To this end, it has two strengths: its reputation in terms of risk management and a model in which Investment Banking is closely related to the bank's commercial activities. Bankinter's work to this end consists, essentially, constantly seeking out opportunities, taking advantage of abundant liquidity and poor returns of other alternatives.
The performance of the different segments of Investment Banking in 2018 was as follows:
Mergers and acquisitions. The market was very active, both on account of transactions between manufacturers and acquisitions, which venture capital funds played an important part in. Two transactions materialised as a result of Bankinter's advice: the sale of Ingapán to an international leader in the frozen dough industry; and the sale of Seral to an international catering leader. In 2019, the number of transactions completed is expected to increase, thanks to the visibility with which the year has started compared to 2018.
Capital markets. The roll out in Portugal began with mandates from important companies, including building giant MotalEngil and hospital group José de Mello Saúde, who both top their corresponding specialities. Bankinter headed up the largest capital expansion through a private placement amongst institutional investors on the Alternative Stock Market, undertaken by Alquiber Quality. ATOM Hoteles, comprising the bank and investment management firm, GMA HCI, was floated on the stock market. The goal for 2019 is to become leaders in the mid market in Spain.
Structured and alternative financing. Growth from previous years continued, both in terms of investment and number of transactions formally arranged, with greater activity in project financing, mainly in terms of renewable energy. The volume approved surpassed €1,400 million, taking the portfolio (including corporate) to above €2,200 million. Bankinter assisted different institutional investors in their foray into the field of structured financing.
Property financing. 2018 was characterised by demand residential land with full planning permission and investor appetite for leased residential properties, in addition to alternative assets. Transactions were closed in the offices, residential land and alternative financing sector, whilst a significant portfolio of projects continued to be generated that has made it possible to start 2019 with a high volume of transactions in different sectors.
Alternative investment funds. Bankinter's strategy placed the spotlight on investment in real assets with the capacity to generate stable cash flows in the long term, in order to offer Private Banking customers investments with an adequate risk profile/ return. Three new alternative vehicles for alternative investment in hotel properties (ATOM), student halls of residence (VStudent Aulis FCR) and energy (Helia Renovables II FCR) were launched. As a result, the bank generated a managed volume of €1,200 million in capital and almost €3,000 million in total potential investment.
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