Vivenio and Aquila Capital sign asset management agreement for Spanish real estate portfolio

4 October 2018

Aquila Capital, a Hamburg-based investment manager, has signed an agreement with Vivenio, a real estate investment trust (REIT) managed by APG and Renta Corporación, for asset management services for a residential portfolio in Spain.

The agreement covers property monitoring, letting management, finance and budget controlling, business reporting, cash management and general administration for a portfolio of over EUR200M and nearly 1,100 housing units.

The units, being developed by AQ Acentor, Aquila Capital’s real estate developer in Spain, are in Madrid, Barcelona and Málaga. They include both subsidised and private housing units at various stages of construction that will be transferred progressively up to 2021.

The developments in Madrid consist of four residential complexes in the district of Villaverde and will contain more than 500 subsidised rental housing units with a 15-year lease. The Barcelona complex, located in the municipality of Sant Adrià del Besòs, will have more than 100 rental housing units. The Málaga development will consist of five complexes with a total of more than 400 rental housing units.

All the developments will have common areas and additional facilities to improve the quality of life for the residents, including co-working spaces, pools, gyms and other such amenities.

This is Vivenio’s first turnkey project and it secures an important medium- and long-term portfolio for the REIT. It also broadens Vivenio’s social and private housing proposition, underlining its leading role in the sector. Furthermore, it marks the entry of Renta Corporación and APG’s REIT to the Andalusia market, having previously performed the bulk of its operations in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Palma de Mallorca.

This latest transaction means that Vivenio, which benefits from Renta Corporación’s extensive experience in the Spanish residential market, has now invested more than EUR650 million since its launch and will manage more than 2,900 housing units by 2021.

José María Cervera, Corporate General Manager of Renta Corporación, says: “This transaction will greatly expand our portfolio and signifies both our first turnkey investment and entry to new geographical areas. It also marks a major step forward in Vivenio’s growth and investment strategy, which will lead to more acquisitions that will be formalised over the coming months.”

Aquila Capital operates independently as a developer in the Spanish market through its brand AQ Acentor. The residential projects include subsidised and private housing units in the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and Valencia. AQ Acentor is one of the largest developers of residential land in Spain and one of the few aimed at institutional investors.

“The Spanish real estate market is highly attractive to institutional investors and offers above-average profitability, especially new construction. This is further supported by a growing rent culture and stable economic growth. We are aware that there is an increasing number of investors following us into this interesting market and are convinced that our extensive experience and local presence is key to be successful in this market,” says Sven Schoel, CEO of AQ Acentor.

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Renta’s Socimi, Vivenio, Acquires 1,100 Homes for €240M

11 September 2018 – Expansión

Vivenio, the Socimi owned by the pension fund APG and Renta Corporación, specialising in rental housing, has made its debut purchase of new build homes. To date, the entity has focused on the acquisition of second-hand residential buildings already leased to tenants. In its first turnkey purchase, it has acquired a package of 1,100 homes at various stages of construction for €240 million. The batch includes both private homes and social housing units.

The developments acquired are located in Madrid, Barcelona and Málaga and used to belong to the manager Aquila Capital, headquartered in Hamburg. That firm will continue to undertake the construction work until its completion through its property developer AQ Acentor. The homes are expected to be handed over gradually between now and 2021.

The developments located in Madrid comprise 500 rental homes in total, all of which are social housing properties whose prices will be limited for fifteen years. They are located in four different residential complexes in the district of Villaverde. The agreement also includes the purchase of 400 rental homes in five residential complexes in various locations in Málaga and, finally, 100 homes in Sant Adrià del Besós (Barcelona).

According to sources at the Socimi, this operation “guarantees the vehicle a significant portfolio of products over the medium and long-term, and expands the supply of both private and social housing.

Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Socimi Vivenio Invests More than €30M in 3 New Operations

11 June 2018 – Europa Press

Vivenio, the Socimi created by Renta Corporación and the Dutch pension fund APG, has closed the purchase of three residential complexes, involving a combined investment of more than €31 million, according to the company.

The properties are located in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia, thus expanding its geographic diversification, since until now the Socimi had closed operations exclusively in the Spanish capital.

The complex that Vivenio has purchased in the capital is located in Móstoles, 20km to the southeast of Madrid, in a residential and well-connected area, which also enjoys abundant industry. The building, constructed in 2011, contains 102 rental homes with parking and storage rooms, and has an occupancy rate of almost 100%.

In terms of the first operation in Barcelona, the asset comprises three residential buildings located in Teià, to the northeast of the Catalan capital. The complex has 42 homes with two parking spaces and one storeroom each, and excellent common areas with garden areas and three swimming pools.

The third purchase made by Vivenio is located in Valencia, in a building located in the Torrefiel district, to the north of the city. The property comprises 68 homes, 110 parking spaces, 25 storerooms and two commercial premises, and is located in a well-connected area with a great deal of commercial activity.

Original story: Europa Press 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Renta’s Socimi Makes its in Debut in Barcelona with a Residential Complex in Teià

9 June 2018 – Expansión

In addition to investing in El Maresme, Vivenio has also purchased buildings in Madrid and Valencia. In total, the investment vehicle has spent €31 million on the acquisition of 212 homes.

Vivenio, the Socimi owned by Renta Corporación and the Dutch pension fund APG, is making its debut in Cataluña. Since its creation, in April last year, this real estate investment vehicle has invested €180 million in the residential sector, but until now it had limited itself to Madrid and its surrounding area.

The latest development in Teià comprises 42 homes in total and common areas with three swimming pools.

Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake

VIA Outlets to Invest €13M+ in Expansion of Sevilla Fashion Outlet

6 June 2018 – Eje Prime

VIA Outlets wants to open a large showcase of luxury stores on the site of a former industrial estate in Sevilla. A year and a half after purchasing the Sevilla The Style Outlets shopping centre from the fund Irus European Retail Property, the company has announced that it is going to invest more than €13 million in the remodelling and expansion of the facilities, located near to Sevilla airport.

The construction work will begin in September, during a year in which VIA Outlets forecasts growth of 5% for Sevilla Fashion Outlets, its current name, and a “considerable” increase in international clientele, as indicated by the company.

VIA Outlets is a joint venture formed by Value Retail, the British firm Reit Hammerson, the Dutch pension fund APG and the European real estate investment manager Meyer Bergman. In its Andalucían asset, the company has luxury fashion clients such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Coach, Tous, Bimba y Lola, Scalpers and Hugo Boss, amongst others.

The aim of the manager is that, with the more than 15,000 m2 of recently acquired land, the outlet will become the largest smart shopping centre in the south of Spain.

More international clientele 

In addition to its growth forecasts, the joint venture is also aiming to attract more tourists to the facilities with the expansion. “The proximity of Sevilla Fashion Outlet to the airport and the good connections with the urban nucleus of a booming tourist destination such as Sevilla makes the centre a great attraction for international clientele”, said Ignacio Lobarón, Managing Director of the centre.

Currently, VIA Outlet’s portfolio comprises eleven centres located in nine European countries, including four on the Iberian peninsula (in Sevilla, Mallorca, Lisbon and Porto). Moreover, the group owns commercial spaces in Germany, The Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and Poland.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Investors Increase their Commitment to Rental Housing

3 May 2018 – Expansión

The boom in the residential market, the changing habits in society, the difficulties involved in accessing housing and the increase in mobility have all led to a rebound in the residential rental market in Spain. According to the latest data from Eurostat, more than 22% of Spanish households live in rented properties, although that figure is still well behind the average for the European Union (34%).

In addition, the State Housing Plan, which seeks to encourage rental amongst the younger generation, and the greater professionalisation of the sector, is going to serve to further boost the rental market in Spain.

The change in trend, as well as the increase in residential rental yields, has compelled investors to analyse this business as an alternative to other real estate assets such as offices, shopping centres and hotels.

To lead this market, certain players have redoubled their commitment to rental housing, such as the case of Testa Residencial – the Socimi in which Santander, BBVA, Acciona and Merlin hold stakes – which owns almost 9,300 residential rental properties, with a gross value of €2.275 billion and annual rental income of €72.2 million.

Stock market debuts

That Socimi is preparing its leap onto the market, which will be carried out through an offer of its existing shares (OPV) and an issue of new shares (OPS) aimed exclusively at qualified investors.

One of the first players to back this business was Blackstone, which purchased 18 residential developments, containing 1,860 homes in total, in the Madrilenian neighbourhoods of Carabanchel, Centro, Villa de Vallecas and Villaverde from the Municipal Housing and Land Company of Madrid (EMVS) in July 2013. In 2015, the fund debuted its Socimi Fidere on the MAB (Alternative Investment Market) with 2,688 social housing properties, including those acquired from the EMVS two years earlier. Currently, Fidere owns around 6,400 homes for rent.

The fund also debuted Albirana on the MAB in March 2017 with a portfolio of 5,000 rental homes proceeding from Catalunya Banc loans. Another star of the real estate sector that has detected an opportunity in the rental sector to offload its assets is the Company for the Management of Assets proceeding from the Restructuring of the Banking System (Sareb) with Témpore Properties. That Socimi debuted on the MAB in April with a portfolio of 1,553 residential units, which have a gross value of €175 million.

Another player is Vivenio Residencial, the investment vehicle created by the Dutch pension fund APG together with Renta Corporación. Vivenio has invested around €200 million in the purchase of properties and now owns more than 1,000 rental homes. The Socimi plans to debut on the stock market in 2019.

According to data from Armabex, in 2017, five new Socimis debuted on the stock market with residential assets in their portfolio. In total, at the end of last year, 16 Socimis held rental homes in their portfolios, including, in addition to Fidere and Albirana, Vitruvio, VBare, Colón Vivienda and Domo.

In addition to the listed Socimis, other players in the sector include the real estate managers. One of the largest by volume of assets under management is Anticipa Real Estate, owned by Blackstone. Anticipa currently manages 12,000 homes proceeding from banks acquired by the fund during the crisis. Anticipa manages Albirana’s homes, amongst others.

Another star in the rental home manager sector in Spain is Azzam Vivienda – a subsidiary of Azora – which has more than 11,000 homes under management distributed across 140 buildings.

Azora, which will make its debut on the Madrid stock market on 11 May, plans to raise up to €500 million from its stock market debut to co-invest with its partners in various assets, including in the residential sector.

New players

The company founded by Concha Osácar and Fernando Gumuzio in 2003, was managing €1.5 billion in residential assets at the end of last year, which represented 33.4% of its total portfolio. It plans to increase its footprint in the sector to have between €1.3 billion and €1.6 billion under management by 2022 in homes, accommodation for the elderly and assets relating to healthcare.

Despite the increasing prominence of the rental sector, the business is still very fragmented and one of the challenges for the sector is to gain scale in order to compete. Juan Manuel Acosta, CEO of Greystar in Spain, said in an interview with Expansión in February that the US real estate investment firm is looking for opportunities to become one of the largest operators in the residential rental market in Spain.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

The Student Hotel Invests €10M in its Second Hall of Residence in Barcelona

20 April 2018 – Eje Prime

The Student Hotel has doubled its presence in Barcelona. The Dutch company has invested €10 million in the remodelling of its new student hall of residence in the Catalan capital. The asset, located in the Pobleneu neighbourhood, will be called TSH Campus Marina and will have a surface area of 21,200 m2, which will be able to accommodate around 500 students.

With this new building, the group is debuting the TSH Campus brand, which is going to specialise in accommodation for undergraduate and post-graduate students. In addition to the 500 bedrooms, the complex will also contain 50 kitchens, four swimming pools, study rooms and a laundry, as well as a restaurant (La Forastera), which will be managed by Grupo Raval, according to explanations provided by the company.

The company, owned by Charlie McGregor and the funds Aermont Capital and APG, arrived in Spain in 2015 with the purchase of two halls of residence in Barcelona from the Melon District group. Like in the case of the hall of residence in Poblenou, the company’s first property in the Catalan capital, located in Poble Sec, was also subjected to a complete renovation.

Plans for the future: €240 million of investment and an opening in Madrid

One of The Student Hotel’s next steps in Spain is going to be the opening of its first hall of residence in Madrid in 2019. That purchase forms part of a €240 million investment plan that the company led by McGregor is going to carry out in the country, where it plans to open up around ten properties for students.

The objective of the company is to find opportunities in Bilbao, Sevilla, Santander and Granada, amongst other cities, to continue growing its domestic portfolio and for Spain to become its second reference market, behind only Italy, where it expects to have thirteen halls of residence. In total, The Student Hotel is going to invest €1.6 billion to accumulate forty establishments across Europe by 2021.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

APG & Renta Inject Another €253M into their Socimi Vivenio

17 April 2018 – La Vanguardia

The Dutch pension fund APG is going to inject €253 million into the Socimi Vivenio, created together with Renta Corporación, which will contribute another €3 million, after the company already spent around €200 million on the purchase of residential assets in Spain.

Vivenio has recently closed the purchase of three buildings in Madrid – two located in Vallecas and another one in Aravaca – for a combined amount of €76 million, which means that it now has around 1,000 homes under management.

With these operations, the Socimi (Listed Real Estate Investment Company) has invested all of the initial committed share capital, which amounted to €130 million, and is starting a second phase, with a new capital commitment amounting to €253 million, contributed by APG for the most part.

This new capital injection will allow the Socimi to acquire new residential buildings worth up to €400 million, with the focus on Barcelona and Madrid, but without ruling out other Spanish cities, according to a statement issued today.

Vivenio was created less than a year ago and aspires to become a leading Socimi in the residential market in Spain.

The Dutch group is going to continue as the majority shareholder of this vehicle, which will make its stock market debut in 2019, and in which it currently controls around 95% of the share capital.

Renta Corporación holds a 3% stake and the remaining shares are held by minority investors.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation: Carmel Drake

Vivenio Finalises Purchase of 5 Assets in Madrid for €130M

2 March 2018 – Eje Prime

Renta is pampering the Socimi that it owns jointly with APG. The Socimi Vivenio currently has committed investments worth €130 million in five residential assets in Madrid and is expecting to increase its investments to €250 million in the short term, according to explanations provided by sources at the company. Its objective for the next five years is to reach an investment volume of €1.5 billion.

Although, for the time being, the company does not want to disclose the specific location of its latest assets, they may be located on the outskirts of the Spanish capital, which is where all of the properties that Renta’s Socimi has purchased in recent months are situated.

Last week, Vivenio announced an investment of €13.5 million to purchase more than 100 residential homes in a development by the Suquía Group. The Catalan manager reached an agreement with the Guizpuzcoan property developer, which has been immersed in bankruptcy proceedings since 2015 (…).

Those purchases are in addition to the acquisition plan that Vivenio has underway. The Socimi plans to invest in assets worth €1.5 billion in Madrid and Barcelona, primarily, with a minimum investment ticket per operation of €10 million.

Originally known as Rembrandt, Vivenio has already invested almost €100 million in the purchase of 1,152 homes, exclusively in Madrid and the surrounding area. For the time being, the company, which also plans to undertake operations in Barcelona, has not entered the Catalan capital.

Before the end of 2017, Vivenio purchased three residential buildings in the Madrilenian towns of Alcorcón and Campo Real, comprising 166 apartments in total. The assets acquired are distributed across one building in Alcorcón, comprising 139 homes, and two others in Campo Real, with 27 homes, as well as 173 parking spaces and 141 storerooms.

In addition, Renta Corporación and APG are going to debut their Socimi on the stock market in 2019. The company has already made itself known in the real estate market by hiring Borja Lamana, formerly of Santander and Azora, who it appointed as the Head of Asset Management in January.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

APG to Inject €250M of Additional Funding into its Socimi with Renta

1 March 2018 – Expansión

Vivenio, the Socimi managed by Renta Corporación, is planning to carry out a second round of fundraising whereby the fund APG will inject €250 million; with leverage, that will result in an investment of €400 million in real estate assets in total. This represents the second capital injection for the Socimi that was created in April last year with a share capital of €130 million and an investment budget of €250 million.

The CEO of Renta Corporación, David Vila, said that the operation must first be approved by the General Shareholders’ Meeting and that the budget will be spent in its entirety in the residential segment. Of the budget for last year, €100 million has already been invested and around €115 million more has already been committed in operations pending completion.

Results

Last year, Renta Corporación generated a net profit of €12.5 million, up by 210% compared to the previous year. During 2017, Renta’s share price rose by 59%. Yesterday, it rose by 3%, to €3.70 per share.

Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake