This Monday Colonial has launched a bid for all the shares in the socimi Axiare which it does not already own at a price of 18,50 euros/share. This means valuing the whole of the company at 1.462 billion euros. The transaction will allow Colonial to become a leader in the offices sector in Europe.
Yesterday, Colonial held its “Investor Day” during which it said it expects gross revenues from rentals to rise 2.9% to €279 million in 2017 from a year earlier. The real estate firm will also launch a new share buyback plan, worth €100 million,
Almost 10 years after the big property bubble burst, Spain is once again showing how emotional it can get it with bricks and mortar in all its forms. And emotional is the word, because the ‘revival’ of the real estate sector – something which nobody was betting on three or four years ago – is so spectacular that not a day passes when there is not some sort of euphoric news emerging about it. Of course figures are figures and these are more than amazing. If we focus on the Socimis, the protagonists of the property market in this current phase, the truth is the numbers are really impressive.
This coming Monday, Colonial will join the Ibex 35, meaning that Spain’s two biggest socimis will now be represented in the selective index. The weighting of Spain’s property sector in the index will also be increased as it continues its recovery.
Fernando Rodríguez | The outlook for economic growth in Spain continues to be good and domestic small and midcap stocks should reflect this. Above all, the cyclicals – particularly industrials – and consumer stocks. Barón de Ley, Miquel y Costas, Cie Automotive, CAF and Fluidra are some of the top stock picks.
MADRID | By Ana Fuentes | As the Spanish property sector becomes fashionable again, we set our eyes in one of the most-commented moves these days: listed developer and owner Colonial’s €1.26m capital increase and €1bn debt restructuring. President of GBS Finanzas Pedro Gómez de Baeza managed to form a complex puzzle including the entrance of billionaire industrialist Juan Miguel Villar Mir with a 24.4% stake. Mr Gómez de Baeza joins us to talk about an “extremely challenging” operation that began in 2008 and only bore fruit at the third attempt, but also shows a changing trend.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Chinese real estate sector saw its outlook downgraded by Moody’s while Spanish housing sector keeps on moving forward, appealing institutional investors. Blackstone, PSP, Drago Capital, Colonial represent the increasing appetite for properties in Madrid and Barcelona. And don’t miss Fed’s Charles Plosser words: he believes the US central bank is “sitting on a ticking bomb.”
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Time for EU peripherals’ sovereign debt auctions: Spain, Italy, Ireland and most importantly, Greece, which is back on the market after 4 years. Note that the successful Greek sale pushed down the yields of its neighbors. Besides, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has become shareholder of Colonial, following the steps of big finance firms like Fidelity that recently renewed their bet for Spanish listed companies and volatile real estate. Colonial rose by 14.3 % at the closing bell.
MADRID | By Fernando G. Urbaneja and Julia Pastor | The depressed Spanish real state sector wakes up slowly, and hopefully, steady thanks to Inmobiliaria Colonial and Realia, two midcap construction companies, which went through the sorrows of housing markets crash. The first is involved in a €1 billion capital increase; the second is said to be bought a major stake by Amancio Ortega, Inditex chairman and third world’s wealthiest businessman.