Blackstone Sells an Office Portfolio to Zurich for €163.5M

31 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Blackstone is starting to divest the office portfolio that it acquired as a result of its purchase of Hispania. The US fund has sold the so-called Ilunion portfolio to the insurance company Zurich, according to explanations provided by the latter in a statement. The operation has amounted to €163.5 million.

The insurance company has completed the operation through its real estate subsidiary Rex Spain Zdhl. The portfolio includes five office buildings in Madrid leased to ONCE.

Before Blackstone’s takeover, Hispania was planning to divest its entire office portfolio for more than €500 million. The Socimi had made an agreement for the sale with Tristan Capital Partners, but the entry of the US fund into its share capital suspended that sale.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Blackstone Negotiates Sale of the Ilunion Portfolio with Zurich for c. €100M

13 November 2018 – Cinco Días

The real estate giant Blackstone is pushing ahead with several divestments from its recently acquired Socimi Hispania. The US fund is negotiating with the insurance company Zurich regarding the sale of a portfolio of office buildings, which are occupied by Ilunion as a tenant, according to confirmation from sources in the real estate sector. The price of the operation will exceed €100 million.

Blackstone acquired Hispania through a takeover launched in the spring, which valued the Socimi at almost €2 billion. The US fund completed the operation because it was primarily interested in the company’s hotel assets, given that it owned 13,100 rooms across 46 hotels, the largest owner in the country in that segment. The US giant wants to create a hotel platform in Spain and, in fact, has already ceded the management of those establishments to its company HI Partners, the manager of other hotels purchased from Sabadell.

In total, Hispania’s portfolio has a gross asset value (GAV) of €2.811 billion. The most residual part, Hispania’s housing, is already being managed by another company owned by the fund, Fidere. And for the office component, the strategy is to divest the assets.

When Blackstone acquired Hispania, it broke off an agreement that the Socimi had with the British fund Tristan Capital Partners to divest the entire office portfolio for more than €500 million. That was the second time that the sale had been thwarted, previously Swiss Life was the buyer, in that case at the end of the summer in 2017, when the uncertainty surrounding the Catalan sovereignty process meant that the conditions of the insurance company were more demanding.

By contrast, the strategy now is to put this portfolio up for sale in a piecemeal fashion. The most advanced process relates to four properties in Madrid, which are all occupied by Ilunion, the holding company of the ONCE, as the tenant.

The largest property is the Torre 30 Building, appraised at €50 million at the end of 2017. Located next to the M-30 by the junction with the A-2, it was constructed in 1968, renovated in 2006 and has a surface area of 11,417 m2.

The sale also includes the Mizar Building, a property next to Torre 30, where in addition to Ilunion, Eysa and Paramount also have their headquarters, according to Hispania’s public documents, and which is worth €27.4 million. They are joined by the Pechuán building in Plaza Sagrado Corazón de Jesús next to Príncipe de Vergara, worth €19 million. Finally, the portfolio contains a property on Calle Comandante Azcárraga in the Pio XII area, worth €10.1 million.

Those four buildings had a combined appraisal value of €106.5 million as at 31 December 2017. Their current value is unknown but it is expected to be higher given that in May, Hispania revalued its assets upwards by 5.7% on average.

The rest of the office portfolio is not officially up for sale, but given that they are not strategic assets for Blackstone, the expectation is that it will receive offers for them, as a group or in different sub-portfolios.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hispania Acquires 90% of ONCE´s Real Estate Servicer

9/07/2014 – Europa Press

Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios has purchased a 90% holding in Oncisa, the real estate firm of ONCE and its Fundación, for €80.2 million.

The operation is realized through the capital enlargement and allows Hispania to take control over the property manager administering 46.416 square meter of office space.

Oncisa´s assets are distributed among 9 properties valued at €120.4 million, debt included, out of which eight are found in Madrid and one in Malaga.

The agreement has been sealed inside a wider cooperation plan assuming that the Azora Group and Fundacion ONCE would support socio-laboral projects for disabled people.

All the property packed in the portfolio is “of great quality” and situated “in excellent locations”. The eight are located in highly consolidated areas of Madrid, close to the M-30 ring road, while the building in Malaga stands adjacently to the historic downtown of Malaga.

Earlier in May, Hispania bought two floors in the Murano building, the rest of which belongs to Oncisa, from a third party seller for €4.4 million.

Both parties share a common social interest and they see advantages flowing from the cooperation, such as reinforcement of entrepreneur areas. The alliance will prolong for the next years and one of the targets is the creation of at least 75 jobs for disabled persons.

Together with this transaction, since its listing Hispania invested the total of €205.7 million, out of which amount €120.35 million correspond to offices, €63.8 million to a 213-dwelling complex in the Parque Diagonal del Mar in Barcelona and €21.5 million to the Hotel Guadalmina in Marbella.

 

Original article: Europa Press

Translation: AURA REE