
Original story: Eje Prime
Translation: Carmel Drake