Popular’s share price is very volatile and is up around 8% from its year lows, amid rumours that the only option for the troubled bank is to merge with another bigger lender.
After the restructuring Santander carried out in Spain in 2016, the bank could be planning to improve efficiency in other countries, including Germany. Although the project is in an initial phase, it would obtain cost savings of about 15%.
The deadlines for the merger of Bankia and BMN will be accelerated once it has been confirmed there is no interest on the part of other investors. The tie-up is expected to be completed after the summer and will be the starting gun for the next round of sector consolidation.
Catalan lender Sabadell has sold its subsidiary Sabadell United Bank (Sabadell United) to US lender Iberiabank Corporation (IBKC) for a total price of 1.025 billion dollars (967 million euros).
Abertis improved all its key indicators in 2016 above the company’s expectations: EBITDA rose to €3,240Mn (+20%) and revenue to €4,936Mn (+13%), thanks to the traffic growth and the incorporation of new assets into the consolidation scope. Net profit totalled €796Mn, up 13% in like-for-like terms.
Telefonica posted profit of 2.369 billion euros in 2016, up 3.8% from a year earlier. Last year’s figure reflected non-recurrent items, mainly a 1.290 billion euros charge in the fourth quarter related to restructuring costs. Excluding that charge, profits rose 4.8% to 4.038 billion euros year-on-year.
Iberdrola has signed a loan worth 500 million euros with BBVA to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The so-called green loan offers the company more advantageous conditions (no details have been provided on the cost or maturity).Furthermore, the company…
Nearly six months after Telefonica announced the IPO of its infrastructure affiliateTelxius, venture capital firm KKR said it plans to buy 40% of the company for 1.275 billion euros, or 12.75 euros per share. So one headache less for the Spanish telecommunications giant.
Ferrovial has teamed up with the Australian company Plenary to bid for motorway and other infrastructure concessions in Australia and New Zealand. They will create a joint venture (the Netflow consortium) through Ferrovial’s concessionary arm Cintra. This market is a priority one for Ferrovial, basically because of its high profitability.
Emilio Saracho will be appointed as Banco Popular Chairman at today’s Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting. The new chairman (ex-deputy chairman at JP Morgan) will very likely revise the bank’s strategic plan, avoiding a new capital hike at least in the short-term.