Veracruz Properties to Launch €4.9-Million Capital Increase

16 December 2019 – Veracruz Properties is planning a capital increase of €4.9 million through the issuance of 153,221 new shares with a nominal value of ten euros and an issue premium of 22 euros. The new measure is expected to be approved shortly at an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting in January.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

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

Testa Becomes A Socimi & Puts Its Residential Portfolio Up For Sale

29 September 2015 – Expansión

The real estate company Testa is making progress with its integration with the Socimi Merlin Properties. Yesterday, the company held an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting to approve a change in the corporate structure of the real estate company into a listed real estate investment company (Socimi).

The decision comes after an agreement was made between Sacyr and Merlin in June to sell Testa for €1,793 million. Currently, the Socimi led by Ismael Clemente (pictured above) controls 77% of Testa’s capital and is expected to own 100% of the shares before the end of June 2016.

The Socimi-conversion will apply (retrospectively) from 1 January 2015, which means that Testa may benefit this year from the tax advantages afforded to this kind of company, although they have yet to be quantified.

At the meeting yesterday, the shareholders approved the appointment of Ismael Clemente as a Director of Testa; he currently also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Merlin Properties. In addition, Miguel Ollero, a Director of Merlin, was also appointed as an independent Director of Testa, following the resignation of Juan María Aguirre Gonzalo.

Following the entry of these two new Directors, Testa’s governing body comprises seven members, including the Chairman, Fernando Rodríguez Avial and the CEO, Fernando Lacadena.

Once the purchase of the whole company has been completed, the two companies will merge into a single Socimi. The new Merlin Properties will have assets worth around €5,000 million.

Having taken control of Testa, the Directors of Merlin have decided to divest the real estate company’s residential portfolio, which contains around 1,500 homes. They have engaged two consultancy firms to coordinate this process, which is expected to begin within two weeks.

Potential purchasers of the portfolio include other Socimis and investment funds.

In addition to the sale of this package of properties, which generates annual rental income of €10.5 million, Merlin has also announced that it will sell the portfolio of hotels currently owned by Testa, before the end of the year.

Merlin’s shares closed trading on the stock exchange yesterday at €10.72 per share, up 0.33%, taking its market capitalisation to €3,461.3 million, whilst the market capitalisation of Testa is €2,055.5 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake