A Valuation of SAREB, the Spanish “Bad Bank”, Upside Using the Real Options Methodology


Roux Martínez F, Ruiz López F, Eguren S. 2013. A Valuation of SAREB, the Spanish “Bad Bank”, Upside Using the Real Options Methodology. XVII Congreso de Ingeniería de Organización , pag. 17-24. Valladolid.


This paper develops a model to analyze the upside potential of profitability of the SAREB (“Asset Management Company for Assets Arising from Bank Restructuring”), the Spanish “Bad Bank”. The model is based in the Real Options methodology, that is especially adequate due to the convergence of two elements, (i) depreciated assets with a high upside potential, and (ii) a highly volatile market as it has shown to be the real estate Spanish market. Our results suggest that the SAREB has a higher than expected profitability potential that would be dedicated to increase the return to its shareholders, mainly private banks. Consequently we also show that after the financial crisis are emerging two types of banks in Spain, in one hand the losers who are transferring their real estate assets at a deep discount, and in the other hand the winners, capturing the upside potential of those assets as shareholders of SAREB, and consequently consolidating their strength in the Spanish Real Estate Industry. It is worth to mention that Governments should make an effort in properly redistribute the wealth generated by the real Estate industry.


(cio2013)XVII Congreso de Ingeniería de Organización


EN-01 Strategy and Entrepreneurship


  • financial crisis
  • Real Options
  • Real Estate
  • Bad Bank
  • Valuation