Abengoa’s expulsion from Spain’s Ibex 35, after finding itself on the brink of bankruptcy, has provoked a tough fight amongst companies and sectors which consider they have the right to belong to this exclusive index. One of the most active sectors is real estate, now recovering from its 2008 collapse.
Fernando Barciela | Throughout this current year, 99 companies across the world have defaulted, the second highest figure in the decade after the 2009 crisis, according to S&P. Spanish firm Abengoa could be added to the list.
Spanish renewable energy and engineering group Abengoa is close to bankruptcy. The company, which has a debt level of € 6.283 billion, proposed a capital increase of 650 million euros and a financial adjustment. It also tried to negotiate with five banks and Spain’s government for a credit line. Finally, the company agreed to Basque steel maker Gestamp becoming a new shareholder. But this operation has now also failed.