Thor Equities Finds a Tenant for its Jewel on Gran Vía

20 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Thor Equities has found a replacement for Sfera in the heart of Madrid. The US fund, which last year acquired number 30 Gran Vía for €75 million, has leased one of the commercial premises in the property to the sports fashion retailer Décimas.

The company has taken over the space measuring 600 m2 from Sfera, the fashion chain owned by El Corte Inglés. That retail company had occupied the premises since 2005 but decided to vacate it last year because it was too small for its new commercial format (…).

For Décimas, this new store represents a new step onto a prime thoroughfare. The chain concentrates the bulk of its store network in shopping centres, although it also has a flagship store on Calle Fuencarral (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Silvia Riera)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Thor Equities Leases Puerta del Sol, 11 to Malagan Perfume Chain Primor

12 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Thor Equities is going to become the landlord of Primor in Madrid. The New York-based fund has leased number 11 Puerta del Sol to the Malaga-based perfume and cosmetics chain. The property, which is owned by Thor Equities and the real estate manager Invesco Real Estate, will house Primor’s flagship store in the Spanish capital.

The asset is located on one of the busiest commercial streets in Madrid. The store, which will open its doors at the beginning of 2019, will occupy the more than 1,400 m2 that make up the property, distributed over three floors. The lease contract has been signed for a duration of fifteen years, with a rent of around €360/m2/month, according to reports from El Economista.

The fund and Invesco Real Estate acquired the store from El Corte Inglés at the end of 2015 for €65 million. The property is one of four assets that comprise Thor Equities’s real estate portfolio in Madrid. The company made its last purchase in April when it acquired number 30 Gran Vía for €75 million. Moreover, Thor is also the owner of number 5 Puerta del Sol, for which it paid €5 million in March 2017.

The fund has undertaken this transaction together with Invesco Real Estate, one of the world’s largest real estate investment managers. The firm has been investing in Spain in different segments, such as the residential and logistics sectors, for several years. Specifically, its last major operation in the country involved its purchase of three logistics centres in Madrid and Barcelona for €173 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Thor Completes Purchase of Gran Vía 30 for €75M

20 June 2018 – Property Week

Thor Equities has completed the acquisition of a mixed-use building on Madrid’s Gran Via from Angelo Gordon for €75m (£64.8m), Property Week can reveal.

The 4,480 m2 building on the 100-year old main street in the centre of Madrid, contains 1,172 m2 of retail space alongside nine floors of residential accommodation and a multi-disciplinary event space on the thirteenth floor. The retail space in Gran Via 30 is predominantly let to the Spanish fashion chain Sfera.

Original story: Property Week (by Richard Hook)

Edited by: Carmel Drake

Thor Equities Buys Gran Vía, 30 in Madrid for €75M

18 April 2018 – Mis Oficinas

The US firm Thor has purchased the building located at number 30 Gran Vía, in the heart of Madrid, for €75 million. The property, which was constructed between 1919 and 1924 to house the Teatro Fontalba, was converted into offices, over time, for Telefónica.

The US firm already owns four other properties in Madrid. It purchased the first one in August 2015, specifically, number 9 Puerta del Sol. That same year, in December, it successfully acquired number 11 on the same square. In February 2017, it also purchased number 5 for around €50 million. Its most recent purchase was number 16 Calle Fuencarral.

The strategy of the US firm is to look for properties in the best areas of Madrid and to convert them into flagship stores for major brands.

Original story: Mis Oficinas

Translation: Carmel Drake

Talus To be Ortega’s Neighbour On Gran Vía

29 January 2015 – Cinco Días

Two buildings on the same street in Madrid have changed hands within just over a week of each other. The fund Talus Real Estate has agreed the acquisition of the building on Gran Vía 30 (on the corner of Calle Valverde) for €42 million. On Monday, the company Drago Real Estate announced the sale of its building on Gran Vía 32 to Pontegadea, the company that owns Inditex’s real estate assets and receives its dividends on behalf of Amancio Ortega, the founder and primary shareholder of the fashion group.

According to sources close to the negotiations, JLL and Aguirre Newman have participated in the sale of the property on Gran Vía 30, as advisory consultants. However, the companies involved did not want to confirm this information yesterday.

The same sources said that the buyer plans to refurbish the property. The fashion chain Sfera, owned by El Corte Inglés, has a store that occupies two floors of the building.

Talus Real Estate’s main executives are David Finkel and Jordi Moix and its headquarters are located in Madrid. According to the company’s website, before joining Talus, Finkel worked for Westbrook Parners, where he co-directed their business in London. Westbrook Partners is a real estate investment group that was founded in 1994, has offices in the US, London, Munich, Paris and Tokyo and has invested USD 10,000 million to date. Prior to that, he worked for the Japanese entity, Nomura and for iStar Financial, another international real estate investment group.

Moix has held senior positions in the Spanish real estate companies Reyal Urbis, Metrovacesa, Layetana and Habitat; he has also worked for IAG and Citibank. Currently, he is vice-president of FC Barcelona’s real estate business.

Gran Vía is trading up

The sale of the property on Gran Vía 30 is the latest in a series of transactions undertaken on the Madrid street that will change its appearance as it approaches its 105th birthday.

The fashion group Primark will occupy several floors of Gran Vía 32, when it opens its largest store in Spain there. Talus Real Estate will also refurbish the Gran Vía 30 building. In Plaza de España, the Chinese group Wanda will convert the Edificio España into a luxury hotel and shopping centre. Next to the building sold by Santander, the hotel chain Barceló will take over some of Torre Madrid to open another hotel.

Late last year, Axa Real Estate, a subsidiary of the insurance company Axa, acquired Gran Vía 37, where the fashion retailer H&M has its largest store in Spain and which used to house the Avenida cinema, for €80 million. Also last year, the Community of Madrid sold Gran Vía 20 for €20 million to Caja Rural de Almendralejo Sociedad Cooperativa de Crédito.

2015, another big year for real estate investment

With the sale of Gran Vía 32 and the upcoming sale of the Plenilunio shopping centre, the amount of investment in Madrid will amount to €800 million. According to sources familiar with the transaction, the sale of the shopping centre will reach a figure close to €400 million.

In 2014, investment in real estate in Spain amounted to between €6,000-€9,000 million, almost twice the figures recorded in the previous three years.

During the year ahead, Socimis, which revolutionised the sector in 2014, will continue to invest, as will investment banks, whereby replacing opportunistic funds. The liquidity injection announced by the ECB will boost the sector. The expected sale of Realia will be another major transaction. Industry experts are also drawing attention to investment in logistics platforms.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alberto Ortín Ramón)

Translation: Carmel Drake