Gesconsult | Grupo Iberpapel Gestión (IBG) is one of the key players in the printing and writing paper market in Spain. We like Iberpapel because of its high level of vertical integration and its healthy financial situation. It generates a lot of cash and has no debt.
SPANISH SMALL & MID CAPS REPORTS
Cie Automotive, the Spanish company which specialises in producing components for the automobile sector, registered a 25.5% rise in net profit to 123 million euros in the nine months to September from a year earlier. Link Securities has calculated a new valuation for the company which at current prices offers a potential upside for CIE’s shares of over 7%.
Barcelona-based on-line agency eDreams, is an investment opportunity, according to Bankinter analysts. They offer three reasons: it is trading at much cheaper multiples (more than half) than its peers. The range, applying reasonable multiples, is slightly higher than the current one but much lower than the sector. So it has significant potential.
Diego Salvador (Gesconsult) | N+1 is a financial institution focusing on two business areas: advising on mergers and acquisitions and the management of a venture capital firm. The company is developing a very successful franchise thanks to the purchase of “boutique” investment banks in the US, as well as in countries like Germany, Austria and Japan in the near future. We are confident that it can continue to expand their business inorganically with continued acquisitions in attractive countries like the US.
Alfonso de Gregorio (Gesconsult) | Europac is a company which is involved in all sectors related to the paper and packaging industry. It’s a highly cyclical company trading at a 10% discount versus the average for the sector, both in terms of PER and EV/EBITDA.
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.