Property Week - February 13, 2009
Deka has bought the Madrid headquarters of Spanish bank Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) for around €82m in a purchase and leaseback. The German open-ended fund manager is thought to have agreed to lease the building back to the bank for 15 years. The rent has not been disclosed.
The sale is part of a wider disposal of assets by BBVA. Last year it instructed CB Richard Ellis to advise on raising around €2bn through sale and leasebacks. It is thought to have assembled two main portfolios comprising around 1,288 retail branches and 30 office buildings respectively. It split the portfolio to attract a wider range of investors and has agreed to lease the properties on a range of terms between 25 years and 40 years.
In the last six months of 2008, nearly €4bn of Spanish bank properties were put up for sale and leasebacks.
Colliers International advised Deka. All parties declined to comment.
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