George Soros and John Paulson are taking major stakes in the flotation of a Spanish property group, reflecting an increasing confidence among investors in the eurozone periphery’s economic recovery.
The two hedge fund managers – who were ranked first and fourth in the world for their total earnings in 2013 – have both taken €92m stakes in Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios, said people with knowledge of the deal.
Last week, Hispania announced plans for an initial public offering of remaining shares – having already raised a substantial part of its €500m target from early-stage investors. Its prospectus is awaiting approval from Spain’s regulators.
Hispania is seeking to list on the Madrid Stock Exchange as a real estate investment trust, focusing on property with scope for value growth, primarily in key cities. It is targeting a double-digit annual total return over a six-year period, people familiar with the plans said. The Reit will be managed by Azora, an independent asset manager founded in 2003 that has accumulated €2.8bn of assets across Europe. Azora refused to comment.
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