The ‘Mercado de San Miguel’ Goes up for Sale Again for a Record Price: €100M

1 March 2019 – El Confidencial

The Mercado de San Miguel is up for sale again almost two years after being acquired by the joint venture between Redevco and Ares, which paid more than €70 million for the property. After repositioning the asset and increasing the rents, Ares has decided to exit the operation and reap the rewards of its investment (…). Nevertheless, the Dutch manager is not willing to divest its stake in this unique asset.

The expectations of the US fund in terms of the market value of the asset amount to around €100 million, which would represent a gain of 30%. If achieved, that figure would once again shatter all of the records in the real estate market. It is worth noting that the previous sale was the most expensive transaction per square metre ever paid in the Spanish real estate market.

For each one of its 1,200 square metres, the purchasers paid €60,000 (…). If another sale is signed, the records would be smashed again: at more than €80,000/m2.

The sources consulted by this newspaper explain that Ares has decided to divest the asset and that if Redevco wants to continue, then it will have to find another partner or acquire the fund’s stake. There is not going to be an organised sales process, but rather the operation is moving off-market (…).

Revaluation of the asset

As both companies announced in a statement in October last year, the joint venture has improved the yield on the property through their active management and has added value to the asset by attracting new gastronomic offerings, such as Rocambolesc by Jordi Roca, a 3-Michelin star pastry chef; Paella, by Rodrigo de la Calle, another chef with 1 Michelin star (…); Kirei, by Ricardo Sanz (…) and Tacos, Margaritas & Punto, by Roberto Ruiz, chef at Punto MX (…).

Those gastronomic offerings are provided alongside the traditional meat, fish and fruit stands, which offer first-rate products for which the market is so well known (…).

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz & C. Hernanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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