Ferrovial closes successful sale of Edinburgh airport for £807 million

MADRID/LONDON | BAA, the company owned by a Spain’s Ferrovial-led consortium and that manages most airports in the UK, announced Monday the sale of its 100% interest in Edinburgh Airport Limited. The asset will be acquired by Global Infrastructure Partners GIP for £807.2 million, which surpasses in some £200 million estimations made in advance by analysts in the Madrid financial City. The news was favourably received by most experts. In several investor…

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Ferrovial wins €109-million contract in Madrid-Galicia high-speed railway

MADRID | Ferrovial Agroman, a construction subsidiary of Ferrovial, was awarded a contract to build the Padornelo Tunnel-Lubián section of the Madrid-Galicia high-speed railway line, for €108.8 million. The section of line, which is 7.6 kilometers long and will have a single-track 8.5-meter wide bed, crosses the Requejo and Lubián municipalities, in Zamora province. The project includes the construction of the right gallery of the Pardonelo Tunnel (6,407 meters long) and galleries…

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Spain’s CAF awarded the Cincinnati train supply contract

MADRID | The US market once again knocked on the doors of the Spanish railway equipment manufacturer CAF. The company, based in Guipuzcoa (Basque Country) will supply trains for the rail project in the city of Cincinnati, in the State of Ohio. In an initial phase, the company will manufacture a small number of vehicles, which it will also keep updated. So far, CAF has been chosen as preferred supplier and will now negotiate…


Ferrovial awarded Sheffield €2.4bn infrastructure maintenance contract

LONDON/MADRID | Sheffield City Council in England announced that Ferrovial Services’ subsidiary Amey was the preferred bidder for a contract to maintain the city’s infrastructure in a project worth £2 billion or €2.425 billion in revenues. The contract includes a 5-year programme of upgrade works, followed by maintenance for 25 years. The Ferrovial Services subsidiary will take responsibility for 1,900 km of road, 68,000 street lights, 500 traffic signals, 600 bridges and other structures, 2,400 retaining walls…

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Santander wins ‘UK Business Bank’ award ahead of Emilio Botín re-election

MADRID, LONDON | Emilio Botin will be re-elected on Saturday as board director and president of the Spanish financial group, currently third in the domestic rank after Caixabank and BBVA. But he got today a special gift via London: Banco Santander was named ‘Business Bank of the Year’ in the UK at the annual Business Moneyfacts Awards for its strategy to become the small and medium-sized companies’ bank of choice. It was the…

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ACS sends heavyweight to cut Hochtief’s Australian hemorrhage

MADRID | Marcelino Fernández Verdes was appointed Thursday chief operating officer of Hochtief, the German division of the Spanish group ACS. Fernández will sit at the executive committee of Hochtief (Vorstand) with CEO Frank Stieler and CFO Peter Sassenfeld. He will address risk management operations of the entire group Hochtief, but will also face the responsibility of breaking the spiralling downward trend its Australian branch Leighton has fallen into. The move…

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CaixaBank+Banca Cívica = Spain’s €342-billion leading financial group

Should Banco Santander and BBVA watch out for this one? The absorption of Banca Cívica, approved on Monday by Caixabank’s board, will create the leading bank in the Spanish market, with assets of €342 billion, stock market capitalization in excess of €16 billion, 14 million customers and an average Spanish market share in deposits of 14.0%, in customer loans of 13.4% and in total assets of 10.5%. CaixaBank will become…


Gamesa to set in the UK base for global offshore wind operations

LONDON | The Spanish wind energy firm Gamesa announced Friday it will pursue an agreement with the Port of Leith for the set up of a major offshore manufacturing base in the UK. The project would include blade and nacelles plants, port logistics and operating and maintaining services. The company estimates that the new British manufacturing base could create about 800 new jobs, with an initial investment of about €150 million….

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Madrid’s financial City approves YPF dividend payment strategy

MADRID | YPF, the subsidiary in Argentina of Spanish oil company Repsol, will carry out last year’s dividend payment in shares in response to pressure from Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government. The republic’s authorities have vehemently expressed their desire for the corporation to increase investment activity in the country instead of distributing the cash to stockholders. The board approved this week the transfer of 1.057 billion pesos from reserve for…


Inditex plans to increase dividend by 12.5pc to €1.8 per share

For Spain’s Inditex, weathering the crisis isn’t near enough: the company seems ready for a full combat. Inditex board will submit a proposal to the annual general meeting of shareholders in July for payment of a dividend of €1.80 per share, an increase year on year of 12.5pc. This dividend will consist of a €0.9 per share interim dividend payable on 2 May 2012 and a €0.90 per share final…