Former Corpfin Director Launches New €30M Real Estate Fund

15 January 2020 – Expansión

Two former rivals, Juan Olivié and Javier Fernández, have joined forces to create a new fund with a clear focus: the purchase of medium-sized plots of land or commercial premises, measuring between 2,000 m2 and 4,000 m2, to convert into single-operator commercial spaces for the restaurant, supermarket or DIY sectors.

Olivié (pictured above, right), Investment Director at Corpfin until now, and Fernández (pictured above, left), a director of the Germany group Ten Brinke, have created Omo Retail, a manager that seeks real estate investments with returns of between 14% and 16%.

They launched their first fund, Omo Retail Invest, in March 2019, with a €30 million investment budget, and have already closed three operations amounting to €7.5 million in total, all located in Madrid.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Kennedy Wilson Sells 10 Carrefour Supermarkets to Barings for €73.4M

14 January 2020 – El Confidencial

The US fund Kennedy Wilson has sold 10 supermarkets that are currently leased to the French retailer Carrefour to the British fund Barings for €73.4 million.

The stores are located in Madrid (2), Barcelona (4), Bilbao (1), Salamanca (1), Cádiz (1) and Almería (1), and together span a surface area of 38,800 m2 with 1,100 parking spaces. All of them are situated in central locations with good public transport links.

Kennedy Wilson will reportedly generate almost €30 million from the sale, which it plans to reinvest in new opportunities in Europe as well as in other projects already underway.

Original story: El Confidencial (by EC)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Merlin to Make its Portuguese Stock Market Debut on 15 January

9 January 2020 – Europa Press

Merlin Properties, the Socimi led by Ismael Clemente (pictured below), is going to make its debut on the Lisbon stock market on Wednesday 15 January.

Merlin will thus fulfil its objective, announced in 2019, of trading its shares in Portugal (as well as on the Ibex in Madrid), given that it is a strategic market for the entity.

Specifically, the Socimi already owns 9 offices, 2 shopping centres and 1 logistics warehouse in the neighbouring country, assets which together account for 8% of its total portfolio. They span a combined surface area of 113,000 m2 and generating €44 million in annual revenues.

Original story: Europa Press 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Addmeet: Investment in RE in Madrid Exceeded that in Barcelona by 2.5x in 2019

7 January 2020 – El Confidencial

According to the real estate portal, Addmeet, real estate investment in Spain amounted to €35.0 billion in 2019, of which 70% was concentrated in Madrid and Barcelona (€18.0 billion and €6.8 billion, respectively). The data compiled reflects all real estate operations amounting to more than €3 million in all sectors of the professional real estate market.

In the Community of Madrid, investment broke all records (€18 billion), exceeding the figures recorded in 2018 (€15 billion) and in 2008 (€10 billion). There, the office sector was the main driver, accounting for 61% of the total figure (€11 billion). The star transaction was the sale of Santander’s Ciudad Financiera, which the financial entity repurchased from Marme Inversiones for €3.2 billion 11 years after selling it to that same firm.

Other office-related deals included the sale of the La Finca business park to the Socimi owned by the Cereceda family for €423 million; and the purchase by Allianz Real Estate of Castellana 200 (comprising 20,000 m2 in office space and 6,500 m2 in retail area) for €250 million.

The next main drivers were the residential sector, which accounted for 11% of investment (€2 billion), boosted by the build to rent segment, and the retail sector, which accounted for 11.5% of the total investment.

Meanwhile, record figures were also recorded in the province of Barcelona (€6.8 billion) despite the “procés”. In fact,  the investment volume almost doubled that recorded in 2008 and far exceeded the total recorded two years ago (€5.6 billion).

Like in Madrid, the office sector in Barcelona accounted for most of the real estate investment (46% or €3.1 billion). The retail sector represented 11.5% (€0.8 billion), whilst the hotel segment attracted almost €1 billion (14%) and the residential segment just €0.5 billion.

Major deals in the Catalan capital in 2019 included the sale by Telefónica of Diagonal 00 to the Philippine magnate Andrew L. Tan for €150 million, amongst others.

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

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

BNP Paribas: Total RE Investment Grew by 5% in 2019 to €12.7bn

7 January 2020 – Eje Prime

Following a bumper fourth quarter, with a transaction volume of €3.9 billion, the Spanish real estate sector closed 2019 with a total investment volume of €12.7 billion, up by 5% YoY, according to BNP Paribas Real Estate.

The most sought-after assets were offices (€4.6 billion), followed by residential properties (€2 billion). The latter was boosted by the rental market and the wave of build-to-rent projects.

Meanwhile, the logistics sector recorded transactions amounting to €1.85 billion, up by 42% YoY, whilst the retail sector ended the year with some major last-minute deals, including the sale of the Puerto Venecia shopping centre in Zaragoza for €475 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Increasingly More Flagship Stores Remain Empty in Madrid & Barcelona

7 January 2020 – Eje Prime

There are an increasing number of large, vacant stores on the high streets of Madrid and Barcelona. Preciados 13, Sol 9, Paseo de Gracia 9, and Paseo de Gracia 77, to name just a few.

After several years of high demand for flagship stores in the two cities, when larger spaces become available, they are now standing empty. Operations have come to a standstill and real estate consultants are forecasting a decrease in rents.

Domestic and international retailers alike, particularly those in the fashion industry, such as Inditex, Mango, H&M and Primark, have taken the high street by storm in recent years, in their efforts to offer consumers a comprehensive experience.

In that context, demand has exceeded supply, and large premises have become the most sought-after. As such, prices have been rising and the family offices, which had traditionally owned the properties in the retail sector, were joined by large funds.

But now, the situation has changed. E-commerce is growing rapidly and most of the major operators have now opened flagship stores. With an excess supply in the market and fewer operators demanding large spaces, prices will have to decrease. Real estate investors are proving to be more flexible than opportunistic funds in terms of agreeing reasonable rental prices. Rental prices have not fallen yet, however, according to several sources, it is only a matter of time.

Meanwhile, a few months ago, H&M sent a letter to several of the owners of the premises it occupies in Spain (e.g. on Portal de l’Àngel in Barcelona and Gran Vía in Madrid) terminating their contracts. According to sources in the sector, “they sent those letters knowing that they would be able to stay in the premises paying half the rent”.

Original story: Eje Prime (Pilar Riaño)

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

Malaysian Investment Fund Looks to Buy into Major Development on the Costa del Sol

6 January 2020 A Malaysian investment fund linked to the country’s sovereign wealth fund is finalising negotiations to become the first investor in a huge residential, commercial and industrial development on the Costa del Sol. The project would be the largest of its kind in the region and one of the largest in Spain as a whole.

The development is mainly set to include residential homes on a 2.6 million square meter plot of land near the Andalusian Technology Park, in Campanillas, Málaga. The development would consist of the construction of 5,000 ‘build to rent’ rental homes slated for professionals working at the technology park.

The land currently belongs to about 700 individual families.

Un fondo de inversión de Malasia vinculado al fondo de riqueza soberana del mismo país está finalizando las negociaciones para convertirse en el primer inversor en un gran desarrollo residencial, comercial e industrial en la Costa del Sol. El proyecto sería el más grande de su tipo en la región y uno de los más grandes de España en su conjunto.

El desarrollo está destinado principalmente a incluir viviendas en una parcela de 2,6 millones de metros cuadrados cerca del Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía, en Campanillas, Málaga. El desarrollo consistiría en la construcción de 5,000 viviendas de alquiler ‘construidas para alquilar’ programadas para profesionales que trabajan en el parque tecnológico.

La tierra actualmente pertenece a unas 700 familias.

Original Story: Vozpópuli – Joaquín Hernández

Translation/Summary: Richard D. Turner

The New Winds Group Acquires the Puerta de Chiclana Shopping Centre

6 January 2020 The New Winds Group (NWG), controlled by the Saralegui Reyzabal family (former owner of the Windsor building in Madrid), has reached an agreement to acquire the Puerta de Chiclana shopping centre from the Dutch firm Redevco.

Puerta de Chiclana has an area of 14,839 square meters, along with 1,273 parking spaces. Furthermore, the shopping mall is located 16 kilometres from the centre of Cádiz. The supermarket chain Eroski anchors the asset.

El Grupo New Winds (NWG), controlado por la familia Saralegui Reyzabal (ex-propietario del edificio Windsor en Madrid), ha llegado a un acuerdo para adquirir el centro comercial Puerta de Chiclana de la firma holandesa Redevco.

El centro tiene una superficie de 14.839 metros cuadrados, junto con 1.273 plazas de aparcamiento. El centro comercial se encuentra a 16 kilómetros del centro de Cádiz. La cadena de supermercados Eroski ancla el activo.

Original Story: modaes.es – P. R. D.

Translation/Summary: Richard D. Turner