Invesco Sells a Logistics Warehouse to M&G Investments for €32M

21 June 2019 – Expansión

The global investment manager Invesco has completed the sale of a logistics warehouse in Getafe (Madrid) to the British firm M&G Investments for €32 million.

The warehouse, which was constructed in 2018, has a surface area of 29,536 m2 and 36 loading docks. It is located on the Los Gavilanes industrial estate, by the junction of the A4 with the M-50.

The property has an occupancy rate of 85% and is leased to a number of tenants including the supermarket chain Mercadona and the specialist transport company Acer. It is certified as a sustainable building with a LEED Silver rating.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Iberdrola Puts Torre Auditori in Barcelona Up for Sale

19 March 2019 – Idealista

Iberdrola has put Torre Auditori, which forms part of the BCN Fira District business park in Barcelona, up for sale. The property comprises 21 storeys and spans a surface area of 22,899 m2, generating annual rental income of more than €4.3 million. The current occupancy rate of the property is 98% and its tenants include Cepsa, Ferrovial, Marmedesa, Asus and Iberdrola itself.

The building forms part of the business park that the company is constructing on Paseo de la Zona Franca, which currently comprises Torre Auditori and Torre Marina (which is leased to the pharmaceutical firm Esteve). Iberdrola is building two more properties, which will be handed over during the first quarter of 2021.

Original story: Idealista 

Translation: Carmel Drake

VBare Earned €4.8M in 2018 & Plans to Raise More Financing in 2019

5 March 2019 – Eje Prime

The Socimi VBare, which specialises in the management of residential assets, generated a profit of €4.8 million in 2018, up by 100% compared to the previous year. That increase was driven by the strong performance of its rental income and an appreciation in the value of its portfolio.

In this context, the company is going to carry out another capital increase within the coming months to finance the acquisition of more properties and further fatten up its portfolio.

The company’s revenue also increased in 2018 to €1.4 million, up by 33% compared to 2017, when the Socimi generated sales from gross rental income of €1.07 million.

At the end of 2018, VBare’s assets were worth €50 million, up by 76% YoY and the occupancy rate of its portfolio amounted to 90% at year end (vs. 83% at the end of 2017).

Looking ahead, the Socimi plans to continue focusing its investments in Madrid. Already this year, it has purchased a building containing 27 homes and two premises on Calle Vallehermoso in the Spanish capital for €5.2 million. Following that operation, the company’s portfolio contains 301 units.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Roger Arnau)

Summary/Translation: Carmel Drake

Merlin’s Revenues Rose by 5.2% to €509M in 2018

1 March 2019 – Expansión

The Socimi Merlin Properties closed 2018 with an increase in revenues thanks to the strong performance of its rental properties. Its total turnover amounted to €509 million, up by 5.2%, boosted by a 6.5% improvement in gross sales to €500 million. The real estate company’s EBITDA reached €403 million, up by 2.8%. The operating result fell by 22% to €855 million.

The company’s main source of income is the rental from its office buildings, followed by its shopping centres. The value of the Socimi’s assets amounted to €12.0 billion at the end of December 2018, which represented a YoY increase of 6.1%. The occupancy rate of its property portfolio rose to 93.4%.

Yesterday, the company highlighted the cost control of its financial debt, which amounted to €4.9 billion with an indebtedness ratio of just over 40% and financial costs that have reduced to 2.13% following the most recent refinancings.

The company has a cash balance of €350 million (…). In 2018, Merlin undertook investments amounting to €569 million and property sales amounting to €594 million, with a premium for its divestments of 3.1% (…).

Merlin’s share price closed trading at €11.10 per share yesterday, down by 1.2%.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

RIU Will Open its Hotel in Edificio España in June with a 65% Occupancy Rate

21 February 2019 – Cinco Días

The work to renovate Edificio España is progressing towards its imminent completion after years of drama involving the historical skyscraper in Madrid’s Plaza de España, constructed between 1948 and 1953. The hotel chain Riu expects to conclude the renovation work in the spring and will inaugurate its hotel Riu Plaza España at the beginning of the summer, most likely in June. The Mallorcan chain expects to open with an occupancy rate of 65% for the first few months of operation, according to explanations provided by sources at the company.

The hotelier expects that half of the guests at Riu Plaza España will be business travellers and the rest tourists. The company chose the 4-star format for this establishment precisely to strengthen its business market, since many companies expressly prohibit their employees from staying in 5-star hotels.

Riu Plaza España is one of the company’s largest hotels, with 585 rooms and the first to operate under the Plaza brand in the city, focused on the urban market. Regarding the provenance of its guests, Riu expects 60% to come from overseas (…).

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Prologis Acquires 5 Logistics Assets Spanning 58,000m2 in Madrid & Barcelona

18 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Prologis is growing in Spain. The US company, which specialises in logistics, has announced the acquisition of five logistics assets spanning a combined surface area of 58,000 m2. The properties have been acquired from Kefren and are located in Madrid and Barcelona. The operation has been carried out through Prologis European Properties Fund.

The five acquired properties have a high occupancy rate, with stable rental contracts and a diverse base of tenants, according to the company. Those tenants include a combination of external logistics suppliers and end users in the automotive and engineering sectors, amongst others.

Until the end of 2018, Prologis had undertaken investments in properties and projects under development spanning 71 million m2 in total across nineteen countries.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Vbare Has Accumulated Investments of €34.2M Since its Stock Market Debut

5 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Vbare is continuing its commitment to Spain. In 2018, the company invested €15 million in the purchase of residential properties. In January 2019 alone, the Socimi spent another €5.5 million on the purchase of number 94 Calle Vallehermoso, taking the firm’s total investment since 2016, the year it made its stock market debut, to €34.2 million.

The company’s most talked about acquisitions include the purchase of a building comprising 27 homes and 2 commercial premises in Madrid for €5.2 million. That was its second largest investment to date, after its purchase in October of another property on Calle Luchana for €10.5 million.

The trend demonstrates Vbare’s commitment to prime assets. The Socimi has purchased 29 properties in 2019 compared with the 52 that it bought in 2015. Nevertheless, the price of those investments is 41.03% higher. In other words, the cost per property has risen from €75,000 per unit to almost €190,000.

Nevertheless, and despite the investments undertaken in 2018, the group reduced its net result during the first nine months of last year. Its profit amounted to €1.84 million, down by 15.6% compared with the same period in 2017, according to a statement issued by the company to the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

For this reason, the company now intends to increase its influence in Madrid, in terms of both square metres, as well as the number of units that it owns. In general terms, the group also plans to increase the occupancy rate of its buildings from 83% to 90%.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Lar España to Invest €14M in the Renovation of Anèc Blau

29 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Lar España is pushing ahead with its plan to reign in the Spanish retail sector. The Socimi, which launched a €500 million investment project last year, to run until 2021, is continuing with its roadmap with three new projects in 2019. The company is planning to build one new complex this year, renovate one of the jewels in its crown, Anèc Blau, and open its new centre in Sevilla, Lagoh, at the end of the year.

Specifically, the company is going to dedicate €13.8 million to the renovation of Anèc Blau, a shopping centre located in Castelldefels (Barcelona) and which is one of the company’s best assets. The objective is to start to renovate it this year without closing the centre’s doors.

On the other hand, Lar España is preparing a new development for this year, although its location has not yet been revealed, according to Hernán San Pedro, the Socimi’s Director of Investor Relations, speaking to Eje Prime.

The third workstream of Lar’s plan for this year is the announced opening of its new complex in Sevilla, Lagoh (previously called Palmas Altas), which is going to have a surface area of 25,000 m2 and which has already reached an occupancy rate of 70%. “Experiences are going to form the centre of the complex, with a golf course, a climbing wall, a lake and a garden on the roof”, says the executive.

Lar España is planning to disburse almost €500 million between now and 2021, of which €265 million will be dedicated to building new complexes and improving existing centres and another €250 million will be for new acquisitions (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by I.P.G.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Arcano Sells 2 Buildings in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat to a Family Office for €40M

17 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Arcano is divesting two of its assets. The real estate fund Asoref has sold two buildings in Plaza de Europa, in the Barcelona municipality of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat to a family office for €40 million, according to Expansión.

In the case of the first asset, located at numbers 22 and 24 Plaza de Europa, it is an office building spanning 7,3000 m2, which was acquired by Arcano two years ago and which has been completely renovated and repositioned. The offices, distributed over four above-ground floors, have an occupancy rate of 100%. The tenants of the property include companies such as Aide, Zurich and Vanity Fair.

In the case of the second building, located at number 10 Plaza de Europa, it is a project that is still under construction. The building work is expected to be finished this year at which point the building will have a gross leasable area (GLA) of 5,000 m2.

The two buildings were acquired with Arcano’s first real estate investment fund, which was launched in the summer of 2015 and which had €100 million of capital. Currently, the company is in the process of raising capital for its second fund, Arcano Value Added II. The investment vehicle will amount to between €150 million and €200 million, and €70 million has already been committed.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Goodman to Develop 285,000 m2 of Logistics Land in Spain

16 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Goodman is boosting its business in Spain. The inmo-logistics giant is entering 2019 with a portfolio for development that spans a surface area of more than 285,000 m2. The company is going to finalise two projects spanning more than 100,000 m2 this year, after increasing its portfolio by 30% in 2018, according to reports from the company.

In the last year, the occupancy rate of Goodman’s assets in Spain was 100%, reaching a total surface area of 106,000 m2. Its most recent completed projects include a turnkey in the Zona Franca of Barcelona and a last mile logistics platform in Madrid.

Both developments had e-commerce companies as the client. Not in vain. E-commerce “consolidated its position as the great ally of the industry by demanding large, high-quality logistics spaces in strategic locations, and with easy access to the major cities”, explained Ignacio García Cuenca, Director General of Goodman in Spain.

Currently, the company is developing four logistics platforms in Cataluña, one of the regions in which it is most active. Specifically, the company is going to build 111,000 m2 in Barcelona.

Moreover, Goodman is going to finalise several projects in 2019 including a 75,000 m2 logistics platform in Alcalá de Henares and a 33,000 m2 asset in León.

In Illescas (Toledo), the new logistics hub of central Spain for the development of large logistics warehouses, the Australian giant is going to start building a facility spanning more than 66,000 m2 this year.

Goodman Group is present in Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Brazil, and has a portfolio of assets under management worth €24.3 billion.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake