Mexican Millionaire Sanginés-Krause Acquires Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid for €210M

20 November 2018 – El Confidencial

The finishing touches still need to be agreed but the parties have already shaken hands. The Mexican millionaire Allen Sanginés-Krause has just surprised the Spanish hotel sector by signing the purchase of the luxury hotel Villa Magna for a whopping €210 million, according to confirmation from sources familiar with the transaction. In reality, the vehicle that is finalising the acquisition is the Mexican Socimi specialising in Caribbean resorts, RLH Properties, of which the banker is President and a major shareholder.

Hotel Villa Magna was put up for sale in hurry just a few months ago, after its current owners, the Turkish emporium owned by the Sahenk family, was forced to divest several of its real estate assets around the world to complete the refinancing of its holding company, which was affected by the collapse of the Turkish lira. The process, which has been entrusted to JLL, has progressed in the fast lane, with several other Latin American magnates invited to bid.

Although the final completion of the deal is pending several details, the price exceeds all expectations. RLH Properties is going to acquire Villa Magna at a ratio of €1.4 million per room (the hotel has 150), a figure never achieved before in the Spanish market, according to hotel experts. The profitability of an investment such as this is beyond the magnitude that the real estate funds manage, taking into account that there are five-star hotels available in Madrid from €300 per room.

The buyer has thrown the chequebook to acquire this trophy property. Besides money, it has experience as a manager of hotel assets for luxury brands such as Four Seasons, Rosewood and Fairmont. In fact, it completed one of its closest acquisitions with OHL, from which it purchased its Mayakoba Caribbean complex (a resort with a golf course in the Riviera Maya) in two phases (between 2016-2018), for which it paid €470 million in total.

Sanginés-Krause’s relationship with the Spanish world transcends the sphere of business. His name was in the news a few months ago after it was revealed that he had hosted King Juan Carlos at his castle in Ireland. That private visit came to the attention of the press and it was discovered that the monarch was accompanied during his stay by his Mallorcan friend Marta Gayá. The meeting shows the degree of confidence that the emeritus has with the Mexican banker (former of Goldman Sachs and now head of BK Partners).

If this investment goes ahead, the list of Mexican companies taking roots in Spain will continue to grow. The second-to-last major operation saw the acquisition of Grupo VIPS by the restaurant holding company Alsea, which paid almost €500 million to acquire the company founded by Plácido Arango and his family. And based on the rate of purchases, it will not be the last big deal to star money proceeding from Mexico.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Carlos Hernanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Sambil Outlet Opens Largest Shopping Outlet In Spain

27 March 2017 – Observatorio Inmobiliario

The Sambil Outlet Madrid was inaugurated on Thursday (23 March), it is a new shopping centre concept that combines fashion outlets with restaurants, leisure and other services. With a gross leasable area (GLA) of 43,500 m2, it is the largest outlet centre in Spain and the first European project undertaken by the Venezuelan group Sambil.

According to its developers, the total investment in the shopping centre amounted to €59 million and at the time of opening, it has an occupancy rate of 85% of the GLA. It contains 130 retail premises in total and has 2,400 parking spaces. There are plans to open charging points for electrical vehicles. Sambil Outlet Madrid will create almost 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Ricardo and Alfredo Cohen, Directors of the Sambil Group, participated in the inauguration ceremony. They stated that “our commitment to this market is serious and we will soon be exploring new avenues for investment in this country”.

Other attendees at the inauguration of the new centre included Javier Ruiz Santiago, Deputy Minister for the Economy and Innovation, María José Pérez-Cejuela, Director General of Trade and Consumer Affairs, both from the government of the Community of Madrid; Santiago Llorente, Mayor of Leganés; and a large number of councillors from the municipal corporation. Ricardo Fontana, Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Venezuela, also attended, along with representatives of the country’s main retailers.

The fashion space, which accounts for 51% of the total surface area, is home to brands such as Outlet from El Corte Inglés, For & From (Inditex group), Fifty Factory (Cortefiel group) and the Outlet Sport (Intersport group), amongst others.

The food area will house the largest Simply Hypermarket in the Community of Madrid. The leisure space will include a 12-screen Odeon cinema and the largest wind tunnel in Europe, the Hurricane Factory, which will open within the next few weeks. The restaurant section will include a Burger King, Foster’s Hollywood and Grupo Vips restaurants, amongst others. There will also be an area dedicated to services.

Original story: Observatorio Inmobiliario

Translation: Carmel Drake