Silicius Starts Spending: Buys Four Buildings in Central Madrid

2 December 2019 – The socimi Silicius Inmuebles has finalised the acquisition of four properties in central Madrid for more than 35 million euros. The socimi, which is controlled by the Spanish financial group Mazabi, intends to renovate the four buildings for the residential rental market. The assets have a total surface area of ​​7,466 m2, including 5,000 m2 for 25 flats, 1,635 m2 for four stores and an 829-m2 pavilion.

The acquisition is Silicius’s first of residential assets in Spain. The firm is looking to increase and diversify its asset portfolio to reach the optimal size for its expected IPO early next year.

Original Story: Merca2 – J.R.

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Silicius and Merlin in Talks on Transfer of Three Shopping Centres

2 December 2019 – The socimi Silicius is close to finalising negotiations to take on three shopping centres worth €175 million from Merlin Properties. The agreement, which would involve a capital increase, to take the socimi’s total portfolio from €470 million to approximately €650 million, nearer to its goal of reaching one billion euros in assets in the first quarter of 2020.

Silicius only has debts of €200 million, and the firm is currently finalising several other possible acquisitions worth €100 million in Spain.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Silicius Looks to List on Spain’s Continuous Market

18 September 2019 Silicius, the socimi controlled by Mazabi, is seeking to raise €1 billion in gross investments in preparation for its debut on Spain’s Continuous Market during the first semester of 2020. That market would provide a level of liquidity that is not present in the MAB. Silicius focuses its investments in the hotel and retail sectors.

Original Story: Merca2 – Carlos Lospitao

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Silicius Acquires Retail Asset in Castellón for €12 Million

7 August 2019

Silicus, the Mazabi Group’s socimi, has acquired a retail asset in the Parque Comercial Ciudad del Transporte, in Castellón, for more than 12 million euros.

The property has an area of 8,139 square meters and is occupied by Conforama, in a long-term rental contract.

Original Story: Expansión

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Silicius with 8 New Capital Increases Worth €320 Million Since February

31 July 2019

The Mazabi Group’s socimi, Silicius, announced it has carried out eight capital increases through the incorporation of real estate valued at more than 320 million euros since February.

The non-monetary real estate contributions include Calle Carretas, 10, in Madrid, the Siemens Gamesa headquarters in Bilbao, the Hotel on San Onofre Street, 5, in Madrid and a hotel in Mallorca, among others.

The capital increases have also led to the entry of dozens of new shareholders, from Spain as well as Latin America and the rest of Europe.

Original Story: La Vanuguardia / EFE

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Silicius Adds Bahía Plaza Shopping Centre to Portfolio in Non-Monetary Capital Increase

28 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

The socimi Silicius, managed by Mazabi, has finalised a third capital increase of more than 20 million euros through the addition of the Bahía Plaza Shopping Center (Los Barrios, Cádiz) to its asset portfolio of assets. The shopping centres previous owners joined Silicius as new shareholders.

The centre, which has a gross leasable area of 19,190 m2, has an occupancy rate of 98%. Its current tenants include Burger King, Foster’s Hollywood , La Tagliatella, 100 Montaditos and Odeon.

Original Story: Idealista

Silicius Sells an Office Building in the Centre of Madrid

3 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Silicius has taken another step in its strategy to debut on the stock market. The Socimi owned by Mazabi has sold an office building in the centre of Madrid to an investment vehicle created by Tenigla Real Estate for more than €9 million. The property spans a surface area of 3,648 m2 and is leased in its entirety to several tenants.

To undertake this purchase, Tenigla has created an investment vehicle together with several private investors. Following the operation, the company now has €90 million in assets under management.

Ahead of its debut on the MAB, Silicius is planning to create a portfolio worth €740 million by the end of 2019. Currently, the Socimi owns 17 assets worth €160 million, which generate annual income of more than €8 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Mazabi to Grow its Socimi to Make Stock Market Debut with €1bn in Assets

18 March 2019 – Expansión

Mazabi, the firm that manages the wealth of 35 family offices and which owns €1.54 billion in assets, is getting its ducks in a row ahead of the planned debut of its Socimi Silicius. The intention is for that entity to take ownership of the majority of the firm’s rental properties and whereby grow its portfolio to at least €1 billion before its IPO.

Currently, Silicius owns 17 assets, spanning 71,244 m2, worth €156 million in the office, retail, hotel and logistics segments. During 2019, new properties will be transferred to it to increase its portfolio to €740 million by the end of the year, with an associated debt of €240 million.

Moreover, 80% of the operations that the manager executes over the coming months will also be transferred to the Socimi. Mazabi typically invests between €100 million and €150 million per year, according to its CEO, Juan Antonio Gutiérrez (pictured above).

New investors

At the same time, Mazabi is looking for investors who want to get involved in its project. To this end, it has engaged KPMG to find an investor to acquire a stake in the Socimi before it is listed. At this stage, the firm has not decided whether Silicius will make its debut on the MAB or the main stock market. The timings have not been confirmed either, but if Silicius is registered as a Socimi in July, then it would make its debut on the MAB no later than July 2021.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: 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

CBRE: Investor Interest in High Street Stores Skyrockets

5 July 2018 – Cinco Días

Stores on the most commercial streets of Spain have become an object of desire for investors in the real estate market. Large funds and insurance companies alike are investing in these types of assets and experts predict that a new record is going to be set in the segment this year.

Investors are expected to spend around €1.1 billion on these types of commercial premises in 2018, according to forecasts from the consultancy CBRE. That figure would exceed the amount invested in high street stores in 2017 by €300 million, equivalent to a growth rate of 36.9%. Of interest are shops on commercial thoroughfares such as c/Preciados and c/Serrano in Madrid and Paseo de Gracia and Portal de l’Àngel in Barcelona. In fact, those two cities accounted for 79% of total investment last year. “Nevertheless, other cities in Spain are on the rise and there is growing demand for investment products in cities such as Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla and Málaga”, according to the report “The Keys to Retail in Spain”, published by CBRE yesterday.

Investors regard these types of well-located assets as a good option for placing their money, a solid alternative in the context of low-interest rates and because these high street stores perform better (than other commercial assets) in the face of competition from online retailers. Currently, according to CBRE; the returns on these properties amount to 3.5% in Barcelona and to 3.25% in Madrid; in other cities (with more risk), the returns are greater.

The stars of these acquisitions are mainly the large funds. Hines, M&G, AEW, Thor, Union Investment, CBRE GI and Deka. “In 2017, in addition, an insurance company entered the high street sector for the first time: Generali acquired the Pull & Bear store on Calle Preciados in Madrid”, according to the report. Other active players include the Socimis, such as Tander, Ores, and Silicius, which have started to express interest.

In terms of large operations so far this year, in January, the German fund Deka acquired 16 Inditex stores for €400 million. Another significant operation was the acquisition of Mercado de San Miguel by the Dutch fund Redevco, for €70 million.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake