Iberdrola reported net profit of 2.804 billion euros in 2017, up 3.7% from a year earlier. Consolidated EBITDA fell by 7.8% to 7.318 billion euros last year. The results were impacted by the US tax reform and difficult operating conditions in Spain.
Repsol’s sale of a 20% stake Gas Natural to CVC is near to being closed. The current value at market prices of 20% of Gas Natural is 3.708 billion euros. Furthermore, the stock has fallen nearly 6% in the year due to last markets turmoil. After its recent downward correction, Repsol’s stock price is back at an advantageous entry level.
Yesterday, SiemensGamesa presented its strategic plan to 2020, baptised L3AD2020. The new strategy is centred on cost savings of 2 billion euros which will allow it recover margins (EBIT/sales) to around the 8/10% level.
The UK Court of Appeal has dismissed a demand from Three which blocked the new frequencies auction (planned for Autumn 2017), in turn blocking Telefonica’s share sale of O2. This is positive news for Telefónica as it means that it eliminates a practical hurdle for the company to be able to carry out the O2 share sale in the UK, raising funds to cut its debt.
Banco Sabadell wants to grow in the UK and in Mexico, countries where it is already present, without making acquisitions. It aims to double its returns in those two markets.
The consortium formed by ACS (with 24%), SNC Lavalin, Aecon, Pomerleau and EBC, has been chosen to design and build an automatic train (an underground train without a driver) for the metropolitan area in Montreal, Canada. The contract is worth 825 million euros.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a 1.5 billion euros loan – the biggest in its history – for the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), an around 878 kilometres project which will link Turkey with Italy, and in which Spanish firm Enagás is involved.
Spain’s Competition Authorities will decide tomorrow whether it will authorise ACS’s bid for Abertis (Atlantia’s offer is already approved). There is also the question of what will happen to Hispasat, a strategic asset for Spain, in which Abertis holds 91%.
Banco Santander announced earlier this week that it posted profits of 6.619 billion euros in 2017, up 7% from a year earlier: BBVA published its results yesterday, with profits rising 1.3% year-on-year to 3.519 billion. Ten years on, have the two banks recovered from the global financial crisis?
Spain’s second largest bank BBVA generated a net attributable profit of €3.52 billion (+1.3%) in 2017. Without taking into account the impairment losses from Telefónica, net profit for 2017 stood at €4.64 billion, up 19.7% compared to 2016 results, excluding the provisions related to ‘floor clauses’ in Spain.