Green Oak Sells a Batch of 5 Assets in Madrid for €74M

21 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Green Oak is divesting assets in Spain. The US fund manager specialising in real estate has disposed of a batch of five office buildings in Madrid, for which it has received €74.3 million in total, almost €9 million more than the appraisal value of the properties. The five assets formed part of the portfolio of Gore Spain Holdings, the Socimi owned by Green Oak, which has been listed on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) since January 2017.

Last Thursday, Green Oak formalised the sale of 100% of the company Inversiones Pukaki, through which it controlled four office buildings in the Avalon Business Park. Barings acquired those properties for €57.8 million in total, although the valuation of the buildings amounted to €47.2 million as at December 2017.

Green Oak had owned the four buildings in Avalon, a complex located at number 65 Calle Santa Leonor, since July 2015. The buildings sold to Barings (which owns 100% of the park following the operation) have surface areas of 3,671 m2, 5,077 m2, 6,304 m2 and 6,119 m2, respectively, amounting to 21,172 m2 in total.

GreenOak purchased this batch of assets from Banco Santander for around €40 million. According to data provided by Green Oak, the valuation of the properties was revised at €47 million on 31 December 2017, on the basis of an appraisal compiled by CBRE.

The US fund manager has divested another asset, also included in the portfolio of Gore Spain Holdings. On Friday, the company signed the sale of the company Inversiones Malvinas, through which it controlled another office building, located in Alcobendas.

The company has divested the property located at number 7 Avenida Bruselas of the Madrilenian municipality for €16.5 million. The valuation of that asset amounted to €18.26 million as at 31 December 2017, based on an appraisal also performed by CBRE.

That asset has a gross leasable area of 6,361 m2 spread over six floors. The building, constructed in 2002, also has three underground floors for parking and is home to five tenants (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake

GreenOak Fattens Up its Second Socimi with a €1.2M Capital Injection

17 January 2019 – Eje Prime

GreenOak is providing gas to its second Socimi. The US fund has carried out two capital increases in GreenOak Spain Holdings Socimi, one amounting to €864,255 and another amounting to €315,000, which together total €1.2 million, as published in the Official Gazette of the Mercantile Registry (Borme).

The company, founded in 2010 by three former directors of Morgan Stanley, currently has three Socimis in Spain. The first of them was Gore Spain Holdings, constituted in 2014 and listed on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) since January 2017.

Currently, that company is the owner of around twenty assets, including an industrial warehouse in Valdemoro (Madrid), an office building in Alcobendas (Madrid) and a complex of four buildings in the Avalon business park (Madrid).

GreenOak Spain Holdings Socimi II is the second company that the US fund constituted in Spain, specifically in June 2016. That company specialises in the acquisition and development of real estate for subsequent rental, and was created with the objective of investing €900 million by 2020 in various types of assets located in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza, as revealed by Eje Prime.

Until now, GreenOak’s second Socimi in Spain has only undertaken operations in the residential market, although it does not rule out making acquisitions in the office and logistics segments, in particular in Valencia and Zaragoza.

One of the most recent transactions carried out by GreenOak Spain Holdings Socimi II was its purchase of the former Social Security building on the central Madrilenian street Calle Fuencarral for €21 million. For that, the company closed seven capital increases in just over two years, amounting to €6.7 million in total.

In addition to GreenOak Spain Holdings Socimi II and Gore Spain Holdings, the fund led by John Carrafiell, Sonny Kalsi and Fred Schmidt has a third Socimi in Spain. It is Go Madrid Benz, a company that has been listed on the stock market since last September.

That company has a single asset in its portfolio: the Las Mercedes business park (pictured above) (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by B. Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

P3 Acquires 11 Logistics Assets From Gore Spain For €243M

10 April 2017 – P3 Press Release

Pan-European logistics property investor-developer P3 has started its latest phase of expansion with the acquisition of a 322,500 mportfolio of 11 logistics and distribution warehouses in Spain from Gore Spain Holdings SOCIMI I, S.A.U. The purchase price was agreed at €243.35 million.

The portfolio includes assets in key strategic logistics locations around Madrid, Zaragoza, Toledo and Guadalajara as well as the coastal cities of Valencia in the east and Biscay (near Bilbao) in the north.

The purchase, which comes shortly after P3 announced a record performance across Europe in 2016, takes P3’s asset base in Spain from just over 70,000 m2 to nearly 400,000 m2 and is one of the largest portfolio transactions in Spain in recent years.

David Marquina, P3’s Managing Director in Spain, said: “This is a good opportunity to reinforce our footprint in Spain’s central logistics corridor, which connects Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona. Our next target is to increase our presence in the Mediterranean corridor, around Barcelona & Valencia and expand to Málaga. We will be focusing on acquiring institutional-quality logistics assets and off-market deals, where P3’s long-term investor-developer approach can make a real difference.

“There are several Build-to-Suit projects and single asset acquisitions in the pipeline, which will allow us to grow to 500,000 m2 of high quality, well-located logistics space under management in Spain before year end.”

The properties range in size from just over 7,500 m² in the Getafe area of Madrid to over 80,000 m² in Zaragoza. They are all fully let to blue chip domestic and international companies including DHL, which is also a P3 customer on seven other parks in four countries, Orangina Schweppes Espana and the office products retailer Staples.

In addition to the built assets, two of the warehouses have adjacent land totalling over 26,000 m², with potential for P3 to develop.

Commenting on the purchase, P3 CEO Ian Worboys said: “The Spanish economy is expanding and we identified the country as a key target for P3 in 2017. We’re delighted to have been able to acquire this portfolio which makes us one of the leading players in Spain and is in line with our growth strategy across Europe as a leading property investor-developer.”

P3 was advised on the purchase by CBRE, legal consulting was provided by Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF).

Original story: P3 Press Release

Edited by: Carmel Drake

GreenOak Prepares New €900M Spanish Residential Fund

16 February 2017 – Cinco Días

The firm GreenOak Real Estate is preparing its second dedicated real estate fund in Spain, which is expected to have an investment capacity of around €900 million. On this occasion, the new vehicle will place a greater focus on the residential construction segment in Madrid and Barcelona above all.

Housing is attracting international funds. The enormous commitments pledged by Värde Partners, Lone Star and Castlelake have been known for several months and now, the US fund GreenOak is joining the party. (…). The recovery in the residential sector is attracting lots of overseas investors given that it offers higher returns than other real estate segments such as retail, offices and industrial warehouses.

And so GreenOak has now opened its second fund in Spain, from its British office, which is led by John Carrafiel. Its investment capacity is expected to amount to almost €900 million, both in terms of capital secured as well as additional bank financing, according to market sources. Some of those resources will be allocated to housing, both the renovation of existing stock and new builds. The fund will also develop buildable land in established residential areas, where active demand exists due to the lack of development during the years of the crisis.

The search for opportunities will focus on Madrid and Barcelona, markets where almost all new builds are being sold, according to sources in the sector, due to the demand that has built up in recent years. In order to construct its projects, rather than creating its own real estate company like other funds have done, GreenOak will establish partnerships with local developers that specialise in different markets.

GreenOak was created in 2010 by three partners from Morgan Stanley’s real estate business. Its main headquarters are located in New York, London and Tokyo; and Spain has been a strategic investment location since the beginning.

In 2015, the firm announced that it had raised its first fund amounting to €700 million, with a view to investing in property in our country. That vehicle has now completed around 15 operations in Spain, primarily in the logistics sector.

The first fund entered the housing sector for the first time with the renovation of a building on c/Fuencarral 77 in Madrid, close to the Tribunal metro stop. (…). The firm also has experience in residential construction in other countries, such as in the USA.

Last year, GreenOak also acquired four office buildings from Santander in the Avalon business park, on the Julián Camarillo industrial estate in Madrid.

It completed its major purchase in a single operation last year when it acquired the Las Mercedes business megacomplex, at kilometre 11 on the A-2, next to Barajas airport. That park contains nine office buildings with a surface area of 78,000 m2. According to sources in the sector, it acquired it for around €140 million from Standard Life.

Moreover, the first fund has been particularly active in the logistics segment, closing more than a dozen operations. In fact, the firm has considered putting up a portfolio of some of its industrial assets up for sale, just a year after acquiring them.

In addition, the firm debuted its own Socimi, called Gore Spain Holdings, on the Alternative Investment Market, on 19 January 2017, with an initial value of €144 million. That company owns 20 assets in Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Valencia, Bilbao, Murcia and Sevilla, including logistics warehouses and the Avalon business park in Madrid.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake