Two Sought-After Plots in Pamplona Awarded to ACR & Allegra Holding

26 December 2017 – Observatorio Inmobiliario

ACR Grupo and Allegra Holding are continuing to strengthen their alliance after they were awarded two sought-after plots of land known as “Salesianos” in Pamplona.

The plots, which span a surface area of more than 15,000 m2, are going to be home to the tallest two towers in the area. More than €40 million is expected to be invested in the development of between 120 and 140 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes.

The plots, located in Salesianos, one of the best locations in the city, just a stone’s throw from the Plaza de Toros and close to the Carlos III shopping area, were owned until now by the Salesianos religious order. Their public auction has sparked a great deal of interest as it represents one of the most high-profile and important projects in Pamplona in recent years.

This ambitious urban planning project will allow access to housing in an area of scarce supply and which until now did not have any new build developments. Moreover, it will incorporate services such as a civic centre, a large open square and retail premises.

Residencial Nature, consolidating a successful alliance

This development is the product of the alliance between ACR Grupo and Allegra Holding, two prestigious and solvent companies in the Spanish real estate sector, through Residencial Nature, a concept that is continuing to grow following the experience it has accumulated through the more than 750 homes managed primarily in the Community of Madrid.

“This is the first project that we have undertaken together with Allegra Holding outside of Madrid, which reflects the solidity of the concept that both companies are backing with the development of unique projects in different cities”, said the Director of Property Development at ACR Grupo, David Botín.

The success of the Residencial Nature developments allows the alliance to evaluate new investments in Madrid, as well as in other locations such as Barcelona, Málaga and Levante, with the aim of expanding its activity to other regions.

Original story: Observatorio Inmobiliario

Translation: Carmel Drake

Onix Capital Buys Former ‘Páginas Amarillas’ HQ In Madrid

21 November 2017 – Expansión

The firm Onix Capital, in which several wealthy South American families own a stake, has reached an agreement with the former owners of the company to purchase the building, located on Avenida de Manoteras in Madrid.

Another office building in Madrid has changed hands. In this case, the star is a property located on Avenida de Manoteras, in the north of the capital, which, until just a few days ago, was home to the corporate headquarters of Páginas Amarillas (the Yellow Pages) in Spain.

The building used to be owned by the fund Hibu Connect, which sold the company that created the famous yellow coloured telephone directory in May (it now specialises in advising SMEs) to the firms Metric Capital Partners and Evolvere Capital. Following that corporate operation, the owners held onto the property, but they have sold it to a new owner six months on.

The architect of the purchase has been the firm Onix Capital Partners. “We are a group specialising in the real estate sector, with 30 years of experience in Argentina”, explained Martín Kielmanowicz, Vice-President of Onix Capital Partners. Our investors are Latin American families, above all from Argentina, and institutional groups (…).

In fact, the Páginas Amarillas building is the third purchase that this group of investors has made in Spain. Its first operation involved the acquisition of Edificio Montepríncipe, located next to Santander’s Ciudad Financiera, in Boadilla del Monte (Madrid). For that property, which is leased to the financial institution to house its IT services, Onix paid almost €80 million. Last year, the investor group also reached an agreement with Allegra Holding, the investment arm of the Losantos family, to purchase HP’s headquarters in Las Rozas.

“At the beginning, we focused on core properties, with long-term lease contracts and good tenants but, with such intense competition for those kinds of assets, we have now branched out to look at new options”, explained Kielmanowicz.

In this way, the Páginas Amarillas building appeared on the firm’s radar. It is one of the most well-recognised properties in the area thanks to its original design. Its surface area spans 12,000 m2 and it has 200 parking spaces. “The property is currently spread over five floors, but following the renovation, we hope to increase the height and extend the space to 13,000 m2”, said the Vice-President of Onix.

Following the completion of the purchase last week, the employees of Páginas Amarillas have now left the property, which will be renovated in its entirety to attract a new tenant. To this end, the Argentinian manager has engaged the architecture studio B720 Fermín Vázquez Arquitectos, which will take care of the complete refit of the building (…).

The renovation of the property will begin before the end of the year, with the aim of putting it on the market at the beginning of 2019. Onix will invest €35 million in total on the purchase and the renovation (…). “Behind the investment are five Latin American families and the Onix management team also holds a percentage stake”, he added.

The firms JLL, Knight Frank, Baker Mckenzie and Uría Menéndez have all participated as advisors to the operation.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Allegra & ACR Invest €130M To Construct 600+ Homes

27 September 2017 – Expansión

The construction and real estate group ACR and its partner Allegra Holding, the investment arm of the Losantos family (former owners of Riofisa) have expanded their alliance in the Spanish real estate sector, with three new operations.

The partners have recently acquired three new plots of land, one in Madrid and the other two in Pamplona, with a combined surface area of 45,000 m2. In the case of the first, the plot of land is located in Vallecas, measuring 10,000 m2, where they plan to build 100 private homes, with an estimated investment of around €19 million.

In the case of Pamplona, it represents the first operation outside of the Community of Madrid. Specifically, ACR and Allegra have acquired two plots of land in the El Ensanche area, where they plan to construct between 120 and 140 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom homes.

These latest operations follow others undertaken just a few months ago, when the joint venture between ACR and the firm led by Mario Losantos invested more than €29 million in land, also in Madrid, specifically, in the El Cañaveral district.

In total, both companies have invested €130 million to build more than 600 homes, under the brand Nature. “It is a successful alliance that is continuing to make progress and it demonstrates the strong performance of both companies in the market, which is allowing us to continue evaluating new investment alternatives in Madrid, but also in other locations such as Barcelona, Málaga and Levante”, explains David Botín, Director General of Real Estate Development at ACR Grupo.

After years focusing on international real estate markets such as London and New York, the family office led by Mario Losantos returned to Spain three years ago, to invest in plots of land for residential use and to build homes on them. In its first operation, in February 2014, and in partnership with ACR Grupo, they invested around €19 million in the construction of 96 homes on a plot in the north of Madrid. A year later, they started work on 42 exclusive homes in the Puerta de Hierro area.

Beyond the residential segment, Allegra has also invested in office buildings, logistics platforms, as well as commercial premises in Castellana.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Losantos Buys 20,600m2 Plot In Madrid To Build 200 Homes

29 May 2017 – Expansión

The investment firm Allegra Holding, owned by the Losantos Ucha family, has completed a new acquisition in Spain. The company, which last year sold its last remaining property in London to focus on the Spanish market, has acquired a plot of land measuring 20,600 m2 in the new Pau El Cañaveral, to the east of the capital.

On this plot, Allegra and its partner, the real estate group ACR, will construct a development containing 196 social housing properties, specifically, basic price homes (VPPB). Each one of the 2- and 3-bedroom apartments will be sold with a parking space and store room, and their prices will be set in accordance with the VPPB prices established by the Community of Madrid. Despite comprising affordable housing, the development will have a swimming pool, padel courts, children’s areas and a common room for the community.

“We will work to give a modern approach to this official protection development. These homes, in addition to fulfilling their basic integrative social function, may also be built with cutting-edge, high-quality architecture: a careful design, latest generation materials and a wealth of details in the common areas and façades”, say the developers.

In this way, Allegra and ACR are backing the development of this new PAU in Madrid, where 14,000 homes are expected to be built (the first developments were released in 2016). The forecast investment in the project amounts to €28.4 million.

This is the third residential project that the Losantos family has undertaken in Spain since its return to the market, after years focusing overseas, in cities such as London and New York. For its return to Spain, the family office led by Mario Losantos chose to team up with the ACR Group to buy residential land and construct homes. In 2014, the alliance invested €19 million on the development of 96 homes in the north of the capital. A year later, it launched 42 exclusive homes in Puerta de Hierro (pictured above).

Beyond the residential sector, Allegra has invested in offices, logistics platforms and a retail store on Paseo de la Castellana. The partners are currently also considering new projects in Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and Levante.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Castlelake Buys More Land From Sareb

23 February 2015 – Expansión

Transaction / The North American firm acquires several plots of land in Madrid for €13 million and strengthens its commitment to this type of product.

Sareb has generated more cash from its portfolio of real estate assets. The Asset Management Company for Bank Restructurings (la sociedad de activos procedentes de la reestructuración bancaria) has sold a batch of four residential plots, located in the town of Boadilla del Monte, Madrid.

For the sale, the company chaired by Jaime Echegoyen organised an exclusive sales process and invited five international funds to participate, in partnership with Spanish construction and real estate groups. Then, a sealed bid auction was held and the assets were awarded to the North American fund Castlelake (formerly known as TPG Credit Management).

According to sources close to the transaction, Castlelake paid €13 million for the plots (the minimum price was €11 million). The North American fund, which is operating with a Spanish partner, plans to construct uni-familiar homes worth €44 million on this land, which has a total surface area of 76,000 square metres.

Following its successful bid, Castlelake shall bear not only the costs of construction, but also the cost of the investment required to develop the area, explain real estate sources.

Other transactions

This is not the first time that Castlelake has purchased assets from Sareb. Last year, the North American fund acquired another batch of 17 plots included in the Crossover portfolio, worth €80 million. In the end, the transaction was closed for €55 million. These plots have been placed in a Banking Activity Fund (Fondo de Actividad Bancario or FAB), a vehicle that has significant tax advantages, in which Castlelake holds a 95% stake, whilst Sareb retains a 5% stake.

Castlelake’s new transaction exemplifies the interest that has been awakened once more in the residential market. “Just as 2014 was an extraordinary year for investment in tertiary real estate, 2015 will be a key year for the recovery of the residential market”, says Patricio Paloma, Director of Alternative Investment at CBRE España.

In recent months, several residential plots have been sold. For example, Sareb sold a plot measuring 3,328 square metres close to Plaza de Castilla, in the north of the capital, to Mario Losantos, through his investment vehicle Allegra Hólding. Through this transaction, the former owner of Riofisa returned to the Spanish real estate sector to construct a development for 120 homes, together with ACR.

Months later, the cooperative manager Domo paid €136 million to acquire a plot next to the Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid to construct 355 homes.

“Land is now starting to generate a lot of interest and, in addition to the transactions that Sareb will close, we expect that some of the banks will begin to put some of the land on their balance sheets up for sale, whereby generating liquidity for them that they will use to finance new projects”, says Palomar.

More sales of large plots in Madrid are expected to take place over the next few months. For example, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is preparing the sale of land it owns on Calle Padre Damián, measuring 15,092 square metres and with capacity for up to 250 homes.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake