Testa Residencial Acquires 26 Homes in Ensanche de Vallecas (Madrid)

28 December 2017 – Inmodiario

Testa Residencial Socimi, S.A., the largest real estate company in Spain specialising in the residential rental market, has acquired 26 new homes in a building located in the Ensanche de Vallecas in Madrid. The homes, most of which have one bedroom, are located in an area of the Spanish capital where the rental market is booming.

In this way, Testa Residencial is continuing to pursue its strategic growth plan, by expanding its portfolio of assets to include 9,245 homes, whereby strengthening its position of leadership in the residential rental market.

Currently, the company’s portfolio of homes has an occupancy rate of 90% and is located in areas with the highest rates of demand, most notably, in the Community of Madrid, San Sebastián and Cataluña, which account for 65%, 5% and 5% of its turnover, respectively.

The company is continuing to consolidate its position as an efficient platform for residential rental properties, which adapts to the needs of its tenants, in line with the largest residential real estate companies in Europe. Moreover, the corporate loan signed recently grants it considerable growth capacity, which will allow it to gain weight and secure its place as a key player in the country.

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake

Domo Activos’s Socimi Approves €15M Capital Increase to Buy Land

12 December 2017 – Eje Prime

Domo Activos is getting down to work with its growth plan. The largest property developer Socimi, which is aimed at medium-sized investors, has approved a €15 million capital increase at an Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting. The funds will be used to purchase land in Spain for the construction of new homes.

The company has already identified purchase opportunities in a number of cities in Spain, according to José Luis Alba, the company’s Area Director, speaking to Eje Prime. “We will focus these acquisitions on Madrid, Málaga and Valencia in the first instance, but we are also searching for plots in Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada and Zaragoza”.

The Socimi’s capital increase will be undertaken through the issue and launch into circulation of a maximum of 7.5 million shares, granting a nominal value of €2 to each one of them.

Currently, the first project promoted by Domo Activos is the development being constructed in Madrid, in the Ensanche de Vallecas. This building will have eighty homes allocated for rent.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ferrovial, FCC, Acciona & ACS Are Building Houses Again

25 May 2017 – El Confidencial

A decade after they sold or wrote off their real estate arms, the country’s largest construction companies are now returning to the residential property development sector. Ferrovial, ACS, Acciona and FCC have regained their appetite for property and although they have different paces and strategies in mind, they have all definitively decided to revive their real estate divisions.

In the case of the group chaired by Rafael del Pino, which sold Ferrovial Inmobiliaria to Habitat for €2,200 million at the end of 2006, it will lay the first stone of this new strategic phase in Valdebebas. It owns plot 128A there, in what is one of the most important urban planning developments in the north of Madrid, and it plans to build between 200 and 300 homes on the site.

And that is just the tip of the iceberg, given that as the group’s CEO, Íñigo Meirás, acknowledged to this newspaper, the firm “is willing to become a property developer once again”. (…).

This strategy, combined with the gradual recovery in the real estate sector, has allowed residential construction work to account for 5% of the group’s total building portfolio, having closed last year at €442 million, up by 31.7% YoY. The group aspires to increase those numbers, by resuming its property development activity, which has caused it to analyse land operations in different areas to the north of Madrid.

FCC Real Estate also wants to make a similar move. The division, led for the last year and a half by Xavier Fainé Garriga, has decided to start developing half a million m2 of land that it owns in the Madrilenian town of Tres Cantos. The company has owned the plots for years, and its construction division will also participate in their development, along with the real estate subsidiary Realia, which will collaborate on the marketing side. (…).

Meanwhile, Acciona has a more ambitious plan, after it tried, two years ago, to divest its real estate arm, by listing it on the stock market or selling a stake in it to a fund – it has now ended up deciding to return to development. That was recognised by the firm’s Corporate Development Director, Juan Muro Lara, in March, when he announced the launch of 16 housing developments: 13 in Spain and the rest in Mexico and Poland.

In parallel, the group is finalising the transfer of its rental properties to Merlin, in a deal disclosed by El Confidencial in October, which will see the former’s exit from the real estate business. It also wants to push ahead with the sale of its hotels and office buildings through individual operations.

In the case of ACS, the firm is carrying out its strategy in the development segment through Cogesa, the historical subsidiary of the group, which stands out because it is the owner of the group’s two main corporate headquarters, the office buildings located in Las Tablas and on Avenida Pío XII in Madrid, and for owning sizeable land portfolios in areas such as Montecarmelo, Arroyo Fresno, Las Tablas, Carabanchel and Ensanche de Vallecas.

The turning point for this subsidiary, which is led by the brother of Florentino Pérez, Enrique, came two years ago, when it carried out a capital increase amounting to €44 million and then acquired one of the last plots of residential land in Montecarmelo for €2,200/m2. That figure turned the operation into one of the most onerous since the burst of the bubble, but is now seen in a very different light. (…).

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Domo Gestora’s Socimi Acquires Its First Plot Of Land

24 March 2017 – Inmodiario

Domo Activos Socimi, the Socimi promoted by the real estate manager Domo, has acquired its first asset. The asset in question is a plot of land, located in Ensanche de Vallecas, in Madrid, where the company plans to develop a residential building comprising 80 homes for rent with the option to buy. This Socimi’s business model focuses on buying land on which to construct buildings for their subsequent rental. Once the mandatory three years during which they must lease the properties out has passed, the Socimi will then proceed to sell them, whereby benefitting from the tax benefits enjoyed by these types of companies. In this way, all of the profits generated from the date the land is acquired until the date the properties are sold is taxed at 0% for Corporation Tax purposes.

According to the company’s estimates, the returns on this project, once the divestment has been made, could reach 10% per annum. Before the sale and whilst the properties are being leased, investors will receive profits resulting from the rental income, in the form of dividend payments.

Domo Activos Socimi will debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) in the recently created sub-segment, called “Socimi under development”. Socimis that allocate less than 70% of their assets for rent trade there. In this case, Domo Activos Socimi will ask to be incorporated into this sub-segment, given that initially, it will own just one plot of land.

Domo Activos Socimi’s business model allows its shareholders to participate in the advantages and returns offered by traditional Socimis, as well as in the returns offered by the development and construction of properties.

Domo Activos Socimi plans to file its request to join the MAB during the first half of 2017. This milestone will allow Domo to fulfil one of the main objectives that it set itself when it launched this Socimi, namely, to enable small and medium-sized investors to access investments with these characteristics.

Domo Activos Socimi has successfully completed its first capital increase, which has allowed it to acquire this plot of land and for the time being and until it debuts on the MAB, with the traditional “Ringing of the bell”, it may increase its share capital again, which would likely require a minimum necessary investment per shareholder of €100,000.

Original story: Inmodiario 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ebrosa Buys Ministry Of Defence’s Last Auctioned Plot In Madrid

9 February 2017 – Expansión

The Ministry of Defence is continuing with its real estate divestment plan. Its last major sale was completed yesterday with the sale of an urban use plot that has a surface area of 3,569 m2 and a buildable surface area of 9,865 m2. The plot is located in the former central park of the engineers in Villaverde, in the neighbourhood of Los Angeles, in the south east of Madrid.

Like in the case of the Administration’s other assets, the sale has been conducted through a public auction, which was publicised through the real estate portfolio addmeet. Specifically, the Ministry of Defence had planned to carry out two simultaneous auctions, for an initial asking price of €4.7 million (in the first round of bidding) and a second asking price of €4.28 million (in the second round). In the end, the second round was not necessary as the initial bids exceeded the initial asking price, and the plot was awarded to the real estate company Ebrosa, which bid €5.04 million.

This Zaragoza-based property developer will use the land, for which planning permission has already been granted, to build a block of flats similar to those projects that it is already developing in other areas of Madrid, such as in Las Tablas and Sanchinarro, in the north east of the city, as well as in Ensanche de Vallecas.

Ebrosa’s new development will be located next to “residential developments that are being sold at a good rate”, according to information included in the addmeet advert. Specifically, one hundred homes that Inmoglacial is promoting together with the investment fund Aquila Capital, in the same central park of the engineers in Vallaverde, after it was awarded nine plots of land from Sepes in July 2015, covering a buildable surface area of 120,000 m2. That project, which is being completed in nine phases, involves a total investment of almost €200 million to construct more than 1,200 homes, whose first phase is due to be completed in the spring of 2017.

According to the most recent annual accounts, corresponding to 2015, Ebrosa generated a profit of €31.38 million, compared with €4 million the year before, from a turnover of €16.68 million.

Divestment plan

The sale of the plot in the neighbourhood of Los Angeles was included in the real estate asset sales plan that the Ministry of Defence launched in 2013, with the aim of divesting some of its land, premises, rural estates and homes.

The most high profile sales in this plan include the sale of the former Precisión Workshop, located on Calle Raimundo Fernández Villaverde, next to Paseo de la Castellana and Nuevos Ministerios. In November 2014, the Ministry of Defence awarded those unused plots to the housing manager Domo for €111 million, which acquired them with the aim of constructing a 320-home development on the site, with an average price of €325,000.

Currently, the Ministry of Defence has two other plots of land up for sale, in Alcalá de Henares and in the Campamento area. The latter, whose sales price has not been revealed, is one of the most attractive sites for construction in the capital, given its location, between the Somosaguas area and the former land of Campamento, whose sale is also being considered by the Ministry.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Grupo Ortiz To Partially Spin Off Its RE Business

9 February 2017 – Cinco Días

A new company is getting ready to join the fruitful world of the Socimis. Grupo Ortiz, a Madrid-based construction company founded in 1961, is working with the financial group Arcano to prepare for the debut of its real estate business on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). The new company will own the Group’s real estate assets, which are all rented out, according to sources familiar with the operation.

Through this transaction, the company is looking to bring assets amounting to around €150 million to the market, along with associated debt amounting to €55 million. Moreover, the company chaired by Juan Antonio Carpintero is looking to take advantage of the future listed company to secure other investors for his business, and Arcano will act as advisor. Both companies declined to comment on the operation.

The intention of the construction group is to open up the Socimi to other investors and whereby partially sell off part of the new company, but to retain ownership of at least 30% of the capital. The company is currently undergoing a process of internationalisation, and sources close to the group indicate that these resources could be reinvested in new opportunities.

The market expects the new Socimi to be constituted within the next few months. Experts in the sector say that the objective, given Grupo Ortiz’s portfolio of assets, is to offer to pay a quarterly dividend, which could exceed 5% p.a.

The portfolio will initially comprise several office buildings, plus more than 340 rental homes, a parking lot on Calle Ortega y Gasset in Madrid with 800 parking spaces, as well as retail premises and warehouses, most of which are located in Madrid and the surrounding area. According to the Group’s website, Ortz has 36,000 m2 of tertiary assets leased out and 1,445 social housing properties, owned by Madrid’s Housing Institute (Ivima) and the Municipal Housing Company (EMV).

It also has 24,000 m2 of office space leased out in Madrid, primarily in the area around La Gavia (Ensanche de Vallecas). According to its annual accounts for 2015 (the latest available), the real estate business generated revenues of €55.34 million.

The group’s total turnover amounted to €376 million in 2015, with an EBTIDA of €41.22 million. Although the firm started out as a construction company, it has since diversified and now operates four divisions: concessions, energy, services and real estate.

The Socimi structure allows those who adopt its tax regime to enjoy exemptions from corporation tax in exchange for the compulsory payment of dividends to their shareholders each year (who do pay tax). The structure has served to boost the Spanish real estate market, with the backing of international funds, and many large property owners have also benefitted from these structures. Around 30 Socimis are currently listed on the MAB.

Grupo Ortiz launched its international activity in Peru in 2010. It currently has operations in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Panama and Algeria, with energy projects in Italy and France, photovoltaic solar plants in Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, El Salvador and Japan and other integrated water management projects in Romania.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake