Kennedy Wilson Sells 10 Carrefour Supermarkets to Barings for €73.4M

14 January 2020 – El Confidencial

The US fund Kennedy Wilson has sold 10 supermarkets that are currently leased to the French retailer Carrefour to the British fund Barings for €73.4 million.

The stores are located in Madrid (2), Barcelona (4), Bilbao (1), Salamanca (1), Cádiz (1) and Almería (1), and together span a surface area of 38,800 m2 with 1,100 parking spaces. All of them are situated in central locations with good public transport links.

Kennedy Wilson will reportedly generate almost €30 million from the sale, which it plans to reinvest in new opportunities in Europe as well as in other projects already underway.

Original story: El Confidencial (by EC)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Merlin to Make its Portuguese Stock Market Debut on 15 January

9 January 2020 – Europa Press

Merlin Properties, the Socimi led by Ismael Clemente (pictured below), is going to make its debut on the Lisbon stock market on Wednesday 15 January.

Merlin will thus fulfil its objective, announced in 2019, of trading its shares in Portugal (as well as on the Ibex in Madrid), given that it is a strategic market for the entity.

Specifically, the Socimi already owns 9 offices, 2 shopping centres and 1 logistics warehouse in the neighbouring country, assets which together account for 8% of its total portfolio. They span a combined surface area of 113,000 m2 and generating €44 million in annual revenues.

Original story: Europa Press 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Savills Aguirre Newman: Logistics Leasing in Cataluña Fell by 11% to 600,000 m2 in 2019

13 January 2020 – Cadena de Suministro

The volume of logistics space leased in Cataluña decreased by 10.7% in 2019 to 594,172 m2, compared with 665,952 m2 in the previous year, according to data compiled by Savills Aguirre Newman.

In total, 60 operations were closed, with notable transactions closed by Decathlon in ZAL, Districenter in Llisá de Munt and DSV in Molins de Rei.

The YoY decrease was driven by fewer large operations (those over 20,000 m2) in 2019, which broke records in 2018 and a mismatch between supply and demand in terms of surface area and location.

Nevertheless, turnkey operations continued to rise, which typically involve longer rental periods and high rental prices.

The outlook for 2020 is optimistic.

Original story: Cadena de Suministro

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Bonavista Developments to Invest €40M in the Construction of a 11,500 m2 Office Building in Barcelona’s 22@ District

13 January 2020 – El Periódico

Bonavista Developments, through Mitsubishi Estate London and Europa Capital, has completed the purchase of a plot of land in the heart of the 22@ district of Barcelona, on Calle Cristóbal de Moura, for an undisclosed sum.

The two companies are planning to invest €40 million in the construction of a new office building on the site. The new offices are expected to span a surface area of 11,500 m2 and construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

Original story: El Periódico (by Max Jiménez Botías)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

HausInvest Returns to Spanish Real Estate Market

6 January 2020 – Real Assets IPE

Commerz Real’s €15.5bn HausInvest fund has returned to the Spanish real estate market after more than 14 years.

The German property fund is purchasing two office development projects in Barcelona off-plan for €130m from developer Conren Tramway.

It is the first time the fund has invested in Spain since it acquired the Espai Gironés shopping centre near Girona in 2005.

The two office buildings, which will be built on Carrer de Badajoz in Barcelona, will provide 13,900sqm and 9,300sqm of space, respectively.

Original story: Real Assets IPE

Edited by /Summary: Carmel Drake

Invesco Sells a Logistics Warehouse to M&G Investments for €32M

21 June 2019 – Expansión

The global investment manager Invesco has completed the sale of a logistics warehouse in Getafe (Madrid) to the British firm M&G Investments for €32 million.

The warehouse, which was constructed in 2018, has a surface area of 29,536 m2 and 36 loading docks. It is located on the Los Gavilanes industrial estate, by the junction of the A4 with the M-50.

The property has an occupancy rate of 85% and is leased to a number of tenants including the supermarket chain Mercadona and the specialist transport company Acer. It is certified as a sustainable building with a LEED Silver rating.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Amro Plans to Invest €500M to Reach 5,000 Beds in Spain & Portugal in 3 Years

18 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Amro Real Estate Partners is planning to invest €500 million to grow its portfolio of student beds in Spain and Portugal to 5,000 over the next 3 years.

The British company, which specialises in investing in and managing student halls is going to undertake the investment in partnership with a family office whose name has not been disclosed. It plans to accumulate between 10 and 15 halls of residence by 2022.

In this vein, the company has just purchased its third asset in Spain, a plot of land with a buildable surface area of 6,000 m2, which will house 229 beds, in the Teatinos neighbourhood of Málaga. Work will start on the construction of that hall of residence in Q1 2020 with completion scheduled in time for the academic year commencing September 2021.

Amro’s two existing assets in Spain are under development and include a hall of residence in Granada, which will contain 354 beds with a buildable surface area of 11,300 m2, and a student hall in Sevilla, which is going to have 341 beds and a buildable surface area of 9,172 m2.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Marta Casado Pla)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Emesa Sells a 32,000 m2 Warehouse to Blackstone for €18M

17 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Emesa has completed the sale of a logistics warehouse spanning 32,000 m2 located in Valls (Tarragona) to the US fund Blackstone for €18 million, as part of its mission to divest its non-strategic assets.

The warehouse does not currently have a tenant and will have to be renovated before being put up for rent.  

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Aberdeen Buys Torre Auditori from Iberdrola for €98M

14 June 2019 – Expansión

The real estate division of Iberdrola has sold the Torre Auditori office building located in the BcnFira District of Barcelona to the fund Aberdeen Balanced European Property Fund for €98 million.

The property has a surface area of 22,899 m2, distributed over 10 floors, and more than 300 parking spaces. It was constructed in 2013 and is currently home to more than twenty tenants.

This operation represents Aberdeen Balanced European Property Fund’s first in Spain. The fund, which is managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments, now has more than €1 billion under management and is seeking to diversify its portfolio by asset type and geography.

Original story: Expansión (by Rocío Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Colonial Finalises the Sale of its Logistics Centers Worth €480M

14 June 2019 – La Vanguardia

Colonial is finalising the sale of a portfolio of 15 logistics centres worth €480 million that it inherited from Axiare. The assets span a surface area of 574,462 m2 and are located on the outskirts of Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.

The Socimi led by Pere Viñolas hopes to complete their sale within a maximum of two months as it seeks to take advantage of the strong demand for these types of assets thanks to the boom in online commerce.

Colonial’s core portfolio comprises office buildings located in the centres of Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, with a market value of around €11.4 billion. The firm is also working on fourteen new projects located in its three key markets, which have an associated investment of €1.3 billion.

At its recent General Shareholders’ Meeting, Colonial approved the appointment of two new independent directors and ratified the distribution of a dividend amounting to €0.20 gross per share, up by 11% YoY.

Original story: La Vanguardia 

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake