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Liberbank and Unicaja end merger talks

Liberbank And Unicaja End Merger Talks

After five months of negotiations, Unicaja and Liberbank have decided not to merge and to continue apart. Liberbank has announced that its Board has concluded that the contacts with Unicaja on a possible merger are over after not being able to reach agreement on the share of shares in the new entity.

European integration: the next five years... and the following decades

European Integration: The Next Five Years… And The Following Decades

CaixaBank Research | The underlying conditions are in place for a new leap forward in the European integration process, but this is unlikely to happen over the next five years. The euro area will make progress in completing its institutional framework, especially with regards to the banking union. Defence, the relationship with China and migration are becoming focal points in the political sphere for joint decision-making (although this is still some way off).

Tourism spending in Spain

Spain’s inflation takes off thanks to Easter tourism

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Spain rose 1% in April compared to the previous month and raised the yoy rate by two tenths to 1.5%, its third consecutive increase since February and its highest level since last November, according to the definitive figures published this Tuesday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which coincide with those advanced at the end of last month.

DIA loses -144.4 M€ Q119, showing deterioration in fundamental position of its business

Bankinter | DIA´s Q119 results show a very negative evolution in its business. The following stand out: income 1.6646 Bn € (-7.2%), EBITDA 12.4 M€ (-77.7%), EBIT -119.9 M€ (vs -6.1 M€ in Q118) and losses of -144.4 M€ (vs -16.2 M€ in Q118). On 26 April DIA had already published an advance of the preliminary results for Q119. It anticipated sales of 1.615/1.715 M€ vs 1.793 M€, an EBIT of -115/-125 M€ and net annual profits of -140/-150 M€.


Telefonica Brasil did not correctly reflect incentives in its registers

Alphavalue | Telefonica´s poor figures for Q119 traded with falls of 31%. Sales of 11.98 Bn€ › 11.81 Bn€ estimated by the consensus. Our analysts highlight that the operator improved income in all the geographic areas where it is present, especially in Spain and Brazil, its two main markets.

After recent poor perfomance, IAG maintains its guidance for 2019

Banc Sabadell | IAG results in Q119 in line with expectations in EBIT and better in financing post tax profits: Sales: 5.318 Bn€ (+5.9%); EBIT: 135 M€ (-51.8%); post tax profits: 70 M€ (-66%). Sales evolved slightly below expectations (-0.7% vs BS expected) affected by unitary passenger income after currency change which fell -1.4% (vs -1% BS expected). Thus was compensated by unitary non-fuel costs which fell -0.6% at constant exchange rates (vs 0% BS expected). This poor income performance contributes a certain negative trend.


Repsol reaches agreement to acquire 40% of Mexican lubricant company Bardahl

Repsol: best placed for new sulphur reduction law

Renta 4 | Repsol Downstream investors’ day showed not only the firm’s resilience but also its capacity for future growth. We recall that within its growth target for operational cash flow from 4.6 Bn€ in 2017 to 6.5 Bn€ in 2020 at 50%/b, Downstream cash flow would grow 800 M€: 300 M€ from international margins, 200 M€ from improvements in profitability from greater efficiency and 300 M€ from expansion and new low carbon business preparing for the energy transition.