Trajano Iberia Goes Shopping For Offices, Retail & Logistics Assets

31 May 2017 – Eje Prime

Trajano Iberia, the Socimi managed by Deutsche Bank (…) is drafting a roadmap for its upcoming acquisitions, which will see it buy assets worth up to €100 million in Spain and Portugal, according to a statement issued by the Socimi. The company highlighted that it is looking for commercial properties, “primarily, offices, retail premises, shopping centres and logistics assets”.

Madrid and Barcelona will be in the spotlight of Trajano Iberia, which began to trade on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) back in July 2015. The group has set itself the objective of spending “between €10 million and €100 million” on the acquisition of assets over the next few months.

The type of properties that Trajano Iberia wants to incorporate into its asset portfolio include: offices that need refurbishing or that are empty in prime and semi-prime areas of Barcelona and Madrid; prime offices and retail assets in Lisbon and Spain’s secondary cities; prime shopping centres in Spain’s secondary cities; and prime logistics centres located in the vicinity of transport hubs.

In this way, Trajano Iberia will be able to diversify its range of assets, given that until now, it has been more focused on buying large shopping centres in major cities in Spain and Portugal. One of the Socimi’s most recent purchases was the Alcalá Magna shopping centre, in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), for which it paid Incus Capital €100 million. (…).

As at the end of 2016, the asset portfolio of the Socimi, chaired by José Moya Sanabria, was valued at more than €200 million and comprised four properties. The Socimi, which plans to increase its portfolio to more than €300 million before the end of the year, acquired its first property in October 2015 (…). A month later, in November, Trajano added the Nosso shopping centre, located in the Portuguese city of Vila Real to its collection of assets, for which it paid €54 million. Then in 2016, the Socimi acquired the Manoteras office building in Madrid, for €45 million. In the middle of last year, the group also bought the Plaza logistics park in Zaragoza, for €43.8 million.

Since its constitution in March 2015, Trajano Iberia has raised funds amounting to approximately €95 million. The administrators and managers of the company estimate a maximum investment period of 2 years (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Patron Capital Acquires Los Alcores Shopping Centre

30 April 2017 – ABC

A constant and silent trickle of investments has seen a significant number of the shopping centres in Andalucía change hands. The latest operation was closed in March, when the investment fund Patron Capital – which is headquartered in London and which has a portfolio worth more than €5,000 million – acquired Los Alcores, the most well-known establishment in Alcalá de Guadaíra (with a leasable area of 124,000 m2). Its tenants include H&M, Lefties, Bershka, Stradivarius and Cinesur.

The shopping centre, located at the foot of the A-92 motorway, has belonged to Incus Capital since 2013, just like El Mirador (in Cuenca) and Alzamora (in Alcoy). Now, these three properties have been acquired by Patron Capital, which has joined forces with the firm Eurofund to invest more than €13 million modernising the properties.

According to the experts, the operation makes sense, “Los Alcores is located in an area that will be served by the metro in the near future and which has large residential projects underway nearby, such as Hacienda Rosario being constructed by Aedas Homes; it is highly visible from the motorway and its tenants include many household names”, said Rosa Madrid, Director of CBRE in Andalucía, the firm that advised the operation.

A report by this consultancy highlights that the shopping centre business has “been recovering for several years and recorded a successful year in 2016”. Behind this rise is “the increase in consumption and, therefore, the good indicators in terms of visitor numbers and sales, which improved by 3.1% and 1.6%, respectively (taking the portfolio of shopping centres managed by CBRE in Spain as a sample)”.

From there, the significant interest from the major commercial brands in growing again, “which has allowed shopping centre occupancy rates to increase at a good pace”. In the CBRE portfolio, “the average occupancy rate rose from 89.6% to 93.9% between 2014 and 2016, figures that illustrate the improvement in the sector”.

If we look at what has happened over the last twelve months, it is clear that this sector “is on a roll”. At the end of 2016, the Via Outlet group – in which the London-based giant Hammerson owns a stake – purchased The Style Outlet in the town of San José de la Rinconada (better known as “The Airport Factory”). Until now, that establishment has belonged to a fund promoted by the Spanish real estate company Neinver (controlled by the Losantos family). Its major rival, the Outlet de Dos Hermanas, had already been acquired by Green Oak, just a few months earlier.

Major sales

These operations joined a long list, which also includes Grupo Lar, which sold the Airesur de Castilleja de la Cuesta shopping centre to CBRE Global Investors. And an Andalucían company has also made money in this wave, specifically, the case of Bogaris, which sold six retail parks in Andalucía and Extremadura to Redevco Iberian Ventures in the middle of last year for €95 million (including Kinepolis Pulianas, las Marismas del Polvorín and the Motril retail park).

And the activity does not end there: Axiare Patrimonio purchased the Viaparck shopping centre in Almería for €20 million; Alpha Pyrenees Trust bought the Connecta shopping centre in Córdoba….and just a few weeks ago, New Winds Group (the owner of the Windsor building in Madrid) purchased Málaga Plaza shopping centre. Just another sign of the good health of a business that is taking off again.

Original story: ABC (by Luis Montoto)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Trajano Iberia Buys Alcalá Magna Shopping Centre For €100M

3 February 2017 – Expansión

The Socimi Trajano Iberia, which is managed by the real estate division of Deutsche Asset Management, has purchased the Alcalá Magna shopping centre from Incus Capital, for €100 million.

According to a statement released by the Socimi, the shopping centre is located in one of the main residential areas of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid). It has a commercial surface area of 34,165 m2, spread over two levels, and 1,204 parking spaces, spread over two underground floors.

Its tenants include high profile brands from the Inditex group, led by Zara, as well as several recent arrivals, such as Lefties, H&M, Mango, Mercadona, a Virgin Active gym and restaurant groups.

The space, constructed in 2007, has an occupancy rate of more than 95%, receives almost 5 million visitors a year and generates annual sales of around €64 million.

Following this operation, Trajano Iberia has now made investments amounting to €282 million since its launch in June 2015. It currently has five assets in its portfolio, with a total surface area under management of 151,000 m2.

This new investment takes the company to 100% of its investment capacity once again, following its second capital increase, which was carried out in October, amounting to €47.2 million.

For this transaction, the company was advised by Deloitte, JLL and Garrigues. The vendor was advised by CBRE and Dentons.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Bank’s Socimi To Buy Alcalá Magna Shopping Centre

23 January 2017 – Cinco Días

The Socimi Trajano, managed by Deutsche Bank, is finalising what will be its largest purchase since its creation in 2015. It is planning to acquire the Alcalá Magna shopping centre (Alcalá de Henares, Madrid) for €100 million.

Deutsche Bank is investing in Spain again and in a shopping centre once more. Whilst last year, it broke records through its vehicle Deutsche Asset Management’s purchase of  Diagonal Mar in Barcelona for €493 million, now it is planning to close its Spanish Socimi Trajano’s largest operation to date, by acquiring Alcalá Magna for around €100 million.

This shopping centre in Alcalá de Henares is currently owned by the Spanish fund Incus Capital, whose shareholders include Estanislao Carvajal, Álvaro Rivera and Alejandro Moya. The investment vehicle has assets amounting to €600 million in its portfolio and it spent €200 million on a dozen operations in 2016. In turn, Incus acquired Alcalá Magna from CBRE Global Investors two years ago.

Alcalá Magna was inaugurated in 2007, has a gross leasable area of 34,165m2 and employs around 500 people. It has 1,265 parking spaces and 94 stores, including H&M, Zara, C&A, Sfera, Cortefiel and a Mercadona supermarket. Moreover, almost 25% of its space is used for leisure and restaurant purposes.

For Trajano, the Socimi managed by Deutsche Bank, this will be its largest acquisition. Last October, the company successfully completed a €47 million capital increase “to be able to undertake additional investments amounting to between €95 million and €100 million”, according to reports by the company in a statement.

The company’s investment strategy focuses on: offices located in peripheral areas of Madrid and Barcelona and in prime areas of other cities; shopping centres that are in leadership positions and that generate recurrent cash flow; as well as logistics parks, primarily in Madrid, Barcelona, País Vasco and Valencia.

Trajano already manages €181 million in four assets, with a total managed surface area of 117,000 m2. It closed its last transaction at the end of last year, with the purchase of four logistics warehouses in Zaragoza for €42.9 million.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz and Pablo Martín Simón)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Incus Capital Finalises Sale Of 4 Shopping Centres

25 October 2016 – Expansión

Three years after arriving in the Spanish real estate market, the fund Incus Capital is getting ready to divest its positions, and whereby benefit from the boom in the market and reap the rewards of the investments it has made in shopping centres. Specifically, the fund is finalising the sale of four shopping centres for a total consideration of €150 million.

Incus is holding exclusive negotiations with Deutsche Bank regarding the sale of the Alcalá Magna shopping centre, located in the Madrilenian municipality of Alcalá de Henares, for €100 million. The German entity is turning its attention to these types of assets once again, after starring in the largest acquisition in the market so far this year with its purchase of Diagonal Mar (in Barcelona) for almost €500 million.

Profits

From the sale of Alcalá Magna, Incus Capital will generate significant profits just two years after acquiring the asset. Incus Capital bought Alcalá Magna for almost €82 million from the investment fund CBRE RPPSE, managed by CBRE Global Investors, in the summer of 2014. Alcalá Magna, which opened in 2007, has almost 100 retail units and a gross leasable surface area (GLA) of 35,000 m2.

The commercial complex, designed by the international studio Chapman Taylor, has many high profile tenants, including Zara, C&A, Cortefiel, Mercadona and Massimo Dutti.

In addition to Alcalá Magna, Incus Capital is going to sell another three shopping centres that it currently holds in its portfolio, namely: El Mirador de Cuenca, Alzamora in Alcoy (Alicante) and Los Alcores in Alcalá de Guadaíra (Sevilla). To this end, Incus is holding exclusive negotiations with the British fund Patron to sell those three assets for a combined price of almost €50 million. The operation is expected to close in December.

Incus was constituted in 2012 and its purchase of these three assets from Morgan Stanley for almost €30 million (80% less than Morgan Stanley paid for them in 2007) represented its first real estate operation in the country. El Mirador de Cuenca, inaugurated in November 2002, has a retail surface area of 24,723 m2 spread over four floors (two retail and two parking).

Los Alcores, which opened its doors in August 2003 in Alcalá de Guadaíra (Sevilla), has two shopping floors and one car park. Its two main tenants are Eroski and Cinesur. Meanwhile, Alzamora, which was inaugurated in Alcoy (Alicante) in October 2003, has three shopping floors, a Supercor and almost 600 parking spaces.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Incus Capital Puts 3 Shopping Centres Up For Sale

6 July 2016 – El Confidencial

The retail market is on a roll. Whilst a few weeks ago, it was revealed that the British fund Northwood is looking for a buyer for Diagonal Mar, the second largest shopping centre in Cataluña; now, another investor, Incus Capital, wants to unwind some of its positions and raise funds through the sale of three commercial assets, which it purchased three years ago from Morgan Stanley for €30 million.

The assets for sale, which have been baptised as “the good”, “the bad”, and “the ugly” are: El Mirador de Cuenca (Cuenca), Los Alcores (Alcalá de Guadaíra-Sevilla) and Alzamora (Alcoy-Alicante). Morgan Stanley and Grupo Lar purchased these three centres in 2007 for €116 million just before the real estate bubble burst, and sold them to Incus Capital six years later, at a loss of €80 million.

According to several market sources, these three assets are back on the market once again, although no offers have been received yet, since the sales process is still in its preliminary phase. The sources consulted state that Incus will successfully close the operation before the end of the year with significant profits, in other words, for more than €30 million. CBRE is advising Incus Capital on the sale, but neither of the companies wanted to make any comments about it.

The three assets are on the market together once again. “Investors buzzing over Spain are looking for reasonably-sized transactions, and so it makes more sense to sell these assets together than separately. Investors prefer to make one purchase amounting to €30 million, than three amounting to €10 million each”, said one expert in the sector, who explained that, although these are not prime assets, given that they are located in smaller cities, they are dominant in their respective regions and do not face any competition, which makes them very attractive. In addition, Incus has carried out a very active management (of the assets), which means that they now have higher occupancy rates and are in a better condition than three years ago”.

The shopping centre segment has been particularly dynamic in the last two years and, according to experts in the real estate market, total investment in 2016 may exceed the figures recorded in 2015 (€2,000 million). During the first quarter of this year alone, retail investment amounted to between €750 million and €800 million, with several high profile transactions, including the purchase of the Festival Park shopping centre in Mallorca for €100 million and the fund Invesco’s purchase of a portfolio of Eroski supermarkets for just over €350 million.

Incus Capital was created in 2013 and these three shopping centres became its first portfolio of assets in the Spanish market. The firm was created by Andrew Newton (ex-Lehman Brothers) and Alejandro Moya (ex-Morgan Stanley).

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Evo Buys GE’s Spanish Mortgage Business For c. €300M

14 April 2016 – Expansión

As a result of this operation, involving Evo’s acquisition of almost €400 million in mortgages from GE Capital, Apollo’s subsidiary expects to increase its balance sheet by 10% and its loans to customers by 25%.

(…). The Spanish subsidiary of the US fund Apollo is acquiring General Electric’s mortgage business in Spain: almost €400 million in loans to individual borrowers, according to financial sources consulted by Expansión. According to the same sources, Evo will pay almost €300 million for the portfolio.

This operation brings the bank led by Enrique Tellado closer to its objective of achieving critical mass to emerge from the red in 2016.

Since Apollo acquired Evo, the former subsidiary of NCG Banco, the entity has registered three consecutive years of losses: €3.6 million in 2013, €78 million in 2014; and €13 million last year, according to the latest figures published, as at September, according to the Spanish Banking Association (AEB).

GE Capital Bank, the financial arm of GE, launched this divestment last year, as part of Project Zágato, advised by PwC. The portfolio, worth €400 million, contains 5,000 mortgage contracts and mainly contains loans that the US entity granted through APIs (real estate agents).

With this sale, GE Capital Bank is virtually shutting down its business in Spain, following the transfer of its leasing portfolio to Incus Capital, at the end of last year; and the repayment of the majority of its consumer loans.

This departure is the response to a change of strategy for the multinational company at the global level. At the beginning of 2015, GE decided to divest the majority of its financial business to focus on its industrial turbine, aircraft engine and medical equipment businesses, amongst others. It did so because of the risk posed by this financial exposure following the outbreak of the subprime mortgage crisis in 2008. At the time, the group had financial assets worth $500,000 million (€438,400 million).

Since then, GE Capital has been selling off parts of this business through different agreements in different countries, such as those signed with Evo and Incus in Spain.

This subsidiary reached its peak in Spain with partnerships that it signed with CAM and BBK before the crisis.

In 2008, it recorded losses and has remained loss-making ever since.

Quantitative leap

Project Zágato allows Evo Banco to make a significant quantitative leap. The portfolio acquired represents around 10% of its current balance sheet, which according to data from AEB as at November amounted to €4,000 million. The growth in terms of loans to customers is greater, almost 25%, given that it held €1,771 million last November.

Apollo’s standard strategy since it arrived in Spain has been to make purchases of entities, such as Evo Banco, which it acquired in 2013. Evo’s loan portfolio comprises purchases such as Finanmadrid, from Bankia; Bank of America’s credit card business; and portfolios of consumer credit and mortgages from Citi.

In the last few months, Evo Banco and Apollo have looked into other acquisitions in Spain, such as the BarclayCard sale, where it was pipped to the post by Bancopopular-e, the subsidiary of Värde Partners and Banco Popular, which is now in exclusive negotiations.

Original story: Expansión (by J. Zuloaga)

Translation: Carmel Drake