Renta Corporación Acquires the Campana Office Building in Barcelona for €22 Million

11 November 2019 – Renta Corporación has acquired the La Campana building, the headquarters of Barcelona’s General Traffic Directorate (DGT) and Commercial Registry for 22 million euros. The firm bought the asset from the Mas Ferrer, Toyos and Ferrero families.

The office building is located on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes in Sants-Montjuïc next to the Ciutat de la Justícia, the Plaça Europa and the BCN Fira complex.

The 11-floor building has ​​more than 8,000 m2 of surface area.

Original Story: Idealista – Custodio Pareja

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Vivenio to Issue New Shares Worth €149.9 Million

14 October 2019 Vivenio, the Spanish socimi controlled by the Renta Corporación and the Dutch fund APG, has launched a €149.9-million capital increase. The socimi will issue 127.1 million new shares with a value of one nominal euro each and an issue premium of 1.18 euros per share. Should investors fully subscribe the capital increase, the company’s total share capital would rose to €564.6 million.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Atlético de Madrid Sells Last Plot of Land by Former Stadium

5 August 2019

Atlético de Madrid has finalised the sale of the last of the three plots of land it owned by its former stadium in the Mahou-Calderón area of Madrid. The football club chose to sell the land to Vivenio for approximately 75 million euros.

The 6,544-m2 plot of land, denominated RC4, has a residential building area of 27,000 square meters. Vivenio, a socimi controlled by the Dutch fund APG and Renta Corporación, intends to develop rental housing on the property.

Original Story: Expansión – Rocío Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Vivenio Socimi Set to Acquire Plot of Land from Atlético Madrid

1 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Vivenio seems to have beat out Stoneweg at the last moment in the race to acquire a plot of land on sale by Atlético Madrid. For weeks, Azora has been known as the likely buyer for two other plots of land, with a total of 40,5000 m2. The plots, known as RC7 and RC8, have views of the Manzanares River.

A third plot of land, RC4, was still up for grabs and the developer Stonweg was leading the race to acquire the land. Vivenio, a socimi owned by APG and the Renta Corporación increased their offer at the last moment. Atlético expects to make a final decision this week, with closing expected shortly thereafter.

The sale of the three plots of land is expected to bring in roughly 180 million euros to Atlético’s coffers. Vivenio is likely to develop residential housing for rent on its parcel, which has a total buildable surface area of 28,481 square meters.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Vivenio Invests €90M in the Purchase of 2 Buildings in Madrid

10 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Vivenio has purchased two buildings in Madrid from a Madrilenian family office for more than €90 million.

The Socimi owned by the Dutch fund APG and Renta Corporación has acquired one building located on Avenida San Luis, comprising 140 homes and 18 premises and another on Calle Hermosilla, with 80 homes and two premises.

Together, the two properties span a surface area of more than 21,500 m2.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Eje Prime

Socimi Vivenio to Invest Another €142.5M to grow its Portfolio

11 March 2019 – Idealista

The Socimi Vivenio, owned by Renta Corporación (3%) and the Dutch fund APG (95%), has approved a capital increase amounting to €142.5 million, as it seeks to continue to grow its portfolio. The company will use the funds to buy new residential assets to incorporate into its portfolio, which is worth €470 million, according to the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

Vivenio’s portfolio currently comprises 24 residential properties (containing more than 2,000 homes, 2,020 parking spaces and 1,600 storerooms) spanning a surface area of 185,500 m2, located mainly in Madrid and Barcelona. It also owns some assets in Valencia and Palma de Mallorca. The Socimi was created in April 2017 and has been listed on the MAB since the end of 2018.

Original story: Idealista 

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

Founder of Pachá Acquires 3% of Renta Corporación’s Share Capital

17 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Renta Corporación has opened up its share capital to a new investor. The businessman Ricardo Urgell (pictured below), founder of the Pachá Group, has acquired 3% of the company through his family office. Specifically, Urgell has entered the share capital of the real estate company after making several purchases in the market and after acquiring a package of shares that had been held by the President of Renta, Luis Hernández de Cabanyes, until now.

Meanwhile, Cabanyes will continue to hold 21.53% of the shares of Renta Corporación, making him the largest shareholder. This latest operation follows other similar deals through which Cabanyes has wanted to facilitate access to the share capital of the real estate company to several investor groups. Now, following the acquisition by Urgell, the President “considers this stage closed and is not proposing any more shareholder movements”, the company said in a statement.

Renta Corporación closed the third quarter with a profit of €11.7 million and is planning to achieve €16 million in 2018 as a whole. The company has acquired more than 2,000 homes over the last 18 months, with a cumulative investment of €450 million. In parallel, the evolution of Vivenio, the Socimi created together with the Dutch pension fund APG, has consolidated its position as a source of recurrent income for the group.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Bank, APG & CBRE GI Enter Spain’s Residential Rental Market

7 December 2018 – Expansión

The large international investors have placed their focus on the residential market and, specifically, on the rental segment. The success of this sector, together with labour mobility, the difficult access to housing and changes in living habits mean that, increasingly, renting is an option over buying in Spain, and that has fuelled interest from capital in the sector.

Blackstone, the largest real estate investor in Spain, was one of the first funds to back the residential rental sector with the purchase of 18 developments comprising 1,860 units from the Municipal Housing and Land Company of Madrid (EMVS) in 2013, but it has not been the only one. The Dutch pension fund APG, in conjunction with Renta Corporación; the German bank Deutsche Bank; and the international fund manager CBRE GI have been some of the most committed investors in this market in recent months.

In this way, APG reached an agreement in the spring of 2017 with the Catalan real estate company Renta Corporación to launch Vivenio, a Socimi specialising in housing, with the aim of acquiring assets worth €1 billion in Madrid, Barcelona and the provincial capitals. The Socimi is going to close a particularly active year for acquisitions, with a total investment of €400 million and is planning to repeat that amount in 2019 to reach a total portfolio of €1 billion in just over two years. One of the largest purchases it has made this year was the batch of 1,100 homes that belonged to the manager Aquila Capital, headquartered in Hamburg, for €240 million.

With the aim of diversifying its portfolio and entering this growing segment, the international fund manager CBRE GI joined forces with Azora, the Spanish manager founded by Concha Osácar and Fernando Gumuzio, with experience in this sector, and the New York investment firm Madison to invest €750 million over the next two or three years. That three-way alliance started with a portfolio of 65 buildings and a total of 6,458 homes and has the aim of reaching, at least, 10,000 units.

Another large investor that is betting heavily on the Spanish residential sector is DWS, the asset management subsidiary of the German bank Deutsche Bank, which has prepared a budget of €500 million to acquire between 1,000 and 2,000 homes in Spain. In that case, it is backing new build developments and it will do so through three formulae: delegated development, the acquisition of construction projects from other property developers and direct development. The objective is to maintain the assets in its portfolio and rent them out. In that case, the vehicle will not be a Socimi because German regulation of the funds from which the capital proceeds do not allow that. 60% of the investment will be made with own funds and the rest, bank financing. The plan is to invest primarily in Madrid and Barcelona, but they will also study plots in cities such as Bilbao and Sevilla, provided the rental market is very liquid.

Meanwhile, Catella Asset Management Iberia (CAMI), the Spanish subsidiary of the Swedish fund manager is intending to reach 2,000 units by 2020. The manager, which will add 1,000 homes to its portfolio at the beginning of 2019, entered the residential rental market two and a half years ago and has invested around €160 million in the business to date. It plans to double that figure to reach 2,000 homes within two years.

Another real estate company that has teamed up with foreign funds to grow in this segment has been Elix. The firm, which is dedicated to the purchase of buildings, their renovation and the sale of homes by unit, has signed an alliance with KKR and Altamar to invest in buildings, renovate them and dedicate them to the rental market. Its aim is to invest €200 million in Madrid and Barcelona through the Socimi Elix Vintage.

Finally, Redevco has created a new fund to invest €500 million in residential projects in several European markets, including Spain (…). Redevco is planning to build a pan-European residential portfolio comprising approximately 2,500 units.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo & Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ibosa Offers €33.5M to Acquire Most Sought-After Plot in Madrid

20 November 2018 – El Confidencial

The cooperative managed by Grupo Ibosa, Residencial Shaula Sociedad Cooperativa, has fought off competition from 16 other contenders in the auction for the most sought-after plot of land in Madrid. On the table: €33,510,000, an amount that almost doubles the minimum price of €17 million that the Treasury had set for it.

The cooperative has fought off competition in a tight bid from Desarrollos Los Astros, constituted at the beginning of November, and backed by Grupo Nozar, which placed €32 million on the table, and Arcano, which bid €31.2 million. Nevertheless, those two high offers were unable to compete with Grupo Ibosa, which has a lot of experience in this type of auction.

Expectations were high at Calle Guzmán el Bueno 139, the headquarters of the Special Delegation of the Economy and Finance in Madrid, where the auction was held. At 10am, in a room full with more than 100 people, 17 envelopes were opened containing 17 bids for the most sought-after plot of the year in Madrid. The land was owned by the National Currency and Stamp Factory (Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre), which entrusted its sale to the Heritage Service. The cooperative members will have to make the first disbursement within the next few days, equivalent to 25% of the amount offered, in other words, almost €8.4 million, and then pay the remaining 75% over the coming months, after deducting the deposit paid in order to be able to bid, which amounts to €850,000.

Vía Célere also submitted an offer (€23.7 million), exactly two years after submitting the only offer for another plot of land owned by the Treasury, in the same place, on Avenida Santo Ángel de la Guarda. The company chaired by Juan Antonio Gómez-Pintado is a familiar face in this type of action. In fact, just a few days after that auction, it was awarded the Adif and Repsol plots in Méndez Álvaro. On that occasion, its bid was also the only one.

In terms of the other names called out in the room, they included traditional property developers such as Ebrosa (€20.53 million), which submitted the most conservative bid; Grupo Premier, which put €25.16 million on the table through the company Cajandral; and Grupo Lar, which bid €30.13 million through Desarrollos Residenciales Madrid Norte. Pryconsa, another of the real estate firms that typically participates in these types of procedures, offered €23.1 million through Cogein, and Renta Corporación, with €22.15 million.

The surprise bidders included Inmo Frieria, a company backed by Manuel Jove, the former President of Fadesa, with a bid amounting to €24.7 million. And the listed company Aedas Homes, which offered €25 million through the company SPV Reoco 1, in its first major auction in Madrid. The long list of interested parties was completed by Global Nostromo (€28.5 million), Golego ITG (€22.12 million), Taz Real Estate (owned by Alza Real Estate, €24 million), Misodi Rent (owned by the Huguet family, with €23.2 million), Torre Rioja Madrid (€25.1 million) and Denoti Investment, a company owned by Irvine Alan Stewart Laidlaw, a British businessman and one of the richest people in the United Kingdom, whose bid amounted to €31 million.

A cooperative wins again

Like happened exactly four years ago, in November 2014, with the auctions of the plots on Raimundo Fernández Villaverde (owned by the Ministry of Defence) and the former metro depots in Cuatro Caminos (owned by Metro de Madrid), it is a cooperative – which saves on the property developer margin – that has managed to put the most competitive offer on the table, to fight off seasoned property developers such as Premier, Pryconsa, Ebrosa and Aedas Homes in a bid that the experts are describing as the auction of the year in Madrid. Not because of its size or its features, but because of its location, just 500m from the Retiro Park, this was one of the most sought-after plots in the capital, and its new owner may build up to 100 homes on its 4,500 m2 – 9,000 m2 of buildable space (…).

The cooperative managed by Grupo Ibosa currently comprises 60 cooperative members and its plans involve the construction of 94 homes. The 4 bedroom homes with two parking spaces and a storeroom will cost between €806,000 and €1,175,000, whilst the 3-bedroom homes will cost between €670,000 and €688,000 (…). The 2-bedroom homes will cost between €490,000 and €498,000, and the 1-bedroom homes will cost between €309,000 and €354,000. The complex will also have a swimming pool, a padel court, a gastroteque, a mini-crossfit studio, a sports pitch, a gym, changing rooms, a spa, a sauna and a jacuzzi.

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake