BMB Launches a Socimi to Invest €100M in Industrial Warehouses

16 October 2018 – Eje Prime

BMB Investment Management is betting on the tertiary sector. The fund manager is finalising the launch of a new Socimi to invest €100 million in the purchase of industrial warehouses.

After entering the residential market with two Socimis (Optimum Re Spain and Optimum III Value-Added Residential), the company led and chaired by Josep Borrell is now looking for higher returns with its latest firm, Optimum Rentals Socimi. This new investment vehicle will focus on the acquisition of assets that offer returns of between 6.5% and 10%, according to reports from Expansión.

The intention of BMB is that 80% of the budget will be allocated to the purchase of industrial warehouses, leased to solvent tenants and located in the industrial parks of Madrid and Barcelona.

Similarly, although Borrell rules out investing in logistics, he does not shy away from the idea that the fund may also take advantage of an opportunity or two in the residential sector or even in the hotel or retail markets.

Optimum Rentals Socimi is starting life with an initial budget of €100 million, of which €50 million will proceed from own funds and the remainder, from bank financing. Sources at the manager confirm that the plan is to maintain the fund in an independent way so that it will live off of its own income. Investors in BMB’s third Socimi are expected to include both institutional and real estate players, and the percentage of international capital is expected to be high.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ores Signs a €35M Loan to Finance New Purchases

11 October 2018 – Eje Prime

Ores is obtaining more fuel to continuing buying Spanish real estate. The Socimi, controlled by Bankinter, has signed a mortgage loan amounting to €35 million, which will facilitate “the execution of the company’s business plan with respect to future acquisitions”, according to a statement filed by the real estate manager with the Alternative Investment Market (MAB).

The company has formalised with a loan with a Spanish bank, whose identity the company declined to disclose. The loan term expires on 11 October 2023 and the principal will be returned with a single bullet payment. The loan has been structured in the following way: €28.1 million at a fixed rate of 1.79% and €6.9 million at a rate of 3-month Euribor with a floor of 0%, plus a spread of 1.35%.

The capital inflow to Ores arrives just in time. At the end of the first half of the year, the Socimi had already achieved more than 90% of its total investment target and it only had €30 million left for purchases.

Between January and June 2018, Bankinter’s Socimi obtained net income of €8 million and a gross operating profit (EBITDA) of €6.3 million. Nevertheless, the company saw its net profit fall during the first six months of the year, with losses amounting to €3.9 million.

During the first half of the year alone, Ores completed the acquisition of thirteen new assets in Spain and Portugal. The company disbursed €117.5 million for those properties, exceeding its forecast investment target by 10%. Similarly, the group, together with Sonae Sierra, purchased the Millenium de Madrid retail park for €31 million in July.

Ores currently has thirty assets in its portfolio, worth €328 million, which generates a gross annual income of €19.4 million. With these latest operations, the Socimi is on track towards the target established when it was created in December 2017 of investing €400 million in high street retail premises, supermarkets, retail parks (up to 20,000 m2), bank branches and unique assets with long-lasting rental contracts and solvent tenants.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Bankinter’s Socimi Buys 4 Retail Premises from Inditex for €12.5M

15 June 2018 – Eje Prime

The Galician giant Inditex is continuing to divest some of its real estate assets and the main players in the sector are taking advantage to acquire retail premises on some of the country’s main high streets. Ores, the Socimi owned by Bankinter and the Portuguese firm Sonae, has purchased a package of four assets from the owner of Zara for €12.5 million. The establishments, which together span more than 1,930 m2 are currently leased to the female fashion chain Stradivarius.

Ores Socimi has acquired one store measuring 700 m2 at number 28 Rúa de Urzaiz, in Vigo; another measuring 450 m2 at number 23 on Calle de los Fueros, in Vitoria; a third measuring 430 m2 at number 2 Calle Emilio Arriesta, in Pamplona; and a fourth measuring 350 m2 on the corner of Plaza del Olivar and Calle San Miquel, in Mallorca.

“With this acquisition, financed by available cash held by Ores Socimi, the company is continuing to fulfil the investment objectives set out in its business plan and in accordance with the financial parameters committed to the shareholders”, explain sources at the group.

The purchase of these stores, located on the main high streets of the respective cities, follows another acquisition carried out at the beginning of this month in Madrid. That deal involved an establishment located at number 157 Calle Alcalá, with a surface area of 374 m2, as revealed by Eje Prime. Those premises are currently rented out to the restaurant group Tim Hortons (…).

Ores is aimed at private banking clients. Although its asset portfolio is, for the time being, limited, the Socimi made its debut on the stock market with the aim of investing €400 million in commercial premises on the high street, as well as in supermarkets, retail parks (measuring up to 20,000 m2), bank branches and single assets with long-term rental contracts and solvent tenants.

Bankinter and Sonae Sierra launched this new venture in the real estate sector in record time. The two groups constituted the company on 15 December last year and, in just two months, completed the vehicle creation process, raised sufficient capital to get it moving and made the leap onto the stock market.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Ores Socimi Buys 4 Retail Assets In Northern Spain For €63M

4 October 2017 – Eje Prime

Ores is fattening up its portfolio of assets with some new purchases. The company, which had invested just over €60 million in the acquisition of commercial assets in Spain prior to August, has taken its chequebook out again and broken its own record. The Socimi, owned by Bankinter and the Portuguese firm Sonae Sierra, has purchased four commercial assets in the north of Spain for €63 million, according to confirmation from the company itself to Eje Prime.

Ores has acquired four hypermarkets in different parts of the north of Spain. It has purchased one commercial asset in Logroño, on Calle Rio Lomo, which is operated by Carrefour and which has a surface area of 14,912 m2. In Calahorra, Ores has bought a property operated by Eroski, located on the Logroño road, which has a surface area of 10,252 m2.

The Socimi has also carried out purchases in Tolosa and Guernica. In Guipúzcoa, the company has acquired a commercial establishment in Barrio de San Blas, measuring 4,147 m2, whilst in Guernica, it has bought a commercial asset measuring 4,348 m2 in the Txaporta neighbourhood. Both of those properties are operated by Eroski.

“With this acquisition, financed entirely using own funds, the company is continuing to fulfil the investment objectives set out in its business plan and in accordance with the financial parameters that we committed to our shareholders”, say sources at the group.

In recent months, Ores has been expanding its asset portfolio in Spain and Portugal. At the beginning of August, Ores acquired a property, which is leased to and operated by the supermarket chain Pingo Doce, located in Lisbon, Portugal. That asset has a gross leasable area of 2,200 m2 and is located in the Alta neighbourhood (…).

Ores is aimed at clients of Bankinter’s private bank segment. Although its portfolio of assets is limited, for the time being, the Socimi came to the stock market with the aim of investing €400 million in high street retail premises, supermarkets, retail parks (spanning a maximum surface area of 20,000 m2), bank branches and single assets with long-term leases and solvent tenants.

Bankinter and Sonae Sierra launched their new venture into the real estate business in record time. The two groups constituted Ores on 15 December last year, completed the process to create the vehicle and raised sufficient capital to give it a head start and debut on the stock market.

Ores was created with contributions from clients of Bankinter’s private banking segment (in other words, wealthy investors) through a capital increase amounting to €196.6 million. In this way, the private banking clients and some institutional investors control almost 86% of the company’s share capital. Meanwhile, the entity led by María Dolores Dancausa has retained a 10% stake, with Sonae Sierra holding onto just under 4% of the shares.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake