The Italian toll-road operator may raise its offer for the Spanish peer to at least 19 euros a share in cash, trumping a bid by German rival Hochtief. Despite the lack of clear cost savings, cheap funding makes the combined group’s increased leverage just about manageable.
Athens wants to issue bonds just after receiving another bailout tranche. If Greece had to finance itself at market rates it would struggle to stay solvent. But debt relief from European governments and ECB bond-buying will reduce the risk. Investors may find the wager appealing. Full view will be published shortly.