ADU Purchases the Mestalla Plots from Valencia FC for c. €115M

17 April 2019 – Idealista

The manager ADU Mediterráneo and CONCOVI (the Confederation of Housing Cooperatives in Spain) has reached an agreement with Valencia CF to purchase the plots on the site of the current Mestalla stadium.

It is the largest land transaction to be signed for a decade in Valencia, with a surface area of 97,225 m2, of which 55,769 m2 will be dedicated to residential use and 41,456 m2 for tertiary purposes.

According to the newspaper Las Provincias, the consideration for the deal could amount to more than €115 million. Valencia FC will move to its new stadium during the 2022-2023 season. CBRE will exclusively manage the sale of the tertiary and residential properties.

Original story: Idealista 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Neinor & Ática Pull Out of the Bidding for the Mestalla Plots

14 November 2018 – Eje Prime

Neinor and Ática have pulled out of the bidding for the Mestalla plots. The two property developers have decided not to formalise their interest in the land that Valencia Football Club has put up for sale during the period for the presentation of non-binding offers, which terminated on Tuesday.

In the case of the property developer led by Juan Velayos, the listed company has decided not to formalise its interest due to the high percentage of land assigned for tertiary use that VFC has put on the market; it is not offering the option for interested parties to bid for each use separately. Of the 100,000 m2 in total, approximately 40% will have to be used for commercial purposes or as offices or hotel rooms.

The withdrawal of Grupo Ática, by contrast, is based on the complexity of the operation. In its case, the candidates, which were thought to include a fund as a financial partner for the Valencia-based property developer, have considered the transaction to be too high risk, according to sources speaking to València Plaza.

The candidates that are still aspiring to take over the land include the Valencian investor group Atitlán, the fund Cerberus, the property developer Aedas and the Valencian construction company Bertolín. Nevertheless, Deloitte is planning a new bidding period during which the candidates who want to continue in the process will have to convert their bids into binding offers, a commitment that they will have to make before the end of the year, on the basis of what has been seen to date.

Until now, the club has not set a price for its plots, but it estimates that the land is worth around €120 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Valencia CF Expects to Receive c. €100M from Sale of Mestalla Plot

4 June 2018 – Expansión

Valencia Football Club (Valencia CF) is making progress with the financing for its new football stadium. Market sources estimate that the club could receive proceeds of more than €100 million from the sale of the land on which its current Mestalla stadium is located, a site between the sought-after avenues of Aragón and Suecia.

The sale of that plot, known as the old Mestalla and with buildability for residential and tertiary use, could materialise before the end of 2018, taking advantage of the good times in the real estate market. The plot measures 12,000 m2 and has a buildable surface area of 70,000 m2.

That amount would allow Valencia CF to partially finance the completion of the construction of its new site, where it has fixed assets in progress worth €115 million, and to reduce the debt that it currently holds with financial institutions and which amounts to around €185 million. It also holds liabilities with the public administrations.

The work on this construction site began in August 2007 but was suspended in February 2009, which means that the project has been paralysed now for almost a decade. Since then, several attempts have been made to restart it, but those efforts have always been postponed due to the need for financing.

The club has decided to accelerate its plans to move to the future Mestalla and push ahead with the reduction in its debt and the clean up of its balance sheet to focus on its sporting efforts. Only the arrival in December 2014 of the Singaporean magnate Peter Lim saved the team from bankruptcy, which has recorded losses of €60.2 million in total over the last three years, in large part due to this real estate expenditure. Losses are also forecast for this year.

In this context, the President of Valencia CF, Anil Murthy, now considers that “the real estate market has evolved enough to meet our objectives”. Thus, the club is going to continue working with the Town Hall to process the amended licences to start the building work.

Inauguration: in 2021

Murthy said that for this process, Valencia CF has engaged Deloitte, which will be its comprehensive advisor in all aspects financial, real estate, technical and economic relating to the entire process necessary to move to the future stadium within the timeframes set out in the Valencia Strategic Territorial Action Plan.

In addition, Deloitte will be responsible for the business plan and sale of the tertiary space in the new stadium, which will have more than 40,000 m2 of buildable space available for commercial use (…).

Original story: Expansión (by E. S. Mazo & R. Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake