Deutsche Bank Puts its Socimi Trajano Iberia Up for Sale

9 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Trajano Iberia is up for sale. The Socimi, managed by the real estate investment division of Deutsche Asset Management, has expressed its willingness to receive offers to assess the possible sale of its shareholding, according to a statement filed by the company with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). Trajano controls the Alcalá Magna shopping centre, for which it paid €100 million in 2016.

The listed company has requested the services of Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank to sound out the market. The group has expressed its desire to find out about “the potential interest in purchasing shares that represent more than 50% of its share capital”.

Trajano Iberia recorded net profits of €2.63 million between January and June 2018, compared with €3.5 million during the same period in 2017. Despite the decrease in its net result, the listed company recorded revenues of €983 million during the first half of the year, up by 11.7% compared to the same period in 2017.

The Socimi, in which the Alcaraz family, the founders of the vehicle renting company Goldcar, holds a 10.5% stake, currently has five real estate assets in its portfolio: a mixed-use commercial and office building in Bilbao; a shopping centre in Portugal; an office complex in the north of Madrid; four logistics warehouses on the Campus Plaza industrial estate in Zaragoza; and a shopping centre in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).

Trajano Iberia’s last major acquisition was its purchase of the Alcalá Magna shopping centre at the end of 2016. The company disbursed €100 million to acquire that asset located in the Spanish capital, which has a gross leasable area (GLA) of 34,165 m2 distributed over two levels.

The space, constructed in 2007 and with an occupancy rate of 95%, receives almost 5 million visitors per year and accumulates annual sales of around €64 million. Its tenants include firms such as Mercadona, Grupo Inditex and Mango, amongst others.

The company, which made its stock market debut in July 2015, reordered its Board of Directors in April. The company appointed Luis Antoñanzas, one of those responsible for the entity’s great fortunes, as CEO following the resignation of Carlos Gálvez Díaz de Bustamante, according to explanations provided by the group at the time.

Since then, Trajano Iberia’s Board has comprised 11 representatives, including José Moya, Chairman of the Board,  Vicente Fernández and Brigit Gabriele, as representatives of Deutsche Bank. Moreover, the Socimi’s management body includes representatives from companies such as Alcor, Dogalcar, Falagal and CNP Partners.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

The Alcaraz Brothers Create Six New Property Developers

3 November 2017 – Eje Prime

The family office owned by the brothers Juan and Pedro Alcaraz is growing. The Alicante businessman, founders of the vehicle rental company Goldcar, have left behind their stage in the transport sector, after selling the remaining 20% stake that they still held in their rent-a-car company to invest in real estate. With this business idea in mind, the Alcaraz brothers have created half a dozen new property developer companies, according to the Official Bulletin of the Mercantile Registry (Borme).

The two brothers are adding these six companies to the five that already exist in their Alibuilding company (…). This strategy of creating a property developer for each project is a method that has been used in the past in the Community of Valencia, as was seen in the case of the creation of the Valencian property developer Attikos, by the builder Juan Armiñana.

In the province of Alicante, the family office owned by the Alcaraz brothers, Aligrupo Global Services, is building a luxury urbanisation in Calpe. And it looks like the company is planning to construct another residential development in the same town, according to Valencia Plaza.

The two businessmen currently own several assets in the real estate sector, including a property in the prime area of Velázquez, in Madrid. They also hold a 10.55% stake in the Socimi Trajano Iberia, whose portfolio includes two office buildings, two shopping centres and a logistics platform.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

The Alcaraz Family Buys Caja España’s Former HQ In Madrid

23 November 2016 – Expansión

Another new luxury housing development is going to be built in Madrid. The family office owned by the Alcaraz family has purchased the building located on Calle Velázquez 23 – which used to house the headquarters of Caja España – from Banco Ceiss, where it plans to construct luxury homes.

The financial entity, which was created as a result of the merger of Caja Duero and Caja España, has taken advantage of the increase in prices driven by the economic recovery in Spain and the lack of high quality products to sell this iconic asset, located in the heart of the Salamanca neighbourhood. The operation has been advised by Aguirre Newman.

The Alcaraz family plans to demolish the property and build a new residential development, but it will respect the façade and arquitectural value of the asset. Velázquez 23 has an above ground surface area of 2,548 m2, as well as 450 m2 of basement space, which may be used for retail purposes and parking.

This building is located on one of the most sought-after axes for the development of high quality residential properties, just a stone’s throw from the Retiro Park and Calle Serrano, which is home to lots of major luxury brands. The price of homes in this area exceeds €10,000/m2 in some cases.

Other developments

This project is the latest in a long line of luxury developments that are already on the market, such as the one on José Abascal 48, comprising 17 homes with a surface area of between 100m2 and 400 m2; as well as others that are underway at Juan Bravo 3 and Canalejas.

The former, now known as Lagasca 99, which is being promoted by the Lar Group, is located in the neighbourhood of Salamanca and is expected to be sold in 2018. Meanwhile, the group of seven properties in Canalejas, a project being undertaken by Inmobiliaria Espacio and OHL, is located between Calles Alcalá, Sevilla, Plaza de Canalejas and Carrera de San Jerónimo. In addition to a hotel and shopping arcade, the Canalejas plan includes 22 luxury residences, which will be operated by the Four Seasons chain, along with the hotel.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake