Urbas To Carry Out €2.2M Capital Increase & Appoint 3 New Directors

29 May 2018 – Eje Prime

Urbas is ploughing ahead. The real estate group’s Board of Directors is going to propose a €2.19 million capital increase to its General Shareholders’ Meeting through the offsetting of loans, as well as the appointment of three new independent directors, according to a statement filed by the company with Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV).

The maximum amount of the capital increase will be €2,198,705.17, and the Board will be able to execute it for a maximum period of twelve months, following its approval, on one or more dates. Given that it is a capital increase involving special compensation and not a monetary contribution, preferential subscription rights will not apply.

The company’s shareholders will also vote for the re-election of the companies Robisco Investment and Quamtium Venture as members of the Board of Directors on a proprietary basis; they currently serve as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the company, respectively.

In addition, Urbas will propose the appointment of three new independent directors to fill three existing vacancies. The new board members in question are Adolfo José Guerrero Hidalgo, Pablo Cobo del Moral and Ignacio Sáenz de Santamaría Vierna.

The General Shareholders’ Meeting is scheduled to be held on 29 June. The company’s annual accounts will also be submitted for approval on that date, along with the Directors’ Report, the Report on the Remuneration Policy of the Board of Directors and the re-election of  Baker Tilly Fmac as the auditors of the accounts for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hispania’s Shareholders Approve Block Sale of its Office Portfolio for €600M+

4 April 2018 – Eje Prime

Hispania is putting the sale of its office portfolio back on the table. Today,  at its General Shareholders’ Meeting, the Socimi will submit to approval the block sale of its rental office portfolio, a set of 25 buildings worth €603 million. It is a divestment that the Socimi, in which George Soros holds a stake, launched a year ago, suspended in October 2017, and which it has now resumed.

Hispania’s assembly is also going to approve the distribution to shareholders of an extraordinary dividend of €1.97 gross per share linked to the completion of that divestment. The payment will be charged against the issue premium and will involve distributing €215 million in total. This dividend will be added to the ordinary remuneration to shareholders, which will amount to €0.87 per share this year, the first payment of which, amounting to €0.41295 gross per share, was already made in March.

Besides Soros, who holds a 16.6% stake in the firm, the other main shareholders are other overseas institutional investors, such as Fidelity, with a 7% stake, Conepa, with another 6% stake, and Bank of Montreal and BlackRock, with 3% each. The Socimi chaired by Rafael Miranda is framing the sale of its office portfolio within its strategy to focus on the hotel business.

Other items on the agenda at Hispania’s General Shareholders’ Meeting include the re-election of the directors to their roles as the Chairman of the firm and another five members, including Concepción Osácar, José Pedro Pérez-Llorca and Joaquín Ayuso. Hispania will also approve its accounts for 2017, which reported a net profit of €222.82 million, down by 27.7% compared to the previous year.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Renta Corporación Fattens Up its Socimi with Flats Acquired through Suquía’s Bankruptcy

24 February 2018 – Voz Pópuli

The Socimi Vivenio, created by Renta Corporación and the Dutch pension fund APG, has reached an agreement with the Suquía group to acquire homes in Vallecas (Madrid) for a price of more than €13 million.

The real estate company Suquía, which is headquartered in San Sebastián and which was declared bankrupt two years ago, has recently reached a payment agreement with its creditors, the majority of which are financial institutions, to avoid the bankruptcy situation in which it is immersed.

During the negotiations to reach the agreement with its creditors, the company has made several deals to sell assets, including one with the Socimi Vivenio, which has agreed to purchase more than 100 homes located in a building on Calle Arte Pop, in the Vallecas neighbourhood of Madrid, for €13.54 million.

The agreement between Renta Corporación’s Socimi and Suquía values most of the homes at a price of less than €200,000, with the exception of the penthouses, which are reportedly worth more than €300,000. The sale agreement is pending authorisation by the judge of Mercantile Court number 1 in San Sebastián, which is in charge of Suquía’s bankruptcy proceedings, after having already requested it during the insolvency administration.

The creditors of the real estate company include Sareb, which has agreed that its mortgages on the homes that Vivenio is going to purchase may be cancelled simultaneously, as part of the bankruptcy process

Promociones Suquía was constituted in 1986, with a registered office for corporate and tax purposes in San Sebastián. It was declared bankrupt in December 2015. In 2016, according to the accounts filed by the company with the Mercantile Registry, to which this newspaper has had access through Insight View, it recorded losses of €1.8 million. The company ended that year with non-current bank debt amounting to €39.2 million and current bank debt of €8 million. Sources close to the real estate company indicate that following this agreement and the authorisation from the court, the company will continue with its property development activity in Bilbao, San Sebastián, and Madrid.

Renta Corporación, which has joined forces with the Dutch fund APG, plans to debut Vivenio on the stock market next year. The Socimi has set itself the objective of acquiring assets worth €1.5 billion in total, primarily properties in Madrid and Barcelona, with a minimum investment of €10 million.

Original story: Voz Pópuli (by Alberto Ortín)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Bank Lost €68M On Operation Tag

8 May 2017 – Voz Pópuli

Deutsche Bank España recorded losses of €68 million on so-called Operation Tag, which was agreed last October, and which involved the sale of a portfolio of non-performing loans and real estate assets to the fund Oaktree for €430 million. And, the negative result from that operation drastically reduced the entity’s profit last year, which fell from €91.4 million in 2015 to €5.7 million in 2016.

The operation involved the sale of a loan portfolio that contained “a series of loans that had already been recognised as non-performing”, as well as foreclosed assets. The bank acknowledges in its most recent annual financial report that the sale “had a negative impact of €68.1 million on the entity’s income statement”. Of that amount, €40.4 million corresponded to the sale of the loan portfolio and €4.7 million to the sale of the foreclosed properties.

Part of the agreed sale of the properties was signed during the first quarter of 2017. They included assets located in Cataluña, which had a gross value on the group’s books of €7 million and which ended up being sold for €4.4 million. The other real estate assets had a book value of €29 million but their sales price was much lower, €8.1 million.

Operation Tag also had an additional cost of €23 million for Deutsche Bank España. The costs arising from the sale amounted to €8.1 million and those relating to adapting the workforce to the new structure amounted to €14.9 million.

Early retirement

In 2016, Deutsche Bank España processed the early retirement of 108 employees, compared with 24 early retirees in 2015. The entity explains in its latest accounts that the amount of pensions caused, €155 million, corresponds to commitments for pensions caused with the retiring and early-retiring employees and that those commitments are “insured or provisioned by an internal fund”. Last year, the bank recognised a provision of €13.9 million for early retirees.

In March, Deutsche Bank announced its plans to sell its retail business in Spain. The entity currently serves more than 700,00 clients in the country and employs almost 2,600 people in its retail division.

Original story: Voz Pópuli (by Alberto Ortín)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Axactor Buys Its Fifth Debt Portfolio In Spain For €565M

2 August 2016 – Cinco Días

The Norwegian company Axactor is continuing with its commitment to Spain. Yesterday, it announced the purchase of a new debt portfolio in the Spanish market for €565 million, which represents the company’s fifth operation this year. In this way, Axactor is pushing ahead with its growth strategy in Spain and is strengthening its position as one of the main operators in the debt management sector. Juan Manuel Gutiérrez (pictured above right), Head of Axactor in Spain, confirmed that “ we are totally focused on growth: this acquisition forms part of our plans to continue increasing our presence in the Spanish market, through both the purchase of portfolios and the management of debt for third parties”.

The new debt portfolio acquired by Axactor comprises secured and unsecured loans amounting to €565 million. The portfolio includes almost 30,000 accounts held by individuals and small and medium-sized companies. This acquisition comes after the firm closed another deal in July in the primary market, when it purchased a debt portfolio for €144 million from Banco Mare Nostrum.

Since December 2015, the company has tripled the number of cases under management (from 250,000 to 780,000) and it has quadrupled the total volume of debt under management (from €2,140 million to €9,035 million). Spain has become the fastest growing market for the group and is at the centre of its strategy to become the leader of the debt management market in mainland Europe. Its progress was boosted by the acquisition of Geslico, an operation that allowed the Nordic firm to become the second largest operator in this business segment.

In addition, the incorporation of that company into the group has allowed Axactor to cover the entire value chain of the debt business and has facilitated operations involving collections and debt purchases thanks to a complex IT system to which Axactor has obtained access as a result of the integration of Geslico.

Axactor bought the management company of the former savings banks from the opportunistic fund Fortress, following the US firm’s withdrawal from the country. In this way, Axactor began its international expansion several months ago and chose Spain for that purpose. Its strategy involves becoming the leader of the debt management market in mainland Europe. “Spain has become the launch pad for this strategy and a key market for the Norwegian group”, said the firm, which is listed on the stock exchange.

Original story: Cinco Días (by A.G.)

Translation: Carmel Drake