The Owner Of McKinsey’s HQ Puts Its RE Portfolio Up For Sale

19 May 2015 – Expansión

 More than €200 million / The Cotoner family is selling six buildings in Spain and two in Paris

A new batch of office buildings has sparked interest amongst large investment funds, Socimis and family offices. There are eight buildings in total – six in Spain and two in France – located in some of the most iconic streets of both countries. In total, they occupy a combined surface area of more than 27,000 m2 and generate more than €3 million in annual rental income.

The assets are owned by the company Marzabal S.L., created by the Cotoner family to manage its real estate assets. They include eight buildings: two in Pairs, one in Navarra, another one in Bilbao and four in Madrid. The jewel in Marzabal’s crown is located in the capital: the current headquarters of McKinsey. The consultancy firm has occupied the building, located on Calle Sagasta 31, for years, as well as several floors in the adjoining building. Both are owned by the company now for sale.

In total, the building houses 10,114 square metres of office space (fully leased) and 93 parking spaces; it generates annual rental income of €1.64 million.

Rental income

The other buildings in Madrid include a historical building (from 1923) on Avenida de Felipe II; another one on Paseo de Eduardo Dato; and a third on Francisco de Rojas, occupying more than 4,400 square metres and leased to several tenants, including the distance learning university, Uned. Currently, they generate rental income of more than €500,000 per year.

Marzabal also owns a residential building in Tudela (Navarra), built in 2013, measuring more than 2,650 square metres, which also houses several shops on its ground floor.

In Bilbao, the company owns a residential property measuring around 800 square metres, located in the old town, next to the San Francisco de Asís church.

The company for sale is the owner, in turn, of a company based in Denmark, which owns two office buildings in Paris. One of them, located in the “second district” of the French capital, houses office space measuring 2,100 square metres and is fully leased to the private equity company Partech International.

It generates rental income of almost €900,000 per year.

The second asset in Paris includes four office buildings measuring 4,200 square metres and 39 parking spaces. The property, located on Pereire Boulevard does not currently have any tenants.

Bids are expected to amount to more than €200 million for the batch of assets, although the book value of the Spanish assets amounts to €68 million, with share capital of €10.4 million and net financial debt of €34 million. The Danish company, which owns the two properties in France, is worth €62 million; its share capital amounts €37 million and has net financial debt of €24 million. The Spanish entity’s main creditors are BBVA and Santander; the Danish entity’s main creditors are Crédit Foncier and BNP.

Bids are expected to be received during the first half of June and the process will close during the following three weeks. The sale is being managed by the private banking division of Banco Santander and the firm Aiga Investment.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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