Telefónica, Hutchison Wait 1 Year For Europe Ruling On 02-H3G

It has been 1 year since Telefonica closed a deal to merge O2 (Movistar) with Three, the UK subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa. And the two protagonists are still waiting for the UK and EU regulatory authorities to give the operation the green light.


Telefonica: A shift towards added value

MADRID | May 19, 2015 | By Fernando G. Urbaneja | Telefonica’s first quarter results show a company which has reorganised over the last year, consolidating positions in its core markets of Europe and Latin America, where three benchmark countries Spain, Brazil and Germany account for two thirds of group income. It has a somewhat uneven presence in another 8 American countries, ranging from Mexico (4% of the business, without being market leader) to Argentina (9% of the business and market leadership). 


Telefonica Q1 net profits surge beating expectations

The Corner | May 14, 2015 | Europe’s second-largest phone company reported a Q1 net profit of  €1.8 billion ($2.04 billion), versus a year-ago profit of €688 million. EPS climbed to 0.38 euro from 0.14 euro, while EPS from continuing operations slipped to 0.09 euro from 0.12 euro.



Telefónica restructuring weighs share price to €13

MADRID | April 13, 2015 | Fernando G. UrbanejaThis month Telefónica will complete two capital increases of both the parent company and its Brazilian subsidiary, seen as necessary steps in the reconfiguration of the company following its exit from some markets (Italy and UK) and consolidation in others (Brazil and Germany). 

Telefónica to focus attention on German market after O2 UK sale

The Corner | March 27, 2015 | The sale by Telefónica of O2 UK  will allow the company to focus attention on its growing operation in Germany. Telefonica will now go toe-to-toe with Vodafone and Deutsche Telecom, as the three mobile giants vie for supremacy in the eurozone’s largest economy.

Investors celebrate Telefonica’s dividend

MADRID | February 26, 2015 | By Francisco López Small savers are penalised most heavily by zero-interest rate policies and what they appreciate most at the moment is good profitability through dividend payment. Stock market experts recommend betting on solid companies that pay high dividends to shareholders, and Telefonica certainly falls into that bracket. The company’s 2014 results showed a 34% drop in profit, but the tech giant has committed to sustainable and increased dividend payments in the future.

Telefónica unseats Telecom Italia in the battle for GVT

MADRID | The Corner | Vivendi board has decided to enter into exclusive talks with Telefónica for the disposal of its Brazilian subsidiary company Global Village Telecom (GVT), preferring Telefónica’s bid over the Telecom Italia’s one. Telefónica will pay a total consideration of €7.45 bn, of which €4.66bn in cash and the remainder in newly issued shares of the combined Telefónica Brazil-GVT entity corresponding to a 12% economic interest. 

Telefónica sells its Irish business to local rival for €850M

MADRID | The Corner | Spanish telecom giant Telefónica closed the sale of its subsidiary Telefónica Ireland to Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa Group (HWG) for €850 M ($1.2 billion). HWG is also known for its mobile firm Three, the fourth operator in Ireland. Antitrust authorities, which have been expressing their concerns about how this operation might impact on the country’s competition, have now given green light to one of the country’s largest ever telecoms groups. 


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Today’s market chatter: time to invest in Spanish real estate and much more

MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | Feel like investing in Spanish real estate?  It’s apparently the time, according to Bankinter analysts, as European prices continue their upwards trend, financing costs are low and we see price recovery signs in big cities like Madrid and Barcelona. They suggest direct investment assets with a horizon beyond 3-5 years. Also, the EU announced on Monday that the Eurozone’s GDP will grow by 1.2% this year and by 1.7% in 2015. As for Spain, Brussels is less optimistic than the Spanish government in its forecast.