HNA Acquires Logistics Platform in Guadalajara for €10.5 Million

28 October 2019 – HNA has acquired a logistics platform in Alovera, Guadalajara, from an undisclosed family office in Madrid for 10.5 million euros. The consultancy Knight Frank and InmoKing Real Estate advised on the deal.

The acquisition of the 16,674 square-meter asset is part of HNA’s current strategy of increasing its investments in the real estate sector.

In February, the company also acquired the office building located at Calle Emilio Vargas  2, in Madrid. The 7,574-m2 building has seven floors and is currently 100% leased.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Merlin to Invest €500M to Double its Logistics Portfolio

15 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Merlin Properties is also joining the logistics boom. The real estate company is preparing a new development plan for warehouses and storerooms to double its existing logistics portfolio in Spain and Portugal over the next four years. The objective of the company is to incorporate an additional 1 million m2 into its portfolio in this sector with an investment of €500 million, according to reports from Cinco Días.

The real estate company, which forms part of the Ibex 35, already owns logistics platforms spanning 1.1 million m2, spaces that are leased to various operators in the sector. Currently, Merlin is developing the so-called plan Best II, scheduled for 2021, with the construction of 500,000 m2 of logistics space in Madrid, Guadalajara and Toledo, and it is already working on Best III, which sources at the company explain will add another 500,000 m2 by 2023, in that case also on land in Portugal.

With the construction of these warehouses, Merlin’s objective is to diversify its portfolio and improve its yield, given that these types of assets offer a higher return. Currently, the Socimi owns assets worth €11.8 billion, of which €780 million correspond to logistics properties, accounting for just 6.7% of the portfolio.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Savills: Logistics Leasing in Madrid Rose by 2% in 2018 to Exceed 935,000 m2

14 January 2019 – Savills Aguirre Newman

The logistics market in Madrid has registered a new leasing record. The boost from e-commerce has been the main driver behind the absorption of 935,000 m2 of space in 2018, which represents an increase of 2% with respect to the historical record figure in 2017, according to data from Savills Aguirre Newman.

During the last quarter, 23 operations were signed involving more than 300,000 m2 of space, compared with 24 operations and 308,000 m2 of space during the same period in 2017. During the year as a whole, 77 operations were registered in 2018, compared with 70 during the previous year. It is worth highlighting the importance of the cross-docking activity during 2018, where seven operations were closed.

In terms of rental prices, the €8/m2/month peak that established the annual maximum was recorded at T4 (Airport) in Barajas. Excluding that figure, due to the uniqueness of the Barajas market, maximum rents exceeded €6/m2/month in a cross-docking operation in San Fernando de Henares. The incorporation of new high-quality projects that are adapted to the requirements and expectations of the operators have favoured an increase in prime rents to €5.5/m2/month (+7% YoY).

In terms of the size of the operations, almost 50% of the space leased during the last quarter of the year was concentrated into four operations spanning more than 30,000 m2 each, all of which were signed in the third ring.

By area, the distribution of the surface area leased between October and December was very homogeneous, with 55% and 45% registered in the Corredor del Henares and the southern area, respectively, although the Corredor del Henares continued to capture the most demand. The distribution in terms of the number of operations clearly showed the superiority of Corredor del Henares, which accounted for 70% of all activity (16 operations).

The annual analysis by area reveals a similar picture. The volume of surface area leased was very similar (>495,000 m2 in Corredor del Henares and >408,000 m2 in the southern area), but by number of operations, Corredor del Henares again accounted for the bulk of activity (48 operations versus 22 in the south).

Activity in the land market is continuing to gain weight. During 2018, 34 operations were signed in total spanning 1,800,000 m2 (+60% YoY). It is worth highlighting the three areas that accounted for almost 50% of the land surface area operations: Guadalajara (>350,000 m² in 2 operations), Illescas (>326,000 m² in 4 operations) and Torija (>279,000 m² in 4 operations).

The year closed with an availability rate of 6.9%, which represents a decrease of almost two points with respect to 2017. During 2018, more than 650,000 m2 of space was incorporated into the market, of which 67% was already committed. The future supply for 2019 will exceed 1,500,000 m2, of which 30% already have pre-rental contracts.

The dynamism in the market for users of the logistics sector during 2018 has been reflected in the investment market, with 45 operations exceeding €1.3 billion. Those figures mark new records in the historical ranking. The number of transactions involving individual assets stood out since it exceeded the figure recorded in 2017 by three times.

Original story: Savills Aguirre Newman 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Inbisa Sells a Logistics Platform in Guadalajara for €13M

3 December 2018 – Press Release

INBISA Inmobiliaria, a leading property developer at the national level, has closed the sale of a logistics platform located in Cabanillas del Campo (Guadalajara) to an investor managed by the Real Estate & Private Markets division of UBS for more than €13 million, as part of its plan to renew its logistics portfolio.

With a surface area of 20,390 m2, the asset is characterised by its flexibility and versatility since its structure is divisible into 8 modules measuring 2,420 m2 per floor and 137 m2 on the mezzanine floor.

The building whose sale has been advised by the real estate consultancy CBRE is dedicated to the storage and distribution of goods (…).

The plot, located in the SI-21 sector of Cabanillas del Campo, spans 30,800 m2 on which the construction division of Grupo Inbisa built the warehouse and obtained the first occupancy licence in April 2009 (…).

The logistics centre has served as the operational headquarters of several leading companies in the sector including the giant Luís Simões, as well as of FM Logistics Iberia, which will continue with its lease contract following the sale (…).

Original story: Press Release

Translation: Carmel Drake

Socimi Vitruvio to Sale its Industrial Assets worth €12.8M

2 November 2018 – La Información

The Socimi Vitruvio, which focuses on the residential market, wants to take a new step on its journey and get rid of its industrial assets. In this way, the Socimi, which has Joaquín López-Chicheri as its CEO, will focus on the residential sector, above all, although without neglecting its commercial assets or offices. On the other hand, it will dispose of the least glamorous part of its real estate portfolio, its logistics warehouses.

This part of its business, worth €12.8 million, according to the company’s own accounts, generates a return of 9.3% – the highest of any of its divisions – and has an occupancy rate of 100%. Despite that, the company’s plans involve forgetting about these types of assets, which they consider to be “residual” and “non-strategic”.

“We have always thought that residential is the safest type of asset”, say sources at the company. On the other hand, they recognise that diversification is due, in large part, to the need to generate higher profits to access dividend payments to shareholders. “Residential has the capacity to generate a lower recurring return, unless you assume one more level of risk”, said the CEO of the firm.

Where are this Socimi’s industrial assets located? The firm led by López-Chicheri owns properties of an industrial nature in Mercamadrid and Yunquera de Henares, a town close to Guadalajara.

The first of them, located in the aforementioned distribution platform, has a market value of €2.82 million, which represents a price of €526/m2. The second, on an industrial estate in the town of Yunquera de Henares, Guadalajara has a market value of €5.2 million. That asset has a surface area of 13,587 m2 and a price of €381/m2.

The Socimi that now wants to divest the logistics component of its assets has a “patrimonialist” vision, according to its CEO. In this way, the firm has diversified its assets to reduce risks. “The portfolios that traditional patrimonialist firms have are normally distributed between residential, well-located commercial premises and offices. And that is what Vitruvio has”, said the executive.

This real estate investment company was constituted in June 2014, under the Socimi tax regime. Since then, it has undergone several capital increases – raising almost €30 million in total – to acquire assets and position itself ahead of its stock market debut.

The bell was rung in July 2016, two years after its creation, at a price of €12.63 per share and with 126 shareholders. Nowadays, Vitruvio’s shares are listed on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) through the fixing system – with two daily auctions – at a price of €13.70 per share.

In January of that same year, the company carried out its largest capital increase to date raising €11.5 million. Thanks to that, the number of assets increased along with their value to exceed €100 million.

Original story: La Información (by Lucía Gómez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Eurofund Logistic Capital Partners Acquires a 130,000 m2 Plot in Corredor de Henares

15 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Eurofund and Logistic are continuing to push ahead together in the Spanish logistics sector. The joint venture, created by the two groups in 2017, Eurofund Logistic Capital Partners (Elcp), has purchased a plot of land measuring 130,000 m2 in the Corredor de Henares for the development of a new logistics project on the site, according to explanations provided by the company to Eje Prime.

The plot is located in the third ring of Madrid, on a large industrial estate in Torija (Guadalajara), with direct access to the A2 motorway, one of the main logistics axes in Spain that links Madrid and Barcelona.

Elcp is going to develop a Class A logistics project spanning 80,000 m2 on the site. Located 30 minutes from Barajas airport and 45 minutes from the centre of the Spanish capital, the land is “one of the few available buildable sites with the capacity to house a new building of this size”, said the Director-General of LCP, James Markby.

Marketing of the project, which is going to be a turnkey development, will begin immediately. On the same industrial estate in Torija where it has purchased this land, Eurofund Logistic already owns logistics centres leased to large multinationals such as Primark, Leroy Merlin and Bridgestone, amongst others.

During the nine months to September, logistics leasing in Spain amounted to 1.38 million m2, up by 17% with respect to the same period in 2017. In parallel, investment exceeded the €1.1 billion threshold during the first nine months of the year, up by 43%, according to data from the consultancy firm CBRE.

In Madrid, 632,000 m2 of logistics space was leased, almost equalling the figure recorded during the same period in 2017. Of that amount, more than 50% of the assets corresponded to operations involving warehouses with a surface area of more than 20,000 m2.

Eurofund Logistic: almost 1 million m2 under management

The latest purchase by Eurofund Logistic forms part of the growth plan that the company has underway in Spain and Portugal. Created in February 2017, the joint venture currently has 775,000 m2 of logistics assets under management.

Moreover, the joint venture is planning to start work on 650,000 m2 of logistics properties. One of the parties, Eurofund Capital Partners is a subsidiary of the Spanish group Eurofund, which, in addition to the logistics sector, also develops and manages assets, primarily in the retail segment.

Last week, Eurofund was given the green light for its new commercial macro-project in Lleida, as reported by Eje Prime. That project is known as the Torre Salses retail complex; it has a surface area of 56,000 m2 and construction of it will begin in the autumn of 2019.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Montepino Invests €85M in New Logistics Centre in Guadalajara

27 September 2018 – Eje Prime

Montepino is adding logistics space to its portfolio. The Aragón-based operator has invested €85 million in the construction of an industrial complex with a surface area of 89,000 m2, located on the Puerta Centro industrial estate in Guadalajara.

The project, to be carried out by Montepino and operated by Luís Simões, constitutes three warehouses measuring 31,158 m2 (an automatic warehouse installed by the company Consoveyo), 29,083 m2 and 28,650 m2, respectively. Construction of the buildings is expected to be completed within a period of nine months and they will be handed over in two phases.

The complex is designed to have capacity for 178,000 pallets and the facilities will be adapted to the logistics business of e-commerce, a service that will be carried out in a space measuring 5,350 m2. The site will also have green areas and parking for more than 800 vehicles.

With this operation, Montepino has invested in one of the main logistics hubs on the Peninsula, the Puerta Centro industrial estate in Guadalajara. It is one of the most important strategic areas in the country for major domestic and international operators thanks to its direct connection to the A-2 motorway, the Corredor del Henares and Madrid, amongst others.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Quabit to Build 700 More Homes in Aguas Vivas (Guadalajara)

14 June 2018 – Eje Prime

Quabit Inmobiliaria is building homes in Guadalajara. This week, the property developer has handed over the keys to 116 social housing properties in Guadalajara, in the new Aguas Vivas development and at the same time, it has laid the first brick for the second phase of another 196 homes. According to the President and CEO of Quabit Inmobiliaria, Félix Abánades (pictured below, right), the company plans to build around 700 properties in this part of Guadalajara over the coming months.

This development is the first new build social housing complex to have been completed in Guadalajara in the last decade, in the new Aguas Vivas development. After completing the first phase, and starting the earth movement works of the second phase, Quabit Inmobiliaria is now also on the verge of starting to market the third phase, which includes another 193 properties, according to Guadaque.

Félix Abánades highlighted that it has taken ten years to start constructing new build homes from scratch again and he expressed his satisfaction that this work is being carried out in Guadalajara and that it is involving social housing units.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Lar España Excites the Market with its Logistics Portfolio

23 April 2018 – Expansión

The Socimi, which owns five complexes in Guadalajara and Valencia, has received a dozen offers for its assets, all of them for a price of more than €75 million.

Some of the players that have bid for Lar España’s logistics portfolio include the US fund Blackstone, P3 Logistic Parks – a platform controlled by the Singapore sovereign fund -, Palm Capital, CBRE Global Investors, Ares Management and Nuveen, according to market sources speaking to Expansión.

In the logistics sector, the Socimi in which the fund manager Pimco holds a stake, owns four complexes in the municipality of Alovera (Guadalajara), in the heart of the Corredor del Henares.

Together, that site comprises ten logistics warehouses with a total constructed surface area of 142,630 m2 occupied by tenants such as Saint Gobain Isover Ibérica, Tech Data, Carrefour and Factor 5. In addition, the Socimi owns a logistics complex in Almussafes (Valencia) containing a logistics warehouse with a constructed surface area of 19,211 m2. That warehouse is occupied by Valautomoción, the supplier of car parts and accessories to Ford, which was acquired by Ferrostaal in 2015.

According to the latest figures published by the Socimi, its portfolio of logistics assets has a valuation of almost €90 million. Moreover, Lar owns around 200,000 m2 of space for a new logistics development in Cheste (Valencia), which it is not planning to sell until it has finished construction there, to make the investment profitable, according to information reported by the company at the time.

According to Lar’s accounts, the land, which it purchased less than a year ago from Bertolín, has doubled in value since the investment was made. The Socimi paid €2.2 million for the 112,813 m2 plot in Cheste in May 2017 and, at the end of last year, it had a market value of €5.2 million.

Other divestments

Lar España has launched an asset rotation plan to raise cash and undertake new investments in shopping centres After selling two office buildings to Colonial, both in Madrid, for €112 million, the company now has three office buildings in Madrid and Barcelona worth around €85 million.

Moreover, it expects to raise €110 million from the sale of its stake in the luxury residential development Lagasca 99 (Madrid), which it owns jointly with Pimco.

In parallel, the company is going to maintain its investment plan. It expects to allocate €220 million to new acquisitions in retail centres and parks and will invest €247 million in developments, especially commercial ones, and another €49 million on improving its assets.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Meridia Capital Acquires Logistics Platform in Guadalajara for €10M

8 March 2018 – Eje Prime

Meridia Capital is fattening up its asset portfolio. Today, the company announced the purchase of a logistics platform spanning 27,500 m2 in Alovera (Guadalajara) for €10 million. The asset has been acquired through the real estate vehicle Meridia III.

Constructed in 2006, the warehouse is located on the Corredor de Henares axis, an industrial area where companies such as Volvo, Eroski and Mahou are situated. The first warehouse that Meridia III acquired in April 2016 is also located there.

Following the signing of this agreement, Meridia Capital’s logistics portfolio will span a surface area of 112,000 m2 in total, of which 73,000 m2 has been purchased through Meridia III.

Meridia Capital is an independent manager that manages assets worth almost €1 billion (including debt). In recent years, it has established itself as one of the main regulated alternative investment managers in Spain.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake