1 May 2018 – Expansión
The Socimi is growing its real estate portfolio following the integration of CPI (the investment vehicle of Banca March’s manager), the entry of the Borbón family and several purchases.
The Socimi Vitruvio closed last year with a 91% increase in profits and a 95% leap in revenues. “Vitruvio closed a very positive 2017 with a 130% increase in EBITDA, and the doubling of its size, as well as of its number of properties and tenants. And all of that, whilst maintaining a very low level of indebtedness: from 35% in December to 24.6% at the end of the first quarter”, highlighted Joaquín López-Chicheri, CEO of Vitruvio.
This outstanding growth is due, to a large extent, to the integration of CPI, a real estate investment vehicle created by Consulnor (the manager in which Banca March holds a 48% stake).
The agreement, which was closed at the end of 2016 and formalised during the second quarter of last year, involved the incorporation of around twenty properties into Vitruvio’s portfolio, which closed the year with 36 assets worth €107 million. “We doubled the number of assets in the portfolio and their value between 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the average appreciate in the value of the portfolio was 7.85%, plus dividends”, explained the senior executive.
In total, the listed real estate company (which has been trading on the MAB since July 2016) recorded revenues of €4.1 million, an EBITDA of €2.3 million and a profit of €1.1 million.
On 11 May 2018, Vitruvio is going to pay an interim dividend of €0.05 gross per share against its profits for 2018, as part of its quarterly dividend payment policy. In 2017, it paid 15% more than expected, distributing dividends amounting to €1.014 million in total.
“Vitruvio is the Socimi with the most disperse shareholding, excluding the Socimis owned by banks, with 206 shareholders at the end of 2017 and 284 as at 31 March 2018”, said López-Chicheri.
Currently, Vitruvio’s real estate portfolio is split between residential (38%), commercial (28%), offices (22%) and logistics assets. By location, 78% are situated in the central area of Madrid capital, 10% in Vizcaya and 4% in Barcelona.
Brand new projects
Following the strong results recorded in 2017, the Socimi plans to continue its good run, with a further increase in revenues, thanks to the incorporation of two high-profile assets, which are currently undergoing renovation: Sagasta 24 (pictured above) and Fernández de La Hoz 52, where building work is going to be completed this month (May). “The rental of both buildings is going to multiply turnover next year. In the case of Sagasta, we expect revenues to increase by four-fold, whilst in the case of Fernández de la Hoz, where the investment has been much lower, we estimate that the increase will be 1.7 times”.
Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)
Translation: Carmel Drake