La Finca Global Assets Approves its MAB Debut for July

12 June 2019 – El Confidencial

On Wednesday, the General Shareholders’ Meeting of La Finca Global Assets approved the company’s debut on the stock market, which will take place during the first week of July.

The decision was supported by Susana García Cereceda, President of the company and owner of 50% of the share capital, and Värde Partners, which holds a 39% stake. It was opposed by the President’s sister, Yolanda, who owns a 10.99% stake, but she was outvoted.

La Finca owns 220,000 m2 of office space worth €725 million as at 31 December 2018, all of which is located in Madrid and Pozuelo de Alarcón. Nevertheless, the company has debt amounting to almost €400 million, and has to cover the costs of managing its business parks, and so, its final valuation is expected to range between €156 million and €170 million.

At its meeting, the General Shareholders also approved the company’s accounts for the year ending 31 December 2018, which reported operating profits of €45.9 million, mainly from rental income and a result for the year of €9.73 million, up from €4.6 million in 2017.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Agustín Marco & Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Insur Teams Up with Wealthy Andalucían Families to Grow its Property Business in Madrid

18 April 2019 – El Confidencial

Wealthy Andalucían families are teaming up with the real estate group Insur to work on projects in the housing, office and commercial sectors. That is according to various sources in the property sector speaking to El Confidencial. The company itself has declined to comment.

Having previously joined forces with the Moya Yoldi (Persán) and Cosentino families, the company is now looking to expand beyond Andalucía in partnership with other family offices. Possible candidates include the Domínguez de la Maza family, owner of Mayoral and the Guillén family (owner of Acesur-Coosur), with which it has already invested in Sevilla.

Insur is keen to diversify its geographical market (75% of its assets are currently located in Andalucía) and Madrid is an obvious option, thanks to the liquidity of the market. The firm is already building 250 homes there in the towns of Valdemoro, Boadilla and Villaviciosa.

The aim of the company chaired by Ricardo Pumar is to generate stable annual revenues of €20 million from rental income, up from the €12 million recorded last year.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Carlos Pizá)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Galil Capital Revises its Loss Forecast for 2019 Down to -€25M

1 April 2019 – Eje Prime

Galil Capital, the Socimi led by the Israeli businessman Gil Avraham Shwed expects to close the year with losses of €25 million. It has revised its forecasts down from losses of €46 million (-44%) after completing a €6.59 million capital increase, which will allow it to acquire new residential properties. As such, the Socimi expects to increase its rental revenues by 5% to €1.26 billion.

Galil Capital expects to add one small and one medium-sized building to its portfolio this year. At the end of June 2018, its portfolio comprised six assets and was worth €31.36 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Iberdrola Puts Torre Auditori in Barcelona Up for Sale

19 March 2019 – Idealista

Iberdrola has put Torre Auditori, which forms part of the BCN Fira District business park in Barcelona, up for sale. The property comprises 21 storeys and spans a surface area of 22,899 m2, generating annual rental income of more than €4.3 million. The current occupancy rate of the property is 98% and its tenants include Cepsa, Ferrovial, Marmedesa, Asus and Iberdrola itself.

The building forms part of the business park that the company is constructing on Paseo de la Zona Franca, which currently comprises Torre Auditori and Torre Marina (which is leased to the pharmaceutical firm Esteve). Iberdrola is building two more properties, which will be handed over during the first quarter of 2021.

Original story: Idealista 

Translation: Carmel Drake

TPG, Round Capital & Ares Enter Final Round of Bidding for Témpore

12 March 2019 – El Independiente

Sareb has reactivated the sale of its Socimi Témpore Properties and the funds TPG, Round Capital and Ares are some of the candidates in the final round of bidding.

The bad bank was close to signing the transaction last year but called it off due to a lack of transparency. Then, it was the US investment fund TPG, shareholder of companies such as Spotify, Airbnb and Burger King, who was the likely buyer of Témpore, which manages 2,249 residential homes worth €338 million.

Now, TPG is back in the final round of the new process, this time against two opponents. The real estate fund Round Hill already has a presence in Spain – just a few weeks ago it launched a joint venture with the fund KKR and the logistics firm Pulsar Properties to buy logistics platforms. Meanwhile, the US fund Ares has also starred in several transactions in Spain, particularly in conjunction with the Dutch real estate firm Redevco.

Témpore closed 2018 with a loss of €384,394, but is forecast to generate profits from 2020. Its portfolio of residential assets, which is managed by Azora, generated rental income of €7.3 million last year. Moreover, 80% of its assets are located in the metropolitan areas of major capitals and the rest are in areas with significant rental demand, such as Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Málaga and Almería.

Original story: El Independiente (by Ana Antón)

Translation: 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

Hispania’s Profits Fell by 56% YoY in 2018 to €96.5M

28 February 2019 – Expansión

Hispania recorded a net profit of €96.5 million in 2018, down by 56% compared to a year earlier, according to the accounts filed with the CNMV by the listed real estate investment company (Socimi) controlled by Blackstone.

Revenues from rental income rose by 6.8% to amount to €151.7 million, according to the Socimi’s accounts, which were managed by Azora until August, whereas now their management is divided between HI Partners (hotels), Rivoli (offices) and Fidere (homes), all of which are linked to Blackstone. The company is expected to cease trading on the stock market on 1 April.

In September, Hispania’s new management team decided that Azora would no longer manage the three branches of the Socimi, a move that resulted in the early termination of the contract, in exchange for the payment of a penalty amounting to €224 million.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

Colonial’s Profits Fell by 23% in 2018 to €525M

26 February 2019 – El Confidencial

Colonial closed 2018 with revenues from rental income of €347 million, up by 23% compared to a year earlier. Nevertheless, the Socimi’s profit decreased by 23% to €525 million, given that in 2017, the firm recorded a gain from the sale of a building in Paris – In & Out – for €445 million and was converted into a Socimi. The buildings contributed by the merger with Axiare generated €56 million, equivalent to 16.1% of the total.

These are Colonial’s first results following the completion of its merger with Axiare, the Socimi over which it launched a €1.45 billion takeover in November 2017, and in a year in which it also increased its stake in the French firm Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL).

In a relevant fact sent to the CNMV, the Socimi also announced that it ended the year with assets worth €11.3 billion – distributed across the centres of Paris, Barcelona and Madrid – up by 22%, following the integration of Axiare onto its balance sheet. Excluding the effect of that integration, the increase would have amounted to 8% (…).

“Following an excellent year, we are confident of achieving a very satisfactory performance in the market and of generating rental income of €500 million over the next three or four years”, explained the CEO of Colonial, Pere Viñolas, who added that the company’s recurring profit, after excluding extraordinary items and asset revaluations, amounted to €101 million and represented an increase of 22%.

In operational terms, last year, Colonial signed 103 rental contracts, spanning a total surface area of 175,000 m2, which will generate rental income of €43 million p.a. (…).

In financial terms, at the end of 2018, Colonial recorded net debt of €4.7 billion at the end of 2018, up by 52% with respect to 2017 (€3.1 billion) before the purchase of Axiare. That liability accounts for 39% of the firm’s asset value (…).

Original story: El Confidencial (by E.S.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Neinver Sells a 55-Asset Logistics Portfolio to Blackstone for €300M

10 December 2018 – Europa Press

Neinver, a company specialising in the investment, construction and management of real estate assets, has sold a portfolio of industrial and logistics assets to the real estate fund managed by Blackstone, for approximately €300 million.

Specifically, the transaction, which represents the largest logistics operation of the year, includes 55 logistics assets and 162,000 m2 of land for industrial use, of which Neinver is the owner, co-owner and manager, according to a statement.

Of the total portfolio managed by Neinver, which spans more than half a million m2, 37 assets are owned by Colver, the joint venture that the Spanish company created together with Colony Capital at the end of 2014.

Over the last three years, the joint venture has almost tripled its volume and achieved occupancy rates of 98%, generating rental income of more than €11.5 million.

Neinver has specified that this transaction forms part of its growth strategy based on the rotation of assets and investment in new business opportunities in the retail and industrial and logistics sectors. Moreover, with this operation, it strengthens its position as an investor and manager of real estate assets.

The director of the Industrial and Logistics area at Neinver, Juan Carlos Ortega, has explained that the sale of the portfolio is a “strategic divestment” for the company, which culminates a process of several years of work where value has been created through the design of a portfolio of high-quality and versatile assets in strategic locations distributed across the main logistics axis of Spain.

In this way, the portfolio has national coverage, with a presence in 26 Spanish provinces, including Madrid, Barcelona, Vizcaya, Navarra, Málaga, Sevilla, Valencia and Zaragoza, amongst others.

Original story: Europa Press 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Elix VRS Purchases a Building in Barcelona for €4M

3 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Elix Vintage Residencial Socimi is continuing to back Barcelona. The company, led by the businessmen Jaime Lacasa and Jorge Benjumeda, has purchased a building in Barcelona for €4 million, according to a statement filed by the company with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

The purchase of the asset, located on Calle Tamarit in the Catalan capital, has been financed in part (42.5%) by own funds and in part (57.5%) by a loan. The loan, granted by CaixaBank, has a duration of five years with a quarterly repayment schedule.

This operation follows the purchase of another residential property that the Socimi carried out at the end of October. On that occasion, Elix VRS acquired a building on Calle Consell de Cent for €4.1 million, according to a report filed by the company with the MAB. Moreover, in August, the firm purchased a portfolio of four assets in the centre of the Catalan capital for €34 million.

The Socimi, controlled primarily by the property developer Elix and the funds KKR and Altamar Capital Partners, has a portfolio containing more than 25 assets located in Madrid and Barcelona. The company’s plans involve purchasing around forty buildings between now and 2021 to subject them to comprehensive renovations and then put the homes up for rent. That rental income will sustain the Socimi, which plans to rotate its portfolio of assets every three years.

Elix VRS made its debut on the stock market in July. The company, which is headquartered in Barcelona, was created with a share capital of €100 million, the majority of which was contributed by KKR and a group of international and domestic investors including Altamar and Deutsche Finance Group. The rest of the shares are owned by Jaime Lacasa and Jorge Benjumeda, the founders of the Socimi.

Original story: Eje Prime (by B. Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake