The Large Owners of Retail Premises Request Aid and Loans Similar to those for Housing

Asipa has criticised the Government for not introducing direct aid or loans for the rental payments on commercial premises, similar to those provided for rental housing.

Asipa has criticised the Government for not introducing direct aid or loans for the rental payments corresponding to commercial premises, similar to those provided for rental housing.

On Tuesday, the Government approved a decree that allows self-employed people and SMEs that have closed their businesses due to coronavirus to postpone the payment of the rent on the commercial premises that they have leased for up to four months, if the landlord is a large owner.

The Government Approves the Deferral of Rental Payments on Commercial Premises

The proposal from the Ministry of Economic Affairs distinguishes between small and large owners to establish the aid.

On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers approved the establishment of a moratorium on the rental payments of commercial premises linked to business activity, according to Nadia Calviño, the Vice President of Economic Affairs, at a press conference following the Government’s meeting.

“The procedure established will allow the parties to reach agreements to modulate these payments and will facilitate the continuity of their commercial activities,” detailed a statement from the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The Ministry of Industry Finalises an Aid Plan for Commercial Premises Similar to the one for Housing

The Ministry of Industry is in the middle of designing an aid plan for the tenants of commercial premises.

The Government is in the middle of designing an aid plan for the tenants of commercial premises. The Minister for Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Reyes Maroto, explained that “drafts have already been drawn up for this measure” and that the will “is to approve the aid as soon as possible because we know that rent represents a very important fixed cost”, in an interview with Expansión.

In fact, seven trade associations from the sector, including the Spanish Federation of Home Appliance Merchants (FECE), the Spanish Confederation of Commerce (CEC), the Spanish Association of Central Purchases (Anceco) and the retail, services and restaurant associations, Amicca, Acotex, Comertia and Eurelia, sent a document to the Government explaining their inability to cover certain expenses, such as paying the rent on commercial premises. They requested actions to alleviate the effects of the lockdown on their businesses.

Former Corpfin Director Launches New €30M Real Estate Fund

15 January 2020 – Expansión

Two former rivals, Juan Olivié and Javier Fernández, have joined forces to create a new fund with a clear focus: the purchase of medium-sized plots of land or commercial premises, measuring between 2,000 m2 and 4,000 m2, to convert into single-operator commercial spaces for the restaurant, supermarket or DIY sectors.

Olivié (pictured above, right), Investment Director at Corpfin until now, and Fernández (pictured above, left), a director of the Germany group Ten Brinke, have created Omo Retail, a manager that seeks real estate investments with returns of between 14% and 16%.

They launched their first fund, Omo Retail Invest, in March 2019, with a €30 million investment budget, and have already closed three operations amounting to €7.5 million in total, all located in Madrid.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

La Generalitat Resumes the Auction of Various Rental Homes in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

12 June 2019 – El Confidencial

La Generalitat de Cataluña is resuming the public auction of a rental home portfolio for which it hopes to obtain proceeds €6.2 million, having applied a discount of 20% to the asking price last year (€7.7 million).

The assets in the portfolio are all located in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona) on Calle Ciencies 15-23, next to Plaza Europa and the Gran Vía 2 shopping centre. They comprise 16 homes, 2 commercial premises, 23 parking spaces with storerooms plus 3 terraced single-family homes located in the urbanisation behind that building on Calles Mileva Maric 33 and 49 and Hanna Arendt, 3. In total, the assets have a combined surface area of 2,448 m2 and are leased almost in their entirety, with just one home and the commercial premises vacant.

The assets are owned by Fira 2000, in which the Catalan government holds a 50%, alongside the Town Halls of Barcelona and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

The deadline for bids is 22 July and the online auction will be held on 29 July through Addmeet.  

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Madrid’s Regional Government Gives Green Light to Operación Madrid Nuevo Norte

19 May 2019 – El Mundo

According to information obtained by El Mundo, the Community of Madrid is going to send its Environmental Assessment Report regarding Operación Chamartín to the Town Hall of Madrid on Monday, which will leave the path clear for the municipal plenary to vote on the plan before the local elections are held on Sunday 26 May.

The urban development project, which is now known by its new name, Madrid Nuevo Norte, will see the construction of 10,500 homes at the northern end of Paseo de la Castellana, together with the development of offices, retail areas, green spaces and three new metro stations.

The only requirement stipulated in the definitive report issued by the Community of Madrid is that agreements be made upfront about who is going to pay for the public building works, including the Canal de Isabel II installations, the construction of the three new metro stations and the preparation of the surrounding roads.

According to the protocol of execution signed a month ago by the Town Hall of Madrid, Adif – the public entity that owns the land – and Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN) – the private company that is promoting the development – the three leading players will share the cost of developing the aforementioned infrastructures, whereby ensuring that local taxpayers do not have to foot the bill.

Original story: El Mundo (by Marta Belver & Isabel F. Lantigua)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Inbest Prepares New Investment Vehicle for Retail Parks & Finalises MAB-Debut of its Socimis

15 May 2019 – Eje Prime

Corpfin Capital Real Estate is planning to launch a vehicle to invest up to €60 million in retail parks. Meanwhile, it is working towards the debut of its four Socimis on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) in June.

To date, the company has been channelling its investment in retail parks through a vehicle it created in 2015, Corpfin Capital Retail Parks, with an investment volume of €44 million. But now it is going to create a second vehicle, Inbest Parks II, which will have €60 million to spend, with the aim of providing continuity and attracting new investors.

In parallel, the company is focused on the MAB debut of its four Socimis, which are due to list for the first time on 27 June. In total, the companies have an investment volume of €400 million, comprising own funds and debt. Most of that figure (€378 million) has already been invested in the purchase of three buildings from El Corte Inglés and the acquisition of the commercial premises in Edificio España.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

El Corte Inglés Reduces the First Phase of its RE Sales Process to €1bn

29 March 2019 – El Confidencial

El Corte Inglés is refining the plan for its real estate divestment strategy. After hiring Javier Catena as the new Director of Real Estate, the group has decided to sell off its assets in phases and will begin by activating the sale of 95 assets, from an initial perimeter of 130.

The department store giant has engaged PwC to open the tender process for investors, with the aim of receiving final offers by the end of April.

The revised portfolio includes 14 commercial premises, 16 plots of land and 65 assets of various types, such as flats and parking spaces, which together span a total surface area of 1.2 million m2 and which are primarily located in Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and Sevilla.

Investors may bid for all or part of this first portfolio, or even for specific assets only. Most of the properties for sale are being offered with the option of a sale and leaseback arrangement, whereby the vendor would remain as the tenant following the sale.

By reducing the perimeter of this first phase to 95 properties, ECI has decreased the proceeds that it expects to receive from RE sales this year to €1 billion, compared to the figure of between €1.5 billion and €2 billion that it had announced in December.

Original story: El Confidencial (by R. Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Grupo Iffe Acquires Promorent & Implements a Change in Strategy

25 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Promorent, the second Socimi to enter the Alternative Investment Market (MAB), is changing hands. The company has been acquired by the Institute of Financial and Business Training (“el Instituto de Formación Financiera y Empresarial” or Grupo Iffe), which has purchased a majority stake through a capital increase amounting to €33.7 million, according to confirmation provided by David Carro Meana, CEO of Iffe, speaking to Eje Prime.

Following the operation, the company will cease trading as a Socimi and it has already filed a request with the MAB to enter the segment of expanding businesses under the name Iffe Futura. The group has also approved an increase in its share capital, at an extraordinary shareholders meeting, to take the leap into the field of property development.

Until now, Promorent was a Socimi with a real estate disposition. Now, with the entry of Grupo Iffe, it will also be a property developer. Moreover, the company’s new statutes provide for the possibility of acquiring and administering shares in other companies, even if they are not Socimis.

The new Board of Directors of Iffe Futura will be led by David Carro Meana. The President of Grupo Iffe will become the President and CEO of the company (…).

With this operation, Grupo Iffe is taking control of a listed company and consolidating its business as a property developer. The company, which is headquartered in Oleiros, A Coruña, already operates three other main lines of business: a business school, a financial consultancy and a business incubator.

Promorent, constituted in November 2011, has been a real estate company until now. It was promoted by the Pavón Olid family group and it was the second Socimi to make its debut on the MAB in December 2013. The company has a diversified portfolio comprising 18 assets: 11 homes in the centre of Madrid, 4 commercial premises and 3 plots (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Roger Arnau)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Thor Equities Finds a Tenant for its Jewel on Gran Vía

20 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Thor Equities has found a replacement for Sfera in the heart of Madrid. The US fund, which last year acquired number 30 Gran Vía for €75 million, has leased one of the commercial premises in the property to the sports fashion retailer Décimas.

The company has taken over the space measuring 600 m2 from Sfera, the fashion chain owned by El Corte Inglés. That retail company had occupied the premises since 2005 but decided to vacate it last year because it was too small for its new commercial format (…).

For Décimas, this new store represents a new step onto a prime thoroughfare. The chain concentrates the bulk of its store network in shopping centres, although it also has a flagship store on Calle Fuencarral (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Silvia Riera)

Translation: Carmel Drake