Martinsa’s Creditors Put 45 New Assets Up For Sale

30 April 2017 – Expansión

A year and a half after its liquidation was approved, the property developer Martinsa Fadesa is still working on the process, with the aim of returning to its creditors at least a small part of the more than €6,000 million that the company owed when it filed for bankruptcy.

To that end, the heads of the process have launched several auctions of the assets that Martinsa still owns, including homes in some of its macro-developments and plots of land for development, amongst others.

The latest initiative in this sense has been the creation of a special lot containing 45 assets, including finished homes, others under construction and a plot of land for development.

Highlights include a 2-bedroom home in Ayamonte (Huelva), measuring 95 m2, that has a terrace, private garden and parking space, which has an asking price of €108,290.

In Paterna (Valencia), Martinsa is selling homes and parking spaces alike at its Mas del Rosari development. For example, the real estate company is selling a social housing flat, measuring 90 m2, for a minimum price of €120,020.

This lot, the seventh to be created by the liquidators of the real estate company, also includes buildable land in El Saboyal de San Mateo de Gállego (Zaragoza), measuring almost 10,000 m2 and with a buildability of approximately 7,020 m2 for the construction of 39 semi-detached family homes. The initial price of the plot for auction amounts to €2.3 million.

To carry out the sale of these and other assets, those responsible for the liquidation, have created a website (martinsafadesaliquidacion.es), through which bids can be made for the real estate company’s plots of land, homes, storerooms and parking spaces. In the case of this latest batch, the deadline for participating is 8 May.

According to the latest data presented by Martinsa Fadesa, at the end of 2014 (the company formally requested to file for liquidation in March 2015), the hole in its balance sheet amounted to €4,603 million. Specifically, it owned assets worth €2,392 million to cover total liabilities of €6,995 million, of which €3,200 million corresponded to debt with financial institutions.

In December 2014, the real estate company chaired by its largest shareholder, Fernando Martín, presented a new proposal for its repayments after failing to fulfil the schedule set out in its first plan, approved in 2011, and which allowed it to emerge from the largest creditor bankruptcy ever seen in Spain. Then, Martinsa Fadesa had been negotiating with its financial creditors, including Sareb, CaixaBank, Popular and Abanca, for more than a year regarding a repayment plan for the more than €6,600 million that it owed.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Manuel Jove Invests With His Marineda Partners Again

16 April 2015 – Expansión

After selling the Marineda shopping centre in La Coruña last summer to the Socimi Merlin Properties for €260 million, Manuel Jove (pictured above) and his partners are now working together on some new real estate projects.

The founder of Fadesa and his partners, the businessmen José Collazo and Modesto Rodríguez, have carried out two increases in the share capital of their company, Starco Invest. The company, created in September 2007, is 50% controlled by Manuel Jove, through a subsidiary of his holding company Inveravante, whilst Collazo and Rodríguez each hold a 25% stake.

At the end of March, the shareholders of Starco conducted two capital increases amounting to €12,526 million and €6,263 million, respectively, according to data recorded in the Commercial Register. In the case of the first, the operation was completed through a monetary contribution. Meanwhile, the second transaction was performed through the contribution of an asset, namely a plot of land occupying around 10,700 square metres, which has been approved for tertiary (residential) use.

The plot of land is located on the La Grela industrial estate in La Coruña and according to real estate sources, it was purchased from a financial entity. Until a few months ago, the textile company Caramelo, in which Jove also holds a stake, had its headquarters on this site. However, the company had to transfer the land to its creditor bank as part of the bankruptcy process, which it has been immersed in since April 2013.

The partners of Invest Cos have confirmed the acquisition of this land and said that they do not yet know what the land will ultimately be used for.

After selling his company, Fadesa, to Fernando Martín for more than €2,200 million in 2007, Manuel Jove created the company Inveravante, through which he has invested in numerous real estate and renewable energy projects.

Meanwhile, Jove joined forces with Modesto Rodríguez, José Collazo and José Souto (who no longer holds a stake in Starco) to undertake the Marineda real estate project, which mainly focused on the shopping centre, but which also included a hotel (which was also transferred to the Socimi last year) and an office building.

Jove and his partners generated a profit of around €50 million from the sale of Marineda, according to sources close to the transaction. In September, the businessmen wound up the company Invest Cos and since then they have been jointly managing the offices.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Sareb Calls For Changes To Reyal Urbis’s Proposed Agreement

10 March 2015 – Expansión

Negotiations / The real estate company’s main creditor shares the legal concerns raised by the judge regarding the proposed agreement. If they are addressed, a discount of up to 93% could be accepted.

The real estate company Reyal Urbis is using up its last options to save itself from liquidation. The company submitted a proposed agreement on 13 February, which must be approved or rejected by its creditors before next Friday 13 March. Nevertheless, the proposal that has been presented has raised important questions that have lead the judge in charge of the bankruptcy process to reject the offer and ask Reyal for a series of changes and clarifications.

The judge from the Commercial Court number 6 in Madrid is not the only party for whom this proposal to exit the bankruptcy process has raised doubts. Sareb, the main creditor of Reyal Urbis with a debt of €785 million, sent a letter to the court last week expressing its concerns. Last Friday, the judge himself made these concerns clear through a series of requests to the real estate company. One of Sareb’s demands is to know the current value of Reyal Urbis’ assets, through the performance of a new appraisal.

One of the aspects that has generated the most doubt, for both the judge and Sareb, relates to the application of the agreements and waivers to all of the creditors, even those that do not sign up to the agreement. Reyal is making its own interpretation of the recent regulatory changes in the bankruptcy law whereby, if 75% of the creditors adhere to the payment proposal, then rest should waive the mortgage rights they obtained during the four refinancings that the company signed before it filed for bankruptcy. The judge considers that it cannot be assumed that all of the creditors will waive (their rights) or that the “knock-on effect” will apply.

Another controversial point is the high percentage of the discount that Reyal is calling for, which ranges between 88% and 93% for the creditors with syndicated debt (which includes Sareb and entities such as Santander, RBS and Barclays), without offering a credible business plan. In his ruling, the judge demands that (Reyal Urbis) “correct the weaknesses identified in its feasibility plan, in order to provide the necessary and essential objective justification of the discounts requested”.

Reyal has until the end of March to clarify these points and also whether it has a parallel agreement with the Tax Authorities. The real estate company intends to use some of the assets that it does not grant to the creditors (valued at €260 million and chosen by the company) as a guarantee to the Tax Administration.

With the new proposal on the table that resolves the possible uncertainties regarding the distribution of assets, the creditors will consider whether to sign up to the agreement, or conversely, let the real estate company go under, as happened with its counterpart Martinsa Fadesa. Sources close to the creditors believe that the two cases are not the same and that the entities may give Reyal a chance, just like they did with Fernando Martín’s company in 2011.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

The State Will Lose €1,000m From Martinsa’s Liquidation

4 March 2015 – Expansión

The collapse of the real estate company will result in losses of €1,000 million for Bankia and the ‘bad bank’.

According to experts, Blesa assumed ‘a high risk’ in the company for ‘possible favourable treatment’.

The State will become the biggest loser following the largest liquidation in Spain’s history. The bankruptcy of Martinsa Fadesa will have already cost Bankia – due to the loans it inherited from the savings banks it acquired – and the bad bank Sareb more than €1,000 million and this amount may end up exceeding €1,3000 million, according to sources from the real estate sector.

The Chairman of Martinsa Fadesa, Fernando Martín (pictured), has filed for the company’s liquidation after he failed to reach an agreement with its creditors, led by Sareb. The bad bank holds debt of more than €1,400 million that it inherited mainly from Caja Madrid, but also from other nationalised savings banks. According to sources at Martinsa, it would have been less costly for the bad bank – whose financial risk is guaranteed 100% by the State – to accept an agreement with Martín, because then it would have been able to recover at least 25% of its debt, but that now becomes impossible due to its bankruptcy.

Yesterday, various vulture funds offered to purchase Martinsa Fadesa’s debt for a discount of up to 96%, given the high probability that all of the creditors will lose the bulk of the funds they lent, according to market sources.

Sources at Sareb responded that, “unfortunately, the best option is the one that has gone ahead; there was no viable alternative in terms of (the real estate company’s) continuity”. At the bad bank, whose primary shareholder is the state-owned FROB, with a 45% stake, they think that it too early to talk about and quantify losses. They still think that they will be able to recover the amount loaned to Martinsa Fadesa from the liquidation of its assets in the full course of time.

Sareb is Martinsa’s main creditor with its aforementioned debt of €1,400 million, followed by CaixaBank (€908 million) and Banco Popular (€580 million). In total, the real estate company’s debt amounts to €7,000 million and the creditors consider that only €800 million of the real estate company’s assets have any value; they are going to dispute them to avoid Sareb taking a clean sweep.

The background to this disaster began in 2007 when, according to expert reports from the Bank of Spain, Caja Madrid became “one of the entities that assumed the most risk in the merger of Martinsa and Fadeas” when it assumed exposure in the real estate company amounting to €1,032 million “of which only 28% was secured”. The experts maintain that the then Chairman of Caja Madrid, Miguel Blesa, was incited by the offer of “possible favourable treatment” from the real estate company created by Fernando Martín. The person responsible for granting the loan at Caja Madrid, Carlos Vela, was hired by Martín as the new CEO but, one year later, he was recruited back to the savings bank again by Blesa, days before the real estate company logged its first suspension of payments. Subsequently, Caja Madrid’s exposure to Martinsa was taken on by the new BFA-Bankia group, together with other amounts from Bancaja and the other savings banks that were integrated as part of the merger. And in 2012, the European Union conditioned its bailout of the Spanish banking sector on the creation of Sareb, amongst other measures. The then new Chairman of Bankia, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, transferred the toxic assets to Sareb at a discount of more than 50%, which represented the State’s first loss of more than €500 million in the case of Martinsa, although the entity did not disclose the actual amount. Other nationalised savings banks did the same thing, whereby converting Sareb into Martinsa Fadesa’s largest creditor.

Sareb was confident that, having purchased the debt at a discount, it would be able to recover and even make a profit on its exposure, if Martinsa Fadesa managed to improve its situation, however that proved impossible. Last year, Fernando Martín offered the bad bank a refinancing agreement, which involved a haircut of 66% in return for becoming a shareholder. Sareb ruled that option out as it questioned Martín’s management and the fact that the Chairman had earned a fixed salary of €1.5million per year despite the company’s woes.

Sources close to the property developer say that this salary “is negligible compared with the €2,400 million that he himself lost following the acquisition of Fadesa” and they deny that representatives from Sareb and from other banks had requested his departure during the final weeks in return for accepting the haircut. “They have not made that request in any of the meetings, on the contrary, they have asked him to continue at the helm”.

The creditor banks indicate that, like with all liquidation cases, there will now be an investigation to determine whether Martín is criminally liable; they criticise the fact that he has embarked on expensive adventures in recent months, such as filing the lawsuit against the former owner of Fadesa, Manuel Jove. “The legal costs of the defeat against Jove may exceed €60 million”. “False”,  reply Martinsa, “they will be less than €20 million”,.

Either way, the figures are vast, and mean that the real estate company becomes a symbol of the rise and fall of the property boom that was supported by the savings banks.

It now remains to be seen who will administer the complex liquidation process. The favourite, KPMG, may be conflicted out because it has worked with Sareb in the past.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Martinsa Heads For Liquidation With A €4,603m Deficit

2 March 2015 – Cinco Días

The real estate company halved its losses in 2014 (to €313 million) but that was still not enough to plug the hole

Martinsa Fadesa recorded an ‘equity shortfall’ of €4,603 million at the end of 2014, according to the annual results presented by the real estate company, which was plunged into liquidation last Thursday after it failed to obtain support from the banks for its latest proposed debt repayment plan.

The real estate company, which is owned and chaired by Fernando Martín, holds assets valued at €2,392 million to meet total liabilities of €6,995 million, of which €3,200 million corresponds to debt with financial entities.

Martinsa closed 2014 with a net loss of €313.6 million, an amount that represents a 51.9% reduction in the losses recorded one year earlier.

The decrease in the loss resulted from a reduction in the provisions made by the company against the impairment of its real estate assets, which amounted to just €179 million in 2014, i.e. 60% of the amounted provisioned in the previous year.

Nevertheless, the accounts of the real estate company in 2014 included €131 million of financial costs relating to bankruptcy debt, which corresponded to the bankruptcy process that the company was involved in between 2008 and 2011, the largest ever bankruptcy filed in Spain’s history.

The company’s lack of liquidity to meet the debt repayment schedule established as part of the agreement that was made in March 2011 to allow the company to emerge from bankruptcy, forced the company to begin negotiations with the banks at the end of 2013.

In December 2014, when a new debt payment fell due and given that it was impossible for the company to reach an agreement with the banks, Martinsa submitted a proposal to the court to unilaterally reform the 2011 agreement.

The judge gave the banks until 26 February to state their views regarding the plan, but the company failed to obtain backing from 75% of the creditors (the required threshold) before the deadline expired, according to sources close to the process.

The company will hold an extraordinary Board Meeting today (Monday 2 March 2015) to analyse its own request for liquidation.

House sales

Martinsa Fadesa faces liquidation despite the fact it managed to increase its turnover by 18.3% in 2014, to €130 million, according to the accounts it has submitted to the National Securities Market Commission (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores or CNMV).

It generated this turnover through the delivery of 1,585 homes in 2014, more than double the number handed over in 2013, of which 482 were registered in Spain and 1,103 overseas.

Besides Spain, Martinsa Fadesa undertakes activity in France, Morocco, Mexico, Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, although its operations in the latter are also in liquidation.

All of the homes that were pre-sold by the real estate company in 2014 correspond to this international activity.

Original story: Cinco Días

Translation: Carmel Drake

Spain’s New ‘Property Kings’

2 March 2015 – El Mundo

2006 was a key year for Fernando Martín. Not only did the Chairman of Martinsa hold the presidency of Real Madrid for a short time, he also acquired the real estate company Fadesa for €4,000 million. Two years later, the burst of the (real estate) bubble put an end to his reign. Since then, the businessman has tried to resist (his downfall) until this week, when the banks and Sareb put an end to his adventures, by plunging Martinsa into bankruptcy. His creditors say that throughout the bankruptcy negotiations, Martín has demanded that he continue in his role as Chairman of the company and also retain his company car, his secretary and his salary of around €1.5 million, even though the company’s activity has been minimal.

With this defeat falls the last of the property lords who led the Spanish economy’s most important sector during the boom years, with negotiation tactics that many associate with lobster lunches and (VIP) boxes at football matches.

However, Martín’s fall coincides with the rebirth of the empire. Last year, institutional investors closed transactions amounting to €14,000 million in Spain (a volume of activity that was only exceeded in 2006 and 2007) and data from the housing market also shows that the property sector has turned the corner towards recovery. In fact, in 2014, the number of new mortgages taken out increased for the first time, after six years in decline.

This rebirth is accompanied by new businessmen with profiles more akin to those of bankers than (property) developers. The property kings’ successors are more used to having canopes for lunch, in true British style, and many of the important decisions about the future developments that will see the return of cranes to Spain’s landscape, are no longer being made in (VIP) boxes at the Bernabéu, but instead in offices in Madrid, the City of London, Dallas, New York and Beijing.

Former developers, such as Fernando Martín, Enrique Bañuelos (Astroc) and Rafael Santamaría (Reyal Urbis) have now made way for Wang Jianlin (Wanda), Ismael Clemente (Merlin Properties), Juan Pepa (Lone Star) and Concha Osácar (Azora).

These are executives who no longer depend on the banks to finance their projects; instead they are backed by large insurance companies, sovereign funds and even highly qualified investors, such as George Soros and Carlos Slim.

“We are facing a paradigm shift. During the boom (years), developers wanted to make more than they were able to and they focused on stocking up on land, due to the peculiarities of that raw material. However, (property) development is like manufacturing and no manufacturer purchases (his) raw materials 10 years in advance. When we hit economic difficulties, that model collapsed. Now, we are seeing different management and development models exist side by side. We are moving towards a more professional model, in which fewer developers compete, with stronger brands”, explains Luis Ruiz Bartolomé, co-author of the book ‘Return, property, return’ (‘Vuelve, ladrillo, vuelve’).

Under this model, the large investors, cooperatives and local developers that have managed to survive the difficult years, are going to co-exist. All of them will compete with a different mentality and with new ways of managing assets.

“The new players in the real estate sector will have to analyse the current key factors (effectively) to enable them to have a more global profile through increased specialisation and professionalization”, says the partner responsible for Real Estate at KPMG, Javier López Torres.

Wang Jianlin (pictured above)

On his trips to Spain, the Chinese tycoon has enjoyed evenings at the Teatro Real, but he also likes football. In fact, his first investments in this country were in the Torre España – a building he bought from Santander – and a stake in Atletico de Madrid. Now, the owner of the Wanda Group wants to launch the development of the so-called Wang mega-complex, a residential and leisure park that may be constructed on land that used to house former barracks in Madrid. Nevertheless, to date, the Asian millionaire’s investments in Spain have merely represented a token gesture, in the context of the global figures for his real estate business. The Wanda Group is the largest land-owner in China and it is constructing the largest residential skyscraper in London, next to the Thames. According to the Chinese press, Jianlin is also considering the purchase of the AC Milan football team.

Jaime Echegoyen

It is likely that when the Chairman of Sareb was CEO at Bankinter and Head of Barclays in Spain, he never imagined that it would end up holding the reins of the bad bank. This banker, who always works with office door open, is responsible for managing the real estate giant that was created in 2012 with 200,000 assets (80% financial and 20% property) amounting to €50,781 million. Echegoyen’s team is working on the completion of 1,000 homes (which it received ‘unfinished’ from the banks) across 52 sites. In addition, it is studying the development of some of the 5,000 plots of land that it received as inheritance, to be able to better market them before 2027, when the semi-public company will have to be dissolved.

Juan Pepa

This Argentine, who lives in London, is the Managing Director of the North American fund Lone Star and in 2013, he managed to convince US investors to back Spanish property. When Pepa comes to Spain and announces that his is going to launch the largest developer in the country this Spring, he does so with a level of enthusiasm that may surprise (people) after the hard times experienced in recent years. “We are going to fill the country with cranes”, he likes to declare. In recent years, Lone Star has purchased the real estate company Neinor from Kutxabank and Eurohypo’s loan business (together with JP Morgan) to launch this project. With a financial background and an MBA, Pepa plays polo and is the patron of the Pro Alvear Foundation, which works to promote education and technology in the La Pampa province of Argentina. This executive, who is less than 40 years-old, does not like the press referring to his fund as a vulture; he assures them that he has not come to Spain with a short-term view and although, he does not provide any details about his project, he says that the proof will be in the fact that it will generate value for the Spanish economy.

Ismael Clemente

Also a banker by trade – he used to work at Deustche Bank for example – but more closely related to property than Echegoyen and Pepa, Clemente founded Magic Real Estate during the worst year of the crisis (2012) and now is the head of Merlin Properties, the Socimi that debuted on the stock exchange in an IPO that raised €1,250 million.

George Soros and Carlos Slim

The tycoon who devalued the pound in 1992 and the Mexican multi-millionaire represent the many international investors who want to get involved in the recovery of the (real estate) sector through their financial investments. Soros is one of Hispania’s shareholders, whilst Slim has taken a stake in FCC. From there, he wants to acquire Realia to complete his business empire, which includes valuable assets from around the world, in many different sectors; América Móvil is one of the jewels in his crown.

Leopoldo Moreno

In addition to the businesses of large investors, cooperatives are also proving themselves to be a successful formula for development, as banks have closed the (financing) taps. The CEO of Ibosa has known how to take advantage of this model with numerous developments in the Community of Madrid.

Santos Montoro

This businessman from Murcia is a good example of how a family developer can compete in the (new) real estate model that has been imposed by the investment funds. In fact, his company, Monthisa (which was created in 1968) has managed to reinvent itself during this crisis to form a partnership with the fund H.I.G. to manage the Bull portfolio, a batch of apartments and garages that the US vehicle purchased from Sareb.

Enrique Bañuelos

After the fiasco involving Astroc, this deposed king has resumed his activity in London. From the City he wants to develop (property) in Spain through his new company called Veremonte and participate in BCNWorld, the tourism and leisure macro project that the Catalan authorities are looking to build

Original story: El Mundo (by María Vega)

Translation: Carmel Drake

The Banks Reject Martinsa’s Plan And Plunge It Into Liquidation

27 February 2015 – Expansión

The real estate company owned by Fernando Martín has liabilities amounting to €6,600 million.

In 2008, the real estate company Martinsa filed for the largest bankruptcy in Spain’s history.

On Thursday, the creditor banks put a final end to the adventure that Fernando Martín first began back in 2006. Then, the property developer from Valladolid, who appeared in the Forbes list of the richest men in the world, was evaluating the purchase of the Galician company Fadesa, a real estate giant with assets valued at more than €13,000 million located in 13 countries.

The financial institutions plunged Martinsa Fadesa into liquidation, by definitively rejecting the proposed agreement that Martín submitted to Commercial Court number 1 in A Coruña on 30 December, as they considered it to be “unacceptable”, according to comments from various creditor banks. The company has liabilities of €6,600 million, of which €5,500 million relate to financial debt.

In 2008, Martinsa Fadesa filed for Spain’s largest ever creditor bankruptcy, with a debt that amounted to €7,800 million at the time. Although the company reached an agreement to exit from that judicial process, it admitted last year that it was incapable of meeting the obligations of the (revised) agreement for the second year in a row, and it warned of an equity imbalance of €4,473 million. All of that led directly to its liquidation. Following the reform of the bankruptcy laws, Martín presented successive proposals, baptised with the name Aurora Plan, to the creditor banks, to renegotiate the debt. The bank rejected them time and again.

The latest plan, which was presented to the court unilaterally, proposed a 70% reduction to the debt balance and the liquidation of some of the liabilities through deeds in lieu. As a sweetener, Martín included the share of the capital that he thought he would obtain from a potentially favourable sentence in the lawsuit that he had brought against the former owner of Fadesa, Manuel Jove. He filed a claim for €1,576 million against him, on the basis that the sale had gone ahead despite certain irregularities. Martín’s plan involved slimming down the property developer to leave it with a structure of €883 million in assets and €489 million in liabilities.

Financial sources agree that they never accepted any of these conditions: they thought that the discount was excessive, that the assets held overseas were overvalued by 417% and that Martín was going to retain ownership of the best plots of land and properties in the portfolio. In the end, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Jove and ordered Martín to pay the legal costs, which had risen at least €60 million, an amount the company simply cannot afford to pay.

The negotiations with the banks were led by a group of four banks, comprising Sareb – the bad bank – CaixaBank, Banco Popular and Abanca, which held almost 60% of the financial debt. The entities – altogether the company owes money to around twenty – decided to take control of the real estate company, just like they did with Metrovacesa and Colonial, respectively. Industry sources explained that most of the entities had already made provisions against their loans to Martinsa Fadesa, which filed for bankruptcy in 2008. However Sareb has not, since it acquired the toxic loans from nationalised banks at substantial discounts.

The real estate company, which employs around 70 people, does not have any developments underway. Therefore, in the end, the banks preferred to let the company fail, and for the judge to set in motion the process of orderly liquidation, whereby subjecting the company’s assets to a strict valuation.

Original story: Expansión (by Lluís Pellicer)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Martinsa Loses Battle With Jove & Fails To Convince Its Banks

12 February 2015 – Expansión

No options left / The Supreme Court dismisses the appeal lodged by the real estate company, which is also failing to reach an agreement with its creditors

The real estate company Martinsa Fadesa received a slap in the face yesterday as the Supreme Court rejected its latest appeal in the legal battle against Fadesa’s former managers, Antonio de la Morena and Manuel Jove.

The Supreme Court was the last legal option for Fernando Martín (pictured above) in his attempt to get Jove and De la Morena to compensate Martinsa with €1,576 million for allegedly falsifying Fadesa’s valuations prior to its purchase by Martinsa in 2007.

Following the rulings against the plaintiff by the Commercial Court, the Provincial Court of La Coruña and now the Supreme Court, the real estate company is left without any legal options. It could request the referral of the case to the Constitutional Court, but that is something that judicial sources deem unlikely.

This failure comes at a very delicate time for the real estate company, just a few days before the period for reaching a new agreement with its creditors comes to an end. In the proposal to its creditors, Martinsa (which has an equity deficit of €4,500 million) had included the possibility of cleaning up the company with the €1,576 million that it hoped to receive from Manuel Jove and share some of the money with its creditors. Now, the company will not only receive that amount, but the judge has order that it cover the legal costs of the trial, which lasted for almost four years. In total, Martina may be forced to pay more than €40 million as a result.

The creditors

In this context, the deadline imposed by the judge in La Coruña for the creditors of the real estate company to join the payment plan will expire on 26 February. The proposed plan includes a significant debt forgiveness clause (“quita”) for some of the more than €6,000 million that it owes.

In addition to sharing out the compensation expected from Jove, the proposal includes a number of other improvements, but they are not sufficient for the creditor banks, which have been trying to reach an agreement with Martín for months.

Amongst the discrepancies between Martinsa and its creditors is a mismatch of up to 70% regarding the valuation of assets. Faced with this situation, the entities, including Popular, CaixaBank, Abanca and Sareb, amongst others, will not sign up to the agreement and so the judge in charge of the case will have no choice but to initiate the company’s liquidation plan. This process will be “long and complex” due to the huge volumes of plots, with a variety of different uses and locations, and the fact that many of them are in very early stages of development.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Ruiz and S. Arancibia)

Translation: Carmel Drake