Xeresa Golf Completes a €4.7M Capital Increase

12 December 2018 – Alicante Plaza

The company that owns the Villaitana hotel complex in Benidorm, Xeresa Golf, has completed the capital increase that it launched in August, after emerging from creditor bankruptcy by fulfilling the agreement and acquiring the plot on which the resort was constructed, which was initially occupied on a concession basis. Thus, as reflected in the Official Bulletin of the Mercantile Registry (Borme) of Alicante on Tuesday, the company has subscribed a €4.7 million capital increase (the total amount), and so the resulting subscribed share capital amounts to €9.2 million, more than twice the figure before the operation.

It is not the first capital increase that Xeresa Golf has undertaken in its checkered history. In recent years, the firm founded at the time by the entrepreneurial Cremades family from Gandía, has resorted to “accordion operations” to wipe its debt, and to add or expel shareholders (the firm was created with several representatives of the jet set amongst its minority shareholders), and, on the penultimate occasion, to articulate the entry of its current majority shareholder, the hotel management company HI Partners, which owns 80% of its share capital.

Nevertheless, this new increase has basically been covered by its current shareholders (the hotel company owned 80% and the Cremades held onto 20%), according to sources. In fact, the shareholders of Xeresa Golf had preferential subscription rights, which, according to the same sources, they exercised. HI Partners acquired the majority of the company in 2017 (…) by offsetting the loan that the firm owned by the Cremades family held with Banco Sabadell, which was the owner of the hotel management platform at the time (and which was created specifically to manage the hotel assets that the entity had had to assume).

Just a year ago, the bank sold its hotel division to the US fund Blackstone, which is the ultimate owner of the 17 hotels that comprise the portfolio of HI Partners, including the asset in Benidorm (…).

Owner of the plot

This new capital increase comes shortly after Xeresa Golf has become the owner of the plot on which Hotel Villaitana stands (two four- and five-star hotels and several golf courses) in the PEDUI of Terra Mítica. Xeresa Golf submitted the best offer in the auction for the plots convened by the Consell, although in reality only two bids were made and the other one came from HI Partners. In fact, the capital increase was carried out for a similar amount to the price offered by the hotel owner to acquire the land on which it stands: €4.8 million plus taxes.

Similarly, the company that owns the hotel complex managed by the chain Meliá has overcome another milestone in the last year, that of definitively emerging from the creditor bankruptcy that it entered in 2012 (…).

Original story: Alicante Plaza (by David Martínez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Realia Launches a €149M Capital Increase

15 November 2018 – El Economista

Realia has launched a capital increase amounting to €149 million, with preferential subscription rights, through which Carlos Slim is going to make a new capital injection into the real estate company that he controls in Spain.

This increase follows another two that the firm has carried out since 2015, when the Mexican magnate took control of the company and which have been used to clean up the firm and reduce its debt.

By virtue of the new operation, Realia is going to issue 175.45 million new shares at €0.85 per share, a price that represents a discount of 7.5% with respect to the firm’s current share price, which closed trading on the stock market on Thursday at €0.923.

The operation is going to be launched once approval has been received from Spain’s National Securities and Markets Commission (CNMV). Current shareholders will have preferential subscription rights, which means that they may request new shares at a rate of three new shares for every eleven that they already own.

Carlos Slim controls 70.76% of Realia’s share capital, 33.8% in a direct way and 36.9% through FCC, a construction group that he also controls. The Mexican businessman has participated in all of the capital increases that Realia has undertaken until now.

Realia is launching a new capital increase after reactivating its construction and house sale business, which has been suspended since the start of the crisis.

The company also has a portfolio of assets spanning a surface area of around 500,000 m2, comprising office buildings and shopping centres, including one of the Kio Towers in Plaza Castilla, Madrid.

The real estate firm, which has suspended its dividend since 2009, closed the first nine months of this year with a profit of €24 million and a turnover of €70 million. The firm has total debt amounting to €672 million.

Original story: El Economista 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Domo’s Socimi Debuted On The MAB On 21 September

22 September 2017 – Eje Prime

The countdown has started for the debut of Domo Activos, the socimi of the cooperative manager of the same name. The company will make its debut on Thursday 21 September on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB), where it will list at €2 per share, a price that represents a market valuation for the company of €7 million, according to the BME.

The company, which is the 41st to make its debut on this market under the Socimi framework, owns just one asset, a plot of land in Madrid, located in El Ensanche de Vallecas, which it purchased in March from Sareb for €6.55 million. The land has a maximum buildability of 9,348 m2 and the firm plans to build 80 homes on the site, plus six ground floor commercial premises and parking.

For the next two years, the firm will focus on developing this project, according to details contained in the information brochure that accompanies its stock market debut. It estimates that the homes will be ready to lease “from September 2019”.

Domo has a business plan that includes taking on new land purchases to develop real estate assets, with the aim of subsequently making cash from them by leasing them out “for at least three years”, and ultimately, selling them.

This strategy includes the development of homes, hotels and tourist apartments, primarily in the Community of Madrid, Cataluña, País Vasco, Málaga, Sevilla, Granada, Córdoba, the Community of Madrid, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

The Socimi chaired by Feliciano Conde Anguita (pictured above) plans to pay for this business plan through capital increases, in such a way that the firm will undertake operations of that kind, “to the extent that investment opportunities arise”. Current shareholders will have preferential subscription rights in future capital increases.

Original story: Eje Prime (Original article dated 19 September 2017)

Transltion: Carmel Drake

Lar España Closes €135M Capital Increase

17 July 2015 – Expansión

The Socimi Lar España has closed a capital increase amounting to €134.982 million.

This decision by the listed real estate company, chaired by José Luis del Valle (pictured above), comes a month after the company announced its intention to increase its share capital ahead of new investment opportunities that it has identified.

Yesterday, Lar’s Board of Directors approved a capital increase for a nominal amount of up to €39.935 million, through the issuance and circulation of up to 19.9 million ordinary shares, with a nominal value of €2 each.

The total amount issued will also include an issue premium of €4.76 per share, taking the issue price to €6.76 per share and the total capital increase to €134.982 million.

Lar has announced that Lar España will have a preferential subscription right to each share. Moreover, “shareholders will need two preferential subscription rights to subscribe each new share”, said the company to Spain’s National Securities Market Commission (CNMV)

JP Morgan Securities is the sole global coordinator and placer of this transaction.

With the money raised through the capital increase, Lar will finance both its new acquisitions, as well as the purchases it has already made. (…). Lar’s most recent acquisition was the purchase of the ‘El Rosal‘ shopping centre in Ponferrada (León) for €87.5 million.

Original story: Expansión (by María Luisa Verbo Escribano)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Merlin Closes A €1,034M Capital Increase To Buy Testa

16 July 2015 – Expansión

Yesterday, the Socimi Merlin Properties announced a €1,033.7 million capital increase, representing 66% of its current share capital. The operation will allow it to finance the purchase of Testa, the subsidiary of Sacyr, which it has bought for €1,986 million.

The capital increase will have preferential subscription rights and will involve the issuance of 129,212 million shares, with a value of €8 and a premium of €7 per share. Last April, the Socimi chaired by Ismael Clemente closed its first capital increase amounting to €613.8 million, with the issuance of 64,605,999 new shares, to finance the purchase of real estate assets, offices and retail premises.

Merlín debuted on the Madrid stock exchange in June 2014 with a market capitalisation of €1,250 million, at €10 per share. Yesterday, it closed trading at €11.50 per share, up 1.86%, and its market capitalisation amounted to €2,228.9 million. Merlin’s main shareholders, which include UBS, Marketfield, EJF apital, BNP Paribas Asset Management and the fund Gruss Capital, are expected to participate in the capital increase.

The integration of Testa and Merlin will create a real estate giant with assets worth around €5,500 million, gross annual income of €290 million and a market capitalisation of close to €4,400 million.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake