Habitat Inmobiliaria Revives a 186-Home Development in Camas (Sevilla)

30 July 2018 – La Vanguardia

Habitat Inmobiliaria has acquired almost 12,000 m2 of land in the Sevillan town of Camas to build a new residential development comprising 186 homes that will involve an investment of more than €30 million. According to the company, the plot on which the new development will be located has a total buildable surface area of 23,357 m2 and the project will allow the re-launch of a development that was first started back in 2009. The marketing of this development will begin at the end of this year.

Specifically, the development will contain 186 homes in total and 277 parking spaces. It will have common areas with green spaces, playgrounds and swimming pools and four commercial premises. According to the property developers, the project is located around 20 minutes from the centre of Sevilla by car and just a few minutes from the bus stop that connects with the regional capital.

According to Habitat Inmobiliaria, the purchase of this plot forms part of the land acquisition plan that the group has launched and the project will be added to the more than 1,400 homes that the company currently has under construction. This operation follows other land purchases made by the firm in Collado Villalba and Móstoles in Madrid and the plots in Entrenúcleos in Dos Hermanas and Mairena del Aljarafe, both in Sevilla.

Currently, Habitat Inmobiliaria has a presence in the Andalucian provinces of Málaga, Córdoba and Sevilla and is interested in continuing to invest in the region, where the company has four developments up for sale and where it is planning to start on new residential developments in the coming months.

Original story: La Vanguardia 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Vía Célere Invested €227M in 2017 Buying 473,000 m2 of Land

5 February 2018 – Eje Prime

The property developer led by Juan Antonio Gómez-Pintado accelerated its pace in 2017. By the end of the year, Vía Célere had invested in land purchases amounting to €227 million, whereby increasing the surface area of the company’s buildable land portfolio by 473,000 m2.

With its stock market debut looming, the company also closed some high-profile corporate operations last year, such as the integration of Dos Puntos into the group, in which the US fund Värde Partners has held a stake for a year, and the carve-out of its property business.

Vía Célere’s portfolio of land for residential construction now spans 1.43 million m2. With these plots, the property developer has the capacity to build 12,200 homes in Spain over the next few years.

The most recent purchases made by the real estate company in this field were in Barcelona, A Coruña and Ibiza. The investment on the White Island was the first to be made by the company in that area of the Balearics.

By region, besides the provinces already mentioned, Vía Célere closed land purchase operations in 2017 in provinces such as Madrid, Sevilla, Valladolid and Girona. During the course of its ten-year life, Vía Célere has handed over more than 2,300 homes, a figure that, in light of the business plan launched, it is seeking to increase to 10,000 units over the next two years.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Domo Activos Embarks On New Growth Phase

3 November 2017 – Eje Prime

Domo Activos is embarking on a new phase of growth. The largest property developer Socimi, aimed at medium-sized investors, is going to launch a €15 million capital increase over the next few weeks. It plans to use the funds raised to buy new land in Spain, with the purpose of building new homes, according to José Luís Alba, Director of Domo Gestora’s Socimi.

According to the director, the company has already identified opportunities in Spain and is now waiting to beef up its financial strength so as to be able to actually purchase the new plots. “We will focus these acquisitions in Madrid, Málaga and Valencia in the first instance, but we are also looking for plots in Sevilla, Córdoba, Granada and Zaragoza”, said the executive.

Domo Activos Socimi will increase its share capital through an issue and placement into circulation of up to a maximum of 7.5 million shares, with a nominal value of €2 each “with an incomplete subscription forecast”. To approve this increase, Domo Activos has convened an Extraordinary General Shareholders’ Meeting, which will be held in Madrid on 30 November.

The business model of Domo Activos involves the acquisition of land for the construction of buildings, which are let out for the first three years and then sold “whereby benefitting from the tax benefits afforded to these types of companies”. “In this way, all of the capital gains generated, from the date the land is acquired to the date the properties are sold, are not taxable for corporation tax purposes”, explain sources at the group.

According to the company’s own estimates, the return on this project, once the divestments have been made, could reach 10% per annum. Investors receive the profits resulting from rental income in the form of dividends throughout the period that the buildings are leased and until they are sold.

Currently, the first project being promoted by Domo Activos is the development that it is constructing in Madrid, in El Ensanche de Vallecas. This building will contain eighty homes for rent, according to sources at the group.

New leadership team

Moreover, the company has also been reshaping its management team in recent months. To carry out this new phase of growth, Domo Gestora has appointed José Luís Alba as Director of the Socimi, a role carried out until now by Roberto Boluda, who moved to Prygesa in July as the Managing Director of the property developer owned by the Pryconsa group.

Domo Gestora’s Socimi was created by a team that is closely related to the real estate business. When it was launched, the company appointed Enrique Guerra as its CEO. Guerra is an expert in real estate management and has specialised in housing cooperatives since 2002 (…).

Domo’s management team is completed by executives such as Juan Pedro Plaza, the Socimi’s Director of Investments (…); Feliciano Conde, who took over the presidency of Domo Activos in January 2016 (…); and Alberto Freire, Director of Developments at Domo, amongst others.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Neinor Secures €150M In Funding To Accelerate Land Purchases

30 August 2017 – La Vanguardia

Neinor Homes has signed a financing agreement with JP Morgan for €150 million, funds that the company will use to accelerate its land purchases for the construction of homes, according to a statement issued yesterday by the listed real estate investment company (Socimi).

The loan is due to mature in two years and Neinor plans to repay it using cash generated by its ordinary business.

According to the same source, the new financing will allow the company to optimise its business plan because it can bring forward the land purchases initially forecast for 2018 to the second half of 2017, “whilst maintaining its conservative debt ratios”.

“With this operation, Neinor Homes is seeking to take advantage of the good times and great opportunities that currently exist in the Spanish residential market”, said the Socimi, which is currently holding advanced negotiations to close land purchases amounting to more than €100 million.

In its opinion, the new financing demonstrates the strength of the company and the confidence that the financial institutions have in its balance sheet and its execution capacity.

In the event that it uses up the entire financing line buying up land during the second half of the year, and then launches a significant proportion of those projects “successfully”, it may consider reviewing the targets set in its business plan for 2020.

In a statement published by the Socimi, Neinor Homes said that it continues to lead the residential development market in Spain, with the largest bank of high-quality buildable land, worth more than €1,300 million and spanning more than 1,250 million m2 across Madrid, Cataluña, Baleares, País Vasco, Andalucía and Valencia.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation: Carmel Drake