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Home News Heathrow owner Ferrovial profits pick up

Heathrow owner Ferrovial profits pick up

Published on 30/10/2012

Spanish construction group Ferrovial, owner of London's Heathrow airport, saw net profits rise to 488.5 million euros in the first nine months of 2012, fed by international markets, it said Tuesday.

“The company’s main businesses outside Spain performed well and offset declines in the domestic market resulting from the economic situation,” it said in a statement.

Its net profits, equivalent to $633.2 million, were up by 1.4 percent in January to September compared to the same period last year.

Earnings grew particularly strongly at its two main assets, Heathrow and Canadian toll road 407 ETR, it said.

Ferrovial had seen its net profits plunge by 41 percent in 2011 after it sold part of its stake in British airports operator BAA, which controls the Heathrow hub.

In efforts to reduce the debt stemming from this purchase, in August Ferrovial said it would sell off a further 10-percent stake in BAA to the investment fund Qatar Holding.

Ferrovial had in 2011 sold a 5.88 percent stake in BAA to US investment fund Alinda. The latest sale is subject to approval by European competition authorities and is due to be completed this year.