Patron Capital Team Up with Property Developers to Invest €60M in the Residential Sector

10 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Patron Capital is on the hunt for property developers to team up with to invest up to €60 million in the residential sector in Spain over the medium term.

In this vein, the company has already signed its first two joint ventures through which it plans to invest €30 million. The names of the property developers in this case have not been revealed.

The fund’s investment formula through joint ventures sees it contribute 80% of the capital, with the remaining 20% provided by the property developers.

The company currently has eight investment vehicles in Spain, which invest in tourist apartments, retail parks and office buildings. The agreements with the two local property developers will be its first foray into the residential sector.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Inbest Prepares New Investment Vehicle for Retail Parks & Finalises MAB-Debut of its Socimis

15 May 2019 – Eje Prime

Corpfin Capital Real Estate is planning to launch a vehicle to invest up to €60 million in retail parks. Meanwhile, it is working towards the debut of its four Socimis on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB) in June.

To date, the company has been channelling its investment in retail parks through a vehicle it created in 2015, Corpfin Capital Retail Parks, with an investment volume of €44 million. But now it is going to create a second vehicle, Inbest Parks II, which will have €60 million to spend, with the aim of providing continuity and attracting new investors.

In parallel, the company is focused on the MAB debut of its four Socimis, which are due to list for the first time on 27 June. In total, the companies have an investment volume of €400 million, comprising own funds and debt. Most of that figure (€378 million) has already been invested in the purchase of three buildings from El Corte Inglés and the acquisition of the commercial premises in Edificio España.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

JLL: Prime Retail Rents Grew During Q1 2019

23 April 2019 – Eje Prime

The rental prices of prime premises are growing in Spain. In 2018, the rental prices of retail parks rose by 5.4%, whilst high street rents increased by 5% and shopping centre rents by 2.6%.

According to a study by JLL, the growth in the rents of prime premises in Spain is forecast to be amongst the highest in Europe over the next five years, albeit more moderate than in previous years.

Investment in retail assets amounted to €208 million during Q1 2019, with Corpfin’s acquisition of the retail space in Edificio España (Madrid) accounting for the lion’s share (€160 million). Yields remained stable during the quarter.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

17 New Shopping Centres will Open in Spain over the Next 3 Years

22 February 2019 – Expansión

Shopping centres and retail parks are still fashionable despite the boom in online commerce. In this context, Spain is going to increase its retail surface area by 650,000 m2 over the next three years with the opening of 17 new centres by 2021. In addition, eight of the existing centres are going to be expanded to 267,250m2, according to data from the Spanish Association of Shopping Centres and Retail Parks (AECC).

These openings follow those completed in 2018 when 8 centres were opened spanning 233,700 m2 in total (…).

Spain currently has a gross leasable surface area of 16 million m2, spread over 563 shopping centres and retail parks, which generate 720,000 jobs, 46% of which are direct.

This growth in space is being accompanied by rising interest from investors in these types of assets.

Last year, transactions amounting to €2.2 billion were closed, just below the record of €2.7 billion recorded in 2017 (…).

In operational terms, sales at shopping centres and retail parks rose by 2.7% last year to €45.5 billion, whilst visitor numbers increased by 3.1% to 1.97 million. Sources at AECC forecast continued sales growth, albeit at a slower rate than in previous years due to a deceleration in domestic consumption (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Knight Frank: High Street Investment Soared by 84% to €1.3bn in 2018

31 January 2019 – Eje Prime

The real estate sector has closed another year with a strong performance in the Spanish market. As we approach the end of the real estate cycle in the country, the tertiary sector is continuing to maintain high levels of investment, with growing rents and sustainable yields.

In the retail sector, the investment volume amounted to around €3.7 billion in 2018, according to data from Knight Frank. The main driver of that investment was the high street, where spending soared by 84% to €1.3 billion.

Despite that, the bulk of retail investment in Spain continued to be directed towards shopping centres, which accounted for 54% of the total last year with major operations such as the sale of the Summit portfolio, owned by Sonae Sierra in conjunction with CBRE GI, and of which 87% is now controlled by JT Real Estate.

Moreover, the consultancy firm highlights that interest has increased from investors in shopping centres and isolated retail warehouses in good locations “which allow them to manage last mile delivery points”, said the consultancy firm.

Returns have remained stable across the three segments with yields of 5.25% for retail parks, 4.25% for shopping centres and 3% for high street assets.

Despite the strong performance of the retail sector in 2018, the jewel in the Spanish real estate crown is still the logistics segment. In 2018, investment in logistics assets amounted to €1.255 billion, close to the record set in 2017 of €1.28 billion.

In the last quarter, several large operations were closed, such as Blackstone’s purchase of a portfolio of 55 assets from Neinver for €300 million.

Interest in the segment continues to generate expectations regarding the compression of yields, and so Knight Frank forecasts returns of around 5% this year.

Finally, the office sector has also maintained a robust rate of activity, after the maximums recorded in 2017 thanks to operations undertaken by the Administration. Specifically, Knight Frank estimates that 2018 closed with a gross absorption of 493,000 m2.

Following the trend set in 2017, 52% of the surface area leased was located outside of the M-30, although during the final quarter, it was the secondary centre that accounted for the bulk of the space rented, around 35%.

Prime office rents remained stable at around €30.5/m2/month, and reached maximums of €38.5/m2/month in the most sought-after areas of the business district.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Mazabi Launches a New Retail Park Project with €30M of Own Funds

16 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Mazabi is committed to retail parks. The Spanish property manager has launched Atalaya Superficies Comerciales onto the market, a project that has been created to develop retail parks and premises, which is going to be led by Sebastián Ojeda, according to a statement issued by the group.

Ojeda, who comes from Bankinter, is joining Mazabi with the purpose of leading the retail park sector in Spain. The new management vehicle is being created with €30 million of own funds contributed by various domestic and Latin American family offices. Atalaya has set itself the objective of achieving sales of more than €180 million over the next six years.

In addition to Ojeda, who has more than twenty years of experience in the banking sector, Mazabi is going to recruit other professionals and it will also engage specialist external advisors. The commitment of the real estate company to retail parks responds, according to the company, to the fact that it is “a sector with a high demand for professionalization and with high growth expectations over the medium term”.

“With the platform and experience offered by our multi-family office, the incorporation of Sebastián (Ojeda) into the project allows us to professionalise this area of the business, which has always been strategic for our group”, says Juan Antonio Gutiérrez, the CEO of the company.

Currently, Mazabi manages properties worth more than €1.3 billion, has investments in fourteen countries with fifty funds and has a specialist team of 25 professionals located in Madrid, Bilbao, Santander, Málaga and Luxembourg. The manager has the objective of growing its portfolio to reach €2 billion and, to that end, has engaged KPMG Real Estate to look for a long-term partner, to contribute equity of €200 million to acquire a “pipeline” of around €500 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Lar puts its Office Portfolio up for Sale for €110M

5 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Lar is strengthening its plan to divest its non-commercial assets. The Socimi has placed its office portfolio on the market for €110 million. The package comprises two buildings, one located in Madrid and the other in Barcelona.

The two properties span a combined gross leasable area (GLA) of 23,800 m2. The building in Madrid is located on Calle Eloy Gonzalo and has a surface area of 6,363 m2. The Socimi acquired the asset in December 2014 for €12.7 million, according to Expansión.

The office building in Barcelona has a surface area of 8,610 m2 and is located on Calle Joan Miró. The property cost Lar €19.7 million in total when it purchased it in June 2015.

This operation follows other divestments that Lar has been carrying out since September 2017 when it sold its office building on Calle Arturo Soria in Madrid to Colonial for €32.5 million. Similarly, last July, the Spanish Socimi completed the sale of its logistics portfolio to Blackstone for €120 million.

To date, the divestments carried out by the company amount to €265 million, more than half the figure established in Lar’s business plan to 2021. In parallel, the Socimi plans to continue investing in shopping centres and retail parks. The group’s most recent acquisitions have included the purchases of the Rivas Futura shopping centre in Madrid for €62 million and the Adadía shopping arcade in Toledo for €14 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Tomás Olivo set to Acquire El Mirador Shopping Centre in Gran Canaria

13 September 2018- Eje Prime

General de Galerías Comerciales is bidding exclusively for the largest retail space in the Canary Islands. Eroski, the owner of the Mirador de Jinámar, is holding exclusive negotiations with the company owned by the Murcian businessman Tomás Olivo, the Socimi General de Galerías Comerciales, with a view to selling the asset. The offer is expected to amount to around €45 million, according to sources close to the operation speaking to Eje Prime.

Valued at between €45 million and €100 million, General de Galerías Comerciales is not the only company that has expressed interest in the shopping centre in Gran Canaria in recent months. In fact, Eurofund’s investment fund offered €46.6 million in July for the asset, which opened its doors to the public in 2010.

Although sources at General de Galerías Comerciales have indicated to Eje Prime that the process is still “in its infancy”, sources in the sector explained that the operation is causing controversy because the company owned by Tomás Olivo has offered less than Eurofund’s bid.

The Mirador de Jinámar is a commercial area promoted by Eroski and the property developer Ambrosio Jiménez. The shopping centre spans a total surface area of 50,000 m2, of which 11,300 m2 is dedicated to the largest hypermarket that the cooperative distribution company belonging to Corporación Mondragón owns in the Canary Islands.

Since November 2010, the Mirador de Jinámar has been home to a total of 120 stores. Spread over two floors, some of the tenants of the property include firms in the Inditex group (its Zara store has a surface area of 2,000 m2), H&M, the Cortefiel and Primark brands (the latter’s store spans 5,000 m2 making it the Irish company’s largest in the Canary Islands).

The complex is located in Jinámar, a neighbourhood located between the municipalities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Telde, the two most important cities on the island. The complex also has a parking area with capacity for more than 40,000 vehicles.

In a second phase, which is still pending, the centre is planning to expand its offer to include 45,000 m2 of additional space, which will be allocated to DIY and homeware firms (…).

General de Galerías Comerciales, on the hunt for new assets

Controlled by Tomás Olivo,  General de Galerías Comerciales made its debut on the MAB in July last year, to become one of the largest Socimis by capitalisation in the sector. The company has twenty years of experience undertaking its activity right across the value chain, from the purchase of land to the management of assets.

The main assets in its portfolio are retail parks and shopping centres in Spain, such as La Cañada (Marbella), Mediterráneo (Almería), Mataró Parc (Mataró), Gran Plaza (Almería), Las Dunas and Nevada Shopping (Granada). The company also has an extensive portfolio of residential assets and retail premises, as well as land, primarily in the south of Spain. When the company made its debut on the MAB, its portfolio of assets was worth €1.9 billion (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by B. Seijo and P. Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake

IBA’s Socimi Zambal to Complete €80M Capital Increase

30 July 2018 – Eje Prime

Just over a year after expanding its share capital by more than €91 million, Zambal is preparing to undertake a new operation. The Socimi managed by IBA Capital has convened its shareholders for a General Meeting in September to carry out a new capital increase, in this case, amounting to €80 million.

According to a statement filed by the company with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB), the capital increase will be undertaken through the issue of 80 million shares with a nominal value of €1 and an issue premium of €0.25, which “will be subscribed and fully paid up through the offsetting of loans”.

Without resorting to bank financing, Zambal has built a portfolio worth more than €730 million. The company’s main assets include, for example, the property at number 77 Avenida San Luis (which houses the headquarters of Gas Natural in Madrid); the Vodafone Building on Avenida de América, and number 18 Avenida de Burgos, which is leased in its entirety to BMW.

The Socimi, which started life in 2013, is an investment vehicle managed externally by IBA Capital Partners. The company specialises in the investment and subsequent management of assets in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona in the office and retail segments, although the company is also looking at other assets such as nursing homes, hospitals, retail parks and logistics platforms.

One of the most recent operations undertaken by Zambal was the purchase of two office buildings on Calle Albarracín in Madrid, which is leased to the French multi-national Atos. That operation involved an investment of €38 million.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

CBRE: Investment in High Street Premises Will Exceed €1.1bn in 2018

5 July 2018 – Eje Prime

Commercial premises, especially those located on the most prime streets of Spain, are proving highly sought-after. According to CBRE, the high street investment market is going to achieve record figures in 2018, up to a total of €1.1 billion. The culprits? The German fund Deka and Inditex, in addition to the strength of secondary cities in the country.

During the course of the last two years, investment in high street assets remained stable at around €800 million per year, after peaking at €1.01 billion in 2015. In 2018, according to calculations from the real estate consultancy CBRE, the investment volume will exceed the €1 billion threshold again, primarily due to the impact of the sale to Deka of a batch of 16 Zara stores for €400 million and the boost from activity beyond Madrid and Barcelona.

Deka has whereby become a catalyst for the retail investment market in Spain, together with Generali and Union Investment, which also starred in major investment operations during the first few months of 2018.

Deka’s €400 million operation was the largest in the last year and a half, followed by the purchase by Hines of number 17 Paseo de Gracia for €113 million and the acquisition by Generali of number 9 Preciados for €107 million.

Institutional investors are the main drivers of the investment market in this segment, according to the Retail keys in Spain report in CBRE. “In recent years, several overseas institutional investors have entered the Spanish market and many have been active in 2017 and 2018”, according to the document, which points out that Socimis such as Tander, Ores and Silicius have also been interested in the sector.

Madrid and Barcelona are continuing to be the main magnets for high street investment in Spain and, together, they account for 79% of the total expenditure. “Nevertheless, other cities in Spain are booming and demand is rising for investment products in cities such as Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla and Málaga”, says the document.

The displacement of demand to other cities is a consequence of product shortages and low returns. On the one hand, according to CBRE, operators have accentuated their preferences for prime streets, which has strengthened the shortage of products. “Premises with recently signed contracts are sparking a lot of interest, given that if they reflect market rents, they become a very stable long-term investment”, says the document.

On the other hand, the pressure on returns remains strong and in 2017, they were compressed further still, reaching levels of 3.25% in Madrid and 3.50% in Barcelona for the most prime products. The “historically low” values are repeated in other European cities, with 3.25% in Berlin, 3% in Milan, 2.75% in Paris and 2.25% in Munich.

As a result of those two elements, investor interest is extending to other cities in Spain, although the operations closed tend to be of greater importance, “given that the premises and the rents are lower and the returns are higher”.

With investment of €170 million outside of Barcelona and Madrid in 2017, several purchases stand out such as M&G’s acquisition of the H&M store on Reyes Católicos in Granada as well as of the El Corte Inglés building in Plaza la Magdalena in Sevilla.

Valencia and Bilbao are the markets that, typically, generate the most interest from investors due to the size of the two cities, the importance of their high streets and the role of tourism. The tradition of investment in the segment by local family offices means that returns there are compressed to 4%.

Retail and shopping centres

High street premises accounted for 25% of the total investment in retail in 2017, well behind shopping centres, which accounted for 51% of the total, but ahead of retail parks (15%) and portfolios of supermarkets and hypermarkets (9%) (…).

In Spain in 2017, investment in the Spanish retail market amounted to €3.3 billion. CBRE forecasts that the figure will amount to €2.9 billion in 2018, boosted by high street investment (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño)

Translation: Carmel Drake