Aedas, Vía Célere and Kronos Join Together to Acquire La Fortuna, a 90-Hectare Plot of Land in Madrid

26 August 2019

Aedas, Kronos and Vía Célere joined together to acquire La Fortuna, a 900,000-m2 parcel of land to the southeast of Madrid. The property is located in the planned development of Los Berrocales and was sold by  Proinsa at a public auction for nearly 46 million euros.

The three developers bid jointly in the auction, which was held last month. The asset has more than 90 hectares of land and enough buildable land to develop about 2,500 flats, making it the most significant sale of land in Madrid in recent times.

Aedas is controlled by the American firm Castlelake; the US-based Värde Partners controls Vía Célere, and Kronos is Spain’s Kronos Homes’ developer.

Original Story: Cinco Días – Alfonso Simón Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Sabadell’s Board Evaluates 3 Offers Amounting to c. €850M For its Property Developer

28 May 2019 – El Confidencial

On Monday, Banco Sabadell received three binding offers for its property developer, Sabadell Desarrollos Inmobiliarios, from the funds Cerberus, Oaktree and a third unknown candidate, amounting to between €800 million and €900 million.

The board of directors of the Catalan entity chaired by Josep Oliu now needs to decide whether to accept one of them and thereby pave the way for the creation of a new major player in the Spanish property developer sector to compete alongside the likes of Neinor, Metrovacesa, Vía Célere and Aedas.

Oaktree has been the favourite in the bidding for the last few months given its good relationship with Sabadell and with the property developer itself, with which it already operates at least one joint venture. It would represent the US investor’s first operation of its kind in Spain, where it currently has a small platform with just 20 employees.

Nevertheless, Cerberus has been gaining ground. Unlike Oaktree, the US giant already has a property development platform in Spain, Inmoglacier, to which it wants to supply new land (which SDin owns). Cerberus could also benefit from synergies between the two firms.

Meanwhile, the identity of the third candidate remains confidential, but possible contenders include Habitat (Bain Capital), Aedas and the Canadian fund CPPIB, which were all reported to be evaluating the purchase during the preliminary phase.

Initially, Sabadell was hoping to receive more than €1 billion for its property developer, but following uncertainty in the sector in recent months and the sale of several assets, it will have to accept a more modest price if a sale is to be agreed.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Jorge Zuloaga)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Spain’s Property Developers Glimpse the First Signs of a Moderation in Prices

29 May 2019 – Expansión

Yesterday, several of the largest property developers in Spain met for a Medcap roundtable event moderated by Deloitte to discuss the outlook for the residential market.

Specifically, representatives from Metrovacesa, Aedas, Quabit, Insur and Lar participated in the discussions, during which they observed that house prices in Spain are starting to moderate in some of the more mature markets, although they acknowledged that there are still many secondary cities where the new (growth) cycle is just beginning.

In this context, the representatives identified a number of focuses and challenges facing the sector, namely:

Licences: All of the property developers are pushing for great agility from the public administrations when it comes to the granting of construction permits.

Construction: The labour shortage in the construction sector is pushing up prices and leading to delays in project finishes.

Concentration: Property developers are larger and more professionalised now than before the crisis; they require critical mass to be resilient to real estate cycles.

Industrialisation: Prefabricated homes allow construction periods to be shortened and for greater control over the processes.

Access: Young people are finding it increasingly difficult to afford to buy a home.

Overall, the experts consider that the residential sector is still immersed in the early stages of the new cycle, but only time will tell whether they are right.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Aedas Homes Recorded Losses of €3.4M in Q1 2019

30 April 2019 – Eje Prime

Aedas Homes recorded losses of €3.4 million during Q1 2019, up by 47.8% compared to the same period last year (-€2.3 million). Nevertheless, the property developer’s results were in line with the business plan and revenues grew by 55% YoY during the same period to reach €14 million.

This year, the property developer controlled by the investment fund Castlelake plans to launch the construction of 2,580 homes and hand over 1,055 units. The firm has already sold 83% of the homes that it expects to hand over in 2019 and 55% of those forecast for delivery in 2020 (1,986).

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Aedas Revolutionises the Property Development Sector by Building 500 Turnkey Homes for Ares

12 April 2019 – El Confidencial

Aedas Homes has decided to launch a new line of business by building complete housing developments for other companies. In this way, the listed property developer hopes to generate value from its production over-capacity; it anticipates recording revenues of around €70 million from the initiative.

In this vein, the company led by David Martínez has reached an agreement with the fund Ares to build 500 homes in its name in three different locations: Torrejón de Ardoz, Alcalá de Henares and El Cañaveral (all in Madrid).

This is the largest turnkey project in the sector since the outbreak of the real estate crisis, a decade ago and as such, represents a real milestone.

The three largest listed property developers in Spain, Neinor, Aedas and Metrovacesa, are all living by the famous mantra “reinvent yourself or die”. As such, they are expanding their operations as they seek to actually generate the high turnover figures that they promised when they made their stock market debuts.

With this latest announcement, Aedas is sending a clear message to its competitors. It has over-capacity in its production model, which means that it can handle turnkey projects on a large scale, as well as deliver the roadmap that it is already committed to.

With the additional 500 homes from this project, Aedas Homes could end the year with more than 3,000 units launched, compared with the 2,580 initially planned for the year.

Meanwhile, Ares Capital is immersed in its commitment to the Spanish real estate market, with a particular focus on the residential segment, with homes both for sale and for rent.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

ZAV to Receive €15.9M from the Sale of an Intermodal Plot for 198 Homes

11 April 2019 – El Periódico 

The company Zaragoza Alta Velocidad is going to receive at least €15,972,060 from the sale of a plot of land in the future AVE neighbourhood. That is the highest price offered in the auction for the plot, known as block 6, which is located next to the Delicias intermodal station in Zaragoza.

Assuming no last minute surprises, the winner of the auction will be the company SPV Reoco 1, which is the firm behind which one of the giants of the residential property sector in Spain likes to hide, namely Aedas Homes. It will be the listed company’s first venture into Zaragoza, although it already has a presence in Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia, amongst others.

Nevertheless, according to sources close to the operation, the auction has not been closed yet, and the other two competing firms Refacleta S.L. and Innovación and Desarrollo Asistencial (de Logroño) are still in with a real chance.

The plot measures 5,821.2 m2 and has a buildability of 27,956 m2, with capacity for 198 flats. Construction on the site, the second real estate development to be built in the AVE neighbourhood, is expected to begin later this year.

Original story: El Periódico (by D. López)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Industrialised Construction: Vía Célere Follows in Aedas’s Footsteps

13 March 2019 – Merca2

Vía Célere is going to be the first property developer to build an industrialised development of multi-family homes. Aedas has already paved the way with the model, but in its case, the properties were single-family homes.

The company led by Juan Antonio Gómez-Pintado is going to launch its first project of this kind in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid) and expects to finish the work within seven months. That would represent a time saving of one year compared to the normal construction period for such a development, thanks to the employment of industrialised systems.

Specifically, whilst the underground work is going on at the site of the new development (which is expected to take three or four months), the 50 modules that will comprise the first 17-home building will be manufactured off-site, in parallel. It will take just three weeks to install those modules and the last two months will be spent joining the facilities and the façades so that the homes are ready for delivery at the end of month seven.

Moreover, the firm is planning to build a 26-home development using the same industrialised system, also in Boadilla. In the future, Vía Célere aims to industrialise 30% of its future developments.

Original story: Merca2 (by Carlos Lospitao)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Habitat’s Land Portfolio Now Spans 1 million m2 with Capacity to Build 10,000 Homes

9 March 2019 – Expansión

The property developer Habitat now owns more than 1 million m2 of land after investing €121 million last year to expand its portfolio. As such, the firm led by José Carlos Saz (pictured below) has the capacity to build around 10,000 homes. Specifically, the firm backed by Bain Capital acquired 27 plots last year on which to build around 2,500 homes. 5% of those plots were non-buildable (in the process of being approved for construction).

The company expects to reach cruising speed with the delivery of 2,000 homes per year from 2021 onwards. Last year, it handed over 270 homes across 4 developments in Barcelona, Málaga and Madrid, to generate turnover of €89 million, EBITDA of €1.83 million and a net profit of €250,000. The company plans to invest €500 million in land purchases until 2021, financed by Bain.

Moreover, like its competitors Neinor, Aedas and Metrovacesa, Habitat is also considering entering the rental home sector and may even begin to build developments for Socimis.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Aedas Negotiates the Construction of 500 Rental Homes in Madrid

1 March 2019 – Expansión

Aedas wants to benefit from the investor appetite for residential rental assets as an alternative source of income and cash generation. The property developer is negotiating the construction and delivery of four turnkey developments comprising 500 homes for an institutional investor.

The homes, which are going to be constructed in Madrid and two adjoining municipalities will be dedicated to rental housing. “We are assessing the possibility of doing the same in Barcelona, Sevilla and Alicante”, explained David Martínez, CEO of Aedas Homes (pictured above), speaking to Expansión (…).

In 2018, the company invested €112 million in land on which to build 2,600 homes; and it also has options to purchase more land for an additional 400 units.

“The plan for this year involves buying land for at least 1,000 homes (an investment of around €50 million), but we do not rule out increasing that target if opportunities present themselves”, he said (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Aedas Homes Unveils 100-Home Development in Aljarafe (Sevilla)

27 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Aedas Homes has taken another step in its expansion in Aljarafe (Sevilla). The real estate developer has just launched its Tovar development, a housing project aimed at people looking to reposition on the housing market and young people looking to rent. The development will comprise one hundred homes in total, which will be constructed in two blocks of 28 homes and 72 homes, respectively. The project has already been granted its building permit and the first homes will be available at the end of 2020.

This development is the company’s seventh in Sevilla and its second in Aljarafe. The homes are priced from €151,437 and have a shared common room, outdoor swimming pool, padel court, games room for children and green spaces.

The project comprises two, three and four-bedroom homes, including penthouses with terraces and surface areas of up to 70 m2 and ground floors with gardens measuring up to 170 m2 (…).

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake