IBEX 35© companies increased their treasury shares by 38.7% last year, according to a report by BME’s Research Department. At the end of 2020, the total value of treasury shares held by companies in the index was 3.3 billion euros, which represents 0.63% of the IBEX 35©’s total capitalisation. This was largely due to the 27.2% decrease in the amount of own shares amortised: 4 billion, compared with 5.7 billion in 2019.
Fernando Rodriguez | BME bring 22 spanish small&medium cap companies with investors in the fourteenth edition of the Frankfurt European Midcap Event, that started yesterday. BME is a regular sponsor of this annual event, which aims to put medium and small capitalisation companies from different European countries in contact with more than 75 investors interested in this type of issuers.
The Swiss group SIX already controls over 95% of Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME) after its takeover bid. In a statement to the CNMV, SIX said it has now exceeded the threshold required to exercise the right of a forced sale, which will mean the exclusion of BME shares from the Spanish stock market.
The combination of BME and SIX, both leaders in their respective national financial markets, will create a diversified group with a strong presence throughout Europe. It will become the third largest infrastructure group in the European financial market and the tenth largest in the world by revenues. SIX believes this transaction will strengthen the Spanish and Swiss ecosystems by creating centres of excellence and providing new capabilities for BME and SIX participants.
Spanish watchdog CNMV considers that the terms of SIX’s takeover bid for BME have been adapted to current standards, while the contents of the prospectus submitted, after the latest amendments on 25 March 2020, are sufficient. SIX is offering €33.4 per share. The acceptance period is 43 calendar days from the business day following the publication of the takeover announcement. One of the major new features of the transaction is SIX’s commitment to maintaining BME’s activities and locations in Spain for 10 years, as opposed to the initial four years.
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The aim of the move would be to obtain government approval for the operation, a necessary condition for it to be successful. SIX’s purchase proposal includes the commitment to maintaining BME’s current brands, headquarters, business lines and offices. It also upholds the company’s strategy in Spain for four years, which could now be extended.
BME will distribute to its shareholders on December 28 the second interim dividend against 2018 earnings, with a value of €50 million. The figure represents a gross €0.6 per share, the same as that distributed a year ago, to be paid on December 30, implicit DPR 1.7%.
The operation needs 50% support from BME’s capital. However, it also depends on the relevant authorizations. The purchase depends, in addition to the green light of the Spanish Competition Authorities, the approval of the Spanish market regulator CNMV.
BME ‘s income for 2018 fell -0.5% to 78.8 million euros while operating costs grew +7.2% to 30.5 million euros. Moreover, in order to confront the competition from alternative platforms, BME will reduce tariffs to attract volume. It will lower the charge on the most liquid shares from 0.30 to 0.25 bp for intermediaries who meet a series of requirements and fix the charge for shares with a floating capital between 3/10 billion euros at 0.60 bp.