Socimi Tander Acquires Gran Vía 6 (Bilbao) for €7.5M

26 June 2018 – Eje Prime

Tander is expanding its geographical reach. The Socimi, present in Barcelona and Santander until now, is growing in the north of Spain with the purchase of its first asset in Bilbao. The company has acquired number 6 Gran Vía in the Basque city for €7.5 million, in its first operation since it made its debut on the MAB in January.

According to a statement filed by the company with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB), the operation includes “two properties that comprise a single commercial premise”, with a constructed surface area of 257.33 m2.

“These premises have been leased recently, and are on the verge of being handed over to the new lessee, something that will happen within the next few days”, says the company, owner of a fund in which the Canadian manager Première Alliance holds a stake.

To carry out the operation, Tander has required external financing. In June, the company granted various guarantees to ING to “free up” €8.32 million of the financing committed with the financial entity, which amounts to €54.27 million in total. Similarly, the company drew down €4.27 million more.

The Socimi is using that amount to finance the purchase of the asset in Bilbao as well as to strengthen “its financial capacity to comply with its real estate asset acquisition strategy”. Tander’s investment plan for 2018 amounts to €25 million, which will serve for the acquisition of between three and four assets outside of Madrid and Barcelona, according to Eje Prime.

The company debuted on the MAB in January with a valuation of €50 million. Tander owns five assets in prime areas of Barcelona and a sixth in Santander, which constituted a portfolio that was worth €80.3 million at the beginning of the year.

From Vía Laietana to Paseo de Gracia

Tander’s footprint in Barcelona is located in the centre of the city. The Socimi’s largest asset is an office at number 6-20 Calle Casp, which has a surface area of 3,457 m2. That building houses the offices of Cadena SER, owned by Grupo Prisa, just above Teatro Tívoli.

At number 15 Paseo de Gracia, the manager owns a retail premise measuring 527 m2, which is currently leased to FC Barcelona, which has opened a flagship store. In the same street, at number 27, the Socimi has leased a store measuring 792 m2 to the brand Cos, part of the H&M group.

Tander completes its portfolio in Barcelona’s city centre with part of number 47 Vía Laietana, an office building in which the Socimi has leased 1,100 m2 to Banco Sabadell. The financial entity also leases a branch measuring 155 m2 at number 171 Travessera de Gràcia, which is also owned by Tander Inversiones.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake