Telefonica’s net profit rose 42.2% to 779 million euros in the first quarter of 2017 from a year earlier. The 2016 results were reformulated mid-last year after the group decided to stop presenting its UK subsidiary O2 as a discontinued operation. Revenues from its Brazil and Latin American operations were the main earnings driver.
British prime minister Theresa May could put a cap on the increase in electricity and gas prices in the UK, while also cutting water and gas charges, if she is re-elected. This sort of measure could affect Iberdrola’s UK business, which accounts for 25% of group EBITDA.
FCC the Spanish environmental services, infrastructure and water management company, majority owned by Carlos Slim, reported net profit of €21.4 million in the first quarter, contrasting with a loss of €-16.7 million in the same period last year.Gross interest-bearing debt now stands at €5,063 million, 28% less than at 31 March 2016. The backlog now totals €30.650 million, equivalent to more than five years’ revenues.
Endesa registered net profit of 253 million euros in the first quarter of 2017, down 26% from a year earlier, due to the impact of the “high” prices of electricity in the wholesale market. Its dividend yield is still attractive at 5.7%, while the share price has also been supported by rumours of a corporate deal.
Banco Popular posted losses of 137 million euros in the first quarter, compared with profits of 93.79 million a year earlier. The losses were higher than forecast, and were the result of provisions totalling 496 million euros, up 69.9% year-on-year.
Repsol made net profit of 689 million euros in the first quarter of 2017, up 59% from a year earlier, fuelled by plans implemented to increase the company’s resilience and flexibility against the current backdrop of low prices. Its downstream business was the main driver of its strong first quarter performance.
On May 2, Fitch confirmed its BBB+ rating with a stable outlook for Abertis, citing as reasons the company’s recent acquisition of 100% of Sanef and the fact it has less debt than its competitors.
Caixabank reported net attributable profit of €403 million in the first quarter of 2017, up 47.9% year on year. During the quarter, the Caixabank Group effectively has become the leading bank in the Iberian financial sector, with a business volume of €565,987 million and 15.8 million customers. Following the integration of BPI, the Bank has gained a further 2 million customers, €34,037 million in customer funds and €23,328 million in loans and advances to customers, gross.
Banco Santander delivered an attributable profit of €1,867 million during the first quarter of 2017, +14% compared to Q1 2016. Excluding currency movements, profit before tax increased by 17% to €3,311 million . The underlying business performance was strong, with positive trends in all markets and particularly good growth in Latin America, Spain and Santander Consumer Finance.