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Intu sells shopping centre Intu Asturias
29 January 2020 | Observatorio Inmobiliario

British Company Intu sold shopping centre Intu Asturias, located in Oviedo, to ECE European Prime Shopping Centre Fund II, for 290 million euro.

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This is the second shopping centre Intu sells in Spain in less than a month. The transaction is part of Intu’s strategy to adjust its balance and it should bring the company net revenues of around 85 million euro after paying asset debts and capital, labour and tax adjustment. Intu will use the net revenue to pay the debt with the transaction, reducing the loan-to-value in around 1%.

The transaction, which was advised by CBRE and UBS, is expected to conclude next week.

The intu Asturias hosts 63 shops with the best fashion brands, restaurants and twelve cinemas. The complex receives nine million people per year.

This divestment takes place after the sale of shopping centre intu Puerto Venecia, in Zaragoza, to Union Investment and Generali Real Estate for 475.3 million euro (intu’s share is 237.7 million euro). It became 2019’s main investment operation, featuring one of Spain’s largest shopping centres which receives 19 million visitors per year. Intu’s 50% share concerning the net revenue of the aggregated rents of shopping centres intu Puerto Venecia and intu Asturias was 19.3 million euro in 2019.

«Our number one priority is to settle the general balance, which includes creating liquidity through divestments. This transaction, together with the sale of intu Puerto Venecia, the partial divestment in intu Derby and other sales of several assets led our total divestments since the start of 2019 to reach almost 600 million pounds», assured intu’s chief executive, Matthew Roberts.

This operations shows that «it is clear that there continues to be a great interest on the market for assets which show high levels of sales, growth and occupancy. With the closing of the sales of intu Asturias and intu Puerto Venecia, we reached the goals we set in May last year for our client, setting the pricing level for shopping centres dominant within their areas of influence», stated the retail investment properties’ national director at CBRE España, Paul Santos.