Ivanhoé Cambridge to Invest Up to €150-Million in Capital Increase for Árima Real Estate

4 November 2019 – Árima Real Estate has announced a capital increase of up to 150 million euros. The Canadian real estate investment group Ivanhoé Cambridge will subscribe to the increase in its entirety, giving the firm up to a 29.9% share in the socimi.

The socimi debuted last year in the continuous market and had assets worth 175 million euros at the end of the first semester of this year.

Ivanhoé Cambridge will subscribe the shares at a maximum price of 10.4 euros, a premium of 3% compared to Friday’s closing price of 10.1 euros.

Currently, the top shareholders in Árima are the Bank of Montreal (10.4%), the Pelham fund (9.9%) and UBS (9.8%).

Original Story: Cinco Dias – A. Simón

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

UBS Acquires The Outlet Stores in San Vicente for €34 Million

8 October 2019 – Savills Investment Management announced that it had sold The Outlet Stores shopping centre in San Vicente, Alicante, to a fund controlled by UBS for approximately 34 million euros.

The Outlet Stores complex is located next to the campus of the University of Alicante. ING Real Estate Development built the centre in 2004 and subsequently sold it to Savills Investment in 2013. The firm invested in an expansion, and it currently has a gross leasable area of ​​about 35,000 meters and an occupancy rate of almost 100%.

The Outlet Stores has tenants including Mango, Guess, El Corte Inglés, Nike and Puma, along with restaurants, cinemas, a gym, bowling alley and a Carrefour supermarket.

Original Story: Diário Información – David Navarro

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

 

 

UBS Publishes Report on Cities With Housing Price Imbalances

2 October 2019 – The Swiss investment bank UBS has published its annual report, the UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index 2019, which analyses residential real estate prices in 24 major cities around the world. The bank stated that half of those cities are either facing the risk of a property bubble or are somewhat to considerably overvalued.  

For the first time, the investment bank added Madrid to its list, stating that, while there seems to be no immediate risk of a speculative bubble, the Spanish capital is suffering from an overvaluation. In 2017, an article in the Economist had already suggested that housing prices in Madrid were about 25% above fair value, and prices have increased steadily since then.

UBS’s index also noted that cities including Munich, Toronto, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Paris and Amsterdam were at risk of a bubble. Zurich, London, San Francisco, Tokyo and Stockholm are also suffering from significant imbalances. Finally, prices are somewhat overvalued in Madrid, Los Angeles, Sydney, Geneva and New York.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Elena Sanz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

UBS Negotiating Sale of Barcelona’s Torre Tarragona to Blackstone

5 August 2019

Blackstone is currently in negotiations to buy the Tarragona Tower from UBS for between 100 and 110 million euros. UBS Global Asset Management acquired the tower in 2015 for €72 million from Omega Capital, subsequently investing another €10-million in renovations. The expected sales price would result in a capital gain of roughly 25% for the Swiss bank. Both firms declined to comment.

The tower, located next to the Sants railway station in Barcelona in a highly sought-after area, opened in 1998. The asset has ​​18,150 m2 of surface area spread over 19 floors and 250 parking spaces. The main tenants include Pepsico, Acens (a subsidiary of Telefónica), Quercus and Gentec.

Original Story: Cinco Dias – Alfonso Simón Ruiz

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

Generali’s Axis Retail Partners Seeks to Acquire Two of Intu’s Shopping Centres in Spain

29 July 2019 – Richard D. K. Turner

Last March, Generali Real Estate, the real estate arm of the Italian insurer, announced the launch of Axis Retail Partners, a new subsidiary specialising in shopping centres. Axis received a 500-million euro infusion from the insurer.

This week, Axis is closing in on a potential acquisition of two of the most important assets currently on sale in Europe: the Puerto Venecia (Zaragoza) and Intu Asturias (Oviedo), two giant Spanish shopping centres listed for sale by the UK’s Intu Properties.

In a process led by UBS and CBRE, Germany’s ECE and Axis Retail Partners have appeared as two of the likeliest buyers, with Axis out front. Intu values its 50% stakes in Puerto Venecia and Asturias at around €425 million. Canada’s CPPIB, which shares ownership, declined to exercise its option to purchase the assets.

Original Story: El Confidencial – Ruth Ugalde

Blackstone Finalises the Purchase of Torre Tarragona from UBS

5 June 2019 – Cinco Días

The US fund Blackstone is negotiating the purchase of Torre Tarragona in Barcelona from UBS, according to several sources in the sector. The deal looks set to become the third major operation in the city’s office market this year after Naturgy sold its headquarters to Colonial and Telefónica sold its Diagonal 00 property to Emperador.

UBS Global Asset Management acquired Torre Tarragona in 2015 for €72 million from Omega Capital, the family office owed by Alicia Koplowitz. Now, having invested €10 million in a comprehensive renovation, the Swiss bank is hoping to sell the property for between €100 million and €110 million.

Torre Tarragona is located close to the Sants train station in the Catalan capital and spans a surface area of 18,150m2 spread over 19 floors. It has 250 parking spaces and its main tenant is Pepsico, together with other companies, such as the technological firm Acens (a subsidiary of Telefónica), Quercus and the laboratory Gentic.

Original story: Cinco Días (by Alfonso Simón Ruiz)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Árima Makes its Logistics Debut with the Purchase of a Warehouse for €16.4M

7 May 2019 – Expansión

Árima Real Estate has made its debut in the logistics sector with the purchase of a warehouse spanning 26,000 m2 in San Agustín de Guadalix from an institutional fund for €16.4 million. The property is occupied in its entirety by the supermarket chain Eroski.

For the operation, the Socimi led by Luis Alfonso López Herrera-Oria, has been advised by Catella, EY Abogados and Savills Aguirre Newman as its real estate, legal and technical experts, respectively.

Following this operation, logistics assets account for 12.7% of Árima’s portfolio, with the remainder comprising offices in Madrid. The Socimi’s main shareholders include Bank of Montreal (10.4%); the British fund Pelham (9.984%); UBS (9.164%); Luis Alfonso López Herrera-Oria, (7.791%) and Morgan Stanley (5.122%).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Asian Funds Seek Local Allies to Enter Spanish Real Estate Sector

19 January 2019 – Expansión

Asian investors are joining forces with firms such as UBS, AXA and Savills IM to gain weight in the office, logistics and retail segments, where they still have a limited presence.

Spain has become a key destination for international investors interested in real estate assets, and Asian capital is no stranger to this buying fever that has boosted the sector in the country over the last five years. These investors, who are used to large volume operations, are now trying to gain a foothold in Spain through alliances with large European managers, such as UBS, Rockspring, AXA and Savills Investment Management, which will allow them to participate in smaller-sized operations and enter other sectors such as the office, logistics and retail segments.

The incorporation of new investors, capital funds and Chinese, Japanese and Korean family offices, amongst others, at the hand of the large European managers that are already present in Spain and know the local market well, offers them the possibility of arriving in the country by assuming less risk.

One of the most recent examples is that of the Korean fund manager Igis Asset Management, which, through Savills Investment Management, closed the purchase of Nestlé’s headquarters in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) last October for €87 million. That operation followed others such as the purchase of the Madrilenian Zielo Shopping Pozuelo and that of the office building located at number 2 Calle Santa Bárbara, both through funds managed by UBS, in turn, financed by Asian capital, amongst others.

Indirect investment

(…). These alliances followed the trickle of mega-operations undertaken in Spain in recent years. The most significant include the deal involving the Philippine group Emperador, which purchased the Torre Espacio building in Madrid, one of the skyscrapers that forms part of the Cuatro Torres complex, from Villar Mir, for €558 million.

Another operation that revolutionised the market involved the Chinese holding company Wanda, albeit ephemerally, as it had to abandon the project just three years later. The group purchased Edificio España (Madrid) from Banco Santander in 2014 for €265 million and sold it in the summer of 2017 to RIU, its current owner (…).

Those two Asian investors were joined by the sovereign fund of Singapore GIC, which, through the Socimi P3 Logistics Parks, acquired a foothold in the logistics market in Spain, one of the segments with the most potential.

Investors from Asia are therefore one group of overseas players who are committed to the country, but they are not the only ones. According to a report compiled by Savills Aguirre Newman, international capital was the major star in 2018, accounting for 70% of the €10.8 billion transacted, the largest percentage since the start of the market recovery five years ago (…).

By origin, investors from Europe and the USA account for almost 57% of the domestic and international investment total and 85% of the volume of operations from overseas. Asia is ranked in third place (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Several Funds Acquire/Increase their Stakes in Hispania in the Midst of Blackstone’s Takeover Bid

11 June 2018 – Expansión

Blackstone’s takeover bid for Hispania has placed the Socimi firmly on the radar of investment funds. Since April when Blackstone announced its intention to launch a public share acquisition offer (OPA) for the Spanish Socimi, there have been continuous changes in the shareholding structure.

In terms of the funds who have been active, Fidelity has continued to back the company and has strengthened its stake to 9.64%. Prior to the takeover bid, the company’s stake remained at just over 7%.

Fidelity is the second largest shareholder of Hispania, behind Blackstone, which, after purchasing the stake owned by the Hungarian-born magnate George Soros, leads Hispania’s shareholder ranking, with a 16.56% stake.

Another one of the Socimi’s shareholders that has strengthened its weight since the takeover is Axa Investment Group, which now controls 4.14% compared to 3% before the takeover bid, and Bank of Montreal and BlackRock, which currently hold stakes of around 4.1% each, compared with 3.01% and 3.3%, respectively, that they used to control.

These shareholders constitute the hardcore nucleus of the company’s owners, together with the Mexican firm Canepa, which holds almost 6% through Tamerlane, and the Brazilian family office BW Gestao de Investimentos (BWG) with 3.7%.

New shareholders

In addition to the reference shareholders who have taken positions, Blackstone’s interest in Hispania has led to new interest from other shareholders.

The Norwegian fund, through its manager Norges Bank, has appeared to acquire 1.09% of the Socimi; Man Group, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, has bought 1.27%; and Kite Lake Capital Management has purchased 1.56%.

Blackstone’s takeover bid for 100% of Hispania at a price of €17.54 per share means that it is valuing the Socimi at €1,905 million. Hispania used to have a market capitalisation of €1,903 million and its shares closed trading on Friday at a price of €17.68 per share, slightly above the takeover price.

After Blackstone launched its takeover, Hispania’s Board of Directors engaged Goldman Sachs, UBS and JPMorgan as financial advisors and Freshfields and Uría Menéndez, as legal advisors, to analyse the terms of the offer and look for alternatives.

Expressions of interest

In a conversation with analysts in May, during the presentation of the group’s results, Cristina García-Peri, Director-General of Hispania, classified Blackstone as a “plausible” buyer, but she emphasised that other investors have been “very interested” in the Socimi and its hotel portfolio.

The American investment fund’s offer, whose brochure is pending approval by Spain’s National Securities and Markets Commission (CNMV) is conditional upon obtaining at least 50% plus one of the shares in Hispania. Moreover, the takeover is subject to a clause that prevents the sale of assets for an aggregated transaction value of more than 5% of the NAV (net asset value) (…).

Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

UBS Buys Prime Office Building in Madrid for €120M

17 April 2018 – Iberian Property

The Swiss bank UBS’s real estate subsidiary has acquired a prime office building in the centre of Madrid, which is occupied by BBVA, for around €120 million.

Located at numbers 1 and 2 on Plaza de Santa Bárbara, in the Palace of the Condes de Guevara, the building spans a total surface area of 11,549 m2 and dates from 1920, according to Eje Prime. It also has 300 parking spaces.

Formerly owned by BBVA, which sold the property to a private investor several years ago, the bank continues to use the building to house its innovation centre and other offices.

This transaction was intermediated by Savills Aguirre Newman. It represents UBS’s fifth acquisition in Spain in the last year. Around a month ago, the bank purchased the EspañaDuero office tower, also in Madrid, in the Méndez Álvaro district, through UBS Euroinvest Inmobilien, for €55 million.

Original story: Iberian Property (by Ana Tavares)

Edited by: Carmel Drake