AEW Acquires Office Building On C/Francisco Silvela 106

22 September 2017 – El Confidencial

The fund AEW Europe has recently joined the growing number of investors who are backing the Madrilenian street Principe de Vergara, one of the main thoroughfares in the Chamartín neighbourhood. The road has witnessed a proliferation in the volume of important real estate operations involving corporate headquarters in recent years.

And it is on the corner of that street, at its intersection with Francisco Silvela, at number 106 on the street that bears the name of the historical Spanish politician, that a private investor, advised by Aguirre Newman, has sold a building with a surface area of 6,300 m2 to AEW for €30 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction.

This operation follows several other important transactions that have been closed recently in the area, whose proximity to the Avenida de America transport hub, makes for easy access to the airport and whose proximity to both the Salamanca neighbourhood and the Paseo de la Castellana business district, have caused interest from owners and tenants to soar.

One example is the recent sale of the building at number 42 Calle Suero de Quiñones, the new headquarters of the law firm Uría y Mendéndez, which Hispania sold to the businessman José Lladó, owner of Técnicas Reunidas. The Socimi agreed that sale in the spring, a few months before the construction work was due to finish. The doors of that office are expected to open in November, whereby enabling the law firm to expand the headquarters that it already has nearby at number 187, Principe de Vergara.

Meanwhile, the property at number 108 on the same street, right next door to the building that AEW has just acquired, is also owned by Hispania, which purchased it just over two years ago for €25 million. The next one along, number 112, is owned by Colonial, which bought the whole building two years ago; it has since invested €45 million in the complete renovation of the 11,400 m2 property.

Opposite, at number 125 Principe de Vergara, the insurance company Reale purchased the entire building from Banco Sabadell two years ago and has now installed its new headquarters there. Acciona also expressed interest in that property at the time, as it had wanted to move its headquarters there, just a few metres away from the central offices of its rival, Ferrovial.

With this operation, AEW completes its seventh investment in Spain in two years. The fund has made a strong commitment to the country, where it has just acquired the historical Mercado de Fuencarral, which it has already leased in its entirety to Decathlon. It also opened an office in Madrid in January, which is being led by Carsten Czarnetzki.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hispania Buys Residential Complex And Office Block For €86M

30 March 2015 – Hispania Press Release

Hispania has closed two separate deals: the acquisition of an office building located on C/ Príncipe de Vergara – for €25 million – and the purchase of a residential complex containing 284 dwellings in Sanchinarro, Madrid, for €61.15 million.

Following these transactions, Hispania now has committed investments amounting to an aggregated GAV of €877 million. 

Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios, S.A., through its 100% subsidiary company Hispania Real Socimi, has closed two off-market transactions in Madrid for a total amount of €86.15 million, which have been fully financed using Hispania’s own funds.

Office building on Príncipe de Vergara, 108 (Madrid)

Hispania has acquired an office building located on C/Príncipe de Vergara, 108, where the street intersects with C/Joaquín Costa. The acquisition price amounted to €25 million (€3,718 /sqm).

The asset is located in the city centre of Madrid and enjoys excellent visibility. The building has a GLA of 7,324 sqm, distributed over 12 floors and commercial surface, as well as 68 underground parking spaces.

Residential complex in Sanchinarro (Madrid)

Hispania has also purchased a residential complex in Sanchinarro (Madrid) with a GLA of 39,000 sqm, distributed across 284 dwellings (2 and 3 bedroom properties), 311 parking spaces, 284 storage units and a retail unit, which is currently occupied by a major supermarket chain. The dwellings are in a closed complex with garden areas.

The total purchase price amounted to €61.15 million. The purchase price of the dwellings -excluding annexes and a retail unit- is equivalent to €2,050/sqm above ground. The dwellings are currently rented, with an approximate occupancy rate of 80%. Hispania’s business plan involves investing in the asset and expanding the surrounding facilities in order to convert it into a unique asset in the residential rental market in the Sanchinarro area, with the ultimate aim of optimizing its occupancy rate.

Located to the north of Madrid’s city centre, Sanchinarro is one of the most dynamic residential areas in Northern Madrid. Over the last few years, various companies have chosen to locate their corporate headquarters in Sanchinarro and its surrounding areas. This has increased the already strong demand for residential properties in the area.

These two deals prove, once again, Hispania’s ability to invest in high-quality assets through off-market deals in consolidated areas”, said Concha Osácar, Board Member of Hispania.

Hispania has committed investments amounting to €877 million during the last 12 months.

After these two transactions, Hispania has committed investments amounting to an aggregated GAV of more than €877 million. Hispania has a committed asset portfolio with an office GLA of 97,940 sqm –mainly in Madrid and Barcelona- 683 dwellings in Madrid and Barcelona and 22 hotels in Madrid, Barcelona, the Costa del Sol, the Canary and Balearic Islands and the Costa de la Luz.

Original press release: Hispania

Edited by: Carmel Drake