For a few hours on June 7, Banco Popular had three owners: the previous shareholders, the FROB and Banco Santander; a quick trip, with a stop in between for a bit of a respite, before changing its skin. The Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM), in other words the ECB, decided on Tuesday that Popular was inviable and immediately started the liquidation process which begins with a bail-in.
Banco Santander today announces that it has acquired Banco Popular. The acquisition takes place following an auction conducted by the Single Resolution Board and FROB in which Santander was elected as the successful bidder, paying a notional consideration of €1. As part of the transaction Santander will complete a rights issue for a total amount of € 7 billion . This will cover the capital and provisions required to strengthen Popular’s balance sheet.
Banco Popular’s management team, chairman Saracho and his CEO, Sanchez Asiain, will meet with the ECB tomorrow, according the economic press. It doesn’t seem as if there is any urgency behind the meeting, but rather that it is part of a routine monitoring process, aimed at analysing the bank’s current situation and options.
The CEO of Acerinox reiterated current week the risks which the European steel sector has been highlighting for years, given that the arrival of steel from China is detrimental to their interests. He said he expects the company’s 2017 results to be significantly higher than those of 2016, driven by the recovery in prices and in demand.
The CEO of Italgas Paolo Gallo has said it is interested in acquiring Gas Natural’s distribution business in Italy. This operation would reflect the consolidation trend expected in the Italian gas market, allowing Italgas to raise its domestic market to 40% from the current 30%.
The Greek government has given authorisation to local firm Energean Oil and Gas and Spain’s Repsol to explore and operate hydrocarbon deposits in the region of Aitoloacarnania, in western Greece.
Telefonica’s Movistar has informed its clients that from June 15 it will put an end to the roaming surcharges for all its tariffs across Europe. This means that all clients with a contract, or prepaid or Fusion will have the same tariffs as they do in Spain when they travel to the EU, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.
In the last twenty years, the contribution from listed Spanish companies’ overseas business has not stopped growing. In line with the 2016 figures, this has reached 65.5% of the total, a record level which is almost 20 percentage points higher than 10 years ago.
At the end of 2016, the Italian government approved the setting up of an up to 20 billion euros fund to provide financing for banks with problems of solvency and/or liquidity like (MPS). It’s good news for Italy’s financial system and for the country’s risk premium that international funds are showing interest in buying MPS’ unproductive assets.
Air Europa and Ryanair have formed an alliance under the terms of which the former will supply the latter’s long haul flights. Following the agreement, Ryanair’s website will sell the flights the Spanish airline offers from Madrid to 20 destinations in 16 countries in America. This is a market where Iberia is the traditional leader.