Sire Acquires Portfolio of Logistics Assets in Zaragoza

5 December 2019 – Strategic Industrial Real Estate (Sire), a joint venture managed by Arrow Capital Partners, has acquired a portfolio of logistics assets in Zaragoza. The deal, in conjunction with Cerberus, includes 38,536 square meters of gross leasable area worth 20 million euros. Savills Aguirre Newman and Latham & Watkins advised on the acquisition.

Sire has €2 billion to invest in European logistics and industrial assets.

Original Story: Eje Prime

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Villar Mir Group Puts Inmobiliaria Espacio Up For Sale

18 September 2019 – El Confidencial

According to financial sources, the Villar Mir Group has put its land and property developer subsidiary Inmobiliaria Espacio up for sale. The objective is to raise funds to repay the group’s creditor, the Monaco-based fund Tyrus Capital, and it follows the divestment of two other non-real estate entities, Fertiberia and Ferratlántica, in August.

Savills Aguirre Newman has been engaged to coordinate the sale after valuing the entity’s land and plots at €256.88 million as at 31 December 2017. The assets may be sold as a set or piecemeal. Moreover, the company has tax credits worth between €100 million and €200 million, which is where the real value of Inmobiliaria Espacio lies.

According to the latest available data, the company reported an EBITDA of €1.61 million in 2017 and sales of €46.77 million, up by 23.2% YoY. Moreover, it has an excellent and sizeable portfolio of land for development in good locations, for which planning permission has been granted, and therefore an improvement in sales is forecast over the next few years.

Last year, Tyrus Capital lent the Villar Mir Group €360 million to refinance the debt that the traditional banks did not want to extend. The conditions of that loan are onerous – it has a two-year term (of which one year has already passed) and it carries an interest rate of between 10% and 12%. As such, the group wants to sell off its assets in an orderly fashion to repay and reduce its financing, and so time is of the essence.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Agustín Marco)

Translated by: Aura Ree

Savills Aguirre Newman Suggests that Málaga Must Double Its Supply of Student Housing

29 August 2019

Málaga currently has 1,200 places for non-residential students, according to Savills Aguirre Newman. The consultancy believes that the city needs to double that figure. At the moment, developers are working on six new projects, with a total of 900 new places, to be ready by 2022.

The University of Malaga has around 35,000 students, including full-time and part-time, and many of them come from other parts of Spain or even abroad. The recent long-term increase in residential rates is beginning to deter some people from carrying out their studies in the city.

Original Story: La Opinión de Málaga – José Antonio Sau

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

The Grifols Family Buys a Sought-After Property on c/Velázquez in Madrid

7 June 2019 – El Confidencial

The Grifols family, the main shareholder of the pharmaceutical group of the same name, has purchased a sought-after building on Calle Velázquez, 21 in Madrid through its Socimi Centurion Real Estate.

Until now, the property had been jointly owned by the Gancedo family, which has occupied the commercial space on the ground and first floors for more than 70 years, and another family, comprising around 20 interested members, who owned the upper four residential floors.

According to various sources, last year, the Grifols family reached an agreement with the Gancedo family to purchase its share of the property for €20 million, in a deal brokered by Savills Aguirre Newman. The sale of the residential floors of the building is now being brokered by CBRE and is expected to close in September for €32 million, taking the total purchase price to €52 million, equivalent to €8,000/m2.

Created in 2014, Centurion has been famous until now as the landlord of the pharmaceutical company, given that it owns the four buildings that house the company’s offices in Barcelona, on Calle Jesús y María, and in Sant Cugat del Vallès. This represents the Socimi’s first major purchase in Madrid and sees its entry into the luxury home market in the heart of the Spanish capital.

Original story: El Confidencial (by R. Ugalde & E. Sanz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Savills: Spain willl have 260,524 m2 of New Innovative Commercial Space in 2019

3 June 2019 – La Vanguardia

According to the latest edition of the Retail Report Spain, compiled by Savills Aguirre Newman, Spain will see the addition of new innovative commercial space spanning 260,524 m2 this year, where 10 new shopping centres are going to be developed.

In addition, the real estate consultancy forecasts that shopping centres worth up to €2.5 billion could be put up for sale, including Intu’s portfolio comprising four shopping centres, which are worth c. €1 billion. The pipeline also includes other non-prime shopping centres and portfolios of supermarkets and hypermarkets.

Nevertheless, the report forecasts that investment levels in 2019 will be lower than in the previous two years, as many overseas investors, particularly those from the UK and USA, adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach to the Spanish market in light of the slow-down in the world economy and the boom in e-commerce.

In this way, demand is expected to focus on small convenience centres, particularly those linked to supermarkets, and prime and secondary retail parks that are not so affected by e-commerce.

Original story: La Vanguardia

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Sabadell Revises Down its Price Expectations for the Sale of its Property Developer SDin

21 May 2019 – Cinco Días

Banco Sabadell put its property development arm Solvia Desarrollos Inmobiliarios (Sdin) up for sale several months ago. Initially, the bank was expecting to receive proceeds of around €1 billion for the company, its employees and land. However, in light of the current climate, it is now revising down its expectations.

Investment funds are starting to face problems when it comes to generating returns from their investments in land and property what with many of the large property developers, such as Neinor Homes, slashing their short-term forecasts, the political uncertainty following the recent general election and the general nervousness that the current boom cycle is coming to an end.

As a result, the bank chaired by Josep Oliu (pictured above) is now hoping to receive binding offers amounting to around €900 million, which would considerably reduce the entity’s expected gains from the sale. Nevertheless, SDin owns around 300 prime plots and 130 promotions under development, whose combined valuation amounts to €1.3 billion, according Savills Aguirre Newman.

For the time being, Sabadell has four offers on the table from investment funds, including from Cerberus and Oaktree. The fund Kronos is also still in the running although it is less likely to prove victorious.

Sabadell had initially planned to close this operation by the end of June, but may now wait a little longer.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Ángeles Gonzalo Alconada)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Árima Makes its Logistics Debut with the Purchase of a Warehouse for €16.4M

7 May 2019 – Expansión

Árima Real Estate has made its debut in the logistics sector with the purchase of a warehouse spanning 26,000 m2 in San Agustín de Guadalix from an institutional fund for €16.4 million. The property is occupied in its entirety by the supermarket chain Eroski.

For the operation, the Socimi led by Luis Alfonso López Herrera-Oria, has been advised by Catella, EY Abogados and Savills Aguirre Newman as its real estate, legal and technical experts, respectively.

Following this operation, logistics assets account for 12.7% of Árima’s portfolio, with the remainder comprising offices in Madrid. The Socimi’s main shareholders include Bank of Montreal (10.4%); the British fund Pelham (9.984%); UBS (9.164%); Luis Alfonso López Herrera-Oria, (7.791%) and Morgan Stanley (5.122%).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Axa Puts Up For Sale 8 Buildings Acquired from La Generalitat in 2013

1 May 2019 – Eje Prime

The French insurance company Axa has put up for sale 8 of the 13 office buildings that it purchased from the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2013 for €172 million.

The assets are classified as large offices located in the centre of Barcelona and may have doubled in value in the last six years. The Generalitat de Catalunya still has long-term rental contracts for all of the properties.

Axa has engaged Savills Aguirre Newman to handle the sales process.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Marathon Puts the Bahía Azul Shopping Centre in Málaga up for Sale for c. €30M

11 April 2019 – Idealista

The US fund Marathon has put the Bahía Azul shopping centre in Málaga up for sale for an asking price of between €25 million and €30 million.

Marathon has owned the centre since 2016, when it acquired it for €18.5 million, and has appointed Savills-Aguirre Newman to manage the sale, which will begin after Easter.

Bahía Azul, which was inaugurated in November 2008, has a surface area of 13,827 m2, divided into four retail spaces, plus a 9,445 m2 underground parking lot. It is located opposite Guadalmar in the same complex as Ikea, and is home to high-profile brands including Worten, Conforama, Schmidt, Prenatal, McDonald’s, Visionlab, Carrión and Maisons du Monde.

Marathon Asset Management has headquarters in New York, London and Singapore. It is one of the minority shareholders of the property developer Vía Célere, which is controlled (75%) by Värde.

Original story: Idealista (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Cerberus & Oaktree in the Final Round to Buy ‘Solvia Desarrollos Inmobiliarios’

5 April 2019 – Expansión

Banco Sabadell is on the home stretch for the sale of 100% of its property developer, Solvia Desarrollos Inmobiliarios (SDIn). The funds Cerberus, through its property developer Inmoglacier, and Oaktree have made it through to the final round of the operation, which could be closed within the next few days or weeks.

The consultancy firm Savills Aguirre Newman has estimated that SDIn’s assets are worth more than €1.3 billion and the entity chaired by Josep Oliu (pictured above) is hoping to record proceeds of around €1 billion from the sale.

The portfolio comprises 270 buildable plots for the construction of around 15,000 homes, half of which are in Cataluña, although it also contains plots in Madrid, Andalucía and Valencia.

It has been reported that two other investment funds may have also been selected for the final round (out of Apollo, Goldman Sachs and CPPIB) but Oaktree is understood to be the favourite. Rothschild is advising the divestment process.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Sampedro and S. Saborit)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake