ACS has been won, in consortium with the British company Mace, a contract valued at €660 M for the construction of a new high-speed train station in Birmingham (United Kingdom), which will not produce any polluting emissions once it comes into operation. Ferrovial is also present in HS2 after it took a 15% stake in the consortium led by France’s Eiffage in April last year, which has been awarded the construction of one of the sections of the line, a contract worth around €2.6 Bn.
Corporate activity in Spain is gaining momentum with ACS’s offer to buy the Italian concessionary group ASPI (Autostrade per l’a Italia) from its partner Atlantia. ASPI has 3,000 kilometres of toll roads. The aim is to create a giant in the concessions business, with the union of Autostrade and its subsidiary Abertis, and ACS would be willing to make the purchase in the company of other investors – there is talk of the Italian group CDP. The offer would be for 10 billion euros, exceeding that presented by the Italian public bank CDP, which has the backing of the Italian government, and the funds Blackstone and Macquarie.
Procurement of civil works by the Ministries of Transport and Ecological Transition fell last year by 57%, bringing it back to 2015 levels. The company which benefitted most was ACS, which topped the rankings of both ministries, with a total portfolio of €279Mn. The low activity led a non-civil construction company such as Siemens to take second place (€133Mn), thanks to a railway signaling contract.
ACS has closed the sale of 74% of its stake in a batch of six tranches of ‘shadow toll’ highways in Spain to the Hermes fund. The operation was agreed last November and will generate a capital gain of 40 million euros for the infrastructure firm. The group will keep the remaining 26% of its share in the highways, which it will also continue to manage. Their total and joint value amounts to 950 million euros.
ACS delivered mixed news on Thursday. On the one hand, it announced the agreement it reached with Galp to sell it solar photovoltaic projects in Spain totalling 2.9 GW. On the other hand, CIMIC, owned by ACS and Australia’s biggest construction company, reported a $1.8 billion write-down after leaving MiddleEast.
Santander Corporate & Investment | We reiterate our recommendation to Buy after revising our model with the aim of including the performance in the first quarter of 2019 and recent tendencies. We have lowered our new objective price (OP) for the close of 2019 from 4.7€/share to 42.5€/share mainly because the valuation at market prices of CIMIC (without recommendation) in our model.
Morgan Stanley | ACS (ACS) continues to reduce its risk profile following the purchase of Abertis and its exposure to assets. This is already discounted in the price. in addition it remains without control over the cash flow of its most important assets (Abertis; ACS/Hochtief/Cimic).
Bankinter | The company has announced that it will share 1.44 euros gross per share as a complementary dividend. This means that the total dividend for the year will be 1.89 euros/share (+37% over the previous year).
The project, in which the Spanish engineering company Sener is also participating, forms part of the bid that Cobra, the subsidiary of the group chaired by Florentino Perez is making for investment in constructing new installations for the generation of renewable energy.
Of the total of this initial loan, 3 billion euros will remain in the company, 2.2 billion will be repaid in the short term through asset disinvestment like the sale of Hispasat and 29.9% of Cellnex (already completed in June), while another tranche of 4.75 billion will be financed with bonds.