Santander Corporate & Investment | The Ministry of Ecological Transition has published its response to the regulator´s (CNMC) proposals for changes to the rules on the gas and electricity transportation and distribution networks and gas storage installations. Based on the four documents presented in CNMC before the 9 August deadline, the Ministry values the regulator´s proposals favourably.
Fitch downgraded Red Eléctrica (REE, A- from A, and elevates the perspective to stable from negative) after the firm’s acquisition of Hispasat. The credit rating agency says that the 2018-2022 strategic plan announced by the group in February “does not support a capital structure consistent with the ‘A’ rating level in the medium term.”
Bankinter | Red Eléctrica (REE) demands normative adjustments to facilitate the implantation of renewable energies. The director-general of Red Eléctrica, Miguel Duvison, has declared that currently access has been approved in Spain for 84% of the energy potential which needed for 2030.
Red Eléctrica, the company which manages Spain’s high tension electricity cables, has agreed to buy 89.68% of Hispasat, the largest operator of satellite infrastructure by volume in Spain and Portugal, for 949 M€ from Abertis Infraestructuras. REE had already tried to buy Hispasat at the beginning of last year, even reaching a pre-agreement with Abertis. But the deal was frustrated by the corporate operations in Abertis and the disagreement of the previous government.
Spain’s energy market authorities has published an economic-financial analysis of the energy transport activity which Red Eléctrica carried out during the period 2013-2016. In this report, it has recommended a downwards revision to the financial remuneration rate for electricity transport for the next regulatory period beginning 1 January 2020.
Abertis and Red Eléctrica are keeping talks open regarding an eventual corporate deal involving Hispasat. According to the press, Abertis, which holds 90.4% of the satellites firm, is asking for a control premium in addition to the valuation it made of the company in May.
The European Commission has initiated proceedings against Spain for the limits it imposes on direct or indirect participation in Red Eléctrica (REE) and Enagás and for restricting voting rights. Brussels could take Spain to the European Court of Justice if the Spanish government’s response is not convincing and there could be a fine in the end.