APCE: Residential Development in Barcelona Plummeted by 55% During YTD Sept 2019

16 January 2020 – Eje Prime

House building in Barcelona is on the decline. The obligation, approved recently by Town Hall, to dedicate 30% of land to social housing, has resulted in a 55.3% drop in the construction of new flats during the 9 months to September 2019, according to data compiled by the Association of Property Developers of Cataluña (APCE).

In fact, Cataluña was the only autonomous region where construction fell during the first three quarters of 2019. Across Spain as a whole, the figure rose by 8.7%.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Dazia Plans to Invest €120M in Madrid & the Costa del Sol

14 January 2020 – Eje Prime

Dazia is planning to invest €120 million over the coming years in the residential market in Madrid and the Costa del Sol. The real estate group led by Daniel Mazin is also looking at entering the market in Barcelona, but it cautious about the regulatory challenges it would face there.

Dazia’s main focus is on residential properties ripe for renovation, buildings with and without tenants, and plots of land on which to build new real estate assets through its property development subsidiary Darya Homes. It also has a limited interest in the office segment.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marc Vidal Ordeig)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Blackstone Creates ‘Testa Home’ to Manage 20,000 of its Rental Homes

10 January 2020 – El Economista

Blackstone has created a new company, Testa Home, to manage 20,000 of the rental flats owned by its Socimis and other subsidiaries.

The entity will be led by Fidere’s current president, Juan Pablo Vera, and will owned by Testa (58.12%) and Fidere (41.88%).

The aim is to make the management of the portfolio more efficient, optimise operating costs and returns, and render an improved service to tenants.

Of the 20,000 flats, 11,000 are owned by Testa, 6,500 by Fidere, 2,000 by Aliseda and 500 by Hispania.

Original story: El Economista (by Alba Brualla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

KKR & Altamar’s Socimi Buys 2 Buildings in Madrid for €10.8M

10 January 2020 – Idealista

Elix, the Socimi owned by KKR and Altamar, has purchased two buildings in Madrid for €5.6 million and €5.2 million, respectively.

The properties, which together span a surface area of 3,184 m2, are leased in their entirety.

The operation has been financed using own funds and takes Elix’s property portfolio to more than twenty assets, located in Madrid and Barcelona.

Original story: Idealista

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Sareb Renews its Management Contract with Haya for its Rental Assets

9 January 2020 – La Vanguardia

Haya Real Estate has succeeded in renewing its contract for the management of Sareb’s rental assets for another two years. The bad bank’s rental portfolio contains 3,300 assets in total, of which 1,800 are homes. The remainder are parking spaces, commercial premises and storage rooms.

This announcement follows Haya’s successful renewal in October 2019 of its contract with Sareb to manage a share of the bad bank’s real estate assets, worth €8.4 billion in total.

In both cases, the renewals include changes to the distribution of tasks as a result of Sareb’s new business strategy. The latest revised agreement means that Haya will continue to market and manage the bad bank’s rental assets, which are located all over the country.

Original story: La Vanguardia 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Socimi Advero Purchases a Residential Property in Madrid for €1.7M

9 January 2020 – Eje Prime

The Catalan Socimi Advero has made its first purchase in Madrid, a residential property in the Tetuán neighbourhood, comprising 17 homes and 17 storage rooms. The property was constructed in 2009, requires a complete renovation and was acquired for €1.7 million.

Advero made its debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) in November and already owns a portfolio comprising 6 buildings with 93 homes, located in Rubí, Terrassa and Sabadell.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Neinor Reports Profits of €90M, Exceeding its Own Forecast by 30%

9 January 2020 – El Confidencial

Nine months after issuing a profit warning, announcing a new roadmap and appointing a new CEO (Borja García-Egotxeaga (pictured below)), Neinor has reported profits of €90 million, up by 30% compared to the revised forecasts of €70 million.

The property developer handed over 1,269 finished homes last year, within its forecast range of between 1,200 and 1,700, and has another 200 ready to hand over this year. It plans to hand over half of those this month (January) and the rest during the course of the year, depending on its margins.

2020 is going to be a critical year given the looming change in the economic cycle, with stabilisation expected in terms of sales and prices. In 2018, prices rose by 8%; in 2019, they increased by 6-7%; and in 2020, the firm’s objective is to sell 1,700 homes and achieve a price increase of 3.5-4%. Thanks to these rises, the group’s margin amounted to 30% at the end of 2019.

By contrast, Neinor has not managed to fulfil its land purchase plan to date, although it expects to achieve its ambitious forecasts for 2020 when it aims to invest €110 million in total.

The property developer’s two largest shareholders, Orion (28%) and Adar are both keen to support the growth of the company and benefit from the consequent recovery of its share price.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Slim Acquires 3% of Quabit for €4.8M

7 January 2020 – El Confidencial

The Mexican businessman Carlos Slim has acquired 3% of the share capital of Quabit for €4.8 million through his investment company Inversora Carso to become the property developer’s sixth-largest shareholder.

Quabit’s share price rose by 5.15% to €1.14 following the announcement of the purchase. The property developer’s president Félix Abánades is the largest investor with a 20% stake, followed by the Swiss manager Julius Baer (8.7%), the investor Francisco García Paramés (5%), the fund Gescooperativo (3.5%) and the Malagan property developer Sankar Real Estate (3.3%).

Slim appears to be redoubling his commitment to the Spanish real estate market, given that he already holds stakes in FCC and Realia, which currently have 800 and 750 homes under construction, respectively, along with 4.4 million m2 and 5.8 million m2 of land ripe for development, respectively.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

CBRE GI to Invest €350M in Real Estate Projects in 2020

6 January 2020 – Eje Prime

CBRE GI is entering the real estate finance market. Following its acquisition of Laxfield Capital, a British real estate debt platform, at the end of last year, the group has announced that it is going to invest €350 million in new purchases in 2020, focusing not only on the acquisition of assets but also on the commissioning of real estate projects.

CBRE GI already reported that the Spanish market will be a clear objective for this new line of business. Last year, the firm invested €350 million in Spain and Portugal, where it currently owns 13 shopping centre, 43 logistics platforms, 3 office buildings, 10 hotels, 37 halls of residence and 73 homes.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Vitruvio Finalises the Absorption of Fidelges

3 January 2020 – Eje Prime

Vitruvio, the Socimi led by Joaquín López-Chicheri has convened an extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on 5 February to approve the merger by absorption of the real estate company Fidelges.

Last September, Vitruvio reached an agreement to acquire 35% of Fidelges’ shares for €6 million. If that operation is approved by the Socimi’s shareholders next month, it will result in the absorption of the company.

Fidelges has a real estate portfolio worth €21.4 million, which will increase Vitruvio’s asset portfolio to more than €180 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake