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

Israeli Fund Adar Asks for Two Seats on Neinor’s Board

15 March 2018 – Expansión

The Israeli fund Adar is claiming its space at the table of Neinor’s most senior executive body. After taking ownership of 24% of the property developer and buying almost 18% of the real estate company’s shares in just one month, Adar has requested two seats on the Board of Directors.

To this end, Adar has asked that its request be included on the agenda of the next meeting, which is scheduled for 17 April at the first call, or, if the necessary quorum is not reached, for 18 April.

Adar has proposed the appointment of Jorge Pepa and Francis Btesh as proprietary directors. In this way, the group’s Board of Directors would comprise nine members, up from the current number, seven.

The last change in Neinor’s Board of Directors took place with the departure of Dominique Cressot, a Director who represented the fund Lone Star, which sold the last remaining share package that it owned in the company last January.

In his place, the shareholders appointed Alberto Prieta, Managing Partner of the Real Estate team at BDO, as an independent director.

Adar, which first acquired shares in Neinor when the firm made its stock market debut almost a year ago, is now the real estate company’s largest shareholder, ahead of the Bank of Montreal (5.2%), Norges Bank (5.06%), Invesco (5.02%), Wellington Management Group (4.96%) and Ksac Europe (4.2%). The fund controls a package worth €296 million.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Israeli Fund Adar Buys 3.5% of Neinor to Increase its Stake to 15.4%

8 March 2018 – Eje Prime

Neinor Homes is continuing to attract attention from international investors. The Israeli fund Adar has purchased an additional 3.5% of the property developer’s share capital, according to a statement filed by the group with Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV). In this way, the fund now controls 15.4% of the group.

The package acquired by Adar coincides with the percentage that the US fund Wellington sold a week ago. The Israeli fund has reaffirmed its commitment to the stock in the midst of an attack by bearish speculators, who have doubled their presence in Neinor to reach a record level of 4.5% of its share capital, according to Expansión.

The property developer’s roadmap until 2022 involves investing €1.5 billion in order to hand over 15,000 homes during that period. Neinor’s portfolio of homes in stock currently amounts to 12,472 compared to 9,025 last year.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake