27 December 2017 – El Confidencial
The scarcity of land that is starting to be seen in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, and the increase in property prices there, is forcing property developers to sign partnerships with international funds and expand their areas of operation outside of the large capitals, towards peripheral towns and dormitory cities.
One example of this growing trend is the recent deal signed by Kronos Homes, a high standing real estate company that has just joined forces with King Street to buy two important blocks of land from Sareb in the belt around Madrid. Specifically, they have acquired 128,000 m2 of land in Colmenar Viejo, a town located 30km to the north of the capital, where it plans to build 200 homes, according to a statement issued by the property developer.
Moreover, according to sources consulted by El Confidencial, it has also agreed to acquire 230,000 m2 of land in Torrejón, which is located 20km to the northeast of the capital. Both of these operations have been advised by Cuatrecasas and Almar Consulting.
Given their location, these acquisitions contrast with the steps that Kronos has taken in Madrid to date, where it has limited its activity to the centre of the capital. Moreover, they represent the first sales of land under management, for development over five or six years, that Sareb has made to a fund like King Street, according to the same sources.
A property developer born out of the recovery
Kronos Homes is a property developer created at the beginning of this real estate cycle to focus on exclusive homes, many of them accompanied by the stamp of famous architects such as Rafael de la Hoz and Joaquín Torres.
The latter has put his signature on the development of 82 homes that the property developer is currently building in the exclusive Madrilenian district of Puerta de Hierro, whose prices range between €488,000 and €1.4 million. Meanwhile, Kronos is working on a less elitist development in Cuatro Vientos, to the south of the capital, where it plans to build 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom homes.
With the acquisitions in Colmenar and Torrejón de Ardoz, Kronos is pushing ahead with its objective of acquiring a land portfolio for the construction of 4,500 homes over three years. Last March, the company said it already owned land worth €200 million, with capacity for the construction of 3,000 homes, and that it planned to invest another €100 million acquiring more plots.
Since it started operations in 2014, the company has closed several operations both with Sareb, as well as with financial institutions and has participated in the acquisition of non-performing loans backed by residential assets of interest.
Meanwhile, King Street is an international investment giant, which, in Spain, has been behind important debt operations, such as the one linked to Realia and the deal involving the radial highways. Currently, it is a shareholder of Neinor, in which it owns a 3.5% stake.
Original story: El Confidencial (by R. Ugalde & C. Hernanz)
Translation: Carmel Drake