Spain’s Stock Market Watchdog (CNMV) has finally given its green ligth to the bid from Hochtief, a subsidiary of ACS, for Abertis. The authorisation comes after the news of the talks between ACS and Atlantia aimed at reaching an agreement to put an end to the “bidding war”.
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The CNMV and the government have been trying for years to get the big companies and Spanish banks to issue debt in Spain. But despite some reforms having been made, Spanish companies continue to head for Europe and even farther afield to ask investors for money.
Spain’s new CNMV board, headed up by Sebastián Albella, has embarked on a big reform drive, implementing a whole range of initiatives, to make the Spanish financial market more trustworthy.
The appointment of Sebastián Abella and Ana Martínez-Pina as the chairman and deputy chairman of the CNMV has caused some controversy, revealing the confusion there is over what profile candidates for heading up any institution should have. You can choose people who are totally uncontaminated to lead any organisation, without having any link to its activities. But an increasingly more complex financial and stock market environment requires experienced professionals, not rookies.
The operation needs 50% support from BME’s capital. However, it also depends on the relevant authorizations. The purchase depends, in addition to the green light of the Spanish Competition Authorities, the approval of the Spanish market regulator CNMV.
Bankinter | Acerinox has communicated to the regulator (CNMV) a proposal to cut 300 jobs which it will also communicate to the Company Committee for the factory in the Campo of Gibraltar. The sector´s environment remains difficult.
From 21 July the regulator (CNMV) will no longer require an expert report on the emission of bonds or structured products aimed at retail investors to ensure the accuracy of the associated brochure. The new European norm on brochures will come into effect on 21 July, so the need for this requirement, which CNMC decided to seek in 2005 for Spanish shares, will disappear.
BME | The market value of the treasury shares plus the amortizations made by these companies during the year reached 6,621 million euros in December, 9.9% more than in 2017.
Bankinter | Norway´s sovereign wealth fund informed the Spanish markets regulator (CNMV) that it now holds 3.024% in Telefonica (TEF). This is an increase of more than 1% since it last informed the regulator of its holding in the Spanish telecommunications company last February.
Abengoa will begin construction of an inverse osmosis desalination plant of 909,000 cubic metres per day in Taweelah (UAE), which will be the largest plant of this kind of technology in the world. The project is valued at more than $700 M (623 M€), of which $243 M (216 M€) corresponds to Abengoa over the next 3 years, according to the Sevilla-based firm´s communication to the regulator (CNMV).