German Logistics Giant Hansainvest Set to Invest €300M in Southern Europe

29 May 2018 – Eje Prime

The logistics business is looking to Spain to grow. The giant Hansainvest is preparing to carry out an offensive in the logistics sector in Europe and is planning an investment of between €200 million and €300 million in the logistics sector in markets such as Spain, the UK, Germany and France, according to explanations provided by the company. Its interest in Spain would represent the group’s entry into the country.

The group, which has just appointed Philipp Middendorp to lead the group’s logistics business, is going to start a new round of logistics assets purchases between now and the end of 2019 as part of its growth strategy. In addition to Southern Europe, the company is also going to focus on the Nordic countries and Poland.

According to the company, its wish list includes acquiring core and core plus properties, although “it will also look at possible alternative uses of properties”, explain sources at Hansainvest. “We intend to mainly buy traditional logistics assets, but we will also focus on the acquisition of projects under development”, they add.

“There is a great deal of demand for logistics assets from players in the domestic and international markets. The only way to keep making attractive investments in this context is to broaden our market approach”, they say.

The German logistics group’s asset portfolio comprises residential properties, as well as office buildings. The company also has buildings such as hotels, retail spaces and logistics assets, which is a business that it has decided to develop more over the coming months. In total, Hansainvest manages an asset portfolio worth more than €4.3 billion in 18 countries.

Lack of supply

Hansainvest is going to have to undertake a detailed study of the Spanish market and not let escape any opportunities that arise, given that one of the problems facing this business in the Spanish market is the lack of supply. This means that overall investment in the sector is going to fall by 20% in 2018, although it will still exceed €1 billion, according to a report from the real estate consultancy CBRE.

Leasing is also going to be a problem this year. In Madrid and Barcelona alone, absorption is going to decrease from more than 1.5 million m2 recorded last year to just over 1.2 million m2 this year.

The product shortage is going to lead to the generation of new, but insufficient supply in the two major capitals in 2018. In Madrid, 500,000 m2 of new space ix expected to come onto the market this year, compared with 342,000 m2 in Barcelona.

Nevertheless, cities on the rise in recent years in the logistics market such as Zaragoza, Sevilla and Valencia have minimal supply (…).

Rents on the rise

Of course, the high demand, limited supply and poor outlook for new developments are inevitably leading to an increase in rental prices. That is what happened in 2017, with growth of 5% in Madrid and Barcelona, and in 2018, prices may rise by even more. CBRE’s report points to increases of approximately 7% in the cost of prime assets in Madrid, where prices will reach an average of €5.60/m2/month.

In Barcelona, one of the most expensive cities in Europe in terms of logistics rents, the rental of high-quality warehouses could cost as much as €6.75/m2/month this year, up by 4% compared to 2017.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Will Partially Finance Popular’s New RE Firm

21 November 2016 – Expansión

Popular has taken a new step in the constitution of its real estate company, a key project in its attempt to try to recover investors’ lost confidence, which it hopes to have ready by the first quarter of next year. According to financial sources, Deutsche Bank has reached a preliminary agreement to finance this company.

In total, up to six banks and funds have expressed interest, which does not mean that they will all end up participating. However, according to sources close to the process, “these players are being offered provisional agreements to invest between €200 million and €500 million”. The same sources state that they have also held talks with the giants Apollo and Cerberus, who declined to comment about the process.

Popular wants to transfer assets with a gross value of €6,000 million, primarily finished homes, to the new entity. Specifically, for this reason, executives at the entity feel uncomfortable that the project is being referred to as the bad bank in financial circles because it will also incorporate high quality assets.

On the liability side, the company will initially have share capital contributed by the bank, which will then be distributed amongst all of its shareholders in the same proportion as their existing shareholdings. In addition, the company will issue subordinated debt, which Popular will subscribe to, as well as senior debt.

It is expected that the banks and funds that want to participate in the financing will do so through this latter (senior debt) tranche.

According to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch last Thursday, in which the firm reduced the target price from €1.30 to €0.75, the company’s liabilities will be constituted as follows: the share capital will amount to €975 million, whilst the senior debt will amount to €2,200 million and the subordinated debt will amount to €1,400 million. The US bank’s analysts predict that the players who finance the senior debt tranche will request an IRR of 10%.

Deutsche Bank, which together with EY, is acting as financial adviser to the project, as well as Apollo and Cerberus, have been active in the Spanish real estate market in recent years. The former acquired two portfolios from Bankia, between the end of 2015 and this summer, comprising loans, both real estate and property developer related, worth almost €1,000 million. Meanwhile, Apollo has acquired several portfolios (it recently bought a hotel portfolio from CaixaBank) and controls the former platform (servicer) of Santander, Altamira. And Cerberus, which hired the former CEO of BBVA, Manuel González Cid in 2014, owns the real estate arm of Bankia, now Haya Real Estate, and the Cajamar platform.

Assets on the balance sheet

Popular has damaged assets on its balance worth €33,000 million before provisions, which amount to another €15,000 million. According to Bank of America, this high volume (of assets and provisions) eliminates many potential interested parties from a merger. Besides constituting this company, Popular also wants to accelerate the sale of these assets through both its wholesale and retail channels.

The bank earned €94.3 million during the first nine months of 2016, 66.1% less than during the same period in 2015. Nevertheless, its banking activity (when separated out from its real estate business) generated profits of €817 million.

Original story: Expansión (by D. Badía)

Translation: Carmel Drake

IBA Capital Buys Vodafone’s HQ In Madrid

5 October 2015 – Cinco Días

The real estate fund manager IBA Capital Partners has purchased Vodafone España’s headquarters in Madrid through its Socimi Iberia Nora, on behalf of Zambal Socimi SA. It has also agreed a long-term rental contract with the telecommunications company.

In a statement on Saturday, IBA Capital said that this operation represents an important addition to the group’s portfolio of real estate assets, valued at €650 million.

Vodafone España’s headquarters are located in a business park comprising five buildings, with a total surface area of 50,000 m2 and 1,500 parking spaces.

IBA Capital Partners, Investment and Asset Manager, which is itself headquartered in Madrid, said that it had been one of the first groups to back the recovery of the real estate sector in Spain in 2013.

The group’s portfolio of assets includes the headquarters of several organisations and corporates including: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Unión Editorial, Día, Enagás and BMW in Madrid, as well as the ABC Serrano shopping centre, also located in the Spanish capital.

The managing partners of IBA, Jesús Valderrama and Thierry Julienne, highlighted that their objective is to “continue investing through Zambal, in high quality assets in Madrid and Barcelona and in other high added value assets in Spain’s other major cities”.

Original story: Cinco Días

Translation: Carmel Drake