Blackstone Negotiates a €1.6bn Loan for Testa & Hispania

12 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Blackstone is getting straight to work to start to generate returns from its two new investments. The US fund is in the first phase of negotiations with several financial institutions to obtain a loan amounting to €1.6 billion for Testa and Hispania.

The real estate giant has set itself the objective of closing the operation this year. Blackstone has already made contact with its most trusted banks, including Banco Santander and the French institutions with a presence in Spain, according to reports from Expansión.

The intention of the fund is to maximise the returns of its investments in a joint way and place both Testa and Hispania in a strong position to continue growing and increasing their presence in the country.

Nevertheless, the property of Banco Popular will be left outside of the transaction. The US fund and Santander already agreed a syndicated loan in March amounting to €7.3 billion for the joint company that owns the real estate assets of Popular and in which Blackstone owns a 51% stake.

The investment firm has acquired both of these Spanish Socimis this year. Before the summer, Blackstone completed the takeover of Hispania and turned it into the largest hotel owner in Spain with 46 assets and more than 13,144 rooms. After returning from vacation, the US giant set its sights on Testa Residencial, the largest rental home company in the country, in which it now controls a 70% stake.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

HIG Acquires Malaga Residential Complex

24 January 2017 – Property Week

A client of the private equity firm HIG Capital has acquired the 430-unit Valle Romano apartment complex in Estepona, Málaga.

The property, which includes swimming pools, restaurants and a gym, has a total surface area of about 495,000 sq ft.

“This is our seventh investment in Spain in the past three years”, said Riccardo Dallolio, Managing Director at HIG in London.

“Spain represents an important part of our European strategy and we continue to seek additional small and mid-cap, value-add, investment opportunities to increase HIG’s presence in this market”.

HIG is based in the USA but has offices in 8 countries around the world, and currently manages more than €22bn of equity capital.

Original story: Property Week (by Emanuele Midolo)

Edited by: Carmel Drake