SVP Global Buys Defaulted Mortgage Associated With In Tempo Skyscraper

7 November 2017 – Expansión

The investment fund SVP Global has reached an agreement with Sareb to buy the defaulted debt associated with the In Tempo skyscraper, the largest residential building in Benidorm. According to financial sources consulted, SVP Global has purchased a package of debt worth around €110 million, secured by the second tallest residential property in the EU, whose property developer, Olga Urbana, has filed for creditors’ bankruptcy.

It is one of the largest debt operations associated with a single real estate asset in Spain. SVP Global is a fund specialising in this type of operation and has around $6,900 million under management through its various vehicles. The In Tempo building is an unfinished project (although more than 90% of the construction work has been completed) measuring 192m tall and containing 47 floors for residential use.

The construction of In Tempo has given rise to a long-standing legal dispute. After launching the development of the tallest residential property in Europe in 2006, its property developer Olga Urbana had planned to finish the work in the middle of 2009. But, with the outbreak of the real estate crisis, the building work ended up being subjected to continuous delays and obstacles due to problems with the construction companies and suppliers. Although the construction work continued, in a fashion, under the control of Caixa Galicia, which financed the development with a €100 million loan, the financial crisis put an end to the construction work, which was never finished.

In 2012, the loan from the former savings back was transferred to Sareb, which at the end of 2014 and in the absence of an agreement between Olga Urbana’s shareholders, decided to enforce the creditors’ bankruptcy, with a total debt of €137 million. As part of that process, the judge approved the auction of the almost-finished building with a value of just over €90 million. Nevertheless, the offers were very low and so Sareb decided to exercise its preferential right to take ownership of the property.

Original story: Expansión (by C. Morán and A. C. Álvarez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Alicante Global Group Teams Up With Basque Property Developer Ferrocarril

25 October 2017 – Valencia Plaza

Alicante Global Group, the new real estate venture from the former President of the Santa Ana group, Juan Antonio Iniesta, and the former President of the Alicante employers’ association Coepa, Moisés Jiménez, to place property developments foreclosed by the banks back on the market, is expanding its base.

According to Iniesta himself, in statements to Alicante Plaza, the businessmen from Alicante have joined forces with the Basque property developer Grupo Ferrocarril (which is now based in Rivas Vaciamadrid), which will be in charge of finishing and selling those developments.

As this newspaper published at the time, Alicante Global Group, comprising the Alicante-based companies The Casas Company and Alicia Hoteles, was created with the intention of acquiring developments foreclosed by banks during the toughest years of the real estate crisis, completing them, revaluing them and putting them back on the market. The Group signed its first operation in May with Liberbank: two residential towers in Gran Vía, Alicante, and several villas in the luxury residential development Altea Hills.

The partner that Iniesta and Jiménenez have been looking for in this regard is the Basque property developer Grupo Ferrocarril, which specialises in the construction of private homes and social housing, both in its home region and also in Madrid in recent years. The group, chaired by the businessman Rafael González Cobos, has, in turn, formed a strategic alliance of its own with the Madrilenian giant in the sector Grupo Avintia, owned by the property developer Antonio Martín Jiménez, which has been heavily backing the Community of Valencia: at the start of 2016, it inaugurated its offices in Valencia capital, and it now has eight projects underway there (one of which is actually in Alicante) and more than 600 homes under construction. Together, the two firms have created the Ferrocarril Avintia group to operate in South America (…).

According to explanations provided by Iniesta to questions posed by this newspaper, it is likely that Martín Jiménez’s company (Grupo Avintia) will be responsible for the execution of most of the improvements of the acquired developments, by virtue of its agreement with Ferrocarril (…).

Original story: Valencia Plaza (by David Martínez)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Sareb Is Awarded The Kronos Building In Benidorm

26 April 2017 – Valencia Plaza

Sareb, also known as the “bad bank”, has taken ownership of one of the tallest skyscrapers in Benidorm (the fifth tallest to be precise), as well as in all of Spain. As such, Sareb currently has 136 homes up for sale of varying types and sizes in the Kronos building: from the 1st floor to the 38th. It is a 41-storey tower, which was conceived as a luxury residential property, where the building does not even occupy 20% of the plot. The remainder comprises common and recreation areas, including two swimming pools, one for adults and one for children, a gym, football pitch, padel and tennis court, as well as extensive green areas.

The building was constructed by the Valencian property developer Grupo García Ojeda, which dodged several bankruptcy proceedings as well as it could during the first few years of the crisis. Sareb rescued nine savings banks, including properties and loans to property developers. The second was the operation through which the “bad bank” was awarded the asset, according to Alicante Plaza, whose debt belonged to one of the companies in the Grupo García Ojeda. (…).

Construction of the property began in 2005 and although the keys were handed over three years later, most of the homes remained unsold a decade later. The asking prices are not the cheapest, according to real estate sources consulted. The apartments have 1, 2 and 3-bedrooms and the smallest properties are going for at least €97,176, according to Grupo Ferrer Albors Real State and Activium. The latter has also put up a sign on the side of the building to advertise the price of the 1-bedroom homes. Even so, the figures are well below those achieved before the crisis, despite the fact that these homes are new and have never actually been lived in.

Sareb’s interest in tall buildings in Benidorm is not unique to Kronos. It is also looking to take over In Tempo, the unfinished skyscraper, which, unless the judges make a ruling to the contrary, will be awarded to the bad bank, presumably, for its subsequent sale.

Original story: Valencia Plaza

Translation: Carmel Drake

Neinor To Build 20-Storey Residential Tower Next To Manzanares River

23 January 2017 – El Mundo

A new and unique tower is about to appear on the Madrid skyline. The property developer Neinor Homes is going to build it and it will be located on the banks of the Manzanares River, in an area that, following the transformation resulting from the Madrid Río initiative, has become one of the most attractive and dynamic in the capital.

Since June 2015, when we found out that the property developer, whose main shareholder is the US investment fund Lone Star, had closed an operation to purchase three plots of land, including this one, located at number 33, Calle Maestro Arbós, and that it had planning permission to construct a 20-storey residential tower, everyone has been very interested in finding out more about the plans. (…).

Now, two weeks before the properties in the development go up for sale (on 8 February), El Mundo has had access to the Riverside Homes dossier, the development that Neinor plans to build in Madrid Rio and for which it requested a construction permit at the end of November (…).

It is a unique residential complex, designed by the architect Julio Touza Rodríguez, and will be distributed over two buildings. The undisputed protagonist will be the 20-storey 72m tall tower, which will be accompanied by another 3-storey block measuring 12m tall. In total, the properties will have a combined above ground surface area of 6,400 m2 and another 3,870 m2 of space underground. They will house 51 two-, three- and four-bedroom homes (with surface areas of between 107 m2 and 160 m2), many storage rooms and 102 parking spaces. (…).

The homes

The price of the homes, which will be equipped with the highest quality materials and the latest innovations, will start at €370,000 for the two bedroom homes, increasing to €445,000 for the three-bedroom properties and up to €600,000 for the four-bedrooms apartments. Those amounts, which exclude VAT (10%), include two parking spaces per property and a storeroom.

In addition to these standard flats, the plans includes three penthouses, with 50 m2 terraces, located on the 16th, 18th and 19th floors, whose prices will range between €900,000 and just over €1,000,000. Given the characteristics of the development, its location and the views that these homes are going to enjoy thanks to their dual north-south orientation, the properties look set to become some of the most unique and exclusive in the capital. (…).

The tower will have a large communal garden terrace on the 11th floor, known as the Mirador del Río. (…). At street level, it will have a large garden with a swimming pool and space for urban allotments, whilst the top three floors will house a gym and other communal spaces. (…).

A lot of demand

Even though the features of the development have not been revealed yet (….), Neinor has a list of more than 750 people who are interested in acquiring the homes at Riverside Homes. “Most of the interested parties (70%) are people from the area, but we have also received a lot of interest from other people in the capital (…)”, said Ignacio Llona, Director of the Central Territory at Neinor Homes.

Original story: El Mundo (by Luis M. De Ciria)

Translation: Carmel Drake