Ikea Sells Former Store In Alcorcón To International Investor

5 April 2017 – Inmodiario

Ikea has completed the sale of a plot measuring 38,700 m2 in Parque Oeste Alcorcón (Madrid) to an international investor group. The plot houses a single property, with a constructed surface area of 22,500 m2, located in one of the most powerful retail parks in Spain. Previously, it housed the Swedish company’s first store in Madrid, inaugurated in 1996.

“This sale successfully completes the process to relocate our operations to a new store, also in Alcorcón, which is larger in terms of size and capacity. It also represents a boost to our financial situation and further strengthens the development of our activity in Spain. The current store, opened in June 2016, is the largest in the market in Madrid and has represented a significant innovation in terms of space, services and improving the purchasing experience”, said Ignacio Navarro, Head of Expansion at Ikea Ibérica.

Meanwhile, Yola Camacho, Partner in Capital Markets at Cushman & Wakefield España said: “This is a major operation for the retail park market, given its excellent location, in one of the best retail parks in Spain, and it shows the high degree of interest that exists for assets of this kind. In addition, through our advice and commercial knowledge, we have been able to help Ikea optimise the sale operation”.

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake

Mitiska REIM Acquires Portal Mediterráneo Retail Park

29 September 2016 – Real Estate Press

Yesterday, Mitiska REIM, the leading specialist investor in retail parks in Europe, announced its entry into the Spanish market with the acquisition of the Portal Mediterráneo retail park in Vinaroz.

It is the first of several acquisitions that Mitiska REIM plans to make in Spain over the next few months, as a result of the improvement in the macroeconomic environment and the increased interest from commercial operators in retail parks in Spain.

Portal Medierráneo is a retail park that has a gross leasable area of 12,400 sqm, spread over 11 stores leased to brands such as Jysk, Bricorama, Norauto and Sprinter, amongst others. Located in Vinaroz, on the east coast of Spain on the border between the Community of Valencia and Cataluña it has a catchment area of 130,000 people, which increases to 250,000 during the summer. Similarly, Portal Mediterráneo benefits from the tourists that visit this area and from its location in a major retail area, alongside several other large stores including: a Carrefour hypermarket, a Decathlon shop, an Aldi supermarket and a McDonald’s restaurant.

The asset has been acquired by an institutional fund recently launched by Mitiska REIM, known as First Retail International Fund 2 (FRI 2), which has received support and advice from Catella Asset Management Iberia.

Mitiska REIM has also announced the appointment of Christophe Mouton as its Director in Spain and Portugal. Christophe will be responsible for acquisitions, developments and the management of partnerships with property developers and investors in retail parks across Spain and Portugal, with a special focus on the development of new retail parks. (…).

Mitiska REIM is a private company specialising in fund management and real estate investments, which is headquartered in Brussels (Belgium). Mitiska REIM invests exclusively in the peripheral retail park sector in Europe, in accordance with its strategy of (co)-development and adding value. (…).

Mitiska REIM recently announced the second satisfactory closure of its First Retail International 2 Fund (FRI2) for €190 million, which significantly exceeds its original aim of €150 million. (…).

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

Housing: Rental Prices Increase By 2.6% In 2014

21 January 2015 – El País

Barcelona is the most expensive regional capital in Spain and Lugo is the most economical.

House rental prices in Spain closed the year (2014) with a slight increase of 2.6%, to reach €7 per square metre per month. During the last quarter of the year, prices continued to rise, up by 0.2%.

“The data shows a stable outlook for the rental market, which although is now recovering, is not showing any signs of a sudden increase in prices. In any case, as with the market for house sales, we have to recognise that the rental market has two speeds. Thus, the increases recorded in markets such as Madrid, Barcelona, tourist areas and specific areas of the País Vasco have sparked interest from investors towards these regions, however this has been at the detriment of other less profitable areas”, says Fernando Encinar of idealista.com.

By autonomous region, the greatest increase was recorded in Cataluña, where landlords are now charging 9.8% more to let their properties than a year ago. It is followed by the regions of Extremadura (3.9%) and the Balearic Islands (2.4%).

By contrast, Murcia and Galicia have experienced price reductions of around 4% and 3%, respectively.

Madrid continues to be the most expensive autonomous region, at €10.20 per square metre. It is followed closely by the País Vasco (€10.00/m2) and Cataluña (€9.20/m2).

Barcelona consolidated its position as the most expensive regional capital in Spain, with an average price increase of 11% to take it to €12.50 per square metre; it is followed by San Sebastián (€11.80/m2) and Madrid (€11.40/m2). At the opposite end of the table, we find Ourense and Lugo, as the cheapest regional capitals, with an average price of around €4.10/m2 in both cities.

Notably, Jaén was the regional capital that saw the highest increase in rental prices in 2014, which grew by 10.4%.

Original story: El País (by Paula Cossío)

Translation: Carmel Drake

CTH Capital Awarded ‘Golf Hills Village’ Complex In Estepona

21 January 2015 – El Mundo

The complex has 152 homes, with a total surface area of 14,762 square metres.

It is a particularly attractive asset for international developers and investors.

The company CTH Capital has been awarded the residential complex Golf Hills Village through an auction organised by the property consultant BNP Paribas Real Estate. The property, located in Estepona, in the area known as Selwo, has 152 newly built homes. In total, the above ground surface area occupies 14,762 square metres.

“Transactions such as this one highlight the growing interest in the Spanish real estate sector from international investors. In this sense, the Costa del Sol has a clear advantage since it is a landmark tourist destination and also benefits from high quality infrastructure”, says CBRE, a company that advised CTH Capital in its purchase of the complex.

The auction was conducted through sealed bids in the presence of a notary and had the distinction of being the first in Spain of an asset under construction. Nevertheless, the building work at the complex is in the advanced phase, with more than 95% of the basic project now complete.

An attractive asset for international investors

“As we explained during the presentation of the auction, the characteristics of this asset made it particularly attractive for international developers and investors, which has been proven at the close”, says Irene Valbuena, Head of Auctions at BNP Paribas Real Estate. “Furthermore, the transaction confirms the interest of international investors in Spanish assets and shows how they are adopting value-added strategies to enter into our market, such as in this case, where the construction work still needs to be completed”.

CTH Capital is dedicated to the management and investment of real estate, and is based in London, UK. The company specialises in direct investments with a special focus on investments in hotels and second homes.

CTH Capital has made its investment under a joint venture with the property developer and constructor, JAMSA, which has more than 40 years of experience developing property in Spain and overseas (Dominican Republic, Florida, Romania).

Original story: El Mundo

Translation: Carmel Drake