Citi | ACS’ first half 2016 results were broadly in line with consensus estimates, although net income came in slightly lower at €388 million euros vs consensus of €411 million (-5%).
Citi | Tecnicas Reunidas (TRE) reported second quarter 2016 EBIT of €50 million vs consensus of €41 million (+20%), driven by higher revenues. Citi analysts flag that the operating margin of 4% was in-line with the company’s guidance, with the execution progressing as planned on all key projects.
BARCLAYS | While in large parts descriptive, Tecnicas’s recent analyst day highlighted the controls that the company has in place, the shock to the system as proved to be sub-optimal in Canada and the efforts put in place to ensure that these don’t repeat.
Danone is a French food and agriculture company, headquartered in Paris. It has four business divisions: (i) Fresh dairy products (49% ventas), (ii) Waters (23%), (iii) Early Life Nutrition(21%) and (iv) Medical Nutrition (7%).
Fernando Rodriguez | Spain’s small and midcap companies are weathering the Brexit storm better than the bigger stocks. Fund managers from Santander, Bankia and Gescooperativo explain their strategies: “In general, we believe the exposure of these companies to Brexit is limited due to their limited exposure to the UK in terms of sales.”
Isolux is a Spanish midcap which operates in the construction business and in the maintenance of large infrastructures in over 40 countries. It has been forced to reach an agreement with its principal creditors to avoid bankruptcy.
MADRID | By Fernando G. Urbaneja and Julia Pastor | The depressed Spanish real state sector wakes up slowly, and hopefully, steady thanks to Inmobiliaria Colonial and Realia, two midcap construction companies, which went through the sorrows of housing markets crash. The first is involved in a €1 billion capital increase; the second is said to be bought a major stake by Amancio Ortega, Inditex chairman and third world’s wealthiest businessman.
MADRID | By Julia Pastor | Car components company CIE Automotive will merge its forging plants in Spain and Lithuania with Indian group Mahindra. The resultant company will be named Mahindra CIE. This strategic alliance will enable CIE to double its current sales of €1.6 million.