US based investor Cerberus has reinforced its presence within the Portuguese market, by taking the real estate portfolio «Sertorius» from Novo Banco for €450 million, 10% less than the amount initially demanded by the seller.
This portfolio includes more than 200 buildings located mainly in Lisbon and Setubal and also empty terrains and logistic, housing and commercial assets, most of them were inherited by the bank through distressed contracts.
Completed during the second semester of 2019, the deal was now announced by JLL, that acted as the seller’s advisor in a released recently issued, where the consultants pointed out «the growing dynamics in terms of trading large portfolios of real estate owned asset – REOs and non-performing loans- NPLs» over last year.
The investment in this segment grew in line with the «strong» activity registered in 2018, and it should have amounted a total €6 Bn over in 2019, JLL says. The sale of Projecto Nata II, an NPL portfolio, to Davidson Kempner by Novo Banco for €3.3 Bn was a large contributor for this activity.