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  1. April 10, 2014

    Low US rates put Yankee bonds in favour

    Foreign companies are flocking to the US debt capital markets to raise funds, taking advantage of low borrowing costs and...

  2. April 9, 2014

    Italy’s PM wades into CVC’s victory for Spain’s Deoleo

    A bidding war for Deoleo, owner of the Bertolli olive oil brand, took on an added piquancy on Wednesday, after London-based...

  1. July 12, 2013

    Spanish energy reforms slash subsidies to suppliers

    The Spanish government unveiled a keenly awaited overhaul of the energy sector on Friday, in a move that will inflict sharp...

  2. February 27, 2013

    Earnings help recovery after Italy poll

    Corporate earnings were behind some of the biggest moves as markets regained some of the steep losses after Italy’s...

  3. February 6, 2013

    Reform hits Spain’s green energy groups

    The Spanish government’s latest bid to cut its growing debts to the country’s energy sector is expected to slash profits at...

  4. beyondbrics

    December 21, 2012

    An early Christmas present for Chile's Enersis

    Christmas has come early – for Chile’s Enersis. Shareholders in the energy company have approved Chile’s biggest capital...

  5. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2012

    Gloomy in Buenos Aires

    This was downtown Buenos Aires in the rush hour on Wednesday night. Ouch. A gigantic power cut crippled the centre of the...

  6. October 19, 2012

    Does Europe finally look tempting value?

    Leaders meeting in Brussels for the EU summit in the past two days had cause to celebrate as well as to worry. The EU has...

  7. beyondbrics

    August 27, 2012

    Some good news for Argentina's electricity companies

    Argentina is perhaps the only country in which an announcement that the government would set prices and profit margins for...

  8. August 8, 2012

    Lufthansa hit by strike threat

    A stand-off between Deutsche Lufthansa and its flight attendants prompted traders to sell out of the German flagship...

  9. beyondbrics

    August 3, 2012

    Chilean regulator calls foul on Enersis cash call

    On Friday Chile’s securities regulator (SVS, for its initials in Spanish) put up a roadblock to Enersis’s novel plan for an...

  10. beyondbrics

    July 26, 2012

    Chile: Enersis's $8bn cash call

    Enersis announced plans to tap the market for $8bn on Wednesday as Chile’s largest power producer looks to shore up funding...

  11. July 26, 2012

    Enersis, Enel closer to consolidation

    Shares in Enersis fell 13 per cent on Thursday as the South American power utility owned by Spain’s Endesa announced a $8bn...

  12. July 20, 2012

    Spain utilities say tax will kill profits

    Spain’s utility companies have begun a round of last-minute lobbying against a sweeping round of taxes expected to be levied...

  13. March 8, 2012

    Enel to cut costs in push to reduce debt

    Enel, Europe’s most heavily indebted utility, has announced plans to slash its dividend payouts and investments over the...

  14. November 8, 2011

    Endesa profits hit as disposals slow down

    Endesa, the Spanish utility group controlled by Italy’s Enel, saw its earnings drop by over a quarter for the first nine...

  15. June 21, 2011

    Chile hydroelectric power plant on hold

    A fiercely contested project to dam two pristine rivers in southern Chile and build five hydroelectric power plants in the...

  16. June 2, 2011

    Gas export move to ship US glut to rest of world

    Traders in natural gas were jolted by a sudden leap in gas prices on a quiet Friday two weeks ago. The reason? The US had...

  17. March 21, 2011

    BME’s Meff to launch OTC energy futures

    BME Group, owner of Spain’s largest exchange, will launch clearing of over-the-counter energy futures after an overhaul of...

  18. February 15, 2011

    Opposition to Spanish coal subsidies grows

    Legal action against Brussels over its approval of subsidies to the Spanish coal industry is swelling, with Spanish energy...

  19. February 3, 2011

    Enel trims debt by a tenth

    Enel, Europe’s most heavily indebted utility, cut its debt by a tenth last year to just under €45bn ($62bn), meeting its...

  20. December 28, 2010

    European borrowing costs eclipse US

    European companies’ relative cost of borrowing has risen above that of US groups for the first time since the financial...

  21. November 25, 2010

    German buoyancy offsets banking losses

    European equities crept up in a cautious session, which saw losses in peripheral eurozone banking stocks offset by gains in...

  22. November 16, 2010

    Mega-mergers struggle to reach completion

    BHP Billiton’s inability to seal a $39bn takeover of PotashCorp of Saskatchewan has sent a warning to chief executives...

  23. November 10, 2010

    Eon

    Utilities are the sloths of the corporate jungle. So many assets, so little oomph. Johannes Teyssen wants to change that....

  24. October 5, 2010

    Private equity: Less bank financing but lots of distressed opportunities

    When CVC announced in August it was paying about €1.7bn ($2.3bn) for a 15.5 per cent stake in Abertis, the Barcelona-based...

  25. October 5, 2010

    Renewable energy: Cloudy forecast for solar power

    As a proxy for the history of energy diversification in Spain, Global Energy Services (GES) is hard to beat. Founded in 1982...

  26. September 27, 2010

    Endesa sells gas assets to Goldman funds

    Two funds run by Goldman Sachs have agreed to pay €800m ($1,1bn) for 80 per cent of the Spanish gas distribution and...

  27. September 27, 2010

    Actelion tumbles after drug test failure

    European equities could not maintain last week’s momentum as Swiss drugmaker Actelion dropped and a series of broker...

  28. September 14, 2010

    Funds line up for sale of Endesa assets

    Three infrastructure funds have submitted binding offers for a majority stake in the Spanish gas distribution and...

  29. July 13, 2010

    European groups spend £800m on carbon credits

    European energy and industrial companies have become the most important buyers of carbon credits from the developing world,...

  30. June 24, 2010

    Greek banks hurt by target price cuts

    European markets slumped for a third consecutive day on Thursday after bearish comments from the US Federal Reserve...

  31. June 9, 2010

    Interview: José Manuel Entrecanales of Acciona

    Despite a sizeable downturn in house-building and civil works in Spain, most of the country’s big construction companies are...

  32. June 3, 2010

    Iberdrola accuses ACS over one-off charges

    A long-running feud between Iberdrola and ACS, its biggest shareholder, escalated on Thursday as Spain’s largest electricity...

  33. May 28, 2010

    Spyker boosted by partnership talks for new car

    Spyker Cars in the Netherlands soared on Friday after the new owner of Saab Automobile said it was in talks with carmakers...

  34. May 21, 2010

    Greek premier seeks foreign investment

    The Greek prime minister met senior executives of Cosco, China’s state-controlled shipping and ports group, on Friday in an...

  35. May 12, 2010

    One-off items hit Acciona results

    Acciona, the Spanish infrastructure and energy group, on Wednesday unveiled a sharp year-on-year drop in net profits, as...

  36. May 12, 2010

    Endesa surges after shake-up

    Asset sales and a group restructuring helped Endesa treble first-quarter net profits compared with last year, the Spanish...

  37. May 11, 2010

    Endesa triples net profits to €1.54bn

    Asset sales and a group restructuring helped Endesa triple first-quarter net profits compared with last year, the Spanish...

  38. April 30, 2010

    A curious $7.6bn swansong for the head of Eon

    Wulf Bernotat has long been a leading figure in German business and in the international energy sector. For seven years, he...

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