Lladó Family Buys Office Building in Madrid from Axiare for €30M

22 December 2017 – Eje Prime

Axiare is ending the year by starting a new divestment phase and the Lladó family is growing its portfolio of assets. José Lladó, President and majority shareholder of Técnicas Reunidas, is exercising his real estate leg with the purchase of a building on Calle Fernando el Santo, owned by the Socimi Axiare, for €30 million. The asset will become the new headquarters of the European investment fund Eurofund Capital Partners.

The Socimi has begun its divestment phase and has decided to get rid of its Fernando el Santo property, a prime building located in the centre of Madrid, for which it will receive proceeds of €30 million.

The property, measuring 3,254 m2 spread over six floors, is located at number 15 Calle Fernando el Santo.  It has 42 underground parking spaces and currently houses the headquarters of the Argentinian embassy and consulate in Spain. It is adjacent to the current residence of the Argentinian ambassador.

The Socimi has obtained a return of 82% from this asset in just three years, after having purchased the property in 2014 for €16.5 million. Moreover, the building’s rent has risen by 43% during the three years that the company has managed it.

The new owner of the building is the Lladó family, which in recent months has opted to acquired assets located in prime areas where the value of those assets may exceed their prices over the coming years. Before acquiring this property from Axiare, the company purchased another building from the Socimi Hispania, which will house the future headquarters of the law firm Uría y Menéndez for €29 million.

In recent years, the owner of Técnicas Reunidas has also purchased a building at number 2 Marqués de la Ensenada, located just a stone’s throw from Plaza Colón in Madrid, for €6 million. In July 2014, the family office also purchased a building from Vía Célere at number 15 Paseo de Recoletos, for almost €20 million. The Lladó family also owns the property at number 33 on the same street.

Axiare starts divesting at the height of its takeover bid

The Socimi Axiare, which on the offensive, after Colonial launched a takeover bid to take control of the Socimi, is beginning a new divestment phase with the sale of this asset.

Axiare’s portfolio appeals to Colonial because it mainly comprises offices (74%), but also contains other types of assets, such as commercial premises, which account for 9% of the total, and logistics assets, which represent 18% of the total. The Socimi is led by Luis Alfonso López de Herrera-Oria.

The main assets of Axiare, whose tenants include companies such as eBay, Cuatrecasas, Konecta, McKinsey&Company and Alantra amongst its clients, are its office buildings on Calle Sagasta in Madrid, measuring 7,054 m2; on Calle Velázquez, measuring 16,816 m2; and on Calle Manuel de Falla, measuring 6,252 m2.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Custodio Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Merlin Buys Adequa Business Park From Lone Star For €380M

3 October 2016 – Real Estate Press

On Friday, Merlin Properties confirmed its purchase of the Adequa business park, located in the Las Tablas area in the north east of Madrid. The operation has been advised by Knight Frank and JLL.

The complex has belonged to Lone Star since 2015 which purchased it by foreclosing a debt with Bami amounting to €630 million.

Adequa, opened in 2007, is a complex covering more than 107,000 sqm spread across several buildings. The complex houses the headquarters of the group Técnicas Reunidas and the automobile company Renault. In addition, there is a plot of land for the development of two other buildings, including a 24-storey tower with a surface area of 29,000 sqm.

Through this acquisition, Merlin Properties has increased its presence in the area, where it already owns five office buildings, purchased in October 2014, for €130 million, which house the headquarters of Vesta, Neoris and Philips, amongst others. Similarly, Merlin acquired a plot of land measuring 16,000 sqm, where it is currently constructing an office block.

As at 30 June 2016, Merlin’s office portfolio comprised 584,969 sqm of space, worth €2,337.7 million. This portfolio has multiplied following the Socimi’s merger with Metrovacesa, approved on 15 September 2016. Thus, the new Merlin has an office portfolio that contains 84 properties with a surface area covering more than 1 million sqm and is worth €4,172 million.

In the north of Madrid, Metrovacesa owns the Las Tablas business park, which contains more than 27,000 sqm of office space and another complex, Vía Norte, covering 38,000 sqm.

Original story: Real Estate Press

Translation: Carmel Drake