Sareb Sells €150M NPL Portfolio to Oaktree

30 December 2017 – Expansión

The bad bank has closed the sale of several non-performing loan portfolios during the last few days of the year. A week ago, it announced the sale of a package of loans secured by properties to Deutsche Bank, whose nominal value amounted to €375 million. That was its largest sale of the year.

And yesterday, Sareb reported that it has reached an agreement to sell the so-called Project Tambo to the US fund Oaktree for a nominal value of €150 million. The debt is secured by residential assets and land located in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cataluña, the Community of Madrid, País Vasco and the Community of Valencia.

Sareb has been advised by CBRE and Ashurst in this process, whilst Oaktree has awarded its mandate to JLL and Herbert Smith Freehills.

The bad bank, where the toxic assets of the rescued savings banks were parked, closed 2017 with a lower volume of transactions of this kind compared to 2016. Nevertheless, it has launched a trial to test an online sales channel, which may allow it to intensify its activity over the next few months.

Having said that, 80% of the revenues that Sareb obtains do not proceed from the institutional market, but rather from the direct sale of properties in the retail market.

In five years, Sareb has divested 27% of the 200,000 assets that it received initially and has repaid debt amounting to almost €13 billion. It has ten years left to liquidate the rest of its balance sheet. The entity’s cumulative losses amount to €781 million.

Original story: Expansión (by R. L.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Sareb Sells €625M in NPLs to Deutsche Bank & Oaktree

20 December 2017 – El Independiente

Sareb (…) is closing 2017 by completing two of its largest operations of the year, with the sale of two non-performing loan portfolios to two large international funds.

The German bank Deutsche Bank has been awarded one portfolio comprising €375 million in non-performing loans, whilst the US fund Oaktree is on the verge of acquiring another portfolio, containing around €250 million in NPLs. Both portfolios, known as Project Inés and Project Tambó, respectively, stand out as two of the largest transactions undertaken by the so-called bad bank this year, confirmed sources familiar with the deals to El Independiente.

Project Inés, which was initially put up for sale with a nominal value of €500 million and which has been closed with a smaller perimeter (€375 million), as tends to be the case, primarily comprises mortgage loans secured by collateral. Meanwhile, Project Tambó was placed on the market with a nominal value of €300 million and now seems to be closing at around the €250 million mark.

Sareb was constituted in 2012 with the mission of selling 200,000 real estate assets, proceeding from the banks, worth just over €50 billion.

Moreover, in July, it launched its channel for the sale of non-performing loans worth €400 million aimed at investors and professionals to boost the divestment of a proportion of its portfolio of financial assets. Its commitment is to proceed with the liquidation of the properties and loans that it has acquired, before November 2027.

To accelerate the process, Sareb plans to debut its Socimi Témpore Properties on the stock market at the beginning of 2018. The Socimi owns a selection of Sareb’s best rental homes, almost 1,400 properties in total, in the metropolitan areas of Spain’s large capitals and other areas with high demand for rental.

The Socimi’s debut will happen during the first quarter of next year, since, although Sareb has everything in place to start to trade and its original plan was to list the company by the end of 2017, its negotiations with the MAB, the alternative market where the Socimi will trade, are still on-going (…).

During the 9 months to September, Sareb sold a total of 13,796 properties, which represents an increase of 55% with respect to the same period in 2016. Of those, 7,855 related to owned properties and 5,941 were linked to loans (…).


Sareb’s total revenues as at September rose by 3.6% with respect to the first nine months of 2016, to €2.394 billion.

The company highlights that, given the composition of Sareb’s asset portfolio – 68% of which relates to loans linked to the real estate sector – the weight of revenues resulting from the management of loans is still more significant than those generated from the sale of properties.

Meanwhile, revenues from the management of loans decreased by 6.8% during the first nine months of the year, to reach €1.599 billion, primarily due to the lower interest charged and the reduction in loan repayments and cancelations as the portfolio is smaller than it was last year.

Original story: El Independiente (by Ana Antón)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Project Inés: Deutsche Finalises Purchase Of Sareb’s €400M Portfolio

17 October 2017 – Voz Pópuli

Sareb is at a critical point in one of its most important transactions of the year. The bad bank is negotiating with Deutsche Bank regarding the sale of the largest portfolio it has brought onto the market in the last 12 months. The portfolio in question is Project Inés and it was initially worth €500 million, but its final perimeter will amount to €400 million, according to financial sources consulted by Voz Pópuli. Oaktree and Bank of America also participated in the bid until the final round, but their offers were lower than Deutsche Bank’s bid. Sources at Sareb declined to comment.

Those three international investors were the final candidates after dozens of other funds interested in the operation fell by the wayside. One of the last candidates to be ruled out was KKR.

The portfolio comprises unpaid loans secured by residential assets in Madrid, Cataluña, Andalucía and Zaragoza. The inclusion of assets in Cataluña, despite everything that is currently happening in that autonomous region, caused many of the funds to hesitate and deduct value from their bids, according to the financial sources consulted by this newspaper.

These types of operations are key for Sareb to accelerate the rate of asset sales, given that it has been given the mandate of divesting €50,000 million of problem assets within 15 years; that period started at the end of 2012. The latest figures show that the cumulative divestment to the end of 2016 amounted to almost €10,000 million, leaving a balance of €40,134 million on the books.

Other operations

Project Inés is not the only operation that Sareb has underway. It has also put a portfolio worth €400 million on the market through an online platform for funds. On the portal, investors can bid for loans on an individual basis (Project Dubai), like they did with Haya Real Estate last year.

Moreover, it has just put another portfolio, known as Project Tambo, on the market through CBRE. That portfolio contains non-performing loans to property developers, worth €300 million.

Sareb normally accumulates lots of operations of this kind at the end of the year. In 2016, it sold seven portfolios after the summer, for a total combined value of almost €1,300 million. The largest portfolio was Project Eloise, which was awarded to Goldman Sachs.

Deutsche Bank and Bank of America are two regulars in these types of operations. In fact, the German bank already acquired two small portfolios from Sareb at the end of last year, known as Project Sevilla and Project Marina, for a combined total of €160 million.

Original story: Voz Pópuli (by Jorge Zuloaga)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Sareb Creates A Portal To Sell €3,000M In Loans

29 September 2017 – Expansión

Sareb, the company in charge of liquidating the real estate portfolio of the nine savings banks rescued by the State, is seeking to streamline this process through an online channel aimed at institutional players only. The objective is to market more than €3,000 million in delinquent loans through the channel in 2018 alone, as the entity revealed yesterday at a conference with investors organised by SmithNovack in London.

With this portal, Sareb is seeking to not only enhance the transparency of these types of operations but also open up a new channel for smaller investors to be able to access the market. Ignacio Meylán, Director of Institutional Sales at Sareb, said that this initiative forms part of the innovation efforts being undertaken by the company, which is owned 45% by the State and 55% by private investors.


During a preliminary pilot phase, the company invited around thirty investors to access a selection of loans, worth around €400 million, in such a way that they are able to submit bids on a loan-by-loan basis.

Meylán explained yesterday that the investors who have registered on the platform will have the opportunity to study the documentation and information relating to each loan, and then formulate their bids in limited and differentiated time periods.

Sareb is expecting to receive bids during the first half of October. The ultimate objective is to expand the core group of investors interested in these assets and, further down the line, take these types of products to local investors interested in acquiring the properties, both residential and other, that secure these loans.

Next year, the bad bank plans to launch six sales processes through this online channel. Each one will include loans worth at least €500 million, and so, it will end up putting a minimum of €3,000 million in toxic assets on the market in a single year.


In addition to this initiative, Sareb has just placed Portfolio Inés on the radars of the opportunistic funds. The portfolio comprises delinquent loans with a nominal value of €500 million. The entity hopes to close the transaction in October. The bad bank is also working on the launch of another portfolio, called Tambo, whose volume amounts to between €250 million and €300 million. The final quarter of the year is typically the most active for divestments of this kind.

The European authorities calculate that Europe’s financial entities hold almost €1 billion (€1,000,000,000,000) in doubtful loans on their balance sheets and that they are making their viability difficult in many cases.

A new record will be set in this market this year, since the start of the crisis, due to the Popular operation, the largest in the history of Spain, which was awarded to Blackstone.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake