Spain’s First Student Hall Socimi Prepares Its MAB Debut

13 September 2017 – El Confidencial

Student Properties Spain Socimi will be the first listed real estate investment company specialising in student halls of residence to debut on the stock market. And it will do so with an asset that could mark a before and after in this market in the Spanish capital.

It acquired the building at the end of 2016 from the insurance company Mapfre for €13 million. The property is located on Calle Don Ramón de la Cruz, in the heart of the Salamanca neighbourhood, just opposite Nuestra Señora del Pilar school, 200m from the Deusto Business School (the Universidad de Deusto’s business and economics school) and 500m from the IE Business School.

With a total surface area of 5,420 m2, spread over eight floors, of which 3,500 m2 are above ground, the asset used to house one of Mapfre’s private clinics. But its new owner is committed to converting it into a hall of residence for wealthy students. In fact, the property is currently being renovated by the construction company Vialterra Infraestructuras, which was awarded the building contract, with a budget of around €3 million (…) plus indirect costs of €1 million (…).

With those figures on the table, all indications are that the building will end up housing a luxury hall of residence for students, in line with The Lofttown project in Barcelona. The price of rooms is likely to reach €1,800/month. Having said that, all kinds of services will be included: an outdoor gym, a solarium, a co-working room, a private kitchen, weekly cleaning, use of a 3D printer, laundry, a Play Station, a chill-out terrace and a parking area for bikes, amongst other services.

“Projects such as The Lofttown in Barcelona are hard to replicate in many cities in Spain, and above all, they are hard to scale up. That does not mean that they cannot be attractive and even very profitable real estate investments than more standard products, but it does mean that they always have to be marketed and managed by very specialist teams. Moreover, institutional capital will always consider them to be niche products”, says Patricio Palomar, Senior Investment Consultant at AIRE Partners.

Name change and upcoming stock market debut

Don Ramón de la Cruz 37 was acquired by Collie Investment, a joint-stock company that was subsequently transformed into a Socimi. A week ago, that entity changed its corporate name to Student Properties Spain Socimi (…).

The managers behind the company are Altamar Capital Partners, whose President and founding partner is Claudio Aguirre (Goldman Sachs España), Amira Real Estate Asset Management and Orienta Capital, which is chaired by Emilio Soroa, former Director at Seguros Bilbao.

Indeed, one of the directors of Altamar, Miguel Zurita, joined the Socimi just two weeks ago to replace Fabrizio Agrimi, CEO of the firm until 28 August (…).

“In markets such as the USA, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany, student halls have gone from being considered as alternative real estate assets to being products that have as much demand and liquidity as hotels and logistics platforms. To the extent that our market converges towards that trend and becomes more mature, we are going to see products of a different quality appearing, designed for a different type of consumer, in the same way that three-star hotels exist in cities alongside super-luxury hotels”, says Palomar (…).

Original story: El Confidencial (by E. Sanz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Altamar, Amira & Orienta Take Their Student Hall Socimi To The Next Phase

12 September 2017 – Eje Prime

The company, which specialises in student halls of residences, is preparing a new phase of growth involving the acquisition of new assets, as well as changes in its management team following the departure of Fabrizio Agrimi, one of the leaders of the project, who has decided to leave the group to embark on new challenges.

One of the most obvious changes is the new name of the Socimi, which had been called Collie Investment until now, and which will now start operating under the brand Student Properties Spain Socimi. Sources at Altamar say that this is “a much more commercial name, which reflects the activity that the group focuses on”.

Another change facing the company created by the three funds is the loss of one of the directors who was leading the project, Fabrizio Agrimi, who until now was the CEO, partner and member of the analysis and investment team at Atlan Capital. The company, founded in 2006 by Altamar Capital and Aguirre Newman, currently has more than €2,500 million in assets under management.

Before joining Atlan Capital in 2007, Agrimi, who for the time being does not want to give any more details about his next move, had already obtained extensive experience in real estate investments and M&A deals in Spain, the UK and Italy (…).

Agrimi’s role in the new Student Properties Spain Socimi will be taken by Miguel Zurita, a director at Altamar since February 2013. Previously, the executive was a partner at Mercapital and Investment Director at Mexcapital.

The Student Properties Spain Socimi project was launched in March. Backed by the Altamar Capital, Amira Real Estate Asset Management, and Orienta Capital, the initial investment to develop the project was more than €11 million.

For the time being, the company owns one asset in Madrid, which it is renovating to turn it into its first halls of residence for students and in which it has invested almost all of the €11 million with which the Socimi debuted. “The idea now is to continue sounding out the market” – explain sources at Altamar – “we currently own just one asset in Madrid, but we are assessing opportunities in Granada, Salamanca, Sevilla and Valencia, in other words, in the main university cities in Spain”.

Altamar, Orienta and Amira

Altamar Capital Partners is an independent financial services group that strives to provide institutional and high net worth investors with access to alternative investments, amongst other services (…).

The firm was constituted in Spain in 2004 and employs a team of 110 professionals at its offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago de Chile and New York (…).

Meanwhile, Amira Real Estate was founded in 2006 by professionals in the real estate market specialising in the management of equity and real estate investments in Spain. (…). The group specialises in advising domestic and international clients with an interest in the Spanish real estate market, who are looking for a management platform to channel and monetise their investments.

Orienta Capital was created in 2002 and operates out of two headquarters in Spain, located in Bilbao and Madrid. The group, led by a team of professionals with experience in the real estate business, is chaired by Emilio Soroa, a former director at Seguros Bilbao. The team is completed by former directors of Safei, Beta Capital Mees Pierson, Merril Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Banif.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake