Due to the resilience shown by the real estate sector during the pandemic, as well as tenant stability, Socimis have purchased supermarkets in Spain for an amount of 600 million euros so far this year. Mercadona and GM have sold portfolios of supermarkets for 180 and 152 million euros respectively. And there are operations pending for 200 million euros in the short term, according to real estate consulting firm CBRE.
The shareholders of the Testa Residencial, Santander (37%), BBVA (26%), Acciona (20%) and Merlin Properties (17%), have finally chosen to list the Socimi on the MAB instead of making a public offer of part of its share capital. The reason behind the decision is the tensions in the financial markets over the last few days.
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 | Hispania, Axiare, Lar and, above all, Merlin are looking good. Spain’s 4 big Socimis are reflecting the favourable economic cycle, the recovery in the property market and the beneficial tax conditions they enjoy. Risks include the upward tension in interest rates and the profileration of competitors, with the stock market swarming with 30 or so Socimis of all kinds.