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Lar Espana Real Estate Socimi Plans Spain’s First IPO Since 2011

February 13, 2014

Lar Espana Real Estate Socimi SA, a Spanish property investment company, will list on the stock market next month in a 400 million-euro ($547 million) deal that will be the first Spanish share sale since 2011.

The Socimi will sell 40 million shares at 10 euros each and plans to list around March 6, the company said in a filing to Spanish regulators yesterday. JP Morgan Chase & Co is coordinating the sale.

The company is managed by Grupo Lar, a real-estate firm with 1.6 billion euros of assets that is controlled by the Pereda family. Socimis are similar to REITs and their income is exempt from corporate tax as long as their main business is the acquisition and refurbishment of urban real estate for rental.

The company’s plans to sell shares come as Spain’s main stock index has gained 25 percent in the past year and the economy is recovering from two recessions and a financial crisis. Private equity companies including Apollo Global Management LLC have moved into the Spanish real-estate market after house prices fell by more than a third, while the bad bank created during the European bailout program to cleanse lenders of toxic real estate is finding buyers for its assets.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Ross-Thomas in Madrid at erossthomas@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Foxwell at sfoxwell@bloomberg.net


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