Articles by Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja

About the Author

Fernando Gonzalez Urbaneja
Over 30 years working in economic journalism. Fernando was founder and chief-editor at El País, general editor at the business daily Cinco Días, and now teaches at Universidad Carlos III. He's been president of the Madrid Press Association and the Spanish Federation of Press Associations. He's also member of the Spanish press complaints commission.



Telefonica

Telefonica: A shift towards added value

MADRID | May 19, 2015 | By Fernando G. Urbaneja | Telefonica’s first quarter results show a company which has reorganised over the last year, consolidating positions in its core markets of Europe and Latin America, where three benchmark countries Spain, Brazil and Germany account for two thirds of group income. It has a somewhat uneven presence in another 8 American countries, ranging from Mexico (4% of the business, without being market leader) to Argentina (9% of the business and market leadership). 


Investment in Spain

Foreign investors own half of Spanish debt

MADRID | May 12, 2015 | By Fernando G. UrbanejaThe show of confidence belies an economic weakness: half of Spain’s debt is in the hands of foreign investors. After the uncertainties leading up to the summer of 2012, they are once again stocking up their portfolios with Spanish securities. 




Repsol's Josu Jon Imaz and Antoni Brufau

Spanish Repsol ratifies its Executive Management team

MADRID | April 27, 2015 | By Fernando G. Urbaneja | At his own pace, without giving up to noisy external pressures, Repsol Chairman Antonio Brufau established an executive management model with a clear separation between the chairman of the Board and the executive team –entrusted to a CEO with full authority. That had been a claim of significant shareholders of the Spanish oil firm and some investment funds, although for different reasons. 


Bankia's president J.I. Goirigolzarri

Bankia’s dividend: Timely or premature?

MADRID | April 24, 2015 | By Fernando G. Urbaneja | Bankia held its general meeting in Valencia (headquarters of one of the integrated in the brand new boxes) this week to approve its 2014 results –the year of the firm’s regeneration– and design its future roadmap. One of its non-explicit goals is to accelerate the partial and progressive privatization of the entity before November general elections in Spain.


Results published today at Spanish telecom giant came in much lower than forecasted.

Telefónica restructuring weighs share price to €13

MADRID | April 13, 2015 | Fernando G. UrbanejaThis month Telefónica will complete two capital increases of both the parent company and its Brazilian subsidiary, seen as necessary steps in the reconfiguration of the company following its exit from some markets (Italy and UK) and consolidation in others (Brazil and Germany).