Sareb Renews its Management Contract with Haya for its Rental Assets

9 January 2020 – La Vanguardia

Haya Real Estate has succeeded in renewing its contract for the management of Sareb’s rental assets for another two years. The bad bank’s rental portfolio contains 3,300 assets in total, of which 1,800 are homes. The remainder are parking spaces, commercial premises and storage rooms.

This announcement follows Haya’s successful renewal in October 2019 of its contract with Sareb to manage a share of the bad bank’s real estate assets, worth €8.4 billion in total.

In both cases, the renewals include changes to the distribution of tasks as a result of Sareb’s new business strategy. The latest revised agreement means that Haya will continue to market and manage the bad bank’s rental assets, which are located all over the country.

Original story: La Vanguardia 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Socimi Advero Purchases a Residential Property in Madrid for €1.7M

9 January 2020 – Eje Prime

The Catalan Socimi Advero has made its first purchase in Madrid, a residential property in the Tetuán neighbourhood, comprising 17 homes and 17 storage rooms. The property was constructed in 2009, requires a complete renovation and was acquired for €1.7 million.

Advero made its debut on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) in November and already owns a portfolio comprising 6 buildings with 93 homes, located in Rubí, Terrassa and Sabadell.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Neinor Reports Profits of €90M, Exceeding its Own Forecast by 30%

9 January 2020 – El Confidencial

Nine months after issuing a profit warning, announcing a new roadmap and appointing a new CEO (Borja García-Egotxeaga (pictured below)), Neinor has reported profits of €90 million, up by 30% compared to the revised forecasts of €70 million.

The property developer handed over 1,269 finished homes last year, within its forecast range of between 1,200 and 1,700, and has another 200 ready to hand over this year. It plans to hand over half of those this month (January) and the rest during the course of the year, depending on its margins.

2020 is going to be a critical year given the looming change in the economic cycle, with stabilisation expected in terms of sales and prices. In 2018, prices rose by 8%; in 2019, they increased by 6-7%; and in 2020, the firm’s objective is to sell 1,700 homes and achieve a price increase of 3.5-4%. Thanks to these rises, the group’s margin amounted to 30% at the end of 2019.

By contrast, Neinor has not managed to fulfil its land purchase plan to date, although it expects to achieve its ambitious forecasts for 2020 when it aims to invest €110 million in total.

The property developer’s two largest shareholders, Orion (28%) and Adar are both keen to support the growth of the company and benefit from the consequent recovery of its share price.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Vivenio Invests €90M in the Purchase of 2 Buildings in Madrid

10 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Vivenio has purchased two buildings in Madrid from a Madrilenian family office for more than €90 million.

The Socimi owned by the Dutch fund APG and Renta Corporación has acquired one building located on Avenida San Luis, comprising 140 homes and 18 premises and another on Calle Hermosilla, with 80 homes and two premises.

Together, the two properties span a surface area of more than 21,500 m2.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Eje Prime

ARC Homes Invests €14M in a New Development in Santa Coloma de Gramanet

3 June 2019 – La Vanguardia

The property developer ARC Homes is going to invest €14 million in the construction of a new housing development in Santa Coloma de Gramanet (Barcelona).

At its current investment pace, ARC expects to achieve a turnover of €85 million by 2020. The property developer is currently looking for new locations for development in Cataluña, the País Vasco, Navarra, La Rioja, Madrid, Valladolid, Valencia and Ibiza.

Original story: La Vanguardia 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Moonlake Capital Launches a Vehicle to Invest €600M in NPLs

27 May 2019 – Eje Prime

Moonlake Capital is going to launch a vehicle to invest €600 million in large portfolios of non-performing loans in Madrid, Barcelona, the Costa del Sol, the Balearic Islands, Valencia and Sevilla.

The new vehicle will operate as a servicer for the fund and so will manage and divest the portfolio of properties that the banks were left with after their owners were unable to keep up the repayments on their mortgages.

As such, the investment group created in 2016 and headquartered in Madrid will enter the market to compete with the likes of Servihabitat, Altamira, Solvia and Haya Real Estate, amongst others.

In parallel, Moonlake is also planning to create a joint venture with an as yet unidentified investor to develop a 2.5 million m2 project in Málaga’s technology park, involving the construction of 5,000 homes, 110,000 m2 of industrial warehouses and 30,000 m2 of commercial premises.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Apollo Submits an Offer for El Corte Inglés’s Entire Real Estate Portfolio

23 May 2019 – Eje Prime

According to financial sources, in April, the fund Apollo Global Management submitted a bid for the whole real estate portfolio that El Corte Inglés has had on the market since the beginning of the year. However, the offer did not convince the management team of the department stores.

Since then, the ECI group has opened up the possibility of allowing interested parties to bid for part of the portfolio so as to maximise the value of the properties. However, the risk with that option is that some properties will end up being left unsold.

With the deadline for bids closing today, nothing is being ruled out. In fact, Apollo could still win if it was willing to increase its offer.

The portfolio contains 95 assets and includes shopping centres, offices and other types of assets such as parking lots, land and homes.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Aedas Reaches an Agreement with Castlelake to Buy Non-Finalist Plots

20 May 2019 – El Confidencial

Aedas Homes has reached an agreement with its main shareholder, the US fund Castlelake, to ensure its supply of long-term land, without having to make any major investments in the short-term.

Specifically, the property developer and the fund will create ad hoc companies for each non-finalist plot in which they decide to invest, whereby Aedas will take a 10% stake and will reserve the right to buy up to 25% of the homes built on each one of the sites.

Aedas’s team will be responsible for managing the vehicles, processing the urban planning formalities and obtaining the finalist land status. The company has already identified six plots in Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla, on which more than 9,200 homes could be built.

It will take between 4 and 5 years to transform those plots into finalist sites and the idea is that Aedas will build at least 2,500 of the homes permitted, with the remainder being sold for development to other property developers.

This strategy will ensure that Aedas has a supply of finalist land over the medium and long-term at affordable prices.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Kronos Sells 111 Homes During Q1 2019

20 May 2019 – Press Release

Kronos Homes sold 111 homes in Spain and Portugal during the first quarter of 2019 and started work on the construction of a new development, Oasis 325, in Estepona (Málaga).

The company plans to take its total investment to €2.4 billion this year, of which €1 billion corresponds to the planned investment in land in both Spain and Portugal.

By the end of 2018, the property development arm of Kronos owned a portfolio of 12,000 homes across 16 developments, which it plans to increase by 4,000 units during 2019 across 24 developments.

Kronos Homes currently has eight projects under construction: Nature and General Marvà in Alicante; The Edge, Horizonte, Panorámica, La Finca and Oasis 325 on the Costa del Sol and H2O in Badalona. It is planning to start work on another 6 projects in Andalucía, Cataluña and Madrid this year.

All of the projects undertaken by Kronos Homes reflect its #Puredesign philosophy and place a special emphasis on good architecture, unique design and the special integration of the environment, whilst ensuring great finishes.

Original story: Press Release

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Madrid’s Regional Government Gives Green Light to Operación Madrid Nuevo Norte

19 May 2019 – El Mundo

According to information obtained by El Mundo, the Community of Madrid is going to send its Environmental Assessment Report regarding Operación Chamartín to the Town Hall of Madrid on Monday, which will leave the path clear for the municipal plenary to vote on the plan before the local elections are held on Sunday 26 May.

The urban development project, which is now known by its new name, Madrid Nuevo Norte, will see the construction of 10,500 homes at the northern end of Paseo de la Castellana, together with the development of offices, retail areas, green spaces and three new metro stations.

The only requirement stipulated in the definitive report issued by the Community of Madrid is that agreements be made upfront about who is going to pay for the public building works, including the Canal de Isabel II installations, the construction of the three new metro stations and the preparation of the surrounding roads.

According to the protocol of execution signed a month ago by the Town Hall of Madrid, Adif – the public entity that owns the land – and Distrito Castellana Norte (DCN) – the private company that is promoting the development – the three leading players will share the cost of developing the aforementioned infrastructures, whereby ensuring that local taxpayers do not have to foot the bill.

Original story: El Mundo (by Marta Belver & Isabel F. Lantigua)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake