6 April 2017 – El Confidencial
One of the most entangled real estate operations in recent times is about to see the light. Namely, the sale of the Parque Corredor shopping centre, a giant in the retail sector, with a surface area of 123,000 m2 and 180 stores, located in the Madrilenian town of Torrejón de Ardoz, which Sareb has been trying to sell for four years.
It is the commercial jewel in the crown of the entity chaired by Jaime Echegoyen. The bad bank is the main shareholder, with 40% of the share capital, which it inherited from Catalunya Caixa. But, until now, that stake had been insufficient to convince any buyer, given that it does not guarantee control over the centre. Nevertheless, Sareb has teamed up with Perella to sell their shares to Redevco and Area Group en bloc, a move that will allow the new owners to acquire almost 60% of the share capital. All of the parties have declined to make comments.
The operation has been on the cards for months and although it has not been completed yet, according to the sources consulted by El Confidencial, conversations are in an advanced stage and are likely to come to fruition. El Corte Inglés may play an important role in the outcome given that together with Alcampo, it owns another 25% of the centre’s share capital, and their stake could also end up forming part of the transaction.
Sareb is being advised in the operation by Knight Frank, Perella is being advised by Cushman & Wakefield, whilst Redevco and Ares are working with Deloitte.
Depending on the total percentage that ends up being acquired, the final amount of the operation could reach €120 million, whereby valuing the entire centre at around €200 million, an amount that would allow Parque Corredor to join the growing number of shopping centres whose sales have exceeded €100 million, such as Xanadú (€530 million), Diagonal Mar (€495 million), Puerto Venecia (€451 million), Plenilunio (€375 million), Gran Vía Vigo (€145 million), Nassica (€140 million) and L’Aljub and Alcalá Magna (both €100 million).
Shopping centre alliance
Redevco and Area Management decided to join forces a year and a half ago, when they created a joint venture, Redevco Iberian Ventures, endowed with €500 million of capital and with the aim of acquiring shopping centres in Spain and Portugal. The new company was constituted with six assets, contributed by the two shareholders, and the objective of closing several acquisitions. The first was completed last spring, when it purchased six shopping centres in Extremadura and Andalucia, with a combined surface area of 84,250 m2, from Bogaris for €95 million. (…).
With Parque Corredor, the joint venture is acquiring a great asset near to the Spanish capital, but it needs significant renovation work, and the associated investment is estimated to amount to around €15 million, according to real estate sources. (…).
The shopping centre receives 10 million visitors per year and its tenants include Primark, H&M, Kiabi, Alcampo, Toys “R” Us and Cinesa cinemas. (…).
Original story: El Confidencial (by R. Ugalde)
Translation: Carmel Drake