INBISA Starts Work on the New Torre Mariona Shopping Centre in Mallorca

26 July 2018 – Inmodiario

INBISA Construcción has started work on the construction of the new Torre Mariona shopping centre on plot 64 of the Son Malferit Industrial Estate in Palma de Mallorca, located between the Levante motorway and the main road to Manacor.

With a budget of more than €3 million, INBISA Construcción has teamed up with Grupo Ferran as the Project Manager, to construct the building, which is going to span more than 4,200 m2, and the urbanisation on the neighbouring plot measuring 3,400 m2. The property will comprise five premises, which will range between 140 m2 and 647 m2, dedicated to commercial, leisure and restaurant use. In total, the combined gross leasable area (GLA) will amount to 2,500 m2.

Moreover, the site will have an underground parking lot spanning 2,300 m2 with the capacity for 53 cars and 10 motorbikes.

It is worth highlighting that this is the fourth construction project in which the duo comprising INBISA Construcción and Grupo Ferrán are working for Hoteles de Palma, S.L., on this industrial estate, which is currently in the middle of development and which will provide services to the residential area of Nou Llevant. The previous projects involved the construction of three new commercial spaces, including the new Norauto facilities, as well as the renovation of a traditional windmill (…).

As Julio Aróstegui, Director of Retail at INBISA Construcción, highlights, “this new project in Mallorca follows others that we have undertaken on the island, where we have been working for more than three years now”. In this sense, he highlights the phased renovation of Mallorca Fashion Outlets for Via Outlets. “Moreover, it strengthens our position as a leading company in the renovation and construction of shopping centres and contributes to the expansion of the portfolio of projects in our Retail area, which includes renovations such as those involving the ABC Serrano Shopping Centre in Madrid, the Gran Casa Shopping Centre in Zaragoza, the Max Center Shopping Centre in Barakaldo and the construction of the new Finistrelles Shopping Centre in Esplugues” (…).

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake

Primark to Open a Megastore in Barcelona’s Plaza Cataluña

12 July 2018 – Idealista

Primark is finally entering the centre of Barcelona. The low-cost fashion company is going to open a flagship store at number 23 Plaza Cataluña, in a building owned by the fund manager IBA Capital, according to confirmation from real estate sources speaking to Idealista News. Until now, the property has been occupied by the El Corte Inglés department store group, but now the Irish chain is going to take over the 7,393 m2 property.

IBA Capital acquired the building in 2013 for €100 million and, over the last six months, since it has been on the market, the asset has attracted attention from the main fashion groups in Europe, including H&M, Primark, Inditex and the Japanese firm Uniqlo.

The building has a gross leasable area of 7,393 m2 and is located at the junction of Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas, one of the new commercial thoroughfares in Barcelona following the opening of establishments by the Galician giant Inditex there, as well as by operators such as Mango, Apple and Urban Outfitters.

The building was leased in its entirety to El Corte Inglés until a few months ago, which operated it through a multi-brand concept with firms such as Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, Diesel, Maje, Sandro, Stefanel and Desigual.

The property was renovated in 1998 and used to house the former headquarters of Banco Central and one of the only stores that the British firm Marks&Spencer used to have in Spain. Following the purchase by IBA Capital, El Corte Inglés and the fund signed a sale and leaseback contract, which expired in 2018.

IBA Capital in the Spanish market

Founded in 2013, IBA is led by Thierry Julienne and Jesús Valderrama, the founders of the investment vehicle. The fund manager has the capacity to manage all classes of real estate assets and its portfolio is currently worth €1 billion.

The portfolio comprises more than a dozen assets situated in first-rate locations in Madrid and Barcelona. Its properties include number 18 Gran Vía, number 9 Preciados and the ABC Serrano shopping centre, which have been acquired for subsequent renovation.

The other assets are office buildings including the property at number 96 Calle Santiago de Compostela, in Madrid and the Tripark Business Park, in las Rozas. Moreover, the fund owns the Vodafone Building, located at number 115 Avenida de América, and the Manoteras Leisure Park, also in the Spanish capital.

Original story: Idealista (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Banca March Creates A Socimi To Maximise Returns From ABC Serrano

7 November 2017 – La Información

Serrano 61 Desarrollo Socimi – that is the name of the listed real estate investment company (Socimi) that Banca March has constituted to try to optimise the profitability of one of the most high-profile investments that the entity has undertaken this year, the acquisition of the ABC Serrano shopping centre, according to data in the Mercantile Register.

Banca March purchased the building on Calle Serrano, 61, in June for an undisclosed sum. It is one of the jewels in the crown of Madrid’s golden mile, which until then formed had part of a portfolio owned by CBRE Global Investors – the investment arm of the largest real estate consultancy firm in the world (CBRE Ellis). Banca March is the fifth owner the asset has had since 2013. In that year, Reyal Urbis, which has now filed for liquidation, transferred ownership of ABC Serrano and another commercial space to the investment company IBA Capital Partners, which shortly after included it in the asset portfolio of its Socimi Zambal. CBRE Global Investors acquired the building at the beginning of 2016.

Banca March has chosen the Socimi format, just like IBA Capital Partners, which is still responsible for managing the centre, did back in the day; its aim is to try and extract the maximum return possible from this real estate investment, in which it shares the risk and reward with a group of the bank’s clients who have participated in the operation as a result of a co-investment model through which the deal was formalised.

Co-investment is one of the unconventional investment formats that Banca March offers its clients. According to information provided by the entity on its website, it uses the format in “projects analysed by the March Group in which it decides to invest, and it offers its clients the opportunity to participate in the investments” (…).

MAB debut in 2018

This implies that Serrano 61 Desarrollo Socimi will not be an exclusive Banca March project, but rather will have financial backing from a group of the entity’s clients, which will also be shareholders of the company.

According to sources familiar with the operation, the company will start to operate as a Socimi from 1 January 2018 onwards and will make its debut on the Alternative Investment Market at some point next year. Its sole asset will be the ABC Serrano shopping centre.

Financial sources consulted by lainformacion.com deny that the activation of this Socimi is the first step of a more decided commitment by Banca March to the real estate sector. “Grupo March has a very recognisable investment approach. It identifies assets of interest, analyses their profitability threshold and if it takes the decision to acquire them, it looks for the most appropriate vehicle to make them profitable. It does not invest in sectors, it invests in assets”, explained one market source.

The Socimi format will allow Banca March and the clients that accompany it with this investment to benefit from a Corporation Tax rate of 0%. Moreover, it will guarantee the distribution of 80% of the returns obtained from the management of the ABC Serrano to the shareholders, and it will provide a favourable fiscal framework that characterises this vehicle for the dividends obtained.

Original story: La Información (by Bruno Pérez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Generali Acquires c/Preciados, 9 For c. €100M

14 March 2017 – Real Estate Press

CBRE GI and IBA Capital have sold the building located on Calle Preciados, number 9, in Madrid for around €100 million. The property, which is currently being renovated, is leased to the Inditex brand Pull & Bear. The real estate consultancy firms JLL and Colliers have advised the sale operation.

Inditex will open a flagship Pull & Bear store in the property, which it leased on the advice of the real estate consultancy Inmored, itself part of The International Retail Network. The store will have a surface area of 2,400 m2, on one of the busiest high streets in Madrid, and is located just a stone’s throw away from La Puerta del Sol.

The former owners, IBA Capital and CBRE GI, entrusted the sales mandate to JLL and Colliers.

The property was acquired from El Corte Inglés by IBA Capital, which subsequently allowed CBRE GI to enter the deal in an operation that included the ABC Serrano shopping centre.

Generali Real Estate, the new owner, is one of the largest global mangers, with a presence across the main markets in Europe. Generali has made its first foray into the retail segment in Spain in a prime location and with one of the world’s leading retailers as its tenant.

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

Vocento Finalises Sale Of Its Madrid HQ To Axiare

15 December 2016 – Cinco Días

Axiare has put its foot down on the accelerator to complete several purchases during the final month of the year. In addition to its acquisition of the headquarters of Cuatrecasas and McKinsey in Madrid, the Socimi is now finalising the purchase of the building from where Vocento operates its business in Madrid. The operation will be closed imminently, for around €35 million, according to several sources familiar with the operation.

Vocento is following the strategy of moving from being the owner of the property to becoming the tenant, in exchange for making some money. Currently, the group has debt amounting to €128.5 million, according to data submitted to the CNMV relating to the third quarter.

The building, located on Calle Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena (the historical director of the ABC newspaper and member of its founding family) has been home to the newspaper since 1989, when it abandoned its headquarters on Paseo de la Castellana, where the ABC Serrano shopping centre is now located.

The holding company has negotiated a rental contract with the Socimi, which allows its companies to continue to occupy the headquarters in Luca de Tena for five years. In addition to ABC, Vocento has several online businesses, such as Infoempleo; several influential regional newspapers resulting from the merger of Prensa Española with Grupo Correo; a number of magazines; and the Colpisa agency, amongst others.

The building is located at exit Km 7 on the A-2 motorway. This area of the capital has been enjoying a busy few months, with Popular constructing its new corporate headquarters on the adjoining plot of land, and the University Clinic of Navarra building its first major hospital in Madrid just a few metres away, which is expected to open next year.

Through this acquisition, Axiare Patrimonio adds another new building to its growing portfolio, which comprises offices, retail and logistics assets. The Socimi, which debuted on the stock market in 2014, has now accumulated assets worth €1,230 million in just over two years. These types of listed real estate investment company have beneficial tax regimes, whereby they do not pay corporation tax, but they are obliged to distribute dividends on an annual basis. (…).

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake