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Merlin Clings to its Office Business to Protect itself from the Impact of Coronavirus

The largest Spanish Socimi forecasts a maximum decrease of 9% in its annual income from its shopping centres after it waived their rental payments, something it has not done with its offices and logistics assets.

Complejo oficinas Vía Norte en Madrid de Merlin Socimi
 Vía Norte office complex in Las Tablas (Madrid), owned by Merlin Properties.

The large Spanish real estate companies are beginning to take stock of the impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic on their businesses. Such is the case of Merlin Properties. The Socimi with the largest number of rental assets in the Spanish market has revealed, in a call with analysts, that the closure of non-essential commercial establishments decreed by the State of Emergency will result in a decrease in its annual income from that type of property.

Specifically, Merlin, whose shopping centres generate 23% of its gross income, points out that only 23% of the stores in its commercial establishments are currently open. The company has given those tenants a 100% payment holiday on their rents for as long as the State of Emergency lasts.

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