Shopping centre giant Intu and its joint venture partner the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board have sold its Asturias mall in Spain, to the ECE European Prime Shopping Centre Fund II for €290m (£245m).

Intu’s share of the deal is €145m, and the sale follows the disposal of the group’s centre in Puerto Venecia for €475.3m.

Intu boss Matthew Roberts has committed to “fixing” the group’s balance sheet

Intu Asturias is located in Oviedo, and is the regional retail and leisure destination for the Asturias region with an annual footfall of nine million.

The transaction forms part of Intu’s stated strategy of fixing its balance sheet and will deliver net proceeds to Intu of around €85m after repaying asset-level debt, working capital adjustments and taxation. Intu will use the net proceeds to repay debt with the transaction reducing loan to value by around 1%. The transaction is expected to complete in the next week.

Matthew Roberts, chief executive of Intu, said: “We are pleased to have successfully agreed our second disposal in Spain in the last month. Our number one priority is fixing the balance sheet which includes creating liquidity through disposals. This transaction, which along with the disposal of Intu Puerto Venecia, the part-disposal of Intu Derby and other sundry asset sales brings our total disposals since the start of 2019 to nearly £600m.”