Seven New Socimis Start Trading on Spain’s MAB in First Seven Months of 2019

26 August 2019

In the year to date, seven new companies, with a total capitalisation of 799.6 million euros, have started trading on Spain’s Alternative Stock Market (MAB), a testament to the pace of activity in the local real estate market.

Just in January, three companies made the leap to the MAB. Almagro Capital stared trading at 1.08 euros per share, while a few days later, Park Rose Iberoamericana began trading at 1.15 euros per share, valuing the Catalan socimi at 10.8 million euros. Urban View, a socimi which invests in rental flats, began trading at 7.2 euros per share, valuing the company at 38 million euros.

The month of July also saw important new IPOs. Trivium Real Estate starting trading with a market capitalisation of 255 million euros. One day later, Millenium Hotels Real Estate I began trading with a capitalisation of €262.5 million.  The company, which focuses on the acquisition of 4 to 5-star hotels, has two functioning hotels and three under development, with a total of about 640 rooms.

A few days later, Inbest began trading on the market through four different socimis, with a total market capitalisation of €84.7 million. One of the socimis has a portfolio of four commercial stores, all of them rented to El Corte Inglés. Another has a portfolio that includes the commercial gallery at the bottom of the Edifício España in Madrid.

Original Story: Eje Prime – Marta Casado Pla

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Inbest Debuts on MAB Valued at €83 Million

10 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Inbest, a socimi which focuses its investments on major retail store locations, debuted on Spain’s alternative stock market (MAB) valued at 83 million euros. The socimi owns three El Corte Inglés commercial premises and the commercial gallery at Madrid’s Edificio España.

The company, which was founded by Corpfin Capital and currently chaired by Javier Basagoiti, is structured in four investment vehicles that have a total investment capacity of 278 million euros.

Original Story: Eje Prime

 

Inbest to Make its MAB Debut with a Prime Retail Portfolio

21 June 2019 – Expansión

The Spanish firm Corpfin Capital is finalising the stock market debut of its investment vehicle Inbest, which it created last year with the aim of investing around €400 million in prime retail assets.

Inbest has already starred in some of the most high profile operations in the sector, including the purchase of the commercial space in Edificio España for €160 million and the acquisition of 3 buildings located on Gran Vía 20, in Bilbao; Princesa 41, in Madrid; and Calle Colón in Valencia, for €184 million.

The firm’s MAB debut is scheduled to take place during the first half of July, most likely on 9 July, through four of the five Socimis that it has created with the assets acquired.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

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

JLL: Prime Retail Rents Grew During Q1 2019

23 April 2019 – Eje Prime

The rental prices of prime premises are growing in Spain. In 2018, the rental prices of retail parks rose by 5.4%, whilst high street rents increased by 5% and shopping centre rents by 2.6%.

According to a study by JLL, the growth in the rents of prime premises in Spain is forecast to be amongst the highest in Europe over the next five years, albeit more moderate than in previous years.

Investment in retail assets amounted to €208 million during Q1 2019, with Corpfin’s acquisition of the retail space in Edificio España (Madrid) accounting for the lion’s share (€160 million). Yields remained stable during the quarter.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

CorpFin Completes €10M Capital Increase for Inbest

8 April 2019 – Eje Prime

The Spanish fund manager CorpFin has completed a capital increase amounting to more than €10 million in Inbest Prime III Inmuebles and Inbest Prime I Inmuebles, two of its four vehicles specialising in retail.

Specifically, Inbest Prime III Inmuebles increased its capital by €2.33 million, taking the total subscribed amount to €12 million. Meanwhile, Inbest Prime I Inmuebles increased its capital by €8.22 million, resulting in a total subscribed amount of €25 million.

This latest injection of funding follows more than ten capital increases that the firm led by Ana Granado has carried out in recent months.

Corpfin launched Inbest Real Estate in April 2018 with the aim of investing in high street buildings and converting them into flagship stores. Inbest channels its investments through four vehicles, Inbest Prime I, II, III and IV, which will debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) in September 2019.

The funds’ largest operation to date was its purchase of the retail premises in Edificio España last year, on which it spent €160 million.

Original story: Eje Prime (by I. P. G.)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Riu Hotels Wins a Small Victory Over Casanova in the Dispute Regarding Edificio España

1 March 2019 – El Español

A small victory (bringing the total to two) for Riu Hotels in the fight for ownership of the commercial space in Edificio España. The judge has dismissed the precautionary measures that the Baraka group, owned by the Murcian businessman Trinitario Casanova, requested to prevent the registration of the property in the name of the hotel group.

The magistrate has rejected the claim on the basis that there is no evidence, “in a clear and unequivocal way, of the relationship that must necessarily exist between what is claimed in the lawsuit and what is recorded in the Property Registry”. Specifically, Baraka requested that the inscription in the registry should include a note establishing the existence of a dispute over the ownership status.

The objective of that measure is to ensure that any possible investor in the commercial space knows that problems may arise in the future regarding the ownership. Nevertheless, the magistrate considers that the group owned by Trinitario Casanova has not proved its ownership of those spaces in the correct way.

Baraka is going to appeal

Specifically, and according to explanations provided by the group, there is a discrepancy between its lawyers and the judge because the lawsuit against the hotel firm was made directly by Baraka’s parent company, rather than by the company that the group used to purchase Edificio España (and which was subsequently transferred to its parent company ahead of the sale to Riu).

This is the second time that the courts have rejected Baraka’s requests, which in the opinion of Riu Hotels is good news. “We are continuing to work to open Hotel Riu Plaza España in the summer of 2019”, said the group in a statement to this newspaper.

The decision by the judge will be appealed by the Baraka group (…) and the Murcian group is convinced that it is in the right.

Original story: El Español (by Arturo Criado)

Translation: Carmel Drake

RIU Will Open its Hotel in Edificio España in June with a 65% Occupancy Rate

21 February 2019 – Cinco Días

The work to renovate Edificio España is progressing towards its imminent completion after years of drama involving the historical skyscraper in Madrid’s Plaza de España, constructed between 1948 and 1953. The hotel chain Riu expects to conclude the renovation work in the spring and will inaugurate its hotel Riu Plaza España at the beginning of the summer, most likely in June. The Mallorcan chain expects to open with an occupancy rate of 65% for the first few months of operation, according to explanations provided by sources at the company.

The hotelier expects that half of the guests at Riu Plaza España will be business travellers and the rest tourists. The company chose the 4-star format for this establishment precisely to strengthen its business market, since many companies expressly prohibit their employees from staying in 5-star hotels.

Riu Plaza España is one of the company’s largest hotels, with 585 rooms and the first to operate under the Plaza brand in the city, focused on the urban market. Regarding the provenance of its guests, Riu expects 60% to come from overseas (…).

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Corpfin Prepares for Stock Market Debut of its Socimi Inbest

12 February 2019 – Idealista

The Socimis are continuing to make inroads in the real estate market. There are now more than 70 listed vehicles operating under this regime in Spain, and another twenty new vehicles could make their stock market debuts soon, according to the experts.

They include five that the manager Corpfin Capital Real Estate has been promoting through its investment vehicle Inbest Real Estate, including a company called Inbest Prime Inmuebles Socimi. And it is precisely that company that is finalising its stock market debut.

According to explanations provided by the manager to Idealisa News, the purchases that Inbest has completed recently have been materialised through those Socimis and its objective is for them to be listed on the stock market by September this year at the latest, just two years after their constitution and, therefore, by the deadline established by the legislation for continuing to enjoy tax incentives. Nevertheless, the firm chaired by Javier Basagoiti expects that the Socimis will be listed before the summer.

Although the valuation of the assets and the price at which the shares will debut are not yet known, the portfolio will include some very well-known and sought-after assets. They include four commercial premises in Edificio España in Madrid, whose purchase was recently signed between Inbest and the hotel chain RIU, the owner of the skyscraper, for almost €160 million. The investment vehicle’s plans include establishing four flagship stores for first-rate operators from the textile and restaurant sectors.

The assets also include three others that Inbest has acquired in recent months from the Spanish department store giant: El Corte Inglés. One of them is located on Calle Colón in Valencia and spans 7,000 m2, distributed between two adjoining premises, whilst another is located on Calle Princesa in Madrid, and another still on Gran Vía in Bilbao, with a combined surface area of almost 8,800 m2 in the case of the latter two. The investment in those three buildings amounted to around €180 million.

The Socimis have a combined investment objective of €400 million (half from own funds), of which almost 85% has now been consumed, whilst the remaining amount (around €60 million) could be targeted towards a new acquisition, given that that is exactly the ticket size that the manager is interested in.

Inbest’s strategy for this game of poker between the Socimis is based on searching for assets located in prime situations (above all in Madrid, Barcelona and other important provincial capitals), and focusing on unique assets in the commercial sector. Barring any last minute changes, the firm will keep the Socimis active for at least five years after finalising the investment period (…), although that term may be extended for another two years (…).

Original story: Idealista (by Ana P. Alarcos)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Riu Closes the Sale of Edificio España’s Commercial Space to Corpfin

1 February 2019 – Preferente.com

The 15,000 m2 of commercial space in Edificio España now has an owner. The party in question is Inbest Real Estate, the investment vehicle owned by Corpfin Capital Real Estate, which has signed a purchase agreement with the hotel chain Riu Hotels & Resorts, the owner of the property.

In a statement addressed to Preferente.com, the hotel chain explained that this agreement will enable the opening of five flagship stores for retail operators, including restaurant and textile firms, which will complement the opening of the new Hotel Riu Plaza España. “In that way, we will provide an even greater boost to the area through a tourist, leisure and commercial offer”, said the chain (…).

“We believe that having Corpfin Capital Real Estate as an ally to launch the retail space in Edificio España is the best way of getting the most out of the property”, said Luis Rui (pictured above, left), CEO of Riu Hotels & Resorts. Meanwhile, Javier Basagoiti (pictured above, right) Managing Partner of Corpfin Capital Real Estate, highlighted that their idea is “to choose the operators that best reflect the philosophy of the building, in coordination with Riu, respecting the hotel activity and configuring the premises towards the creation of flagship stores for first-rate operators” (…).

Original story: Preferente.com 

Translation: Carmel Drake