Government Takes Stake in Telefónica for Stability, Promotes Strategic Capabilities: State Industrial Participation Company Acquires 3% Share in Telefónica

Government acquires 3% stake in Telefnica, becoming a new shareholder.

The State Industrial Participation Company (SEPI) has announced its acquisition of a 3% stake in Telefónica, following the Government’s approval to become a shareholder in the company. SEPI stated that their investment will provide Telefónica with greater shareholder stability and contribute to safeguarding its strategic capabilities.

The stake consists of 175 million shares valued at approximately 700 million euros based on market prices, which have risen to 3.99 euros in recent weeks. With SEPI’s entry and CaixaBank’s reduction of 1% of its shares in the market, the State becomes the fourth largest shareholder in Telefónica.

Telefónica, in agreement, highlighted its leading role in telecommunications and digital development, pledging to continue creating value for shareholders and delivering excellent service to customers through its strategic plan. The Council of Ministers authorized SEPI to purchase up to 10% of Telefónica in December. Although there were initial doubts due to financial constraints, the operation gained momentum as Telefónica’s shares surged. CaixaBank also reduced its stake in Telefónica, aligning with its strategy to rotate its position in the company.

The reduction in CaixaBank’s participation diminishes the “Spanish core” in Telefónica, composed of BBVA and CaixaBank’s shares. The Government aims to strengthen this core by acquiring 10% of Telefónica through SEPI. The operation is part of a broader strategy involving financial restructuring and stake adjustments within the company.

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