Government aims to quickly reach 10% stake in Telefónica, causing stock to surge to May highs

Government’s Announcement of 10% Acquisition Spurs Controversial Speculation about Telefónica

On Tuesday, the Government spokesperson, Pilar Alegra, announced at a press conference that the Executive expects the State Society of Industrial Participations (Sepi) to acquire 10% of Telefónica in a short period. This statement came after Sepi notified that it currently holds 3% of the telecommunications operator’s shares. However, Alegra’s statement had the opposite effect, causing Telefónica’s shares to rise for the first time since May 2023.

By 4:30 p.m., the shares had reached 4.08 euros, representing a 2.26% increase. The rush to complete the operation could potentially increase the final cost by tens of millions of euros, as Sepi will need to disburse an additional 1,600 million euros to reach the 10% ownership stake. The development has significant financial implications for the government compared to the initial estimated cost of 2.1 billion euros.

The government must closely monitor this situation and its potential impact on the telecommunications industry and its budget while ensuring that Sepi does not exceed its legal limits in acquiring shares in Telefónica without proper disclosure and due diligence.

It is also crucial for all stakeholders involved in this transaction to understand their roles and responsibilities clearly before proceeding with any changes or investments.

In summary, while Pilar Alegra’s announcement was meant to be good news for Sepi and Telefónica, it ended up causing unexpected consequences that could have significant financial implications for both parties and may require careful consideration before making any decisions or investments.


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