Sonae and Bankinter to Launch Second Socimi, This Time in Portugal

11 December 2019 – After the success of their jointly-controlled socimi in Spain, Sonae and Bankinter are planning on launching a new investment vehicle in Portugal in 2020. The new socimi will have an initial investment capacity of 100 million euros and will eventually seek a stock market listing in Portugal.

The new socimi reportedly will not focus on any single type of real estate asset. Instead, it will invest in a wide range of assets, from commercial real estate to offices, along with logistics assets and other investments.

The two firms’ socimi in Spain mainly invests in commercial real estate and is aimed at Bankinter’s private banking clients. Ores currently controls a portfolio 34 assets with a combined market value of over 357 million euros and an annual gross income of 21 million euros.

Original Story: Idealista – Custodio Pareja

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Bankinter’s Socimi Buys 4 Retail Premises from Inditex for €12.5M

15 June 2018 – Eje Prime

The Galician giant Inditex is continuing to divest some of its real estate assets and the main players in the sector are taking advantage to acquire retail premises on some of the country’s main high streets. Ores, the Socimi owned by Bankinter and the Portuguese firm Sonae, has purchased a package of four assets from the owner of Zara for €12.5 million. The establishments, which together span more than 1,930 m2 are currently leased to the female fashion chain Stradivarius.

Ores Socimi has acquired one store measuring 700 m2 at number 28 Rúa de Urzaiz, in Vigo; another measuring 450 m2 at number 23 on Calle de los Fueros, in Vitoria; a third measuring 430 m2 at number 2 Calle Emilio Arriesta, in Pamplona; and a fourth measuring 350 m2 on the corner of Plaza del Olivar and Calle San Miquel, in Mallorca.

“With this acquisition, financed by available cash held by Ores Socimi, the company is continuing to fulfil the investment objectives set out in its business plan and in accordance with the financial parameters committed to the shareholders”, explain sources at the group.

The purchase of these stores, located on the main high streets of the respective cities, follows another acquisition carried out at the beginning of this month in Madrid. That deal involved an establishment located at number 157 Calle Alcalá, with a surface area of 374 m2, as revealed by Eje Prime. Those premises are currently rented out to the restaurant group Tim Hortons (…).

Ores is aimed at private banking clients. Although its asset portfolio is, for the time being, limited, the Socimi made its debut on the stock market with the aim of investing €400 million in commercial premises on the high street, as well as in supermarkets, retail parks (measuring up to 20,000 m2), bank branches and single assets with long-term rental contracts and solvent tenants.

Bankinter and Sonae Sierra launched this new venture in the real estate sector in record time. The two groups constituted the company on 15 December last year and, in just two months, completed the vehicle creation process, raised sufficient capital to get it moving and made the leap onto the stock market.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Bankinter Prepares to Debut its Hotel Socimi in Q1 2018

26 December 2017 – El Confidencial

Bankinter has started to offer its private banking clients the option of acquiring a stake in a listed real estate investment company (Socimi) that owns a portfolio of 4- and 5-star hotels located across Spain, which it plans to debut on the stock market during the first quarter of 2018.

This Socimi will be created with a share capital of almost €200 million invested in a selection of hotels: 65% holiday establishments and the remainder urban, including several properties operated by high-profile chains such as Marriott and Meliá, according to reports made today by sources close to the project.

In recent weeks, Bankinter has been in charge of choosing the hotels, all of which are operating, in order to offer an annual dividend of approximately 5% to all of the shareholders of the Socimi, which will make its debut on the MAB, the stock market segment designed for SMEs.

The main shareholders will be Bankinter’s private banking clients, who have already pledged to contribute around €120 million to the project on 18 January. The minimum investment per client will be €200,000 and the maximum will be 15% of each individual’s financial wealth.

In addition, other investors, including Bankinter itself, the manager of the Socimi and institutional investors, will invest at least €60 million more.

The idea is that the bank led by María Dolores Dancausa will invest €18 million and the manager of the Socimi, GMA, €9 million, which would mean that both will hold a minority stake in the company, but one that is sufficient to entitle representation on the Board of Directors.

Unlike other Socimis, the investment vehicle designed by Bankinter has a divestment period of 7 years, although the bank reserves the right to extend its life.

This Socimi is not the first to be launched by the financial institution, given that in February, it placed Ores on the market, together with the company Sonae Sierra. Ores invests in commercial assets such as shops and large retail spaces in Spain and Portugal.

Original story: El Confidencial 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Bankinter & Sonae Sierra Launch €400M Retail Socimi

20 February 2017 – El Economista

Bankinter and Sonae Sierra have launched a Socimi, Ores Socimi, which plans to channel investment amounting to €400 million into small- and medium-sized commercial real estate assets in Spain and Portugal, according to a statement issued by the bank and the real estate company.

Ores Socimi has been conceived as an investment vehicle for the private banking clients of the entity chaired by María Dolores Dancausa (pictured above).

In fact, a portfolio of these clients already owns a 86% stake in the firm’s capital, in which Bankinter and Sonae Sierra hold stakes of 10% and 3.75%, respectively, following a €196 million capital increase when the firm was constituted.

The official launch of Ores Socimi will take place this week, on Wednesday 22 February, when its shares will begin trading on the MAB. It will be the 31st Socimi to debut on the Alternative Investment Market.

Ores Socimi is being created with the aim of acquiring a portfolio of commercial buildings in good locations in the main cities of Spain and Portugal.

Commercial assets

Specifically, the firm owned by Bankinter and Sonae will place its focus on retail premises on main high streets, as well as on supermarkets and hypermarkets and out of town retail parks, rather than on large shopping centres.

Ores Socimi will be chaired by Fernando Moreno, Director General of the Retail Bank at Bankinter. His investment and management strategy will follow a “product and rigorous policy”, and Sonae Sierra will be responsible for the real estate management of the assets and the administration of the company.

Bankinter has formed this partnership with a company that specialises in retail assets in order to launch an investment vehicle for its clients. Sonae has a presence in around a dozen countries and currently owns a portfolio of 45 shopping centres, which have a market value of more than €6,000 million.

Original story: El Economista 

Translation: Carmel Drake