Tomás Olivo Increases his Stake in Unicaja to 4.55%

The shopping centre developer, Tomás Olivo, has strengthened his position in Unicaja after buying 24 million new shares in the financial entity.

The Murcian property developer Tomás Olivo, owner of the largest Socimi on the MAB, General de Galerías Comerciales (GGC), has increased his stake in the share capital of Unicaja after buying 24 million new shares in the entity, according to the records of the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV).

In May, Olivo entered the share capital of Unicaja by acquiring a 3.064% stake. Now, the businessman, who owns nine large shopping centres in Spain, has strengthened his position in the entity to control 4.55% of its shares.

Tomás Olivo in Talks to Acquire 150,000 M2 of Land in Valdebebas

3 October 2019 –Tomás Olivo’s socimi General de Galerías Comerciales (GGC) is negotiating to acquire 145,790 square meters of commercial land in Valdebebas, where it is looking to develop the largest shopping centre in Spain.

The land is said to be worth 200 million euros, though GGC has yet to offer that much.

The future shopping centre will include 36,500 square meters of office buildings, along with more than 24,500 square meters or parks and green areas.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Tomás Olivo Buys 2 million m2 of Land in Marbella

12 March 2019 – Murcia Economía

General de Galerias Comerciales, the Socimi owned by the Murcian businessman Tomás Olivo, has purchased 2 million m2 of land in Marbella, which is thought to be key for the development of the city.

The Socimi paid €25.73 million plus taxes for the plots, which are located to the north of the La Cañada shopping centre, also owned by Olivo.

When the land was put up for sale last year, it generated little interest as only a quarter of the plots are currently developable, under the governing PGOU. However, sources report that Olivo plans to put all of the land to work as soon as possible.

Original story: Murcia Economía

Translation: Carmel Drake

GGC Acquires El Mirador de Jinámar Shopping Centre for €45M

30 November 2018 – Eje Prime

General de Galerías Comerciales is now the owner of El Mirador de Jinámar. The Socimi led by the Murcian businessman Tomás Olivo has acquired the commercial complex located in the Canary Islands for €45 million. The company has been advised by Cushman & Wakefield during the operation.

El Mirador de Jinámar is the largest retail space in the Canary Islands. The asset has a total surface area of 50,000 m2, of which 11,300 m2 is dedicated to the first hypermarket that Eroski opened in the region. In fact, the Spanish supermarket chain is one of the drivers of the complex, together with the property developer Ambrosio Jiménez.

Since November 2010, the Mirador de Jinámar has housed a total of 120 establishments in its commercial area. Distributed over two floors, some of the tenants of the property include firms from the Inditex group, as well as H&M, Cortefiel and Primark (whose store exceeds 5,000 m2, making it the Irish company’s largest in the Canary Islands).

The complex is located in Jinámar, a neighbourhood located between the municipalities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Telde, the two most important cities on the island. The complex also has a parking area with capacity for more than 40,000 vehicles. In a second phase, which is still pending, the centre is planning to expand its offer to include 45,000 m2 of additional space, which will be allocated to DIY and homeware firms (…).

Meanwhile, General de Galerías Comerciales made its debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) in July 2017. The company has twenty years of experience undertaking its activity right across the value chain, from the purchase of land to the management of assets.

The main assets in its portfolio are retail parks and shopping centres in Spain, such as La Cañada (Marbella), Mediterráneo (Almería), Mataró Parc (Mataró), Gran Plaza (Almería), Las Dunas and Nevada Shopping (Granada). The company also has an extensive portfolio of residential assets and retail premises, as well as land, primarily in the south of Spain. When the company made its debut on the MAB, its portfolio of assets was worth €1.9 billion.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Snapshot Of The MAB’s Real Estate Companies

4 September 2017 – Expansión

An attractive tax structure and investors’ appetite for real estate assets have led to a veritable flood of Socimi debuts on the stock market in recent years. With the exception of Merlin and Colonial – which form part of the Ibex – and Axiare, Hispania and Lar España – which are listed on the main stock market – the other Socimis trade on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). In 2013, that market opened a new segment for this type of investment vehicle, which now comprises 40 companies.

To be incorporated, Socimis must have a minimum share capital of €5 million and invest in urban properties allocated for rent. These companies, which must be listed on regulated markets, are exempt from paying Corporation Tax in exchange for fulfilling certain obligations such as the distribution of dividends in a systematic way.

The first Socimi to debut on the MAB was Entrecampos Cuatro. That company, constituted in 2004 as a merger of several companies from the Segura Rodríguez family group, was responsible for firing the Socimi-starting gun on the MAB in November 2013.

The 40 Socimis now listed on the MAB have a combined market capitalisation of more than €7,000 million and comprise a very heterogeneous group both in terms of size, as well as by specialisation and category. The companies range from family groups to institutions (with one fund or professional investor holding a stake) to publicly owned entities (with numerous shareholders).

Of the Socimis currently listed on the MAB, the largest by a long way is General de Galerías Comerciales (GGC). That Socimi, which currently has a market capitalisation of €2,547 million, debuted on the stock market in July and, despite its size, is controlled almost in its entirety by a single shareholder, the Murcian businessman Tomás Olivo. GGC is exceeded in terms of market capitalisation only by Merlin and Colonial.

GGC is followed by the Montoro family’s real estate firm GMP, in which the fund Singapore GIC owns a 30% stake. That company currently holds 27 properties in its portfolio, including several iconic buildings, such as the historical Torre BBVA (renamed Castellana 81 due to its location) and a few metres away, Castellana 77 (also known as Torre Ederra). Other large listed Socimis include Zambal, the Socimi managed by IBA Capital, with investments in offices and commercial assets; and Bay, the Socimi owned by Hispania and Barceló. The latter, which focuses on the tourist sector, held 21 assets with a gross value of €790 million at the end of last year and since then has purchased another three assets: Hotel Selomar in Benidorm for almost €16 million; Hotel Fergus Tobago in Palmanova for €20 million; and the Armadores de Puerto Rico company for €6 million.

Shopping centres are also present on the MAB. In this way, for example, Intu owns two listed shopping centres: the Socimi Asturias Retail & Leisure, owner of the Intu Asturias shopping centre (previously Parque Principado), which has a total approximate surface area of 75,000 m2; and Zaragoza Properties, owner of Puerto Venecia Shopping Resort, in Zaragoza, with a surface area of more than 200,000 m2.

Another example is the Socimi Heref Habaneras, which owns the Habaneras shopping centre in Torrevieja (Alicante).

Residential market

One of the investment segments that has gained weight amongst the specialist Socimis in recent times is the residential market. Specifically, the private equity fund Blackstone has two listed Socimis. The largest, Fidere, debuted on the stock market in June 2015 with an asset value of €304.3 million and a portfolio of 2,688 social housing properties for let purchased during the crisis.

Moreover, the fund listed another Socimi on the stock market in March, Albirana Properties, which owns more than 5,000 assets spread all over Spain, most of which are rental homes (….).

A few weeks ago, the MAB introduced a modification to its rules to tighten up the access requirements for new Socimis. This change, which came into force in August, requires Socimis to have minority shareholders in their shareholdings when they debut on the stock market. Until then, companies had a year to fulfil the requirement. This led to an intensification in terms of the number of Socimi debuts. In July alone, seven companies joined the MAB: GGC, Bay Hotels & Leisure, Grupo Ortiz, Kingbook Inversiones, AM Locales Property, Colon and Numulae (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

GGC Will Debut On MAB As Spain’s 2nd Largest Socimi

29 June 2017 – Expansión

A new real estate company is preparing to debut on the stock market: next Tuesday, General de Galerías Comerciales (GGC) will become the thirty-ninth Socimi to trade on the Spanish stock exchange.

Like the majority of the listed real estate investment vehicles, this company will make its stock market debut on the MAB, an index designed for small businesses looking to expand that demands fewer requirements for trading. Nevertheless, given its size, General de Galerías Comerciales could compete with any of the firms on the main stock market, given that this Socimi will make its stock market debut with a market capitalisation of €2,054 million.

This value means that it will be the largest company to debut on the Alternative Investment Market ever. Until now, that position was occupied by the telephone operator Masmóvil, which, with a market capitalisation of €1,277 million, has just approved its transfer to the main market.

General de Galerías Comerciales will not only exceed the large Socimis on the MAB, including the property developer backed by the Montoro family, GMP, whose market capitalisation amounts to around €819.5 million, it will also outrank some of the large Socimis that trade on the main stock market.

In this way, the market capitalisation of General de Galerías Comerciales (€2,054 million) will exceed that of Hispania, which was the second largest Socimi on the Spanish stock market until now, with a market capitalisation of around €1,582 million. Meanwhile, Axiare and Lar España, the other two Socimis on the main market, are worth around €1,180 million and €727 million, respectively. Only Merlin Properties, with a market capitalisation of more than €5,273 million, will be larger than GGC.

What is GGC and who is its owner?

General de Galerías Comerciales is the owner of six shopping centres: Gran Plaza, in Granada; Mataró Parc, in Barcelona; La Cañada, in Marbella; Las Dunas, in Cádiz and Mediterráneo, in Almería. La Socimi is controlled by a majority shareholder, Tomás Olivo López, who also serves as the firm’s CEO.

This Murcian property developer, who has been based on Marbella for many years, founded General de Galerías Comerciales in 1995, together with his brother Ramón and Sandra Ravich (both hold minority stakes) and, since then, he has created a large real estate group, through both the development and purchase of properties.

Besides the six shopping centres, the Socimi also owns 19 urban or buildable lots of land, 17 rural plots, a commercial building, as well as several warehouses, homes, premises, offices and garages, the majority of which are located in Andalucía.

The jewel in its real estate portfolio is the La Cañada shopping centre, which, with a gross leasable area of more than 108,000 m2, is worth €675 million. The Socimi receives rental income of €24.86 million per year from this property, according to information provided in its IPO prospectus. GGC’s other large asset is the Nevada shopping centre, which it owns in Armilla (Granada); that property is worth €520 million and generates annual rental income of €32.5 million.

GCC will make its stock market debut at a value of €79 per share, a price that was fixed after CBRE performed a real estate valuation of the company’s assets, and which values its real estate portfolio at more than €2,000 million.

The most recent Socimis to debut on the stock market have been Albirana Properties, with residential assets controlled by Blackstone; Colón Viviendas, managed by Azora and Optimum III, which debuted on the stock market on 16 May with a portfolio comprising six residential buildings and a valuation of €54.03 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake