The general shareholders meeting of Gas Natural yesterday approved the change of name of the company, baptized Naturgy Energy Group. The group thus relaunches itself at the moment when it wants to take part in the corporate dance taking place in the energy sector. Gas Natural is passing through an historic phase, with drastic changes among its shareholders and leadership and with the design of a strategic plan for 2022.
Ferrovial is going to transfer the headquarters of its international holding company from Oxford to Amsterdam in order to maintain the company under European law when the UK leaves the EU.
Repsol and Macquarrie, the fund that controls Viesgo, have agreed the principle points of the agreement for the acquisition of the Cantabrian electricity company combined cycle gas power plants and retail business. The operation is valued at over 500 million euros and involves near 730,000 customers.
World’s biggest clothing retailer Inditex reported improved profitability (+2%) for the first three months of its financial year despite negative currency effects.
Santander Consumer USA, a subsidiary of the Spanish bank, has assured the US markets regulator (the SEC) that it is in talks with Fiat Chrysler about its plans in the US.
As part of its strategic plan for 2018-2021, Aena’s board of directors has approved shareholder remuneration equivalente to an 80% pay-out on net profit in 2018, 2019 and 2020. The board could change this policy in the event of exceptional circumstances arising.
According to Colombia’s Stock Market, Gas Natural has agreed to sell the 15.46 million shares, or 41.89% stake, which it stills holds in its Colombian retail distribution unit Gas Natural ESP. With this move, the Spanish firm will complete its exit from Colombia.
The management team at Bankia recently unveiled a three-year business plan which forecasts a strong improvement in profitability, with ROTE (based on a 12% CET1) reaching 11% in 2020.
Inditex has opened its first store in the world with an integrated online section in Stratford (London). Apart from the traditional clothing lines for men, women and children, the store also has an online section with computerised collection points for goods.
Private equity fund Blackstone and Banco Santander have injected 300 million euros in the property fund in which both have a stake. The alliance is a mix of societies under the umbrella of parent company Project Quasar Investments 2017, which includes what was previously Banco Popular’s real estate portfolio. Its gross assets are valued at 30 billion euros, with a net value of 10 billion.