Singapore’s GIC to Sell Portfolio of Logistics Assets

4 January 2020 GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, has mandated JLL to launch the sale of a €100-million portfolio of logistics assets owned by its subsidiary in Spain, P3 Logistics.

The portfolio contains one-third of P3 Spain Logistic Parks’ assets of approximately €270 million. The socimi is currently listed on the MAB, with a market cap of 30.7 million euros.

GIC, el fondo soberano de Singapur ordenó a JLL lanzar la venta de una cartera de activos logísticos de 100 millones de euros, propiedad de su filial en España, P3 Logistics.

La cartera contiene un tercio de los activos pertenecientes a P3 Spain Logistic Parks, un total de aproximadamente €270 millones. La socimi actualmente cotiza en el MAB, con una capitalización de mercado de 30,7 millones de euros.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Translation/Summary: Richard D. Turner

GMP Puts Huawei’s Offices in Castellana Norte Up For Sale

28 May 2019 – Eje Prime

The real estate group GMP has put the headquarters of the Chinese company Huawei in Madrid up for sale. The technology giant has occupied the offices, which span 21,000 m2, since Q1 2017. The premises are located in the Castellana Norte Business Park in Las Tablas, close to the headquarters of other groups such as Mediaset and Nokia.

The Castellana Norte Business Park has become one of the most important urban renovations projects in the Spanish capital. It offers office space measuring more than 1 million m2, with capacity for over 200,000 people.

GMP, which is owned by the Montoro family and the Singapore sovereign fund, specialises in the management of offices and retail parks. It owns 18 work centres in Madrid and generated revenues of €106.7 million in 2018, up by 8% YoY.

The office market in the Spanish capital is one of the most attractive for international operators thanks to the combination of low prices (€33/m2/month) and availability (10.5%).

GMP’s decision to sell the property was taken before the US named the Chinese company as a threat to national security and vetoed it from all business with US companies.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla & Marc Vidal Ordeig)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Azora Acquires HQ of the Former Cortefiel Group for €28.3M

24 January 2019 – Eje Prime

Another operation has been closed in the office market in Madrid. The Socimi GMP, controlled by the Montoro family and the sovereign fund of Singapore, has sold the building located at number 51 Calle Llano Castellano to Azora. The price of the operation amounted to €28.3 million.

The property now controlled by Azora, the real estate manager founded by Concha Osácar and Fernando Gumuzio, is occupied in its entirety by Tendam, previously known as the Cortefiel Group and owner of the fashion chains Cortefiel, Women’secret, Springfield and Pedro del Hierro.

The rental contract for the building, which has a gross leasable area of 23,108 m2 and 145 parking spaces, is due to expire in 2023.

The building was constructed in 1990 and had been controlled 100% by GMP since 2015. Until then, the property was in the hands of the real estate division of General Electric through the company Renta Gestión Fuencarral.

Its new owner, Azora, specialises in the investment and management of real estate assets for third parties and has a portfolio comprising more than €4.5 billion in assets. The company was the promoter of Hispania, the first Socimi to be constituted, which made its debut on the stock market in Spain in 2014.

Azora was considering its own stock market debut, but in the end, it suspended that process last year. Azora and Hispania ended their agreement last year, after Blackstone’s successful takeover of the Socimi.

Since then, the company has focused on the residential rental market through the creation of a joint venture with CBRE Global Investment and Madison to reach a portfolio of 10,000 homes over the coming years.

Azora manages the real estate portfolios of funds and wealthy investors, such as George Soros, CBRE Global Investors, Goldman Sachs, Axa Investment Management and Bank of Montreal, amongst others (…).

Original story: Eje Prime (by P. Riaño and I. P. Gestal)

Translation: Carmel Drake

GMP Signs Spain’s First “Green” Loan with BBVA: €68M for Castellana 77

9 December 2018 – Eje Prime

The Spanish real estate sector has obtained its first green loan. Specifically, the Socimi GMP, controlled by the Montoro family, has signed a loan of that type with BBVA to finance the project to renovate Castellana 77, an office building in the Azca area. In total, the real estate company has received €68 million.

Specifically, the Socimi acquired the building from BBVA in 2015. GMP has recently completed work to renovate the property. The company’s commitment to obtain the loan has been established around the fact that the money will be used to promote sustainability, according to Expansión.

GMP, which has the Singapore sovereign fund (GIC) amongst its reference shareholders, has been working for a while to create a portfolio of sustainable buildings. 80% of its assets have the Leed stamp and, last June, one of the jewels in its crown, the former Torre BBVA, obtained the Well Oro certificate, becoming the first property in Spain to merit that distinction.

During the first half of 2018, the Socimi saw its profits soar by 81% to exceed €110 million. The company recorded revenues of €49.5 million between January and June, down by 0.8% compared to the same period in 2017.

Currently, GMP has a portfolio of sixteen assets, which sum a total of twenty-seven buildings and a gross leasable area (GLA) of 360,000 m2. All of them are located in Madrid, along with the 65,105 m2 of buildable space that the group owns, concentrated in the urban developments of Valdebebas and Las Tablas. The company’s portfolio of projects also includes a residential tourist development in Alicante, which is called Las Colinas Golf&Country Club.

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Blackstone Sells Logicor To Chinese Sovereign Fund For €12.5Bn

5 June 2017 – Real Estate Press

Logicor’s Spanish logistics portfolio, which covers more than 1 million m2, has been included in the second largest real estate operation ever to be closed in Europe. The deal has involved the sale of Logicor by Blackstone to the sovereign fund China Investment Corporation CIC, for €12,500 million, according to a statement issued by the US group on Friday.

Logicor, a company created by Blackstone in 2012, owns a portfolio comprising more than 600 high-quality European logistics assets, which have a combined surface area of 13 million m2, located in 17 countries, although more than 70% of the properties are concentrated in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Southern Europe. All of the assets are located in major European economies, along the main transport corridors and very close to major population centres. The portfolio is in an ideal position to benefit from the structural changes in demand that is currently being driven by the rapid growth in on-line trade.

In Spain, the company owns a portfolio covering more than 1.2 million m2, located primarily in Madrid and Barcelona, after having acquired assets from Axa, CBRE GI, SEP Investment, Gran Europa and General Electric, amongst others. Half of the Spanish portfolio is located in the Corredor de Henares. Logicor’s most recent acquisitions in Spain have included two warehouses spanning 70,000 m2 in Torrejón de Ardoz from IDI Gazeley, a purchase that formed part of a larger European operation covering 200,000 m2; and a 82,000 m2 space, which itacquired from Godman, also as part of a larger European operation.

With the sale of Logicor, Blackstone has repeated the move it made with IndCor in the United States in December 2014. On that occasion, the buyer was the Singapore sovereign fund, GIC, which paid $8,500 million for IndCor’s logistics assets, which covered a total logistics surface area of 12 million m2. And it was Blackstone that was the first to predict the effect that logistics spaces would have with the arrival of e-commerce, in addition to its great capacity to raise capital.

Antony Meyers, Director of Real Estate at Blackstone in Europe said: “We have constructed Logicor, through more than 50 acquisitions, to be a leading pan-European logistics company”. “Now, it will have an excellent new owner, with a long-term vision and we have no doubt that it will maintain its strength in a sector that has a very positive outlook”.

CIC fought off competition in the bid for Logicor from Mapletree Investment and Temasek, a joint venture formed by two Singapore state funds, according to a person familiar with the bid process, as well as Global Logistics Properties, a company controlled by the Singapore sovereign fund, GIC.

Logistics spaces are going to have enormous value for e-commerce companies, such as Amazon. Logicor has focused on the growth of its business in Western Europe, where on-line shopping is less developed than in the United Kingdom. The agreement is expected to be closed before the end of the year.

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake

Singapore Sovereign Fund Acquires P3 Logistics Parks

17 November 2016 – Expansión

GIC, the Singapore sovereign fund, is strongly committed to the European logistics sector. The investment group has just completed the acquisition of P3 Logistic Parks, one of the largest companies specialising in the logistics segment on the continent. The operation will be one of the largest transactions in the real estate market in Europe this year. GIC will pay €2,400 million in total to the funds TPG Real Estate and Ivanhoe Cambridge, which purchased P3 in 2013.

With this purchase, GIC is entering the Spanish logistics sector with a bang, given that P3 Logistics Parks owns 80,000 m2 of storage space in the country, spread over five assets. Specifically, the group owns one platform in Abrera (Barcelona), another one in Pedrola (Zaragoza) and three in the central region: in Valdemoro (Madrid), Alovera and Fontanar (Guadalajara). Its clients are major transportation companies, which lease all of the available surface area.

In total, P3, which is headquartered in Prague, controls logistics platforms with a combined surface area of 3.3 million m2, across Europe. Since TPG acquired the company three years ago, the firm has doubled in size through acquisitions, and now has a network of 163 logistics centres, located in 62 cities across nine European countries.

This year, P3 has completed a long-term debt financing process worth €1,400 million, with the aim of strengthening its growth strategy and securing some financial breathing room.

GIC’s challenge is to drive a new expansion phase to take advantage of the international boom in the logistics sector, driven in large part by the increase in online commerce. For this, P3 owns a portfolio of land on which it could build an additional 1.4 million m2 of logistics space.

New developments

In fact, the logistics park operator is already building eleven new complexes, which will generate 300,000 m2 of additional space over the next few months.

“We are delighted to have one of the most important sovereign funds in the world as our partner; GIC’s long-term investment strategy is very much aligned with our vision to build high quality assets and be long-term owners”, said Ian Worboys, CEO of P3.

Original story: Expansión (by S. Saborit)

Translation: Carmel Drake

GMP Becomes 3rd Largest Socimi In Spain

21 July 2016 – El Confidencial

(…) In the audit report just realised by the group owned by the Montoro family, the Socimi GMP confesses that the real estate consultancy Savills has granted its real estate investments a fair value of €1,349 million, representing an increase compared to their value last year (€1,192 million). That figure places the Socimi at the same level as Hispania, and as such, means that it is competing directly with the company led by Concha Osácar and Fernando Gumuzia for third place in the national ranking of the large listed real estate companies in Spain, behind Merlin-Metrovacesa and Colonial.

The company owns several major office buildings, including its own headquarters, located on Luchana 23, as well as the following properties: Parque Norte, Castellana Norte, Iberia Mart I and II, Génova 27, Hermosilla 3-Ayala 8, Alcalá 16, Castellana 81, Castellana 77, Goya 14, Puerto de Somport 8, Eloy Gonzalo 10, Velázquez 164, Condesa de Venadito 1, Titán 4, Llano Castellano 51 and Trespaderme 29.

In order to build up this portfolio, the company has benefitted from the invaluable assistance of the Singapore Sovereign Fund (GIC) since October 2014, following the fund’s acquisition of 32.9% of its share capital, as part of an agreement to spend €61.5 million on the shares. It has also committed to invest another €67 million before the end of March, which will allow GMP to maintain its pace of investment during its first few months as a listed company.

Given that the Socimi was constituted two years ago…the company is obliged to debut on the stock market before 30 September 2016. Nevertheless, as the company itself acknowledges in its audit report, its aim is to complete this process before it goes on holiday in August. This means that, if it obtains all the necessary authorisations, it may join the MAB – the Alternative Investment Market – within the next two weeks.

Financial situation

Despite the spectacular valuation of its assets, GMP has debt with credit institutions amounting to €800 million. The first key date in this regard will come in 2017, when debt amounting to €741.9 million is due to mature; that gives the company enough time to adapt its financial commitments, especially its syndicated mortgage loan with Société Générale.

At the end of 2015, the Socimi’s share capital amounted to €9.4 million, represented by 1.9 million shares with a nominal value of €4.92, although three weeks ago the company approved a split of the nominal value of its shares, as a preliminary step ahead of its debut on the stock market.

GMP Property’s revenues from rental income amounted to €57.35 million in 2015, compared with €65.83 million in 2014. The decrease was driven by the remodelling of some of its properties, which the company is currently engaged in, such as BBVA’s former headquarters on Castellana 81. In addition, the company received turnover of €4.35 million from the renting of car parks and €9 million from the provision of services, taking its total operating income to €59.8 million, compared with €65.8 million in 2014.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Ruth Ugalde)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Singapore Sovereign Fund Declares 3.1% Stake In Axiare

4 February 2016 – Expansión

According to the records of Spain’s CNMV, the Singapore Sovereign Fund has declared a 3.1% stake in the share capital of Axiare Patrimonio, worth around €26 million. As such, it joins the list of (high profile) funds that are backing the Socimi, which is led by Luis López de Herrera-Oria (pictured above, right).

Original story: Expansión

Translation: Carmel Drake

GMP Will Debut On Stock Exchange Before Oct 2016

10 November 2015 – Cinco Días

One of the real estate companies that owns some of the best office buildings in Madrid will debut on the stock exchange before October 2016. GMP Property, which was constituted as a Socimi in September last year, has up to two years to list on the stock market, and it seems like the company’s managers are going to maximise that period – by all accounts, they are in no hurry to take the step, but they are already working to prepare the company to that end.

GMP Property is controlled by the Montoro family, which founded the company in 1979, as a pure real estate company, in other words, a company dedicated to the generation of income, primarily from office rentals. The GIC Real Estate International division of the Singapore sovereign fund acquired a stake in the company as part of GMP’s strategy to become a Socimi in September last year. It purchased 30% of the real estate company for €200 million, which meant that the company’s market value then stood at around €670 million.

That is an indication of the potential value of the real estate company on the stock exchange, although the company says that its market capitalisation is greater now than when GIC acquired its stake, given the better climate for economic activity in Spain and thanks to the new properties that the company has incorporated into its portfolio. “GMP is undoubtedly worth more now than a year ago”, said Xavier Barrondo, the CEO of GMP.

In this way, it will become one of the largest Socimis in Spain, alongside Merlin, Axiare, Hispania and Lar España. Zambal is the Socimi that is expected to debut on the stock market next. It is owned by the French fund IBA Capital and holds properties such as the ABC Serrano shopping centre in Madrid and Zara’s flagship store on Calle Preciados. The Socimis have the advantage that they do not pay corporation tax, but they are obliged to pay dividends to their shareholders. Moreover, they have a maximum period of two years to debut on the stock exchange.

Shareholder stability

Once listed, the managers of GMP intend to maintain the union of current shareholders, which includes the Montoro family and GIC. “It is a long-term strategic alliance”, says Barrondo. For this reason, the Socimi will only list the minimum number of shares known as free float on the stock exchange, for a small value, estimated at €2 million.

The Singapore fund holds its stake in GMP through another Socimi, known as Euro Cervantes. That company also holds other investments in Spain, primarily in shopping centres, such as La Maquinista (Barcelona) and Habaneras (Torrevieja, Alicante). The latest data available for GMP, from its annual report for 2014, indicates that the gross value of the company’s assets amounted to €1,282 million as at December 2014. (…).

Some of the most iconic buildings in its portfolio include the BBVA Tower on the Castellana, the historical headquarters of Banco Bilbao, on Calle Alcalá 16 and Garrigues’ corporate headquarters on Calle Hermosilla, all in Madrid. (…).

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Colonial Plans To Invest €300M In 2015 And Focus On Spain

26 March 2015 – Expansión

During 2015, the company plans to buy (properties) in Madrid and Barcelona, where “asset values have more potential (to increase)”.

Colonial has an annual budget of €300 million to purchase office buildings. The CEO of the real estate company, Pere Viñolas (pictured), explained yesterday that Colonial invested that amount in property in 2014, although the majority was spent in Paris, where it purchased a building for €230 million. In 2015, however, the company expects to allocate the majority of its budget to the acquisition of office buildings in Madrid and Barcelona.

According to Viñolas, “asset values have more potential (to increase)” in the Spanish real estate market than in Paris. Although, in his opinion, “the Spanish market is not as good as people think, but then the French market is not as bad as they say either”.

Investor pressure in Spain and the “abundance of money” does not mean that “there is a bubble”, according to Viñolas. “Colonial is not under any pressure to invest, and so we will avoid entering into any transactions that do not have rational criteria”, he said. Nor does the company want to deviate from its traditional business: investment in office buildings in Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, located on prime streets and with long-term profitability objectives. However, they will not only purchase prime assets, since the group wants to allocate 20% of its budget to the acquisition of buildings that need to be renovated, in order to increase their values through their refurbishment and by securing solvent tenants.

Viñolas was talking yesterday at a conference entitled Colonial, a successful transformation in the new financial environment, organised by PwC. He spoke about the massive return on investments in Spain and the new type of investor. For example, none of the traditional financial institutions feature in Colonial’s new liability structure. For this new phase, the real estate company has placed its debt in the hands of new players in the sector, such as a Singapore sovereign fund, Quebec pension funds and foreign insurance groups.

Change of cycle

Viñolas believes that it is too early to talk about a recovery in terms of rents in the office segment, but “it could happen this year or in 2016”, he said. For now, he added “companies that previously sought cheaper locations and shorter contracts, are now demanding better locations and longer-term contracts.

Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake