he three main Spanish infrastructure groups with a presence in Australia, ACS, Acciona and Ferrovial are in the final push for a new multi-million dollar project in the oceanic country. The companies are part of two of the three consortiums which have entered the bidding phase to execute the main works of the Inland Rail. This is the largest railway project in the country for 100 years. It consists of a high productivity freight corridor between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Cimic, of which ACS indirectly controls 37% through its Hochtief share, has announced the sale of 50% of Thiess, its mining business, for 1.25 billion euros to the Elliott fund. The price implies an enterprise valuation of approximately A$4.3 billion (based on 100% of Thiess), subject to certain adjustments. According to calculations of Bankinter, the price paid is a multiple of 8.5 times EV/EBIT20, “which is in accordance with the market average for this type of company.”