Spain’s Build-to-Rent Sector Found its Stride in 2019

4 January 2020 The build-to-rent sector is taking off in Spain. A series of large players are piling into the market, and the sector is no longer considered a niche investment. One of the first deals of 2019 came when Metrovacesa announced the sale of 121 new-build homes to the rental operator Ares for 29 million euros. The homes belong to two residential developments in Arganda del Rey and the Spanish capital of Madrid, with deliveries planned for the end of 2020 and 2021, respectively.

The developer Aedas Homes also reached an agreement with Ares to build 500 rental homes. Aedas will lead construction and sales in return for a payment of 70 million euros from Ares.

In October, Aurea Homes and the socimi Vivenio agreed to a 150-home development in Móstoles as well. The project is Vivenio’s second foray into the build-to-rent sector after it negotiated a 370-home development with Azora in Cañaveral, Madrid.

Just this November, ASG also jumped into the fray when it acquired a 300-flat project San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid in a €40-million investment.

El sector de construir de ‘build to rent’ está despegando en España. Una serie de grandes investidores se están entrando en el mercado, y el sector ya no se considera una inversión de nicho. Una de las primeras ofertas de 2019 se produjo cuando Metrovacesa anunció la venta de 121 viviendas de nueva construcción al operador de alquiler Ares por 29 millones de euros. Las viviendas pertenecen a dos desarrollos residenciales en Arganda del Rey y la capital Madrid, con entregas previstas para finales de 2020 y 2021, respectivamente.

La inmobiliaria Aedas Homes también llegó a un acuerdo con Ares para construir 500 viviendas de alquiler. Aedas liderará la construcción y las ventas a cambio de un pago de 70 millones de euros de Ares.

En octubre, Áurea Homes y la socimi Vivenio también acordaron un desarrollo de 150 viviendas en Móstoles. El proyecto es la segunda incursión de Vivenio en el sector build to rent después de negociar un proyecto de 370 viviendas con Azora en Cañaveral, Madrid.

ASG también se lanzó a la refriega cuando adquirió un proyecto de 300 pisos en San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, con una inversión de 40 millones de euros.

Original Story: Idealista

Translation/Summary: Richard D. Turner

Adriano Care Acquires Six Homes for the Elderly for €76 Million

25 November 2019 – Adriano Care has agreed to acquire six homes for the elderly, with a total of 750 beds, and a plot of land in Madrid for building 350 more. Adriano Care, Azora’s investment vehicle, paid a total of 76 million euros for the assets.

Four of the assets are located in Vizcaya: the Olimpia and Kirikiño residences (Bilbao), Barrika Barri (Barrika) and Otxartaga (Ortuella). The other two are in A Coruña (Matogrande Residence – 150 beds) and the Residence Health Bath in Palencia, with 188 beds.

After the deal, Adriano Care will now be the fifth-largest private group in Vizcaya by number of beds while Clece and DomusVi will continue to operate the residences in A Coruña and Palencia, respectively.

The market for geriatric care in Spain is highly fragmented, where the ten largest operators control just 25% of the 375,000 available beds in 5,800 residences.

Original Story: El Economista – Alba Brualla

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Investments in the Build-to-Rent Sector Skyrocket in 2019

21 November 2019 – Investment funds and socimis active in the Spanish real estate market are increasingly investing in the residential build-to-rent sector. The constrained supply of rental housing and growing prices have led to funds and socimis like Ares, Vivenio, Azora and others to pile into the growing market.

Direct investment in the year to September reached €1.8 billion and are forecast to total €2.5 billion by the end of the year. In 2018, investment for the year as a whole reached just 900 million euros.

Funds and Socimis Invest in New Developments

The of the larger operations this year include a partnership between Aedas and Ares to sell four turn-key developments, with a total of 500 homes, in Torrejón de Ardoz, Alcalá de Henares and El Cañaveral (Madrid). Ares also recently acquired a portfolio of 400 homes to the east of Madrid. Stoneweg, for its part, will transfer a 300-flat development in Tetuán, Madrid, to M&G, while Vivenio is investing in a 340-home project in the growing area of Mahou-Calderón.

At the same time, Vivenio and Azora have joined forces with Áurea to develop projects in Móstoles and Cañaveral. Acciona, meanwhile, has finalised a deal to build 135 homes with Axa in Méndez Álvaro. Lastly, TPG is investing in a 391-home development called the Sardes project.

Financing for the developments usually takes the form of either forward funding or forward purchases. The former, which is used by investors looking for higher returns, and risk, usually involves an investor acquiring land from a developer subject to a pre-let but where the development has not been carried out. The developer will construct development paid for by the fund with an additional, profit-related, payment to the developer at completion. Forward purchases, which are considered more conservative, have the developer assume all costs until delivery.

Original Story: Expansión – Rebeca Arroyo

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Banca March & Crédit Agricole Create Adriano Care to Invest in Geriatric Homes

17 September 2019 Banca March and Crédit Agricole have agreed to a joint venture, incorporating a socimi dubbed Adriano Care. The socimi, which will focus its investments in the growing market for residences for senior citizens, will have an investment capacity of about 250 million euros, according to market sources.

Private equity funds controlled by the two banks are funding the socimi, which Azora will manage. Adriano Care intends to acquire geriatric residences and other services for senior citizens.

The sector is currently in vogue, offering relatively high yields compared to other types of assets, such as offices while providing stable, long-term income flows.

Original Story: La Información – Lucía Gómez

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner


Azora Acquires 500 Homes in Madrid and Barcelona for €150 Million from Banco Sabadell

20 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Banco Sabadell has sold a portfolio of 500 houses in the metropolitan areas of Madrid and Barcelona for nearly 150 million euros to Azora. The bank took on the homes in the period between 2005 and 2012. The sale is part of the Spanish bank’s process of divestment of non-performing loans and foreclosed assets.

In recent months, Sabadell has made a series of sales, valued at some 600 million euros. The bank transferred a portfolio of eight residential buildings to Vivenio and sold a portfolio of logistic-industrial assets to Blackstone.

Original Story: Idealista

Atlético de Madrid Sells Land By Former Stadium to Azora and CBRE GIP

20 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Azora has entered a partnership with CBRE Global Investment to acquire two plots of land from the Atlético de Madrid football club for approximately 100 million euros. The two firms plan to build a 340-home development on the site in Mahou Calderón.

The area formerly housed the Vicente Calderón stadium and a brewery. In 2008, both companies reached an agreement with the Madrid City Council to transform the area into a new 2,000-home residential development. A decade later, and after a series of changes, Atlético de Madrid sold two of the three plots it owns, where plans exist for a total of 129,000 square meters of residences, 79,900 m2 of parks and gardens and 12,800 m2 of facilities and public spaces.

Azora and CBBRE will now develop two residential complexes with a total of 340 homes, involving an additional investment of 11 million euros in basic infrastructure costs. Gestilar will act as project manager and marketing agent.

Original Story: Expansión – Rocío Ruiz

Azora, Banca March & Indosuez Behind Adriano Care Socimi

July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Azora, Banca March and Indosuez have joined together to create a new socimi, Adriano Care. The socimi is forecast to invest approximately 250 million euros to acquire a portfolio of residences for senior citizens.

Adriano Care has already identified potential investment opportunities worth €600 million, and has nearly concluded negotiations for €100 million of those.

Original Story: Cinco Dias

Azora and Oquendo Capital End Direct Lending Partnership

15 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

A short-lived alliance between Azora and Oquendo Capital, designed to facilitate access to alternative financing for companies in the real estate sector, has ended before it really even had begun. The two firms initially planned to raise €300 million to finance debt and other operations linked to the real estate sector. However, after just eight months and €40 million, Azora and Oquendo are now negotiating how the end their partnership.  

Since November, Azora and Oquendo Capital had been attempting to raise €300 million to directly finance small to medium-scale real estate projects in Spain and Portugal. The two firms had planned to focus on land, logistics and the hospitality sectors.

Sources are pointing to possible disagreements regarding the distribution of commissions.  Both companies declined to comment.

Original Story: El Confidencial – E. Sanz / C. Hernanz

Operation Mahou-Calderón Draws Significant Interest

15 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Operation Mahou-Calderón, a portfolio of land owned by Atlético de Madrid and the Mahou brewery, is drawing significant interest from potential investors. The lands are around Atlético’s old football field and one of the brewery’s former factories. The two groups each have 50% of the portfolio, each with approximately 63,000 square meters of land. Four housing cooperatives have shown interest in one of Mahou’s plots of land, while Azora and Gestilar have already acquired two plots owned by the football club.

The housing cooperatives Core and Arjusa are already marketing a development called Madrid Río Living, to be built on Mahou’s plot RC5. Meanwhile, Ibosa, is also selling homes in a 196-home development from plot RC1, though both have yet to finalise their acquisition of the lands.

Atlético has already concluded the sale of two plots to Azora and Gestilar for 110 million euros. Vivenio is also looking to acquire Atlético’s final plot of land for approximately €88 million, where it would build rental properties.

Original Story: Idealista

Sareb Sells 75% of Témpore to TPG

5 July 2019

Sareb reached an agreement to sell 75% of Témpore, a socimi that focuses on rental apartments, to the US fund TPG, for 246.75 million euros. The bank bad held onto a 24.12% stake in the socimi to take advantage of any potential future upside. At the same time, however, Sareb emphasised its commitment to a long-term policy of divestment.

Sareb created Témpore at the end of 2017 and the socimi debuted on Spain’s MAB in early 2018. The firm currently controls 2,249 apartments and garages, making it the third largest player in the sector after Blackstone and Azora. Of this portfolio, 834 flats are in Madrid and another 269 in Barcelona and the rest distributed by other fourteen provinces.

Original Story: Europa Press

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner