Domo Activos Acquires Metro Office Building on Calle Cavanilles for €14.1 Million

30 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

The socimi Domo Activos has acquired the Metro office building located on Calle de Cavanilles, 58, in Madrid’s  Retiro district, from a cooperative that had previously acquired the land where the building is located, for 14.1 million euros.

The office building has seven above-ground floors with 7,500 square meters of constructed surface area. The asset comes with a project to expand the current building, including more offices, commercial premises and parking.

Original Story: La Vanguardia

Solicius Acquires Office Building Housing BBVA in Vitoria

17 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Solicius, the socimi owned by the Mazabi Group, has acquired a property in Vitoria. The asset is a building located at Calle Eduardo Dato, 12, in one of the most consolidated areas of the city. The almost 2,500-m2 building is valued at more than 10 million euros and is currently fully leased to BBVA.

The socimi is currently building up its portfolio of properties before an intended stock market listing sometime next year. Solicius’ goal is to reach €1 billion in assets. At the moment, its diversified portfolio consists of more than twenty properties.

Original Story: Idealista

 

Goldman Sachs Sells Office Building in Central Madrid

16 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Goldman Sachs has just sold the office building located at Calle Serrano, 39, five years after it acquired the asset together with another 37 residential and office buildings from Bankia. The property is located in Madrid’s CBD, nearby the well-known Paseo de la Castellana. Goldman was reportedly paid about 8 million euros.

The four-floor building, which was once home to the Lazard investment bank, has 1,212 square meters of constructed area, including a semi-basement. The asset comes with an pre-approved rehabilitation project, as the American bank opted not to invest in the renovation itself. The main drawback to the asset is that the building’s main entrance is not on Calle Serrano, but rather in a central courtyard.

Goldman Sachs acquired the building as part of a €355-million portfolio, previously owned by Bankia.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Trajano Iberia Receives Offers of €60M+ For its Manoteras Business Park

2o June 2019 – El Confidencial

The Socimi Trajano Iberia has received several offers amounting to more than €60 million for the Isla de Manoteras Business Park in Madrid that it purchased three years ago for €44.3 million.

The asset, located on Avenida de Manoteras 48, in the Manoteras, Las Tablas and Sanchinarro office district of the Spanish capital, has a leasable surface area of 13,442 m2 and 274 parking spaces.

The Socimi created in 2015, which is managed and promoted by Deutsche Bank and in which the Alcaraz brothers hold a 10.55% stake, is hoping to close the operation at the beginning of July.

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

ASG Homes Negotiates the Sale of 1,000 Rental Homes to Institutional Investors

19 June 2019 – Expansión

ASG Homes, the property development arm of the European manager ASG, is following in the footsteps of many of the major property developers in Spain by putting up for sale 1,000 rental homes.

The announcement comes in response to interest from institutional investors in acquiring and managing portfolios of rental homes, given the booming demand in the rental market.

Specifically, ASG Homes is negotiating the sale of 3 of its developments in San Sebastián, Madrid and Sevilla, which will be worth €200 million once finished, with investment funds, Socimis and family offices.

ASG Homes had planned to hold onto the properties and manage them itself but the strong interest from investors has resulted in a change of tack. In this way, the company is emulating the strategies of several listed property developers, such as Metrovacesa and Aedas Homes.

In total, ASG Homes has a landbank spanning 500,000 m2 with the capacity to build 5,000 homes distributed across Madrid, Alicante, Estepona, Marbella, Salamanca, Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia. It launched its business in Spain in 2013 and invests not only in the residential sector, but also in the hotel, shopping centre and office segments.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

JLL: Foreign Investment in Catalan Real Estate Rose by 137% in 2018

15 June 2019 – La Vanguardia

According to data published by the real estate consultancy JLL, overseas investment in the Catalan real estate sector rose by 137% during 2018, despite the fact that total investment fell from €1.13 billion in 2017 to €995 million in 2018.

In fact, domestic investment plummeted by 85% to €363 million from €859 million, but almost all of that decrease was offset by the arrival of funds from overseas. Of those, investment funds deposited 57% YoY more in 2018 (€574 million) and Socimis invested 47% YoY more (€326 million).

Having overcome the political uncertainty seen in 2017, international investors showed their commitment to Cataluña in general and Barcelona in particular, not least because the city has been declared as one of the world’s influencer cities by JLL.

In the business context, the city is particularly attractive for investment in the office, logistics and commercial sectors, ranking in first place in all 3 markets when compared with its European counterparts.

Specifically, the Catalan capital’s offices generate yields of 3.75%, whereby outperforming Milan (3.6%), London, Madrid and Stockholm (all 3.5%). Its logistics assets generate returns of 5.10%, compared with 5% in Madrid, and its shops in central locations generated yields of 3.25% in Q1 2019, compared with Madrid (3.15%) and Paris (2.75%).

All of this is welcome news for the region that has been hit hard by the political uncertainty of recent years.

Original story: La Vanguardia (by Pilar Blázquez)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

ING Sells its HQ in Las Rozas (Madrid) to Barings

13 June 2019 – Eje Prime

ING has sold its office building located on Calle Severo Ochoa, 2 in Las Rozas (Madrid) to the US fund Baring Alternative Investments for an undisclosed sum.

The property spans a surface area of 12,700 m2, has 350 parking spaces and is located on the Las Rozas business park with direct access to the A6 and M50 motorways, and close to a suburban train station.

The building currently houses the Dutch bank’s headquarters in Spain.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

La Finca Global Assets Approves its MAB Debut for July

12 June 2019 – El Confidencial

On Wednesday, the General Shareholders’ Meeting of La Finca Global Assets approved the company’s debut on the stock market, which will take place during the first week of July.

The decision was supported by Susana García Cereceda, President of the company and owner of 50% of the share capital, and Värde Partners, which holds a 39% stake. It was opposed by the President’s sister, Yolanda, who owns a 10.99% stake, but she was outvoted.

La Finca owns 220,000 m2 of office space worth €725 million as at 31 December 2018, all of which is located in Madrid and Pozuelo de Alarcón. Nevertheless, the company has debt amounting to almost €400 million, and has to cover the costs of managing its business parks, and so, its final valuation is expected to range between €156 million and €170 million.

At its meeting, the General Shareholders also approved the company’s accounts for the year ending 31 December 2018, which reported operating profits of €45.9 million, mainly from rental income and a result for the year of €9.73 million, up from €4.6 million in 2017.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Agustín Marco & Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

CaixaBank will Occupy Norman Foster’s New Building in Colón (Madrid)

4 June 2019 – Voz Pópuli

According market sources, CaixaBank has won the bid to acquire the iconic glass-cube Axis building that Normal Foster is building in Plaza de Colón in Madrid.

The bank has reportedly fought off competition from Tesla and Microsoft and so the property will be occupied by a sole tenant, rather than by various shops and offices as initially envisaged.

The building work is expected to be completed at the end of this year and the property will comprise three open-plan floors, with large transparent façades overlooking Plaza de Colón and Calle de Génova, as well as a rooftop terrace.

Original story: Voz Pópuli (by David Cabrera)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Silicius Sells an Office Building in the Centre of Madrid

3 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Silicius has taken another step in its strategy to debut on the stock market. The Socimi owned by Mazabi has sold an office building in the centre of Madrid to an investment vehicle created by Tenigla Real Estate for more than €9 million. The property spans a surface area of 3,648 m2 and is leased in its entirety to several tenants.

To undertake this purchase, Tenigla has created an investment vehicle together with several private investors. Following the operation, the company now has €90 million in assets under management.

Ahead of its debut on the MAB, Silicius is planning to create a portfolio worth €740 million by the end of 2019. Currently, the Socimi owns 17 assets worth €160 million, which generate annual income of more than €8 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake