5 June 2018 – Eje Prime
Vitruvio is gaining strength in the centre of Madrid. The Socimi has just completed the purchase of a commercial premise in Madrid for €1.5 million. With this acquisition, the real estate group now owns 100% of the building located at number 52 Calle Fernández de la Hoz, which it acquired in 2016, according to the company. Vitruvio also recently completed the renovation of the building.
The commercial premise that Vitruvio has just purchased has a commercial surface area of 314 m2 and until now was occupied by a Bankia bank branch. “The acquisition has not required external financing, but rather has been paid for using the company’s own funds”, say sources at the Socimi.
The acquisition forms part of the transformation strategy that the company has carried out on the building on Fernández de la Hoz to improve the rental income generated by the asset when it purchased it in 2016”, they explain.
“The building has been renovated, to create modern and attractive office space so that the future tenants will be able to benefit from the location of the property in an open and modern space”, they maintain. “Therefore, adding the commercial premise means improving the representativeness of the entrance and improving the space for the tenants of the offices”.
After starting the year with this purchase (in April, it ruled out the acquisition of another building that it was evaluating), the Socimi is looking ahead with 2018 with optimism after recording strong results in 2017. The company closed last year with a 91% increase in its profits to €1.1 million, and a real estate portfolio worth more than €107 million.
That growth was due in large part to the integration of CPI, a real estate investment vehicle created by Consulnor (the manager in which Banca March holds a 48% stake), as revealed by Eje Prime last September.
Meanwhile, rental income at the end of the quarter amounted to €5.1 million, which represented a return of 4.8% on the most recent valuation. Once the building work has been completed on the properties on c/Sagasta and c/Fernández de la Hoz, the income will increase to more than €6 million, which will result in a yield of around 6%. Specifically, the return on Vitruvio’s residential premises amounted to 3.8% in 2017; on its offices to 6.2%; on its commercial premises to 6.4%; and on its industrial premises to 9.3%.
At the end of the year, Vitruvio managed 36 assets and 126 tenants, of which 118 accounted for less than 3% of its income. In terms of asset composition: 38% of the Socimi’s portfolio comprises residential properties; 28% commercial; 22% offices; and 12% industrial.
The company concentrates the bulk of its assets in Madrid, which account for 78% of the portfolio, followed by Vizcaya (10%) and Barcelona (4%). Portfolio highlights include the property at number 24 Calle Sagasta in Madrid, worth €18.8 million and the building on Calle Ayala 101, worth €10.3 million.
In the last quarter, Vitruvio refinanced a significant part of its debt. The group obtained a €19 million loan with a fourteen-year term and an interest rate of 1.95%.
Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)
Translation: Carmel Drake