Fidere Looks to Sell Off Assets in Catalonia

19 November 2019 – Fidere, the subsidiary of Blackstone, is looking to sell off some of its holdings in the Spanish province of Catalonia. The socimi will begin by selling the Isla del Cielo building in Barcelona, located in the Parque Diagonal Mar.

On the other hand, Fidere has opted not to sell off its holdings in the Community of Madrid. The rental properties, including the Sanchinarro, San Sebastian Reyes, Majadahonda and Hispanidad buildings, are squarely aimed at premium buyers and currently have an occupancy rate of 50%. Fidere assumed the management of these assets at the beginning of the year.

The Isla del Cielo building is currently listed on several real estate sites. The residential complex consists of two apartment blocks with a constructed area of ​​approximately 38,000 m2.

Original Story: OK Diário – Lorena Torío

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Aliseda Offering Finalist Land With Just a 5% Down-Payment

6 November 2019 – Aliseda, the real estate company controlled by Blackstone and Santander, has launched a new campaign aimed at both local developers and individuals looking to build new homes but currently, lack access to the necessary financing. The firm announced that it would allow potential buyers to buy land with just a 5% deposit from now until the end of the year.

After that point, those buyers would have 12 months to raise the rest of the cost of the land and finalise their purchase by the end of 2020. Investors would lose their 5% down-payment if they are unable to raise the rest of the funds.

The developer is currently listing 2,115 plots of land on its website. That land bank represents about 30% of Aliseda’s entire portfolio of finalist land, worth an estimated 300 million euros. The firm expects potential buyers to reserve 15% -20% of that by the end of the year.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

CarVal Hires Pepper to Manage Portfolio of 10,000 Mortgages

28 October 2019 – CarVal Investors has hired the Pepper Group to manage the portfolio of 10,000 mortgage loans it acquired this year from Blackstone. The US firm sold the portfolio to CarVal in July for nearly one billion euros, in its first major divestment of the last five years.

Pepper will manage the mortgage portfolio starting next year, taking over from Blackstone itself. The Australian Pepper group offers financial services and currently manages more than €30 billion in loans. It has been operating in Spain since 2006.

Original Story: Vozpópuli – Alberto Ortín

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Blackstone Creates Logistics Firm Mileway with €8 Billion in Assets

30 September 2019 – Blackstone has created Mileway; a company focused on last-mile logistics in the main European markets. The company is planning on gaining share in markets where it is already present and expanding its presence to other countries.

Mileway’s portfolio consists of roughly 1,000 logistic assets with a total of nine million square meters of surface area, valued at €8 billion. The logistics assets are in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, the Netherlands and the Nordic countries.

Blackstone has been acquiring last-mile logistics assets through piecemeal transactions and portfolio acquisitions, including its €1.3 billion acquisition of Hansteen.

Original Story: misoficinas.com

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Investment Funds Eye Thomas Cook’s Assets in Spain

30 September 2019 – International investment funds are already circling over Thomas Cook’s assets in Spain after its bankruptcy last week. Investor interest is focusing on the Balearic Islands, where Cook operates about 20 units.

Blackstone has recently been the most active buyer in the Balearic Islands through its hotel division, HI Partners. The groups Atom Hotels, Portobello Capital, Covivio, CBRE Global Investors, Corum AM, Elaia Investment, Apple Leisure Group, KKR and Hispania are also active in the region.

Beyond the failure of Thomas Cook, a recent fall in tourist arrivals from Germany has also put pressure on some small and medium-sized operators, providing more fodder for the mill.

Original Story: Preferente

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

 

Blackstone Looks to Sell Espacio León for €100 Million

16 September 2019 – Blackstone is looking to sell the Espacio León shopping centre, in the provincial capital of León, for 100 million euros. The US-based investment giant initially acquired the asset in 2015, together with another two shopping centres in Portugal.

Espacio León has an area of 37,000 square meters, with 1,500 parking spaces. In mall boasts 141 stores and receives approximately five million visitors per year.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Blackstone Fails to Sell Portfolio of More Than 1,000 Homes

16 September 2019 – The US-based investment giant Blackstone has cancelled the sale of a portfolio of more than 1,000 un-subsidised rental flats in Barcelona and Madrid. The financial services firm had been asking for approximately 180 million euros for the asset. Market sources see the cancellation as a confirmation that the market is softening due to political uncertainty, regulatory changes and a cooling economy. Blackstone now reportedly plans to sell the properties off piecemeal, much as it did with its proposed sale of three subsidised apartment blocks to Vivenio.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

 

Colonial, Merlin and Lar Rotating Assets Worth €2.5 Billion

20 August 2019

Spain’s largest socimis have all been taking advantage of the benign economic climate to implement a strategy of asset rotation, selling off non-strategic assets to raise funds for further investments. Colonial, Merlin and Lar España have completed more than 2.5 billion euros in divestments over the past two years.

Of the four, Colonial has been most active in this regard. The socimi has sold assets worth approximately €1.5 billion in the last two years, more than half stemming from its acquisition of Axiare. In October 2018, Colonial sold seven office buildings to Tristan Capital Partners and Real IS, as well as a development under construction in Madrid to Grupo Catalana Occidente, for 441 million euros. Of the seven properties sold, five originated with Axiare.

Colonial also recently sold a portfolio of 18 logistics assets, covering an area of 473,000 square meters, to Prologis for an estimated €425 million. What’s more, the socimi sold an office building in Paris for €450 million in mid-2017. The firm is investing the proceeds of some of its sales, allocating €468 million in twelve projects under development in Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, the three markets where the company operates.

Merlin, for its part, sold its 17% stake in Testa to Blackstone last September for €321 million. The firm also sold its portfolio of hotels to Foncière des Regions for €535 million. Lar has also sold €425 million of assets in the last 18 months. Of that, €120 million stemmed from the sale of a logistics portfolio to Blackstone, while another €190 million resulted from the sale of four office buildings in Madrid and Barcelona and some small retail assets.

Original Story: Expansión – Rebeca Arroyo

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Colonial Finalises Sale of €425MM Logistics Portfolio

7 August 2019

Colonial and Prologis have finalised the sale of a €425-million logistics portfolio that the socimi put up for sale four months ago. The portfolio includes 12 logistics platforms and warehouses and features a 131,000-m2 logistics complex in the San Fernando industrial estate.

Prologis beat out competing offers by Deutsche Bank and Blackstone. Colonial was advised by JLL and Knight Frank; while CBRE advised Prologis.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Blackstone Announces Sale of €200-Million Portfolio of Homes

5 August 2019

Blackstone has put up for sale a portfolio of residential assets that contains free and protected housing worth 200 million euros. The US-firm has initiated a process of asset rotation after five years of acquisitions.

The American fund finalised its first major sale in Spain in July. The loans it sold were part of a €5.5-billion portfolio of mortgages the fund acquired from Catalunya Banc in 2014.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner