Syllabus and Invesco Developing Nine Student Residences in Spain and Portugal

21 October 2019 – Urbania’s subsidiary Syllabus, which signed an agreement with Invesco at the beginning of the year, currently has projects for nine student residences underway in Spain and Portugal.

In total, the firm’s investments will add 3,000 beds to its portfolio, in addition to the 2,500 it had already planned to build by 2021. The total investment in the nine projects in Spain and Porto is forecast to exceed €150 million.

The company is planning or building two student residences in Madrid and one each in Valencia, Malaga, Pamplona, ​​Seville, Salamanca and Porto in addition to other investments the firm has yet to disclose.

The projects are part of a collaboration agreement Syllabus signed with Invesco at the beginning of the year. The two firms agreed to invest 250 million euros over five years in student residences in Spain.

Original Story: Eje Prime – Marc Vidal Ordeig

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Invesco Real Estate Acquires Casa Oller in Barcelona

14 October 2019 Invesco Real Estate has acquired the building at Gran Vía 658, in Barcelona. The real estate investment management company will convert the modernist property, known as Casa Oller, into luxury flats.

The firm intends to build a total of eleven two- to three-bedrooms flats, including a penthouse, with surface areas exceeding 150 m2. The development will include common areas with an outdoor pool, gym and spa. The flats, which will be ready in 2020, are already on sale by Colliers International, with prices starting at €1.5 million.

Original Story: Idealista

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Invesco Sells a Logistics Warehouse to M&G Investments for €32M

21 June 2019 – Expansión

The global investment manager Invesco has completed the sale of a logistics warehouse in Getafe (Madrid) to the British firm M&G Investments for €32 million.

The warehouse, which was constructed in 2018, has a surface area of 29,536 m2 and 36 loading docks. It is located on the Los Gavilanes industrial estate, by the junction of the A4 with the M-50.

The property has an occupancy rate of 85% and is leased to a number of tenants including the supermarket chain Mercadona and the specialist transport company Acer. It is certified as a sustainable building with a LEED Silver rating.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

JLL: 47 Halls of Residence for Students are Under Construction in Spain

24 April 2019 – El Confidencial

The student hall sector is on a roll. With almost fifty projects underway (47) and 17,500 new beds to be added to the existing portfolio by 2022, experts forecast total investment of €1 billion in the sector over the next 4 years.

In 2017, investment in the sector amounted to €560 million, ten times higher than the figure recorded in 2016 (€50 million). Last year, the number dropped to €141 million, but according to Nick Wride, Director of Living and Alternatives at JLL Spain, that was “due to a lack of residences in operation available for sale”. Moreover, it was still the highest figure ever recorded excluding corporate transactions – the data in 2017 was impacted by the completion of 2 large corporate deals.

Last year, 18 operations were closed involving the purchase of land or buildings for conversion. 55% of the investment was undertaken in Madrid and Barcelona, with the remaining 45% made in the main regional cities, such as Málaga, Sevilla and Granada. The operators behind the new beds under construction include Nexo, Resa, WPCarey, Invesco, CBRE GI, Axa and GSA, amongst others.

Student halls offer some of the highest yields in the sector: 5.5% in the secondary cities and 5% in Madrid and Barcelona, in line with those generated by nursing homes (5.5%) and logistics assets (5%), but well above those seen in other segments such as retail premises (3.15%), offices (3.50%), residential (3.50%) and hotels (4%).

The reason is the enormous demand that exists for these types of assets. In Spain, almost half a million students need accommodation, but there are currently just 91,000 student beds. The gap is clear, and growing, boosted by an increase in the number of domestic and international students travelling away from home to study. Those not finding student accommodation have to rent in the private market – an informal, heterogeneous, inflexible and potentially expensive option (particularly in Madrid and Barcelona where prices are soaring).

All this makes the market for student accommodation extremely attractive.

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Invesco, GSA, Amro & Bankinter are Committed to the Student Hall Sector

6 April 2019 – Expansión

Halls of residence for students have become one of the most sought after assets in the real estate sector in recent years. The demand for beds (which far outstrips supply), the growth forecasts for the market and the lack of suitable supply for the new requirements of the market has led operators and investors to get involved in the promotion and development of new halls of residence.

Four of the largest investors are planning to spend €1.5 billion in the sector over the next few years, as follows:

GSA, which arrived in Spain in 2017, with the purchase of 3 halls of residence from Oaktree, wants to invest €500 million in Spain and Portugal to grow a portfolio of 15,000 beds. It already has four centres in operation and plans to open two more in Barcelona soon.

Meanwhile, Invesco has teamed up with Syllabus, the subsidiary of Urbania, to invest €250 million in new halls of residence with the aim of adding 2,000 beds in Spain and Portugal; and that figure could rise to 3,500.

In addition, the British firm Amro Real Estate is looking to invest €300 million in 5,000 new beds across Spain and Portugal and has just closed its first investment in Granada, where it will build a hall of residence with 360 beds.

Finally, Bankinter has launched a private equity fund to invest between €300 million and €400 million in the construction of student halls across Iberia; its first project will also be in Granada.

The future is bright for the growth of this segment.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Syllabus Delegates the Management of its Student Halls to Greystar

4 April 2019 – Idealista

The student hall specialist Syllabus by Urbania has signed an agreement with the US company Greystar to delegate it the administration of its halls of residence, which it operates under its own brand.

The agreement covers the functions of marketing, administration and general property management, amongst others, and Greystar is going to assign a dedicated team to its new client.

Syllabus has a portfolio of projects under development comprising more than 2,500 beds, and following its strategic investment agreement with Invesco Real Estate, it is now also working on a growth plan for up to 10,000 units over the next few years.

Greystar, which was founded in 1993, already manages 50,000 beds in halls of residence around the world for brands such as Chapter and Sailmakers in the UK, OurDomain in the Netherlands, EdR and Rockoff Hall in the USA, and Resa in Spain.

Original story: Idealista 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

C&W: Investors Spent €300M on Student Halls in Spain in 2018

25 March 2019 – Eje Prime

Investors galore have set their sights on the market for student halls in Spain. Three major institutional investors, Axa, Invesco and Nuveen, have launched themselves into the construction and management of these types of properties, which they consider are reliable bets that generate high returns.

According to Cushman & Wakefield, investment in student halls in Spain amounted to almost €300 million in 2018. And the consultancy firm expects that figure to be exceeded in 2019.

Spain currently has 1.6 million students, of whom around 15% are potential users of student halls. Nevertheless, the accommodation stock comprises just 95,000 beds, which represents 6% of all matriculated students. As such, there is a lot of potential in the market.

In summary, demand is growing, supply is limited and returns are high, currently averaging 5.25% in Spain. As such, the market has captured the attention of global investors.

Indeed, investors in Spain generally fall into one of two categories: institutional investors with an international profile, such as the three players mentioned above; and European investors specialising in student halls, particularly those from the North of Europe, such as the British firms GSA and Collegiate, the Dutch firm The Student Hotel and the German company Corestate.

Meanwhile, the consultancy firm Savills Aguirre Newman calculates that around twenty major operations could be closed in this segment in 2019, which could result in investment of more than €2 billion over the next few years.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Roger Arnau)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Invesco & Syllabus to Invest €250M in Halls of Residence for Students

4 March 2019 – Eje Prime

Invesco is teaming up with Syllabus, the subsidiary owned by Urbania, to enter the sector for student residences. Together, the two firms plan to invest €250 million over five years in the construction and purchase of buildings for use as halls of residence.

In total, the alliance seeks to add more than 2,000 rooms to the supply in Madrid, Málaga, Valencia, Barcelona, Pamplona and Salamanca. The current plan involves opening two residences in Madrid in 2020 and one in Málaga in 2021.

Invesco will be the majority shareholder of the investment platform and Syllabus will hold a minority stake. The latter will also promote and manage the halls of residence. Many of the company’s plans involve change-of-use properties, in other words, hospitals and office buildings that will be converted into alternative assets.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Summary/Translation: Carmel Drake

Invesco Buys 2 Warehouses in Madrid’s Prime Logistics Area from GreenOak

21 November 2018 – Eje Prime

Invesco is raising its commitment to the Spanish logistics sector. The British real estate group has purchased two warehouses located in the Puerta de Madrid Logistics Park from the US fund GreenOak. The two warehouses have a surface area of more than 38,000 m2, according to a statement from the company.

The assets are located on Calle de los Tapiceros in San Fernando de Henares, an area very close to the Spanish capital and the A-2 motorway, the busiest road in the last mile market. Invesco expects that the warehouses, which have a high degree of occupancy, will be finished by the end of the year. The operation has been advised by the real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield.

This new investment in Madrid, whose amount has not been revealed, follows the group’s search for a tenant for the 30,000 m2 logistics platform that it owns in Los Gavilanes, in Getafe.

Moreover, across the whole of Spain, Invesco has undertaken several operations in the logistics market over the last year. One of the most important took place last December when the real estate group acquired the facilities that house the headquarters of Mango in Palau-solità i Plegamans (Barcelona) for more than €100 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Invesco Real Estate Acquires Three Logistics Assets in Madrid and Barcelona

5 October 2018

Invesco Real Estate (Invesco), the global real estate investment manager, has announced the acquisition of three newly built logistics assets in Madrid and Barcelona, the two Spanish cities with the greatest demand for logistics capabilities. The sum of the three transactions reached 173 million euros, totalling 189,000 square meters. The acquisitions resulted from mandates from two German companies.

Fernando San Juan Monje, director of transactions for Invesco Spain, said that “the size, quality and location in prime logistics areas makes these three properties truly unique and give us the opportunity to increase our presence in the “last mile” segment, which is the last link in the chain of  distribution of goods in cities.” Mr San Juan added that “their locations, close to Madrid and Barcelona and with direct access to motorways, makes these high-quality assets an attractive product for both investors and logistics operators.”

The interest of institutional investors in the Spanish logistics market is growing significantly, driven by an increase in rents and relatively high returns. The absence of new logistics developments during the economic crisis in Spain has caused that the supply of logistics centres in many cities to become obsolete and of low quality, which has limited the alternatives for investors interested in acquiring assets.

Guy-Young Lamé, the director of Invesco’s European Studies, stated that “this fantastic opportunity for two of our mandates in Germany comes at a great time. We have seen how the e-commerce sector in Spain has been rapidly expanding in recent years after a previous lull, so, these days, there is a growing demand for high-quality logistics assets.”

The acquisition of Abrera’s assets (see photo) together with the other two in Madrid’s south and east were finalised in recent weeks. Thanks to the interconnection of their different modules, the properties have the advantage of a high level of flexibility, with the option of offering different sizes to suit the needs of both large and small operators.

Original Story: Inmodiário

Translation: Richard Turner