Catella Launches CESHF II, A New Fund Student Residence Fund

21 September 2019 – Catella Asset Management Iberia has launched a second fund, Catella European Student Housing Fund II (CESHF II), specialising in student residences. The fund, which already has 100 million euros in its war chest, expects to raise up to €250 million over the next two years. CESHF II will invest in university cities with the potential for growth in Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Spain, along with possible investments in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Portugal and Poland. The fund is aiming for broad diversification and a total of around 20 assets.

The new fund’s first acquisition was a 208-flat student residence in the German city of Mannheim. The building can accommodate up to 313 students and was recently built in a newly-developed area of ​​the city, Franklin Areal.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Catella Buys Four Subsidised Rental Apartment Flats in Madrid from AQ Acentor for €27 Million

16 September 2019 – A fund controlled by the firm Catella has acquired four new buildings with 171 subsidised (VPO) rental flats in Villaverde, Madrid, for 27 million euros. AQ Acentor, the real estate development arm of the German fund Aquila Capital, sold the assets, which include one-, two- and three-bedroom flats, each with allocated parking and storerooms.  The buildings also have common gardens, swimming pools and playgrounds.

Original Story: Idealista

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Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Árima Makes its Logistics Debut with the Purchase of a Warehouse for €16.4M

7 May 2019 – Expansión

Árima Real Estate has made its debut in the logistics sector with the purchase of a warehouse spanning 26,000 m2 in San Agustín de Guadalix from an institutional fund for €16.4 million. The property is occupied in its entirety by the supermarket chain Eroski.

For the operation, the Socimi led by Luis Alfonso López Herrera-Oria, has been advised by Catella, EY Abogados and Savills Aguirre Newman as its real estate, legal and technical experts, respectively.

Following this operation, logistics assets account for 12.7% of Árima’s portfolio, with the remainder comprising offices in Madrid. The Socimi’s main shareholders include Bank of Montreal (10.4%); the British fund Pelham (9.984%); UBS (9.164%); Luis Alfonso López Herrera-Oria, (7.791%) and Morgan Stanley (5.122%).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Catella to Invest €200M in Offices and Parking Lots

22 April 2019 – Expansión

The Swedish manager, Catella Asset Management, wants to continue expanding its footprint in Spain, where it has invested €250 million over the last three years.

To this end, the investment firm, which has focused on the housing, student hall and retail sectors until now, is planning to invest €200 million in the purchase of office buildings and parking lots in Spain and Portugal over the next 2 years.

In addition to the major cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon, the company is also analysing operations in secondary cities such as Valencia, Málaga, Bilbao, Zaragoza and Porto.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

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

Aquila Capital Enters the Logistics Segment after Promoting 5,400 Homes

31 January 2019 – Expansión

The property developer of the German fund Aquila Capital has definitively backed Spain. In just five years, the company has made a name for itself in the Spanish property development sector, one of the key markets for the company. Aquila Capital, which is headquartered in Hamburg, was founded in 2001, by Dieter Rentsch and Roman Rosslenbroich. The fund, which also invests in infrastructure, renewable energy and agriculture, launched its property developer AQ Acentor in 2014.

Since we arrived, we have invested €1.4 billion in Spain”, explained the CEO of AQ Acentor, Sven Schoel.

One of the fund’s first projects in Spain was in Villaverde (Madrid), together with the property developer the Inmoglacier Group, to build 1,300 homes, including 400 units for rental use. That project has almost been sold in its entirety, including the rental properties, which were sold to Catella and the Socimi Vivenio. After concluding that project, the alliance between Aquila Capital and Inmoglacier came to an end last summer.

Following that launch, the company has been adding new developments on a piecemeal basis in Cataluña, Málaga, Madrid and Valencia (…).

In total, the company currently has 5,400 homes in various stages of development. The company has 550 homes in an advanced phase, which are going to be handed over during the course of this year.

In addition to residential development, the company owned by Aquila is now preparing its debut in the logistics sector. Specifically, it is finalising the purchase of two plots of land for development in Madrid and Barcelona with a total surface area of 500,000 m2 for around €50 million.

Potential

“Logistics is one of the sectors with the most potential; we will begin by developing logistics land, although we do not rule out carrying out turnkey projects for tenants in the future”, added Mr Schoel.

The director also highlighted the company’s commitment to the environment and its support for sustainability (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Mazabi Sells Fever’s New HQ in Central Madrid for €6M

14 January 2019 – Expansión

The Spanish family office Mazabi has decided to sell an office building that it owns along the Prado-Recoletos thoroughfare in Madrid, next to the Congress of Representatives.

The property, which has a surface area of 1,400 m2, spread over the basement and six upper floors, is located on Calle Santa Catalina, 4. Mazabi acquired the property three years ago as a value-added investment, and during this period, it has renovated it and found a new tenant to now sell it for a profit.

Specifically, the property is soon going to be home to the headquarters of the US social platform Fever in Spain. The company, which has headquarters in New York, London and Madrid, has decided to relocate to these new offices in light of its major growth plans. Fever’s employees are expected to move in once the renovation and design work for the new offices has been completed, in a period of approximately nine months.

The operation, which has been brokered by the real estate consultancy Catella, has been closed for €6 million. The buyer is a Spanish family office (…).

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Firmum to Increase Share Capital by €60M to Buy More Parking Lots

3 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Firmum Capital is stepping on the accelerator to increase its portfolio of parking lots in Spain. The Spanish parking lot manager is on the verge of closing a €60 million capital increase to finance new purchases in the domestic market.

Through the financing round, the company will increase its investment capacity to almost €210 million, and will also open up its capital to new shareholders. The firm undertakes its investments through the company APK Gestión de Aparcamientos.

Firmum was created in 2016 by Cristian Abelló, Bernardino Díaz-Andreu and Fernando Pire, who have generated a portfolio comprising 64 parking lots distributed over a dozen Spanish autonomous regions, according to El Economista.

In total, Firmum owns 27,000 parking spaces in the market, which following the financing round, will be increased with more assets in Spain and Portugal. The current investors in the manager include Banco Sabadell, through Sabadell Asset Management, and Altamar Capital Partners.

Last year, the fund invested €80 million in the purchase of 39 assets, which added 15,676 parking spaces to its portfolio. That investment plan comes at a time when these types of alternative assets are booming.

This segment is attracting interest from many funds and institutional investors, who are willing to pay high prices for parking lots in the centre of provincial capitals, tempted by their long-term returns. In Europe, there are around 305 million public parking spaces and 53,650 private multi-storey parking lots, according to a report compiled by Catella.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Optima Retail Buys Store in Marbella for €3M as part of €60M Investment Plan

12 September 2018 – Eje Prime

The retail sector in Marbella is attracting attention from investors. Optima Retail, one of the funds owned by the Spanish real estate and energy consultancy Optima Global Services, has acquired a retail outlet in Puerto Banús for €3 million. The operation forms part of the fund’s investment plan, through which it intends to disburse €60 million between now and 2019, according to explanations from Javier Alcalde, CEO of the group, speaking to Eje Prime. The objective will involve the firm spending €30 million in 2018 and another €30 million in 2019.

Launched in 2017, Optima Retail has just signed the purchase of the store located at number 17 Muelle de Benabolá in Puerto Banús from a family office. The asset, which has a surface area of 100 m2, is, and will continue to be occupied; it is let to the multi-brand footwear firm RKS. The operation has been advised by the real estate consultancy Catella.

The store displays the characteristics that the fund Optima Retail seeks for its portfolio: located in a prime area or provincial capital, as well as prices that do not exceed €4.5 million. The fund currently owns six units, located in cities such as Segovia, Vigo, Marbella and León.

Founded in 2004, and headquartered in Madrid, Optima Global Services comprises a group of companies dedicated to the real estate and energy sectors. One of the company’s areas of operation is the creation and management of real estate funds, both for external clients and on its own behalf. The company operates in a number of sectors, from retail to residential, to industrial, to hotel and including alternative assets such as hospitals and student halls.

Besides Optima Retail (its youngest vehicle), the company also operates through the fund Vastned, based in Amsterdam. In that case, Vastned focuses on assets located on prime streets of European cities, with Madrid and Barcelona amongst its targets in Spain. For example, Vastned’s assets in the Spanish capital include the properties at number 15 c/Ortega y Gasset and number 37 c/Fuencarral.

Optima Global Services also manages a portfolio of six shopping centres in Spain, located in Madrid (La Dehesa), Valencia (Mercado de Campanar), Zaragoza (Plaza Imperial), Córdoba (Connecta), Ciudad Real (Puerta del Ave) and Vigo (Travesía de Vigo). The company manages assets worth €600 million.

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Grupo Baraka Sells a Logistics Warehouse in Murcia to Corum for €14M

11 June 2018 – Expansión

The Baraka Group, controlled by the businessman Trinitario Casanova, has closed an agreement to sell one of the logistics assets owned by its construction company Trabis.

Specifically, Baraka has sold a logistics warehouse, called Trabis II, located in the Murcian town of Yecla, the region where Casanova’s companies are headquartered. The property, which has a constructed surface area of 14,000 m2, has been sold for €14 million through a sale and leaseback contract.

“The advantage is that the buyer is guaranteed an asset in which the tenant will continue to undertake its activity”, explained Pablo Carvajal, Director of Capital Markets at Catella, the consultancy firm that has advised the new owner in the transaction.

The buyer is the French fund manager Corum Asset Management. Created in 2011 and with offices in Paris and Amsterdam, the firm set itself the objective last year of investing €500 million in real estate assets across Europe, with a special focus on Spain. For its investments, whose yields exceed 6%, Corum works with two funds Corum Origin and Corum XL, the latter was launched last year.

This is not the first time that Baraka and Corum have closed an operation together. In July 2016, the French firm paid more than €24.8 million for another logistics building also leased to Trabis.

Corum is one of the international investors that has opted to purchase logistics assets in Spain, a booming market due to its high returns and the increase in the e-commerce business. “The logistics investment market is proving attractive for domestic and international investors alike and increasingly more are investing in this type of asset. Between January and May, €250 million has been invested in these types of properties”, say sources at Catella.

At the overall level, investment during the first half of the year is expected to reach €5 billion. “During 2018, €3 billion has been invested in tertiary (non-residential) assets. Taking into account certain transactions pending completion, we expect to see investment of close to €5 billion during the first half of the year, around €1 billion less than during the same period in 2017”, he predicts.

Casanova

The divestment of this logistics warehouse comes just weeks after Trinitario Casanova entered the Madrid Nuevo Norte real estate project (known as Operación Chamartín). The businessman has committed to pay €400 million to the initial owners for the rights to 1.2 million m2 of land (now in the hands of the Ministry of Development) where the company DCN, controlled by BBVA and SanJosé, is planning to build an urban development with more than 10,500 homes.

In addition, Casanova is working on the marketing of the future shopping arcade in Edificio España, the property that he purchased from Wanda for €172 million to immediately sell it on to the RIU hotel group.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake