Investments in the Logistics Real Estate Market Skyrocket

31 July 2019

Total investment in the Spanish logistics market rose above 530 million euros in the first semester of 2019, a more than five-fold increase compared to the investment made in the same quarter of last year, according to Knight Frank ‘s latest report ‘Logistics Snapshot.’

Knight Frank’s logistics chief, Alegandro Vega-Penichet, believes that that the logistics investment market will “once again” exceed the €1-billion mark,  largely because yields in Madrid and Barcelona currently stand at 5%, compared to other markets such as London and Frankfurt, with a return of 4%, or Berlin and Paris, with 4.25%.

Original Story: La Vanguardia

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Allegra Looks to Sell Logistics Platform Nearby Amazon and Madrid

29 June 2019

The real estate group, Allegra Holding, is looking to take advantage of the substantially increased interest in e-commerce and its effect on the logistics industry to sell the Postremo project. Postremo comprises two warehouses in Villaverde, on the outskirts of Madrid, and a plot of land located in front of a facility owned by Amazon in San Fernando de Henares, just 30 kilometres from central Madrid.

Allegra mandated Knight Frank to lead the sale, which could raise 30 million euros, providing a return of approximately 5% to any potential buyer. The assets include two warehouses, with a total surface area of roughly 17,000 m2, which the logistics firm On Time is currently leasing. The 16,430-m2 plot of land has an approved project to build a 10,265-square-meter warehouse

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Knight Frank: Investment in Offices Amounted to €1.3bn in Q1 2019

7 May 2019 – Eje Prime

According to data compiled by Knight Frank, investment in the office sector amounted to €1.3 billion during the first quarter of 2019.

By type of investor, in Madrid, 45% of buyers were funds, 25% were institutions, 18% were real estate companies, 9% were corporates and 3% were Socimis. Meanwhile, in Barcelona, 64% of purchasers were investment funds, 19% were corporates, 13% were private investors and 4% were real estate companies.

Yields in the prime areas remained stable at around 3.75% in Madrid and 4% in Barcelona, which are in line with previous years and similar to those observed in other major European cities.

The average prime rent in Madrid also remained stable at around €30.50/m2/month, with prices rising to €38/m2/month in some of the most sought-after spaces in the CBD. In total, 124,000 m2 of office space was leased in the capital during Q1 2019, up by 4% YoY.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Socimi Lar Sells its Last Office Building in Madrid to Swiss Life for €40M

24 April 2019 – Idealista

Lar España has sold the last office building left in its portfolio as it continues its strategy to specialise in the retail sector.

The Socimi has sold the property located at number 27 Calle Eloy Gonzalo, in the centre of Madrid, to the manager of the Swiss insurance company Swiss Life for €40 million. The building spans a surface area of 6,300 m2, distributed over 9 floors with various retail premises on the ground floor. The upper floors are leased in their entirety to the US coworking specialist WeWork.

Lar España acquired the property, which was constructed in the 1960s, for €12.7 million at the end of 2014.

Following this sale, the Socimi can now focus on the 14 assets in its retail portfolio (shopping centres and retail parks), which will become 15 after the summer, once the Lagoh shopping centre has been opened in Sevilla.

This represents the Swiss manager’s second purchase in Spain, following its acquisition of 13 retail premises from Corpfin Capital Prime Retail Assets in July 2018 for more than €83 million.

Various high-profile consultancy firms participated in the operation, with Cushman & Wakefield advising on the buy side and JLL and Knight Frank on the sell side.

Original story: Idealista (by Ana P. Alarcos)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Madrid’s Office Market in 2019: Stable Yields & Investment of €3bn

20 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Investment in offices in Madrid is on the rise. Total investment of €3 billion is forecast in the office market in the Spanish capital this year, which will see it maintain the yield for prime offices at 3.75%. In terms of office rents, a boom of 9.8% is forecast, along with a decrease in the availability rate, which is set fall from 11.6% in 2018 to 9% in 2021. Modest growth forecasts for the sector, with a lower supply of prime spaces, are going to contribute to an increase in rents.

With this data, Madrid is positioning itself amongst the capitals with the lowest yields on its luxury offices, with a figure comparable to those of Singapore (3.34%), Amsterdam (3.35%) and Paris (3%), but well below those of Moscow (8.5%) and Washington DC (6.2%), according to the Global Outlook 2019 report, compiled by Knight Frank.

In terms of the growth forecast for office rents, the Spanish capital is expected to maintain stable growth (…).

In terms of the availability rate, Madrid is forecast to decrease from 11.6% in 2018 to 9% in 2021, placing it amongst the cities with most available offices, well below Berlin, with a forecast rate of 2.2% (…). Available prime offices will also decrease, which will lead to a rise in rents. According to the study, this is the result of the recovery of the residential market, which is also sparking interest amongst investors.

One of the greatest opportunities in the sector are the coworking offices, which are transforming conventional offices into new spaces for working and incentivising employees. “Whilst some markets are reaching maturity, at the global level, we expect to see a boost to this business in 2019”, say the authors of the report.

In summary, the office market in Spain is expected to be relatively stable during the year ahead, despite global challenges (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Knight Frank: High Street Investment Soared by 84% to €1.3bn in 2018

31 January 2019 – Eje Prime

The real estate sector has closed another year with a strong performance in the Spanish market. As we approach the end of the real estate cycle in the country, the tertiary sector is continuing to maintain high levels of investment, with growing rents and sustainable yields.

In the retail sector, the investment volume amounted to around €3.7 billion in 2018, according to data from Knight Frank. The main driver of that investment was the high street, where spending soared by 84% to €1.3 billion.

Despite that, the bulk of retail investment in Spain continued to be directed towards shopping centres, which accounted for 54% of the total last year with major operations such as the sale of the Summit portfolio, owned by Sonae Sierra in conjunction with CBRE GI, and of which 87% is now controlled by JT Real Estate.

Moreover, the consultancy firm highlights that interest has increased from investors in shopping centres and isolated retail warehouses in good locations “which allow them to manage last mile delivery points”, said the consultancy firm.

Returns have remained stable across the three segments with yields of 5.25% for retail parks, 4.25% for shopping centres and 3% for high street assets.

Despite the strong performance of the retail sector in 2018, the jewel in the Spanish real estate crown is still the logistics segment. In 2018, investment in logistics assets amounted to €1.255 billion, close to the record set in 2017 of €1.28 billion.

In the last quarter, several large operations were closed, such as Blackstone’s purchase of a portfolio of 55 assets from Neinver for €300 million.

Interest in the segment continues to generate expectations regarding the compression of yields, and so Knight Frank forecasts returns of around 5% this year.

Finally, the office sector has also maintained a robust rate of activity, after the maximums recorded in 2017 thanks to operations undertaken by the Administration. Specifically, Knight Frank estimates that 2018 closed with a gross absorption of 493,000 m2.

Following the trend set in 2017, 52% of the surface area leased was located outside of the M-30, although during the final quarter, it was the secondary centre that accounted for the bulk of the space rented, around 35%.

Prime office rents remained stable at around €30.5/m2/month, and reached maximums of €38.5/m2/month in the most sought-after areas of the business district.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Testa’s Former CEO Buys a Plot of Land in Madrid to Build 25 Homes

23 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Testa’s former CEO is continuing to shape his new real estate project. Nidom, the property developer led by Daniel Loureda, has purchased a plot of land at number 312 Calle Embajadores in Madrid, according to Expansión. The objective is to construct a 6-story building containing 25 homes, whereby resuming the plans set out by the previous owner.

Until now, the plot was in the hands of the company Caoba Directorship, and it has been sold for above the asking price, which was set at €7.5 million. The operation has been brokered by Knight Frank.

The plot has a surface area of 1,051 m2 and is located in the Legazpi neighbourhood of the capital, in a very sought-after area, where prices are on the rise due to the shortage of land and the location. In fact, it is one of the last buildable plots inside the M-30.

Nidom is thereby continuing to increase its portfolio, after launching several developments, including at number 76 Príncipe de Vergara, 7 Duque de Pastrana and 98 Calle Ferraz.

The property developer is led by Daniel Loureda, former CEO of Vallehermoso and Testa Inmuebles.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Marathon Buys an Office Building & a Hotel in Madrid for c. €30M

21 November 2018 – Expansión

The US investment fund Marathon is increasing its commitment to Spain with the acquisition of a mixed-use complex of buildings in Madrid, which houses an office block and a four-star hotel managed by the Mallorca-based chain Barceló.

Specifically, the US investment fund has closed an agreement with Credit Suisse Real Estate, owner of the asset until now, to acquire the complex for around €30 million, according to market sources speaking to Expansión.

The complex has a total surface area of 14,000 m2 and is located at numbers 19 and 21 Calle de Julián Camarillo in Madrid, one of the most established office districts in the east of the capital, a few minutes by car from the Ifema exhibition centre and Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport.

The operation has been advised by the real estate consultancy firm Knight Frank.

The complex includes an office building, with a surface area of more than 9,100 m2, occupied by several tenants: Adquira, the company specialising in e-commerce; Lebara, the telephony company; Ixion, the robotics and drone firm; and Norgine, the pharmaceutical business, amongst others.

The complex also has retail and leisure areas and indoor and outdoor parking.

In addition, the asset houses a four-star hotel, managed by Barceló Group, now under the Occidental Hoteles brand.

The Hotel Occidental Madrid Este – previously known as Barceló Torre Arias – has 108 rooms, four of which are junior suites, as well as a gym, sauna and restaurant. The establishment also has two meeting rooms with capacity for up to 80 people.

With this operation, Marathon is strengthening its presence in the Spanish real estate market. The US fund is, together with Attestor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, one of the minority shareholders of the property developer Vía Célere, which is controlled by Värde (75%).

Moreover, the investment fund acquired the Bahía Azul shopping centre in Málaga in 2016.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Azora, CBRE GIP & Madison Create a Fund with €750M & 6,500 Homes

10 September 2018 – Expansión

The real estate companies Azora, CBRE GIP and Madison have constituted a joint venture for residential rental properties in Spain. They have created it with 6,458 homes and €750 million in own funds in order to expand the portfolio to 10,000 homes over the next two or three years.

In a statement, the three companies have announced the joint venture agreement, with an initial asset value of €870 million. The fund’s 6,458 homes are located in 65 buildings and 70% of them are located in the metropolitan area of Madrid.

Azora’s new subsidiary for residential rental has emerged from the recapitalisation of another previous one, Lazora. The investment and integral management of the new fund will be borne by Azora, which has also acquired a minority stake in the entity.

The Director for Continental Europe at CBRE Global Investment Partners, Alexander van Riel, said that “the residential market in Spain is very fragmented, and so this portfolio and its size are unique in that it acts as an important consolidator in the sector”.

“This investment increases CBRE GIP’s exposure to the residential sector in Europe to more than €2.5 billion and is in line with our key strategy: to follow demographic and real estate development trends in markets with a scarcity of products”, added Van Riel.

Meanwhile, the co-head of the securities portfolio at Madison International Realty, Derek Jacobson, said that the investment “represents a unique opportunity to acquire a large-scale and high-quality residential portfolio located primarily in the Spanish capital”.

The head of the residential area at Azora, Javier Rodríguez-Heredia, said that the intention is to hold onto the 6,458-rental unit portfolio for 15 years.

“Rather than opting for the liquidation and sale of these units, through this strategic association with CBRE GIP and Madison, we have not only found a way of ensuring that these homes remain available for families, we are also going to increase the investment in the rental products to build a new supply over the long term”, added Rodríguez-Heredia.

CBRE GIP and Madison have been advised by Jones Day, Pérez-Llorca, PwC, Howden, CBRE, Arcadis and Knight Frank, whilst Kempen, Freshfields and Deloitte have advised Lazora.

Last May, Azora postponed its planned debut on the stock market and, in August, its management contract with the real estate firm Hispania was terminated, as a result of which it agreed to receive €224.5 million from Blackstone, which had acquired 74% of Hispania through a takeover.

Original story: Expansión 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Barings Acquires Five Office Buildings in Avalon Business Park in Madrid

    

Barings Real Estate has acquired five office buildings within Avalon Business Park, Madrid, Spain, as part of a Pan European value add investment strategy on behalf of an institutional investor. The seller is Meridia Capital. The five office buildings comprise 24,495sqm and are best in class in this submarket. The buildings are 97% occupied with more than 20 tenants mainly from the IT/technology and engineering sectors. Additionally, there are 1,291sqm of retail space and 421 underground parking spaces.

The Avalon Business Park comprises in total nine office buildings with 46,952sqm. The business park is located in Julian Camarillo, a 950,000sqm, consolidated office sub-market within the city of Madrid, one of the largest submarkets in terms of take-up in 2018. Formerly an industrial area, Avalon Business Park has already undergone big changes in the past years. It is in very close proximity to the city centre and the airport (15 minutes by car to each). The metro station is within eight minutes walking distance, and the property is served by several bus lines.

“We are delighted to announce our seventh acquisition in Spain and our first investment in the Madrid office market, where we see significant rental and value growth over the coming years. This is a new milestone in the development of our investment strategy in the Iberian Peninsula after a significant capital deployment in both the retail and the logistic markets. As our local team grows, we continue broadening our investment horizon, not only across different asset classes but also in terms of risk profile, from core product to value-add and opportunistic transactions,” Adolfo Favieres, Country Head Real Estate, Spain at Barings, said.

Barings was advised by Dentons (Legal), Deloitte (Financial), Arcadis (Technical) and Knight Frank (Valuation). Meridia Capital was advised by Garrigues and Savills Aguirre Newman.