The Green party lawmakers in the European parliament have accused the world’s biggest clothing retailer Inditex of avoiding paying at least 585 million euros in taxes between 2011 and 2014. According its report ‘Tax Shopping: Exploring Zara’s Tax Avoidance Business’, the fact that Inditex diverted bonus payments to the Netherlands has cost Spain some 218 million euros in uncollected tax revenues, Germany 25 million, Italy 57 million and France 78 million, amongst others.
They say that governing is all about choosing (between what is bad and what is worse) and this government is once again facing a difficult decision: whether to lower AENA’s airport tariffs, thus benefiting Spain’s tourism industry which generates the most jobs, or do their own thing and make money. I say this because, obviously, the best way of making money is not to lower the tariffs AENA charges the airlines.
Someone else has fallen victim to the market: the plunge in Banco Popular’s shares has led to Ángel Ron being replaced as the bank’s chairman. But apart from the stock price’s ups and downs, Popular’s new chairman Emilio Saracho, former global vicepresident of JP Morgan, has a difficult task ahead.
Indra has launched a full bid for Tecnocom at 4,25 euros per share in cash and stock. Analysts see the move as a further step in Indra’s restructuring and is in line with its strategy for gaining critical mass.
Santander has reached an agreement with Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic to buy back the 50% of its asset management arm it sold to the private equity firms in 2013.
On Tuesday, the Colombian government ordered an intervention in Electricaribe because there was a risk the company could discontinue its services. Electricaribe is an electricity distributor with 2.5 million clients on Colombia’s Caribbean Coast. Gas Natural owns 85%, while the remaining stake is in state hands.
The Spanish market’s attention was firmly on technology company Indra on Tuesday when it’s share price plummeted 12%. One reason for the slump was its nine months to September results, which hugely disappointed analysts and investors.
Spanish power company Iberdrola is involved in the electricity and gas generation and distribution businesses in the US. It also has 5.504MW of installed capacity in Mexico, mainly in combined gas cycles. This is one of the pillars of future growth for Iberdrola as it is constructing 4.000 MW to reach a 2020 target of 10.000 MW of installed capacity.
Telefonica’s stock price held up much better than expected after the multinational announced it will cut its dividend this year and next. The shares finally closed down 1% after falling as much as 4% in the first few hours of the session. It seems that investors have understood that, on the one hand, it is the company’s best option for reducing debt; and, on the other, that the dividend yield is still very attractive.
The first thing that should be said about Ana Botin is that only a few weeks after taking over the reins of Santander in September 2014, she left no-one in doubt that she planned to put that house in order and take the bank’s problems seriously. After a wave of restructuring, including lay-offs and bank closures, things have turned nasty again for Santander in the first half of this year, with Brexit and Brazil key complications.