Eurofund Purchases a 140,000 m2 Plot in Lleida from Sareb

19 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Eurofund’s new macro-project in Lleida is taking shape. The group has completed the purchase from the Company for the Management of Assets proceeding from the Restructuring of the Banking System (Sareb) of 140,000 m2 of land in Torre Salses (Lleida). Eurofund’s plans involve investing €80 million to build a new shopping centre with a gross leasable area of 560,000 m2.

The purchase, carried out through Eurofund Parc Lleida, has been completed after Eurofund overcame Sareb’s processes, in particular, those relating to overseas investments. On 4 December, Eurofund Parc Lleida signed an urban planning management agreement with the Town Hall of the Catalan town to execute the widening and extension of Calle Víctor Torres and the modification of the urban planning order for the South 42 Torre Salses sector. The building work is scheduled to begin in the autumn of 2019, according to Eje Prime.

Grupo Eurofund

Eurofund currently owns more than €3.5 billion in commercial assets, including the centres that it has constructed and those that it has under development. The fund manager was founded in 1994 and its first major development was Parc Vallès, in Terrassa (Barcelona).

The company is the owner of complexes such as Puerto Venecia, in Zaragoza, and maintains an alliance with the British operator Intu for the construction of new shopping centres in Málaga, Valencia and Vigo. Over the last 18 months, Eurofund Capital Partners has co-invested almost €350 million in real estate operations in Spain.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Eurofund Logistic Capital Partners Acquires a 130,000 m2 Plot in Corredor de Henares

15 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Eurofund and Logistic are continuing to push ahead together in the Spanish logistics sector. The joint venture, created by the two groups in 2017, Eurofund Logistic Capital Partners (Elcp), has purchased a plot of land measuring 130,000 m2 in the Corredor de Henares for the development of a new logistics project on the site, according to explanations provided by the company to Eje Prime.

The plot is located in the third ring of Madrid, on a large industrial estate in Torija (Guadalajara), with direct access to the A2 motorway, one of the main logistics axes in Spain that links Madrid and Barcelona.

Elcp is going to develop a Class A logistics project spanning 80,000 m2 on the site. Located 30 minutes from Barajas airport and 45 minutes from the centre of the Spanish capital, the land is “one of the few available buildable sites with the capacity to house a new building of this size”, said the Director-General of LCP, James Markby.

Marketing of the project, which is going to be a turnkey development, will begin immediately. On the same industrial estate in Torija where it has purchased this land, Eurofund Logistic already owns logistics centres leased to large multinationals such as Primark, Leroy Merlin and Bridgestone, amongst others.

During the nine months to September, logistics leasing in Spain amounted to 1.38 million m2, up by 17% with respect to the same period in 2017. In parallel, investment exceeded the €1.1 billion threshold during the first nine months of the year, up by 43%, according to data from the consultancy firm CBRE.

In Madrid, 632,000 m2 of logistics space was leased, almost equalling the figure recorded during the same period in 2017. Of that amount, more than 50% of the assets corresponded to operations involving warehouses with a surface area of more than 20,000 m2.

Eurofund Logistic: almost 1 million m2 under management

The latest purchase by Eurofund Logistic forms part of the growth plan that the company has underway in Spain and Portugal. Created in February 2017, the joint venture currently has 775,000 m2 of logistics assets under management.

Moreover, the joint venture is planning to start work on 650,000 m2 of logistics properties. One of the parties, Eurofund Capital Partners is a subsidiary of the Spanish group Eurofund, which, in addition to the logistics sector, also develops and manages assets, primarily in the retail segment.

Last week, Eurofund was given the green light for its new commercial macro-project in Lleida, as reported by Eje Prime. That project is known as the Torre Salses retail complex; it has a surface area of 56,000 m2 and construction of it will begin in the autumn of 2019.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Europa Capital Buys Gran Vía de Alicante For €52M

2 October 2017 – Expansión

Spanish shopping centres continue to be objects of desire for international investors and, specifically, for private equity funds. One of the latest to back this segment is the British fund Europa Capital, which has just closed an agreement with the real estate subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, Rreef, to acquire Gran Vía de Alicante, one of the largest shopping centres in the area.

Market sources have explained to Expansión that the operation has been closed for €52 million. The real estate consultancy JLL has advised the vendor in the process, whilst LyC and Savills have advised Europa Capital.

According to the same sources, the sales process, which opened in March, sparked interest amongst numerous investors, including Eurofund Capital Partners and Patron Capital, as well as Carmila, the subsidiary of Carrefour.

This shopping centre first opened its doors in 1998 and was renovated in 2012. The asset has a gross leasable area of 37,314 m2, spread over three floors, and includes a hypermarket occupied by Carrefour, which does not form part of the perimeter of this operation. The asset also includes a car park with 1,600 parking spaces.

Specifically, more than 70% of the asset’s surface area is leased to fashion brands such as Primark, Lefties, Pull&Bear, H&M, Bershka, Massimo Dutti and Deichmann. Moreover, the shopping centre’s other tenants include restaurant brands such as Foster’s Hollywood and Lizarrán.

Visitors

Last year, the shopping centre received 5.3 million visitors, up by 2.7% compared to the previous year. Gran Vía Alicante has increased the number of visitors almost continuously since Primark opened a store in the centre five years ago. That also resulted in a rise in sales, which exceeded €32 million last year, representing a YoY increase of 5.3%.

The asset, located at number two Calle José García Sellés, competes with Plaza Mar 2 – the largest shopping centre in the municipality – with a gross leasable area of 43,684 m2.

Other shopping centres located close to Gran Vía Alicante include Parque Vistahermosa, measuring 34,000 m2; San Vicente Outlet Park, measuring 36,500 m2; and Puerta de Alicante, measuring 34,500 m2.

Other operations

The purchase of Gran Vía Alicante by Europa Capital follows other operations closed recently in the region.

In this way, last year, TPG purchased the L’Aljub de Elche centre for €100 million for TH Real Estate. Meanwhile, Lar España acquired the Portal de la Marina shopping centre in Ondara (Alicante) for €14.5 million, and the Socimi in which Pimco holds a stake bought the Vistahermosa retail complex, which is located very close to the centre in Alicante, for €42.5 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Eurofund & Patron Spend €15M On Dolce Vita Odeón Shopping Centre Renovation

20 July 2017 – Eje Prime

The European investment funds Eurofund Capital Partners and Patron Capital are giving the Dolce Vita Odeon shopping centre a facelift. Work to renovate the inside and outside of the complex, which is located in Narón (A Coruña), will begin in September and the two funds will invest €15 million on the project in total.

The work will take six months and will transform the design of the external façades, as well as the common areas, the main entrances, the daytime and night-time lighting and the decoration of the squares, amongst many other elements. The joint investment, combined with the improvements already carried out at the centre since its acquisition in July 2015 by Eurofund Capital Partners and Patron Capital, amounts to around €15 million.

The investment in the aesthetic transformation of Dolce Vita Odeón, entrusted to the British architecture and interior design studio Broadway Alyan, is another step forward in the revitalisation of this centre (…).

Since July 2015, eight operators have opened stores in the centre, including Lefties, from the Inditex group, and H&M. Moreover, other firms such as Bershka, Oysho, Springfield and Pull&Bear have expanded and renovated their store concepts.

The opening of the new stores has generated employment for 70 people, in addition to the 150 new jobs associated with the construction work. The shopping centre has a gross leasable area of 25,000 m2 and 1,250 parking spaces.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Bank Negotiates Sale Of Gran Vía Alicante

30 April 2017 – Expansión

The real estate market for shopping centres is unrelenting. In the latest deal, Deutsche Bank has hung the “for sale” sign up over Gran Vía Alicante. The German entity’s real estate division, RREEF, which has engaged the real estate consultancy firm JLL to sell this shopping centre, has already received several offers for the asset.

Whilst the operation has not been closed yet, one of the players lining itself up as a candidate to take over the shopping centre is the British fund Europa Capital.

Moreover, one of the other investors interested in the asset is a consortium formed by Eurofund Capital Partners and Patron Capital and Carmila, the real estate subsidiary owned by Carrefour, according to market sources, which value the asset at just over €50 million.

The centre has a retail surface area of 37,300 m2, however, that figure includes a hypermarket owned by Carrefour, measuring 17,050 m2, which falls outside of the perimeter of this transaction.

Specifically, the retail space for sale, which has a gross leasable area of more than 20,200 m2, contains around 80 stores distributed over three floors, as well as an underground car park with 1,600 spaces.

Tenants

The shopping centre, inaugurated in November 1998 and renovated in 2012, received almost 5.3 million visitors last year and has an occupancy rate of 95% of its gross leasable area.

The shopping centre’s main tenants include brands such as Primark, H&M, Lefties, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Juguettos, Calzedonia, Natura and Fosters Hollywood, amongst others.

Gran Vía de Alicante, located on Calle José García Sellés, competes with Plaza Mar 2, the largest shopping centre in the town, spanning 43,600 m2.

In addition, other nearby shopping centres include Parque Vistahermosa, measuring 34,000 m2, San Vicente Outlet Park, measuring 36,500 m2 and Puerta de Alicante, measuring 34,500 m2.

Investment

Shopping centres are one of the real estate assets that have sparked the most interest amongst investors in recent years.

In 2016 alone, more than €3,700 million was invested in this segment, which constituted the second largest market in the real estate sector after the office segment.

The main operations closed last year included the sale of Diagonal Mar (Barcelona), which was acquired by Deutsche Bank from Northwood in August for €495 million, and the sale of Gran Vía de Vigo, which the Socimi Lar España acquired from Oaktree for €145 million.

So far in 2017, another mega-operation has been closed with the British fund Intu’s acquiring the Xanadú shopping centre (Arroyomolinos, Madrid) for €530 million from Ivanhoé Cambridge.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Eurofund Capital & Patron Acquire 3 Shopping Centres

6 April 2017 – Inmodiario

The European investment funds Eurofund Capital Partners and Patron Capital have strengthened their presence and operations in Spain with the acquisition of three shopping centres: El Mirador, located in Cuenca; Los Alcores, in the town of Alcalá de Guadaira (close to Sevilla); and Alzamora, in Alcoy (Alicante).

Over the next few months, it will invest approximately €13 million in these centres to renew their retail offering, as well as to incorporate new domestic and international firms in the sector, and to increase the leisure and restaurant offer.

El Mirador de Cuenca is one of the iconic shopping centres in Castilla La Mancha and has no competitors in Cuenca. Inaugurated in 2002, it has a gross leasable area of 16,400 m2 and is home to more than 60 stores, including several high profile brands such as H&M, Cortefiel and Carrefour.

Los Alcores forms part of the Parque Guadaira retail area, next to the town of Alcalá de Guadaira. With a gross leasable area of 12,400 m2, its tenants include firms such as H&M, Lefties, Bershka and Stradivarius (…).

Meanwhile, the Alzamora shopping centre is also the main operator in the Alcoy area. It has a gross leasable area of 16,000 m2 and houses a wide range of retail (Zara, Massimo Dutti, Springfield) and leisure firms (cinemas, gym).

This is the second joint operation by Eurofund Capital Partners and Patron Capital in Spain, following their acquisition in July 2015 of the Dolce Vita Odeón shopping centre in Narón, near Ferrol, where it is carrying out a complete refurbishment both inside and outside the property, which, including the improvements made over the last two years, amount to €10 million (…).

Patron Capital and Eurofund

Patron Capital is an institutional investor specialising in real estate assets. It currently manages assets worth more than €5,000 million belonging to sovereign funds, universities, pension funds, private foundations and individual investors from the USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Patron is headquartered in London and manages its investments in Spain from its offices in Barcelona. (…).

Meanwhile, the Eurofund Group has developed the shopping resort concept in Spain, which has had enormous success in Puerto Venecia (Zaragoza), winning the MAPIC prize in 2013 for the best shopping and leisure centre in the world. (…).

Original story: Inmodiario 

Translation: Carmel Drake