Grosvenor Buys its First Office Building in Spain

3 June 2019 – Expansión

The British real estate firm Grosvenor has made its debut in the office market in Spain with the acquisition of a building in the La Moraleja business park (Madrid) for an undisclosed sum. The property is located on Avenida de Europa, 19 and spans 22,000 m2.

Grosvenor returned to the Spanish real estate market in 2017 with the purchase of an 820 m2 plot of land on Calle Jorge Juan, 53 (Madrid) on which it is constructing a luxury residential development with views over the Retiro Park.

Since then it has been expanding its residential portfolio and is currently working on four projects in Madrid: La Esquina de General Arrando, Modesto Lafuente 26, García de Paredes 4 and Jorge Juan 53.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Bankinter’s Socimi Atom Buys Hotel Meliá Valencia for €42.3M

23 May 2019 – Levante EMV

Bankinter’s Socimi Atom has purchased the Hotel Meliá Valencia on Avenida Cortes Valencianas from the company Colony Capital for €42.3 million, according to sources close to the operation.

Colony Capital acquired the 117-metre tall property last year when it purchased the fund Continental Property Investments (CPI). In turn, Continental Property bought the building, which was operated under the Hilton brand originally, in January 2011.

Original story: Levante EMV (by Ramón Ferrando)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Ibosa Bids for the DGT’s Former HQ in Madrid to Build Luxury Flats

22 May 2019 – Idealista

The cooperative manager Ibosa is one of the parties interested in acquiring the former headquarters of the Traffic Department (DGT) in Madrid, located at number 125 Calle Arturo Soria, where 43 luxury flats are going to be built.

The Socimi Jaba I Inversiones Inmobiliarias put the building up for sale recently after acquiring it in 2014 for €19.2 million. The property is currently vacant having been previously leased to the DGT and Vodafone.

The office building has a gross leasable area of 5,526 m2 and comprises a ground floor plus 4 upper floors. It has 148 underground parking spaces and is located in one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods of Madrid. The asking price reportedly amounts to less than €25 million and the sale is expected to close next month.

If it is successful, Ibosa plans to build 43 high-end homes with 2-, 3- or 4-bedrooms. Each property will have a garage and storeroom and the sales prices will start at €554,000, with an average price per m2 of €5,900. The urbanisation, known as Residencial Capella, will have common areas such as a swimming pool and gym.

Original story: Idealista (by P. Martínez-Almeida)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Ores Doubles its Portfolio in a Year & Closes 2018 with Assets Worth €357.4M

11 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Olimpo Real Estate (Ores) is establishing itself in the market. The Socimi owned by Bankinter and Sonae Sierra closed last year with a portfolio comprising 34 assets worth €357.4 million. In this way, the company has doubled the valuation of its assets since the end of October 2017, a few months after it made its debut on the stock market. At that time, the firm held a total of 16 investments worth €172.6 million.

At the end of 2018, the value of the Socimi’s portfolio amounted to €357.4 million across 34 assets, comprising mainly hypermarkets (28.5%) and supermarkets (14.7%), retail parks (15.2%) and out-of-town stores (14.4%), as well as premises (8%) located on the main streets of large cities.

During the last four months of 2018, four investment operations were undertaken for a total value of €27.5 million. Specifically, the firm completed the purchase of two supermarkets, an out-of-town store in Santander and a commercial premise in Vigo.

“These operations are in line with Ores’ investment strategy, in urban locations in Spain’s main cities, and with first-class operators as tenants and long-term and stable lease contracts”, said the company in a statement sent to the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

Ores is a company whose main activity is the acquisition and management of commercial real estate assets, both in Spain and Portugal. The company was created in December 2016 by Bankinter and Sonae Sierra, made its stock market debut at the end of February 2017 and has been increasing its investments and assets ever since.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Thomas Cook Signs a €51M Loan with CaixaBank to Finance Hotel Purchases

4 February 2019 – Hosteltur

Thomas Cook today announced that its joint venture with LMEY Investments, called Thomas Cook Hotel Investments (TCHI), has obtained a second round of financing amounting to €51 million thanks to an agreement with CaixaBank. The funds will be used to acquire hotels in Spain and the Mediterranean.

Thanks to that agreement, the joint venture’s funds to purchase hotels have increased by €91 million over the last three months, following the agreement signed with Piraeus Bank, according to reports from HostelTur news (…).

Those funds will be used to invest in opportunities that arise in Spain and the Mediterranean area. In fact, TCHI has also announced the acquisition of one 250-room hotel in the Canary Islands and another 300-room hotel in the Balearic Islands. In total, the seven hotels that the company currently owns represent assets worth €250 million and contain 2,200 rooms.

The fund has the objective of owning between 10 and 15 hotels over the next two years. A channel for more hotel acquisitions has been identified by the company and the team is focused on executing the expansion plan for the coming years.

TCHI was created in March 2018 to support the growth of the Thomas Cook’s own brand hotel portfolio as part of its strategy to take greater control over its hotel inventory and the customer experience (…).

Original story: Hosteltur 

Translation: Carmel Drake

MK Premium Acquires Another Building in Barcelona for €3.8M

31 January 2019 – Eje Prime

MK Premium is starting the year with new purchases. The company has acquired another building in Barcelona for €3.8 million. The asset is located at number 5 Calle Milans, a street in the ‘Gótico’ neighbourhood where the company already owns another property.

According to explanations provided by the company, it is a historical property, constructed in 1870, with a total surface area of 1,107 m2, comprising seven homes and two commercial premises.

In 2017, MK Premium acquired the building located at number 4, with a total surface area of 2,700 m2, worth €10 million. With this purchase of number 5 Calle Milans, the Spanish property company has invested almost €14 million and owns assets spanning more than 3,700 m2.

The Spanish property firm, specialising in real estate assets ended 2018 with a profit of €2.12 million, which represented an increase of 135% with respect to 2017. The company’s turnover for the year amounted to €14.63 million (…).

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Socimi VBare Acquires a Building in Madrid for €5.3M

9 January 2019 – La Vanguardia

The Socimi VBare Iberian Properties Socimi has purchased a building comprising 27 homes and 2 commercial premises in Madrid for €5.3 million plus transaction costs.

In order to purchase the property, which is located on Calle Vallehermoso in Madrid, VBare has signed a mortgage loan with Banca Pueyo for €3.43 million, contributing the rest of the purchase price through available cash.

The property is mainly dedicated to residential use and the expected net approximate yield will amount to 4.3% once the refurbishment work has been completed.

The building has a surface area of approximately 1,500 m2 and is the second most significant acquisition carried out to date by VBare in terms of investment volume, after the operation it completed on Calle Luchana in Madrid in October 2018.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation: Carmel Drake

Healthcare Activos Closes 2018 with Purchases in Ciudad Real, Murcia & Madrid

8 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Healthcare Activos closed 2018 by adding some new real estate assets to its portfolio. The investment fund led by the former CEO of the residential group Sarquavitae, Jorge Guarner, ended the year by making acquisitions in Ciudad Real, Murcia and Madrid.

The company closed the purchase of the Las Cármenes residence, located in the town of Poblete, in Castilla-La Mancha, which has a surface area of 6,161 m2 and 201 beds available. Similarly, the investment platform specialising in the health and dependency sector also purchased the San Pablo de Ceutí Residence (Murcia), with a surface area of 6,785 m2 and 172 beds.

After its purchases in Ciudad Real and Murcia, Healthcare Activos also bought the MiraMadrid residence, located in the town of Paracuellos de Jarama. That centre has a surface area of 6,221 m2 and 170 beds distributed over three floors.

In parallel, Healthcare Activos has also started work on the renovation of the El Carmen residential centre, located in Baracaldo (País Vasco). That property, which has 70 beds and a surface area of 2,650 m2, will be operational from 2020, as will the Amézola residence, located in Bilbao.

Since its creation at the end of 2016, the firm has acquired more than twenty assets, with a total committed investment of approximately €200 million. It now has a portfolio comprising more than 40 assets in different stages of development including nursing homes for the elderly, hospitals and clinics, some of which are fully operational, others of which are to be renovated and launched and others of which are land development projects.

First incursion into the hospital and office sectors in Madrid  

In October, Healthcare Activos entered the hospital sector in Spain with the acquisition of Hospital Campo de Gibraltar in Palmones (Cádiz) from the Quirón group. The property has a surface area of 12,300 m2 and the plan is to expand the facilities to reach 120 beds in total.

Also, during the second half of the year, the company conquered the centre of Madrid with the opening of a commercial office on Paseo de la Castellana. That property, which is located at number 45, will respond to the expansion plans that the company is preparing for the country as a whole. The facility joins the central offices that the group has on Calle Pau Casals in Barcelona.

To carry out new plans, Healthcare Activos has recruited a new financial director (…). Guarner’s firm has appointed Juan Pedro Vergara as the new person responsible for that area.

Vergara has developed his professional career in the financial entity Natixis, a company created in 2006 (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Alberto Escobar)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Marathon Buys an Office Building & a Hotel in Madrid for c. €30M

21 November 2018 – Expansión

The US investment fund Marathon is increasing its commitment to Spain with the acquisition of a mixed-use complex of buildings in Madrid, which houses an office block and a four-star hotel managed by the Mallorca-based chain Barceló.

Specifically, the US investment fund has closed an agreement with Credit Suisse Real Estate, owner of the asset until now, to acquire the complex for around €30 million, according to market sources speaking to Expansión.

The complex has a total surface area of 14,000 m2 and is located at numbers 19 and 21 Calle de Julián Camarillo in Madrid, one of the most established office districts in the east of the capital, a few minutes by car from the Ifema exhibition centre and Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport.

The operation has been advised by the real estate consultancy firm Knight Frank.

The complex includes an office building, with a surface area of more than 9,100 m2, occupied by several tenants: Adquira, the company specialising in e-commerce; Lebara, the telephony company; Ixion, the robotics and drone firm; and Norgine, the pharmaceutical business, amongst others.

The complex also has retail and leisure areas and indoor and outdoor parking.

In addition, the asset houses a four-star hotel, managed by Barceló Group, now under the Occidental Hoteles brand.

The Hotel Occidental Madrid Este – previously known as Barceló Torre Arias – has 108 rooms, four of which are junior suites, as well as a gym, sauna and restaurant. The establishment also has two meeting rooms with capacity for up to 80 people.

With this operation, Marathon is strengthening its presence in the Spanish real estate market. The US fund is, together with Attestor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, one of the minority shareholders of the property developer Vía Célere, which is controlled by Värde (75%).

Moreover, the investment fund acquired the Bahía Azul shopping centre in Málaga in 2016.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Vitruvio Submits €32M Bid to Acquire Única Real Estate

8 November 2018 – Eje Prime

Vitruvio is planning to grow from inside the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). The Socimi chaired by Joaquín López-Chicheri has submitted an offer amounting to €31.96 million for Única Real Estate, the manager that is also listed on the same exchange, according to a statement filed by the company with the MAB.

The bid covers 100% of Única’s share capital, for which the Socimi has established a payment of approximately €27.14 per share, on the basis of the number of shares in circulation to date and the valuation that Vitruvio has determined for the company.

The team led by López-Chicheri has agreed that the payment may be made both in cash as well as by exchanging shares in Vitruvio. Each shareholder that participates will have to accept a share exchange as the payment form for at least 25% of the shares that they sell and a maximum of 75% in cash, explained the company.

Moreover, the Socimi is offering Única the possibility of postponing the appointment of a representative to its Board. After learning about the interest of the listed company in purchasing it, the operation must be approved at the General Shareholders’ Meeting by 51% of Vitruvio’s shareholders, once the favourable reports have been received from an independent expert designated by the Mercantile Registry and following the legal, technical and financial review.

Vitruvio: profits up by 22% to June to €580,000  

The Socimi, specialising in the management of office buildings, homes and commercial premises, recorded a profit of €578,459 during the first half of 2018, up by 21.8% compared to the same period in 2017.

Supported by its 288 investors, of which only one owns more than 5% of the company, Vitruvio owns around thirty real estate assets located all over Spain. Nevertheless, the Socimi has a clear focus on Madrid, given that the Spanish capital accounts for 79% of its portfolio. The other assets are located in Bizkaia (10%), Barcelona (4%) and a number of other cities ranging from Palencia to Salamanca, and including Ourense, Badajoz and Zamora.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake