BARCLAYS | Gamesa posted a very solid start to the year with sales growth of 30% driving a 6% beat to company-compiled consensus. EBIT beat by 24% as the Group margin reached 11.2%, up 330bps year on year. Free cash flow was negative €107m (by our calculations), a solid improvement versus Q1’15’s -€267m in what is always the weakest quarter of the year.
Spain’s second biggest bank BBVA said it posted a 53.8% drop in net profit to 709 million euros in the first quarter to March from a year earlier. The bank explained that quarterly results were hampered by a number of factors, including the impact of exchange rates, lower results from NTI and the lack of corporate operations.
The investor (or fund manager) who wants to have an idea of how the Spanish stock market is doing by looking at the sector index could be stepping into a trap. There can be a vast difference in profitability between one stock or another in the same sector.
Lately the markets are moving more to the beat of the big central banks’ drums than to the trend in corporate earnings. That’s the only way to explain how the Ibex is saving face, given that third quarter results presented so far (by 20 out of the 35 companies in the index) are 16% lower than expected, according to Bloomberg.