Montebalito’s Turnover Fell by 52% in 2018 & its Losses Amounted to -€2M

28 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Montebalito suffered in 2018. The group recorded losses amounting to €2 million last year, compared with the profit of €948,000 that it obtained in 2017. In parallel, the company’s turnover dropped by 52% to €7 million, according to reports filed by the company with Spain’s National Securities and Market Commission (CNMV).

The decrease in turnover occurred because there were no sales of singular assets in 2018 like there were in 2017, according to Montebalito. “If we strip out the effect of those sales, the group’s turnover rose by 32% YoY, driven primarily by an increase in the sales of developments located in Brazil and Chile”, he said.

Montebalito’s gross asset value (GAV) amounted to €135.7 million at the end of 2018, compared with €144.2 million last year. Similarly, the company has said that the total investment that it has to make for all of its projects in progress amounts to €32 million.

The firm’s investment volume in 2018 was €5.8 million, which represents a 51% increase compared to the previous year. That figure was justified by the acquisition of three plots: one in Madrid, one in Collado Villalba and one in Sevilla, in Isla de la Cartuja, for the construction of a hotel with 92 rooms.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Montebalito Losses Rise, Reaching 830,000 Euros

14 August 2018

The real estate company’s Ebitda rose by 24% in the first semester compared to the same period in 2017, to 773,000 euros. In the year to June, the company had revenues of 4.6 million euros, up 22%.

Montebalito’s losses have increased. The Spanish real estate company’s losses went up by 14.6% in the first half of the year to reach 830,000 euros, the company reported to the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV). The company attributed the loss to the “negative impact of exchange rates (a depreciation of 17% for the dollar and 14% for the Brazilian real versus the euro) and losses on its trading portfolio.”

The group registered, on the other hand, a gross operating profit (Ebitda) of 773,000 euros, which represented an increase of 24% over the same period of 2017. The increase was led by an interannual increase of almost one million euros in the firm’s revenues, going from 3.8 million euros to 4.6 million euros, up 22%.

However, Montebalito’s financial losses reached 74% in the first half of the year. The real estate company almost doubled the 879,000 euros it had lost in June 2017, reaching a total loss of 1.53 million euros.

Two weeks ago, Montebalito announced that it would invest 8.8 million euros in the construction of forty homes in the Ciudad Lineal neighbourhood of Madrid. Also, last July, the historic real estate group announced that it had raised capital to amortise debt with Inversiones Malleo while it also awaits the incorporation of new partners as shareholders to execute its strategic plan. The developer foresees divestments of non-strategic assets in emerging countries and expects to concentrate on new projects in Spain and the European Union.

Original Story: EjePrime

Translation: Richard Turner


Montebalito & Altosa Team Up to Build a Residential Complex in Madrid

1 August 2018 – El Mundo

The real estate firm Montebalito has joined forces with the property developer Altosa to undertake a residential project in Madrid whose investment is estimated to amount to €8.8 million. The project comprises 40 homes in total spread over a plot with a constructed surface area of more than 3,000 m2.

The purchase price of the land amounted to €4 million, which has been shared equally between the two companies, according to a statement filed by the real estate company with Spain’s National Securities and Markets Commission (CNMV).

Specifically, €2 million was paid at the time the purchase was signed and the remaining €2 million will be handed over in a maximum period of one year. Montebalito, which has acquired the plot using its own funds, expects to start work on the preparation of the site in October. The construction work is expected to take 18 months once the respective building permits have been obtained.

Original story: El Mundo 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Non-Ibex Property Developers Also Shine: Quabit, Insur & Montebalito

5 January 2018 – El Confidencial

The real estate sector is starting to show green shoots and that is being reflected in the Spanish stock exchange. In 2017 alone, 19 companies made their debuts on the Alternative Investment Market, taking the total number to 47. Beyond the five large Socimis (Merlin, Colonial, Hispania, Axiare and Lar), there are alternative real estate companies that have experienced positive growth and that represent good investment options.

Quabit Inmobiliaria could summarise its 2017 in two ideas: financial support from large firms and capital increases. And, at the end of December, the company closed a capital increase amounting to €29 million, most of which (77%) was subscribed by Cobas Asset Management (Francisco Paramés’ management firm) and Kairos Investment. In total, it saw its share price rise by 16% during 2017 and experts believe that its share price will reach €2.40.

“In addition to the push that it has been given by the fact that large funds are including its stock within their portfolios, the listed company owns a significant number of properties as it heads into 2018. Moreover, its debt has decreased, and so it can afford to invest more. In addition, another positive factor is the performance of house prices, above all in Barcelona and Madrid, where it has its greatest presence”, explains an analyst at XTB Manuel Pinto.

Another real estate firm to watch is Montebalito, which saw its share price rise by 43% in 2017. “In general, we expected more from this stock. Nevertheless, it managed to close the year with a gain, thanks to the sale of a property in Berlin for €10 million, a deal that allowed it to clean up its balance sheet”, said Pinto.

Nevertheless, its performance could have been greater if it had not been for the depreciation of the currencies in Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Colombia, countries where the listed firm owns a significant number of assets.

All of this data is being supported by the boom in the real estate sector, which has managed to increase in value by more than 360% since 2012, according to the latest report from ‘Bolsas y Mercados Españoles’ (BME). “All of Spain’s real estate companies are very healthy, mortgages are rising, the sector is cyclical…In general, all indicators are still positive for these companies to continue growing during 2018”, says an analyst at Orey iTrade Roberto Berzal.

Moreover, Inmobiliaria del Sur has also joined the party, given that it managed to increase its share price by 35% (in 2017). “This company is improving its turnover and income, above all in the construction sector. Nevertheless, results from the last quarter mean that we are being cautious with the stock and waiting for its performance over the medium term”.

Original story: El Confidencial (by C. Alba)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Montebalito Buys Office Building In Las Palmas For €11.8M

2 August 2017 – Bolsa Mania

On Monday, Montebalito announced its latest operation, its largest investment for at least a decade: the acquisition of an office building in Las Palmas for €11.8 million. According to the real estate company, this operation fits into its new strategy to rotate its asset portfolio, selling properties located overseas to reinvest all of the proceeds it obtains in Spain.

The property acquired in Las Palmas is the ‘Iberia’ building, an office block located in the heart of the city’s administrative centre. It has a surface area of 3,931 m2, spread over six storeys, as well as 134 parking spaces. Moreover, the property, which was constructed in 2005, is fully occupied with “stable and high-quality” tenants, including PwC, Repsol and El Cabildo de Gran Canaria.

In terms of the amount paid for the asset, Montebalito will pay around €3.5 million in cash, using its own funds. Another €4.8 million will be financed through a mortgage subrogation and the payment of the remaining €3.4 million will be deferred, although that sum must be paid before the end of this year. Experts calculate that the building generates annual rental income of around €820,000. According to José Luis Rodríguez, Director General of Montebalito: “We are growing as a company. The purchase of this new property strengthens our asset portfolio with stable rental income of almost €1 million per year” (…).

Original story: Bolsa Mania

Translation: Carmel Drake

Real Estate Companies Cut In Debt by 23% to €12.57 Bn in H1

10/09/2014 – El Economista

There have been six years already since the real estate bubble burst and the first traces of recovery begin to appear in the balance sheets of the main property managers of the sector. Namely, they achieved trimming the total amount due to banks by 23.4%.

Six largest realtors: Colonial, Quabit, Testa, Martinsa, Reyal Urbis, Renta Corporacion, Realia and Montebalito, closed the first half of the year with €12.57 billion in the red. To compare, in H1 2013, the figure was reaching €16.42 billion.

To achieve that, the companies had to go through debt restructuring and shed their best assets via sales or in lieu payments. Although their joint indebtness still hits high, there is a hope for their balances as economic indicators show promising numbers and foreign investors eye the market in search of opportunities.

Quabit has made a U-turn in its revenues in the last year. Specifically, the company chaired by Felix Abanades has managed to trim its indebtness by €242.19 million, 41.23%, in just 12 months.

After four financial restructurings, Quabit may surely state it is a balanced firm without any economic stress in the short term, the group reports.

With clean books, net value of €65.6 million and €44.88 million in assets, the company plans to launch a Socimi on the stock market which is expected to debut still before the end of the year. Mr Abadanes hopes to raise between €300 and 500 million in shape of real estate assets, mainly residential, commercial, offices and, to less extent, logistics.

In turn, Renta Corporacion that in 2013 was pulled down to insolvency process by a €161 million financial and €27.5 million property indebtness, today celebrates crawling out of the jeopardy. To be precise, the firm beated the red down by 62% in one year. At the moment, it owes €60.32 million.

The assets repossessed from us have a book value of €93.7 million, while the repaid debt represents €98.6 million and therefore we registered a €4.9 million revenue, the group explains.

Colonial has been the first to show that it was possible to overcome the crisis. The company cut in its debt by 35.68% to €1.66 billion.

Now the firm is controlled by such big-name investors as the Villar Mir group and the Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund. Together with them, Colonial submitted a €650 million bid for a part of Realias property division Patrimonio.

On the other hand, Realia, Reyal Urbis and Martinsa are still up to their ears in debt.

Moreover, Realias main shareholders (Bankia and FCC) have been seeking to sell their stakes since long. Before summer, the real estate company received several offers for a part of its indebtness from Fortress acting on behalf of funds King Street, Orion Capital and AEW.

In the middle of that process, Realia transferred its stake in French branch SIIC de Paris for €560 million. The operation helped it to beat the red down by 40.36% to €995.32 million.

When it comes to Reyal Urbis, this firm has been struggling in the voluntary bankruptcy declaration for over a year. In spite of that, the company managed to trim the debt by 23.62% to €3.55 billion.

Both Reyal and Martinsa, which reduced its debt by 14% to €4.18 billion, will be able to benefit from the new bankruptcy law.


Original article: El Economista (by Alba Brualla)

Translation: AURA REE