Arum Group Invests Another €80M to Expand La Manga Club

20 November 2018 – Eje Prime

Arum Group is getting its wallet out to expand its resort in Murcia. The Spanish property developer, chaired by the magnate Jordi Robinat, is planning to invest more than €80 million in the upcoming expansion of La Manga Club, its residential complex located in the municipality of Cartagena, according to explanations provided by sources at the group speaking to Eje Prime.

The company is already processing a new partial plan to expand the resort by more than 48,000 m2, with the aim of developing new homes. Moreover, if the operation goes ahead, the group forecasts that the building work will begin between the end of next year and the beginning of 2020. The scheduled execution period is between three and four years.

Currently, La Manga Club has a surface area of 1.3 million m2, contains 2,300 homes, two 5- and 4-star hotels, three golf courses (one of which has 18 holes), thirty clay tennis courts, eight soccer fields and a cricket pitch.

With the majority of the residential assets now sold, Arum Group is developing the last one hundred homes, which will be primarily dedicated to international buyers. “English investors are the most common, although increasingly, we are closing more operations with Norwegian clients, as well as Belgians and people from other countries in the north of Europe”, explain sources at the company.

La Manga Club is the only project that the Arum Group has underway in the Region of Murcia. In fact, the property developer owned by Robinat purchased the complex from the Anglo-American cruise company, The Peninsular&Oriental Steam Navigation (P&O), in 2004 for €146 million.

Since then, the Spanish company, headquartered in Barcelona, has undertaken several expansions of the resort, which is one of the largest in southern Europe. The company owns three other residential projects currently underway in Spain, two in Cataluña and one in Tenerife.

The transformation of the Arum Group

The origins of the Arum Group date back to the 1990s, when Jordi Robinat, one of the people responsible for the launch and subsequent sale of the iconic Palace and Ritz hotels in Madrid, decided to set up on his own. He did so initially by creating the firm Med Resort before then formalising the expansion of the company in the Spanish real estate sector, under the brand Medgroup.

With that company, which at the time included George Soros and the former Goldman Sachs banker, Richard Perry, amongst its largest shareholders, Robinat introduced the tourist resort complex to the Spanish coast by integrating homes, hotels, golf courses, spa centres and commercial premises into the same complex.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Berta Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Sareb Puts 209 Assets Up For Sale, Including 37 Hotels

21 July 2017 – Cinco Días

Sareb has launched a campaign to sell a portfolio of 209 properties. The portfolio includes commercial premises, warehouses, offices and 37 hotels, located primarily in the interior of Spain.

The entity has already taken advantage of the increasing interest in the hotel sector to sell Hotel Parque Central de Valencia this week to the Hoteles Playa Senator chain. The four-star complex, located in the capital of Valencia, has 192 rooms and 128 parking spaces.

The entity has launched the so-called “Your business project…starts here” campaign and has also created a website www.sarebterciarios.com, with information about the 209 assets up for sale. The properties are located across 15 autonomous regions, although the majority can be found in Madrid and Castilla y León.

Most of the hotels are actually located in the latter region. The cheapest is located in Mombeltrán, a small town in Ávila; the so-called Real Posada estate is on the market for €528,000. At the other end of the spectrum, the tourist complex with the highest price is located in Las Palmas, comprising 103 apartments; its asking price exceeds €6 million.

The most expensive asset up for sale as part of this campaign is located in the north of Madrid: an office building worth €18.9 million. In the same autonomous region, the bad bank is also selling the cheapest office of the 33 on offer: a unit close to the Plenilunio shopping centre, which has an appraisal value of €80,000.

In terms of the 97 commercial assets, Madrid is also the autonomous region that is home to the most, with 14. Noteworthy properties include the former Cines Cristal on Calle Bravo Murillo, which is being sold for €6.7 million. Behind the capital in this ranking comes Cataluña with 13 assets and Valencia and Andalucía with 12 properties each. The most affordable commercial space is located in Las Palmas; that property is worth €160,000.

Of the 42 industrial warehouses up for sale, half are located along the Mediterranean Coast, 12 are in Cataluña and 9 are in the Comunidad Valencia. The most expensive warehouse is located in Polinya, Barcelona, and its asking price is €7.6 million. By contrast, the cheapest is being sold for €11,003 and is located in Betera, Valencia.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Fernando Cardona)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Lopesan Sells 3 Hotels In Canary Islands To HI Partners For €104M

2 June 2017 – Preferente

Lopesan is experiencing one of its most intense moments in its history and proof of that are the recent business operations that the company has undertaken. Specifically, it has purchased a package of more than 12 million shares in the construction company Sacyr (in a surprise move, Lopesan purchased 2.4% of Sacyr for €30 million); in addition, it has sold three of its hotels to the investor group HI Partners for more than €104 million, according to market sources.

The company has sold the following three hotel establishments, although it will continue to manage them: IFA Beach de San Agustín, the IFA Dunamar and the IFA Continental in Playa del Inglés, in Gran Canaria. This sale has already been reported to the German stock exchange.

Although the dates overlap, according to sources close to the Group’s President, the sales operation is not related to the purchase of Sacyr’s shares; “the Group owns lots of hotels that were constructed in the 1970s that need renovating, which means that it will invest the majority of this new capital in refurbishment projects”.

Another major project in which Lopesan is involved is the construction of a tourist complex with more than 1,000 rooms in the Dominican Republic. Specifically, it is working with its German subsidiary, IFA – in which it holds a majority stake – on this project, which forms part of its international expansion strategy and which will be incorporated into its portfolio.

Original story: Preferente

Translation: Carmel Drake