Colonial Profits Soar by 40% Due to Asset Rotation Strategy and Increased Rents

8 November 2019 – Colonial posted a taxable net profit of 393 million euros in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 40% y-o-y. The firm stated that revenues went up because of its policy of asset rotation and growth in office rental prices, principally in Madrid and Barcelona.

The socimi reported that new office lease contracts this year reflect an 8% increase in prices, compared to the end of 2018. Contract renewals in the third quarter saw increases of up to 36% in Madrid and 24% in Barcelona.

Original Story: Expansión

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Neinor Homes Posts €12.4-Million Profit in First Six Months of 2019

28 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Neinor Homes, the developer led by Borja Egotxeaga, closed out the first semester of 2019 with 12.4 million euros in net profits, well above its loss of 8.2 million euros during the first six months of last year. The firm’s revenues doubled, year-on-year, in the period to 161.8 million euros. 85% of its turnover came from its operations as a developer.

Neinor increased its gross margins by 82.1% year-on-year, while, at the same time, reducing its expenses to €22.9 million this year.

The developer delivered 379 homes in the semester, 32% of its target for the year. On the other hand, the company’s NAV fell to €1.325 billion.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Haya Real Estate Tops Off its Annus Horribilis with Losses of €0.5M

18 June 2019 – El Confidencial

Haya Real Estate suffered an “annus horribilis” in 2018 after it failed to debut on the stock market and was unsuccessful in its efforts to renegotiate its contract with Sareb (discussions are still on-going). Those events were further compounded by the servicer’s recently published results for the year, which saw it record losses of €445,000, compared with a profit of €32.57 million in 2017, despite a 6.7% increase in revenues to €273.7 million.

The losses were caused by several factors, both accounting and operational nature, and would have been even greater had the group not consolidated the results of Haya Titulización, which contributed profits of €1.27 million.

In fact, the real estate servicer platform Haya Real Estate itself recorded losses of €1.7 million in 2018 compared with profits of €20 million last year. They were caused in part by the new contract that the servicer signed with Bankia in 2018, to include BMN’s assets, which involves disbursements and amortisations during the first few years and which have penalised the company in accounting terms. In addition, Haya purchased the company Mihabitans from Liberbank in June 2018.

Specifically, the amortisations of the management contracts of Bankia and Liberbank increased by more than €20 million YoY in 2018, which, combined with the poor performance of other operating costs (they soared by 46% to €92.2 million) meant that the servicer had little chance of repeating its success of 2017.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Sabadell Completes the Sale of its Platform Solvia to Intrum

24 April 2019 – Cinco Días

Banco Sabadell and Intrum have definitively closed the operation whereby the entity chaired by Josep Oliu has sold 80% of its real estate platform Solvia to the Swedish group, more than four months after it was initially announced, having obtained the corresponding approvals.

The operation values 100% of the company at €300 million and so Sabadell will receive €240 million for the 80% stake, an amount that may increase by another €40 million depending on the evolution of the business.

The bank will record a gain of €138 million as a result of the sale and its capital ratio will improve by 15 basis points.

The entity is also waiting to complete the sale of its property developer Solvia Desarrollos Inmobiliarios (SDIn) during the next quarter. The funds Cerberus and Oaktree have made it through to the final round of that operation, according to sources.

Original story: Cinco Días (by A. G.)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

PAI Partners Submits a €1.5bn Binding Offer for Catering Specialist ‘Áreas’

24 April 2019 – El País

The French group Elior has received a binding offer amounting to €1.542 billion from the investment group PAI Partners for Áreas, the company specialising in catering services located in travel areas and headquartered in Spain. The aim of the two parties is to close the operation this summer.

The Spanish group recorded revenues of €1.832 billion last year, making it the third largest concessions brand in its sector in the world. It will gain operational autonomy as a result of the sale.

Áreas operates in fourteen counties around the world – it is the market leader in Spain (27% market share), France and Portugal, and the third largest operator in the USA. Its 21,000 employees work in 90 airports, 84 train stations and 220 roadside service stations.

The objective of PAI Partners is to support and finance Áreas’s growth plans over the next few years.

Original story: El País (by Dani Cordero)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Habitat Leaves its Losses Behind after €500M Capital Injection from Bain

2 April 2019 – Expansión

Habitat Inmobiliaria recorded revenues of €89 million in 2018, six times more than during the previous year. It also generated a profit, registering an EBITDA of €1.8 million, compared with losses of €9.86 million in 2017.

According to the company, this change in fortune has come about following its purchase by the US investment firm Bain Capital Credit at the end of 2017. Last year, Bain and Habitat’s new management team, launched a new strategic plan for the next three years, which included the contribution of €500 million for land purchases.

In 2018 alone, the property developer invested €121 million buying up land with a total buildability of 300,000 m2. As such, Habitat now owns a land bank spanning more than 1 million m2, which will allow it to build 10,000 new homes over the next few years. Currently, the property developer is working on the construction of 3,400 homes.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

WeWork Doubled its Losses in 2018 Due to Global Property Purchases

27 March 2019 – Eje Prime

The US co-working company WeWork doubled its losses in 2018 to USD 1.9 billion (€1.7 billion), due to the huge outlay it made expanding its business around the world. Nevertheless, it did also double its revenues to USD 1.8 billion (€1.6 billion).

The company founded by Adam Neumann in 2010 closed 2018 with shared offices in more than 100 countries as well as rental contracts with several major corporates, such as Microsoft, Adidas and Citigroup, which account for one third of its tenants.

The valuation of the company, which leases space to 401,000 people globally, amounts to USD 47 billion. In Spain, the company has five spaces in Barcelona and four in Madrid, with new openings imminent.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: 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

Quabit’s Revenues Soared in 2018, but its Profits Fell by 53%

28 February 2019 – Eje Prime

Quabit’s revenues soared but its profits decreased. The real estate company closed 2018 with a net profit of €6.7 million, down by 53% compared to the previous year, when it reached €14.3 million. The company attributes that reduction to the “activation of tax credits in 2017, amounting to €26 million”, according to reports in a relevant fact submitted to Spain’s National Securities and Exchange Commission (CNMV).

The firm’s EBITDA also deteriorated, with losses of €25.3 million, a figure that quadruples the loss recorded a year earlier when it amounted to €7.3 million. “The negative impact in terms of EBITDA is due to the extraordinary effect of the valuation corrections on the land and the lower discounts on the debt”, said the company in a statement about its results.

In terms of revenues, they soared last year to reach €39.6 million, whereby multiplying the figure from the previous year (€5.7 million) eight-fold. At the end of the year, the gross value of its assets amounted to €506 million, 27% higher than at the end of the previous year. That growth was attributable to the company’s new investments and the revaluation of its portfolio.

In terms of its portfolio, Quabit handed over 190 homes in 2018 and also invested in its land bank, increasing it by around €180 million since 2017. It currently has around 4,000 homes in different phases of development and is working on the launch of new projects included in its business plan for 2018-2022.

Original story: Eje Prime

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