Barings has acquired a portfolio of ten Spanish supermarkets from Kennedy Wilson for €73.4m.

Barings said it bought the 38,800sqm portfolio – which is let to supermarket group Carrefour – on behalf of a core investment strategy.

Two of the assets are situated in Madrid, four in Barcelona and the others in Bilbao, Salamanca, Cádiz and Almería.

Adolfo Favieres, managing director, real estate country head Spain, said: “This acquisition gives us a unique opportunity to access Spain’s resilient grocery retail market with the purchase of a portfolio of well-located assets, let to an established operator with a strong covenant.

“The fact that Carrefour has operated out of these stores for up to 50 years with long leases in place, demonstrates the security of income this portfolio generates, making it an attractive core investment for investors.”

Gunther Deutsch, managing director, head of real estate transactions – Europe for Barings, said: “Supermarkets remain the preferred channel for food retail, representing 54% of sales compared to online where the share is only 1.4%.

“We have adopted a highly focused strategy in Spain as we seek to the grow the portfolio, targeting high-quality assets with secure income, underpinned by strong covenants.”

Peter Collins, president of Kennedy Wilson Europe, said: “Since acquiring the properties in 2015, we strengthened the performance of the portfolio through our asset management program that included improving the lease terms with Carrefour.

“Our asset management program coupled with the robust grocery retail market and attractive local economic fundamentals resulted in a strong total return to Kennedy Wilson as we continue to focus on disposing non-core assets.”