9 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner
Banco Santander has transferred approximately 400,000 square meters of land to its newly incorporated real estate developer, Landmark Iberia. The land could provide space for up to 4,000 new homes.
The portfolio, however, consists of a range of types of land running from ready-to-develop land to rural lands not yet zoned for development. Santander created Landmark at the beginning of this year.
Original Story: El Confidencial – RuthUgalde
18 March 2019 – Cinco Días
Santander is making history once again. The entity has created a company to which it is going to transfer all of the land proceeding from its exposure to property, which has a gross book value of around €4 billion (and a net value of around €2 billion).
The purpose of this new vehicle, known as Landmark Iberia, will be to advance with the urban planning procedures required to generate value from these plots and to continue selling the land, with the ultimate goal of selling the whole company if an attractive offer is received.
Landmark is not like any of the bank’s previous projects given that it is not a servicer. Its job is to generate value from the plots that it receives from Santander – it is the first entity of its kind in Spain.
The operation forms part of the group’s overall strategy to reduce its exposure to real estate, in accordance with the instructions of the Bank of Spain. Last year, Santander decreased the value of its exposure by 55.9% in gross terms to €15.1 billion, according to the entity’s annual accounts, thanks to its operations with Blackstone (project Quasar) and Cerberus.
Landmark will likely become the largest landowner in the country, alongside other major companies in the sector such as the property developer Metrovacesa and the fund Cerberus.
Original story: Cinco Días
Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake