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 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

CBRE GI Sells Berceo Shopping Centre in Logroño for c. €105M

29 January 2018 – Metros.com

CBRE Global Investors has successfully completed the sale of the Berceo Shopping Centre in Logroño, for almost €105 million. The sale, to one of the funds administered by Barings, forms part of a limited divestment program of assets that have been optimised by CBRE Retail Property Fund Ibérica (RPFI).

The Berceo Shopping Centre was acquired in 2004. It houses 98 tenants, including Primark, H&M, Media Markt and Zara. Moreover, it is home to a Carrefour hypermarket, which opened recently.

Original story: Metros.com

Translation: Carmel Drake

CBRE GI Puts Berceo Shopping Centre (Logroño) Up For Sale

25 October 2017 – Expansión

Real estate activity involving shopping centres is proving unstoppable. The fund manager CBRE Global Investors (CBRE GI) has hung the “for sale” sign up over the Berceo shopping centre, located in Logroño (La Rioja) and has engaged the consultancy firm CBRE to look for potential buyers for the asset. The shopping centre, which opened its doors in November 2003, is worth around €105 million, according to explanations provided by market sources to Expansión.

Berceo has a gross leasable area of 34,072 m2 and more than 2,600 parking spaces. The shopping centre recorded sales of €62 million in 2016, up by 9% compared to the previous year, and closed the year with 6.1 million visitors, up by 0.12% YoY. Its tenants include a number of Inditex brands, such as Zara and Pull&Bear, as well as Primark, El Corte Inglés and Media Markt. Moreover, Berceo has a Yelmo cinema and restaurant space with operators such as Foster’s Hollywood and Burger King.

With this operation, the manager is taking advantage of investors’ interest in the retail segment and, specifically, in shopping centres, to finish liquidating the portfolio of assets it inherited as a result of its acquisition of the European business of ING Real Estate, the Dutch bank’s property arm, in 2011.

Real estate investment in shopping centres amounted to a record-breaking €3,700 million in Spain in 2016. So far this year, €2,300 million has been invested in these types of assets.

Divestments

As part of that divestment strategy, CBRE GI sold off the Urbil shopping centre in Guipúzcoa and half of the Asturias Parque Principado shopping centre in 2013 – the other half was owned by Sonae Sierra. A year later, it sold Gran Vía de Vigo, Moraleja Green and Alcalá Magna, the latter two are located in Madrid.

In parallel, CBRE GI has been very active on the buy-side in recent months. Specifically, in May, the company acquired 70% of the H2O Rivas shopping centre – located in Rivas-Vaciamadrid (Madrid)– from Alpha Real Trust, which retained the remaining 30% stake. Beyond the shopping centre sector, in September, the manager teamed up with AXA IM Real Assets to purchase the student hall of residence company Grupo Resa.

The manager has approximately €3,100 million in assets under management in Spain and Portugal. Twenty of those assets are shopping centres.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake