Catella Invests €200M in Housing in Spain & Enters the Nursing Home Segment

4 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Catella is growing its portfolio in the Spanish market. The Iberian subsidiary of the company’s fund manager, Catella Asset Management Iberia, is starting the year with plans to strengthen its position in all areas of the residential segment: from the traditional market, where it now has a portfolio comprising 1,000 homes, to alternative assets such as student halls and nursing homes for the elderly, a segment that it is planning to enter in Spain.

In Spain, the German manager owns a portfolio worth €250 million in assets under management distributed across Madrid, Barcelona and Pamplona. Most of its portfolio comprises residential rental assets, according to explanations provided by Eduardo Guardiola, Director and Partner of Catella Asset Management Iberia, speaking to Eje Prime.

The company currently has 1,000 homes under management in the Spanish market and its objective for this year is to add another 1,000 units, with an investment of around €200 million.

Catella also wants to strengthen its position in one of the fashionable residential segments: that of student halls. The manager has a fund that specialises in that market, through which it first entered Spain in 2017 with the purchase of an asset in Pamplona (…).

The company is planning to invest between €30 million and €60 million in such assets this year, with the aim of adding three or four new residences in the Spanish market.

The latest asset that Catella is backing are nursing homes for the elderly. The manager has just entered that segment in France, where it purchased six homes for €130 million two weeks ago.

“It is a very fragmented sector that is tending towards consolidation”, said Guardiola. “There are many owners who are also operators, who are now planning to sell their properties to focus on operations, and that opens up an opportunity for those of us who are searching for property”, said the executive (…).

They are non-medicalised assets, for non-dependent people, which include some services within the rental price as well as other ad hoc provisions (…).

Catella Asset Management also operates in the retail segment with retail parks and shopping centres, “provided they have a management component” (…).

Catella Asset Management specialises in the investment and management of real estate assets throughout the whole cycle, until exit. The company purchases existing assets as well as turnkey projects from property developers. In Spain, the group also operates its other line of business, that of real estate consultancy.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Iria P. Gestal)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Bank, APG & CBRE GI Enter Spain’s Residential Rental Market

7 December 2018 – Expansión

The large international investors have placed their focus on the residential market and, specifically, on the rental segment. The success of this sector, together with labour mobility, the difficult access to housing and changes in living habits mean that, increasingly, renting is an option over buying in Spain, and that has fuelled interest from capital in the sector.

Blackstone, the largest real estate investor in Spain, was one of the first funds to back the residential rental sector with the purchase of 18 developments comprising 1,860 units from the Municipal Housing and Land Company of Madrid (EMVS) in 2013, but it has not been the only one. The Dutch pension fund APG, in conjunction with Renta Corporación; the German bank Deutsche Bank; and the international fund manager CBRE GI have been some of the most committed investors in this market in recent months.

In this way, APG reached an agreement in the spring of 2017 with the Catalan real estate company Renta Corporación to launch Vivenio, a Socimi specialising in housing, with the aim of acquiring assets worth €1 billion in Madrid, Barcelona and the provincial capitals. The Socimi is going to close a particularly active year for acquisitions, with a total investment of €400 million and is planning to repeat that amount in 2019 to reach a total portfolio of €1 billion in just over two years. One of the largest purchases it has made this year was the batch of 1,100 homes that belonged to the manager Aquila Capital, headquartered in Hamburg, for €240 million.

With the aim of diversifying its portfolio and entering this growing segment, the international fund manager CBRE GI joined forces with Azora, the Spanish manager founded by Concha Osácar and Fernando Gumuzio, with experience in this sector, and the New York investment firm Madison to invest €750 million over the next two or three years. That three-way alliance started with a portfolio of 65 buildings and a total of 6,458 homes and has the aim of reaching, at least, 10,000 units.

Another large investor that is betting heavily on the Spanish residential sector is DWS, the asset management subsidiary of the German bank Deutsche Bank, which has prepared a budget of €500 million to acquire between 1,000 and 2,000 homes in Spain. In that case, it is backing new build developments and it will do so through three formulae: delegated development, the acquisition of construction projects from other property developers and direct development. The objective is to maintain the assets in its portfolio and rent them out. In that case, the vehicle will not be a Socimi because German regulation of the funds from which the capital proceeds do not allow that. 60% of the investment will be made with own funds and the rest, bank financing. The plan is to invest primarily in Madrid and Barcelona, but they will also study plots in cities such as Bilbao and Sevilla, provided the rental market is very liquid.

Meanwhile, Catella Asset Management Iberia (CAMI), the Spanish subsidiary of the Swedish fund manager is intending to reach 2,000 units by 2020. The manager, which will add 1,000 homes to its portfolio at the beginning of 2019, entered the residential rental market two and a half years ago and has invested around €160 million in the business to date. It plans to double that figure to reach 2,000 homes within two years.

Another real estate company that has teamed up with foreign funds to grow in this segment has been Elix. The firm, which is dedicated to the purchase of buildings, their renovation and the sale of homes by unit, has signed an alliance with KKR and Altamar to invest in buildings, renovate them and dedicate them to the rental market. Its aim is to invest €200 million in Madrid and Barcelona through the Socimi Elix Vintage.

Finally, Redevco has created a new fund to invest €500 million in residential projects in several European markets, including Spain (…). Redevco is planning to build a pan-European residential portfolio comprising approximately 2,500 units.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo & Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Catella Buys 216 Homes In Madrid For €23.5M

13 February 2017 – Eje Prime

Catella Asset Management Iberia, the real estate fund manager that the Catella Group operates in Spain and Portugal, is continuing to invest in property in our country. The company has acquired 216 homes in Madrid, in an operation worth €23.4 million, according to a statement.

This operation follows a transaction that the company completed last month, when it acquired two residential properties in the Madrilenian suburb of Pinto for €24 million. Those two buildings have a total constructed surface area of 18,092 m2, distributed over 216 homes, 216 parking spaces and 216 storerooms. Those properties have an occupancy rate of 93% of the leasable surface area.

Following these two operations, Catella has accumulated a portfolio under management worth €100 million, during its first year of activity. Just over two months ago, it completed four transactions: three operations involving the purchase of residential properties located in Madrid (in Barajas and on Calle Génova) and Barcelona (in Poblenou); plus the purchase of the Portal Mediterráneo shopping centre in Vinaroz (Castellón).

Catella specialises in the real estate investment and management sectors, as well as in fund management and banking. It has a strong presence across Europe, with 500 professionals distributed across its offices in 12 countries. In Spain, the group operates two distinct activities: Catella Asset Management Iberia (Catella AM) and Catella Property.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Mitiska REIM Acquires Portal Mediterráneo Retail Park

29 September 2016 – Real Estate Press

Yesterday, Mitiska REIM, the leading specialist investor in retail parks in Europe, announced its entry into the Spanish market with the acquisition of the Portal Mediterráneo retail park in Vinaroz.

It is the first of several acquisitions that Mitiska REIM plans to make in Spain over the next few months, as a result of the improvement in the macroeconomic environment and the increased interest from commercial operators in retail parks in Spain.

Portal Medierráneo is a retail park that has a gross leasable area of 12,400 sqm, spread over 11 stores leased to brands such as Jysk, Bricorama, Norauto and Sprinter, amongst others. Located in Vinaroz, on the east coast of Spain on the border between the Community of Valencia and Cataluña it has a catchment area of 130,000 people, which increases to 250,000 during the summer. Similarly, Portal Mediterráneo benefits from the tourists that visit this area and from its location in a major retail area, alongside several other large stores including: a Carrefour hypermarket, a Decathlon shop, an Aldi supermarket and a McDonald’s restaurant.

The asset has been acquired by an institutional fund recently launched by Mitiska REIM, known as First Retail International Fund 2 (FRI 2), which has received support and advice from Catella Asset Management Iberia.

Mitiska REIM has also announced the appointment of Christophe Mouton as its Director in Spain and Portugal. Christophe will be responsible for acquisitions, developments and the management of partnerships with property developers and investors in retail parks across Spain and Portugal, with a special focus on the development of new retail parks. (…).

Mitiska REIM is a private company specialising in fund management and real estate investments, which is headquartered in Brussels (Belgium). Mitiska REIM invests exclusively in the peripheral retail park sector in Europe, in accordance with its strategy of (co)-development and adding value. (…).

Mitiska REIM recently announced the second satisfactory closure of its First Retail International 2 Fund (FRI2) for €190 million, which significantly exceeds its original aim of €150 million. (…).

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake