Abertis will pay an extraordinary dividend of approximately 10 billion euros, of which ACS will receive approximately 4 billion euros, and this will allow it, in turn to improve its dividends. Abertis has announced to its shareholders – Atlantia (50%), ACS (30%) and Hochtief (20%) – the distribution of an ordinary dividend between 2018 and 2020 of 2.675 billion euros (891.6 million euros per year).
Of the total of this initial loan, 3 billion euros will remain in the company, 2.2 billion will be repaid in the short term through asset disinvestment like the sale of Hispasat and 29.9% of Cellnex (already completed in June), while another tranche of 4.75 billion will be financed with bonds.
Spain’s stock market regulator yesterday accepted Atlantia’s bid for Abertis, acknowledging that the content of the explanatory document presented by the Italian company is sufficient and in line with current regulations. The approval also gives Atlantia the possibility of improving its offer and establishes the period for ACS to consider its eventual competing bid.
It’s now official. Atlantia has launched a full takeover bid for Abertis worth 16.341 billion euros, implying a price per share of 16,50 euros. Payment will be made either in cash or via a share exchange.
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.
Italian motorway and airports operator Atlantia is considering a tie-up with Spain’s Abertis by launching a tender offer. The transaction is valued at some 15-16 billion euros, taking into account the current market value of Abertis. The offer will be made partly in cash and partly in Atlantia shares, with the end result a merger between the two companies.
Abertis’ French subsidiary, Sanef, has reached an agreement with the French government to implement a new €147 million investment programme to modernise its network. It exchange, it has secured anual tariff hikes from 2019 to 2021.
BARCELONA| By Julia Pastor| In present Spain’s context of timid recovery, any positive sign in any sector is more than welcome. Abertis, the world’s largest toll road operator running more than 7,300 km, announced the country’s 2014 road traffic figures increased for the first time since 2008. The firm also forecasts a global spending of more than €1.3 bn in the current year. Yet Abertis partly reflects the Spain of bankrupcies and bail-outs. The company is major stakeholder of some recently collapsed motorways expected to be saved by the authorities.
MADRID | The sale includes Belfast International and Stockholm Skavsta airports, as well as the Orlando Sanford airport terminal concessions and TBI’s airport management business in the US.
Afi analysts issued today a simple but compelling chart showing Brazil is the main target of the more than €100-billion total exposure by Spain’s large companies in Latin America.