MADRID, February 20, 2015 | By Fernando G Urbaneja | The Government and Spanish companies are taking advantage of low interest rates as a means of reducing overall indebtedness.
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.
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.
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.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | European Parliament could eliminate roaming mobile phones rates as of December 2015. Although they’ve been reduced in the last years, it still means 2 % of Telefónica Group income. ACF foresees an impact worth 4 % in the company’s EBITDA.
IAG released March air traffic figures which were under target but keep the recent trend. Demand grows (+10.2 % vs March 2013) for the second straight months. Iberia lost -5.1 % compared to February whereas Vueling (+21%) and British Airways (+3.2%) improved. RENTA4 expects no impact on IAG share price.
MADRID | By Jaime Santisteban | 13.8 million people checked in Spanish hotels last month, 5.5 % more than February’s last year, according to official data. Frontur Spain highlights that 6.2 million tourists have visited the country so far this year. Bankia analysts highlight how this crucial industry for the country’s GDP seems to be overcoming the crisis, growing for the third consecutive month.
MADRID | By Julia Pastor | Telecom Italia needs to reorganise its balance sheet via a capital increase, a dividend cut or a sale of assets. Spanish Telefónica, which has a 22.4% stake of the Italian firm through Telco, may be willing to help the company by a convertible securities issue or the participation in that capital increase.
MADRID | The Corner Team | Telefonica is preparing a sale of its stake in the Czech Republic’s biggest phone company to raise cash for further industry consolidation, according to three sources familiar with the deal who preferred to stay anonymous. The stake had a market value of about $3.6 billion before Monday’s increase. The stock rose as much as 6.9 percent.
LONDON/MADRID | Telefonica UK selected as preferred communications service provider for Central and Southern regions in UK Smart Meter Implementation Programme.
MADRID | By Francisco López, via consensodelmercado.com | Telefonica had an important reason for its well-timed U-turn: the Spanish corporation wanted to conquer a mature market with scope for expansion.