Socimi Fever Shakes Up The Stock Market

28 September 2015 – El Economista

After a flurry of activity during 2015, Spain now has 14 listed Socimis, of which 10 trade on the MAB. And this figure is expected to continue to grow over the coming months.

Last week, two Socimis went public on the Alternative Investment Market (‘Mercado Alternativo Bursátil’ or MAB). The first, Autonomy Spain, debuted with an increase of 1.52%, to €16.75.

Autonomy is the parent company of a group that currently comprises two sub-Socimis. The group’s real estate portfolio contains six office buildings – five located in the Community of Madrid and one in Cataluña.

A day later, it was the turn of the Socimi Corpfin Capital Prime Retail II, which became the tenth real estate investment company to go public on the MAB.

The company, which has already invested €75 million in retail premises in “prime” areas of Madrid, San Sebastián, Burgos and Vitoria, expects to invest a further €35 million before November 2016, whereby taking its total investment to €110 million.

This is the first Socimi that the private equity firm Corpfin Capital has listed publicly. The firm also has plans to list another Socimi, Corpfin Capital III, through which it holds joint investments in 8 real estate assets.

The week before, Zaragoza Properties, which owns a stake in the Puerto Venecia Shopping Resort shopping centre in Zaragoza, debuted on the MAB.

Also this year, the Socimi Obsido entered the market for small companies. Its growth plans involve the purchase of hotels in Spain’s principal tourist destinations.

In addition, Trajano Iberia debuted on the stock market (in July). It is managed and promoted by a division of Deutsche Bank, and focuses on “semi prime” offices in Madrid and Barcelona; “prime” offices in secondary cities, shopping centres, and logistics assets.

Also in July, Mercal went public with a portfolio of assets in strategic locations in Spain. Four months before that Uro Property Holding, which owns one third of Santander’s bank branches, began trading on the MAB with a valuation of €259.7 million.

The Socimis Entrecampos, Fidere and Promorent also trade on the MAB, but the largest Socimis, namely Merlin Properties, Hispania, Lar España Real Estate and Axiare, all trade on the main stock exchange. Between them, they had purchased assets amounting to more than €3,100 million as at the middle of August, strengthened by the funds raised through their respective capital increases.

Even Acciona is evaluating the possibility of creating a Socimi for its real estate assets, and this Monday, the General Shareholders’ Meeting of Testa is expected to approve the conversion of the company into a Socimi after it was acquired by Merlin.

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake

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