Why Infrastructure Company Ferrovial Shares Are Falling Today

Zinger Key Points
  • Ferrovial's subsidiary Cintra sold a 5% stake in IRB Infrastructure Developers for 214 million euros, gaining 130 million euros pre-tax.
  • Ferrovial retains a 19.9% stake in IRB, remaining the second-largest shareholder with Board representation.

Ferrovial SE FER shares are trading lower after the company divested a 5% stake in Indian firm IRB Infrastructure Developers (IRB) through its subsidiary Cintra.

The transaction amounted to EUR214 million, based on a EUR/INR exchange rate of 89.72.

The sale was conducted as a block deal or placement of 301.9 million shares with institutional investors on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at an average price of INR63.60.

The estimated pre-tax capital gain from this transaction amounts to EUR130 million.

This move aligns with Ferrovial’s strategy in India, complementing its recent acquisition of a 24% stake in IRB Infrastructure Trust and capitalizing on the significant long-term growth prospects in the Indian market.

This sale will bolster the liquidity of IRB Infrastructure Developers shares. Ferrovial will retain its position as the second-largest shareholder, holding a 19.9% stake, and maintain representation on the Board of Directors.

Ferrovial concluded the first quarter with high liquidity levels of €4.9 billion and consolidated net debt of €(667) million.

Investors can gain exposure to the stock via IShares Inc IShares MSCI Spain ETF EWP and, ClearBridge Sustainable Infrastructure ETF INFR.

Price Action: FER shares are down 3.31% at $40.02 at the last check Wednesday.

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