Carmena Approves Los Berrocales, the Largest Housing Development in the South of Madrid

24 January 2019 – El Confidencial

The Government Board chaired by Manuela Carmena will give an important boost to the urban development area of Los Berrocales on Thursday. It is the largest in the city and the first to receive the green light of the sites that comprise the project known as the Developments of the Southeast (Los Desarrollos del Sureste). The Town Hall of Madrid and the Compensation Board for the area have finally agreed the initial text for the urban planning agreement for the management of the buildable land, which will see the construction of 22,000 homes on the largest land bank in the south of the city. 50% of the homes, around 11,000, will be dedicated to social housing.

The General Plan for the city of Madrid obliges the parties involved to sign an urban planning agreement for the management of this area. The Administration and the urban planning entity are signing the commitments assumed by both for the development of the area. According to comments made to this newspaper, the agreement reflects the obligation of the Compensation Board to urbanise the land (which spans 8,305,812 m2 in total) over the course of six phases, during which the planned buildings will be constructed and the services implemented. The project will run until 2034. Moreover, the agreed texts establish the criteria to ensure the equitable distribution of profits and charges between all of the owners (…).

The total buildability amounts to 3.3 million m2, of which 2,247,121 m2 will be dedicated to residential use. 50% of that will be for private housing, 31% for price-controlled housing and 19% for social housing (that latter two percentages correspond to 11,000 homes). The rest will be dedicated to industrial, tertiary, office and commercial use.

In terms of facilities, more than 2 million m2 will be converted into green space, 1.9 million m2 will be used for public facilities and services, 1.7 million m2 for infrastructure and 228,830 m2 will be used for social integration homes.

The agreement reached with the Compensation Board represents a victory for the municipal Government and specifically, for the Sustainable Urban Development department, led by José Manuel Calvo, five months before the end of the current legislature (…).

Following the green light from the Governing Board, the text of the agreement must be submitted for public consultation – a comment period – and afterwards, it will go to the municipal plenary. From that moment, the urban planning entity will be able to start work on the execution of the project.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Paloma Esteban)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Eurostone Buys 2 Mixed-Used Buildings in Barcelona

21 May 2018 – Eje Prime

Major operation in the prime area of Barcelona. The Luxembourg-based fund Eurostone, managed by Grupo Mina, has purchased two entire buildings in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district of the city from a local family office for €50 million. The properties span a combined surface area of more than 12,000 m2.

The larger asset is located on Calle Aribau and measures 7,461 m2. Constructed in 1918, the property is designated for residential use, for living in as well as for tourist rental. In the internal patio, there is also an office building called La Farinera.

Meanwhile, the second building acquired by Eurostone, which has been advised in this operation by the consultancy firm BNP Paribas Real Estate, is located on Calle Tuset. The asset, constructed in 1944, has a surface area of 4,786 m2 and a commercial premise on the ground floor. The rest of the property is made up of homes.

“This operation highlights the interest that the Catalan real estate sector is sparking amongst the funds and other international players, who still see Barcelona as a priority market in which to invest”, says Francisco López, Director of BNP Paribas Real Estate in Cataluña.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Logistics Socimi Tarjar Buys Commercial Plot in Madrid for €1.17M

16 May 2018 – Eje Prime

Tarjar Xairo will add a fifth asset to its portfolio next year. The logistics Socimi has just purchased a plot of buildable land in Madrid for €1.17 million, according to a statement filed by the company with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

The investment company is going to build a commercial premise on the site, which is located in the Cerro de las Columnas area of the Madrilenian town of Pozuelo de Alarcón. The building work for the construction of the asset will begin at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019. Tarjar will lease out the space once the project has been completed.

For the acquisition of the plot, the Socimi has signed a mortgage loan with CaixaBank amounting to €2.5 million. The company has used two of its existing industrial warehouses as collateral, located in Coslada (Madrid) at numbers 31 and 33 Calle Fuentemar. Tarjar is the landlord of the Catalan pharmaceutical giant Grifols in the first of those properties.

The loan will be repaid over 144 monthly instalments between now and 2032 and will have a fixed annual interest rate of 1.5% plus 12-month Euribor. The plot in Pozuelo will be added to the existing real estate portfolio, which already contains four industrial warehouses. Besides the two properties in Coslada, Tarjar owns a third logistics space in Madrid, at number 75 Calle Hierro. Moreover, beyond the Spanish capital, the Socimi owns a fourth asset on the Ribarroja del Turia industrial estate, in the province of Valencia.

In total, the four properties span a constructed surface area of around 25,000 m2 and a leasable surface area, primarily for industrial and office use, of 22,000 m2.

50% of Tarjar is currently under the control of María del Carmen Escribano Sánchez-Beato, who owns 86,692 shares in the Socimi. After her, the other two main shareholders are Juan Hernández Villa, who owns 12.7% of the Socimi, and Francisco Javier Echenique Gordillo, who owns 7.6%. Hernández Villa also manages the Socimi’s rentals through his company Arquibuba.

First anniversary on the MAB 

Tarjar Xairo started to operate as a listed company over a year ago now. The logistics Socimi rang the bell of the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) on 20 February 2017 with a company valuation of €9.2 million. The company, which thereby became the 30th Socimi to debut on the stock market, set an initial share price of €53.12.

Now, with twenty more Socimis trading on the MAB (50 in total), Tarjar is betting on buildable land for commercial use, which it hopes will allow it to continue growing. In 2017, the Socimi registered a profit of €118,710, with revenues of €377,509, according to the company’s public records (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by J. Izquierdo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Saint Croix Buys Bensell Mirasierra for €17.6M

1 March 2018 – Expansión

The Socimi Saint Croix has acquired 100% of the shares in the company Bensell Mirasierra for €17.6 million.

The main asset of the acquired company is a tertiary-office use property located on Calle del Valle de la Fuenfría in Madrid, according to a report filed on Thursday by the company with Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV).

The building has a total leasable area of 5,987 m2 above ground and 137 parking spaces. Its occupancy rate currently stands at 87%.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Merlin Sells Endesa’s HQ In Málaga To Family Investor

17 May 2017 – 20 Minutos

The consultancy firm Aguirre Newman has led the sales operation of Endesa’s headquarters in Málaga, a property owned by Merlin Properties and located on Calle Maestranza, number six, in the La Malagueta neighbourhood.

The building, which is leased to the electricity company, has a gross leasable area of 2,046 m2 and was constructed between 1930 and 1940. The asset may be used for compatible purposes in additional to its existing use as offices and it will continue to serve as the headquarters of the energy company in Málaga.

Merlin Properties, the leading listed real estate investment company (Socimi) in the acquisition and management of tertiary real estate assets on the Iberian Peninsula, entrusted the sales process of the real estate asset to Aguirre Newman, according to a statement from the consultancy firm. (…).

According to several sources in the sector, the buyer is a family investor.

Original story: 20 Minutos 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Inversis Puts Bancoval’s HQ In Madrid Up For Sale

7 April 2017 – Expansión

Inversis – owned by the Banca March Group – has engaged Deloitte to sell Bancoval’s headquarters – located at number 20 on the Madrilenian street Calle Fernando el Santo – , which runs perpendicular to Paseo de la Castellana, in the heart of the capital’s financial district.

The property has an above ground surface area of almost 2,700 m2 and is seven storeys tall. It also has two underground parking floors covering an additional 700 m2.

The asset is expected to be worth more than €15 million, according to market sources.

The building, constructed in 1967, was renovated in 1998 and received a special mention in the prizes for urban planning, architecture and public works from the Town Hall of Madrid in 1999, in the refurbished building category.

Moreover, the sale and purchase agreement will include a lease contract with Bancoval, which assures the buyer that the tenant will continue to occupy the property.

Investor interest

Inversis, which purchased the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)’ Spanish subsidiary last year – and subsequently renamed it Bancoval – is taking advantage of the boom in the real estate sector and investor interest in the sector, in general, to generate some cash from the sale of a non-strategic asset. (…).

The building that houses Bancoval’s headquarters is expected to spark interest amongst the Socimis, as well as with family offices, property developers and international investors, given its excellent location (in the Almagro district) in one of the most sought-after areas of Madrid, given the shortage of prime products there.

Moreover, this building could be renovated for office or residential use given that it already has licences for both.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake