HG Inaugurates its First Urban Hotel & Prepares another Vacation Project

15 January 2019 – Alimarket

The chain HG Hoteles has opened the 4-star HG City Suites Barcelona aparthotel containing 58 accommodation units on Avenida Vía Augusta 89, in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona. The establishment is the result of the purchase and complete renovation of a building that used to house the Hotel NH Belagua (3* and 72 rooms), which was active until March 2017. The renovation project has resulted in both an increase in the category of the property from 3* to 4*, as well as a reduction in the number of rooms in order to offer units that are apartment-suites and studios.

The new HG City Suites Barcelona is located just a few minutes walk from Avenida Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia. It is surrounded by services, is next to some of the most prestigious medical centre in Barcelona, and is very close to the Sant Gervasio, Plaza Molina and Fontana metro stops”, explained the company. With his hotel, HG, which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is making its debut in the urban hotel segment and is opening a new path of expansion.

Cristian Park will open in 2020

Nevertheless, the company’s next new property will be in the vacation sector and is scheduled for opening at the end of 2020. As Alimarket Hoteles reported, it will consist of the opening of a 4* new build aparthotel, to be operated by the owner, in the south of Tenerife, where HG Hoteles already has several apartment blocks: ‘HG Cristian Sur’ (3* and 90 rooms) and ‘HG Tenerife’ (3* and 189 rooms), in Los Cristianos. Indeed, it will open the future HG Cristian Park in that same town, with 202 accommodation units.

HG’s sun and beach offer is completed with the HG Lomo Blanco apartments (3* and 131 rooms) in Lanzarote, as well as some aparthotels in Menorca, namely: the ‘HG Jardín de Menorca’ (4*-144) and the ‘HG Cala Llonga’ (3*-30). The rest of its portfolio is made up of ski and mountain properties, including: the Huesca hotels ‘HG Alto Aragón’ (4*-134) and ‘HG Cerler’ (3*-101), the Girona-based ‘HG La Molina’ (4*-65), the Navarran ‘HG Isaba’ (3*-49) and the Granada-based ‘HG Maribel’ (4*-30).

Original story: Alimarket (by Paco Mota)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Itaroa Shopping Centre (Navarra) Goes Up For Sale

15 March 2018 – Expansión

The shopping centre sector is still red hot. After the intense investment activity of last year, which has continued during the first few months of 2018, new assets are still coming onto the market. The latest is Itaroa, a shopping centre located in Huarte (Navarra), which has hung up the for sale sign, according to market sources speaking to Expansión.

The asset, managed by the local property developer Javier Gómez, has a surface area of 42,000 m2 and contains a Hipercor, owned by El Corte Inglés, which would not form part of the sales process. To search for potential buyers, the owner has engaged the consultancy firm Colliers International Spain, formerly Irea.

The vendor is asking around €90 million for the asset. The Itaroa shopping centre is mortgaged to the German financial institution Aareal Bank by way of guarantee for a €71 million loan. The mortgage was constituted in 2003 and has been renewed on several occasions, according to the latest information available from the Mercantile Registry.

Last year, Itaroa launched a renovation of its leisure and restaurant area to expand and improve the offer at the centre with the incorporation of new brands. It spent €4 million on that expansion.

Itaroa’s tenants in the fashion and accessories sectors include brands such as Zara, Sfera, Merkal, Bershka and Décimas. The shopping centre is also home to a Yelmo cinema.

This move comes in addition to the sale of a portfolio by Sonae Sierra and CBRE GI comprising three assets and the sale of the Ballonti centre (Vizcaya). Last year, the investment market for shopping centres reached a volume of around €2.7 billion, thanks to record operations such as the purchase of Xanadú, in Arroyomolinos (Madrid), for €530 million. The investor appetite is expected to continue this year, which has led some owners taking advantage of the situation to divest.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel

The Owner Of McKinsey’s HQ Puts Its RE Portfolio Up For Sale

19 May 2015 – Expansión

 More than €200 million / The Cotoner family is selling six buildings in Spain and two in Paris

A new batch of office buildings has sparked interest amongst large investment funds, Socimis and family offices. There are eight buildings in total – six in Spain and two in France – located in some of the most iconic streets of both countries. In total, they occupy a combined surface area of more than 27,000 m2 and generate more than €3 million in annual rental income.

The assets are owned by the company Marzabal S.L., created by the Cotoner family to manage its real estate assets. They include eight buildings: two in Pairs, one in Navarra, another one in Bilbao and four in Madrid. The jewel in Marzabal’s crown is located in the capital: the current headquarters of McKinsey. The consultancy firm has occupied the building, located on Calle Sagasta 31, for years, as well as several floors in the adjoining building. Both are owned by the company now for sale.

In total, the building houses 10,114 square metres of office space (fully leased) and 93 parking spaces; it generates annual rental income of €1.64 million.

Rental income

The other buildings in Madrid include a historical building (from 1923) on Avenida de Felipe II; another one on Paseo de Eduardo Dato; and a third on Francisco de Rojas, occupying more than 4,400 square metres and leased to several tenants, including the distance learning university, Uned. Currently, they generate rental income of more than €500,000 per year.

Marzabal also owns a residential building in Tudela (Navarra), built in 2013, measuring more than 2,650 square metres, which also houses several shops on its ground floor.

In Bilbao, the company owns a residential property measuring around 800 square metres, located in the old town, next to the San Francisco de Asís church.

The company for sale is the owner, in turn, of a company based in Denmark, which owns two office buildings in Paris. One of them, located in the “second district” of the French capital, houses office space measuring 2,100 square metres and is fully leased to the private equity company Partech International.

It generates rental income of almost €900,000 per year.

The second asset in Paris includes four office buildings measuring 4,200 square metres and 39 parking spaces. The property, located on Pereire Boulevard does not currently have any tenants.

Bids are expected to amount to more than €200 million for the batch of assets, although the book value of the Spanish assets amounts to €68 million, with share capital of €10.4 million and net financial debt of €34 million. The Danish company, which owns the two properties in France, is worth €62 million; its share capital amounts €37 million and has net financial debt of €24 million. The Spanish entity’s main creditors are BBVA and Santander; the Danish entity’s main creditors are Crédit Foncier and BNP.

Bids are expected to be received during the first half of June and the process will close during the following three weeks. The sale is being managed by the private banking division of Banco Santander and the firm Aiga Investment.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake