Árima Reports Losses of €7.9M in 2019 after Forecasting a Profit of €15.6M in February

The Socimi has announced that it will hold a General Shareholders’ Meeting on Tuesday 28, where it will propose the approval of its accounts, which reflect losses despite the profits forecast in February.

Árima Real Estate -the Socimi created by Luis López de Herrera Oria after Colonial took over his previous listed real estate company, Axiare- has announced that it will hold a General Shareholders’ Meeting this week, specifically, on the 27th on the first call and on the 28th on the second.

At the meeting, the company will address various agenda items, including, the approval of the results for the financial year 2019. At the proposal of the Board of Directors, Árima will ask its shareholders to approve the accounts for the year ending 31 December 2019, which report losses of €7.9 million. That means the Socimi will not distribute any dividends to its shareholders, according to the document sent to the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV).

Socimi Árima Buys 4 Office Buildings in Madrid for €110M

27 December 2018 – La Vanguardia

The Socimi Árima has purchased its first four office buildings in Madrid for €110 million, operations that it has carried out just two months after making its stock market debut in October without any real estate assets in its portfolio.

In this operation, the firm promoted by the former CEO of Axiare, Luis López de Herrera-Oria, has invested the c. €100 million that it raised from its stock market debut and “is whereby starting its journey”.

The four assets purchased comprise a combined surface area of around 27,000 m2, as well as 460 parking spaces, and are located in the business centre district and northeast of the capital.

The firm, which is going to invest €16.7 million to improve the properties, is convinced that they have “great potential for appreciation”.

Specifically, Árima has purchased one building on Calle María de Molina on the corner with Príncipe de Vergara, and another one on the intersection of Paseo de la Habana with Avenida de Alfonso XIII, for €31 million in total.

Moreover, the Socimi has signed a commitment to acquire another two office buildings, located in the northeast of Madrid, for €63 million, which will materialise in January 2019.

With these two operations, Árima is purchasing its first buildings after it made its stock market debut without any assets in October and through which it raised €100 million, a third of the €300 million initially planned.

“With the purchase of these assets, Árima is reaffirming its business plan presented during its IPO and the good investment opportunities that the Spanish real estate market offers”, said the CEO of the firm, Luis López de Herrera-Oria, in a statement.

Original story: La Vanguardia 

Translation: Carmel Drake

British Fund Pelham Acquires 10% of Árima

25 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Árima has opened the door to British capital. The UK fund Pelham Capital has declared a stake of 9.98% in the new Socimi from Luis López de Herrera-Oria (pictured below), according to a statement filed by the company with Spain’s National Securities and Market Commission (CNMV).

The new real estate vehicle of the former founder and CEO of Axiare (which was taken over by Colonial) has convinced the London-based firm to enter its share capital by acquiring 999,028 shares, worth €9.5 million, on the basis of the real estate firm’s current share price.

After completing its debut on the main stock market, with a dip of 10%, Árima’s share price recorded a slight upturn on the second day of trading, with an increase of 5.56%.

It is expected that, over the coming days, other funds and institutional investors will be revealed that have participated in the €100 million capital increase that Árima launched to complete its stock market debut. Initially, the Socimi had intended to raise up to €300 million, but it lowered its expectations in light of the unstable situation in the markets.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

López de Herrera-Oria Forgets Axiare & Launches a Socimi to Invest €300M

5 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Following Colonial’s takeover of Axiare, Luis López de Herrera-Oria (pictured below) is reinventing himself with Arima. The former CEO of Axiare has constituted a new Socimi that plans to raise €300 million to invest in the real estate market.

The new company will centre its efforts on the office market in Madrid, the star segment for the now extinct Axiare, which will account for 80% of its investments. Barcelona and logistics assets will also be of interest to the Socimi.

The return of López de Herrera-Oria to the real estate sector, as revealed by Eje Prime in June, is expected imminently and his new vehicle is expected to debut on the main stock market without first starting out on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). In fact, Arima’s stock market debut could even happen before the end of October, according to Expansión.

Alongside the executive, a serial entrepreneur in the real estate business, one of his right-hand men at Axiare, Chony Martín Vicente-Mazariegos, who used to be the Socimi’s Finance Director, will be immersed in the project. Similarly, some of López de Herrera-Oria’s other trusted directors will form part of Arima’s new project, including Guillermo Fernández-Cuesta, Fernando Arenas and Stuart McDonald. Arima means soul in Basque.

Since February, when Colonial completed its successful takeover of Axiare and merged the Socimi into its group,  López de Herrera-Oria has kept a low profile. The director pocketed €26.4 million from the sale of the package of shares that he owned in the manager.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

CNMV Approves Colonial’s Takeover of Axiare

28 December 2017 – Eje Prime

Colonial is getting closer to the finishing line in its race to create a real estate giant. Today, Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV) approved the takeover bid launched by the real estate group for the Socimi Axiare on 13 November 2017; given its size, the potential deal has had the sector on tenterhooks for the last month and a half.

The market supervisor has valued the operation to purchase the 71% of the share capital in the Madrid-based company that Colonial does not control yet at €1.033 billion. If the transaction goes ahead, the Socimi will sell non-strategic assets worth around €300 million, as Eje Prime revealed.

Through this merger, the Socimi led by Pere Viñolas, one of the real estate sector’s stars this year, is seeking to generate a giant with almost €10 billion in assets, which would threaten the position of leadership in the market currently held by Merlin.

According to the details of the takeover offer accepted by the CNMV, Colonial will pay €18.36 for each one of Axiare’s 56.30 million shares. In theory, the real estate company offered the firm led by Luis López de Herrera-Oria a payment of €18.50 per share, to which the Socimi responded by calling the operation “hostile”. Nevertheless, the distribution of Axiare’s dividend has led to a reduction in that final offer, after Colonial warned the Socimi that this fact would change the conditions of the takeover bid.

Following the approval of the stock exchange supervisor, and with CaixaBank’s bank guarantee at the ready, the period will open on Friday (29 December) for Axiare’s shareholders to take a stance, as well as for the issue of a report about the operation by the target Socimi’s Board of Directors. This period to accept the takeover bid will run from 29 December until 29 January, both inclusive. Colonial needs the support of 21.21% of the shareholders, in addition to the 28.7% stake that it already controls, which would allow the company led by Viñolas to exceed the 50% threshold in terms of its stake in the rival company.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Axiare: BofA & 4 Large Hedge Funds Acquire Stakes in Midst of Colonial Takeover Bid

21 November 2017 – Bolsa Mania

Bank of America, one of the giants of the US financial sector, has acquired a stake in Axiare, at the same time as Colonial has launched a takeover bid for the Socimi with the aim of creating an office rental giant. The US entity has declared to the CNMV that it holds a 6.7% stake in Axiare, whilst another group of funds has purchased just over 8% of the entity, at a time when the largest real estate operation in Spain this year is on the verge of being completed.

On Monday, the investment fund Wellington Management announced an increase in its stake from 3% to 3.8%. That means that 15% of Axiare’s share capital is now in the hands of funds. MVN Asset Management (Maven Securities), Gruss Global and Amber Global appeared last week with stakes of 3.5%, 1.1% and 1.21%, respectively. Those qualifying investors join Citi, which already held a 4.9% stake in the Socimi and which emerged as the only high-profile shareholder behind Colonial, after the other shareholders sold their stakes in this real estate company.

Specifically, the British firm MVN Asset Management (Maven Securities) declared a stake of 3.09% in Axiare on 13 November, and on Tuesday (21 November), increased that percentage to 3.5%. Gruss Global controls another 1.1%. Meanwhile, Amber Global, an entity headquartered in the Cayman Islands, has reported that it holds a stake of 1.21%, in that case, all through derivatives, according to the CNMV’s registers. Maven and Amber Global acquired their stakes in Axiare on the same day that Colonial launched its takeover bid for the Socimi Axiare. Colonial is already the largest shareholder with a 28.7% stake.

With its offer, the real estate company led by Pere Viñolas is looking to acquire the remaining 71% of Axiare that it does not yet control. On the same day as it submitted its offer, Colonial increased its stake in the Socimi from 15% to 28%. To that end, it offered €18.50 per share in the Socimi chaired by Luis López de Herrera-Oria. That price represents a premium of 13% over the share price of Axiare on the eve of the takeover and 20.8% over the average list price for the last three months. On Tuesday, the Socimi’s shares were trading at around €18.30.

Axiare claims that the takeover is “hostile”

Axiare says that the takeover that Colonial launched over the company on Monday is hostile in nature, given that it did not know anything about the intentions of the real estate company. The firm, whose largest shareholder is Colonial, announced that it will consult its legal and financial advisors regarding the details of the operation.

“Until the morning of 13 November, neither the management team nor the Board of Directors of Axiare was aware of the intentions of Colonial to purchase an additional block of shares, nor of its intention to formulate a takeover bid”, say sources at the firm chaired by Luis López de Herrera-Oria.

This is not the first time that discrepancies have arisen between the two companies. In fact, it is the second time that Axiare has expressed its resistance to Colonial’s acquisition of its shares. The first time was when the company purchased 15% of the Socimi. Proof, they argue, is that Colonial is not represented on the most senior governing body of Axiare, because it is considered to be a “competitor”.

Original story: Bolsa Mania (by Alberto Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

eBay Moves Its Headquarters To One Of Axiare’s Offices

26 October 2017 – Expansión

The e-commerce and online payments specialist eBay has a new home in Spain. The Spanish subsidiary of the US group is packing the final boxes ahead of the move of its Madrid headquarters to c/Don Ramón de la Cruz 84, in the Salamanca neighbourhood.

Until now, the company’s employees have been split between its offices in Paseo de la Castellana, 95, in the skyscraper known as Torre Europa, where most of the workforce was based, and 67 Don Ramón de la Cruz, just a stone’s throw from the new headquarters.

As a result of this move, eBay will become one of Axiare’s new tenants and will share its new office space with the strategic consultancy firm Boston Consulting Group, the other major company that has chosen to move its workforce to this property, which used to house Telefónica’s headquarters.

Specifically, Boston Consulting Group will occupy 3,624 m2, whilst eBay will lease 5,471 m2 of the property.

The office building, located at number 84 Don Ramón de la Cruz, is a clear example of the modus operandi of the Spanish Socimi. In just two years, the company has completed the purchase of the building, modernised it by renovating the property’s interior and leased it out in its entirety. Specifically, eBay and Boston Consulting Group will together occupy the whole building, including 300 m2 of space on the ground floor, which was originally intended for retail but will end up being used as office space.


The firm led by Luis López Herrera-Oria purchased this building from Telefónica in October 2015 for almost €33 million and, following its renovation, which has involved an investment of €4.35 million, the building has seen its value rise by 70%. The property, constructed in 2001, has a surface area of 9,340 m2, spread over five floors, and 90 parking spaces.

To adapt the offices to the needs of the new tenants, the Socimi has renovated the reception and modified the common areas. Moreover, it has replaced the old air conditioning and lighting systems with state-of-the-art technology (including LEDs).

In addition, Axiare has boosted the brightness of the property by placing a skylight in the internal courtyard and installing floor-to-ceiling windows that provide plenty of natural light (…).

Of the Socimi’s total asset portfolio, almost 42% has now been repositioned, whilst the remaining 58% is in the process of being transformed to create value.

The company’s portfolio, which had a valuation of €1,710 million at the end of September, offices account for 70% of the total; logistics assets for 20%; and retail for the remaining 10%.

So far this year, Axiare has acquired six office buildings and logistics assets in Madrid and Barcelona, in strategic locations, for €215 million in total. Moreover, the real estate company is currently analysing operations worth almost €1,000 million, of which €100 million are now in an advanced stage of analysis.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebecca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Axiare Acquires 12,000 m2 Office Building In Barcelona For €19.5M

27 March 2017 – Observatorio Inmobiliario

Axiare Patrimonio has closed its first purchase following the capital increase announced in March. The Socimi has invested €19.5 million in the acquisition of an office building that has a GLA of 12,000 m2 and more than 400 parking spaces. The building, which was constructed recently, comprises several floors measuring 2,500 m2 each, as well as an auditorium with capacity for 200 people. According to the Socimi, the building will generate annual rental income of €1.25 million over the next two years.

The asset is located on Avenida Can Fatjó dels Aurons in Sant Cugat, Barcelona. Sant Cugat is a strategic area for offices in Barcelona, with direct connections to the C-16 and AP-7 motorways and a 5-minute walk from the Sant Joan train station. The area is home to many institutional owners including Mapfre, Axa, Catalana Occidente, Banco Sabadell and Merlin and tenants of the calibre of Hewlett-Packard, TVE, Deutsche Bank, Banco Sabadell, Mapfre, Nespresso and Gas Natural. Sant Cugat has been extremely sought after by tenants is recent times and currently has one of the highest occupancy rates in Barcelona.

The CEO of Axiare Patrimonio, Luis López de Herrera Oria states that “we have purchased a magnificent office building for a price that is 27% below its repositioning cost and with a great potential to increase in value”.

Following this operation, during the first three months of 2017, Axiare Patrimonio has invested €157.9 million on the purchase of four tertiary-use properties, with a combined surface area of 46,354 m2 and almost 1,300 parking spaces. This property formed part of the pipeline announced by the Socimi when it presented its annual results for 2016 on 27 February.

For this operation, Axiare Patrimonio has been advised by EY, BNP Paribas Real Estate and Estrada & Partners.

Original story: Observatorio Inmobiliario

Translation: Carmel Drake


Axiare Launches €96M Accelerated Capital Increase

8 March 2017 – Expansión

Late Tuesday, Axiare Patrimonio launched an accelerated capital increase, aimed at qualifying investors, which will see it issue securities representing 10% of its share capital and worth €96 million, according to a statement made by the Socimi.

The operation will result in the dilution of the 15% stake that Colonial holds as the Socimi’s largest shareholder, given that the operation will be carried out without any preferential subscription rights, in other words, without reserving any of the securities for Axiare’s current investors.

In addition, the placement firms behind the operation have been entrusted with the job of “making a selection” from amongst the requests for new shares that they receive from investors, before awarding the new securities.

Colonial’s investment has never been welcomed by Axiare, which regards Colonial as a competitor. In addition, following the real estate company’s entry into its share capital, the Socimi’s Board of Directors engaged independent legal experts to “analyse the different consequences that this operation could have for the Socimi”.

Nevertheless, Axiare is adamant that the aim of the capital increase is to raise funds to buy new buildings, which it will add to its real estate portfolio in the short term, as well as to incorporate new investors into the business, expand its free floating stake and increase its liquidity.

By virtue of Axiare’s capital increase, it will issue 7.19 million new shares, equivalent to 9.99% of the Socimi’s current share capital, worth €95.9 million on the basis of the company’s current market prices. The firm closed trading on the stock market on Tuesday at €13.350 per share.

Financing new asset purchases

The Socimi led by Luis López de Herrera-Oria is looking to raise funds to undertake new property purchases and whereby continue to increase its portfolio, despite the fact that so far this year it has already closed three acquisitions for a combined total of €140 million.

Currently, Axiare owns a real estate portfolio worth €1,400 million, of which 74% comprise office buildings.

Nevertheless, the Socimi is currently analysing potential asset purchases worth €1,100 million, of which properties worth around €400 million worth are in advanced stages of negotiation and are close to being acquired.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Axiare Buys Cuatrecasas’ HQ In Madrid For €124M

13 December 2016 – Expansión

After a record third quarter in terms of real estate investment, the Socimis and funds in Spain are facing a frenetic pace of work as we head into the last few weeks of the year.

That is the case of Axiare Patrimonio. Yesterday, the real estate company controlled by Luis López de Herrera Oria closed its largest acquisition so far in 2016. The Socimi has invested €124 million to acquire the headquarters of the law firm Cuatrecasas in Madrid.

The property is a modern office building, which was completely refurbished in 2012. It has a gross leasable area of 15,094 m2 and 201 parking spaces. Constructed in 1982, the building used to house the headquarters of Mutua Madrileña until 2006 when it was sold for €120 million to Reig Capital, the holding company owned by the Andorran Reig family, the former owners of Banca Reig and the tobacco firm Puritos Reig.

The complete refurbishment was performed especially for Cuatrecasas, which, following the change of owner, will not change the terms of its 18-year rental contact, say sources at the law firm.

As a result of this operation, Axiare has increased the value of its asset portfolio to €1,230 million, having invested €275 million this year. 71% of the assets in its portfolio are offices, whilst commercial assets account for 11% and logistics assets for 18%.

“This is our third operation in just three weeks and is further proof that Axiare Patrimonio remains firmly committed to fulfilling its business plan. We are approaching the end of 2016 with a very good outlook”, said Luis López de Herrera Oria, CEO at the Socimi. Prior to this purchase of Cuatrecasas’ offices, Axiare’s most recent operation involved the acquisition of two logistics warehouses for €14 million on 2 December. Moreover, in the office segment, the Socimi bought McKinsey’s headquarters on 23 November for €42 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake