Repsol has reached agreement to acquire 40% of Mexican lubricant company Bardahl, which represents its biggest purchase in this business and pushes forward its internationalisation strategy in Downstream.
Banco Santander increased attributable profit in the first half of 2018 to €3,75 2 million, 4 % higher than the same period of last year after a €300 million net charge primarily related to integration costs for Banco Popular. At the time of the Popular acquisition, on June 7 th 2017, the Group said it expected to register € 300 million in integration costs per year until 2019.
Sabadell has just announced the sale of real estate assets to the fund Cerberus for 9.1 billion euros. The assets have been given a net value of 3.9 billion euros, which means Sabadell will have to make provisions for 92 million euros. Cerberus will hold 80% of the joint Enterprise called NewCo, leaving Sabadell with 20%. Specifically, the operation has been structures through the issue of two portfolios of real estate assets commercially named “Challenger” and “Coliseum”.
Naturgy´s adjustments in the value of its conventional electricity generation assets in Spain will rise to 3.7 billions. According to what the group, old Gas Natural Fenosa, told the regulator CNMV, this results from a depreciation of the value of its assets of 4.9 billion euros.
Spain was a well-liked region within European banks until the new government came into place. As Morgan Stanley points in a note to investors, “the negative noise around a potential bank tax and the doubts on the fiscal plans have hit the sector.” Santander will kick off the 2Q18 results season on July 25th with all the eyes on its capital position and headwinds from Latam currencies. Issues like Turkey in BBVA and TSB in Sabadell have provided more downside to some of these names.
Turkish President Erdogan has began to exercise his new “attributes”, recently provided by an ever more authoritarian political system, in relation to the monetary policy of the central bank by affirming informally that interest rates will be lowered. This weakened the Turkish Lira from 4.66/$ to 4.85/$ (although it layered recovered to 4.82/$). This had a negative impact on the share price of BBVA, which holds 49.85% in the Turkish bank Garantí.
Santander has put on sale a portfolio, known as Apple, of €6 Bn of housing assets, and hopes to close the agreement on their transfer this month. Last summer, just after acquiring Banco Popular, Santander agreed to sell to Blackstone €30 Bn worth of housing assets originating in Popular.
José Benito de Vega | Since the beginning of 2017 Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) shares have performed poorly, falling -20% compared to -1% for the Ibex 35. This is even clearer compared to the maximums of May 2017 since when they have fallen -40% (-11% Ibex 35).
In its strategic plan for 2018/2020, presented last February, Sabadell set the objective of reducing its exposure to problematic assets to below 9 billion euros. In the end the bank will exceed this target.
Recently renamed Naturgy, Gas Natural has presented its Strategic Plan 2018-2022 to analysts in London. In this new stage, the company will carry out radical changes in its share holding and leadership.