VBare Launches a €30M Capital Increase

19 May 2019 – Eje Prime

VBare Iberian Properties has launched a capital increase to grow its portfolio and make the leap to the main stock market before 31 March 2020. The company has just approved a capital increase amounting to €30 million, which will be executed through the issue and launch into circulation of up to 2,238,339 ordinary shares.

At the same time, the company’s Board of Directors has committed to making “every effort” to list VBare on the main stock market before the end of the first quarter of 2020. The Socimi recorded profits of €1.1 million during Q1 2019 and of €4.8 million in 2018.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Aedas Homes Recorded Losses of €3.4M in Q1 2019

30 April 2019 – Eje Prime

Aedas Homes recorded losses of €3.4 million during Q1 2019, up by 47.8% compared to the same period last year (-€2.3 million). Nevertheless, the property developer’s results were in line with the business plan and revenues grew by 55% YoY during the same period to reach €14 million.

This year, the property developer controlled by the investment fund Castlelake plans to launch the construction of 2,580 homes and hand over 1,055 units. The firm has already sold 83% of the homes that it expects to hand over in 2019 and 55% of those forecast for delivery in 2020 (1,986).

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Habitat Leaves its Losses Behind after €500M Capital Injection from Bain

2 April 2019 – Expansión

Habitat Inmobiliaria recorded revenues of €89 million in 2018, six times more than during the previous year. It also generated a profit, registering an EBITDA of €1.8 million, compared with losses of €9.86 million in 2017.

According to the company, this change in fortune has come about following its purchase by the US investment firm Bain Capital Credit at the end of 2017. Last year, Bain and Habitat’s new management team, launched a new strategic plan for the next three years, which included the contribution of €500 million for land purchases.

In 2018 alone, the property developer invested €121 million buying up land with a total buildability of 300,000 m2. As such, Habitat now owns a land bank spanning more than 1 million m2, which will allow it to build 10,000 new homes over the next few years. Currently, the property developer is working on the construction of 3,400 homes.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

VBare Earned €4.8M in 2018 & Plans to Raise More Financing in 2019

5 March 2019 – Eje Prime

The Socimi VBare, which specialises in the management of residential assets, generated a profit of €4.8 million in 2018, up by 100% compared to the previous year. That increase was driven by the strong performance of its rental income and an appreciation in the value of its portfolio.

In this context, the company is going to carry out another capital increase within the coming months to finance the acquisition of more properties and further fatten up its portfolio.

The company’s revenue also increased in 2018 to €1.4 million, up by 33% compared to 2017, when the Socimi generated sales from gross rental income of €1.07 million.

At the end of 2018, VBare’s assets were worth €50 million, up by 76% YoY and the occupancy rate of its portfolio amounted to 90% at year end (vs. 83% at the end of 2017).

Looking ahead, the Socimi plans to continue focusing its investments in Madrid. Already this year, it has purchased a building containing 27 homes and two premises on Calle Vallehermoso in the Spanish capital for €5.2 million. Following that operation, the company’s portfolio contains 301 units.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Roger Arnau)

Summary/Translation: Carmel Drake

Cevasa Tripled its Profits YoY to €46.6M in 2018

28 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Cevasa’s profits soared in 2018. The company closed last year with a net profit of €46.6 million, multiplying its result from the previous year three-fold when it amounted to €15.5 million. In terms of revenues, they remained stable, with a slight increase of 8.4% to reach €15.8 million by December 2018.

The company’s operating result amounted to €61 million at the end of last year, an exponential increase with respect to the previous year, when it amounted to €17.5 million.

The company, whose full name is Compañía Española de Viviendas en Alquiler (the Spanish Company for Rental Housing) is dedicated to the private development of social housing units for rental. It currently has thirty housing developments underway, located primarily in Barcelona and the surrounding area.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Quabit’s Revenues Soared in 2018, but its Profits Fell by 53%

28 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Quabit’s revenues soared but its profits decreased. The real estate company closed 2018 with a net profit of €6.7 million, down by 53% compared to the previous year, when it reached €14.3 million. The company attributes that reduction to the “activation of tax credits in 2017, amounting to €26 million”, according to reports in a relevant fact submitted to Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV).

The firm’s EBITDA also deteriorated, with losses of €25.3 million, a figure that quadruples the loss recorded a year earlier when it amounted to €7.3 million. “The negative impact in terms of EBITDA is due to the extraordinary effect of the valuation corrections on the land and the lower discounts on the debt”, said the company in a statement about its results.

In terms of revenues, they soared last year to reach €39.6 million, whereby multiplying the figure from the previous year (€5.7 million) eight-fold. At the end of the year, the gross value of its assets amounted to €506 million, 27% higher than at the end of the previous year. That growth was attributable to the company’s new investments and the revaluation of its portfolio.

In terms of its portfolio, Quabit handed over 190 homes in 2018 and also invested in its land bank, increasing it by around €180 million since 2017. It currently has around 4,000 homes in different phases of development and is working on the launch of new projects included in its business plan for 2018-2022.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Renta’s Revenues Soared by 102% to €92.4M in 2018

1 March 2019 – Expansión

Renta Corporación closed 2018 with revenues of €92.4 million, up by 102% compared to a year earlier and a net profit of €16.6 million, up by 33% (…).

The real estate company’s business portfolio amounted to €133.9 million at the end of 2018, plus the assets managed for sale in conjunction with real estate funds for an estimated investment of €35 million.

Dividends

Last October, the Board of Directors agreed the distribution of a dividend amounting to €1.1 million to be charged against the income statement for 2018. At the next General Shareholders’ Meeting, which is going to be held on 11 April, the company is expected to approve the distribution of €1.9 million as a complementary dividend.

In terms of Vivenio, the Socimi that Renta Corporación launched in the middle of 2017 together with the Dutch pension fund APG, it closed 2018 with 18 residential properties in its portfolio containing 2,000 homes under management, which have a gross value of €524 million (…).

Original story: Expansión (by M. Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Merlin’s Revenues Rose by 5.2% to €509M in 2018

1 March 2019 – Expansión

The Socimi Merlin Properties closed 2018 with an increase in revenues thanks to the strong performance of its rental properties. Its total turnover amounted to €509 million, up by 5.2%, boosted by a 6.5% improvement in gross sales to €500 million. The real estate company’s EBITDA reached €403 million, up by 2.8%. The operating result fell by 22% to €855 million.

The company’s main source of income is the rental from its office buildings, followed by its shopping centres. The value of the Socimi’s assets amounted to €12.0 billion at the end of December 2018, which represented a YoY increase of 6.1%. The occupancy rate of its property portfolio rose to 93.4%.

Yesterday, the company highlighted the cost control of its financial debt, which amounted to €4.9 billion with an indebtedness ratio of just over 40% and financial costs that have reduced to 2.13% following the most recent refinancings.

The company has a cash balance of €350 million (…). In 2018, Merlin undertook investments amounting to €569 million and property sales amounting to €594 million, with a premium for its divestments of 3.1% (…).

Merlin’s share price closed trading at €11.10 per share yesterday, down by 1.2%.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Meliá Earned 13% More in 2018 but its Revenues Fell by 1.5%

1 March 2019 – Expansión

Meliá ended the year with a slight decrease in revenues (1.5%) to €1.83 billion, which it blamed on a deceleration in the tourism sector. Nevertheless, its net profits rose by 13% to €140 million.

The decrease in revenues was due above all to the impact of the devaluation of the US dollar in the America region during the first quarter of the year – one of the most important for the company in the region – and the closure of several hotels for renovation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. There was also a slow down in the Mediterranean and Cuba.

Despite the slow down in turnover, the company’s EBITDA increased by 7% to €326 million, following the sale of three hotels to the Socimi Atom in the summer and due to an appreciation in the value of its assets. Excluding those gains, Meliá’s EBITDA in the period increased by 0.9% to €307 million (…).

Looking ahead to 2019, Meliá is cautious regarding the evolution of the markets in America and the Canary Islands, but, by contrast, is optimistic about the markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where it expects RevPAR growth of low to average digits, primarily due to the strong outlook in Continental Europe, as well as in Spain. Specifically, it forecasts a recovery in Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla.

Original story: Expansión (by R.A)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Lar España’s Profits Fell by 4.6% in 2018 to €129.3M

1 March 2019 – Expansión

Lar España recorded a net profit of €129.3 million in 2018, which represented a decrease of 4.6% with respect to the previous year, whilst its revenues grew by 0.3% to €77.8 million.

According to explanations provided by the company, this result includes a charge of €17.9 million in the first quarter, to comply with the Grupo Lar management contract, as it achieved divestments of €100 million.

Without that negative effect, which is only going to be recorded in 2018 (…), the resulted would have amounted to €155.7 million, 7% more than in the previous year. Meanwhile, the EBITDA amounted to €55 million, up by 0.3%.

The firm completed divestments amounting to €272.5 million in 2018 and invested €75.6 million in the renovation of its asset portfolio.

In terms of dividends, the sale of the luxury homes at Lagasca 99 (Madrid) will allow the company to increase its remuneration to shareholders from €0.49 in 2017 to €0.80 in 2018, a rise of 63.2%.

At the end of 2018, the firm’s financial debt amounted to €621.7 million. Last year, its assets appreciated in value by 12.1% (…).

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake