11 April 2019 – El Confidencial
The 95-strong asset portfolio that El Corte Inglés put up for sale a few weeks ago not only contains commercial assets. It also includes three important office buildings, all located in Madrid, which have sparked a great deal of interest amongst institutional investors.
They include one of the jewels in the crown of the retail giant, a 20,450 m2 office building located on Calle Hermosilla, opposite the group’s headquarters. It is currently occupied by the Purchasing Division and, according to sources familiar with the operation, may be converted into homes, which would make it a golden opportunity in one of the most sought-after areas of Madrid. Nevertheless, ECI would remain as the tenant of the property for at least three years under a sale and leaseback arrangement, with the option of extending that term for another three years.
The second office building is located on Calle Tomás López, which backs onto the Purchasing division’s offices. And the third office building, which is located on Calle Santiago de Compostela, 100, houses the headquarters of Provincial Court of Madrid. It is known as the Edificio Marbella and spans 6,200 m2. The regional Government has an agreement to lease the property and so the potential buyer would be guaranteed of a stable tenant, with a long-term contract and an annual rental income of almost €1 million.
Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)
Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake