PropertyEU - May 14, 2009
Spanish bank Caixa Catalunya has sold 146 bank branches and office buildings across Spain to a number of investors including family-owned investment groups. The bank will lease the assets back for a rental term of 20 years, and retains an option to buy back the assets after this period. Caixa Catalunya said it is making a profit of some EUR 54 mln on the deal, which totals EUR 183 mln.
The crown jewel of the bank's portfolio, its Recoletos head office in Madrid, was sold to Spanish investor Via Celere for EUR 16 mln. The lender has a network of over 1,200 branches across Spain and hopes to sell off another 800 properties through a similar sale-and-leaseback deal in the coming months.
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