Italian Atlantia launches €16.3bn bid to buy Abertis

May 15, 2017 12:01 PM | ACN

Atlantia announced its decision on Monday to launch a tender offer on the entire share capital of Catalan company Abertis. A deal between both companies would create the largest toll road operator in Europe and one of the leading ones in the world. Italy’s Atlantia offer would pay €16.50 a share and also includes another option in case shareholders decide to own stakes in the combined group: in that case, the exchange ratio would be set at 0.697 shares of Atlantia for each Abertis share tendered up to a maximum of 23.2% of the total offer. “We have worked to design an offer that is friendly and attractive for all shareholders, stakeholders, and the management of both companies,” said the Atlantia’s CEO, Giovanni Castellucci.

50% of Catalans support calling a referendum without Spain’s permission

March 30, 2017 04:31 PM | ACN

Latest polls say 50.3% of Catalans want to call a referendum on independence regardless of whether the Spanish Government agrees. Indeed, if both parts fail to reach an agreement and the consultation takes place anyway, 43.3% would vote ‘yes’ to Catalonia’s independence. Another 22.2% would vote ‘no’ and 20.7% would abstain, according to the latest poll by the Center for Opinion Studies (CEO). In response to whether they would like to simply like referendum to be held in Catalonia, 73.3% of the surveyed answered ‘yes’. The CEO also noted that governing coalition Junts Pel Sí would win the Catalan elections again if they were held today. However, their influence in the parliament would decline from the 62 current MPs to 58 or 60. The other main pro-independence party in the chamber, the radical-left CUP, would also lose 2 MPS.

‘Junts Pel Sí’ would win new elections but pro-independence forces could lose majority

November 18, 2016 03:18 PM | ACN

If new elections were to be called in Catalonia today, the winner would be governing cross-party pro-independence ‘Junts Pel Sí’, which would still have between 60 and 62 seats in the 135-seat Parliament. Spanish Unionist ‘Ciutadans’, which is currently the main party in the opposition with 25 MPs would get between 15 and 21 seats. The highest increase according to a poll released this Friday would be for alternative left alliance ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ (CSQP) which would get 19-20 MPs compared to the 11 seats it currently has in the Chamber. On the other hand, radical left pro-independence CUP would drop from 10 seats to 6-8. Regarding pro-independence support amongst Catalans, the poll shows a return to the tie situation which has been the most common result of the polls. Thus, 44.9% of Catalans would support independence, while 45.1% would vote against it.

47.7% of Catalans would vote for independence, highest figure since 2014

July 22, 2016 02:54 PM | ACN

47.7% of Catalans would vote for independence while 42.4% would opt to keep the current status quo. This is the first time that ‘yes’ surpasses ‘no’ since 2014, when the 9-N symbolic vote on independence was held. Moreover, the percentage of those who don’t support Catalonia’s independence has dropped by 5 points, in comparison to the last poll released by the Centre of Opinion Studies (CEO), in March 2016. The survey, run by the Government, also showed that governing cross-party list, pro-independence ‘Junts Pel Sí’ would win the elections again, if they were called in the coming weeks, obtaining between 60 and 62 MPs in the Parliament; currently they hold 62 seats. Alternative left alliance ‘Catalunya Sí que es Pot’ would come second, nearly doubling the number of seats they got in the 27-S Catalan Elections.