Barings Lends Kronos €40 Million to Finance Construction of New Shopping Centre

6 August 2019

The Kronos Investment Group announced that it had arranged a €40-million loan with Barings to finance the construction of a new shopping centre in the town of Dos Hermanas, Seville. The investment manager has lent 40 million euros to the union between the developer and another company to build a commercial park of 48,646 square meters and 2,000 parking spaces.

The new complex will have 64 stores, 70% of which have already been pre-leased. Construction is set to begin shortly and the mall is slated to open by the summer of 2020.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

ING Sells its HQ in Las Rozas (Madrid) to Barings

13 June 2019 – Eje Prime

ING has sold its office building located on Calle Severo Ochoa, 2 in Las Rozas (Madrid) to the US fund Baring Alternative Investments for an undisclosed sum.

The property spans a surface area of 12,700 m2, has 350 parking spaces and is located on the Las Rozas business park with direct access to the A6 and M50 motorways, and close to a suburban train station.

The building currently houses the Dutch bank’s headquarters in Spain.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Green Oak Sells a Batch of 5 Assets in Madrid for €74M

21 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Green Oak is divesting assets in Spain. The US fund manager specialising in real estate has disposed of a batch of five office buildings in Madrid, for which it has received €74.3 million in total, almost €9 million more than the appraisal value of the properties. The five assets formed part of the portfolio of Gore Spain Holdings, the Socimi owned by Green Oak, which has been listed on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) since January 2017.

Last Thursday, Green Oak formalised the sale of 100% of the company Inversiones Pukaki, through which it controlled four office buildings in the Avalon Business Park. Barings acquired those properties for €57.8 million in total, although the valuation of the buildings amounted to €47.2 million as at December 2017.

Green Oak had owned the four buildings in Avalon, a complex located at number 65 Calle Santa Leonor, since July 2015. The buildings sold to Barings (which owns 100% of the park following the operation) have surface areas of 3,671 m2, 5,077 m2, 6,304 m2 and 6,119 m2, respectively, amounting to 21,172 m2 in total.

GreenOak purchased this batch of assets from Banco Santander for around €40 million. According to data provided by Green Oak, the valuation of the properties was revised at €47 million on 31 December 2017, on the basis of an appraisal compiled by CBRE.

The US fund manager has divested another asset, also included in the portfolio of Gore Spain Holdings. On Friday, the company signed the sale of the company Inversiones Malvinas, through which it controlled another office building, located in Alcobendas.

The company has divested the property located at number 7 Avenida Bruselas of the Madrilenian municipality for €16.5 million. The valuation of that asset amounted to €18.26 million as at 31 December 2017, based on an appraisal also performed by CBRE.

That asset has a gross leasable area of 6,361 m2 spread over six floors. The building, constructed in 2002, also has three underground floors for parking and is home to five tenants (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake

GreenOak Acquires an Office Building in Central Madrid

5 December 2018 – Eje Prime

GreenOak is continuing to be very active in the office market in Madrid. The US fund has purchased a building in the centre of the Spanish capital at number 123 Calle Claudio Coello in the Salamanca neighbourhood. The news was revealed at the same time as the company is finalising the sale to Barings of its office portfolio on the Avalon business park.

The property on Claudio Coello has a surface area of more than 4,000 m2 and is distributed over seven floors, as well as two underground floors for parking. GreenOak’s intention is to subject the asset to a comprehensive renovation once it has taken ownership, according to PropertyEU.

Similarly, the US fund plans to include this building in the portfolio of a new Socimi that it has created in Spain and which will debut on the stock market soon. The co-founder of GreenOak, John Carrafield, said that “Madrid continues to offer exceptional opportunities for investment in offices”, given that the city is maintaining rental prices that are still “well below the peaks of the past”, even though it is “immersed in a period of strong economic growth”.

Since 2013, GreenOak has raised €1.5 billion for investments in Spain, where it has purchased twenty buildings (17 in Madrid and three in Barcelona), with a combined office surface area of 150,000 m2.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Barings Finalises Purchase of 4 Office Buildings from GreenOak

2 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Barings is on the verge of acquiring 100% of Avalon. The British fund manager is finalising the purchase from GreenOak of the four office buildings that it owns in the Madrilenian business park. If the operation goes ahead, the British company will become the owner of the nine properties that make up the complex.

Avalon Business Park is an enclosed business park, with a total surface area of 47,000 m2 and 1,000 parking spaces, located in the Julián Camarillo area of Madrid. Barings has been present in the complex since the end of the summer when it purchased five office buildings, with a combined surface area of 25,785 m2, from Meridia Capital for €73 million.

Now, the fund manager wants to advance with its growth plan in Spain by acquiring the four remaining properties, owned by GreenOak, which have a combined surface area of 21,170 m2. The US fund has owned the assets since 2015 when it purchased them from Banco Santander for €40 million. Almost four years later, the price of the properties amounts to around €60 million, according to reports from Expansión.

Barings arrived in the Spanish market three years ago and has already undertaken several investments in other real estate segments. In November 2017, the company purchased a logistics centre in Plaza (Zaragoza) from Deka, which it added to another logistics asset that it acquired in Madrid in April last year for €35 million.

The fund manager also has a portfolio of retail assets, which includes the Berceo shopping centre in Logroño (La Rioja). The British group acquired that complex, which has a gross leasable area (GLA) of more than 34,000 m2 at the beginning of 2018, after reaching an agreement with CBRE Global Investors, the former owner.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Barings Acquires Five Office Buildings in Avalon Business Park in Madrid

    

Barings Real Estate has acquired five office buildings within Avalon Business Park, Madrid, Spain, as part of a Pan European value add investment strategy on behalf of an institutional investor. The seller is Meridia Capital. The five office buildings comprise 24,495sqm and are best in class in this submarket. The buildings are 97% occupied with more than 20 tenants mainly from the IT/technology and engineering sectors. Additionally, there are 1,291sqm of retail space and 421 underground parking spaces.

The Avalon Business Park comprises in total nine office buildings with 46,952sqm. The business park is located in Julian Camarillo, a 950,000sqm, consolidated office sub-market within the city of Madrid, one of the largest submarkets in terms of take-up in 2018. Formerly an industrial area, Avalon Business Park has already undergone big changes in the past years. It is in very close proximity to the city centre and the airport (15 minutes by car to each). The metro station is within eight minutes walking distance, and the property is served by several bus lines.

“We are delighted to announce our seventh acquisition in Spain and our first investment in the Madrid office market, where we see significant rental and value growth over the coming years. This is a new milestone in the development of our investment strategy in the Iberian Peninsula after a significant capital deployment in both the retail and the logistic markets. As our local team grows, we continue broadening our investment horizon, not only across different asset classes but also in terms of risk profile, from core product to value-add and opportunistic transactions,” Adolfo Favieres, Country Head Real Estate, Spain at Barings, said.

Barings was advised by Dentons (Legal), Deloitte (Financial), Arcadis (Technical) and Knight Frank (Valuation). Meridia Capital was advised by Garrigues and Savills Aguirre Newman.

Barings Finalises Purchase of 5 Office Buildings in Madrid from Meridia

27 July 2018 – Eje Prime

The office market in Madrid is just a few days away from seeing the completion of a deal that is shaping up to be the largest operation of the summer. The British fund Barings is finalising the purchase of five office buildings owned by Meridia Capital in the Avalon business park, which have a total surface area of 25,785 m2, according to confirmation provided by sources close to the operation speaking to Eje Prime.

The American fund Starwood Capital was also a finalist in the bid for this portfolio of assets, but in the end, Barings has fought off the competition to seal the deal. The total amount of the operation has not been revealed, but the transaction is expected to be signed within the next few days. The real estate consultancy firm Savills Aguirre Newman is advising Meridia on the sale.

Located in the Julián Camarillo district, the new tech area of the Spanish capital, the Avalon business park comprises nine buildings and spans a total surface area of almost 47,000 m2. The rest of the properties in the complex are owned by GreenOak, which purchased its four assets from Banco Santander in 2015 for €40 million.

That same year, Meridia also completed its entry as an owner of the Avalon properties. In May 2015, the Catalan fund, led by the businessman Javier Faus, acquired the five Madrilenian buildings, as part of its purchase for €60 million of 33 assets from Naropa Capital, the family office owned by the Fernández Fermoselle family. The offices in Julián Camarillo were the main assets in the portfolio, but it also included commercial premises, residential properties and even a plot of land in Valencia.

With this operation, Barings is acquiring five assets that, in addition to a vast office space, have 423 parking spaces in a highly sought-after area of Madrid, close to the Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport.

Diversification: after logistics and retail come offices

Barings is on fire in the Spanish real estate market. This latest operation that it is on the verge of signing in Madrid follows several others that it has closed over the last year, to take advantage of the new upward cycle in the real estate sector.

Nevertheless, Avalon is the first large portfolio that the British fund has purchased in the Spanish office market. Barings is, therefore, diversifying within the real estate sector, where it has made investments in the logistics and retail segments in recent months (…).

€23 million more for new purchases and to create a Socimi 

In the framework of its new roadmap for the Spanish real estate market, Barings carried out a capital increase amounting to €23.1 million last February for its Spanish subsidiary Barings Core Spain.

The reason for this reinforcement to its financial muscle resulted from the British fund’s interest to convert the company into a Socimi. The group’s intention is to combine all of the assets owned by Barings in Spain in this new vehicle and to list it on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) over the coming months, as revealed by Eje Prime.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Jabier Izquierdo & Pilar Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Barings Completes €23M Capital Increase & Prepares Socimi Debut

28 February 2018 – Eje Prime

Barings is not wasting any time in Spain and is taking advantage of the good health of the country to generate profits from its investments. The British fund has just carried out a €23.1 million capital increase for its Spanish subsidiary Barings Core Spain, which, according to market sources, it is preparing to convert into a Socimi and debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) within the next few months.

Specifically, the company has increased its share capital to finance the purchase of new assets and to meet the company’s financing needs. Following this increase, which was published in the Official Gazette of the Mercantile Registry (Borme), the company’s resulting subscribed share capital amounts to €47.1 million.

Now, after a very active year in terms of acquisitions in the Spanish market, the group has decided to transform its company and turn it into a Socimi. Although the company is in the middle of carrying out that process, it does not yet have a final date for the completion of the transformation. The group is also working in parallel to prepare the future Socimi to start to trade on the alternative stock market.

In this way, all of the assets that form part of the Barings portfolio would move across to be managed by its Socimi. They include the recently acquired Berceo shopping centre, in Logroño (…).

Also in 2017, the British company backed commercial assets with the purchase of a prime retail outlet in Spain. Barings acquired the store at number 64 Calle Velázquez in Madrid. With a retail surface area of 1,638 m2, the establishment is currently occupied by Banco Popular.

In terms of logistics assets, last year, Barings also took responsibility for fattening up its property portfolio with those kinds of products. In April, the group purchased a logistics asset in Madrid from GLL Real Estate Partners for €35 million. The warehouse has a surface area of 56,000 m2 and is leased to Ceva (…).

Before the end of 2017, Barings also completed another purchase. In December, the international manager acquired two assets in Majadahonda (Madrid) for €17.6 million, owned until then by López-Real, and occupied by the Eroski supermarket chain. The fund purchased a storeroom and gas station, spanning a total surface area of 10,900 m2.

Last year, Barings also strengthened its management team in Spain. The fund announced that, as part of the on-going expansion of its European offer, it had appointed Carlos de Oya as Director of Asset Management in the Spanish market. Barings has one office in Spain, located at number 38 Calle Serrano, in Madrid.

Barings Real Estate Advisers is one of the largest diversified real estate investment managers in the world. The group is an active investor in private and listed markets, in both equities and debt, and provides fundamental, value-added and opportunistic investment and advisory services to institutional and other qualifying investors around the world. The group manages an asset portfolio worth €271 billion.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Barings Acquires 2 Logistics Assets in Madrid for €17.6M

11 December 2017 – Eje Prime

Barings Real Estate is closing its ambitious expansion plan for Spain in 2017. Just weeks after it purchased a 29,000 m2 logistics centre in Zaragoza, the international manager has acquired two assets in Majadahonda (Madrid) for €17.6 million; the same amount it spent on the operation in the Aragonese capital.

The fund has acquired a warehouse and a gas station, which span a combined land area of 10,900 m2. The company has also announced that it will lease the centre to the multinational furniture retailer Conforama under a ten-year contract.

With this new acquisition, Barings has accumulated a portfolio of non-residential assets in Spain worth almost €100 million during 2017. In April, the manager purchased a logistics space in Madrid measuring 56,000 m2 for €35 million and in July it bought an asset measuring 1,600 m2 for €21.6 million. In addition to the two centres it acquired in the last month, the company has now spent €90 million in Spain.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Barings Pays €17.6M For Logistics Centre In Zaragoza

17 November 2017 – Eje Prime

International logistics operation in Zaragoza. The investment fund Barings has paid €17.6 million to the manager Deka Inmobilien for a logistics centre in Plaza, one of the largest logistics parks in Europe. Currently, the space is leased to the Basque supermarket chain Eroski, which operates a distribution centre from the site.

Constructed in 2006, the plot comprises a gross leasable area of 29,000 m2 and 159 parking spaces, according to Europe Real Estate.

The German fund will use the money from the sale of this asset to take advantage of the opportunities currently being offered by the strong demand in the well-established retail market in Spain to optimise its portfolio. The German company has been advised in this operation by the consultancy firm CBRE.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake