Bankia Sells €37M NPL Portfolio to LCM Partners through Débitos

17 July 2019 – El Confidencial

Bankia has sold a portfolio of doubtful assets worth €37 million to the London-based fund LCM Partners. The portfolio, called Marshmello, contains more than 170 secured loans granted to SMEs and distributed primarily in Madrid, Cataluña and Murcia.

The deal is the first that the partially nationalised financial entity has completed through the Débitos platform. Débitos is a German fin-tech that works in association with Beka Finance in Spain to allow financial entities and companies with unpaid amounts on their balance sheets to offer portfolios for sale to institutional investors.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Óscar Giménez)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Vitruvio Finalises the Absorption of Fidelges

3 January 2020 – Eje Prime

Vitruvio, the Socimi led by Joaquín López-Chicheri has convened an extraordinary general shareholders’ meeting on 5 February to approve the merger by absorption of the real estate company Fidelges.

Last September, Vitruvio reached an agreement to acquire 35% of Fidelges’ shares for €6 million. If that operation is approved by the Socimi’s shareholders next month, it will result in the absorption of the company.

Fidelges has a real estate portfolio worth €21.4 million, which will increase Vitruvio’s asset portfolio to more than €180 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

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

 

Silicius Plans Stock Market Listing in 2020

29 June 2019

Sicilius, a socimi currently valued at 168 million euros, is planning on a listing on the MAB or even the Spain’s porincipal stock market, once it reaches its goal of €700 million to €1 billion under management. The firm is busily increasing its portfolio, while looking for additional partners to help it reach its goal.

Mazabi, which owns the socimi, is also planning to transfer up to 740 million euros in assets to the firm by the end of the year.

Original Story: Merca2 – Carlos Lospitao

Temprano Capital Partners Acquires a New Site for a Student Residence in Madrid

17 June 2019 – Press Release

The new project, which forms part of the Temprano Student Living (TSL) initiative, will provide 10,000 m2 of premium accommodation for more than 400 students. This project represents Temprano Capital Partners first scheme in Madrid and its eleventh Student Residence development in the Iberian Peninsula.

Temprano Capital Partners has just acquired a new site in Getafe, Madrid. It is the firm’s first student residence project to be developed in Spain’s capital and the eleventh in Temprano Student Living (TSL) Iberian’s  pipeline.

The first TSL project to complete was TSL Marques de Pombal in Lisbon, which opened its doors to students in January 2018 and won the award for “Best in Class for Property Innovation and Sustainability at the Class” given by The Class of 2020 annual awards for its good work in innovation and sustainability.

By adding this new student residence in Madrid, TSL will increase the number of beds in its portfolio to more than 4,000. The city of Madrid has the largest number of students in Spain followed by Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao, respectively. More than 300,000 students are enrolled in the region in the 2018-2019 academic year, of which 196,400 attend public universities with the remainder at various private educational institutions around Madrid.

The large student population in Madrid includes a large contingency from other regions of Spain (approximately 80,000 according to internal research) and approximately 24,000 international students principally Europeans and from the Americas.

The recently acquired site is located at Calle Ramón Rubial 37, Getafe, which is an 8-minute walk from the main campus of the Carlos III University and a 10-minute walk from the railway station Las Margaritas Universidad.

It is envisaged that the student residence will provide some 400 beds in a combination of cluster, studio and twin room configurations, within a building spanning just over 10,000 m2. The residence will provide other services and amenities, such as a gymnasium, lounge club area, audio visual / cinema rooms, library, study rooms and areas created for group work, dinner party rooms and onsite catering and restaurant facilities. The residence will offer rentals to be fully inclusive with 24/7 concierge service. Rooms will provide kitchens, individual bathrooms, Smart TVs, in addition to desks for in room study needs. High speed Wi-Fi will be provided throughout the project.

Original story: Press Release

Edited by: Carmel Drake

Apollo Submits an Offer for El Corte Inglés’s Entire Real Estate Portfolio

23 May 2019 – Eje Prime

According to financial sources, in April, the fund Apollo Global Management submitted a bid for the whole real estate portfolio that El Corte Inglés has had on the market since the beginning of the year. However, the offer did not convince the management team of the department stores.

Since then, the ECI group has opened up the possibility of allowing interested parties to bid for part of the portfolio so as to maximise the value of the properties. However, the risk with that option is that some properties will end up being left unsold.

With the deadline for bids closing today, nothing is being ruled out. In fact, Apollo could still win if it was willing to increase its offer.

The portfolio contains 95 assets and includes shopping centres, offices and other types of assets such as parking lots, land and homes.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Blackstone Puts a Portfolio of FIdere’s Homes Worth €150M-€200M Up For Sale

25 April 2019 – Expansión

The US fund Blackstone has launched the sale of a portfolio of homes belonging to its Socimi Fidere worth between €150 million and €200 million.

According to sources, several interested parties are already analysing the portfolio, whose perimeter may vary depending on the offers received. This sale forms part of a wider initiative by Blackstone to rotate some of the assets in its portfolio. The US fund has already put some of the offices owned by another Socimi Corona up for sale.

Since 2012, Blackstone has invested almost €24 billion in real estate in Spain, where it is the owner of several investment vehicles and management companies, including the Socimis Testa, Albirana and Torbal, as well as Hispania.

Original story: Expansión (by R. A.)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Co-living Brand Quarters Expands Into Spain and Portugal

25 March 2019 – Press Release

The MEDICI LIVING Group, the leading co-living provider in Europe and the U.S, is expanding into Spain and Portugal. It has therefore appointed Nicolas Dugerdil (pictured below) as Director Expansion Iberia. Based in Barcelona, he will be spearheading the group’s expansion and roll-out of the QUARTERS co-living brand in the region. He will identify locations and secure buildings, with an initial focus on Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon. Other cities are to follow once a foothold has been established.

Dugerdil moves over to MEDICI LIVING from the Spanish Inditex Group where he most recently held the position of Expansion Director for Uterqüe, managing the fast-growing premium fashion brand’s entire real estate portfolio and leading its international development. Between 2013 and 2016, as Expansion Manager for Switzerland, Dugerdil built up Inditex’s network of stores in the country, and between 2012 and 2013 was part of the core team rolling-out the global Radio Frequency Identification project, a technology that has had a huge impact on the retail sector. He holds an MBA from the IESE Business School.

“We want to become the WeWork of co-living in the coming years. Iberia is another important step on this journey,” says MEDICI LIVING founder and CEO Gunther Schmidt. “Home prices in both Spain and Portugal have been rising steadily in major cities over the last few years, so that affordable housing for young professionals has become scarce. With our QUARTERS concept, we will be offering just the right community and living space to fill the current supply gap.”

The company has ambitious plans for Iberia. Up to 20 percent of the roll-out funding provided by CORESTATE Capital is to be invested in Spain and Portugal adding up to 1,200 co-living beds in these two countries.

The QUARTERS brand, with its high-end furnishings and a comprehensive digital concept, is specifically targeted at young professionals from the millennial generation. The brand’s rollout across Europe has accelerated since the end of last year when MEDICI LIVING and Frankfurt-listed CORESTATE Capital Holding, one of the region’s largest real estate investment managers, agreed on a cooperation to invest €1bn of equity and debt in the coliving sector over the next three to five years.

The programme marks the largest planned investment in the history of the young asset class worldwide. A similar cooperation was agreed with the W5 Group, the family office of Ralph Winter, which aims to invest $300m in the US. MEDICI LIVING expects the addition of at least 7,300 further rooms to its portfolio until 2023. The company currently operates 1,800.

Original story: Press Release

Edited by: Carmel Drake

El Corte Inglés to Sell its Centres in Xanadú and Francesc Macià

22 April 2019 – Eje Prime

El Corte Inglés is continuing to divest its real estate. The department store group has put its shops in Xanadú (Madrid) and Francesc Macià (Barcelona) up for sale.

They will be joined by others in San Juan de Aznalfarache (Sevilla), Alcalá de Henares (Madrid), Ademuz (Valencia), Navarra, Independencia (Zaragoza), Málaga, Marineda City (A Coruña) and Siete Palmas (Gran Canaria).

In total, the group’s portfolio for sale comprises 14 properties, 16 plots of land and 65 assets of various types, including flats and parking spaces, spanning a combined surface area of 1.2 million m2.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Ores has Invested €362.5M in 35 Assets Across the Iberian Peninsula

16 April 2019 – Eje Prime

Ores, the Socimi owned by Bankinter and Sonae Sierra, has invested €362.5 million in 35 assets across the Iberian Peninsula since its creation, according to a report filed by the company with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) at the end of Q1 2019.

During the first quarter of this year, the company purchased a retail store in Burgos with a gross leasable area of 724 m2 for €5.2 million.

The company’s portfolio comprises hypermarkets (28.1%), mini-hypermarkets (17.8%) and retail parks (15%), amongst others. Its assets are located mainly in Madrid and Barcelona, as well as in prime areas of provincial capitals.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake