16 May 2018 – Levante EMV
The four Spanish property developers backed by investment funds that make up the Big Four have acquired large batches of land in Valencia and now own plots on which to build 1,500 homes over the next few months.
The property developers in question are Neinor, Aelca, Aedas and Vía Célere, and they share financial muscle in common, which has allowed them to outperform the competition. The key is that the four firms are listed or are aspiring to make their debuts on the stock market and so they need to quickly grow their portfolio of homes to attract investors. The latest major operation has just been closed by Aelca, which is going to invest €7.5 million in the construction of 62 homes on the PAI de Moreras.
Sources in the sector warn that there is hardly any buildable land left in Valencia and they lament the fact that this is going to result in a “reheating” of prices. The same sources state that land in Patraix, which cost around €200/m2 two years ago is now being sold for €450/m2 due to the voraciousness of the large property developers. “Aelca purchased land in Patraix for €425/m2 and is now costs €450/m2. The large property developers have driven up prices because they need to take positions ahead of their stock market debuts”, say the experts.
In other areas, such as Malilla, Neinor paid €600/m2 for a plot with capacity for 400 homes, and the US fund Harbet Management Corporation (HMC) and its local partner Momentum Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) purchased 30,000 m2 of land in Nou Campanar and Alfahuir for €800/m2. The problem is the impact that this is going to have on the final prices of those homes, given that, according to the experts, they will have to soar above €2,000/m2 to be profitable. “We are going to see homes costing upwards of €220,000. Who can pay those prices in Valencia? What happens to permanent employees who are 40-years old and who can only be granted mortgages of up to €160,000?” ask the same sources.
Aelca – 368 homes
Aelca is a property developer founded in Madrid in 2012. Four years later, a fund from Minneapolis (USA), Värde purchased 75% of that firm. The company arrived in València with two developments comprising 192 homes in Patraix (own) and Nou Campanar (owned by Sareb). Now it is building 44 homes in Malilla (on Calle Isla Formentera), 70 homes in Nou Moles (on Calle Brasil) and 62 homes in the PAI de Moreres. Aelca is also preparing its stock market debut.
Vía Célere – 22 homes
Vía Célere is another property developer linked to the fund Värde that is also preparing to debut on the stock market. Its first development in València is a 22 home building with a swimming pool at number 55 Avenida de la Petxina. The cheapest home there costs €310,900 (€348,703 including costs).
Aedas – 399 homes
Aedas is a listed property developer, controlled by the US fund Castlelake. The firm currently has three developments underway in València where it is going to build 399 homes. The company is going to construct an urbanisation containing 220 homes on a plot on Avenida Maestro Rodrigo (…). In addition, it is building 59 homes in Quatre Carreres. Also, the company has just acquired another plot on Avenida Antonio Ferrandis to build 120 homes (…).
Neinor – 713 homes
Neinor arrived in València in March 2017 and has become the largest landowner in the city with a portfolio for the construction of 713 homes. The property developer, whose main shareholder is the Israeli fund Adar Capital, is currently marketing a 49-home development in Malilla and another 216-home development in Nou Benicalap. It is also working on a 416-home development in Malilla (…) and a 100-home development on Avenida Antonio Ferrandis in Quatre Carreres.
Original story: Levante EMV (by Ramón Ferrando)
Translation: Carmel Drake