Cerberus & Blackstone Compete to become Largest RE Firm in Spain

16 October 2018 – Expansión

The US funds Cerberus and Blackstone are battling it out for first place on the podium in the Spanish real estate sector. Cerberus, which has just completed the purchase of 80% of BBVA’s real estate business, has invested more than €10 billion in real estate transactions in the country over the last year. Specifically, Cerberus will now control 80% of Divarian Propiedad, the company to which BBVA has transferred its real estate business and in which the bank will retain the remaining 20%. The groups have not disclosed the price of the transaction or the value of the assets included in Divarian, although the bank did indicate at the time that its intention was to transfer assets with a gross accounting value of approximately €13 billion at an estimated price of around €4 billion.

Anida’s workforce

Divarian, which is going to be managed by Cerberus, will incorporate the specialist staff from BBVA’s former real estate platform, Anida, comprising 400 professionals, into its team.

In addition to this operation, known as Project Marina, Cerberus reached an agreement with Santander in the middle of September to purchase a portfolio of residential properties for around €1.535 billion comprising 35,700 properties, including parking spaces and storerooms. This transaction followed Project Jaipur – a portfolio of property developer loans also acquired from BBVA -; the portfolios Challenger and Coliseum, with a combined gross value of around €9.1 billion, acquired from Sabadell; and Ágora, the portfolio that Cerberus purchased from CaixaBank.

In addition to the purchase of real estate portfolios, Cerberus is the owner of: Haya Real Estate, the largest independent Spanish servicer with €40 billion in assets under management; the property developer Inmoglacier; the online real estate agency between individuals Housell; and Gescobro, the debt recovery company.

The fund, which has not specified how much it has invested since it arrived in the country, has become, together with Blackstone, one of the most active players in the purchase of doubtful debt portfolios (NPLs) and foreclosed assets (REO) with real estate collateral, and has closed more than 30 transactions in Spain over the last five years, even before the recovery of the sector.

Testa

Meanwhile, Blackstone has acquired around €20 billion in property since 2012, to which the Socimi specialising in residential rental assets, Testa, must be added, given that the US fund now controls 70% of that firm’s share capital. The fund marked a milestone last year when it purchased 51% of Banco Popular’s real estate business from Santander, with a book value of around €10.3 billion. To group together the assets, Blackstone and Santander created Project Quasar Investment, a company that includes Aliseda.

The fund is also the largest owner of hotels in Spain through HI Partners and Hispania, one of the leaders in the logistics and office ownership market in Spain.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Socimi VBare Enters Málaga, Expands in Madrid & Increases its Share Capital by €3.2M

13 June 2018 – Eje Prime

VBare is embarking on a new phase and is branching out beyond Madrid. The Socimi is finalising the purchase of its first assets outside of the Spanish capital, in Málaga, and is continuing to expand its portfolio in Madrid, according to explanations provided by Fabrizio Agrimi, Director General of VBare, speaking to Eje Prime. Moreover, last week, the group closed a capital increase through which it raised €3.2 million to finance new purchases.

The Socimi, which ended the first quarter of the year with 210 assets under management, has set itself the objective of expanding its portfolio to include 261 residential units under management. To this end, the company is on the verge of signing the purchase of two assets, one in Málaga, which will be VBare’s first venture outside of Madrid, and the other in the Spanish capital.

“We hope that the asset in Málaga will be incorporated into our portfolio before the end of June”, says Agrimi. The asset is situated “in a central location” and comprises fourteen residential units. VBare is going to pay around €1.5 million for the asset, including the cost of the renovation that it will undertake before putting it on the market.

The second property is located in the centre of Madrid, and although sources at the Socimi are not able to provide many details about that acquisition, they say that it will comprise around 35 units located “in the city centre”. Currently, 91% of VBare’s portfolio is occupied and “if it weren’t for the renovation projects underway, the occupancy rate would be 95%”, according to the director.

In order to undertake all of these purchases, VBare recently completed a capital increase that could have amounted to €14 million, as disclosed by Eje Prime, but which ended up raising €3.2 million, with the sale of 240,457 new shares.

“It will not be long before we carry out another capital increase given that, due to the timings, several shareholders, possible investors close to the Socimi and other new players missed out on the opportunity to contribute capital this time around”, explains Agrimi (…).

With that capital increase now completed, VBare is going to study the acquisition of “whole buildings, portfolios of dispersed assets and portfolios of assets in single complexes, with the aim of maintaining a balanced portfolio to avoid concentration risks, and obtaining a competitive advantage over the other players in the market consistent with the identification of opportunities with little competition and at below market prices”.

Moreover, the company’s route map includes acquiring assets with a net direct yield of “no less than 4%, as well as properties for which we can obtain an acquisition price with an average discount on the market value of no less than 10%”.

In March, the company acquired a package of assets comprising twelve homes and a commercial premise at number 5 Calle Concordia in the Madrilenian town of Móstoles, according to a statement filed by with group with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

Of the twelve homes that it acquired from the Eureka business group, five have tenants and the others are “in optimal conditions for their immediate rental”. The net yield of these assets is estimated to amount to 5.9% once they reach fully occupancy.

VBare is a real estate investment vehicle specialising in the acquisition and management of residential assets for rent. The company was constituted in March 2015 with the aim of generating high returns for its shareholders through the implementation of a value-added strategy and to take advantage of opportunities in the Spanish residential market, which is showing clear signs of recovery.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Teleno Real Estate Buys a Residential Building in Madrid for €16M

12 June 2018 – Idealista

The real estate consultancy firm BNP Paribas Real Estate has advised on the sale of a residential building in the north of Madrid, worth €16 million. The property comprises 59 homes, 42 storerooms and 96 parking spaces. Teleno Real Estate is the company that has acquired the asset; it has been advised by Jesús Segado and Javier Escudero, partners of Smart Invest.

The asset is located in the north of Madrid. The firm that has undertaken the purchase, the former Tauro Real Estate, invests in the purchase of real estate assets and is led by José María Xercavins. Tauro Real Estate was acquired in April by the Israeli millionaire, Teddy Sagi (pictured above), who paid €180 million for the company. Currently, it owns 600 flats in Madrid and Barcelona.

David Forteza del Rey, Head of Residential Investment at BNP Paribas Real Estate, explains that “these types of operations confirm the continued dynamism of the residential market, which is still offering attractive returns for investors in a low-interest rate environment”.

Last month, the consultancy firm also advised the investment fund Eurostone on the purchase of two real estate assets, in that case in the upper area of Barcelona, on Calle Tuset and Calle Aribau. Those properties have surface areas of 4,786 m2 and 7,461 m2, respectively. The first is a residential asset with a commercial premise on the ground floor. The property on Calle Aribau contains homes for residential use and tourist rental (…).

Original story: Idealista 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Renta & APG’s Socimi Buys 2 Residential Complexes For €25M

15 June 2017 – La Vanguardia

The Socimi created by Renta Corporación and the Dutch pension fund APG has closed its first operations in Spain with an investment of more than €25 million.

Specifically, the vehicle, which was launched at the end of April, has acquired two residential complexes in the Madrilenian towns of Navalcarnero and Rivas-Vaciamadrid, which together cover a surface area of 20,891 m2 and contain 335 rental homes.

In Rivas-Vaciamadrid, the Socimi, which is managed exclusively by Renta Corporación, has purchased a building located on Calle Jovellanos, with a surface area of 12,743 m2, which is divided into 200 homes, parking spaces and storerooms.

In Navalcarnero, the new company has completed the acquisition of a property located at number 5 on Calle Pino Negro, which has a surface area of 8,148 m2, spread over 135 homes with parking spaces and storerooms.

According to a statement issued yesterday by the Catalan real estate company, the homes in both buildings are leased almost in their entirety and the Socimi plans to continue this arrangement over the medium and long-term.

This operation represents the launch of the Socimi’s activity in the Spanish market, where it will focus its activity in Madrid, Barcelona and the main provincial capitals, with an investment capacity of €250 million to acquire residential rental assets.

The company, which is currently in the market analysis phase, is working to close new acquisitions over the coming months and to become “a major player in this segment”.

The Socimi’s aim is to debut on the stock exchange within the next two years and accumulate properties worth more than €1,000 million.

The Socimi allows Renta Corporación to expand its market and obtain higher recurring revenues, whilst for APG this move represents its entry into the Spanish market.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation: Carmel Drake

Catella Buys 3 Residential Buildings In Madrid & Barcelona

5 December 2016 – Real Estate Press

Catella Real Estate, which is headquartered in Munich, has acquired 277 homes in Berlin, Madrid and Barcelona for €92.7 million, which it will incorporate into its real estate fund Catella Wohnen Europa. The acquisition forms part of the fund’s investment strategy to acquire residential properties across Europe into its portfolio.

“The Spanish market is enjoying a sustainable recovery. Specifically, in Madrid and Barcelona, there are currently some very attractive investment opportunities. Through our Catella network and in collaboration with our asset management and investment platform in Spain, we have identified and executed these excellent acquisition opportunities for our investors”, said Markus Wiegleb, Portfolio Director at Catella.

The Spanish residential portfolio comprises a surface area of 13,469 m2 in total. The fund has acquired two properties in Madrid: the recently renovated building on Calle Genova, 5 for €23.9 million, which was contructed in 1900 and which contains 24 homes; and the modern property on Calle Alaró 4, built in 2008, with 82 residential units, which was acquired for €12.9 million. The third Spanish property, Rambla Poplenou 124 in Barcelona, was constructed in 2002 and contains 59 residential units. It was acquired for €23.7 million. (…).

“Catella has a strong local presence in Europe, with offices in 12 countries. Moreover, we work in partnership with a large number of local companies in other European countries. Our extensive knowledge of the real estate sector and our pan-European reach allows us to access unique investment opportunities for our investors across Europe”, said Xavier Jongen, Project Director at Catella in the residential real estate funds division.

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

MAB Approves Socimi VBare’s Debut On The Exchange

24 November 2016 – Expansión

The Socimi will debut on the stock exchange at a price of €12.90 per share, which represents a total company value of €20.6 million.

The MAB’s Coordination and Incorporations Committee has issued a favourable report to the exchange’s Board of Directors confirming the Socimi VBARE Iberian Properties’ compliance with the joining requirements, after studying all of the documentation submitted by the company.

Prior to joining the MAB, the company will launch a share subscription offer. According to the Spanish Stock Exchange and Markets (Bolsas y Mercados Españoles), the incorporation still requires the approval of the MAB’s Board of Directors.

Renta 4 Corporate is the Socimi’s registered adviser. Renta 4 Banco will act as the placement entity, liquidity provider and agent entity and, in addition, Value Base Underwriting and Securities Distribution will serve as the placement entity for the shares that are going to be issued in Israel, amongst qualifying investors only.

The company’s Board of Directors has set the reference value for each share at €12.90, which represents a total company value of €20.6 million. This estimate has been performed taking into consideration the share valuation report performed by the independent expert Grant Thornton.

VBARE Iberian Properties specialises in residential rental assets. Its strategy focuses on the acquisition of real estate assets, for their subsequent renovation and rental. It currently owns 183 real estate assets, all of which are located in Madrid.

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake