Meridia Capital Buys 4 RE Assets For €20M

12 January 2017 – Inmodiario

Yesterday, Meridia Capital Partners announced the purchase of a portfolio of four assets with a combined surface area of 24,063 m2 – comprising one logistics platform and three retail units – located primarily in Madrid. All of the properties have been acquired by the fund Meridia II for a price of approximately €20 million.

The logistics platform has a gross leasable area (GLA) of 16,385 m2 and is located in one of Madrid’s main logistics areas (CLA, Getafe), which is home to several high profile logistics centres and companies (for example DHL, Decathlon, Flex, Conforama).

The three retail units have a combined GLA of 7,678 m2 and are leased to well known food retailers such as Mercadona – the market leader in Spain – and Día – which is the third largest player in its sector.

Launched in 2014, Meridia II is a €150 million real estate fund specialising in the logistics, retail and office sectors in Spain. Following this latest deal, the fund has now invested almost all (94%) of its available capital.

Juan Barba, Partner and Managing Director of Real Estate at Meridia Capital, said “This transaction is another example of the good opportunities for adding value that are currently available in the Spanish market. The presence of high profile tenants in the area of the recently acquired platform is proof of its excellent location. This deal strengthens our exposure to the Spanish retail/logistics sectors and complements our previous acquisitions, including a warehouse in Valencia, as well as the Consum and Aecus portfolios. Through this transaction, we incorporate the seventh Mercadona unit into our portfolio, whereby consolidating our relationship with the leading food retailer in Spain”.

In this deal, Meridia Capital was advised by Aguirre Newman and Cuatrecasas, whilst the vendor was advised by CBRE:

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake

Bankinter Launches A €400M Socimi For Its Private Banking Clients

27 December 2016 – Expansión

Bankinter has started to offer its private banking clients a new investment project. It is a Socimi, which the entity plans to launch on the MAB in around two months time. This entity will invest in commercial assets, such as supermarket, hypermarkets, retail premises and parks, as well as bank branches, in sought-after locations. The aim is to invest around €400 million in assets, of which around €200 million will come from contributions made by the entity’s clients and the remaining 50% from financing. The minimum investment per client will be €250,000, up to a maximum of 10% of their financial wealth.

For the launch of this investment vehicle, Bankinter has sought a partner with experience in the Spanish real estate market and in the management of commercial assets. The Portuguese real estate company Sonae Sierra, which owns more than 40 international projects in Europe, Africa and South America, seven of which are located in Spain, will take care of the search for and management of the assets that the Socimi buys. Like Bankinter, it will hold a minority stake in the new company, and two of its representatives will sit on the Board of Directors and on the Investment Committee.

Meanwhile, the bank led by María Dolores Dancausa will have three Board members and two representatives on the Investment Committee.

Anchor investors

The two partners will invest a maximum of €15 million in the case of Bankinter, with a minimum of €7.5 million; and €7.5 million in the case of Sonae, with a minimum of €3.75 million, if they achieve €200 million in equity for the upcoming stock market debut.

The Socimi will focus on buying commercial properties located mainly in Spain (the idea is that Spanish assets will account for 65% of the total portfolio) and the rest in Portugal. The minimum investment volume by operation will be €5 million to €20 million per asset or per portfolio of properties.

All of the assets that the Socimi acquires must be in good locations with long-term contracts that will run for at least five years. Its potential tenants include retail groups such as Mercadona, Carrefour and Día and other large operators such as Leroy Merlin and Decathlon.

Although the investment vehicle does not own any assets yet, it is already analysing ten operations, having made a series of non-binding offers. These deals include the purchase of a portfolio of hypermarkets worth €150 million and the acquisition of a retail park for around €20 million.

The Socimi hopes to achieve a gross asset value yield of between 6% and 6.5% during the first two years, which is higher than the returns offered by other listed real estate companies such as Axiare, Merlin and Realia, which this year expect to offer yields of 4.8%, 3.2% and 4.5%, respectively, according to information provided by Bankinter to its potential investors.

The aim of this Socimi is to offer an average annual dividend of between 4.5% and 5%, which is a much higher return than those offered by other banking products currently on the market. (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Redevco Iberian Ventures Buys 6 Retail Parks From Bogaris For €95M

27 April 2016 – Expansión

The shopping centres are located in Extremadura and Andalucía and have a combined surface area of 84,250 m2.

Redevco Iberian Ventures, the joint venture created between Redecvo and the funds managed by Ares Management, has acquired six retail parks located in Extremadura and Andalucía from the property developer Bogaris for approximately €95 million.

The parks, which have a combined surface area of 84,250 m2, are leased almost in their entirety to tenants such as the supermarket chains Mercadona, Aldi and Día, the fashion brands C&A, Kiabi and Merkal Calzados, and operators Burger King, Media Markt, Sprinter and Aki Bricolaje.

Specifically, the parks are: Mejostilla, in Cáceres; Kinepolis Pulianas, in Granada; Marismas del Polvorín, in Huelva; La Heredad, in Mérida; Retail Park, in Motril; and La Serena, in Villanueva de la Serena.

Ares and Redevco announced the creation of Redevco Iberian Ventures in September 2015 and following this operation, the total capital invested by the joint venture now exceeds €200 million. JLL and Deloitte acted as advisors to Redevco Iberian Ventures in the operation.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Patron Capital Buys 43 Retail Outlets For €35M

4 February 2016 – Expansión

The British investment fund Patron Capital has purchased a batch of 43 retail outlets, mainly supermarkets, from Blackstone for €35 million.

The properties are located all over Spain, although the majority are found in the regions of Asturias and Castilla. 32 of the premises are supermarkets in urban areas, five are cash & carry establishments and six are retail premises located in prime areas of several Spanish cities.

The tenants of the properties include: the supermarket chain El Árbol, owned by the Día group; the fashion house Cortefiel; and the bank ING Direct.

As a result of this acquisition, Patron Capital has increased its commitment to the commercial segment, which now accounts for 50% of its portfolio. Residential assets and hotels make up the remainder, accounting for 20% and c. 30%, respectively. The operation has been advised by Garrigues, Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Aguirre Newman, Deerns and CBRE.

Patron Capital is headquartered in London and operates in Spain from its office in Barcelona, led by Pedro Barceló. The Spanish office has a budget of €200 million to invest in 2016 not only in the commercial sector, but also in the office, residential and hotel segments.

Original story: Expansión (by M. Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake

The Socimi Zambal Debuts On MAB With 4.84% Rise

2 December 2015 – El Economista

The Socimi Zambal, owner of the ABC Serrano shopping centre, amongst other properties, has debuted on the Alternative Investment Market (‘Mercado Alternative Bursátil’ or MAB) with a 4.84% increase, after it recorded an initial price of €1.30/share, compared with the price it set to go public (€1.24).

Zambal, the eleventh real estate firm of its kind to debut on this market, is the owner of nine office and commercial buildings in Madrid and Barcelona.

Besides the ABC Serrano shopping complex, located in the centre of the capital, the firm is the landlord of Día, Unidad Editorial, BMW Ibérica, Enagás and Vodafone España, since it leases buildings in Madrid in which these companies have their respective corporate headquarters.

In the commercial sphere, Zambal is the owner of a property in Plaza de Cataluña in Barcelona, which El Corte Inglés occupies under a lease contract.

Zambal listed on the MAB under the ticker ‘YZBL’ and its shares were traded through a fixing system. At the first auction, held at 12:00h, the company sold 1,500 shares.

Original story: El Economista

Translation: Carmel Drake

JLL: Shopping Centre Investment Reaches Record High

7 October 2015 – Cinco Días

Real estate investment in the retail sector is breaking records, reaching levels above even those seen before the crisis. Total investment volumes amounted to €2,588 million during the first nine months of the year, an increase of 42% with respect to the same period last year, according to data from the real estate consultancy JLL.

The worst year of the crisis for this segment was 2011, when investors spent just €500 million in Spain during the whole year. At the other end of the spectrum, 2007 was the best year in terms of transaction volumes, which totalled almost €4,000 million.

During the last three quarters, 486 assets have been acquired in total through 46 operations, the majority of which have involved the purchase of shopping centres and prime retail parks (i.e. the largest assets in the best locations).

The star product for investors, by transaction volume, are shopping centres, which account for 52% of all sales. After these purchases, are their interest in individual shops (23%).

In Q3, the most noteworthy operations included the acquisitions made by Grupo Lar, which recently purchased the MegaPark de Barakaldo shopping centre for €170 million, in an operation that was advised by JLL, as well as the El Rosal shopping centre for €87.5 million. In addition, the Rivas Futura shopping centre was sold to Credit Suisse for €52 million and the Connecta Córdoba park was sold to MDSR Investments for €15.3 million.

Another highlight was the transactions involving two supermarket portfolios: the Caprabo Blue Box portfolio, which was sold to Meridia Capital for €97 million; and a group of Carrefour and Día supermarkets, which were purchased by Kennedy Wilson for €88 million.

Original story: Cinco Días (by A.S.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

IBA Capital Buys Vodafone’s HQ In Madrid

5 October 2015 – Cinco Días

The real estate fund manager IBA Capital Partners has purchased Vodafone España’s headquarters in Madrid through its Socimi Iberia Nora, on behalf of Zambal Socimi SA. It has also agreed a long-term rental contract with the telecommunications company.

In a statement on Saturday, IBA Capital said that this operation represents an important addition to the group’s portfolio of real estate assets, valued at €650 million.

Vodafone España’s headquarters are located in a business park comprising five buildings, with a total surface area of 50,000 m2 and 1,500 parking spaces.

IBA Capital Partners, Investment and Asset Manager, which is itself headquartered in Madrid, said that it had been one of the first groups to back the recovery of the real estate sector in Spain in 2013.

The group’s portfolio of assets includes the headquarters of several organisations and corporates including: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unión Editorial, Día, Enagás and BMW in Madrid, as well as the ABC Serrano shopping centre, also located in the Spanish capital.

The managing partners of IBA, Jesús Valderrama and Thierry Julienne, highlighted that their objective is to “continue investing through Zambal, in high quality assets in Madrid and Barcelona and in other high added value assets in Spain’s other major cities”.

Original story: Cinco Días

Translation: Carmel Drake

DIA & Blackstone Close Largest Industrial RE Transaction Since 2013

11 March 2015 – ABC

The two companies have signed a contract for the rental of logistics buildings covering 30,000 square metres.

Logicor, the logistics platform owned by Blackstone, has signed a long-term rental agreement with the supermarket chain DIA for 30,000 square metres of space, which makes it the largest lease transaction in the industrial sector since 2013.

The rental contract covers a substantial part of a 37,000 m2 warehouse in the Miralcampo Logistics Park (in Corredor de Henares), a building that was acquired by Logicor at the beginning of 2014, according to JLL, the real estate consultant that has advised this transaction.

Logicor is the largest owner of logistics warehouses in the Iberian Peninsula, with a portfolio of 960,077m2. According to Logicor’s director general for Southern Europe, the positive changes in the real estate investment market in Spain are starting to be reflected in occupancy rates in the logistics sector.

That, combined with the limited availability of large, modern logistics warehouses in Madrid, has meant that tenants are under more pressure to hire the highest quality products, he added.

The CEO and Chairman of Logical, Mo Barzegar, highlighted that this transaction reflects the company’s investment strategy to purchase functional warehouses, close to urban areas, that are attractive to clients. JLL España advised Logicor in this transaction.

Original story: ABC

Translation: Carmel Drake

DIA Pays €146 Mn For 160 Stores of Eroski

6/11/2014 – El Mundo

Food and grocery store chain DIA has purchased 160 establishments from another food network Eroski. The shops operate under the trademarks of Eroski Center, Eroski City and Caprabo and they are located mostly within the Community of Madrid region. DIA sealed the transaction in cash, putting €146 million for the entire package.

The sale will have no impact on the employees as their contracts will be subrogated by the new manager, Eroski told the National Stock Exchange Commission (CNMV).

In 2013, total revenues from the 160 supermarkets amounted to €487 million.

The purchase allows DIA to empower on the Iberian market and fix its market share at 9.5%. In the capital, it holds 9.8% and advances from the fourth to the second position in terms of sales.

In turn, Eroski will intend the proceeds from the sale for trimming its liabilities and improving overall profitability thanks to separation of underperforming assets.

Although the portfolio Grupo Eroski lost on weight, the chain still owns 90 hipermarkets, 831 supermarkets and 448 retail franchises all over the country.

Apart from Madrid’s Community, the stores are found in the regions of Andalusia, Extremadura, Castille – Leon and Castille – La Mancha. Of the 160 establishments, 152 are rented and 8 owned.


Original article: El Mundo

Translation: AURA REE