Árima to Increase its Capital by €50M to Repay Debt & Purchase Assets

2 April 2019 – Expansión

The Socimi Árima, led by Luis Alfonso López de Herrera-Oria (pictured below), is going to carry out a capital increase of up to €50 million (expandable upon demand), which will be used to early repay a €30 million loan signed with CaixaBank, as well as to purchase new assets.

The company hopes to incorporate new investors through this operation, which will see its share capital increase by 50%, whereby providing more liquidity for its equity.

The capital increase will comprise the issue and launch into circulation of 5 million new ordinary shares with a nominal value of €10 each, which will be issued without an issue premium. It will be carried out through an accelerated placement aimed at qualifying and institutional investors.

The company’s asset portfolio amounts to €121 million, spans a gross leasable area of 29,000 m2 and includes more than 460 parking spaces in the office sector in Madrid.

Original story: Expansión 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Patrizia is On The Hunt for New Purchases in Bilbao, Sevilla & Valencia

10 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Patrizia Immobilien is confirming its interest in the Iberian real estate market. The German investment manager, which has been present in Spain and Portugal since 2015, has set itself the short-term objective of entering Bilbao, Sevilla, Valencia and Oporto, through the purchase of new assets, according to comments made by Borja Goday, the Director General of the company in the Iberian Peninsula, speaking to Eje Prime.

Until now, the company has invested €870 million in total in real estate in the Spanish and Portuguese markets. Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga and Lisbon are the cities in which Patrizia is already present, “with minimum investments of €15 million but where that figure could exceed €500 million if the operation is worth it”, explained the executive.

In fact, the manager participated in the process to acquire one of the office buildings that comprise the Cuatro Torres Business Area in Madrid. Moreover, the company not only invests in the office segment, it is also committed to other markets such as the residential, retail, hotel, logistics and alternative asset segments (including student halls, complexes for the elderly and parking spaces).

Currently, Patrizia’s asset portfolio in Spain includes Serrano 90, located on Madrid’s golden mile and Gran Vía 21, also in the Spanish capital, which houses a hotel and a retail premise. Nevertheless, the latest major operation by the manager on the peninsula was the purchase of an industrial plot spanning 66,424 m2 in Toledo for €37.5 million. The other three logistics platforms that the company owns in Spain are located in Madrid and Barcelona.

Patrizia and its great interest in Spanish property

With its headquarters in Madrid and a staff of eleven, Patrizia arrived in Spain just three years ago. “At the end of 2017, we purchased Triuva and Rockspring, two companies that already owned assets on the peninsula”, explained Goday, who added that “the rapid growth of the group in both the Spanish and Portuguese markets is due to those two acquisitions”.

“Spain is still an attractive market, we still have demand and that is why we are launching new operations on such a frequent basis”, said the director. Since the beginning of the year, the manager has been on the hunt for capital from Spanish institutional investors, although, as Goday explains, it is not an easy task, since “they do not invest from one day to the next”.

One of Patrizia’s other plans on the peninsula is to strengthen its presence in the rental market. “It is a segment that we like a lot and for that reason, if we find an appropriate residential or office building, then we would not rule out buying it”, explained the executive. Nor does the group rule out alliances with Socimis or the acquisition of a property developer to grow in the Spanish residential sector. In this sense, Goday says that “a good opportunity has not presented itself yet” and that “it would all depend on the quality and location of the land that they own”.

Patrizia is currently present in more than twenty European countries, including, besides Spain and Portugal, important markets such as Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. The group’s main focus of activity is Germany, where it launched its activity 32 years ago and where it is a listed company (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by B. Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Which Homes Cost More Than €10,000/m2 in Madrid?

2 November 2018 – Expansión

Canalejas (€14,500/m2)

Canalejas is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated major luxury mega-projects. Owned by OHL and Mohari Limited, the company owned by the Israeli businessman Mark Scheinberg, the central corner surrounded by Calles Alcalá, Sevilla and Carrer de San Jerónima, now known as Project Canalejas, is going to be home to the first Four Seasons hotel in Spain, with 200 rooms, as well as 22 luxury apartments costing €14,500/m2 on average. For the project, 7 historical buildings have been joined together, which used to house the headquarters of some of the most important banking institutions in the country, and in which €300 million have been invested. Of the 22 properties available, 16 have already been sold, including a penthouse for €10 million.

Lagasca 99 (€11,800/m2)

But the record for an apartment with these characteristics in the centre of Madrid is still held by the duplex that was sold on Lagasca 99 at the end of 2016. It is a penthouse duplex spanning 703 m2, with a terrace and private swimming pool, and two parking spaces, which was sold for €14 million. That building, which is currently being promoted by Grupo Lar, after suffering several ups and downs in its development history, has become one of the most exclusive buildings in Madrid, with 44 new homes in total, measuring between 300 m2 and 700 m2 each, and of which 90% have now been sold.

General Castaños 2 (€20,000/m2).

Meanwhile, the property developer Mabel Real Estate has undertaken a stunning renovation of the property at c/General Castaños, 2. Although the 11 homes that the building is going to comprise never actually went on the market (they were offered directly to private investors), the sector calculated that the prices amounted to around €20,000/m2.

José Abascal 48 (€10,000/m2)

Two years ago, the first homes in one of the best fully reformed buildings in the Castellana area, José Abascal 48, started to be handed over. Three exclusive penthouses are still available, including the so-called “duplex penthouse retreat” measuring 462 m2, with terraces spanning 100 m2, 4 parking spaces, a storeroom and an independent service room, which is on the market for €5.87 million.

The home has two main entrances on each of its floors, in such a way that you can access the rooms from the lift if you do not want to use the internal stairs. Moreover, the building has an exceptional entrance hall and an automated parking lot, an events area, a 100 m2 gym and a spa.

Original story: Expansión (by L. Ruiz-Ocaña)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Oaktree Sells 49 Luxury Homes on Madrid’s Gran Vía

9 March 2018 – Eje Prime

Oaktree is successfully completing its luxury development on Madrid’s Gran Vía. The US fund has managed to sell the 49 homes that comprise the project, whose keys will be handed over at the end of 2018.

The good health of the residential sector in Spain, accompanied by the country’s period of economic boom, has allowed the fund to take full advantage of this promotion. Not in vain, the commercialisation of the building, located at number 68 Gran Vía, has reached prices of up to €10,000 per square metre, according to El Economista.

The consultancy firm Magnum&Partners has operated as the delegated promoter for this residential project, which first went on the market in September 2016, with prices as low as €6,000 per square metre, for properties without a parking space.

Due to demand, that figure has increased by 10%. The new homes in the renovated property will have surface areas of between 79 m2 and 247 m2. Moreover, the building will have a panoramic roof terrace with a swimming pool, as well as a gym.

The most expensive home in the building has been sold for an approximate price of €3 million. The tenants of the development, designed by the architecture studio Fenwick Iribarren, will be mostly Spanish, given that 87% of the buyers are nationals, and half of them are resident in Madrid.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

ARC Homes Will Invest €50M To Build New Homes Over Next 3 Years

2 November 2017 – El Confidencial

The real estate firm ARC Homes plans to invest €50 million over the next two or three years in the construction of new homes in various municipalities in the district of Baix Llobregat, Barcelona.

The first development, comprising 47 homes, will be constructed in Los Jardines de Can Mercader, in Cornellà de Llobregat and will be completed by the end of 2019, according to a statement made by the company today.

The building work will begin during the first quarter of 2018, although the property sales already started on 15 September.

All of the homes will be completely “exterior” (overlooking the street/gardens) and will have large terraces with views of the Can Mercader green space. Prices will range between €260,000 and €450,000, with parking space and storeroom included.

Lane Auten, founder and manager of ARC Properties, the parent company behind the ERC Homes projects, explains that the firm “is in the process of searching for and buying land in towns located in the first and second belt of Barcelona”, in the municipalities of Baix Llobregat, El Vallès and El Garraf, as well as in Sabadell, Sant Cugat del Vallès and Sitges.

Original story: El Confidencial 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Macquarie Will Complete Empark Purchase In Q4

31 July 2017 – Expansión

The Australian firm Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets has formalised, through the fund Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund, the purchase of 100% of the Spanish car park operator Empark. The acquisition is expected to be closed in the last quarter of the year. The fund will be the only shareholder of Empark, which comprises three business units and owns more than 535,000 parking spaces in 180 municipalities across six countries. Empark operates primarily in Spain and Portugal but is also present in Andorra, France, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Saba Wants To Complete A Major Purchase Before Its IPO

1 June 2017 – Expansión

Saba is analysing several major operations with the aim of growing in size before it debuts on the stock market, according to the plans that the company’s President, Salvador Alemany (pictured above, right) outlined yesterday, at the car park group’s General Shareholders’ Meeting.

“We are looking at operations that would allow us to grow significantly and which would take several months or years to complete; afterwards [with our debut on the stock market], we would see the results of all of the efforts that we have been making since 2011”, said Alemany yesterday, in response to two questions from the company’s two minority shareholders. For the time being, there is no specific timetable for the firm’s debut on the stock market – Saba set itself the objective at the same time that it was carved out from Abertis in 2011.

The CEO of Saba, Josep Martínez Vila (pictured above, left), confirmed that Empark is one of the operations under analysis, but that there are also others in the running. The advantage of acquiring that firm stems from the fact that it would allow Saba to double in size; by contrast, it would mean concentrating its business even more in Spain, which last year accounted for 71% of its turnover.

The group closed 2016 with turnover of €202 million, compared to €225 million in 2015, a year when it was still recording revenues from its logistics parks. Saba, which yesterday approved the distribution of an issue premium amounting to €20 million, earned €4 million from its ordinary activity, a figure that increases to €32.36 million with the profits from its logistics business.

The company, which was just awarded the contract to manage 12,000 parking spaces in three shopping centres in Chile, has also just agreed with the banks to improve the conditions of a €465 million loan.

Original story: Expansión (by A. Zanon)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Catella Buys 2 Housing Blocks In Pinto (Madrid) For €24M

24 January 2017 – Expansión

The Catella Group’s real estate fund manager, Catella AM, has acquired two residential properties located in the Madrilenian municipality of Pinto, for €24 million.

As well as participating in the purchase process, Catella AM will also take responsibility for managing the asset portfolio. The two buildings are twins and have a combined constructed surface area of 18,092 m2, distributed over 216 homes.

Similarly, the assets have 216 parking spaces and 216 storerooms. The properties have an occupancy rate of 93% of the gross leasable area. Catella AM is the Catella Group company that manages investments and real estate assets in Spain and Portugal on behalf of the funds managed by the company itself, as well as for Spanish and overseas institutional investors.

During its first year of activity, the manager has accumulated a portfolio under management amounting to €100 million. In recent months, Catella AM has purchased three residential properties located in Madrid, in Barajas and on Calle Génova, and in Barcelona, in Poblenou (pictured above).

In addition, the manager has completed the acquisition of the 12,400 m2 Portal Mediterráneo shopping centre in Vinaroz (Castellón).

Original story: Expansión (by R.A.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Martinsa Puts New Batch Of Assets Up For Sale For €57M

4 January 2017 – Expansión

Martinsa Fadesa’s bankruptcy administrators have put a batch of land, homes and work in progress developments up for sale for a combined price of €56.7 million.

The assets put on the market as part of the liquidation of the real estate company are located in: Murcia, Valencia, Fuerteventura, Madrid, Toledo, Huelva, Las Palmas and Málaga, according to official data.

The largest asset, which has been put up for sale for €32 million, corresponds to the Atalaya Dorada plot of land, located in the municipality of La Oliva, just a few kilometres away from the Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park, in the north of the island of Fuerteventura.

The plot may house homes, a golf course, and buildings for hotel and tertiary use.

The current administrators of the company have also put up for a sale another plot of land in the Canary Islands, located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, for €21.4 million.

The property is located in Barrio de Guanarteme, around 100m from Playa de Las Canteras and next to its future extension.

Meanwhile, the company has put a property near the Guadalhorce reservoir in Antequera (Málaga) up for sale for €2.2 million.

The property, which may be used for recreational and agricultural activity, has a surface area of approximately 334 hectares and borders the Guadalhorce Reservoir and the Torcal de Antequera.

In addition, the bankruptcy administrators of the former real estate company have put two homes in Molina De Segura (Murcia)up for sale, as well as two homes under construction in La Pobla De Vallbona (Valencia), six bungalow type townhouses in the municipality of La Oliva (Fuerteventura), and a 168m2 home and parking space in Madrid.

A terraced home in Illescas (Toledo) has also been put on the market, along with a terraced house in Ayamonte (Huelva) and three plots of land in La Pobla De Vallbona (Valencia).

Interested investors are invited to submit their offers by 20 January.

On 11 March 2011, an agreement was approved for Martinsa to pay €7,200 million of debt over a 10-year period without any discounts. Nevertheless, the company’s breaches and lack of liquidity forced it to file for liquidation in 2015.

Martinsa Fadesa’s bankruptcy administration team comprises Antonia Magdaleno, Ángel Martín Torres, as representative of KPMG Auditores –appointed by the CNMV-, and Antonio Moreno Rodríguez, as representative of the creditor Bankinter.

The liquidation of Martinsa Fadesa may be completed in 2017 and once the creditors have been returned the “present value” of the assets that they financed, according to sources close to the process.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Axiare Buys McKinsey & Co’s HQ In Madrid For €41.8M

24 November 2016 – Inmodiario

The Socimi led by Luis López de Herrera-Oria has completed the acquisition of McKinsey & Co’s headquarters in Spain, involving an investment of €41.8 million. This is one of the properties that Axiare Patrimonio had included in its pipeline, according to an announcement made by the firm on 15 November. The acquisition has been completed in an off-market operation, in line with the Socimi’s strategy to purchase assets at competitive prices and with strong potential for appreciation in value.

The historical property, which has been converted into offices, has a gross leasable area (GLA) of 7,054 m2 and 93 parking spaces. It is located in the Calle Almagro area of Madrid, close to the offices of Cuatrecasa Gonçalves y Pereira, Ramón y Cajal, Linklaters and the headquarters of Innovación de BBVA.

Luis López de Herrera-Oria, CEO of Axiare Patrimonio, said: “With the purchase of this property, Axiare Patrimonio continues to push ahead with the fulfilment of its business plan and approaches the end of 2016 with a strong outlook”. López de Herrera-Oria added: “The unique building, located in the Plaza de Alonso Martínez, fulfils all of our pre-requisites: it is a prime product, located in the capital’s financial centre and it has great potential to create value. (…).

So far this year, Axiare Patrimonio has signed 24 lease contracts covering a GLA of more than 100,000 m2. (…). The Socimi now owns real estate assets worth €1,100 million, with great potential to generate value: it forecasts that its rental income will increase by 77% over the next year and a half, from its current level of €42 million per annum to €76 million by 2018. (…).

For this transaction, Axiare Patrimonio has been advised by EY (legal), PwC (technical) and Cushman & Wakefield (commercial). The seller has been advised by Tenigla Real Estate and Aiga Investments.

Original story: Inmodiario

Translation: Carmel Drake