Trajano Sells Manoteras 48 for €62.8 Million to BNP Paribas Real Estate

3 August 2019

The socimi Trajano Iberia has sold the Isla de Manoteras Business Park in Madrid for almost 63 million euros to BNP Paribas Real Estate. The company paid 44.3 million euros for the asset in March 2016. The two firms expect to sign the agreement in the next few days.

The property, at Avenida de Manoteras, 48, has a leasable area of ​​13,442 square meters and 274 parking spaces. The business park is located north of Madrid, next to the M-30 and A1, in a consolidated area between Manoteras, Las Tablas and Sanchinarro. The area is home to the headquarters of major companies such as Telefónica and BBVA.

After the sale, Trajano will have just four assets, with a leasable area of ​​almost 140,000 square meters and an occupancy of 99%, in its portfolio. Those four assets consist of two shopping centres, Nosso Shopping in Vila Real (Portugal) and Alcalá Magna in Alcalá de Henares; a mixed-use building with a ground-floor store and offices in ​​Bilbao’s CBD and a logistics complex in the Zaragoza’s Plaza industrial park.

According to the latest available data, the original five assets are valued at €335 million euros.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde / Elena Sanz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Insur & the Moya Yoldi Family Team Up with the Cosentinos in Córdoba

1 March 2019 – El Confidencial

Inmobiliaria del Sur (Insur), the listed real estate firm, which joined forces with the Moya Yoldi family (the owners of the Persán detergent manufacturers) last year to promote three residential developments in Sevilla, Marbella and Madrid, has now teamed up with another high profile family: the Cosentinos – the manufacturer of Silestone.

The three companies are going to co-invest in a residential development in Córdoba comprising 187 homes. Insur will own 50% of the development, whilst ownership of the remaining 50% will be split between the two families.

Coincidentally, the Moya Yoldi and Cosentino families are already partners in the Socimi Trajano, which is chaired by José Moya.

Original story: El Confidencial (by Carlos Pizá)

Summary/Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Bank Acquires L’Aljub Shopping Centre in Elche for €170M

8 May 2018 – Expansión

Deutsche Bank is increasing its commitment to the Spanish retail sector by adding the L’Aljub shopping centre in Elche to its portfolio of assets in Spain.

Specifically, the German bank has signed an agreement with the fund Seva (Southern European Value-Add Mandate), managed by TH Real Estate for the investors TPG Real Estate – the real estate platform of the international manager TPG – and Partners Group, for €170 million.

The operation has been advised by the consultancy firm Cushman & Wakefield, which has worked with the vendor, whilst CBRE has advised on the buy side.

With this acquisition, the entity is strengthening its position in the commercial sector in the country. In August 2016, Deutsche Bank purchased the Diagonal Mar shopping centre from Northwood for €495 million. That operation was the second largest transaction ever closed in the shopping centre sector in Spain, after the purchase of Xanadú.

Moreover, Trajano – the Socimi managed by Deutsche Bank – purchased the Alcalá Magna shopping centre from Incus Capital for just over €100 million at the beginning of last year. In addition, the firm also owns the Salera shopping centre in Castellón de la Plana.

The L’Aljub shopping centre was inaugurated in 2003 and spans more than 60,000 m2, spread over two floors and with a large underground car park.

Besides the commercial and leisure offering, L’Aljub is home to an Eroski hypermarket on the ground floor.

Specifically, the shopping centre contains 120 shops and has 3,200 parking spaces. Its most high-profile tenants include Inditex, H&M, Primark, Mango and Cines ABC.

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deutsche Bank’s Socimi To Buy Alcalá Magna Shopping Centre

23 January 2017 – Cinco Días

The Socimi Trajano, managed by Deutsche Bank, is finalising what will be its largest purchase since its creation in 2015. It is planning to acquire the Alcalá Magna shopping centre (Alcalá de Henares, Madrid) for €100 million.

Deutsche Bank is investing in Spain again and in a shopping centre once more. Whilst last year, it broke records through its vehicle Deutsche Asset Management’s purchase of  Diagonal Mar in Barcelona for €493 million, now it is planning to close its Spanish Socimi Trajano’s largest operation to date, by acquiring Alcalá Magna for around €100 million.

This shopping centre in Alcalá de Henares is currently owned by the Spanish fund Incus Capital, whose shareholders include Estanislao Carvajal, Álvaro Rivera and Alejandro Moya. The investment vehicle has assets amounting to €600 million in its portfolio and it spent €200 million on a dozen operations in 2016. In turn, Incus acquired Alcalá Magna from CBRE Global Investors two years ago.

Alcalá Magna was inaugurated in 2007, has a gross leasable area of 34,165m2 and employs around 500 people. It has 1,265 parking spaces and 94 stores, including H&M, Zara, C&A, Sfera, Cortefiel and a Mercadona supermarket. Moreover, almost 25% of its space is used for leisure and restaurant purposes.

For Trajano, the Socimi managed by Deutsche Bank, this will be its largest acquisition. Last October, the company successfully completed a €47 million capital increase “to be able to undertake additional investments amounting to between €95 million and €100 million”, according to reports by the company in a statement.

The company’s investment strategy focuses on: offices located in peripheral areas of Madrid and Barcelona and in prime areas of other cities; shopping centres that are in leadership positions and that generate recurrent cash flow; as well as logistics parks, primarily in Madrid, Barcelona, País Vasco and Valencia.

Trajano already manages €181 million in four assets, with a total managed surface area of 117,000 m2. It closed its last transaction at the end of last year, with the purchase of four logistics warehouses in Zaragoza for €42.9 million.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz and Pablo Martín Simón)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Hotel Socimis Get Ready To Invade The MAB

16 March 2016 – Cinco Días

Hotel Socimis are getting ready to colonise the Alternative Investment Market (MAB). Hotel chains of all sizes are analysing this vehicle in light of the tax incentives that it offers. More than six companies are already working on their debuts.

Bay, the vehicle created by Hispania and Barcelona, fired the starting gun in the hotel Socimi race. Socimis are vehicles whose activity involves real estate investment, and they also offer tax incentives for investors. “This year, the hotel Socimis will position themselves in the market, with urban properties and holiday resorts”, says Bruno Hallé, Managing Partner at the consultancy firm Magma Hospitality, who highlights the appeal that the Spanish hotel industry holds for both foreign travellers and investors.

The vehicle is being analysed by hotel groups of all sizes (small, medium and large) that have a lot of real estate on their balance sheets and that view this option as an alternative for obtaining liquidity and continuing with their growth strategies, as well as of separating their hotel activity out from their assets. In the case of Bay, it owns a portfolio of 16 vacation hotels, which also includes two shopping centres. That Socimi will soon debut on the MAB.

For other Socimis, the MAB has also become the launch pad. Of the 15 Socimis now operating on that platform, three are hotel companies: Obsido, Trajano and Promorent, and another six such companies are planned over the next few months.

“The Socimi is a vehicle that anyone working in the real estate sector has to consider”, says Antonio Fernández Hernando, President of Armabex, one of the registered advisors to the MAB that specialises in Socimis. It is currently promoting Bluebay, the hotel chain owned by Jamal Satli Iglesias, which has been managing the Hotel Miguel Ángel in Madrid for the last few months. Sources at the hotel group acknowledge that no specific decisions have been taken yet about the assets that are going to be incorporated into this vehicle, but according to estimates, it will have a value of between €450 million and €500 million.

The valuation of the most urgent project that Armabex is working on is much smaller. It will have just one hotel, in the North of Spain, and is owned by a family group, which also plans to launch another vehicle of this type with another four properties.

Behind them is a list of projects under consideration, including one that Antonio Fernández Hernando says has an initial valuation of €150 million.

Among the investors who have realised their plans to launch pure hotel Socimis is Millenium. The group, chaired by Javier Illán, is evaluating the option of creating a hotel Socimi and has set an investment objective of €300 million, which could increase to €500 million, in both the holiday and urban segments.

Besides the Socimis, another alternative preferred by hotel groups in recent years has been the creation of joint ventures with investment firms. Such is the case of Meliá, which launched a company with Starwood Capital, to which it sold a portfolio of six properties for €176 million. “The future of the Socimis will involve the creation of multi-brand vehicles, like the ones that already exist in the US”, says Hallé, who acknowledges that the sector is in its infancy and will become more established over the next few years.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Laura Salces Acebes and Pablo Martín Simón)

Translation: Carmel Drake

First-Generation Socimis Rush To List Before 30 Sept 2015

7 July 2015 – Cinco Días

Socimis are the investor vehicle of the moment. Their tax advantages and the international funds that they are attracting, have turned Socimis into key players in the timid recovery of the real estate sector. And they are going to become even more important. Many of the first generation Socimis (those constituted in 2013, following the reform of the law governing these listed real estate investment companies) are obliged to list on the stock exchange before 30 September 2015; failure to do so will mean that they lose their right to not pay corporation tax.

“The law made provisions for a transition period for the fulfilment of all requirements. The deadline for one of those, to list on the stock market, ends on 30 September”, explains Antonio Sánchez Recio, Partner at PwC. According to market sources, there may be a dozen companies in this situation, although some of them are small and will only list to comply with the law, rather than to raise capital, at least initially. (…).

They will join those that currently trade on the main stock exchange, namely: Merlin Properties, Hispania, Lar España and Axiare. As well as the smaller companies, which are listed on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB), namely: Entrecampos, Fidere (owned by Blackstone), Mercal, Promorent and Uro.

Around 25 entities are now constituted as Socimis, but some of them have been created in the last few months, and so they will not be affected by the upcoming deadline.

Furthermore, other companies are not obliged to list in Spain at all, since their shares are already traded on other European markets. That is the case of Pryconsa’s companies, called Cibra 2009 and InveRetiro, which in turn are owned by Saint Croix Holding Inmobiilier, a Socimi listed in Luxembourg. And that is also the case of Orion Columba, the owner of the Plenilunio shopping centre, which is now itself owned by the French listed company Klepierre.

In addition to the companies constituted in 2013, the market expects that a large number of these vehicles will undertake IPOs in the coming months. Such is the case of Trajano, the Socimi recently created by Deutsche Bank. One of the most eagerly awaited is the future Socimi Pontegadea, the family office owned by Amancio Ortega, which has assets of almost €5,000 million. (…).

Another large company on analysts’ radars is IBA Capital’s company Zambal, which owns the ABC Serrano shopping centre, amongst other buildings. Other companies also include GMP Property, created by the Montoro family and the sovereign fund GIC, which owns large assets such as Torre BBVA in Madrid. Acciona is in the same boat, it is assessing different options for its commitment to the residential rental sector, including the creation of a Socimi, according to sources close to the company.

Other companies and funds that are setting up their own Socimis include: Green Oak, Drago Capital, Corpfin, Autonomy Capital, Jaba, Meridia, Rodez (through Anglón Alza), Quabit (with the Socimi Bulwin), Brookfields, as well as Santander Real Estate (Banif Inmobiliario), Norfin, Banco Sabadell (Solvia), Triangle, Turanta, Unibail Rodamco and Urbas.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation: Carmel Drake