French Fund Primonial Makes First Purchase In Spain

4 September 2017 – Expansión

The Spanish real estate market has a new investor: Primonial Reim, a French real estate fund manager that, with a portfolio of more than €10,700 million under management, has just completed its first purchase in Spain.

Primonial has acquired the Sant Antoni nursing home and clinic in Barcelona. The centre, located in La Marina del Port, has 300 beds, with a total surface area of 16,000 m2. For this asset, Primonial Reim has disbursed €20 million, in an operation that has been advised by Cuatrecasas, JLL and Grant Thornton, which has performed the financial due diligence.

The Sant Antoni centre, owned until now by the firm Hucasve, will be incorporated into the portfolio of its subsidiary SCPI Primovie, whilst the management of the centre (engaged to the Catalan Health Service) will remain unchanged, under the terms of the long-term contract in place.

Alternative assets

The Spanish real estate sector has been on the radar of all overseas investors for several months now, given the expectations of a macroeconomic recovery and the affordable prices of assets compared with those in other similar locations. Due to this high demand, the assets most favoured by investors (such as offices and commercial assets) are scarce, and so properties known as alternative assets are becoming a highly attractive option. These properties include medical centres, nursing homes and halls of residence.

According to Deloitte, investment in alternative assets in Europe accounts for 14% of the total, although that figure is much lower in Spain. As such, the segment in Spain offers significant potential, with returns of 6% on average, well above those of other real estate assets.

The most high profile transactions in this market in recent times include a purchase by another French group, the investment fund Eurosic Lagune – owner of the Socimi Eurosic – which bought 16 nursing homes from the SARquavitae Group for €116 million.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Former SARquavitae Director Creates Fund With Oaktree

1 December 2016 – Expansión

The former CEO of SARquavitae, Jorge Guarner, has joined forces with Oaktree Capital to launch a new fund, Healthcare Activos, an investment vehicle specialising in real estate assets in the healthcare sector. The fund has a minimum size of €100 million, according to sources in the sector.

Healthcare Activos, which is headquartered in Barcelona, places its focus on acquiring real estate assets such as hospitals, clinics and other medical centres, both in Spain and overseas. The vehicle has not made any purchases to date.

The project is led by Guarner, who served as the CEO and Director General of the nursing home and services group between 2003 and 2015.

Guarner is an expert in the field of healthcare. He is currently a Director of the group Confide Correduría and a partner at the international consultancy firm Sphera Global Healthcare. At a more institutional level, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Association of Directors and a member of the advisory board for Esade’s Health and Pharmacy Club. Meanwhile, Oaktree is a fund that has starred in several major operations in Spain, such as the sale of Panrico to Bimbo.

The Board of Directors of Healthcase Activos includes Guarner as the Chairman; Karim Khairallah as the Director General of the investor group; and Carlos Gila as the expert in business restructurings. Sergio Sánchez Solé, a lawyer from Garrigues, has been appointed as the Secretary to the Board.

Original story: Expansión (by G. Trindade)

Translation: Carmel Drake