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 Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)

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MesajSubiect: Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)   Lun 21 Feb 2011, 14:43

Titlu: European Airlines Top IAG's Shopping List
Sursa: http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1298286776.html
Autor: Reuters
Data: 21.02.2011

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International Airlines Group, formed by the merger of British Airways and Iberia, will look to buy out smaller European carriers before pursuing major deals further afield.

IAG boss Willie Walsh said BA and Iberia had drawn up a shortlist of 12 targets to pursue after their USD$9 billion merger was completed late last year.

The group wants to lead global consolidation of the airline industry by folding Asian and Latin American carriers into its network, but Europe is likely to be its first port of call.

"The first airline to join IAG will most likely be European, simply for regulatory reasons," a source with knowledge of the matter said.

Aviation is one of the most regulated sectors in terms of limitations on foreign ownership; US, EU and Australian laws discourage mergers between domestic and overseas airlines, meaning a deal within Europe could be easier to execute.

The governments of Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Scandinavia and Portugal have all publicly expressed interest in selling their flag carriers, and analysts see Air Portugal as IAG's best bet, given its attractive long-haul network.

"Air Portugal has the leading capacity share from Europe to Brazil, which is a high-growth market," said RBS analyst Andrew Lobbenberg. "It also has a portfolio of African routes into former Portuguese colonies, which are now attractive premium travel resources markets -- notably Angola."

A merger of Brazil's largest airline TAM with Chile's LAN -- a deal that would create Latin America's biggest carrier if cleared by regulators -- would hasten the need for IAG to grab a slice of the growing Latin American air travel market.

"In either of these circumstances, TAP's Brazilian network would be useful to IAG's network portfolio," said Lobbenberg.

Portugal, which is taking steps to avoid an Irish-style bailout, hopes to raise EUR€1.9 billion from privatisations this year but may want to delay a sale until TAP returns to profit. It posted a net loss of EUR€3.5 million in 2009.

TAP, currently a member of Star Alliance -- a rival to IAG's own oneworld -- would have to pay a switching cost to transfer alliances. There could also be political sensitivity between the Spanish and Portuguese governments, rivals to capture the lion's share of growth in traffic to Brazil.

If IAG has to wait to get its hands on lucrative Brazilian routes, it might turn first to a fellow oneworld member, such as Finish airline Finnair, analysts said.

IAG has a bilateral partnership with Finnair, which offers a strong position on routes between Europe and Asia, they said.

IAG is the fifth carrier on Europe-Asia routes, with a market share of around 5 percent, and would be attracted by Finnair's significant long-haul network to Asia, from which it generates almost two-third of its revenues.

"The region that stands out is IAG's underweight position on routes between Europe and Asia, which we believe will soon overtake the North Atlantic as the biggest route in terms of available seat kilometres," said Nomura analyst Andrew Evans.

Within Europe, oneworld partner Finnair has a natural geographical advantage for serving the northern Asian market, given flight paths, but lacks a deep point-to-point market."

Finnair has a market value of around USD$800 million.

Analysts believe Finnair and TAP, which have comparable fleets and networks, have a similar market value, though the potential of TAP's South American network could make it pricier.

IAG, which has 419 aircraft flying to 205 destinations, aims to shave EUR€400 million off annual costs within five years.

"The new company's first priority is to get the house in order, but it has to be ready to pounce if an opportunity arises," added the source with knowledge of IAG's plans.

Shares in IAG have fallen 14 percent since they listed in London on January 24, valuing the group at GBP£4.5 billion (USD$7.3 billion).

"After Finnair, I'd bet on a oneworld member like Hungary's Malev," said BPI analyst Joaquin Garcia-Romanillos.

After falling behind in European consolidation following Air France's merger with KLM in 2004 and Lufthansa's recent tie-ups with Swiss, Austrian Airlines and the UK's bmi, IAG will be keen to lead the next wave of global M&A activity and, in the long-term, will look at Asian carriers.

In the Asia-Pacific region, analysts see India's Kingfisher Airlines and Australia's Qantas as IAG's prime targets, along with Chinese carriers Air China, China Southern and China Eastern.

IAG could face a battle for scale in Europe first. Air France and US peer Delta have appointed Goldman Sachs to advise them on an approach for Britain's Virgin Atlantic, according to the UK's Sunday Times.
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MesajSubiect: Re: Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)   Lun 28 Feb 2011, 15:26

Pe langa TAP, Finnair si Malev se mai vorbeste si de posibilitatea achizitionarii unei companii Low-Cost, in speta Vueling (companie detinuta 46% de Iberia)

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In ciuda informatiilor de mai sus, IAG dezminte dorinta de a include (cel putin pe termen scurt) noi operatori in grup.

Titlu: IAG not in talks for acquisitions: Walsh
Sursa: flightglobal
Autor: David Kaminski-Morrow
Data: 25.02.2011

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International Airlines Group is not engaged in any negotiations with potential acquisition targets, despite previously highlighting the potential to add carriers to the entity created through the British Airways-Iberia merger.

Chief executive Willie Walsh says that the group is "very much focused" on adapting capacity this year, given the nature of the external environment.

"We're not active [in acquisitions] at allwe're not having formal or informal discussions with anybody," he said, as IAG disclosed its first financial statement since the tie-up.

"We have structured IAG to participate in future consolidation but we're not actually doing anything at the moment."

Last year British Airways and Iberia drew up a list of around a dozen carriers which they considered potential acquisition targets, after looking at some 40 candidates.

But Walsh says: "If the right opportunity were to present itself, we'd clearly have the capacity to look at those opportunities. But our focus in the short term will be on delivering the synergies that we have identified."
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MesajSubiect: Re: Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)   Joi 31 Mar 2011, 10:44

Titlu: IAG Could Seek Equity Stake In JAL
Sursa: http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1301528109.html
Autor: Airwise
Data: 30.03.2011

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International Airlines Group could invest in Japan Airlines after it emerges from bankruptcy, according to a Financial Times report.

The paper reports that Willie Walsh, chief executive of the combined British Airways and Iberia group, floated the idea in Tokyo on Tuesday when he had meetings with executives at the formerly state-owned carrier.

He was quoted as saying: "JAL has done a fantastic job. If the opportunity arises we would definitely be looking at deepening the relationship and we wouldn’t rule out some equity participation."

The IAG executive acknowledged that Japanese law forbids outright foreign ownership of airlines and said that IAG would only be able to take a minority stake.

BA, Iberia and JAL are all members of the oneworld airline alliance and analysts suggested the move could be aimed at preventing JAL joining a rival group.

Mr Walsh also underline BA's long-term commitment to the Japanese market in the wake of the country’s devastating earthquake on March 11. He said he expected that passenger demand for travel to the country would return.

"I would expect it to stabilise... our commitment to Japan is a long-term commitment and these issues tend to be temporary in nature," he said.

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MesajSubiect: Re: Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)   Lun 06 Iun 2011, 21:32

Titlu: IAG Chief Expects TAP Sale To Go Ahead
Sursa: http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1307335965.html
Autor: Reuters
Data: 06.06.2011

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IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said on Monday it would be up to Portugal's new government to decide whether to go ahead with the sale of struggling state airline TAP, but he expected the move to go ahead.

Air Portugal (TAP) and several other state companies are scheduled for privatisation this year as part of Portugal's financial recovery plan.

"My understanding is a decision on the privatisation of TAP will have to await the appointment of a new government. I think there is an expectation that the government of Portugal will move ahead with privatisation," Walsh said on the sidelines of an IATA industry conference.

Portugal's Social Democrats (PSD) scored a win over the Socialists in an election on Sunday.

An IAG executive said last week that IAG would be interested in TAP for its access to the Brazilian market.

"TAP is clearly a very good airline with a strong network in Brazil which is a key market for all airlines including IAG, but there is nothing happening at the moment and we will have to wait and see... We have not had any contact," Walsh said.

"We are not targeting anything at the moment we are very much focused on the delivery of the synergies that we have identified and looking to see if we can increase the pace of delivery and potentially the scope of delivery as well."
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MesajSubiect: Re: Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)   Vin 02 Sept 2011, 17:42

Titlu: Portuguese PM Says Lufthansa Should Consider TAP
Sursa: http://news.airwise.com/story/view/1314968271.html
Autor: Reuters
Data: 02.09.2011

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German airline Lufthansa should consider investing in TAP, Portugal's troubled state carrier which is to be sold, the indebted country's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho was quoted saying in a newspaper.

"Lufthansa would be very well advised if it would develop the market in South America and Africa together with the Portuguese airline TAP," Coelho was quoted as saying in Friday's Handelsblatt newspaper.

"I could imagine that Lufthansa is following our privatisation programme attentively in which TAP, too, is being privatised. Surely that would be a good investment for a German company," he added.

A spokeswoman for Lufthansa declined to comment.

Air Portugal (TAP) and several other state companies are set for privatisation this year as part of Portugal's financial recovery plan.

Lufthansa rival International Airlines Group (IAG) has said it would be interested in TAP for its access to the Brazilian market.

A few years ago, Lufthansa flirted with Spanish carrier Iberia, which later merged with British Airways to form IAG, to gain access to the growing Latin American aviation market.

Lufthansa generates only about 2 percent of its traffic revenue in that region.

But instead, Lufthansa went on a shopping spree ending in 2009 that added Austrian Airlines, bmi and Brussels airlines to its stable, expanding its route network in Europe's competitive market.

The German flagship carrier's chief executive Christoph Franz earlier this week reiterated that Lufthansa will focus on organic growth for now.
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MesajSubiect: Re: Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)   Dum 01 Apr 2012, 11:56

IAG este interesat de o intrare in capitalul American Airlines, care datorita problemelor financiare (s-a pus sub protectia Capitolului 11 in nov 2011) a inceput sa suscite interese de fuziune sau cumparare in randul concurentilir americani : Delta (SkyTeam) si US Airways (Star Alliance).

IAG (British si Iberia) si-ar vedea astfel periclitate interesele putand pierde parteneriatele (mai ales cel transatlantic) alaturi de American Airlines care e si el parte din Oneworld.

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MesajSubiect: Re: Intentiile de marire a grupului IAG (International Airlines Group)   Mar 10 Apr 2012, 22:09

Pana la urma toata lumea bate moneda pe interesul IAG pentru TAP care urmeaza sa fie privatizata.

Dupa cumpararea bmi, Willie Walsh a spus actionarilor : "Singura alta companie aeriana pentru care ne-am exprimat interesul este Tap Portugal, care va fi in curand privatizata in curand"

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